Where is God when life hurts? How should we think about trials? In this sermon we introduce our upcoming study in Esther and focus on God taking His people through trials, both for His glory and for our good! Listen in for some encouragement in the midst of the struggles of this life.
God’s ways are not always easily explained. God often works in ways that we do now expect. How can we retain joy in the midst of life’s hardships? In this sermon we discuss the New Testament concept of “mystery.” What does Paul mean when he says that the “mystery of Christ” was not made know to previous generations but has been revealed to us? Read Ephesians 3:1-6 and listen in as we discuss God’s mysterious grace.
Paul’s second item on the list of our spiritual blessings in Christ is predestination. In this sermon we discuss how predestination should be understood in the light of all of Scripture. God is 100% sovereign and man is 100% responsible. Listen in as we dig into Ephesians 1:5-6. (Also see Isaiah 46:8-10, Ephesians 1:11, Acts 4:26-28, Luke 22:22, James 1:13-14, & Isaiah 55:8-9.)
In sermon 2 of our series in Ephesians we tackle the doctrine of election. What is the biblical doctrine of election and how should we respond to it? Listen in and see why we titled this sermon “The Blessing of Being Chosen.” Read Romans 9:1-24 and Ephesians 1:1-14 in preparation.
God has sent His prophet to Nineveh with a message of judgment, “40 days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” But when the people of Nineveh hear this message they repent. So, God does not bring the destruction on Nineveh that He had declared through Jonah. Did God change His mind? Join us as we discuss this from Jonah 3:10.
Read Jonah 1:1-17 and listen in as we discuss God’s mercy to Jonah, the mariners, and ourselves. Often God’s mercy does not look like what we expect. How do you interpret the storms of this life? Are you able to see them as God’s mercies in disguise? How does the gospel relate to our suffering? How does Jonah point us to Jesus? (See also Matthew 12:40.)
In this sermon we look back at Genesis chapters 37-50, the life of Joseph, and see that Joseph’s life clearly foreshadows and points us to Jesus. Joseph was his father’s beloved son, was betrayed by his brothers, was sold for silver, … These are only a few of the points of contact that we point out. Also, Joseph’s life is one of the clearest Old Testament illustrations of the truth of Romans 8:28. Evil never wins!