All tagged Salvation

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.

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.

The Silliness of Some Great Thing: A Sermon from 2 Kings 5

A few weeks ago, I commented on the stunning story of the recent “overcrowding epidemic” that afflicted the slopes of Mount Everest. The mass of people striving to reach the summit is putting the climbers’ lives at great risk. What was once considered such an achievement that upon completing the climb you would be knighted by the queen herself is now being attempted with such frequency there are too many people trying to reach its peak. And so it is that our penchant to do the impossible exposes our foolish errand of self-salvation.

The Sudden Ramifications of Salvation: A Sermon from Mark 1

Throughout Mark’s Gospel, the evangelist demonstrates a propensity to use the “immediately” or “straightway” to indicate his message’s urgency. Employing this term gives the entire account a sense of pace and the feel that the narrative is constantly churning forward. In chapter 1 alone, there are seven uses of “immediately” or a synonym for it. This is indicative of Mark’s entire Gospel, which has often been called the “Gospel of action.”

Ending With a Fizzle: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. It serves as King David’s magnum opus as he eloquently describes the incredible refuge God’s Word is for him. It isn’t certain what occasion in David’s life inspired these words, but whatever it was it must have been a truly terrifying circumstance to galvanize the kind of resolve on display here to trust in God’s Word alone. But the ending of Psalm 119 is the most telling, the most intriguing part as this glorious psalm seemingly ends with a fizzle.

Nicodemus & Jesus’s Newness of Life

In John’s Gospel, one can find perhaps the most oft-quoted and debated scene in all of Christendom, that being the twilight conversation between Jesus himself and Nicodemus, the Pharisee. Nicodemus solicits the Savior at dusk, certainly betraying his consternation in engaging this Galilean carpenter turned miracle worker.

Gracious Unfairness: A Sermon from Matthew 19, 20

There’s a fascinating scene that appears at the end of Matthew 19, in which Peter, speaking on behalf of the rest of the apostles, makes the same self-righteous claim that the “rich young ruler” made to Jesus’s face only a few moments prior. It’s this erroneous assertion by Christ’s disciples that leads him to tell, perhaps, the most intriguing and unsettling parable of the kingdom in all of Scripture.

The Colossal Gospel of God: A Sermon from Ephesians 2

There are several portions of the Bible, for one reason or another, that stand out from among the rest. These passages are usually ones we would call “pillars of the faith.” Such is what the first ten verses are of Ephesians 2, in which the apostle Paul relays a gloriously grandiose picture of God’s colossal gospel.

Comforting Words for the End Times: A Sermon from Revelation 1

Whenever I hear a speaker open with the words, “Turn to the Book of Revelation,” I tend to get a little uneasy. I get nervous because I never know how that speaker is going to handle the mysterious material in the book. Oftentimes, the comfort derived out of Revelation is from “knowing what’s going to happen.” But, very plainly, that’s not even close to the comfort Jesus gives.

The Message That Moors Us to the Messiah: A Sermon from Matthew 10

Mooring refers to something permanent or fixed to which a ship is secured. It’s what keeps a vessel protected from the perilous waves that could otherwise leave it adrift. The mooring is absolutely essential to the life of any seafaring vessel. Similarly, unless we are moored and fastened to something (Someone) permanent, we, too, will be tossed about, to and fro, in this life.

#39: On My Testimony of Salvation

In this episode of Ministry Minded, I share my salvation testimony, the story of how God drew me to himself. It’s not that I suppose my testimony is crucial to tell; rather, I think each of our stories are equally important. No testimony of salvation is “better” or greater than the other.