Sermons from June 2021

Sermons from June 2021

Deuteronomy 23:19-25

In Deuteronomy 23:19-25 Moses begins his exposition of the eighth commandment on stealing.  This commandment entails recognizing the rights and dues that are owed to both God and men.  If one does not give what is another’s by right, or if one does not give to God what he has vowed, then one violates the eighth commandment.  The point of the exposition of the law is to drive to Christ and to teach the truly righteous way to live.  Salvation…

Song of Songs 2:8-17

In the Song of Songs 2:8-17 the Shulamite describes the call of her beloved.  Her desire is to be with him and thus she responds by declaring her exclusive love for him.  This passage shows the need for men to pursue women in relationships, but even more, it shows God’s pursuit of His people and their need to respond to Him in love.  God calls you by the preaching of the gospel.  Turn and be saved.

Deuteronomy 23:1-18

Deuteronomy 23:1-18 shows that anyone who comes into the presence of God must be holy.  These laws restricting access to God and regulating holiness and purity remained in place until the coming of Christ who has so thoroughly cleansed his people that they now have perfect access into his presence.

Song of Songs 1:1-2:7

In the Song of Songs 1:1-2:7 the Shulamite shows her great desire to be with her beloved, and yet she recognizes that love must wait for its proper time (2:7).  This passages teaches that mutual affection is important in romantic relationships but that sexual intimacy must wait for marriage.  Beyond this, since the Song is about Christ and the Church, the Shulamite’s desire ought to be reflected in the Church’s desire to be with Christ.

Deuteronomy 22:9-30

In Deuteronomy 22:9-30 Moses begins to expound the 7th commandment.  Here he shows what entails adultery.  The passage teaches that one is to be pure and unmixed with the practices of the world and with unbelievers in marriage (22:9-12), that sex before marriage is wrong (22:13-21), that sex with a married woman is a great sin against God (22:22), that guilt for sexual sins must take circumstances into account (22:23-27), that violations of women obligate the violating man to provide…

Song of Songs 1:1-2:7

The Song of Songs is one of the most difficult books for Christians to read.  Is the Song only about marriage?  Does it speak about Christ?  In this sermon introducing the Song of Songs, Pastor Grasso shows how the Song of Songs speaks of Christ typologically.  It is not about just any marriage, but the ideal marriage of the Son of David come to restore life to his people.  The numerous connections in the Song to other biblical passages shows…

Deuteronomy 21:10-22:8

The sixth commandment, “You shall not murder”, entails more than simply refraining from killing another person.  In Deuteronomy 21:10-22:8 Moses expounds the sixth commandment to include preserving life for the vulnerable, those in one’s family, and even one’s enemies.  It is a violation of the sixth commandment to deprive another of the things needed for life.

Matthew 7:24-29

In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus describes two kinds of people, the wise person and the foolish person. Both hear the Word of God, but only one is wise. What is the difference?  The wise person not only hears the Word of God, but also puts it into practice. Hearing the Word does not make one a Christian. The true Christian is a “doer” of the Word, not a hearer only.  Only the doers of the Word will be saved on the…