Sermons on The Christian Life

Sermons on The Christian Life

Hebrews 12:12-29: Run with Endurance

Please turn with me to Hebrews chapter 12.  This spring we’ve been walking through the book of Hebrews, and we’re almost to the end, two chapters left, two sermons left. As we’ve been saying throughout this series, what we’re looking at is a single, long sermon, we don’t know who the author is, but we do know the audience: Christians from among the Hebrew people, who had converted from Judaism.  This book was likely written in the mid 60s AD,…

Worship, Scattered – The Christian Life, Monday through Saturday

Summary: We gather together on Sunday AM, from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all situations, to join our streams of worship as one in order to encourage and instruct one another. To remind each other of the Gospel, and to send each other out on Gospel mission. What are we sending ourselves out to do?  The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) – Make disciples from all the nations. Baptizing them in the name of the father, son, and holy spirit,…

Romans 15 God-glorifying Harmony

Introduction The Strong and the Weak In Romans 14, Paul introduces two groups of believers: the “strong” and the “weak”. Dave did an excellent job of discussing these two categories last week.  The weak were converts from Judaism who were still stuck in either the Jewish food & festival laws and customs, and/or converts from Paganism who were still stuck with superstitions of their various cults about foods and holy days.  The strong were converts from either camp who realized…

Romans 15 God-glorifying Harmony

Introduction The Strong and the Weak In Romans 14, Paul introduces two groups of believers: the “strong” and the “weak”. Dave did an excellent job of discussing these two categories last week.  The weak were converts from Judaism who were still stuck in either the Jewish food & festival laws and customs, and/or converts from Paganism who were still stuck with superstitions of their various cults about foods and holy days.  The strong were converts from either camp who realized…

God and Government

Based on the Book of Romans, what should a Christian’s response be to government? Why did God institute government

Grace Abounds Much More

Romans 5:12-21—Week 10—Grace Abounds Much More   During my high school and early college years, I was a sinner.  I was enslaved to sin.  My excessive drinking was constant.  My cursing and offensive speech regularly hurt and annoyed people, and certainly offended God.  My anxiety over school and money was consuming, at times.   I was a slave to my sin.   And as I heard the gospel message as a 19-year old, I realized that I was a slave…

The End is Near, Therefore…

  Introduction There are many apocalyptic movies that have come out in the last few decades, and even in the last few years. Interstellar. The Maze Runner. Oblivion. Planet of the Apes. And lots of ZOMBIE movies With some variation, such movies point to the destruction of the world. The end of life as we know it. We are fascinated by the END of TIME. And I am fascinated by our fascination. Why are we so interested in the end…

The Life of a Sojourner and an Exile

Why Should We Obey God’s Commands? Have you ever wondered why we should obey God’s commands? “Well that’s a silly question, Matt! God is God, therefore we should obey Him!”  Yes, yes, of course. But really though, have you wondered why? Christians believe that we are not saved by what we do. Rather we are saved by faith in the free grace of God, through the work of His son Jesus, alone. We do not add to this by anything…

Think Deeply and Act Strongly

  Introduction   How many of you were annoying 5-year olds who constantly asked, “Why?” This teaching is for you. How many of you took a class in school— maybe Physics or Math—and you said, “I don’t really want to understand the theory and how it all works. I just want to figure out the answers on the test and move on.”  This teaching is also for you. Some of us approach the Scriptures with a thirst to know everything.…

Wise Guys and Fools

  INTRODUCTION About 12 years ago, my good friend and fellow pastor Pat Sokoll moved to Iowa City to start a new church. Pat is simply one of the wisest men I’ve ever known. He has so much insight into people and problems and the things of God, that, honestly, I found it almost annoying that he could be so RIGHT so many times. (I mean that in a very complimentary way.) When he moved, I realized that I and our church…