Sermons on Salvation

Sermons on Salvation

Isaiah 65:1-7

In Isaiah 65:1-7 Isaiah speaks about two different kinds of people: those who receive God’s grace and those who don’t. Surprisingly, it is the Gentiles who will receive the gospel, whereas those closest to God will not due to apostasy. We learn from this passage not to presume upon the grace of God but to cast ourselves upon Him.

Isaiah 63:15-64:12

In Isaiah 63:15-64:12 Isaiah continues to call out to God in response to the glorious messianic prophecies of 59:15-63:6. Isaiah sees the vast difference between what was promised and the current state of the people of God and this causes him to cry out to God to restore His people. He acknowledges his and the people’s sins, recognizes God’s sovereignty and the people’s covenant relationship with Him, and on the basis of these things pleads with God to restore His…

Philippians 3:12-16

In Philippians 3:12-16 Paul exhorts the Philippians to strive for more in the Christian life. It can be so easy to be complacent in the Christian life, but Paul teaches us the Christian life is one that is always to be filled with striving for more.

Philippians 3:1-11 (Part 3)

Philippians 3:1-11 is a major passage used by those who teach the New Perspective on Paul. Pastor Grasso shows that the historic Reformed position on justification is the teaching of the Bible.

Isaiah 61:4-9

Zion benefits from the salvation worked by Christ, the Anointed Preacher. She will be restored with all the nations serving her and her people acting as priests to the world. Such is the glory of the Church in the days we are living in now.

Isaiah 60:1-22

Zion was in darkness due to her sins, but now, as a result of the salvation worked through the Messiah, light arises over her. The coming of Christ leads to all nations coming and serving Zion, bringing their tribute, as she is gloriously transformed in the new creation. The gifts that are brought are fulfilled when the light of a star arises over Christ and the Magi bring their gifts of tribute to him at his birth.

Philippians 2:12-18

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul continues to exhort the Philippian Church to godliness. How are we to understand these exhortations in light of the doctrine of justification by faith? First, there is no merit in works even though they are necessary. Second, the ability to do good works comes form God himself. Therefore, we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling knowing it is God who works in us. This godly living must be from the heart and…

Isaiah 57:13-21

Isaiah contrasts the house of the prostitute with the house that is faithful to Him. Those who trust in God will inherit the mountain of God and dwell with Him forever. They come to this inheritance being led by God Himself on the highway prepared for this very purpose.

Isaiah 56:1-8

The gospel often comes to those who are overlooked in society. Isaiah, prophesying of the days of Christ, speaks of the inclusion of the eunuch and the foreigner in the kingdom of God. This is fulfilled pointedly with the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8.

1 Samuel 15:1-35 (Part 1)

In 1 Samuel 15:1-35 Samuel commands Saul to destroy the Amalekites. Saul destroys them, mostly. When confronted by Samuel he argues that his disobedience was really done to serve the Lord, since the things not destroyed were to be offered to God. Samuel then gives one of the great fundamental principles of service to God: Obedience is better than sacrifice. Attempting to do things for God that He has not commanded, that is making sacrifices for God in an attempt…

1 Samuel 13:1-15

In 1 Samuel 13:1-15 Saul’s reign begins to unravel. He fights against the Philistines and appears to have some success, but once things appear dire, he disobeys God causing Samuel to tell him that he will lose the Kingdom. True service to God, even when things are difficult, entails obedience.

1 Samuel 12:1-25

In 1 Samuel 12:1-25 Samuel gives a final exhortation to the people highlighting the sinfulness of their request for a king once again. Judgment, however, is not the final word. Samuel affirms that God will be with His people if they are faithful to Him. Ultimately, both the people and the king need God and must be faithful to Him.