• The Nature of the Kingdom

    by Shawn Merithew on February 4, 2018
    Romans 14:6-19

    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.

  • He Partook of Flesh and Blood

    by Shawn Merithew on December 17, 2017
    Hebrews 2:14-16

    In this Christmas mini-series, we take up the question of why Jesus took on humanity in the incarnation. In this first sermon, we see that He did so to render Satan impotent, to release believers from fear of death, and to lay hold of all of all His elect children who are the true descendants of Abraham.

  • Put on the Lord Jesus Christ

    by Shawn Merithew on December 10, 2017
    Romans 13:11-14

    In these final verses of chapter 13, Paul stresses the urgency of our call to love by reminding us that the Day of Christ is near. In light of Christ’s coming, we are to live as children of the day, putting aside the deeds of darkness and putting on the Lord Jesus Christ. How do we array ourselves with Christ? By cultivating our relationship with Him. We seek Him, we read His Word, we pray, and as we draw near to Him and know Him, we become like Him — we manifest His character.

  • The Sum of the Law

    by Shawn Merithew on December 3, 2017
    Romans 1:8-10

    Every single Christian is deeply in debt. We owe a debt of love to God because of all that Christ has done to save us. But His salvation is of grace, and grace is not grace if we have to repay Him. Thus, though we are indebted to Christ for our salvation, grace means we never pay it back. Instead, we pay it forward. We fulfill that debt of love to Christ by loving others the same way He has loved us by directing the gushing torrent of Christ’s grace and love toward others in every interaction.

  • The Believer’s Response to True Authority

    by Shawn Merithew on November 26, 2017
    Romans 1:5-7

    In this third message explaining the biblical role of civil government, we consider the believer’s response to true authority. As Christians, we are called to subject ourselves to civil authority, not just because we fear the sword, but because we love Christ. We are also to support our governments through the paying of taxes, and by honoring those over us because they are servants of God put in place for the common good.

  • The Function of True Authority

    by Shawn Merithew on November 19, 2017
    Romans 3:3-4

    In these two verses of Romans 13, we find God’s design for civil authority. Our governing authorities exist to restrain evil, praise obedience to the law, and punish lawlessness. That is why government is given the power of the “sword.” When we understand the role of government, is fosters a renewed appreciation for God’s provision and care for His people.

  • The Nature of True Authority

    by Shawn Merithew on November 12, 2017
    Romans 1:1-2

    God rules and controls the universe without exception or limitation. As the King of all creation, He is the source of all authority, and therefore, He is the One who bestows authority upon men. This means that the authority and power that any person, group, government, or society possesses is divinely delegated, and either emboldened or restrained according to our Father’s perfect providence. Knowing that our citizenship is in heaven allows us to submit to imperfect earthly authorities.

  • The Believer’s Table

    by Shawn Merithew on November 5, 2017
    Luke 14:12-14

    In this portion of Luke 14, Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruling Pharisee for dinner. As He observes power-mongering and selfishness on display, He takes the opportunity to teach the people and the host about the priorities of God. As believers, we are to see our homes and our tables as instruments for displaying the love of God to needy people. As we are faithful to put God and then others before ourselves, we will realize amazing opportunities to share the gospel of Christ.

  • The Character of the Body – Peace

    by Shawn Merithew on October 29, 2017
    Romans 12:18-21

    In these final four verses of Romans 12, God instructs us through the Apostle Paul to be a people who strive for peace with all men. This does not mean we compromise the truth or hide from the world, but rather that we be active makers of peace by spreading the gospel of Christ wherever we go. As we intentionally strive to reflect the compassion of Christ, refusing to take vengeance on those who persecute us, we will (by the grace of Christ!) overcome evil with good.

  • The Character of the Body: Love

    by Shawn Merithew on October 8, 2017
    Romans 12:9-10

    The ideal of Christian ‘love’ is one of the church’s favorite subjects to expound, but it is too frequently the one where we fall the most short. In this sermon, we explore the character of Biblical love and how it is to be displayed within the Body of Christ. Biblical love originates with God, is marked by purity, and seeks all that is good and righteous for the beloved.

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