The Beginning of Wisdom
Description:The skill for living wisely is contingent upon the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is simply an appropriate response of faith to God's greatest self-revelation in the person of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Description:The things that seem weak and foolish to the world are the very same things that display the power and wisdom of God.
Description:Jesus must answer the call of the cross for this purpose: that the name of God might be glorified.
Description:Jesus calls his followers to a glorious imitation of his own death in dying to self.
Description:The love and affection of Jesus' followers should correspond to Jesus' worth. When that happens, it's beautiful to behold. When it doesn't, it's deadly
Description:Jesus displays his love, not be sparing those who believe from pain, suffering, and even death - but by giving his very self to them.
Description:The believer's salvation is secure because Jesus, the sanctified One, is one with the Father. Through his obedience to the Father's will, he sanctifies you and holds you fast
Description:The Good Shepherd laid down his life for his sheep so that they might receive an eternal and abundant life. The only way to access this life is through the door that is Jesus Christ.
Description:The testimony of the blind man is the believer's testimony: I once was blind, but now I see.
Description:The meaning of our suffering is not found in human causes, but in God's divine purposes.
Description:In a heated discussion, Jesus makes the point that he reflects his Father and unfortunately, his opponents reflect their father as well.
Description:Just like the light that led the Israelites in the wilderness, Jesus is a light to be followed.
Description:Jesus is the source that abundantly satisfies your deepest thirst.
Description:At the synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus receives some confused questions, gives some straight answers, and delivers some hard sayings - all of which leads to a divided opinion.
Description:How can the death of Jesus be considered a triumph? Because of what was achieved by his death: the Father is pleased, the Son is satisfied, and the many are graced.
Description:The suffering, death, and burial of the Servant - is it enough?
Description:The Servant who became your substitute, paid your penalty, and atoned for your sins also provides you with Gospel motivation, helps you with Gospel proclamation, and inspires Gospel adoration.
Description:Insignificant. Undesirable. Unbearable. It's why the Servant of the Lord is rejected - both then and now.
Description:The Lord's Servant will accomplish a triumphant end through a surprisingly inglorious means.
Description:How can God remain God and humanity be anything other than damned? The introduction to a series on the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53.
Description:In this passage we learn that trials are God's will, that He uses them to protect us, that trials reveal our faith, and that trials reveal Jesus.
Description:Your nothing, plus Jesus, is everything you need.
Description:Jesus unequivocally claims to be equal with God - providing evidence, producing witnesses, and delivering a surprise indictment.
Description:The question Jesus asks of the man at the pool of Bethesda is the same question he asks each one of us.
Description:It's not enough to believe in the works of Jesus or in the words of Jesus - though both of those are good. You must believe in the person of Jesus in order to receive eternal life.
Description:To view the world with a harvest mentality means sharing the priority and urgency of Jesus in seeking and saving the lost.
Description:In Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well, he points her to the Bible, God, and to himself as the necessary components for worshiping in spirit and truth.
Description:Why must Jesus fulfill and surpass the ministry and witness of John the Baptist?
Description:The new birth is an inward work of God accompanied by an outward response of saving belief.
Description:The story of Abraham & Isaac is about much more than faith and obedience. It's a foreshadowing of God's greater plan to send a Substitute to save the world.
Description:The deity of Jesus is on full display as he comes to the temple for Passover.
Description:Jesus is revealed as the Son of God in four markers of his first sign performed at the wedding in Cana.
Description:Embedded in this story containing testimony and titles of Jesus, there is a model of how salvation works.
Description:John the Baptist encounters the religious leaders and then encounters Jesus.
Description:Jesus is the one in whom God's grace is maximized and he is the one whom most clearly reveals God to us.
Description:Jesus Christ is the fullest and clearest revelation and explanation of who God is.
Description:Jesus Christ is the means of the greatest division in human history.
Description:A God-ordained witness recognizes his role, focuses on Jesus Christ, and aims at conversion.
Description:Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all things who brings life to a dark world.
Description:Jesus is the eternal Son of God, marked by an inconceivable quality, an incomparable relationship, and an unequaled essence.
1 Peter 5:4
Description:Elders should be faithful to their calling, even suffering if need be, because of the promise of a future reward from the chief Shepherd.
1 Peter 5:3
Description:Elders are to shepherd in the appropriate manner - in imitation of the love and humility of Jesus Christ for his flock.
1 Peter 5:2
Description:Elders are to demonstrate their love for the flock as they fulfill their pastoral duties for the right reason and with the proper motive.
1 Peter 5:2
Description:Shepherding the people of God is a high calling that includes leading, feeding, and protecting the flock.
1 Peter 5:1
Description:How does Jesus Christ mediate his purpose for the church? To whom is the task of shepherding God's flock assigned? The overwhelming answer from Scripture to both questions is plain: elders.
Description:The disciple-making task assigned to us by Jesus is truly a GREAT commission.*Only the last 12 minutes of the sermon were recorded - Apologies!
Description:Paul writes to the Corinthians, "I want you to excel in this grace of giving." Why and how should you do that very thing?
1 Peter 4:11
Description:The use of your gifts in the church is an act of dependence on God and is for the ultimate purpose of bringing Him praise and glory.
1 Peter 4:10
Description:Each Christian has been given a unique expression of grace for ministry from God. Each Christian is obligated to use that gifting and will be held accountable for how they steward that gifting.