Sermons by Rev. Michael Grasso

Sermons by Rev. Michael Grasso

Proverbs 3:27-35

In Proverbs 3:27-35 Solomon gives general instructions for wisdom. Those who attain to true wisdom are also those who live godly lives. They are secure in walking on their paths through this life knowing God is with them. Ultimately, it is the wise who are righteous and who please God and are therefore blessed, whereas the foolish walk in wickedness and are cursed.

Hebrews 11:23-31

In Hebrews 11:23-31 the author explains the faith of Moses and others at the time of the exodus. During this time the people of God were greatly persecuted and yet Moses was willing to suffer with them though he grew up as Egyptian royalty. He did not fear Pharaoh and was willing to suffer with the people of God because he understood the hope of the gospel. By faith he conquered all opposition. By faith God’s people always conquer. Such…

Proverbs 3:21-26

In Proverbs 3:21-26 Solomon shows the benefit of attaining wisdom: finding peace. Anxiety is rampant today. This is ultimately not a medical condition but a spiritual one. Peace is found by those who obtain wisdom. They are able to sleep soundly.

Hebrews 11:17-22

Abraham was asked to do the unthinkable: sacrifice his own son for God. How was he able to be in a place where he was willing to do it? The author gives the answer: he believed God was able to raise the dead. Faith looks to the hope of the coming resurrection. 

Proverbs 3:19-20

In Proverbs 3:19-20 Solomon shows that the world was created by Wisdom, the Father creating all things through the Son, Wisdom. Wisdom thus has a benefit to man (3:13-18) and to God (3:19-20). The marks of God’s wise creation are everywhere. Atheists cannot account for it. Only those who fear God understand it.

Proverbs 3:13-18

Many people pursue wealth and honor in their lives but few pursue wisdom. In Proverbs 3:13-18 Solomon shows that there is nothing greater than wisdom for by wisdom God has made all things. All of the treasures in the world cannot compare with her and those who find her find life.

Hebrews 11:8-16

Abraham went out from his country to go to a land he did not know.  When in that land he dwelt in a tent as a foreigner though God had promised it to him.  He died never receiving the thing promised. Did he die in vain? No. Why? He was not seeking an earthly city but a heavenly one. Such is the aim of all the faithful in every age.

Proverbs 3:1-12

Sometimes it appears that Christians are not blessed in this life. Is it worth it to be faithful to God? Solomon shows in Proverbs 3:1-12 that being faithful to God carries the promise of great blessing.

Hebrews 11:4-7

Abel was killed by Cain. Enoch was taken so as not to see death. Noah was delivered from death by building the ark.  What do they have in common? The author shows in Hebrews 11:4-7 that faith delivers from death and triumphs over it. Abel’s blood still speaks. Enoch never saw death. Noah was delivered from the flood. As they triumphed through faith so will you.

Proverbs 2:16-22

In Proverbs 2:16-22, Solomon explains the second of two benefits of obtaining wisdom and gaining the knowledge of God: it will deliver you from faithless women who entice men to sin.  Sexual sins pose a particular danger and many are ensnared by them.  How can you stand against these?  Solomon says that wisdom will deliver you from the faithless woman.  

Hebrews 11:1-3

What is faith? In Hebrews 11:1-3 the author shows that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.  This is what is needed to persevere in the face of great opposition in this world. Such is the way God’s people have always persevered and such is the way you must persevere today.

Proverbs 2:12-15, 20-22

In Proverbs 2:12-15, 20-22, Solomon explains the first of two benefits of obtaining wisdom and gaining the knowledge of God: it will deliver you from perverse men who love wickedness.  Sinful men often boast about their sins and seek to draw others into their wickedness.  Ultimately, this path leads to death, but wisdom delivers those who obtain her from these that they might find life.