• Trust

    by Shawn Merithew on March 5, 2017
    2 Corinthians 1:8-11

    In this first sermon of our “Flourish in Faith” mini-series, we learn from Paul’s experience of suffering that our heavenly Father blesses us with challenges and afflictions to bring us back to Himself. God works through adversity to shatter any sense of self-reliance, to show us that we are truly weak, and to help us see that every other earthly support will fail us. The result is that we trust in Him rather than ourselves, and this trust is poured out in renewed hope and fervent prayer.

  • Held Securely in Suffering

    by Shawn Merithew on August 14, 2016
    Romans 8:35-37

    Can anything separate us from Christ’s love? More practically, “Does the fact that Christians sometimes experience extreme suffering mean that Christ has stopped loving us?” Paul’s answer to such questions is “Absolutely not!” On the contrary, the suffering that Christians may experience proves the love of Christ. As we abide in His love and trust His sovereign purpose, we see that the path of suffering is actually the passage to eternal victory, for in Christ, we are more than conquerors!

  • Jesus Our Great High Priest

    by Brandon Ash on July 17, 2016
    Hebrews 4:14-16

    Jesus, the Son of God is our Great High Priest. As our High Priest, He endured great challenges in His flesh which allows Him to have great sympathy and compassion on sinners.

  • The Intercession of the Holy Spirit

    by Shawn Merithew on July 3, 2016
    Romans 8:26-27

    What happens when we are so weighed down by the weight of our sufferings that we do not even know the words to pray? What happens when, in our human wisdom, we do not know what is the best option to pray for? The answer is, when we cannot pray or do not know what to pray, we can trust that the very Spirit of Almighty God is making deep intercessions for us. Though we are weak, He composes in our hearts deep groanings that are perfectly aligned with the will of our Father.

  • The Glory Yet to Be Revealed

    by Shawn Merithew on June 12, 2016
    Romans 8:18-23

    The question comes, “if God is so loving and so good and our salvation is so great, why is there the necessity of suffering?” The answer Paul gives us here is because we are redeemed people still living in the midst of a sinful world, and though we already have the blessings of forgiveness and adoption and growing sanctification in the Holy Spirit, God’s consummation of history remains a future event. So we trust our Father and joyfully endure the trials of this life knowing that God’s promise of our glorification remains yet to be fulfilled.

  • Heirs of God, Fellow Heirs with Christ

    by Shawn Merithew on June 5, 2016
    Romans 8:15-17

    Though Paul speaks earlier of us either being slaves to sin or slaves of Christ, God means for His children to look far beyond that metaphor and understand that He has brought us, not merely to a new master, but into a new family relationship. As adopted children of Almighty God, we know Him as our “Abba” Father. Thus, His love for us and our love for Him, as testified to by His indwelling Spirit, is our motive for killing sin, the ground of our assurance, and our hope in suffering.

  • Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit

    by Tom Hicks on February 14, 2016
    Lue 24:46

    This is the seventh and final saying of Jesus from the cross. In these words, Christ commits His soul into the hands of the Father, and so comforts us about the reality of death and teaches us how we should think about death.

  • I Thirst

    by Tom Hicks on January 31, 2016
    John 19:28

    The fifth saying of Christ from the cross was, “I thirst.” In these words, we see an expression of His intense suffering for our sins, and we learn that He is an example for us who identifies with us in our own sufferings.

  • Why Have You Forsaken Me?

    by Tom Hicks on January 3, 2016
    Matthew 27:46

    After Christ had been on the cross for about three hours, darkness came over the whole land at 12 o’clock noon. From 12 o’clock until 3 o’clock, everything was dark, and Christ spoke no words at all. But at 3 o’clock, the Lord Jesus spoke some of the most stunning and difficult words in all the Bible. He said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Listen to this sermon to find out what Christ meant.

  • Behold Your Mother

    by Tom Hicks on December 20, 2015
    John 19:27

    While Jesus suffered on the cross, He thought about caring for and bringing comfort to His mother, keeping the 5th commandment, “Honor your father and your mother.” Listen to this sermon to hear the heart of Christ for His mother, Mary.

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