Sermons from October 2023

Sermons from October 2023

1 Samuel 17:1-58 (Part 2)

1 Samuel 17:1-58 tells the well-known story of David and Goliath. It is important to remember that David’s life is meant to be understood as a prophecy of Christ. David is a type of Christ, and therefore, his victory over Goliath is meant to be understood as a prophecy of how Christ will defeat the devil. What we understand about Christ from this text is that He is the true King after God’s own heart, who defeats the enemy as…

Matthew 16:17-20

In Matthew 16:17-20 Christ says He will build the Church on the rock. What or who is the rock? The rock is Peter, though this does not imply the Roman Catholic doctrine of the papacy. Further, Christ tells Peter that He will give him the keys of the kingdom so that whatever he binds on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever he looses on earth will be loosed in heaven. The keys of the Kingdom is the symbol…

Matthew 16:13-17

In Matthew 16:13-17 Peter makes the climactic confession of the first half of Matthew’s Gospel: You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. As Christ, Jesus is the anointed Prophet, Priest, and King, the promised Savior spoken of by the Prophets. As the Son of God, He is the second person of the Trinity existing forever with the Father and of the same substance as Him. All those who make this confession are blessed.

1 Samuel 17:1-58 (Part 1)

1 Samuel 17:1-58 tells the well-known story of David and Goliath. David’s courageous faith is an example to us in today’s world. In the face of great opposition, David trusts in God and enters the battle with Goliath with the confidence that God is with him. Today, as the church is opposed more and more, there is a great need for such courageous faith.

1 Samuel 16:14-23

In 1 Samuel 16:14-23 Saul receives an evil spirit, which torments him. This spirit comes upon him after the Holy Spirit leaves him. The result is that Saul’s servants suggest bringing David into the royal court to play for Saul. God thus shows His inscrutable providence in using evil spirits and the seemingly random wills of men to accomplish His purposes.

2 Corinthians 9:1-15

In 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 Paul gives instructions for giving. The purpose of this portion of Paul’s letter is to exhort the Corinthians to be faithful in giving, but also to consider the spiritual benefit of giving. In light of the blessings that accrue to the giver, Christians ought to give out of love, not compulsion.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

In 1 Samuel 16:1-13 we are introduced to David, the man after God’s own heart. Unlike Saul, the King like all the other nations, David is the smallest in his family. There is nothing outward back by which it would be obvious that he should be king. This, however, is not a criteria for kingship for God, for man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. This anointing of David foreshadows and is a prophecy of…

Haggai 1:1-15

In Haggai 1:1-15 Haggai exhorts the people to get to work in building the house of God. They were living in paneled houses while the house of God lay in ruins. His call was a call for the people of God to prioritize the Kingdom of God above themselves.

1 Samuel 15:1-35 (Part 2)

In 1 Samuel 15:11 we learn that God regretted making Saul king; however, in verse 29 we read that God is not a man that He should have any regrets. How are we to understand these two statements? It is from passages like this that we see that God is not like us. His nature is not like ours. Though God may be said to “repent” or “regret”, this is merely creaturely language being applied to an infinite, eternal, and…

Matthew 16:5-12

In Matthew 16:5-12 Christ warns the disciples of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. It is strange that the Pharisees and Sadducees have joined together in their opposition to Christ given the number of things they themselves disagreed on. We see that though the ungodly are often opposed to each other, they will always be more opposed to the Church. Furthermore, we learn that false teachings which appear to be opposites very often have much in common.