Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weekend Recap - 1/25/15

My 1/25/15AM sermon, Benediction from Romans 16:25-27, is now online (Small Group Questions are available too).  This sermon brought to an end my year long preaching through the book of Romans.  It was certainly a joy to do this.  This sermon, in particular, helped show how the aim of everything God's done through the Gospel is for His glory.  I hope it encourages you in your life.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekend Recap - Retreats...

I'm coming off a super busy weekend...

On Thursday and Friday, I was in Hesston, KS with Leadership Reno County kicking off the 2015 class with a retreat.  I love playing a small part in the leadership development of our community.  Many of the things our community continues to work on are big, hairy, adaptive problems.  I think LRC helps equip people, regardless of their background, to make progress in these areas.

As soon as I returned from this, our Elders got away for a Bible Intensive Retreat with Jim Elliff and Kole Farney.  In church work, especially among church leadership, we can spend so much time doing important, even necessary things, that we can neglect the more vital things.  I've noticed over the past few years that studying the Bible together would be a great thing.  Jim's preferred method for reading the Bible is really where we spent much of our time, working through John 1 together.  By the way, Jim did preach for me (and Kole shared his testimony).  'Twas a great sermon on what it means to be a True Disciple.

Today, this busy weekend ended by being able to participate in the Reno County Youth Leadership Summit.  I was able to speak on how leadership starts with you and must engage others.

So, I'm pretty beat, but it's a good tired and I'm grateful to get to serve both our community, local church leadership and the church at large.  Have a great week.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekend Recap - Gospel Watchfulness

My 1/11/15AM sermon, Gospel Watchfulness from Romans 16:17-20 (including Small Group Questions) is now online.   The sermon sought to unpack the call to look out and avoid those who cause divisions by abandoning the Gospel.  This should be done with wisdom and in light of the sure victory that will be ours through Jesus.  I hope it encourages you as you seek to live a life centered on the Gospel (or if you need more information on what makes the Gospel so amazing).

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Weekend Recap - Gospel Greetings

My 1/4/15AM sermon, Gospel Greetings from Romans 16:1-16, 21-23 is now online.  This sermon engaged the long list of greetings at the end of Romans to press toward encouragements in church life, service and fellowship.  I hope you find it helpful as you see to engage in eternal work this coming year.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Weekend Recap - Gospel Partnership

My 12/28/14AM sermon, Gospel Partnership from Romans 15:25-33, is now online.  In this sermon, I sought to unpack what Paul was saying when he showed how Gospel motives inform meeting social needs and engaging in prayer.  There are ways Christians resist both of these, so I tried to engage those (unspoken) thoughts as well.  I hope it's helpful for you living out what you believe.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekend Recap - Christmas Defined

My 12/21/14AM sermon was titled Christmas Defined from John 3:16.  This sermon is now online.  The definition we were driven to was: Christmas is God's love coming to us through His Son calling us away from ourselves to real life.  I hope it blesses you this holiday week.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekend Recap - Gospel Propulsion

My 12/14/14AM sermon, Gospel Propulsion from Romans 15:14-24 is now online.  In this sermon, I try to unpack God's heart for His people, which emerges as grace moves in to propel us to action, as we serve the world and engage the unreached in our world.  I mentioned that if someone wants more info on the unreached, they should check out IMB Global Research.  I hope this sermon helps you spread the good news of great joy for all peoples.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

All Hands On Deck

I'm posting today over on our Church's Missions Blog:

All hands on deck seems to be a cry used in times when all kinds of help is needed to accomplish something.  In our case, we have a value called Wholly Engaged, which we feel helps encapsulate our idea that all hands are needed for the work of global missions.  We are on a boat that is riding a tidal wave of God's glory to the ends of the earth.  And, we need all hands on deck to contribute to this awesome campaign.  Where is your place?  What work could you do?  How glorious would your work help God's great cause?  Today, answer the call for all hands on deck as we display God's glory throughout the world.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Weekend Recap - Gospel Unity

My 12/7/14AM sermon, Gospel Unity from Romans 15:1-13 is now online.  In this sermon, I try to unpack the foundation for unity that's given in this passage, specifically honing in on not seeking to please ourselves but submitting to Jesus' Lordship.  My hope is that through this sermon, you'd be drawn away from yourself to radiate God's glory with others.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weekend Recap - Gospel Love

My 11/30/14AM sermon, Gospel Love from Romans 14:13-23, is now online.  The sermon sought to unpack the inward, upward, and outward calls of love to others.  We must consider our conscience, esteem God's kingdom and live out our faith for love to have the grace shaped character it's meant to have.  I hope this sermon helps nurture that in you.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Recap - Gospel Welcome

My 11/23/14AM sermon, Gospel Welcome, from Romans 14:1-12 is now online.  The sermon got into the big section of Romans 14-15 and how people relate in the church.  The big theme of this passage is that because God's welcomed us, we ought to welcome others.  Specifically, because of who God is, Jesus being Lord and God being the final judge, we should stop quarreling over secondary matters.  I hope this sermon is an encouragement to you.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend Recap - Loving Our Neighbor

My sermon from 11/16/14AM entitled Loving Our Neighbor from Romans 13:8-14 is now online.  Among other things, this sermon helped show some reasons why we should love our neighbor, especially as a people who are shaped by grace.  My hope is that this sermon leads to persistent and diligent application from all who hear.  I hope it encourages you, too.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Weekend Recap - Loving The State

My 11/9/14 sermon, Loving the State from Romans 13:1-7, is now online.  This sermon, while very convicting, did attempt to chart a positive course on how Christians in this world relate to their government.  God has called on us to submit.  He's called us to this because He's the One who gives government its authority, He's the One who's given government its purpose and He's the One calling citizens to live in an honorable way in society.  I hope this sermon helps you make progress as you live your faith in this world.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Risk Is Right.

I'm posting over on our Church's Mission Blog today...

From John Piper's book Don't Waste Your Life (pp.89-90):

Risk is right. And the reason is not because God promises success to all our ventures in his cause. There is no promise that every effort for the cause of God will succeed, at least not in the short run. John the Baptist risked calling King Herod an adulterer when he divorced his own wife in order to take his brother’s wife. For this John got his head chopped off. And he had done right to risk his life for the cause of God and truth. Jesus had no criticism for him, only the highest praise (Matthew 11:11).

Paul risked going up to Jerusalem to complete his ministry to the poor. He was beaten and thrown in prison for two years and then shipped off to Rome and executed there two years later. And he did right to risk his life for the cause of Christ. How many graves are there in Africa and Asia because thousands of young missionaries were freed by the power of the Holy Spirit from the enchantment of security and then risked their lives to make much of Christ among the unreached peoples of the world!

And now what about you? Are you caught in the enchantment of security, paralyzed from taking any risks for the cause of God? Or have you been freed by the power of the Holy Spirit from the mirage of Egyptian safety and comfort? Do you men ever say with Joab, “For the sake of the name, I’ll try it! And may the Lord do what seems good to him”? Do you women ever say with Esther, “For the sake of Christ, I’ll try it! And if I perish, I perish”?

Today, maybe God is calling you deeper.  Christ is that compelling.  He's calling us to be strategically reckless for Him.  Let's go to Him, outside the camp and find Him to be all satisfy.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Weekend Recap - Genuine Love

My 11/2/14AM sermon, Genuine Love from Romans 12:9-21, is now online.  Many of us think that we're much more loving that we actually are.  And the Bible is like a mirror that we hold up to show us our true selves.  In this passage, we see that genuine love is on the move, acting in ways that are challenging for many of us.  We are demonstrating love to believers.  This is the call at the first part of our passage and it's difficult. But, towards the end of the passage, we're called to love our enemies, which is impossible for us apart from the mobilizing grace of God.  So, I hope this sermon is helpful as you seek to love the way God's called you to love.