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The Tragic Failure of Eli and his Sons

Text: I Sam. 2:11-36
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 26, 2015

We as parents long to see our children walk with the Lord.  The Proverbs remind us, “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice” and “A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him” (Prov. 23:24 17:25).  Eli the Priest is often regarded as the paradigm of parental failure because he failed to exercise control over his wicked sons which resulted in tragedy for his entire household.

1 Samuel 2 is not primarily about parenting, however.  The big picture is that God is bringing new and better leadership for His people.  The fall of Eli’s house will result in the rise of Samuel as the last Judge over Israel.  Samuel will be the kingmaker who will anoint David as the Israel’s great king.  Ultimately this passage looks to the coming of Christ who will be a Priest and King who surpasses Eli, Samuel and David.


Never Weary in Well-Doing

Text: Galatians 6:9-10
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: April 26, 2015

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Remembering the Lord’s Goodness and Steadfast Love

Text: Psalm 106
Speaker: Ryan Wentzel
Date: April 19, 2015

An evening sermon from Ryan Wentzel.


The Reconciler

Text: Genesis 44-45
Speaker: Nathaniel Hutchison
Date: April 19, 2015

A Sunday morning sermon from Nathaniel Hutchison.


Super Conquerors

Text: Romans 8:35-39
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: April 12, 2015

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The Feeding of the (Twenty)-Five Thousand

Text: Luke 9:10-17
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 12, 2015

Food is often significant in the Bible.  God provided abundant food for mankind in the garden.  The first sin involved eating.  God shares meals with his people including the Passover, the Lord’s Supper and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  God fed His people with manna in the wilderness.  The promises of the Old Covenant involved having plenty of food and the curses involved starvation.  Meals are important in the Gospel of Luke.  Jesus participates in significant meals with various people, including both Pharisees and sinners. Some of His parables have to do with meals and eating.

The miracle of the feeding of the five thousand (probably over twenty-thousand, including women and children) is an important miracle.  It is the only miracle, other than the resurrection, which is recorded in all four gospels.  This miracle comes at a strategic point in Luke’s gospel as it points to the answer to the question, “Who is Jesus?” Both Jesus’ disciples and the crowds still don’t understand.

This miracle also has significance for us as we look to Jesus as the bread of life.  Like the disciples, we are called to feed others on His behalf.


For Whom Did Jesus Make Substitution?

Text: Isaiah 53
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Date: April 5, 2015

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The Suffering and Triumph of God’s Servant

Text: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 5, 2015

In Luke 24 we are told that the risen Christ showed His disciples where in the Old Testament His death and resurrection had been foretold.  While we are not certain which passages our Lord used, there is no text which more plainly portrays His suffering and triumph than Isaiah 53, which was written seven hundred years before the incarnation.

In this Easter Sunday sermon we will see how God chose to allow His Servant to suffer unto death only to raise Him up in victory.


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