Sermons from January 2024

Sermons from January 2024

Philippians 1:27-30

In Philippians 1:27-30 Paul transitions from speaking of his own sufferings to those of the Philippians. Their standing firm is a sign of their salvation. He also explains that suffering is actually a gift from God.

Isaiah 58:1-12

In Isaiah 58:1-12 Isaiah addresses the people’s hypocrisy in fasting. They believed that their fasting was pleasing to Him, and yet God actually despised it. Fasting without love and compassion for others is not pleasing to God. Our worship is merely hypocrisy if it is done in hatred of our brothers and sisters.

Philippians 1:19-26

In Philippians 1:19-26 Paul teaches us how we are to understand life and death by way of the example of his own life. Our life is meant to be used to glorify God. Our death is joy because it means fellowship with Christ.

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.

Philippians 1:12-18

In Philippians 1:12-18 Paul begins to explain his own circumstances. Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians from prison, and in this passage Paul explains how his suffering has led to the advancement of the gospel. His suffering is an example of the way in which we are to suffer in this life.

Isaiah 57:1-13

Having described the wickedness of Israel’s leaders, Isaiah moves on to describe the sins of the people. The people of God have been faithless in their idolatry, which the prophets everywhere take to be adultery against God. To be faithful to God, we must worship Him according to His Word.

Philippians 1:9-11

In Philippians 1:9-11 Paul prays that the Philippians would grow in love, knowledge, and discernment in view of the return of Christ. Paul’s prayer is a reminder that we must all live with the return of Christ in view.

Isaiah 56:9-12

Isaiah says that the faithful outsider will be included in the kingdom of God (56:1-8), but the faithless insider will be excluded. Here the focus is on the leadership of the people of God. Poor leadership causes great harm to the church.