Sermons on Means of Grace

Sermons on Means of Grace

Isaiah 63:7-14

Many argue against God’s existence or against God in general by arguing that He is not good. Isaiah, however, remembers God’s goodness in his prayer for the restoration of the people of God. Remembering God’s goodness even when we sin provides a basis for godly prayers. We remember what God did in His grace in the past and ask that God would do the same in the present according to His mercy and grace and for the sake of His…

Isaiah 58:1-12

In Isaiah 58:1-12 Isaiah addresses the people’s hypocrisy in fasting. They believed that their fasting was pleasing to Him, and yet God actually despised it. Fasting without love and compassion for others is not pleasing to God. Our worship is merely hypocrisy if it is done in hatred of our brothers and sisters.

Zechariah 6:9-15

In Zechariah 6:9-15 the prophet prophesies of a glorious King, called “the Branch” who will reign as a glorious priest-king. He will build the house of the Lord as promised to David. This refers to none other than Jesus Christ who has built the true house for God in the incarnation and by building up the church with living stones, and who will build the new heavens and the new earth as the ultimate house wherein God will dwell with…

Psalm 89

In Psalm 89 the Psalmist rejoices in the glory of the Davidic Covenant, but also laments its apparent failure in exile. What are we to do when outwardly God’s promises do not appear to be coming to fruition? We are to walk by faith, not by sight, believing that God will bring everything to pass that He has promised. We see that God was faithful even when His people were faithless in that the birth of Christ was the ultimate…

Daniel 7:1-14

In Daniel 7:1-14 Daniel is given a terrifying vision of the rise of various beastly kingdoms. These kingdoms refer tot he kingdoms of the world which are always against the people of God. The Son of Man, however, has received a kingdom that eclipses all of them.

Psalm 72

Psalm 72 contains a long prayer for the King, but not just any king: The climactic Son of David, the Messiah. This King will reign in righteousness and have an everlasting kingdom that is glorious beyond comprehension. Christ is this King who has come, and we are called upon to pray that His Kingdom would come.

Jeremiah 23:1-8

In Jeremiah 23:1-8, Jeremiah laments the fact that the people of God suffer under poor leadership but prophesies of better days. When will these days come? When the righteous branch of David, whose name is “Jehovah our Righteousness” appears. When this happens, he will work a salvation so great that is will eclipse even the Exodus. This is the salvation that is ours in Christ.

Psalm 45

Psalm 45 describes the Messiah as a great, victorious King given a beautiful bride. The Messiah is called “God” being anointed by God, the Father for kingship. The bride, therefore, is the people of God who are called to leave everything for the love of the bridegroom.

Ezekiel 37:15-28

Ezekiel 37:15-28 predicts that the Son of David, called David in the text, will bring about the fulfillment of all of God’s promises. This King will heal the division between the people o fGod, turn them back from their backslidings, bring them back to the Promised Land, so that God can dwell with his people. All of this is fulfilled in Christ in whom all the promises of God are “yes” and “amen”.

Psalm 2

Psalm 2 predicts the coming of Christ as the one who will rule over all the nations. Though the nations oppose His rule, He will rule over them with a rod of iron. Therefore, God laughs at the attempts of His enemies to oppose Him. Christians, therefore, ought to take comfort knowing that Christ will always conquer all of His enemies.

Matthew 15:1-20 (Part 2)

In Matthew 15:1-20, Christ not only affirms the supremacy of the Word of God over tradition, but also highlights the danger of traditions that nullify the Word of God. The tradition of the Pharisees focused on externals, whereas the Word of God focuses on the heart. Very often traditions that contradict the Bible give people a false hope on the basis of external conformity to manmade laws rather than the purification of the heart in the gospel.

Joel 2:12-19

The session of New Covenant OPC has called for a quarterly fast to beseech God to pour out the Spirit that the Church might be built. In fasting Joel tells us to “rend our hearts” not our garments. Fasting ought to be done to humble oneself before God that we might cry out to him for help in our need. Given the state of the church and the proliferation of great sins in our country, it is not going to…