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Greetings & Salutations: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

Greetings & Salutations: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

In the Pastoral Epistles, the apostle Paul is passing the torch as the primary doctrinal voice for the church to a new generation of pastors and preachers in both Timothy and Titus. Paul anticipates the frailty of his life and senses the winds of change that are coming for the nascent churches with which he spent his life laboring for the sake of the gospel. A new phase of pastoral ministry is looming: a defense of the faith. That which was fresh and new and took the churches by storm in the first wave of apostolic preaching has given way to discontent and falsehood. Such is why Paul is adamant in his resolve to Timothy and Titus to keep the faith and hold fast to sound doctrine.

The Beginning of God’s Glad Tidings: A Sermon from Mark 1

The Beginning of God’s Glad Tidings: A Sermon from Mark 1

Mark’s Gospel is the simplest and shortest of the canonical Gospels by a fairly wide margin. John Mark seldom inserts editorial comments that might further explain the narrative and, to a large degree, foregoes the inclusion of Jesus’s discourses which are so common in the other Synoptics. This makes for a short, quick, hard-hitting Gospel of action. The evangelist seems to have recorded Jesus’s movements rather than his words, no doubt deliberately, as he strove to show Jesus as the unexpected Messiah who came to serve — as the unlikely King who came to die.

Commitment: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Commitment: A Sermon from Psalm 119

It is, indeed, a huge understatement to say that the life of King David was one that was full of trial and suffering and hardship. David’s own testimony in the Psalms, let alone the historical accounts of his life, bear this out in vivid fashion. The man after God’s own heart was also a man of war, of conflict, and of struggle. Such is why the Psalms are, perhaps, the most relatable book in all the Bible, seeing as its lines were written during some of life’s most intense griefs and struggles. They contain David’s (and others’) most heartfelt, honest cries for mercy in the midst of life’s severest trials.

The Beast of the Field in Your Own Heart: A Sermon from Daniel 4

The Beast of the Field in Your Own Heart: A Sermon from Daniel 4

In chapter 4 of Daniel’s prophecy, a Babylonian king is transformed into a “beast of the field.” Pride has been doing the same thing ever since. Such is what happens when we attempt to usurp God’s rightful place as King of our lives — when we think we can be “like God.” To give into pride is the Serpent’s great ruse. (Gen. 3:5) It’s to believe the lie that we are sufficient, we are sovereign, we are superior, so much so that we can fabricate our own goodness and chase our own glory without consequence. Pride is “the beast of the field” that lurks in all our hearts.

Standing Together: A Sermon from Philippians 4

Standing Together: A Sermon from Philippians 4

St. Paul loved the Philippian Church. He affectionately calls them his “joy and crown” in the opening verses of chapter 4 and refers to them as his “dearly beloved” twice in the first verse alone. (Phil. 4:1) Paul was desirous and determined that this church would not succumb to the trivial disputes and divisions which might have so easily plagued it had they lost their way, their focus. Such is why the apostle spends nearly the entire letter emphasizing unity, “like-mindedness,” and having the “same mind.” And so it is that we are made to recognize the primary ingredient of the church: unity in Christ.

The Happy Fatherhood of God: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

The Happy Fatherhood of God: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 1

In the heart of man resides a hatred towards God. This is mostly due, I think, because of the grave misconception regarding God that portrays him a grumpy old man out to get them. Most think that God is merely a lion on the prowl, ready to pounce on you when you mess up. That he’s only concerned with hemming you in and keeping you line. He doesn’t really care about your happiness, so long as you act appropriately. But that is not the God of the Bible. the Bible tells us of “the glorious gospel of the happy God.”

For the Sake of the Name: A Sermon from 3 John

For the Sake of the Name: A Sermon from 3 John

It is an encouraging and emboldening truth to know that God uses the weak and insignificant people of this world to expand his kingdom. God has uniquely chosen the foolish to shame the wise in this mission to exalt his name. Such is what Paul says to the Corinthians in his first letter to them. It is God’s prerogative to assign the great mandate of the Great Commission to frail, feeble creatures like us. 3rd John speaks to this point excellently, showing both God’s gracious choice of us and our function as his children.

All Scripture Is Pure Christ: A Sermon from 2 Corinthians 1, Acts 8, Luke 24

All Scripture Is Pure Christ: A Sermon from 2 Corinthians 1, Acts 8, Luke 24

How would you answer the question, “What is the Bible about?” What is its point? Its message? Its overarching story? There are over 30,000 verses and 66 books in the canonical Scriptures, but what are they all saying? Churchgoers ought to know what their Bible says. It only makes sense if the system of belief that defines your entire life is derived from a book that you know what that book says. Such is modern Christianity’s biggest problem: the utter lack of biblical understanding.

Ending With a Fizzle: A Sermon from Psalm 119

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.

Gracious Unfairness: A Sermon from Matthew 19, 20

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.