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May 2020

Privileged People Motivated to Precious Praise (1 Peter 2:9-11)

Overview of 1 Peter

You possess a precious salvation, a salvation into which prophets made careful searches and inquiries, a salvation that the apostles proclaimed, a salvation that the Holy Spirit divinely inspired, a salvation that angels long to observe. Believers in Christ possess that salvation. Therefore:

  • fix your hope on future grace (1:13)
  • be holy in all your conduct . . . for I am holy (1:15)
  • conduct yourselves in a state of reverence (1:17

Abiding in Christ (John 15:4-5)

If you are destroyed because you don’t bear fruit (15:2,6), and the only way to bear fruit is to abide in the vine (15:4), you better abide in the vine (15:4). Therefore, we need to understand what it means to abide.

We read, in John 15:4, “abide in me.” John uses meno, which is the underlying Greek word that is translated as abide in this passage (ESV). The New Testament authors use this word 118 times. The synoptic authors employ this word twelve times. Paul uses thi

Pruning or Destruction (John 15:1-3)


Two uncomfortable options. Have you ever had to decide between two uncomfortable options? In John 15, Jesus outlines two uncomfortable options. You will either be pruned, or you will be destroyed. Practically speaking, you are left with the decision to choose one. Either you will abide in Christ, bear fruit, and be pruned; or you will not abide in Christ, will not bear fruit, and will be eternally destroyed. No one has a third option. Therefore, this decis

Obedience, Evidence of Love & Indwelling Spirit (John 14:15-25)


Our dog, Piper, loves to eat, whether the meal available is the scrunchy sitting on the floor or the gravel that had come off the shingles and meandered down the roof, down the rain spout and into the rock bed in front of the house. Whenever I walk into the kitchen, she follows me with the hopes that she might get a little scrap of whatever I’m eating. It doesn’t even matter what I’m eating. She wants some. She just sits there staring – patiently I might add. All o

Greater Works Than Jesus (John 14:12-14)


Bookends. Let not your heart be troubled. The purpose of the whole chapter is to encourage the disciples. This must be remembered especially as we consider the ideas of obedience and love.

The encouragement throughout the chapter:

  1. Be encouraged. I’m going to prepare a place for you (14:1-11).
  2. Be encouraged. Those who believe will do amazing works (14:12-14).
  3. Be encouraged. Your obedience evidences your love of Jesus (14:15

April 2020

Know Jesus, Know the Father (Jn 14:7-11)


What prompts Philip’s statement? We are going to answer that question shortly, but before we do, let’s rehearse the conversation going on in John 13 & 14.

Jesus:  I’m leaving, so make sure to love each other (13:31-35).

Peter:  Where are you going? (13:36-38)

Jesus:  I am going to the Father to prepare a place for you, and then I

A Time for Lament (Psalm 77)


Personal connection to Psalm in lieu of pandemic. I would like to invite you into my life this morning. I would like to set the table and have you sit down, so that I might offer a public confession this morning – not a public confession that you need to worry about. So then, let me set the table. This pandemic stinks. Self-isolation is hard. Seminary most certainly did not offer a class in how to pastor through a pandemic. I was never offered a class in

Victory of Christ’s Sufferings

An extremely challenging passage. This morning we step into a passage that might be considered an odd choice for an Easter Sunday service.

The first will consider the statement in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.”

Secondly, in verses 19 through 22, Peter discusses both a proclamation and salvation offered by and in Christ.

Belief, the Cure for a Troubled Heart (John 14:1-6)

Martin Luther called John chapter 14 “the best and most comforting sermon preached by Christ while on this earth . . . a jewel and a treasure not purchasable with the world’s goods.”[1]

John starts the chapter with a problem and then proceeds to offer the solution. The problem, “Let not your hearts be troubled” (Jn 14:1). We naturally possess stormy and troubled souls. Is your heart troubled today? I suppose in this present moment, that is a ridiculous

March 2020

Command to Love One Another (Jn 13:33-35)

Everyone wants a model to follow. In my classes, when a teacher assigns a specific type of paper, I often ask if he could offer an example of what he’s expecting. I can usually get online and download an example from the school library. I like to be able to follow a model that has been approved.

We are all this way. This is why we like perusing through Pinterest. We want to find examples of things we want to do by peo