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Grace and Peace Through Christ

Text: Galatians 1:1-5
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 29, 2012

This week is a very exciting Sunday as we begin the exposition of the book of Galatians.
Galatians is a very important book which as it clearly as it powerfully defends the gospel. Galatians and Romans were the most crucial books to which the reformers looked.

Paul writes to churches in Galatia (part of modern Turkey) which he had founded during his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14).
Sadly, false teachers, who apparently were from a Jewish background, had infiltrated these churches, claiming that gentile converts must embrace the Jewish law, including circumcision, if they were to receive salvation through the Jewish Messiah. They also sought to undermine Paul’s authority.
Paul’s writes to the Galatians to defend the purity of the gospel which declares that we are justified by grace alone through faith alone in the work of Christ alone. Paul also defends the divine origin of his apostolic commission and message.

Galatians is needed in our day because we can never take the gospel for granted. There are many false teachers who are corrupting the gospel through addition or subtraction.
Even believers sometimes begin with the gospel and then think they can move on to bigger and better things. We are never done with the gospel!
I am also excited to start Galatians because this is probably the most significant biblical book through which I have never before preached!

Paul’s salutation to the Galatians (in the first five verses) introduces his major themes. He begins by asserting his apostolic authority, having been appointed to his office by the risen Christ. Paul then proclaims God’s grace and peace which come solely through Christ’s giving of Himself for our sins. Paul’s opening words are also striking for what they omit. He has no words of commendation or thanksgiving for the wayward Galatians. Instead, he gets right down to the business of defending the gospel against the false teachers (1:6ff).

Bless the Lord

Text: Psalm 103
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 22, 2012

One well know author writes, “People today are looking to the Bible for answers to questions it does not consider most important”, meaning that many are most concerned about how they can be more successful, happy, and prosperous; or how they can get rid of stress, worry and fear. Our greatest need is to better know and worship God. Psalm 103 encourages us to praise God for His lovingkindness to His people. As we draw near to God in this way our problems (which cause stress, worry and fear) diminish and we experience the joy and fulfillment for which our hearts long.

Epitaph of a Faithful Man

Text: 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: April 15, 2012

Doubting Thomas is Transformed into Believing Thomas

Text: John 20:24-30
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 8, 2012

This Sunday’s sermon will be from John 20 in which Thomas is transformed from a doubter to a believer.

The Triumphal Entry

Text: Psalm 118 and John 12:9-19
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 1, 2012

When I was a child I remember hearing a friend describe how in their church, on Palm Sunday, everyone was given a palm branch as they walked into the chapel and then they got to wave it.
I remember thinking that my friend’s church must be cooler than my church.

Don’t worry (or get your hopes up), we won’t be handing out palm branches on Sunday morning. But we will join the multitudes throughout history in praising Jesus, the Messiah and the Son of David, who entered Jerusalem to deliver His people by being our Passover lamb.

The triumphal entry is one of the few events which is recorded in all four gospels. This event also looks back to Psalm 118, from which the crowds were quoting as they cried, “Hosanna!”, and to Zechariah, who foretold a King of peace Who would ride on a donkey.

We will first go through Psalm 118 to see how the psalmist reflected upon:
1. God’s past deliverance through Moses (which is remembered in the Passover which was about to be celebrated).

2. God’s present deliverance (when the Psalm was written) through the king of Israel.

3. God’s future deliverance through the Messiah (which was fulfilled in the coming of Jesus).

Then we will expound John 12:9-19 in order to consider and evaluate the different perspectives on Jesus’ prophecy fulfilling entry into Jerusalem – the crowds, the Jewish leaders, and Jesus Himself.

Please read Psalm 118 and John 12:9-19 before coming to church on Sunday morning. You also would profit from reading Zechariah 9:9-11

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