Sermon and Sunday School

Over the past two weeks in Sunday School, we have continued our journey through the Gospel According to Mark by discussing Mark 7 together. In the first part of the chapter (7:1-23), Jesus confronts some of the false teaching of the Pharisees and points them to their true problem: the need for cleansing of the heart. Notes and audio can be found here. Then, in the second part of the chapter (7:24-37), Jesus demonstrates His point by bringing healing to “unclean” Gentiles. Notes and audio can be found here.

Two weeks ago, we took a break from our sermon series through Revelation and looked at Ezekiel 14. The text makes clear that God sees even to the depths of our hearts and knows what is there and will call us to account. Our only hope is to be forgiven and cleansed. Notes and audio can be found here.

Then, this past Sunday, we returned to Revelation and looked at Revelation 18:1-19:10. Ultimately, the world and all that is in it will pass away under the judgment of God. Those who love the world will mourn and find themselves with nothing. Those who love God, however, will rejoice and enjoy fellowship with Him forever. Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (6/12/16 – 7/3/16)

Over the last few weeks, we have continued walking through the Gospel According to Mark by looking at the rejection of Jesus in Nazareth (notes and audio here), the sending out of the 12 apostles on their first “mission trip” (notes and audio here), and the recounting of John the Baptist’s murder (notes and audio here). Considered together, all three sections give an interesting glimpse into the life of Christ and his followers.

We have also continued our journey through Revelation by looking at chapters 13-14. Together, these chapters give us a glimpse behind the “curtain” of life into the deeper realities which will drive the events of this world at the end. Ultimately, God’s people will be spared – though they will suffer greatly at Satan’s hands, and God’s enemies will be destroyed. Notes and audio can be found here for chapter 13 and here for chapter 14.

We also celebrated our 7-year anniversary by looking at the Bible’s answer to two essential questions: What is the Church? And why is she here? Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (6/5/16)

This week we continued looking at Mark’s account of Jesus’ life by looking at Mark 5:21-43. This passage closes a section beginning with Mark 4:35 in which Jesus faces progressively stronger opposition – and proves Himself mighty over it all. Notes and audio can be found here.

We also continued walking through Revelation by looking at chapter 12. This chapter begins a section which passes back over some of the same terrain and gives us further insight into what will happen at the end. God and Satan are in a cosmic war. Satan has been defeated but not destroyed. Nevertheless, Satan still rages because he knows his time is short. Audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (5/22/16)

This past Sunday, we continued looking at the Gospel According to Mark by walking through Mark 4:35-41. It is a passage in which Jesus teaches the disciples both about Himself and about the nature of faith itself by calming a stormy sea. Notes and audio can be found here.

We also continued our sermon series through Revelation by looking at Revelation 10. In this text, there is a “pause” in the action between the blowing of the sixth trumpet and the seventh trumpet. This “pause” is used to remind John – and us – that though we do not know everything, we know that God’s purposes in Christ will come to pass, and we are called to proclaim that news for good or ill. Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (5/15/16)

This past Sunday, we continued our journey through Mark by looking at Mark 4:21-34. In this section, Jesus uses some everyday items and objects as illustrations about the nature of the Kingdom of God. Notes and audio can be found here.

We also continued our sermon series through the book of Revelation by looking at Revelation 8-9. After promising the ultimate security of God’s people in chapter 7, these two chapters give a vivid glimpse of the wrath of God which will be poured out on the earth when the Day of the Lord arrives. Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (5/8/16)

This past Sunday, we continued walking through Mark by looking at Mark 4:1-20. This is the parable of the soils, and it is full of lessons that are as applicable today as ever – lessons about salvation, evangelism, conversion, and the kingdom. Notes and audio can be found here.

We also continued through Revelation by looking at Revelation 7. After the seals of Revelation 6, John sees a glorious vision which makes clear that God will preserve His people through the judgment that is coming. Those who are alive in that day will be sealed by God and, as a result, they will make it to glory where they will dwell with God in perfect peace forever. Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (5/1/16)

This past Sunday, we continued going through the Gospel According to Mark in Sunday School by looking at Mark 3:31-35 and Mark 4:10-12. In the first section, Jesus teaches about the primacy of the Kingdom in relation to family. And in the second section, He addresses the issue of parables and their role in the revelation of the Kingdom. Ultimately, even our understanding of the truth is a gift from God – just like our salvation. Notes and audio can be found here and here.

We also continued our sermon series through Revelation by looking at Revelation 6. In this text, we get a symbolic picture of the time leading up to the very edge of the end of all things. Trials and tribulations build and mount until the arrival of the day of the Lord. We see very clearly the sovereignty of God – as well as the clear results of both opposing Him and trusting Him. Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (4/24/16)

This past Sunday in Sunday School, we continued walking through Mark by looking at Mark 3:20-30 – a text in which Jesus reveals His purpose of coming to plunder the devil’s goods. Notes and audio can be found here.

And in corporate worship, we continued our sermon series through Revelation by looking at Revelation 5 – a glorious scene in which the Lamb takes the scroll of God’s plans for the consummation of all things in order to bring those plans to pass. Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon & Sunday School (4/17/16)

This past Sunday in Sunday School, we continued our journey through Mark by looking at Mark 3:7-20 – a passage that serves to transition from the controversy stories of Mark 2:1-3:6 to the further ministry of Jesus in 3:7-6:6. Notes and audio can be found here.

We also continued our sermon series through the book of Revelation by looking at Revelation 4 – John’s vision of the heavenly throne-room of God. It reminds us that God reigns in the fullness of His glory, and He is praised ceaselessly. Notes and audio can be found here.

Sermon (3/27/16)

This past Sunday, we took a break from our Revelation series to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord from the dead by looking at Romans 4:25-5:11.

It is a text that reminds us of the glorious good news that Jesus died for our sins and was raised for our justification. And it also reminds us of the blessings which come from that. You can listen here.