Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Song of Songs 1:1-2:7

In the Song of Songs 1:1-2:7 the Shulamite shows her great desire to be with her beloved, and yet she recognizes that love must wait for its proper time (2:7).  This passages teaches that mutual affection is important in romantic relationships but that sexual intimacy must wait for marriage.  Beyond this, since the Song is about Christ and the Church, the Shulamite’s desire ought to be reflected in the Church’s desire to be with Christ.

Deuteronomy 22:9-30

In Deuteronomy 22:9-30 Moses begins to expound the 7th commandment.  Here he shows what entails adultery.  The passage teaches that one is to be pure and unmixed with the practices of the world and with unbelievers in marriage (22:9-12), that sex before marriage is wrong (22:13-21), that sex with a married woman is a great sin against God (22:22), that guilt for sexual sins must take circumstances into account (22:23-27), that violations of women obligate the violating man to provide…

Song of Songs 1:1-2:7

The Song of Songs is one of the most difficult books for Christians to read.  Is the Song only about marriage?  Does it speak about Christ?  In this sermon introducing the Song of Songs, Pastor Grasso shows how the Song of Songs speaks of Christ typologically.  It is not about just any marriage, but the ideal marriage of the Son of David come to restore life to his people.  The numerous connections in the Song to other biblical passages shows…

Deuteronomy 21:10-22:8

The sixth commandment, “You shall not murder”, entails more than simply refraining from killing another person.  In Deuteronomy 21:10-22:8 Moses expounds the sixth commandment to include preserving life for the vulnerable, those in one’s family, and even one’s enemies.  It is a violation of the sixth commandment to deprive another of the things needed for life.

Matthew 7:24-29

In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus describes two kinds of people, the wise person and the foolish person. Both hear the Word of God, but only one is wise. What is the difference?  The wise person not only hears the Word of God, but also puts it into practice. Hearing the Word does not make one a Christian. The true Christian is a “doer” of the Word, not a hearer only.  Only the doers of the Word will be saved on the…

Psalm 39

The Scriptures often encourage believers to consider that their days are limited. We are often reminded of this truth in suffering or when we see another suffer. How does the knowledge of the brevity of our lives help us? What good does it do for us to know we will soon die? It is the first step towards wisdom because it helps us to see God’s eternity by contrast and to take refuge in him that we ourselves might have…

Romans 8:31-39

How can you endure the trials of this world? Where do you go when grief comes? In Romans 8:31-39 Paul shows how the great truths of the gospel prove that the christian is more than a conqueror even when it appears he is overwhelmed by grief and trials on every side. The truths of the gospel prove that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God, and therefore christians in the end will conquer all the trials of…

Deuteronomy 20:1-20

In Deuteronomy 20:1-20 Moses gives instructions for war.  Contrary to pacifist teaching, the Bible is not absolutely against war in this world.  There are regulations, however.  A just war is one that is fought for just ends.  In such situations those fighting must trust in God and not be afraid.  A just war is conducted so as to preserve the lives of women and children.  We are reminded in all of these laws that God is the one who fights…

Matthew 7:21-23

In Matthew 7:21-23 Christ gives insight into what the final judgment will be like on the last day.  Christ emphasizes that not everyone who names the name of Christ will be saved.  Not everyone who confesses that Jesus is Lord truly belongs to him.  What is the criteria for determining if your confession of faith is genuine?  The work of God’s Spirit to produce holiness in your life.  We cannot rely on the gift God has given us.  We must…

Deuteronomy 19:1-21; 21:1-9

In Deuteronomy 19:1-21 and 21:1-9 Moses deals with how Israel is apply the sixth commandment prohibiting murder in public life.  Moses commanded the Israelites to set aside cities of refuge so that people who unintentionally kill another may flee there and be saved.  In these passages Moses emphasizes the importance of intention for guilt in murder, the establishment of the truth with multiple witnesses, the importance of the death penalty, and the imperfection of justice in this life (which leads…

Matthew 7:15-20

In Matthew 7:15-20 Jesus speaks about false teachers.  Outwardly false teachers appear harmless, but they lead many to destruction.  How can you recognize them?  Christ says by their fruit.  This is because the fruit of someone’s life shows what kind of “tree” they are, what kind of person, what kind of nature one has.  All people act according to their nature.  Salvation comes by God changing one’s nature so that he no longer follows those who produce bad fruit but…

Deuteronomy 18:9-22, Part 2

In Deuteronomy 18:9-22 Moses speaks of a “prophet like Moses”, like himself, whom God will raise up.  This prophet, who is the Lord Jesus Christ (see part 1), is the one who perfectly reveals God, identifies with his people, works great wonders among them, and saves them from their sins.  In all of these things, Christ is not only like Moses but actually far surpasses him.