Discipline that Saves

Men’s Breakfast Study: Proverbs 3:11-12 Introduction In the first speech (Prov. 3:1-10), the father extols the virtues and value of remembering and obeying the law of God given by the parents. Here, however, the father warns the son that this wisdom and obedience does not come automatically, but it comes God’s fatherly correction and instruction….

Barbed-Wire Love: What to do with Sex Offenders

A number of recent posts have been circulating regarding pedophiles and sex offenders in the Church, specifically claiming that because of the extreme clinical nature of this sin/crime, known child sex offenders ought not be ever allowed to attend worship services where children are present. A few thoughts: 1. First, as a Bible believing Christian,…

Our Jesus Holds the Keys: Good Friday 2014

Note: The audio recording for this message is available here. One of the most unusual elements of the Christian gospel is the fact that we celebrate the death of our leader. For most movements, for most religions, for most kingdoms or empires, the death of the leader is a moment of instability, chaos, disillusionment. But…

We Worship in Heaven

One way to understand why we worship the way we do is that our worship is modeled on heaven. When Isaiah glimpses God high and lifted up, he sees the angels worshiping, singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!” Then when John sees the vision in Revelation, once again he sees the angels and…

We Are Not Alone

Why do we worship the way we do? Thus far we have noted that our service follows the Covenant Renewal pattern found in the sacrifices of the Old Covenant: Confession of Sin, Ascension into God’s presence, and sitting down to eat the Lord’s Supper, our Peace offering — this is our sacrifice of praise. We…

What Are Parents For? #2

So then, we are committed to imitating our faithful, heavenly Father who because He loves us, disciplines us, teaching us obedience through pain (Heb. 5:8, 12:7-11). But God is perfect and omniscient, two qualities all human parents lack. We do not know all things, and even if we did, we wouldn’t respond in righteousness. But…

What Are Parents For? #1

The central duty parents have is training up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. As many others have pointed out, this is not merely an academic pursuit, nor is it purely “spiritual” as though Jesus doesn’t have anything to say about mathematics or washing dishes. This nurture and admonition is a…

New Covenant Sacrificial Worship

Sometimes you may wonder why we worship the way we do. Over the next number of weeks, at this point in the service, I will highlight some part of our service, explain what it means, and use it to call you to worship Jesus. So I want to begin with the big picture: you should…

Finding Grace

Morning Prayer Exhortation Gen. 8/Heb 4 Man was created to be a priest, to take the gifts of God and to offer them up with thanksgiving and joy. The world was to be our altar, and every gift was meant to lift us up to His presence. But we grasped for gifts that had not…

Wrath, Love, and Christmas

First Sunday after Christmas Lessons: Is. 63:7-9, Heb. 2:10-18, Mt. 2:13-23 Christmas is not always an easy time of the year. Of course children love it. They give us some of the best facial expressions, some of the best responses to the gifts, to the lights, to the candy. Their intensity, their joy, their delight…