Sermons from November 2020
Peter’s last word on suffering in 1 Peter 5:6-14 is about God’s great power in the midst of suffering. How does an understanding of God’s infinite power influence the way a Christian suffers? Peter addresses this theme with respect to the believer’s relationship to God and Satan. Humble yourself before God in light of God’s power; resist the devil in light of God’s power.
In Deuteronomy 6:10-25 Moses exhorts the people of God to remember Him even when they become prosperous in the promised land. It is always a temptation to turn away from God when tempted. It is easy to pray to God to receive something, receive it, and then forget to return thanks to God and think that we have procured the things we have through our own strength.
How is love for God maintained in the world? Deuteronomy 6:4-5 gives an overview of the message of the Bible. God has entered into a saving covenant relationship with his people through Christ, and the duties of those in covenant with God center on loving Him. How are the message of the gospel and the duty to love God perpetuated? In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 Moses teaches that it is primarily in the family that this is accomplished. Love for God is maintained insofar as Christians have godly homes.
This past election season was the most contentious in recent history. The country seems to be divided over different ideologies and goals for the country. How should Christians think about such things? Does the Bible address things like Socialism? How should Christians respond to difficult elections? All of these questions are addressed in this sermon on Psalm 146 where the Psalmist reminds us that we do not put our hope in princes.
There is no way to overstate the importance of Deuteronomy 6:1-5. Verse 4 is the great summary of redemption on which verse 5 develops the most succinct statement of the entire duty God requires of man, but what do these verses mean? Here Pastor Grasso shows that God is calling his people to exclusive fidelity to him because of salvation and that love for God is to pervade every area of life.
In Psalms 8, the psalmist reminds us of the excellence and greatness of God, and that we are created in His image. He sovereignly ordains everything, all that we understand, and all that we do not. Our anxieties are a product of sin. When we face difficult times, the psalmist reminds us that man has been crowned in glory and honor by God, to be strong in the face of uncertainty because He will never leave or forsake us.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 King Solomon answers a question that many of us ask, what should we do to obtain wisdom, how do we choose when the answer is unclear? God knows every step we will take, we need to trust him with all of our heart. Listen in as we explore how to trust in God instead of ourselves, and what advantage(s) does a God-dependent life bring?
In 1 Peter 4:12-19 Peter tells Christians not to be surprised by suffering. It is normal for Christians; however, he also explains why a Christian should rejoice in suffering: in suffering you are brought closer to Christ; you have the blessing of the Spirit, and you will be vindicated by God on the last day. This vindication assumes faithfulness to Christ. Judgment will begin with the household of God.