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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.

Ministry Is War: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

Throughout Paul’s letters to Timothy, he employs military language in order to convey the seriousness of Timothy’s call to the pastorate at Ephesus. Paul understood the significance of their mission in the fight for the truth. Now, he is passing that fight onto his young disciple. Paul has been at frontlines of ministry — these, then, are his dispatches from the front in order for Timothy to take over the campaign.

Our Unexpected Friend: A Sermon from Mark 2

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus comes suddenly on the scene and immediately begins preaching the gospel of the kingdom. But, overall, his actions are less than kingly. He serves. He stoops. He touches unclean people and spends time with the riffraff. He subverts all the understood ways the Messiah should act and conduct himself. He is our unexpected Friend.

Assurance: A Sermon from Psalm 119

In the fifth stanza of Psalm 119, there is a clear picture of King David praying to God for assurance of his repentance. Prayers for assurance are, perhaps, the most popular prayers among believers, especially young believers. We all go through seasons of doubt, though — seasons wherein we crave and crawl for anything to give us assurance of heaven.

The Faithful Saying of Sound Doctrine: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

In 1 Timothy 1, after alluding to what “sound doctrine” is not, Paul moves on to expound what “sound doctrine” is. And in contrast to the fraudulent and counterfeit doctrine being proclaimed by these false teachers, “sound doctrine” is chiefly concerned with sinners. Paul knew this deeply because his life is a living testimony to the “sound doctrine” of God.

The Mysterious & Majestic Mandate of the Messiah: A Sermon from Mark 1

In Mark 1, we learn that Jesus was not opposed to benevolence in his earthly ministry; he healed countless lives, after all. However, I seriously doubt all those in crowd with “diverse diseases” were seeking him for his doctrine. And rather than merely being known as one who performed miracles, Jesus was desirous of being known through the fundamental elements of his ministry: death and resurrection.