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Wonderful Benefits of the Word of God

Text: Psalms 19:7-11
Speaker: Nick Kalena
Date: February 23, 2014

An evening service sermon from Nick Kalena.

War in the Wilderness

Text: Luke 4:1-13
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 23, 2014

Most people think of Jesus overcoming the devil’s temptations in the wilderness as an example for us to follow.  It is.  And I plan to preach about what we can learn from this passage about fighting temptation next week.

But something bigger and more important is going on here.  The temptations Jesus faces are unique to Him as the Son of God.  I can’t turn stones into bread.  Nor will I be offered the glory of earthly kingdoms.  Jesus appears as our Champion, the true Son of God who overcomes the devil where others (Adam and Israel) have failed.  After He emerges victorious He is able to begin His public ministry which will lead to the final defeat of Satan, sin and death.  Because He has won the victory we are set free and can overcome the devil and his temptations.

The Greatest Miracle

Text: Mark 5:21-43
Speaker: Darrin Smith
Date: February 16, 2014

An evening service sermon from Darrin Smith.

Son of God and Son of Man

Text: Luke 3:23-38
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 16, 2014

We believe that consecutive expository preaching is the best way to “Preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:1-2) week after week.  Sometimes we come across passages which appear to be especially challenging – like this week’s text which contains the genealogy of Jesus going back to Adam.  We also believe that ALL Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  God has put this text into the Scripture for our good.  This week I will even preach about the commas in the genealogy (yes I know that there weren’t commas in the original Greek text, but you will see what I mean).

We will see why the genealogies of Scripture are important as a record of God’s faithfulness to His promises and as proof of the claim of kings to their throne.  Genealogies remind us of the human need for salvation and of God’s plan to accomplish redemption.

Finally, we will talk about the significance of the age at which Jesus began His public ministry.  Why did He wait until He was past age thirty?  Why didn’t the Father simply send the Son to the earth as a full grown man (like the first Adam) instead of having Him go through infancy, childhood, youth and young adulthood before making His appearance to Israel?

The Lord is the Help of His People

Text: Psalm 40:1-5
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: February 9, 2014

An evening service sermon from Mike Kelley.

More Righteous than the Pharisees

Text: Matthew 5:17-20
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: February 9, 2014

In this sermon I will be preaching from Matthew 5:17-20.  One of the reasons I chose this text is I have been amazed at how often I incorrectly view the law of God – either taking it very lightly and not thinking much about His commands, or feeling overburdened and condemned by it.

These feelings are not new, and were certainly in the air in Jesus’ day.  In this text Jesus addresses a proper view of the law and how God is working in us to make us “more righteous than the Pharisees.” I pray that it will be an encouraging corrective to all of our hearts as we continue together in the Christian life.

John Completes His Testimony to Jesus

Text: Luke 3:14-22
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: February 2, 2014

This Sunday we will cover the transition from John’s public ministry to that of Jesus’ as John gives his final testimony to Jesus and Jesus is baptized.  At Jesus’ baptism the Holy Spirit descends upon Him like a dove and the Father’s voice proclaims, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased.”

Every child yearns for approval from his father.  Some adults struggle because they never heard their father say, “I am proud of you.”  Jesus is the beloved Son in Whom His Father is well pleased because of Jesus’ perfect obedience.  Because we are in Jesus, we are loved and accepted by God the Father.

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