Wait for the Joy

The thing I want to point out this morning is from the lesson in Acts. Notice the story arc and some of the details: the story begins in lamentation and scattering, progresses to preaching the word and preaching Christ, culminating in great joy in the city and great amazement from even among the greatest men…

Beginning After the End

Minor Prophets II: Pentecost Introduction Today we continue our study of the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets. Last week we asked, “What is a Prophet?” And we said that a prophet is fundamentally a “friend of God.” The friends of God know God, speak to God, and God speaks to them. God wants to…

You are the Bread

“And you shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord.” (Lev. 23:17) You may know that just before Passover, the Israelites kept the Feast of Unleavened bread, and they spent a…

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…