Text: Exodus 11:4-12:13, 21-29 A central element of the Bible is the theme of substitution--of one who would die in the place of sinners. But why is that necessary? That’s what we’ll discuss in this sermon on one of the most famous passages of the Old Testament.
Text: Genesis 3:1-21 Shame. Hard to define, universally experienced. What is shame? What does it do in our lives? Is there any way to combat it? In this sermon, we’ll talk about all these issues, and discuss how the gospel gives us the resources to break the grip of shame in our lives.
Text: Jonah 4:1-11 How does God show his compassion to--and through--Jonah and his ministry in Nineveh? That’s what we’ll look at as we conclude our series, Big Fish, Bigger God.
Text: Jonah 4:1-11 Compassion only does us lasting good if the one who is compassionate is also powerful enough to do something about our problems. That’s exactly the kind of God we have, as we’ll see in this message.
Text: Jonah 4:1-11 Not only does self-righteousness cause us to see God as our debtor, but it causes us to see ourselves as better, stronger, and wiser than we really are. At the same time, it causes us to see people not as people, but merely as yardsticks by which we can (favorably) measure ourselves. [...]
Text: Jonah 4:1-11 Self-righteousness--the attitude that says we don’t need God or other people, and that we’re wiser, holier, and better than we actually are--is so devastating because it poisons the way we see God. We begin to see him not so much as our savior, but as our debtor. When that happens, pain and [...]
Text: Jonah: 3:1-10 Repentance. That word--and it’s verbal form, repent--is all over the Bible. But what does it mean? And what does it look like in actual practice? That’s what we discuss in our look at in the fourth week of our series Jonah: Big Fish, Bigger God.
Text: Jonah 2:1-10 What do you do when you have nowhere else to go? What will you hang your hopes upon? What will dictate your mindset (and, in turn, your actions) moving forward? God put Jonah in a spot where he had nowhere to look but up. And the truth he re-discovered was the same [...]
Text: Jonah 1:4-17 The words “severe” and “mercy” don’t seem to go together. But if you read the Bible, you find that many of the greatest things people does in the lives of his people are also the hardest. That was definitely the case for Jonah, as we’ll discover in this sermon
Text: Jonah 1:1-3 In this sermon, we get an introductory look at the prophet Jonah--a guy who looks eerily like us in a lot of ways we’re probably not proud of. We talk both about who Jonah was and what he did, but more importantly, we discuss what we can learn about God’s character in [...]