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Are You Ready to Die?

Text: Luke 16:19-31
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 24, 2016

A few months ago I preached a series on heaven.  Some would suggest that we should also teach what Scripture says about the afterlife for those who do not know Christ.  Some have pointed that Jesus spoke more about the topic of hell than heaven.  This week I plan to preach from the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus from Luke 16.

Hell is an extremely unpopular subject.  Liberal church leaders no longer believe in hell. Even evangelical Christians who affirm the biblical teaching about eternal punishment rarely speak about it.  One seminary president states, “You can traverse the entire US on any given Sunday morning and you will not hear a sermon on the judgment of God or eternal punishment.”  If he were to come to GBC this Sunday, he would hear such a sermon.

Because everything in the Bible is both infallible and profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17), we should not be hesitant to proclaim all that God has revealed.  There are many benefits to studying this passage.  It is a reminder of the folly of living only for the things of this fleeting world. It also causes us to appreciate the price paid by Jesus so that we would escape God’s wrath. Finally, it should motivate us to warn those who remain under God’s wrath because of their sin.

Please read Luke 16:19-31 in preparation for listening to this sermon.

Zaccheus and Jesus

Speaker: Joelee Chamberlain

The Seasons of Life, Part 1

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: April 17, 2016

An evening sermon from Mike Kelley.

Don’t Worry, be Holy

Text: Luke 12:13-34
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 17, 2016

This Sunday we will jump back into Luke (and a bit ahead) to a well-known passage in which Jesus exhorts his disciples not to worry.  Instead we should trust in God’s care for us and devote ourselves to His kingdom.  While I have taught from a parallel passage in Matthew’s gospel, the context in Luke’s account makes Jesus’ teaching all the more powerful.  First a man demands that Jesus arbitrate in an inheritance dispute.  Then Jesus tells the parable of the rich fool who was concerned about financial security but was not rich toward God.  Then Jesus turns to His disciples telling them not to worry about material things, but to seek first His kingdom.

Many of us struggle with anxiety concerning health, finances, relationships, politics, church issues, etc.  In God’s providence, in this past week, I have faced some significant personal temptations to worry about issues which are coming up in relation to the significant changes taking place in our lives.  I found myself preaching this sermon to myself and quoting the verses in my head as I wrestled with the temptation to feel overwhelmed with stress and worry.

I hope that Jesus’ words will encourage you as they have encouraged me.

Mortality and Toil, and the Blessings of God – Part 2

Text: Ecclesiastes 2:24-26
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: April 10, 2016

A Sunday night sermon from Mike Kelley.

Jesus Prays For You

Text: John 17:20-26
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 10, 2016

We recently covered “The Lord’s Prayer” from Luke 11.  This prayer could also be called “the disciples’ prayer” because Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray and it was a prayer which He didn’t actually pray – because He had no sins for which to ask for forgiveness.

Late last year I expounded most of John 17 over a few Sunday nights which is the most extensive record we have of a prayer of our Lord.  Jesus’ high priestly prayer lifts the veil and reveals the intimacy of the relationship between the Father and the Son.  In this prayer Jesus first prays for Himself (v. 1-5).  Then He prays for His disciples (v. 6-19) and finally He prays for those who will believe in Him through the disciples’ testimony – which means us!

In this sermon I review the first part of Jesus’ prayer and then expound on the final section in which Christ prays for us.

In preparation for listening to this sermon, please read John 17.

Mortality and Toil, and the Blessings of God – Part 1

Text: Ecclesiastes 2:12-26
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: April 3, 2016

A Sunday evening sermon from Mike Kelley.

Joy That’s Grown with Tears

Text: Psalm 126
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: April 3, 2016

Is your Christian life filled with joy? How about sadness and tears?  Biblically both are a part of our lives as believers this side of glory. In this sermon we look at Psalm 126 and see how these emotions fit together in the Christian life, as well as how we can grown in both of them.

Please read Psalm 126 in preparation for listening to this sermon.

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