• Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin

    by Shawn Merithew on February 11, 2018
    Romans 14:20-23

    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
    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.

  • Accept the Weaker Brother

    by Shawn Merithew on January 7, 2018
    Romans 14:1-4

    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.

  • Everything Given for Life and Goldliness

    by Cody Floate on November 26, 2017
    2 Peter 1:3-11

    The Apostle Peter is writing to his audience in order to encourage them with the beautiful reality that God has graciously given His children everything required for life and godliness. This giving from God of everything required for our Christian life and godliness is all by His divine power. God is the One who sovereignly provides everything we need to walk through this Christian life well, and that is a gracious gift and encouragement for us.

  • 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: Devotion

    by Shawn Merithew on October 15, 2017
    Romans 12:14-17

    In these three verses of Romans 12, we have 8 traits that are the practical expressions of the love and devotion which Paul set before us in verses 9 and 10. These are not just the character traits that belong to super-saints, but the traits that are to be embodied by every true child of God. In Christ, who is the perfect example of all of these, we are fully capable of manifesting all of them.

  • 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.

  • Love

    by Shawn Merithew on March 19, 2017
    2 Cor 5:14-15

    “Love” is definitely one of our favorite subjects as Christians. But it is also one of the most misunderstood subjects in the church because our idea of love is typically rooted in worldly wisdom rather than in scriptural truth. Biblically speaking, true love is rooted in death. Christ’s death demonstrated God’s love and secured our love. So the questions we answer through this sermon are, “What does it mean for us to be ‘constrained’ by love?” and “What does the death of Christ mean for our life and ministry?”

  • The Biblical Basis for ‘FLOURISH IN FAITH’

    by Shawn Merithew on February 26, 2017
    Col 2:1-3

    As Paul wrote to the church at Colossae, his heart for their well-being and spiritual health bled through every word. These verses are a prayer of sorts for their deepening love and burgeoning knowledge of Christ, who Himself is the Christian’s and the church’s greatest wealth and treasure. As Morningview stands on the cusp of a significant capitol campaign for the renovation of our building, the focus is set upon drawing near to, depending upon, and treasuring Christ.

  • The Compassion of Our Christ

    by Cody Floate on October 16, 2016
    John 4:16-26

    Christ here puts his compassion on full display as he gently exposes the sin of the Samaritan woman and guides her in the truth of what true, new covenant worship ought to look like.

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