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God in the Whirlwind

Text: Job 38-41
Speaker: Steve Watkins
Date: January 31, 2016

A Sunday morning sermon from Steve Watkins, pastor at Trinity Bible Church.

The Lord will Perfect That Which Concerns Me

Text: Psalm 138
Speaker: Taylor Bassett
Date: January 24, 2016

An evening service sermon from Taylor Bassett.

Missionary Harvesters Sent Out

Text: Luke 10:1-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 24, 2016

What is the most wicked city ever?  Many of us might think of Sodom which was destroyed by fire.  Jesus says that the cities of Galilee were more guilty than Sodom and that they were to undergo a more severe judgment (Luke 10:10-15).  What was the great sin of these cities which so provoked God’s wrath?

In Luke 10:1-16 Jesus sends out seventy of His disciples to proclaim the good news of His kingdom of peace to the cities He was about to visit.  The destiny of the people in these cities depends upon the reception they give to Jesus’ envoys.  Their treatment of His disciples is reckoned as their treatment of Him which is reckoned as their treatment of God (10:16).

While there are many aspects of the ministry of the seventy harvesters (missionaries) which are unique, I see many principles in this passage which apply directly to our work of missions and evangelism today.  How many can you identify (without peeking at my notes).

Please read Luke 10:1-24 and Genesis 18-19 before listening to this sermon.

Introduction and Overview of Ecclesiastes

Text: Ecclesiastes
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: January 17, 2016

An evening service sermon from Mike Kelley.

Walking on the Radical Road to God’s Kingdom

Text: Luke 9:51-62
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 17, 2016

We have come to a major turning point in Luke’s gospel.  The record of Jesus’ Galilean ministry is complete (4:14-9:50).  Now He begins His journey to Jerusalem where He will fulfill the will of His father and redeem us (9:51-19:44).  This is a very precious section which includes 21 parables, 18 of which (including the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son) are unique to Luke’s gospel (and well beloved).

This week’s passage reminds us of what it means for Jesus to walk the road the Father has set before Him and the nature of the commitment required from those who want to follow Him.  Not all of those who are called are chosen.

We also will see yet another failure on the part of His chosen disciples who misunderstand the nature of Jesus’ mission when they desire to bring wrath upon the Samaritans when they fail to receive and welcome Jesus.

Please read Luke 9:51-62 before listening to this sermon.  What allusions to the ministry of Elijah do you see in this passage? (See 2 Kings 1 and 1 Kings 19)

We are Justified by Faith, Not Works

Text: Galatians 3:6-14
Speaker: Jeff Gonzales
Date: January 10, 2016

A evening service sermon from Jeff Gonzales.

Down from the Mountaintop

Text: Luke 9:37-50
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 10, 2016

When I was in High School I remember going on retreats in which we would enjoy God’s creation, be blessed by close fellowship, and benefit from God’s Word.  These events were spiritual highs.  But when I got home to real life – family, school, etc. – the high quickly wore off.

Jesus, James, Peter and John were on a literal and spiritual high at the transfiguration, as the veil on Jesus’ glory was lifted and His work was personally confirmed by Moses and Elijah. But, in spite of Peter’s wanting to stay on the mountain, they had to come down where they found a chaotic situation in which the other disciples were disputing with the scribes after having failed to cast the demon out of a tormented boy.

The failure of the disciples to cast out the demon is the first in a sequence of their failures which Luke records.  They fail in faith, in understanding, in pride and in jealousy.  While our Lord is disturbed by their unbelief, He does not give up on them, but continues to instruct them.  This is a great comfort to those of us who recognize our many failures (Ps. 103:13f).

This section also marks a crucial turning point in Luke’s gospel as it concludes our Lord’s ministry in Galilee.  The next major section (9:51-19:27) covers Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem where He will be delivered over unto death on a cross.  During this journey He will continue to instruct his needy, weak disciples.

Please read Luke 9:37-50 and Exodus 32 before listening to this sermon.

Help! I Want to Change (this year)

Text: Romans 6
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 3, 2016

Countless people make “new year’s resolutions”.  The most common resolution is fitness and weight loss.  Others may determine to start new positive habits (i.e. daily reading through the Bible) or to get rid of bad patterns in their lives.  Most new year’s resolutions only last a week or two.

The change Christians seeks is unique.  We don’t merely want to improve our lives.  We want to become more like Jesus (Col. 1:28).  Because salvation is ultimately God’s work, change is not only possible, it is to be expected in the life of a believer.  “He who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

In this sermon I show from Scripture how God-honoring change takes place.  The gospel is central and foundational to change.  We also are expected to put forth Spirit-enabled effort towards holiness.  Ultimately, we are dependent upon God’s grace.

Please read Romans 6 before listening to this sermon.

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