What Are People For? (Part 2)

Introduction Last week we said that people were made for worship. Worship is the foundational work for taking dominion of the world and bearing God’s image rightly. We saw this particularly presented in the gift of food. Today we consider what “good works” are. New Creation & Good Works Creation was the first “good work”…

Already Forgiven

This meal, understood rightly, proclaims the biblical doctrine of justification by faith. But, in the history of the church, this meal has often been wrongly understood. Some have thought that since Jesus meets us here, they had to be good enough to meet Him. So in some traditions people avoided taking communion, sometimes people give…

Only Counts Faces

How do you imagine God? Is He a scrooge counting every penny, recording every infraction? Is He distant and oblivious, an old man who’s hard of hearing? How do you imagine God? In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus tells us about a Father who loves and gives. His younger son is greedy and…

With No One Inside

Why would a man want to become a preacher? Why would anyone want that job? Is there some kind of sick delight in hearing other people’s problems? Are you grasping for power, influence? Do you just like to hear yourself talk? No… We preach for the boys who lost their dads. We preach for dads…

What Are People For?

Introduction Today we begin a new topical sermon series: What Are People For? We will be talking about people, men, women, relationships, children, and family life. We will be looking at what the Bible says we were created for and specifically how salvation by grace through faith in Jesus gives people purpose, mission, vocation, usefulness,…

Stephen & Joy

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in…

Humility Confronts

“And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” (2 Cor. 12:21) First off notice that at the top of Paul’s list of sins he’s concerned…

Praisemakers

There are many uncertainties in life. Will I get married? Will I have children? Will I die young? Will it hurt? Will the economy collapse? Will I get the job I hope for? Will I succeed? How will I be remembered? But part of the grace of Jesus is how He cuts through our questions….

Fighting the Fear Monster

Sinful worry and anxiety are fires that are fed primarily by paying attention to them. When you give them attention, when you voice them, express them, write them for others to see, talk about them to others (even in the name of “concern”), the more you incarnate them, you enable them to live. What may…

Ordinary Meal, Extraordinary Results

As we noted this morning, the very first, direct gift of God was food in the garden. And the very first sin in the history of the world was over food. So it doesn’t seem accidental that the very first gift of the New Testament is again food. When Jesus shared this meal in the…