Laboring for True Religion: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 4

In 1 Timothy, Paul is equipping Timothy with the simple truth of the gospel. The motivation for such a charge stems from the burgeoning departure from the faith that was affecting the church. And as Paul continues writing to his beloved disciple in 1 Timothy 4, he details the nature of this departure as nothing more than an abandonment of the simplicity of “sound doctrine.”

The Pastoral Epistles, Part 1: Greetings & Salutations

In the Pastoral Epistles (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus), the apostle Paul is essentially passing the torch of gospel ministry to a new generation of preachers and pastors, those being who the letters are surnamed: Timothy and Titus. Once pupils, they are now the primary doctrinal voices in the church. Such is why Paul stubbornly appeals for these young preachers to keep the faith and hold fast to “sound teaching.”

Our Relationship to the Kingdom: A Sermon from Mark 3

There is a stunning verse in Matthew 10 in which Christ declares that he didn’t come to bring peace, “but a sword.” This, of course, is one of Jesus’s sayings that doesn’t fit the modern narrative most have for the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. It’s a statement from Jesus that is brought to light in Mark 3, in which we find a stark contrast between Jesus’s enemies and friends — and what constitutes his family.

Portion: A Sermon from Psalm 119

We cannot compute the ways God’s Word speaks to us. In all seasons, in all walks of life, it incites a peace, confidence, and assurance that is outside of us, beyond us. It relays something of the “unsearchable things” and “wonders without number” that the Lord does on our behalf. Such is what King David is learning throughout Psalm 119.

Grace Fell on the Grenade: A Sermon from Romans 5

The Lord’s Table is a special place and time for the deepest form of Christian worship. It is a time for serious rejoicing — serious in that it is reverential, but also joyful in that we celebrate the Lord’s victory over sin, death, and grave. The communion service is not a funeral dirge — we are not grieving a dead king but glorying in a risen Savior. Such is what the gospel tells us and what the Table shows us.

Remembrance: A Sermon from Psalm 119

There is, perhaps, no more human quality (fault) than forgetfulness. No sooner are we told something than we are in need of being reminded. Such is the fickleness and forgetfulness of human finality. I, too, confess to being a forgetful person, to the point where I have to write tasks, ideas down in order to be reminded to remember them. Such, too, is why David is writing in Psalm 119.

The Charge to Pray: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 2

In 1 Timothy 2, Paul begins his actual, practical instructions to his young disciple, Timothy. And it is not by accident that the first of these exhortations mentioned is prayer. Prayer is the chief assignment for those entrusted with the gospel of grace. Prayer is absolutely paramount to the Christian in the life of faith.

When Gospels Collide: A Sermon from Mark 2, 3

The great scheme of the devil isn’t to annihilate the gospel entirely — he knows he can’t do that — but to adulterate the gospel. Satan’s gambit is, and always has been, to mar, muddy, mix truth with error. As the “angel of light” (2 Cor 11:13–15), his plot remains to steal men’s hearts by swindling their faith from God’s gospel and to “another gospel.” He enacts this plot gleefully and successfully so long as Christ is not preached.

Consistency: A Sermon from Psalm 119

In Psalm 119, David prays over and over again for consistency in the Word and life of faith. We humans are a fickle bunch, characterized by ups and downs, ebbs and flows. Thus, if our confidence in salvation rested on our consistency, we’d be in deep trouble. Fortunately, that’s not at all true. Our consistency is found as we are found in Christ, and that’s something that cannot change.

No More Superhero Moms & Dads

I, too, am in conflict with the future dad I am (often) failing to become. Coping with the idea that I will never be the “super-dad” who is able to keep work and play and wife and kids and everything else in perfect equilibrium is something with which I constantly struggle. There are moments when I feel less than helpless and more than pathetic as a parent. And I absolutely cannot stand those moments.