• Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin

    by Shawn Merithew on February 11, 2018

    In this final sermon from Romans 14, Pastor Shawn summarizes the 10 principles that Paul has given to protect unity and foster love within the church when believers hold differing convictions on secondary matters. The nature of the conscience is discussed as well as how faith is to be the basis for all we do in the Christian life.

  • The Nature of the Kingdom

    by Shawn Merithew on February 4, 2018

    What is the Kingdom of God about? Is it about eating and drinking and the observance of days? Is it about clashing over minor rules and wants and differences? Or is it more? Have we not belittled the Bride for which Christ died when we seek our own ends at the expense of our brethren? Paul’s words in this part of Romans 14 are given to help believers remember that we must value Christ and His kingdom more than our preferences and convictions on secondary matters.

  • Sovereign Hardening and the Glory of God

    by Cody Floate on January 28, 2018

    As Jesus enters into the final week of his life before his crucifixion, he begins to explain the purpose of why the Jews have not believed his words. The Jews have been hardened by God, according to His good sovereignty, to fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah. The Jews have loved the glory of man rather than God’s glory, and they are willingly choosing to reject the words of Christ which will result in their condemnation before God.

  • Be Not a Stumbling Block

    by Shawn Merithew on January 21, 2018

    If a believer sincerely thinks that partaking of something would be dishonoring to God, if his conscience — even in weakness or immaturity — is convinced that something is unclean or profane before God, then it is indeed unclean, and for him to partake of it is sin. You see, faith is trusting in the sufficiency of God, being content with all that He is for you and has for you. When you act against your own spirit-directed conscience, you are valuing something more than God. That is why being a stumbling block is such a serious sin.

  • We Are the Lord’s

    by Shawn Merithew on January 14, 2018

    In these verses of Romans 14, we are told to be fully convinced of our own convictions, realizing that Christians can go to God’s Word seeking to love Him and glorify Him in obedience, and be personally led by God in secondary matters to do opposite things to the glory of God (vs 6). It is then important to understand the right foundations for Christian convictions, as well as the greater truths of Christ’s Lordship that help us to submit our convictions and priorities to His higher purposes.

  • Glory by Death

    by Reid Ward on January 7, 2018

    As Jesus has carried out His earthly ministry, all things have been building to a climax. Jesus has been revealing more and more about himself, and the result has been a greater dichotomy between the crowd and the religious leadership of the people. As more people have come to believe in Jesus, and many more have begun to follow Him, the opposition from the Jewish establishment has also solidified and increased. We have seen the great turning point, starting in the last chapter. In this passage, we will note; The Coming of the Greeks, Jesus’ Response to the Greeks, The Analogy of Grain and Fruit, and then Two Results, or Applications, as Jesus predicts and proclaims that His glory will come by death, and in the same way the glory of His salvation comes by our identification with Him, through our death to self.

  • Accept the Weaker Brother

    by Shawn Merithew on January 7, 2018

    Alcohol consumption, tattoos, watching “R” rated movies, Courtship vs Dating, Sacred vs Secular Music, Public School vs Homeschool — How are we to live with one another when our convictions on these different matters can be so very different and so very strong? In this text, Paul frames his discussion of Christian liberty and being stumbling blocks by commanding us all to live in a spirit of love and deference when we find ourselves in disagreement about non-essential matters.

  • Look to Jesus and Hold Fast

    by Shawn Merithew on December 31, 2017

    Consider Jesus! Imagine that each of us is like a compass, and we are making our way through a world filled with competing magnets. There are all sorts of things vying for our focus, making the needle of our lives spin this way and then that way. These beguiling forces would lead us astray to rocks of destruction where we would make shipwreck of our souls. But Jesus saves us. He is our true north, and so as it says in verse 1, we are to consider Him — we are to fix our eyes on Christ!

  • Made Like His Brethren in All Things

    by Shawn Merithew on December 24, 2017

    In Jesus, we have perfect divinity united with perfect humanity in One person, thereby making Him the perfect representative of men to God and God to men. In these final verses of Hebrews 2, we encounter three more blessings of the Incarnation: Jesus is now our merciful and faithful High Priest, He has made full propitiation for our sins, and He is our strength when we face temptation.

  • The Heart that Worships Christ

    by Rick Quave on December 17, 2017

    The human heart cannot ignore Jesus Christ. God presents himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ and that presentation demands a response from every individual. Simply mention the name of Jesus in a group setting and it will arouse a response from all, even if that response remains unspoken. Some scorn Jesus, some love Jesus, others are fond of the benefits that come from being near Jesus and the people who love Jesus but deep-down they prefer their independence from Jesus. In the opening verses of the twelfth chapter of John’s gospel we find an intimate setting in which we are shown a contrast in responses to Jesus. Among them we find in Mary the heart the beats for and worships Jesus without reservation.

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