Sermons from February 2024

Sermons from February 2024

Philippians 2:19-30

In Philippians 2:19-30 Paul commends Timothy and Epaphroditus to the Philippians. By this commendation Paul teaches us that we ought to honor those who suffer and labor for the kingdom of God and emulate their faithfulness.

Isaiah 60:1-22

Zion was in darkness due to her sins, but now, as a result of the salvation worked through the Messiah, light arises over her. The coming of Christ leads to all nations coming and serving Zion, bringing their tribute, as she is gloriously transformed in the new creation. The gifts that are brought are fulfilled when the light of a star arises over Christ and the Magi bring their gifts of tribute to him at his birth.

Philippians 2:12-18

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul continues to exhort the Philippian Church to godliness. How are we to understand these exhortations in light of the doctrine of justification by faith? First, there is no merit in works even though they are necessary. Second, the ability to do good works comes form God himself. Therefore, we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling knowing it is God who works in us. This godly living must be from the heart and…

Isaiah 59:15-21

God looks and sees that there is no one righteous, no one to deliver His people, and so He Himself acts as deliverer, putting on the armor of God. He sends a Savior to Zion who banishes ungodliness from her by the Word and Spirit. Ultimately, the prophets see only the work of the Messiah as the true hope for the people of God in their sin.

Philippians 2:1-11

In Philippians 2:5-11 contains one of the most glorious descriptions of the incarnation in the entire Bible. This doctrine, however, is also intensely practical. Christ, being fully God and yet emptying himself and submitting to death, is the greatest example of humility the world has ever seen or will ever see. Christ becomes the pattern for his people and their motivation for humility. Implicitly the text promises, if you humble yourself like Christ, you will also be exalted like him.

Isaiah 59:1-15

In Isaiah 59:1-15 Isaiah returns to the theme of the sins of God’s people. Their sin causes a separation from God and is described as being in darkness. Sin and the judgment that follows is related to the darkness of non-creation. The light of salvation bursting through the darkness signals a new creation.

Philippians 2:1-4

Augustine tells us that the first, second, and third principles of the Christian life are humility, humility, and humility. In Philippians 2:1-4 Paul exhorts the Church to humility on the basis of the benefits of the gospel. Biblical humility is considering others before ourselves and seeking to serve them and meet their needs.

Isaiah 58:13-14

Having discussed true fasting, Isaiah moves on to describe faithful Sabbath keeping. God has set apart one day in seven for the worship of His name. This is not a day for the pursuit of our own pleasure but a day consecrated to God. From the beginning of the world until the coming of Christ, this day was Saturday, but from his resurrection all the way to his return, the day is Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the day when the…