• 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 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 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 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 Purpose of Christ in Death

    by Cody Floate on October 15, 2017
    John 11:1-16

    Jesus is about to perform His last great miracle in the Gospel of John, the resurrection of Lazarus. In these first sixteen verses, Christ is expounding on the purpose for the death of Lazarus, and how His disciples can have genuine joy and hope in the midst of deep pain and suffering. All things, including the death of Lazarus, are working for the good of Jesus’s people, and for His glory as the Son of God.

  • 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 Logic of Christ

    by Jordan Nelson on October 8, 2017
    The Gospel of John

    In the midst of being stoned, Christ appeals to the mind. Christ has just proclaimed that He and the Father are One. He is declaring His deity to the Jews. In return, the Jews believe Him to be a blasphemer.

  • 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.

  • Christ’s Giftedness to the Church

    by Shawn Merithew on September 24, 2017
    Romans 12:6-8

    When God regenerates the heart as a matter of His grace, He imparts to each believer a spiritual gift or gifts that are to be used for the edification of his body and the exaltation of His name. Employing these gift is not optional for believers. This exposition from Romans 12 discusses the nature of the gifts as well as some of the excuses Christians tend to make for not serving according to their giftedness.

  • The Shepherd and His Sheep

    by Rick Quave on September 17, 2017
    John 10:16-21

    The day to day demands and struggles of life can often deprive us of a clear perspective of the big picture. What is really going on in the world? What is God up to? We learn from John 10 that there is a bigger story than our day-to-day lives taking place whether we notice or not. Jesus is at work gathering the sheep of His Father’s flock into the fold. Moment by moment, day by day, year by year the Good Shepherd is tenderly, patiently but effectively calling out to his sheep, delivering them out of darkness and into the light. He has laid down his life from the sheep and has pledged to guard and protect them. His sheep can rest in the peace of knowing they are secure with the fold of the Good Shepherd.

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