This is the fourth of four sermons on the public means of grace as we seek to apply Paul’s admonition to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In Romans 12:3-5, Paul addresses again the issue of human pride in preparation for describing what gospel life should be like in the community of the redeemed. As we think of ourselves rightly — in comparison to Christ — we will discover the beautiful truth of the unity, diversity, and mutuality that God has designed for us in the body of Christ.
Why did Jesus cleanse the temple? In what manner did Jesus cleanse the temple? What does this sign teach us today? Listen to this sermon to find out?
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.
What does the Bible say about same-sex attraction? Is this a question on which Christians can agree to disagree? What if you have same-sex attraction? How should Christians treat those with same-sex attraction? This sermon answers those questions and more.
As Moses completes his 40 days on Mt. Sinai with God, the people down below grow impatient and turn back to the pagan practices of Egypt. They command Aaron to make them an idol, and they worship the golden calf as the god who delivered them from Egypt. In these six verses, we find five common conditions that facilitate humanity’s fall into idolatry and rebellion.
This passage distinguishes between vain and foolish worship and true worship. False worship is insincere, verbose, ritualistic, and without commitment. True worship is characterized by reverential fear, guarded words, and deep faithful sincerity.
Ecclesiastes is a book about the true nature of God’s world and how we can live within it. In this first section, the author discusses how human work seems to have no lasting or permanent effect.