Five Keys to Authentic Community (Romans 16:1-16)

We all desperately need community. This hit me again with great force recently as I was watching the movie "The Count of Monte Cristo" starting James Caviezel as Edmond Dantes. Abbe Faria, aka the Priest, becomes a lifeline to the weary Dantes during his stay at the prison, Chateau d'if. Abbe is a great scholar … Continue reading Five Keys to Authentic Community (Romans 16:1-16)

When Discouragement and Despair Knock at Your Door

“All progress in the Christian life depends upon a recapitulation (an act or instance of summarizing and restating the main points of something)  of the original terms of one’s acceptance with God” (John Stott, The Cross of Christ, p. 27). This delightful quote points us to an enduring remedy for all our ills, even that … Continue reading When Discouragement and Despair Knock at Your Door

Demands and Delights of Advancing the Gospel (Romans 16:1-16)

Demands of Advancing the Gospel 1. It demands sacrifice and hard work (vv. 1-2, 6, 12 - Tryphaena and Tryphosa, v.12 - Persis - "who has worked hard in the Lord") 2. It demands taking risk (v.4) 3. It demands a willingness to suffer (v.7 - fellow prisoners) Delights of Advancing the Gospel 1. With … Continue reading Demands and Delights of Advancing the Gospel (Romans 16:1-16)

Even in death the righteous have a refuge

Proverbs 14:32 reads: "When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge." "The wise man of Proverbs saw beyond this dying world; and caught the sunbeams of glory brought to light by the Gospel!’ — Charles Bridges 2 Timothy 1:10b - "Our Savior, Christ Jesus, has destroyed … Continue reading Even in death the righteous have a refuge

Praying for Our Church Family from Acts 19

Vespers Guide for Acts 19 (Click here for PDF) - When the Word of the Lord Prevails During our Vesper service, we sing a hymn together, pray a Psalm, read a chapter of the book of Acts, share a devotional on the chapter, pray kingdom prayers using the chapter from Acts as our basis, and … Continue reading Praying for Our Church Family from Acts 19

Treasuring Forgiveness – Matthew 18

Link: Treasure Forgiveness - Matthew 18:12-35 Monday: Matthew 18:35 is a hard saying of Jesus. Is God’s forgiveness of us conditional upon our forgiving of others? How would you answer this question from God’s Word? Next, reflect on this summary of what Jesus is saying in this parable: “No true follower of mine will act … Continue reading Treasuring Forgiveness – Matthew 18

Daring to Tell the Gospel Amidst Much Conflict – Acts 17

Why did they dare to tell His Gospel? What is the strongest stimulus and motivation? A.    The comparative study of religions has led many to deny the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and to reject the very concept of His exclusive claim of being the only way to God and the imperative of evangelizing and seeing … Continue reading Daring to Tell the Gospel Amidst Much Conflict – Acts 17

Treasuring Prodigals (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

I recently preached on Jesus' famous parable. Here's what struck me most: As we think rightly of our Father and treasure Him as the real prodigal in this story, we will become more intentional in sharing His pursuit of other prodigals, whether they are prodigal in their rebellion and self-centeredness or whether they are prodigal … Continue reading Treasuring Prodigals (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)