What do Deacons Do?

Introduction From the beginning of their service in the New Testament, we see that the primary task of deacons is to serve tables. But this is a wonderfully loaded job description since at the center of the Church’s life is the Lord’s Table. Thabiti Anyabwile says that deacons are the Church’s waiters, running all the…

What are Deacons Like?

Introduction Jesus said that you know a tree by its fruit. Good trees make good fruit; bad trees make bad fruit (Mt. 7:17-18). In context, Jesus is warning about false teachers, wolves in sheep clothing, but there’s a more fundamental reality also being assumed: you can’t be what you aren’t, you can’t give what you…

A Light to the Nations

Life in our New Building I Is. 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, Mt. 3:13-17 Introduction Epiphany means “sudden burst of light,” and since the earliest days of the Christian Church, God’s people have continued celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world, especially the beginning of His ministry and how it revealed the Light of God for…

All the Grace that We Need

“Choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in who land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15) One of the customs we have at…

Follow Jesus, No Matter What

Morning Prayer Exhortation: 2 Sam. 14:1-20, Acts 21:1-14 In both lessons we’ve just read, bad advice is given in the mouths of seemingly good people. In Samuel, Absalom had been away from three years following the murder of his brother Amnon. Joab knows that David wants to bring Absalom home, but David hasn’t yet. Perhaps…

We Will Not Lie

For as long as I can remember, in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, one of my daughters always tells us every year that she doesn’t want the ashes on her forehead. And whenever we ask her why, the answer is always the same. She says, “I don’t want to die.” And while we’ve…

14th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 33-34

Introduction The greatest thing is knowing God. 1 John was written to give assurance of what it means to know God: keeping His commandments (1 Jn. 2:3-4), being children of God (forgiven & freed from sin) (1 Jn. 3:1-6), listening to the Apostles (1 Jn. 4:6), loving others (1 Jn. 4:7-8), having the Holy Spirit…

Egyptian Hearts

In our sermon text today, Israel breaks covenant with the Lord by making a golden calf and corrupting themselves with false worship. It’s tempting to think that we are far more advanced, enlightened, and that we are not nearly as stupid. But centuries later, Stephen, preaching to the Jews about Jesus explains why they did…

Glorious Mistakable Joy

My friend Joffre on Pentecostal Partying: Pentecost Sunday is past. We are now in Ordinary Time. You have been given the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom is come in you. The Kingdom makes demands, it pricks in the heart. Live a life that demands the question, what meaneth this? And if I may suggest it, perhaps…

Fear and Comfort

In Acts 9 just after the conversion of Paul, Luke says that the churches throughout all of Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified, “And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied” (Acts 9:31). First, it’s worth pointing out that the “fear…