Foundations of Mercy & Mission #5: Sin, Slavery, and the Gospel

Gen. 4:1-16, Rom. 7:1-6, Mk. 15:16-39 Introduction As we continue to lay a biblical foundation for carrying out the mission of Jesus in this world, the world around us continues to give us reason to ask the question: How should we carry out this mission? What are we to think and believe? And what are…

The Bond of Perfectness

1 Cor. 13 & Col. 3:14-20 In the reading from Colossians Paul says, “Above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col. 3:14). Paul has just finished telling the Colossians to put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and forgiveness. In some ways it might seem kind of redundant to…

Civil War, Culture War, and the Cross

Apart from the peace of the cross of Jesus, our attempts at dealing with the severe effects of the fall will only create more tension, resentment, and violence. “… through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross…” (Col. 1:20). Think about…

Forgiven Kingdom

Luke XXIX: Lk. 7:36-50 Introduction Last time we were in Luke, we saw how Jesus challenged people’s expectations. John questioned Jesus, the Pharisees and lawyers rejected Him, while the tax collectors and sinners justified Him. These same themes continue in the following episode as Jesus continues eating and drinking with sinners. A Dinner After Jesus…

Clothed With Love

First Sunday in Christmas 2015: 1 Sam. 2:18-20, 26, Col. 3:12-17, Lk. 2:41-52 Introduction When Jesus was born, He was wrapped in swaddling cloths. These indicate that even though He was God, He was an ordinary baby, and that He was cared for and loved. The lessons today are all about clothing, family, and calling….

Jesus Our Living Brother

Luke XIV: Luke 3:21-38 Introduction As you read the Bible you should bring your questions to the text and seek answers. But you should also remember that the Bible itself poses questions to you by how it is shaped and framed. So for example, “Why does Luke give us this genealogy of Jesus here? And…

Luke VII: When Mercy & Justice Met

Lk. 1:57-80 Introduction One of the most fundamental questions we face as human beings is the question of justice. There is a universal instinct to insist on equity, fairness, justice, and yet it is a double edged sword that quickly cuts the one with a rigorous demand for it. We know that we need mercy…

Humility is Strong. Pride is Brittle.

Pride is all about me. Pride is all about protecting myself, protecting my reputation. This means that pride is an attempt to hold myself, defend myself from every potential threat. And pride does this generally in two ways: either it blusters or in whines. And the two are frequently related. The bluster front is loud…

Hope for Sexual Glory

Logos School Assembly: Life Between the Sexes Introduction There are basically only two options for facing and interpreting what it means to be human, and specifically what it means to be male and female members of the human race. Either meaning is created or discovered. If the meaning of manhood or womanhood is non-existent until…

7 Steps For When You Realize You Haven’t Been Parenting Faithfully

1. Repent to God. Unfaithful parenting is a sin, and it is a sin that Jesus died for. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you don’t sin anymore. It means you know how sin needs to be dealt with. It means you know and have experienced the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus. So…