Grace is not something that we can earn. We were once dead in our sins, but God made us alive in Christ Jesus. We will never outgrow our need for the truth of the Gospel.
Mary’s despair reminds us of the sorrow we experience in this life. But, Christ’s tender response and good news offer us hope that he is with us amidst life’s storms.
The natural revelation speaks to us about the nature of God directly and through contrast. Our world and everything in it is a constant state of change. The same is true of our bodies, our minds, and our circumstances. But God is not at all like the world or anything in it; He is immutable. His changeless nature serves as both a comfort for the troubled souls of believers and as a threat to the wicked. In this sermon we explore the divine attribute of immutability and how should shape the way we think about God.
Christ is the Great Healer that was wounded, and who by his very wounding earned our healing.
Christ’s resurrection is the reason of the change in the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. That change was anticipated in the Old Testament and is significant for our christian life today.
Christ’s death on the cross overcomes our fear of man and realigns our priorities toward kingdom service.
From Jesus’s wounded side flowed both blood and water. John indicates to us that Jesus is our great Passover lamb whose bones were not broken, that he is the rock of our salvation that was struck for our provision, and he is the promised God himself who would open a fountain of salvation for his people.
Justification is God’s act of declaring a sinner to be righteous on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ reckoned to us. This sermon interacts with the Roman Catholic church’s position on justification, and provides us with several practical reasons why justification by faith alone is crucially related to our Christian walk.
Christ has finished every aspect of the work assigned to him by the Father. His atonement expiates our guilt, propitiates God’s wrath, reconciles sinners to God, was done as a substitute for his people, satisfies the debt his people owed, and was the climax of the work of our glorious conquering king.
God is good, and his goodness is seen in his care for the hopeless wanderer, the afflicted and enslaved, the foolish, and those in trouble.