Sermons from May 2021

Sermons from May 2021

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.

Matthew 7:13-14

In Matthew 7:13-14 Christ begins his concluding exhortations for the Sermon on the Mount.  He exhorts his listeners to enter by the narrow gate. In doing this Christ puts two options before everyone: life and death.  There is a broad way that leads to death and a narrow way that leads to life.  How do you enter the narrow gate? Faith in Christ. How do you walk on the narrow way?  Walking in obedience to Christ.

Deuteronomy 18:9-22, Part 1

In Deuteronomy 18:9-22 God promises to raise up a “prophet like Moses” for the people of God, but Deuteronomy 34:10-12 indicates that this had not happened (written sometime after Moses’ death).  Ultimately, though all prophets resemble Moses in some way, none are like him.  Who is the prophet like Moses?  Who fulfills the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:9-22?  The Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:12

In Matthew 7:12 Jesus, summarizing everything he’s said in the Sermon on the Mount, gives the famous “golden rule”.  The sum of the Law and the Prophets (the OT) is to do unto others as you would have them do to you.  What does this entail?  How does this rule fulfill the law?  Is this unique to Christianity?