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Sermon #11: God’s Glory Alone (Soli Deo Gloria)

The Bible confirms this life of good works that is a result of faith all through out the New Testament by example, teaching and reason. The truth of this is even echoed back to us in the critiques and condemnations of the unbelieving world whenever they see or experience a church that is all talk and no walk. People who profess faith but are not good people are anathema to the sincere and seeking people of the world. A faith that claims Christ but does not look like Christ is not a biblical life and it would not be the life the reformers would of approved. Christ’s goodness is the the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. That means being good people and doing the most good for the most people, glorifies God.

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Sermon #10: Christ Alone

Series: ‘The Household of Faith, reaffirming the core convictions of the Reformation on it’s 500th Year Anniversary.

“And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone..” -Luke 9:35-36

Christians and churches talk about a lot of things these days, but Christ is not often in the forefront of what matters most. Christianity is not faith in Jesus and…it’s Jesus, alone. You may be surprised how other things have moved in and clouded our eyes and ears from seeing and hearing Jesus. Reclaiming the place of ‘solus Christus’ in our faith, helps us move away from the distractions and divisions that plague us and reorient to the unifying centrality of Christ.

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Sermon #9: Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

The Household of Faith: John 9:1-41:

We should be quite familiar with the idea of looking to Jesus for Him to do what we cannot do because the four gospels set the stage for this understanding of faith through the miracle ministry of Christ. All throughout the gospels we are continually presented with some problem that calls for people to place their faith, not in themselves, not in others, not in the temple, priests, sacrifices or the traditions of men but in Christ alone. Over and over again, Jesus calls on people to place their faith in Him, to ‘only believe” a phrase that becomes the core convictions of the reformation teaching of: “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone as the biblical basis for Justification”.

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The Magi from the East

The mysterious men from the East…Wise men? Princes? Kings or Wizards? Matthew 2:1-12 tells a short story about some very unlikely people that show up to worship Jesus. In this passage, we can find hopeful promise for the times in which we live.

This Christmas season, the story about the birth of our Savior, Jesus, has particularly power as we see our country in the midst of geo-political, religious, national, racial, inter-personal and cultural conflict. It’s another possible kairos moment when mad Herodian kings are raging, armies are warring across the globe, refugees, immigrants and displaced people are being rerouted by imperial edict and taxes are again at the forefront of people’s minds. In gated clinics,  blood from the slaughter of the to-be born innocents still runs and if one’s is quiet they can still hear Rachel weeping for her children who are no more. Our cities streets are full of homelessness and it’s been forever since we’ve heard the angels on high sing of the mighty movings of God on the earth again. Our own wise men and women are looking into the galaxies, searching for signs of life, some hope, somewhere, out there, sooner than later. All of humanity is seemingly riding another agonizing season of transitional birth pains.”

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Sermon #8: Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

Series: The Household of Faith: Always Reforming (Semper Reformanda)

Affirming by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone is the biblical basis for Justification.

Refuting the belief that our works contribute to our Justification.

Sola gratia (Grace alone)
: Salvation comes by the free grace of God. Man cannot—and need not—do any work to earn God’s favor. Salvation is not based in any way upon human merit.

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Sermon #7: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) Part 3

Series: The Household of Faith: Always Reforming (Semper Reformanda)

Affirming that Scripture Alone is the Christian’s Highest Authority.

Refuting that Extra-biblical Revelation, Teaching or Tradition is Equal to Scripture.

Subject of this sermon: What did the Church Fathers Say?

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Sermon #6: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) Part 2

Series: The Household of Faith: Always Reforming (Semper Reformanda)

Affirming that Scripture Alone is the Christian’s Highest Authority.

Refuting that Extra-biblical Revelation, Teaching or Tradition is Equal to Scripture.

Main Points in response to Sola Scriptura:

Recap 1. What Does Rome Say?

Recap 2. What do Protestants Say?

  1. What do the Scriptures Say?
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The Household of Faith: Sermon #4: Christ our Bread & Wine:

Affirming the Eucharist as one bread and cup, for one body.

Refuting sectarian views that damage, divide or distort the unity of the faith.

As we continue our extended look at the Reformation on its 500 year anniversary, we are moving through the major matters of disagreement that led to the growth of the Protestant branch of the Christian tree. Today we will explore the issue of the Eucharist and how our understanding of the Lord’s Table is one essential part in understanding the gospel.

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