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.
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.
Christ said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:28) In Christ, we are meant to be servants as well — never passive spectators, but active participants in His work. This sermon explores the role of the servant, the message of the servant, the caution of the servant, and the path of the servant, all with the goal of helping is realize that our greatest joy is in being servants of Christ and serving others in His name.
The Corinthians church frequently put Paul in the position of having to defend his apostleship and ministry. In this text, Paul is specifically defending His preaching ministry, but through his words, God gives us a magnificent picture of the church’s role in lifting up Christ. As we proclaim Christ, the church is edified, the world is judged guilty of sin, and the lost are saved as God sovereignly gives the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of Christ.
When Paul considered how his fellow Israelites rejected their Messiah, he was filled with great sorrow and unceasing grief. He knew He could not redeem them himself, but in his own heart, he would willingly be separated from Christ if it would accomplish the salvation of his kinsmen. They were a privileged people, and the righteous Son of God was born among them, but because of their unbelief, Jesus did not belong to them. But their unbelief did not thwart Paul’s passion for ministry, it fueled his mission. To live life on mission is to share the burden of Christ for this world, and to reach sinners with the gospel by acting and speaking and loving and ministering and suffering like Christ until He brings us home to glory.
When we look around and see a world in chaos, we often feel overwhelmed and helpless. How do we get to a lave where we can act according to God’s will? Pastor Terence shows us that we must first be moved to inquiry, which will move us to compassion, move us to prayer, and moved to courage. It is from here than we can be rightly moved to action.
The truth of God’s election and the fact that men are ultimately saved only by God’s electing grace should never make us stoic or dismissive of the souls of men. It didn’t for Paul. Even though he knew the plight of his brethren was completely a matter of God’s sovereign will, he was still moved by godly love to grieve for them. As we consider our service to each other and to the lost world, this is the kind of heart that is to drive us. Out of our love for Christ, we are to be moved to ministry.
As the apostle Paul is about to undertake an extended discussion of the doctrine of God’s sovereign election, he first reveals his heart toward his fellow Israelites. Through his expression of his personal grief over their spiritual condition, we see the heart that we are to have for our own people and communities. Paul was willing to take Israel’s place under the curse if it could secure their salvation, which is what Christ has done for all of His elect. So through Paul, and especially through Christ, we see the heart we are to have for the salvation of the lost.
How does Christ bring His disciples to Himself? What is the content of faithful preaching? In these words, the Gospel of John teaches us about the importance of preaching Christ, communion with Christ, and personal evangelism.
In a world filled with greed, disease, suffering, terrorism, violence, and death, there is one certain cure, one message of hope, one source of eternal life: Jesus Christ is Risen! What does that mean for believers? It means we are both recipients and stewards of the greatest gift in the universe. In this sermon from John 20, we explore the gifts that compose the commission that Christ issued to His disciples when He made His first post-resurrection appearance to them.