Public Worship for a Public Gospel

As we gather for worship week after week, it is important to point out that we do so in public. Our worship is public, and this is because the gospel of Jesus Christ is public. The murder of Jesus occurred in public, and His resurrection was seen and testified in public. The gospel did not…

Like Showers of Rain or Bad Habits & How to Start Over

One of the things we have trouble with is seeing how certain actions are actually training for other actions. This is another application of “practice makes perfect.” The usual application is the fact that if you practice running certain distances, when you get to race day, you will have (hopefully) trained well for the 5K…

Loving Little Disciples

As you know, it is our practice to worship together with our little ones. And so I want to say a few words to you parents who are busy training your children to worship with us. First, I want you to know that training your children is one of the hardest jobs in the whole…

Seeing the Father

Perhaps one of the most important assumptions embedded in the doctrine of the Trinity is that the central way God is revealed is through Jesus Christ. And what we mean is that what is most crucial for us to know about God, what is most true about God and what we most need to understand…

All Things New

In Revelation 21, Jesus says “Behold, I make all things new.” And this comes on the tail end of John seeing a new heavens and a new earth and a new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. It looks like Jesus is making all things new, and then He confirms our suspicions. This is a…

The Bible as Food

When we read the Bible we always want to be careful and pray that God would not let us just run on autopilot. We want to seek what God has for us. In the gospel reading from John, Jesus has just warned the Jews that they have made an idol of the Scriptures. They think…

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…

What Kind of Resurrection Are You?

Jesus says that hearing His word and believing in Him makes all the difference in the world. He who hears and believes passes from judgment to acquittal, from death into life. Jesus says that this is resurrection and is no less startling than the dead in their graves coming out of the ground. He says…

Weddings as Warfare

Anymore, a Christian wedding is a declaration of war. In some ways, I wonder if it would be appropriate to paint our faces blue and have you yell your vows at the top of your lungs. Maybe if we were Scottish; maybe if all the men were wearing kilts. But what I mean is that…

Joy That Bowls You Over

We are gathered here this morning because God has called us into His presence. The Bible tells that God’s presence is many different things. It is terrifying in some ways. When people come into the presence of God, they often fall down, they cover their mouths, they cover their eyes. They cry out, “Holy! Holy!…