The cycle of repentance, rescue, reign, rebellion and ruin continues. At this point there’s a regathered people, a rebuilt temple and a restored city…but no King or Ark. The last star light of Esther closes out the books of histories and prepares us for the coming star 400 years in the future that will announce the birth of the last King.
Ezra: Restoration of the word, worship and temple Of God
Nehemiah: Rebuilding of the city of God
Esther: Salvation of the people of God
5 truths from the book of Daniel and Ezra about God and his activity in our world.
-God is involved in the kingdoms of this world.
-God is a political and personal God (transcendent & immanent)
-Predictive prophesy and providential actions provide the basis for personal peace.
-The knowledge of God’s sovereignty offers us security in a world of chaos.
-God invites us to live in relationship to Him under His rule.
Becoming a people on mission: Insights, instructions and inspiration from the letter to the Romans in the context of the book of Acts.
The Gospel Apostolic Mandate:
1. Purpose: Romans 1:6-7
2. Prayer: Romans 1:9-11
3. Plans: Romans 15:23-24
4. Passion: 2 Corinthians 5:6-11,13-15
5. Power” Romans 1:16
This sermon is about the young man who fell asleep in church and fell out the window in Acts 20:7-12. There is a similar story in Homer’s Greek classic “The Odyssey”. I contrast both stories to highlight the good news being preached to the Greeks in Paul’s missionary work.
7 Things God’s Does When You are Sick based on Isaiah 38:1-20
1. God works through People
2. God works through His word
3. God works through Sickness
4. God works through Prayer
5. God works through the Arts
6. God works out His Plan and Purposes in relationship to human freedom
7. God works through Doctors & Medicine
Elisha, Naaman & Ahab 2 Kings 5-8
This message looks at the grace and mercy of God towards his people’s enemies. This is a story that often get’s overlooked in reading the OT but prefigures the gospel work among the gentiles in the future. It’s a surprising theme to discover and its message is needed today. We too were once enemies:
Colossians 1:21-23: “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.”
This sermon deals with discouragement, depression and suicide. Looking at the story of Elijah in the Old Testament and Barnabas in the New, we explore how the church can be a welcoming place for people struggling in body and mind.
The Traveler: Stranger, Thief and Murderer: 2 Samuel 12
“Now a traveller came…” -2 Samuel 12:4
This message looks and the story of David and Bathsheba and the consequences of sin and mercy intertwined in the purposes of God.
The traveller or wayfaring man was, as bishop Patrick explains it from the Jewish writers, the evil imagination, disposition, or desire, which came into David’s heart, which he might have satisfied with some of his own, yet nothing would serve but Uriah’s darling. They observe that this evil disposition is called a traveller, for in the beginning it is only so, but, in time, it becomes a guest, and, in conclusion, is master of the house.
Jesus came as the fulfillment of the one who would sit on David’s throne. This sermon unpacks that title and the meaning behind it.
Parenting Principles in an age of Compromise: Judges 13
Life shaping biblical principles for raising and influencing the emerging generation.
“Samson himself is a riddle. He was not only a riddle-maker; but he was himself an enigma very difficult to explain.” -Charles Spurgeon