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The Encouragement of Reconciliation

Text: Colossians 1:21-24
Speaker: Nick Kalena
Date: January 26, 2014

An evening service sermon from Nick Kalena.

John’s Preparatory Message of Repentance

Text: Luke 3:1-14
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 26, 2014

Repentance and wrath are rarely heard from preachers in our day, but these themes were at the heart of John the Baptist’s message as he sought to prepare the Israelites for the appearance of their Messiah.

Was John’s message exceptional because of his unique ministry?  Or are we neglecting important (but unpopular) themes in our proclamation.  John also called upon his hearer to express their faith through baptism and by performing works which are the fruit of true repentance.  Some evangelicals might accuse John as being harsh and moralistic.

With God’s help, I hope to proclaim God’s message through John to you.  Please pray that our hearts will be receptive and humble and that the Lord will give repentance and faith to those among us who have not yet turned to Him.

Be Who You Are

Text: Colossians 3:1-4
Speaker: Brian Onstead
Date: January 19, 2014

An evening service sermon from Brian Onstead.

The Growth of Jesus, the Son of God

Text: Luke 2:40-52
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 19, 2014

Very little is known about Jesus’ life between his birth and the beginning of His public ministry.  Many apocryphal legends have been circulated, but there is only one incident from our Lord’s youth recorded in Scripture.  Out of all that transpired in Jesus’ early life why is this particular event at the temple chosen for inclusion in Luke’s gospel?

We also have in this passage the first recorded words of Jesus which are full of significance.  Why are these words so important?

This passage also raises questions about the relationship between Jesus’ Divine nature and His human nature.  How can the all-powerful One grow in strength?  How can the all-knowing One grow in wisdom?

The other challenging question in our passage is, how could Jesus upset his earthly parents by failing to leave Jerusalem with them after the feast?  If our kids did something like this we would think they have done wrong, but we know Jesus is without sin.  How could Jesus do this to his earthly father and mother?

Jesus Presented at the Temple

Text: Luke 2:21-39
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 12, 2014

Christmas is over, but the contemplation of the coming of our Lord Jesus is a fifty-two week a year experience for us – especially this week as we complete Luke’s birth narrative.

Joseph and Mary faithfully fulfill the law by circumcising Jesus and going to Jerusalem for Mary’s cleansing and Jesus’ presentation at the temple.  While they are in Jerusalem, they encounter Simeon and Anna who bear further prophetic witness to Christ’s mission.  While the previous glorious proclamations about Jesus are affirmed, there is also an ominous tone as Simeon warns that Jesus will be opposed and will cause division and that Mary’s soul will be pierced.  As we continue to read Luke, we will realize that the people we meet in the first two chapters are part of the godly remnant during a time when Israel is corrupt and unprepared for their Messiah.  There continues to be a remnant today, both in the world at large and also among the Jews.  We who are of that remnant seek to serve God as we await the return of Christ.

Brother-keepers Living in Authentic Gospel Community

Text: Hebrews 10:24-25
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 5, 2014

This week we will be taking a short break from our exposition of Luke.  It has been our practice at the beginning of a new year to speak to the mission of Grace Bible Church as we look forward to what the Lord will do in the coming year.  As a reminder of our mission statement:

Our mission is to build a community of gospel-centered people as we:

  1. Worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24; Acts 2:42).
  2. Serve one another by exercising our spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:11-16).
  3. Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
  4. Live out a biblical worldview in all spheres of life (Jer. 29:7; Mt. 5:13-16).

In this sermon we will look at Hebrews 10:24-25 in which we are told to stimulate (or provoke) one another to love and good deeds as we make our participation in the life of the church body a priority.   A unique emphasis of this exhortation is that we are not merely encouraged to show love and to do good deeds, but we are told to incite one another to such works of faith (v. 24).  How can we do this in practical terms?  Certainly part of the answer involves spending time in close fellowship with one another (v. 25).   All of this is built on the foundation of the work of Christ who has cleansed us and given us access to God (Hebrews 10:19ff).

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