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Thessalonians - The Power of the Gospel | Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 1
Because of the powerful work of the Spirit in the gospel, Paul urges the Thessalonians to continue serving God as they await Jesus Christ's return.
The Reign of God and His Anointed | Psalm 2
Though Israel rejected the Messiah, God vindicated His Son and set Him as King over all things, for the blessing of all those in His Church.
The Blessed Man in Christ | Psalm 1
Knowing how Jesus Christ defeated His opponents, by making God's word His joy, let us give ourselves to discovering that same well of joy to overcome the sin which so easily entangles.
The Testimony of the Lord Jesus | Psalm 19:1-11
God has graciously put forth His glory in both His creation and in His word so that His people would know Him and faithfully keep His covenant. Knowing the fulfilment of God's word brought about by Jesus, Christians should wholeheartedly cling to the Gospel promise, treasuring them above every other earthly thing.
Preaching the Power of God | Psalm 78:32-38; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Through the preaching of the word of the cross, the glad news that Christ was crucified in the place of sinners, God powerfully saves sinners. Because God has chosen His people, though they were despised by the world, they ought to gloriously boast in Jesus Christ, for through Him they have redemption.
God Instructs Sinners in the Way | Psalm 25
Because of God's steadfast love, David faithfully asks for direction and deliverance in the midst of his distress and trouble. Because Christ trusted God in the midst of violent opposition, we too may call upon Him, no matter the circumstance, for He is the God who redeems His people.
The Lord's Beautiful Dwelling Place | Psalm 84:1-12
Being in the dwelling place of the Lord is a delight to the soul and refreshing to the heart, for in it, we meet with God Himself. Seeing the benefits, those who are in Christ must not neglect the great privilege of meeting through His people, His Church in which He dwells.
How to Have Joy in God (Keep Yourself from Idols) | Exodus 20:1-6; Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18
God made you to enjoy Him, to have your greatest satisfaction in Him, and to treasure Him above all others. Neglecting to enjoy God supremely is idolatry and warrants His judgment.
Walking in Love and Light | Ephesians 5:1-21
Because Christ's sacrifice atoned for our sins, we can forever forsake those idolatries and lusts in which we formerly walked, but instead be filled with the Spirit to walk in newness of life. Christ's love for us has transformed us, therefore, let us walk in the freedom which He has purchased with His blood.
The New Way of Life in Christ | Ephesians 4:17 - 5:2
Because of God's great mercy, all those in Christ must put off the old self, stained by sin, and put on the new self, walking in holiness with God and neighbor.
The Bread which Never Perishes | Psalm 78:23-29; John 6:24-58
After the Feeding of the Five-Thousand, Jesus teaches the crowd that He, rather than the loaves and fishes, is He the Only One who truly satisfies the unsatiable soul. Unless we behold Jesus Christ through the eyes of faith in His promise, we ourselves will never come to Him to trust and know Him as the supreme satisfaction of our lives.
A Hard Heart Will Cost You Your Sanity and Your Soul | Mark 3:1-5; Ephesians 4:17-24; Hebrews 10:39-11:1
Repeatedly refusing the grace of God to escape temptation will blind you and you won't see Jesus as He is, even when He's right in front of you.
Enough | Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Hebrews 13:5-6
As Christians, we are called to be content with what God gives to us, to be free from the love of wealth, and to be thankful for what we have. We are enabled to do this by delighting in God above all else and by trusting Him to provide all that we need.
God Provides a Lamb to Save a Son | Genesis 22:1-19
We see the glory of the grace of God in the foreshadowing of Jesus' sacrifice of Himself for sinners. Like the ram substituted for Abraham’s only son, the only Son of God substituted for the lambs of God’s flock, so that we can become sons of God.
The Glory of God in Zion | Psalm 48; Revelation 21:9-27
God has graciously decreed that His glory and power be seen in the midst of His people, the city of God called Zion, throughout all generations.
Philippians - The Community of the Church | Philippians 2:19-30, 4:1-23
As a wise overseer, Paul addresses issues in the flock, encouraging them to the obedience, harmony, and brotherly love that befits the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Philippians - The Upward Call of God | Philippians 3:1-21
Knowing the spiritual dangers of the sin of self-righteousness, Paul warns the Philippians to renounce what lies behind and press on toward their eternal reward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians - Thinking After Christ | Philippians 2:1-18
Christ's humbling Incarnation, Death, and subsequent vindication in the Ascension by the Father not only shows His glory, but demonstrates for us the manner of life which pleases God.
Philippians - Suffering for His Sake | Philippians 1:12-30
Knowing the struggle which the Philippian saints will endure, Paul demonstrates the self-sacrificial love in the imitation of Christ which works for the joy of others. Only by understanding the glory of our eternal reward with Jesus Christ can we be willing to suffer for His sake, serving as living witnesses of the grace of God to our neighbors.
Philippians - The Affection of Christ Jesus | Philippians 1:1-11
Paul's pastoral letter to the Philippian church reveals the fruit of a heart transformed by the gracious love of Jesus Christ. As disciples of Christ, we ought to demonstrate the same manner of love and affection for our fellow brothers, as we imitate Paul who imitated Christ.
Living before the Triune God | Romans 8:1-17
Through the cross of Christ, believers are delivered from bondage to sin in order to walk according to the leading of the Spirit as the true sons of God.
The Holy Spirit Who Brings Life | Ezekiel 37:1-14
In Ezekiel's vision, Yahweh promises to bring new life to His wayward people by the Spirit which comes through prophecy - the preaching of His word.
The Glorious Ascension and Reign of Christ | Psalm 93; Acts 1:4-11; Ephesians 1:15-23
Just before Jesus ascends into the heavens, He instructs His apostles to wait for the baptism of the Spirit, by Whom they proclaim His glorious Resurrection and Ascension. As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we therefore eagerly desire that God would grant us a greater measure of the Spirit, by whom we would walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
Loving God by Loving Neighbor | John 15:9-17; 1 John 5:1-5
As Christ is about to lay down his life, He teaches His disciples to imitate His example of love at the cross. In the cross we see the loving union of obedience to the Father's will by laying His life down in love for God's people. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have received His perfect love, transforming our hearts to joyfully lay our lives down for others.
Abiding in Christ, the True Vine | John 15:1-8; 1 John 4:7-21
As the True Vine, Christ is the only source of life for His disciples. In Him alone can we bear the fruit of love for the brothers.
Imitating the Good Shepherd | John 10:11-18; 1 John 3:16-24
As the Good Shepherd, Christ lays down His life for the sheep in the Crucifixion, and takes it back up in the Resurrection, procurring freedom for His people for all time. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to immitate Him by dying to ourselves in service to others, as we walk in newness of life.
An Examination of Islamic Beliefs in Contrast to Christianity | 04-15-18
Guest speaker Tom Kelby gives an explanation of the Islamic faith and worldview in comparison to the Christian faith and worldview.
Peace in the Resurrection | John 20:19-31; 1 John 1:1-4
Having defeated death in the Resurrection, Jesus continues to conquer, defeating the fear and unbelief which plagues His disciples. Just as Christ rose two thousand years ago, so He is alive still today, proclaiming "peace" to His people and encouraging them to believe.
Christ, the Lord of all Time | Mark 16:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
As Christ rose from the dead two-thousand years ago, He dramatically changed the future of the entire world. Therefore, we await His sure return joyfully praising Him, centering our lives around His Death and Resurrection every week in worship.
The Suffering King Delivered Through Death | Psalm 22
Though Christ went through intense suffering and agony on the Cross, God delivered Him through death to victory over the grave, which will spread throughout the whole world. (Good Friday Service from 03-30-2018)
The Triumphal Entry of the Messiah | Psalm 118; Mark 11:1-11
In this psalm, God's covenant faithfulness is shown to the people in saving their king from certain destruction. But that king was only a shadow of the True King, Jesus, who though He died was saved from ultimate death.
The Depths of Sin and the God Who Redeems | Psalm 130
As the people of God, we may be reluctant to bring our deepest despair and longings in prayer to God. Yet through the psalmist's example, we learn to hope in the Lord and remember the great redemption from our sins which He accomplished in His Son, Jesus.
The Lord is Your Shepherd | Psalm 23
As our Shepherd and Host, Yahweh promises to be with us, therefore we will lack nothing even in the midst of difficult seasons. Though God is the Shepherd of Israel, He also shepherds the individual soul.
Let Us Joyfully Submit to God | Psalm 95
While we have tasted of Christ, we must truly come to Him so as to obey Him in faith, lest we harden our hearts and fail to enter His rest.
The Lord is Your Keeper | Psalm 121
As sojourners and aliens in the earth, we too face many troubles and difficulties in our journey of life. Christ, however, purchases our protection and assures us of His presence in the midst of trials and suffering.
Stewarding our Commision | 02-18-2018
Greg reminds us of what God has called us to as a church and how we need to pursue that.
The Glory and Death of Christ in the Transfiguration | Mark 9:2-13
In seeing the glory of Christ upon the mountain, we are directed to look forward to the greater display of His glory at the cross. And in seeing that glory in His death, which is the display of His love for us, we are transformed from our obsession with the things the world highly esteems.
Transformed by Jesus to Serve Others | Psalm 147:1-11; Mark 1:29-45
Though His fame spread, Jesus' example of private prayer demonstrates His humility in the midst of ministering to the people. By loving God first, He transforms our priorities, that we would likewise be a blessing to others.
Jesus the Teacher with Authority | Psalm 111; Mark 1:21-28
Jesus' teaching, being full of grace and truth, delivers His hearers from both the traditions of men and the oppression of devils, showing Him to be the One who has brought God's Kingdom.
Jesus Calls His Disciples to Fish for Men | Mark 1:14-20
Though careers and familial relationships are a gift from God, He alone deserves our highest allegiance and total obedience. Christ's grace transforms us from fear of the future to bold risk for the sake of His kingdom and mission on the earth.
Building Upon the Foundation of Christ | 1 Corinthians 3
As God provides the growth, His people are built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ into a temple in which His Spirit is pleased to dwell.
The Voice of the Lord over the Waters of Baptism | Psalm 29; Mark 1:1-11
The powerful voice of the Father confirms His love and approval to His Son at the very start of His ministry, showing us the truth that "man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord".
Christ, the Light to the Gentiles | Psalm 67; Luke 2:25-35
Throughout Scripture, God blessed His people with the gracious gift of "the light" of His face, unto the redeeming of the nations. In seeing Jesus come into the temple, by the Spirit Simeon recognizes God's salvation in the face of the Messiah.
The King Who Establishes God's Justice | Psalm 72
This psalm is a prayer for God to bless the king with justice that His reign might deliver the poor and bless the nations forever. God's glory is shown in that His people are protected through His granting a righteous reign to the king.
The Father's Covenant Faithfulness to the Son | Psalm 89:1-4,19-37
The psalmist extols the beauty of the steadfast love, covenantal faithfulness, shown by God to David and his kingdom. But surely the language is too great to describe any mere human king. The Father's love for His Son, seen in His investiture of authority for salvation, then become the ground for all human trust and love.
Trust Not in Princes and Men | Psalm 146
As those made in God's image, we naturally tend to place our trust in human power, strength, and wisdom. Yet we must recognize that all men are frail, being doomed to die. Even while revealing our weakness, the psalmist hints at the form of salvation which is to be revealed.
The Ruin of Israel and the Salvation of God | Psalm 80:1-19
This prophetic psalm shows the grace of God in leading His people out of Egypt and establishing them in the land. Though He was so kind, the people have ruined themselves with sin and have fallen under judgment and His displeasure. Nevertheless, the psalmist is moved by the Spirit to thrice cry out for mercy and salvation, which God will bring through the Son of Man who is at His right hand.
God's Work of Redemption and the Reign of Christ | Ephesians 1:3-23
Paul's introduction to the Ephesians discloses the love of the Father in the work of redemption purchased by the Son unto the granting of the Spirit for the benefit of the Church. Christ's reign is seen then as the source and head of all graces for the Church; a reign that is infallible, unwavering, and perfect.
Giving Thanks to the Lord | Deuteronomy 8; Psalm 65
Before Israel enters the Promised Land, God reminds them of His grace in the Exodus from Egypt and the journey into the land. Because of His great love for His people, His bride, He lavishes gifts upon them. Though they receive everything they need, they forget His mercy. They presume their prosperity is due to their power instead of Gods' gift.
James - Steadfastness through Prayer | James 5:7-20
James finishes his letter with a final reminder of the value of hope that is steadfast; a faith that is rooted firmly in God's promises. Drawing on the example of the prophets, James encourages his hearers to appeal to God through prayer for relief from the Almighty.
James - The Pride of Boasting and Trusting in Wealth | James 4:11-5:8
James' call to reckon with those who boast of business success and those who trust in wealth warns us of the subtle danger of the ever-present temptation for pride. He calls them to bear the fruit of repentance by changing their speech and mourning their sin.
James - Repentance from Evil Passions | James 3:13-4:10
James discloses the source of evils within the Christian church as ongoing corruption within her members. Those which are devoted to the Lord should renew their minds after heavenly wisdom and purity of heart.
James - The Fire of the Tongue | James 3:1-12
James warns his hearers against the evils of the human tongue running wild, showing it to be a spark which sets the whole world ablaze. Those who claim to know God yet curse their brother should look more closely to their speech, lest it betray them as liars.
James - Faith that is Not Alone | James 2:14-26
James' dispute with those who claim faith in Christ but have no evidence of that faith through their obedience to God's law reveals a deception which comes through a perversion of the Gospel.
James - The Law of Liberty | James 2:1-13
James' warning against judging between rich and poor shows demonstrates the appropriate use of the Law for those renewed by the Gospel.
James - Reality before God | James 1:16-27
James warns against religious self-deception, contrasting hypocritical anger and spiritual sloth with the true effects of the benevolent Father's grace.
James - Perseverance in Testing | James 1:1-15
James' letter demonstrates the beautiful harmony between faith and works, demonstrating that works are the outflowing, proof, and goal of faith.
The Folly of The Cross of Christ | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Paul's command to the Corinthians to walk in unity is established by the facts of the Gospel; if none chose Christ from their own wisdom, none should boast of their brother.
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ | Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14
Paul warns the Roman church of slumbering even while claiming to be alive. His words being written to Christians shows us the danger of self-deception.
Perseverance in the Light of Eternity | 2 Corinthians 4:1-18
Paul's defense of the authenticity of his apostolic ministry, confirmed by sufferings not the praise of men, reveals his true treasure; the grace of Christ, not his own self.
Christian Partnership in Mission | Philippians 4:4-20
Directing their hearts and minds upon the sure and steady excellencies of Christ, Paul's testimony of God's grace in the midst of lack and plenty demonstrates a heart and mind set upon the bountiful richness of Christ Jesus.
The Ground of Christian Evangelism | Philippians 2:1-18
Paul's exhortation of the Philippian church reminds us of the source of our obedience - Christ Himself.
Galatians - The Grace of the Christian Church | Galatians 6
Paul's closing instructions demonstrate the unique quality of love, grace, and charity that is found only among Christians, as they are the authentic witness of God's love in the earth.
Galatians - Walking According to the Spirit | Galatians 5
Paul shows that looking to circumcision to justify is a looking away from Christ. But the Galatians were called to walk after the Spirit, not to neglect the law, but to keep it from the heart.
Galatians - Adopted as Children of Promise | Galatians 4
Those who turn back to trusting in good works subtly, but fully, renounce their adoption as sons of God.
Galatians - Law, Curse, and Fulfilled Promise | Galatians 3
Paul reasons with the Galatians to return to reliance upon Christ, showing them how Christ satisfied the demands of the law, becoming a curse in our place, to unleash the promised Spirit upon even the Gentiles.
Galatians - Justification and Fellowship through Christ | Galatians 2
Paul's opposition to Peter's sin shows the severity of his error, revealing the foundation for our identity as the people of God, not based in our ethnicity, nor social standing, but in the blood of Christ alone.
Galatians - Called by God through the Gospel | Galatians 1
Paul's opposition of those who entertained the Judaizing teaching shows us the vitality of clinging to the pure gospel of repentance from sins unto forgiveness through Christ.
The Imitation of Christ in the Body | Romans 12
Paul's appeal to the Roman Christians seeks to encourage the fruits of the grace of God in the life of the Church. Through the imitation of Christ, the community shines forth with His same light and love.
The Right Judgment of Christ | Matthew 18:15-22; 1 Corinthians 5
Following Christ's and His apostles' teaching, the Church is to walk in purity and love, guarding her members from attacks from her adversaries. In this way, Christ fights for her.
Effective & Expectant Prayer | Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-14
Biblical teachings on prayer and how to pursue the Kingdom work of prayer
Trinity Sunday - The Creator's World | Genesis 1:1-2:4
The Triune God created the world originally good, perfectly knowing of the entrance of evil, but permitted it to show forth the greater goodness of the new creation in Christ.
The Spirit Poured Upon God's People | Numbers 11:24-30; Acts 2:1-21
Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the church, Yahweh has fulfilled His covenant promise to dwell among His people.
Christ's Headship in the Ascension | Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23
Christ's Ascension realized the victory wrought in the Resurrection, unto the beginning of His Reign over the nations, ruling them until His second coming.
Jesus' Promise of the Spirit | John 14:15-29
The Spirit produces loving obedience to, and communion with, the Father and Son in the heart of the flock of Jesus Christ.
The Way of Jesus Christ | John 14:1-14
In His teaching and miracles, Jesus was constantly showing what the Father was like.
Jesus Christ is Our Shepherd | Psalm 23; John 10:1-21
What are the benefits that Christ has purchased for His flock? They are told by David, as he extols the grace of the Shepherd.
Jesus in the Word and at the Table | Luke 24:13-35
Just as Jesus celebrated the Passover before the Crucifixion, He eats with the disciples after His Resurrection to prepare them for the manner of fellowship after the Ascension.
Peace and Perseverance in Christ | John 20:19-31; 1 Peter 1:3-9
The Christian faith is built upon the historical fact of the Resurrection, producing reconciliation with God today, unto the glorious sight of Christ upon that final day.
Jesus Christ, Our Brother | John 20:1-18
Though all Christ's disciples deserted Him, He has already forgiven them at His resurrection. He receives them as His brothers.
Palm Sunday | The First Day of Holy Week
On Palm Sunday, Jesus identifies himself as the prophesied triumphant Davidic King.
The New Life in the New Covenant | Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 5:19-29; Romans 8:1-11
Jesus is the "Son of Man", the Greater Ezekiel, who speaks forth His word of the Gospel causing dead sinners to be raised to life.
The Faith of Jesus Christ | Psalm 40; Hebrews 10:1-10
Christ completely offered Himself up in full trust to the very end, knowing that the Father judges rightly.
Do Not Put Christ to the Test | Ex 17:1-7; Ps 95; 1 Cor 10:1-15
We who have seen and heard God's work in the Gospel must not harden our hearts as did the Israelites who grumbled in the wilderness.
Truth in the Inward Being | Psalm 51
All portions of this psalm - David's guilt, penalty, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and restoration - are based upon the foundation of the atonement of Christ.
Sin, Guilt, and Confession | Psalm 32
Those who desire to be godly must walk in truth and uprightness of heart by the daily confession of sin.
The Glory of Christ in the Shadow of the Cross | Matthew 16:13-17:13
In the Transfiguration we see the beautiful and glorious wisdom of God.
The Rewards of Seeking First His Kingdom | Matthew 6:19-34
The importance, the method, and the rewards of seeking first the Kingdom of God
The Lord's Prayer | Matthew 6:1-15
In the Lord's Prayer, we see the glory of Christ, who not only teaches His people perfectly, but gives them spiritual wisdom for their protection, ongoing sanctification, and victory in His Kingdom.
The Law of Christ | Matthew 5:17-48
Christ shows that the right interpretation of the law is a more severe reading than the reading which commands external adherence alone.
The Beatitudes - Salt and Light | Matthew 5:1-16
Jesus begins His teaching with descriptions of those who are transformed by the Spirit to join in His mission of reconciliation through the gospel.
Jesus Christ, the True Israelite | Matthew 4
Christ enters the very same circumstances as Israel and triumphs in the place of Israel's prior failure.
Christ's Glorious Divine and Human Person | John 1:29-51
John the Baptist's testimony of Christ and Christ's first interactions with his disciples confirm that in One man, Jesus is both God come in the flesh and the Messiah to redeem His people.
The Kingdom of God is at Hand | Matthew 3
Christ encounters baptism as the Head of the Church, for He is the first to rise from the dead, that He might preeminent in everything.
The Twelve Days of Christmas and the Feast of Innocents | Jeremiah 31:10-15; Matthew 2:13-23
The Feast of the Innocents reminds us of the reality and depth of evil during the time of Moses, the time of Christ, and today. Into this darkness, God sends Christ, the true light.
The Word Became Flesh | John 1:1-14
Why does the Word, the Light, come into the world? He came to call men to become children of God.
The Promise of the Incarnation | Isaiah 9:1-7
The fulfillment of God's promises to Israel is how Jesus becomes our source of joy.
The Joyful, Holy Way of Christ | Isaiah 35:1-10
These who enter into Zion, join the assembly of Christ, the Church. They are transformed from sorrow and sighing to joyful singing. They are anointed with the Spirit and are lifted up in countenance.
The Reign of Christ in His Kingdom | Isaiah 11:1-11
The end goal of the reign of Jesus is the conversion of His enemies and the restoration of all things on the earth.
The Mountain of the House of the Lord | Isaiah 2:1-5
The "mountain of the house of the Lord" is the Kingdom of God as mediated by the Church of God.
Christ the Righteous Branch | Jeremiah 23:1-8
Though Israel and Judah had generations of wayward kings and leaders, God will establish a new type of shepherd over them. These shepherds will preside over a time of peace and blessing for God's people.
Seeking Wisdom in the Light of God's Wrath | Psalm 90
The Spirit's teaching leads us to consider our actions in the light of our mortality and the eternal consequences of our actions. Through Christ, time now becomes our ally in the cause of the Gospel, as we sow seeds of faithfulness for the future.
Bone of Bone, Flesh of Flesh | Genesis 2:15-25, Ephesians 5:22-33
God's design in the creation of man and woman.
Christ Shepherds His People | Exodus 2:1-19
From the beginning, God's people have been identified by the things of the flock.
Miriam's Rebellion and Healing | Numbers 12
Just as Aaron interceded for Miriam, Christ ever lives to make intercession for us.
Guest Presentation | Testimony & Ministry
Tom Kelby's guest presentation at Friday Night Fellowship.
Christ, Lord of the Sabbath | Exodus 4:1-9, Mark 2:23-3:6
Christ can save to the utmost, even from the party of the Pharisees, of which you have often been a part.
Trinitarian Perseverance Through Trials | Romans 8:18-39
Paul concludes that the hope for the transformation of the world is the same hope as the one announced in the Gospel in which we were saved.
The City Which Came | Hebrews 13:1-25
Having demonstrated the Kingdom which God is bringing about, the writer of Hebrews shows how we are to live in that Kingdom.
The Unshakable Kingdom | Hebrews 12
We have come to something more real than what can be touched. We have come, by the mercies of God, to the True, Heavenly Gathering. Therefore, we should conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the calling.
Vocation in the Kingdom | Genesis 1:26-28
Cultivate a mindset in which you see everything at your disposal - your time, intellect, talents, resources, money - as tools for loving God and loving neighbor, extending the Kingdom of God.
Cultivating a Kingdom Culture of Continual Catechism | Catechism Mini-Series Chapter 3
GCF Foundational & Equipping Biblical Studies & Theology Classes - "Cultivating as a Community a Kingdom Culture of Continual Catechism"
The Faith of the People of God | Hebrews 11:1-40
In His infinite wisdom, God has considered those who have come before as righteous, but not "made perfect" until the time of Christ. This was so that Christ would be demonstrated as the Author of Salvation for all those who believe.
Steadfast Hope in Christ | Hebrews 10:1-39
Hearing the univocal testimony of the Trinity, Christians ought to have every confidence before God in every situation, concern, and trouble.
The Blood of the Covenant | Hebrews 9
Because Christ's blood was offered in the Heavenly Temple, we, as His people, have confidence that it will sanctify us.
The New Covenant | Hebrews 8:1-13
The purpose of the Hebrew writer is to warn his hearers from apostasy, from reverting back to the shadows instead of looking on to Christ. Everything which you trust in, except for Christ, will pass away.
Christ's Eternal Priesthood | Hebrews 7
God's grace in the New Covenant is that He relates to us as those who, like Abraham, are recipients of the Promises, not those who continually break the covenant.
The Promises of God | Hebrews 6:1-20
The eternal unchangeable counsel of God and His oath to perform it are the bedrock foundation upon which we know we can trust God.
The Order of Melchizedek | Hebrews 5:1-14
Though Aaron was appointed as priest in the time of the Exodus, Christ is the eternal priest, designated by the Father to minister to all those who receive salvation.
Entering the Rest of God | Psalm 95, Hebrews 4
Holding fast to our confession is how we enter the rest of God. Our confession is that standing before God we have a greater debt than we could ever pay, but Christ Himself stands with us, greater still.
The Everlasting Covenant and Baptism | Acts 2:22-41
No amount of washing with water, either young or old, would accomplish anything unless that water pointed to blood - the blood of Christ. The water applied to the body is a reminder of the blood of Christ sprinkled on our hearts.
Christ the Apostle and High Priest | Psalm 95, Hebrews 3:1-19
The Hebrew writer shows Moses and Jesus as those who were given charge over the same house, God's house. The house of God is nothing other than the assembly of the faithful saints of God.
Christ the Founder of Our Salvation | Hebrews 2
Christ takes on flesh to experientially know human weakness, allowing Him to both be merciful to us and our High Priest.
Hebrews - The Supremacy of Jesus Christ | Hebrews 1
The deity of the Son of God and the reign and victory of Christ as presented in Hebrews 1.
Personal Purpose in the Covenant of God | Deuteronomy 8
Christians must be engaged in the world, cultivating, glorifying, shaping and forming it for God's glory. We should renew our minds from false views of spirituality unto the redeeming of Godly ambition to take dominion and extend His kingdom everywhere.
The Christian Family - A Primer on Family Worship | Psalm 78:1-8, 2 Timothy 1:1-14
If we would see the revival of the church, we ought first to bring about revival in the home.
The Christian Family - Dominion and Covenant Succession | Genesis 1:26-31, Deuteronomy 6
God's intention in marriage is primarily the fulfillment of the command to be fruitful and multiply, and take dominion.
Koinonia and Koinonos | GCF Participation 2016-2017
Koinonia and Koinonos (participation, fellowship, partnership) in Scripture and its importance for GCF over the coming year.
Trinity Sunday - Our Future with God | John 16:12-15, Romans 5:1-11
The Father, the Son, and the Spirit dwell eternally in a community of harmony and love. Though we were at enmity with God, the Father sent His Son to wash us and bring us into the same love which God has in Himself.
Receive Pentecost - Everyone | Holy Spirit Mini-Series, Part 2
Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the continual filling with the Holy Spirit and exercise of spiritual gifts.
Christ's Victorious Ascent | Psalm 47; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11
In commissioning the Apostles, Christ gives them three great tools, without which they would not complete the mission: the promise of His presence, and understanding of the Scriptures, and the baptism in the Spirit.
Abiding in Christ | John 15
In loving us as the Father loved Him, Christ shows us how love works - love begets obedience; obedience stems from love.
The Holy Spirit and Christ's Ascension | John 14:15-31
Christ promises that though He departs, He will come in the Spirit.
Christ the Good Shepherd | John 10:1-21
Christ explains His authority, mission, sacrifice, and resurrection in the imagery of a shepherd who tends to His flock.
Christ the Fisherman | John 21
The disciples' source of food is not in their gathering for the Lord. Christ's disciples are not fed with the result of their work, but from His own hand.
Commissioned by Christ | John 20:19-31
Though not present in body, Christ promises to be, and is, present by the Spirit of God. His presence destroys the work of Satan in us, in order that we may be His Body through which He works.
The Empty Tomb | Luke 24:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Everything that Christ encounters, He does so on behalf of the saints. What began at the Incarnation is fully realized in the Resurrection.
The Triumphal Entry | Psalm 118:19-29, Luke 19:28-48
Through His prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem, Christ shows the true heart of prophecy: a desire for mercy and compassion.
The Prodigal Son | Luke 15:1-3,11-32
How you approach any aspect of life is determined by your belief of how God will respond to you.
Sunday Celebration of the Lord's Day | 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; 1 Timothy 2:1-6
The importance of corporate, covenant celebration on the Lord's Day.
The Necessity of Repentance | Luke 13:1-21
Christ is opposed to all kingdoms of men. In place of the kingdoms of men, Christ plants the kingdom of God.
Walking in the Righteousness of Faith | Philippians 3
In growing as Christians, we must hold fast to the center: the Incarnation of Christ, the sufficiency of His work, the righteousness which comes by faith.
The Lord Over Spirits | Luke 9:28-45
The greatest manifestation of the glory of Christ is not found as He stands on a mountain at the Transfiguration. The heart of Jesus Christ is most clearly seen on a hill in Jerusalem, as He hangs upon a bloody cross.
The Rejection of the Christ | Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Luke 4:21-30
The rejection of Christ in Nazareth means good news to us.
The Temptations of Jesus | Luke 4:1-21
The temptation to receive all the kingdoms of the world was a real temptation for Christ. Just as Christ was hungry for bread, so also He desires every nation (cf. Psalm 2).
The Wedding at Cana | John 2:1-12
At the Wedding at Cana, Christ shows His glory through both the water and the wine, pointing to Baptism and the Eucharist.
The Baptism of Jesus Christ | Matthew 3
The Son does not earn the Father's approval through performance. And neither do we.
Waiting for Yahweh's Servant | Luke 2:21-35
The manifestations of the sin of doubt and unbelief have one common root and solution: a desperate need to see the patient obedience of Jesus Christ which fully calms our deepest fears and satisfies our greatest longings.
The Perfect Life of Christ | 1 Samuel 2:18-26, Luke 2:41-52
Christ is not merely our substitute with regard to pardon from sins, but also as pertains to our perfection before God.
The Shepherd of Shepherds | Micah 5:2-9
Because Christ embraced a humble calling for us, we are liberated to embrace the small, seemingly insignificant and mundane things of life.
Christ, the Redemption of Israel | Zephaniah 3:9-20
Israel should rejoice, that in the midst of judgment, God remembers his mercy. God leaves a remnant whom He will shepherd.
Preparing for the Day of the Lord | Malachi 3:1-18, Luke 3:7-18, Amos 5:18
Proper preparation for Christ's advents (first and second) involves the rending of our hearts in true repentance.
In the Spirit of Elijah | Malachi 4, Luke 1:1-25
The fire which Christ longs to bring upon the earth is a fire which both purifies and judges. For those who believe, the fire removes all that which cannot remain before Him. But those who do not believe are consumed in it.
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God | Daniel 7:1-18, Psalm 2, Revelation 1:1-16
Our desire is a sincere and robust faith, in which we press out the full Crown Rights of the King into every dimension and aspect of life and culture (cf. 1 Timothy 1:5).
Multi-Layered Gospel and Kingdom Catechism | A Key to a Disciple-Making Model
The Biblical basis for catechism and its role in discipleship.
Love God With All Your Life | Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 127, Romans 3:21-31
God has ordained that parents have a primary role in teaching their children about God's Covenant Faithfulness.
The Centrality of the Gospel | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The Christian life is a life lived in faith in Christ, such that any good thing which you do, or which you experience, originates in God's sovereign and good grace.
The Warrior Bridegroom | Psalm 45
Psalm 45 is a prophetic poem concerning the glory of Jesus Christ as He defeats His enemies and is united to His Bride, the Church.
Christ, Lord of the Sabbath | Deuteronomy 23:15-25, Matthew 12:1-16
We are tempted by two similar errors - substituting our own law (legalism) or dismissing God's law as unnecessary (antinomianism). The two errors have the same common root - failing to trust that the obedience of faith is God's path for life.
Glory to Glory | Psalm 16, 2 Corinthians 3
Being made in His image, we see that we have both the capacity and need for communion and relationship, not just with other humans, but with God Himself.
A War for Fruit | Deuteronomy 6:10-19, Matthew 21:33-46
The calling of the Christian is to press out the crown rights of King Jesus in every realm and aspect of life.
Union with Christ in Sacrificial Love | Hebrews 13:1-16
Because Christ has suffered to form a people, we too, in sharing the love of God must suffer as well. This is our true worship, not simply singing songs and doing religious services, but sacrificial love extended to others.
Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani? | Psalm 22, Matthew 27:45-54
Psalm 22 is a prophetic oracle concerning the depth of the suffering, in both body and soul, which Christ experiences in His crucifixion.
The Everlasting Covenant and Baptism | Acts 2:22-41
A Biblical consideration of credobaptism (believers' baptism) and paedobaptism (infant baptism).
Biblical Finances | General Topics
Every aspect of our lives must be in obedience to God's expressed will as found in the Scriptures. Our understanding of His rightful claims will be clearly manifest in how we handle our finances.
Going into the Land | Numbers 27:12-23, Matthew 9:35-10:15
Although there is a deep darkness on our land, and many see no need for Christ, we are nevertheless called to faithful and bold battle, standing firm in the promise that Christ will lead us on.
The Waters at Meribah | Numbers 20:1-13
This account shows us the righteousness of God's standard and the utter impossibility of sinful men to represent the faithfulness of God. We need One who will come and represent God well.
The Holiness of God and the Divinity of Jesus Christ | Ezekiel 1
Holy men and prophets of old were terrified to look upon God, sinless angels cannot behold Him, lest they be consumed, and yet, the Word has eternal communion with the Father face-to-face.
The King's Wonderful Mercy | 2 Samuel 9
David's scandalous, extravagant grace shown to Mephibosheth is only the tip of the iceberg of the depths of the love of Christ.
True Covenant Worship | Exodus 24, 1 Corinthians 10:1-22
True covenant worship, composed of the Word and table, is seen in Exodus 24.
The Call at Sinai - A Holy Nation | Exodus 19, Hebrews 12:18-29
Acceptable worship is worship that accords with truth; acknowledging God as He is - holy. It means drawning near to Him with fear and trembling.
The Gospel According to Exodus | Exodus 6:1-12
If God's salvation of Israel was total, completely destroying Egypt, how much more should we put our hope in Christ's perfect work setting us free from slavery to sin.
God's Holy Order and Same-Sex Mirage | Genesis 1:26-31, Romans 1:16-32
A response to the legalization of so-called same-sex marriage: the Biblical perspective, societal effects and a call to hope and a loving witness.
Depart From Us | Mark 5:1-20
Through this account, we see the power of Christ in bringing healing and deliverance, in toppling the kingdom of darkness, and in confronting the societal dysfunction which desires the status quo rather than the Gospel. We are called to seek life in Christ and warned against the dangers of bidding Christ to depart from our region.
Peace! Be Still! | Proverbs 30:1-6, Mark 4:35-41
Christ expects the disciples to have placed their trust in the Father's call and watching, instead of the natural threat of the storms. Ultimately, Christ is calling them to put into practice His command to fear God and nothing else.
Forgiveness and Future Judgment | Matthew 18:21-35, 2 Corinthians 5:9-21
Our final judgment will serve as a public confirmation of our trust in and union with Christ, on the basis of His payment of our debts. The righteousness which will be demonstrated at that judgment is not of our own making, but entirely His.
Confirm Your Calling | 2 Peter 1:1-15
The Christian is to never stop growing. We must become like our Master in every respect.
Wind and Fire | Acts 2:1-41
The sound of the Holy Spirit's descent on Pentecost causes a shift in the atmosphere of the most wicked city on the planet. The church is beginning to partner with Christ in His mission of restoration.
The 5-5-5 Deal Principle | Eight Essential Elements Part C
Five vital signs of new life in Christ.
Ascension | Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11
Christ has ascended, and by the Spirit, we have ascended with Him, to live in newness of life in His Kingdom.
The Resurrection of the Dead | 1 Corinthians 15:1-28
The great hope of Christianity is a bodily resurrection in a restored new heavens and new earth.
The Great Commission | Psalm 22:25-31, Matthew 28:11-20
Jesus, in commissioning His disciples, gives us a bedrock foundation stone in our understanding of how we are to live and minister: His authority.
The Road to Emmaus | Psalm 23, Luke 24:13-35
Human beings are desperately hope-filled creatures. You will always be putting your hope and trust in something: the individual, society, technical progress, government, religious systems, or Christ. The Crucifixion understood rightly demonstrates the folly of trusting in anything other than Christ.
Following Christ | John 21
John closes his gospel reminding us that these works of Christ are but the outer fringe of God's love. Christ is still working today, to root out issues of sin from our lives, to mend, to restore, to heal, to save.
A Resurrection of Grace | John 20:19-31, Hebrews 3
Not only did Christ die for our sins, but He brings empowering grace to restore us to fellowship and deliver us from our unbelief.
Christ the Gardener - The Second Adam Remaking the World | John 20:1-23
The Resurrection is not the end of the Gospel, but the beginning. The triumph over the curse that began in that garden will spread throughout all of the earth.
Palm Sunday | Psalm 118:19-29, John 12:12-26
Christ, fully knowing what would happen by entering Jerusalem, did so willingly. He embraced the will of God and loved righteousness more than preserving His own life.
Blind, Lame, and Paralyzed | John 5:1-18
The Jews' understanding of the purpose of the Sabbath was backward. By restoring that sick man, Christ was truly celebrating the Sabbath.
The Living Water | John 4:5-42
The spiritual thirst that we have is a thirst that is more real than natural thirst. Christ certainly is greater than Jacob, for He did not simply dig a well, but is Himself the source of all life.
You Must Be Born Again | John 3:1-21
Those who are born of the Spirit enter into the kingdom of God, wherein is eternal life: knowing the Father and the One who He sent. Entrance into the Kingdom of God is a gift bestowed on us by our Heavenly Father.
Zeal for Your House | John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Christ is zealous for His temple and cleanses it still today. Paul teaches that the purpose for the human body is not food nor sexual immorality, but for being joined to the Lord.
The Wilderness | Luke 4:1-14
Though we are brought low during Lent, it is not a time for despair. The fasting and trials that Jesus encounters in the wilderness recapitulate the temptation of Adam in the Garden and Israel in the wilderness. Jesus overcomes the devil in the wilderness, telling of the victory to come.
The Transfiguration | Mark 8:27-9:9
In the Transfiguration we see the beautiful and glorious wisdom of God. Christ sees the Father’s will as glorious. Yet Peter's eyes see naturally. The Transfiguration shows us that our perspective is flawed.
A New Meal | Mark 2:18-28
Christ teaches the value of His presence and the value of the New Covenant that He brings with him through a parable of old garments and wineskins. We can not approach Christ if He does not make us anew.
A Doctor for the Sick | Mark 2:1-17
The Gospels (the four of them, equally) bring us before Christ showing our true condition: sinful man is both unable to do anything about his condition, and is dead to the sensation of the effect of sin.
A Lamb and A Ladder | John 1:29-51
Christ is the ladder which Jacob saw; He is the one who is "Bethel", the house (tabernacle) of God in the midst of His people. He is the one who confirms the covenant and fulfills His promises.
A New Teaching | Mark 1:14-39
Jesus Christ, walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, shows us how we sustain our hearts in the love of God.
The Baptism of Jesus Christ | Mark 1:1-15
Though Christ was not guilty of any sin, as our High Priest and Kin, Jesus Christ receives water baptism, so that he would be the Head of a New People. Not only is He the Federal Head of this people by water, He also is baptized with the Holy Spirit to bestow the Spirit upon them.
The Word Made Flesh | John 1:1-18
For John, the Incarnation is an act of immense proportions, illuminating how we understand the entire universe, physically, spiritually, and philosophically.
A Light for Glory | Luke 2:22-40
Simeon and Anna show us the righteousness of Christ in their worship and praise the Lord at the sight of the Child.
Everlasting Kingdom | 2 Samuel 7:1-16
Jesus Christ comes to fulfill the promises of God to David. He comes to establish an everlasting Kingdom in which we can truly live as redeemed mankind.
The Ministry of Christ | Isaiah 61:1-11
God's aim in the sending of His Son is that through His people He would work in the earth to cause righteousness in all places.
Comfort My People | Isaiah 40:1-11
God desires to bring us back from our sins and by coming near, He has made sure it will happen.
Rend the Heavens | Isaiah 64:1-9
God has every right to renounce Israel and leave her in bondage, yet because of His great mercy, He will not give her up.
Hope For All of Life | Romans 8:18-39
There is no situation which merits hopelessness. To live without hope is to live an active denial of eternity with God.
Humility | Philippians 2:1-18
God desires that we would consciously engage our will in a sustained effort against sin.
The Presence | Psalm 16
Through our union with Christ, mediated by the Holy Spirit, we are invited to live with the Lord always before us.
Heavenly Encounter | Ezekiel 1
Worship, and therefore all of life, is not neutral. Man becomes like what he beholds in worship.
Naaman's Washing | 2 Kings 5:1-19; John 1:19-34
Like Naaman, we are like dead men, in need of cleansing and restoration. In Naaman's washing and later in John the Baptist's ministry we see our need of washing and the preeminent worth and beauty of the Lamb of God.
Idols - No Other Gods | Exodus 20, Romans 6
Though we could never be justified to God by doing His law, His moral law still informs how we should live.
Baptism - Through the Waters | Exodus 14
The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 3B Reviewed. God's Kingdom plan in Creation is and must be His ongoing, current and eternal plan. His attributes, purpose, law and ways never change. He, His plans and His administration are progressively revealed.
Our Need for Grace | Exodus 6:1-13; Luke 24:13-35
God's deliverance is accomplished without precondition. God's saving grace comes before the giving of the law. And this amazing deliverance cannot be believed by man's ears or eyes alone.
Signs of Moses | Exodus 4:1-17
Every aspect of Moses' ministry, to one degree, prefigures Christ. Knowing this, we ought to read Moses looking for Christ, making connections where appropriate.
Hope for the World | Daniel 4:4-18; Mark 4:30-34
God has not abandoned the earth up to futility, for the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth.
Living in the Light of Christ | Colossians 3:1-17
The exhortations of Colossians 3 are instructions for Gospel-informed living. Without Christ, we have no foundation or motivation for righteous living.
The Primacy of the Kingdom | A Review
The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 1 Reviewed - The Kingdom of God is the primary, prevailing topic throughout all of Scripture. A review of the Sunday School message "What Is the Bible All About?" (posted on February 5, 2014).
Spiritual Warfare (Continued) | Reality, Geography & Legalities
Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 3F (Continued) - To engage in spiritual warfare, it is important to first understand what the Bible reveals about the source, geography and legalities of spiritual warfare.
Five Types of Prayer | Great Model Intercessors of the Bible
Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 3E - Seven key principles of intercession as exemplified by great models in the Bible - Jesus, Nehemiah, Moses and others.
Five Types of Prayer | Petitions, Supplications & Requests with Thanksgiving
Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 3C - Petitions, supplications and requests are the most familiar types of prayer. It is important to couple these prayers with thanksgiving.
Seven Keys to Effective Kingdom Prayer | Key 5
Effective Corporate Kingdom Prayer Series, Chapter 2C. Another key to effective prayer is righteousness. What is righteousness?
Seal of Authenticity | 1 John 5
John has been talking about love of neighbor, trusting in Christ, walking in the light, and he caps it off with a "keep yourselves from idols." John is saying that false doctrines are idols which we exalt over and above the truth of Christ. We are to live, seeing through new eyes, keeping watch against the darkness.
Testing and Love | 1 John 4
The fear of the Lord causes us to come take refuge in Him (cf. Ps 31:19), whereas the fear of the Lord's judgment causes us to shrink back from Him (cf. Luke 23:30). In Christ, our fear of the Lord's judgment is cast out by perfect love.
Seven Inevitable Institutions of Government | Educational Systems
The Kingdom of God Series, Chapter 7B. There are four institutions of government that the Kingdom must take dominion over through Christians being salt and light in the world. The first of these is education.
Children of God | 1 John 3
If we who were formerly following Cain are loving our brothers, it must be because we are now following Christ. If we are keeping God's commandment, then we know that God abides in us by His Spirit.
Antichrists | 1 John 2:18-29
The anti-Christ is not someone coming at the end of modern history to "end the world", but rather anyone coming against the doctrine of the apostles: that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Son of God, who has revealed righteousness.
The New Commandment | 1 John 2:1-17
John identifies love for your brother as being a mirror of your spiritual state, such that hatred amounts to blindness and love light.
Walk In The Light | 1 John 1
Jesus shows the nature of God: God is light (1 John 1:5). We must examine our walk and see if it is in step with the light of God.
Man of Fire | Revelation 1
Jesus Christ, the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit, is the same one who attends to the lampstands, moving back and forth among them, filling them with oil (the Spirit), and trimming them.
Origins and Covenants | Acts 2
The promise of the Holy Spirit is not earned, nor merited, but rather, as grace of the gospel, freely given by God.
Atonement - Completed in Ascension | Acts 1:1-11, Hebrews 10:1-25
The atonement was completed when Jesus sat down at the right hand of God, after His Ascension, demonstrating the finality of the lasting work of Christ.
Mission | Luke 24:36-53, Acts 1:1-5
The disciples will confirm the truth of the prophecies that have been fulfilled after the power from on high arrives. They will be the ones that will proclaim repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Christ's name.
Fear - Startled by the Resurrection | Mark 16
In Mark, divine intervention often leaves people even more afraid, not less. And so even in the Resurrection, we see a need still remains. For us to be freed from fear, Christ will ascend to the Father and pour forth the Spirit, who will pour into us the love of God (Romans 5:5), for that is perfect love, which casts out all fear.
The Road to Emmaus | Luke 24:1-35
The Word indicates, demonstrates, and teaches us of Christ, but it's at the Table where we recognize and experience Him.
The Great Commission | Matthew 28
The Great Commission is to be done with the foundation of the Resurrected Jesus Christ. That is the reason for it, and the power of it.
Fellowship - Restored in the Resurrection | John 21
It's only after the meal that God tells Peter to feed His Lambs. Likewise, we only can minister out of the overflow of our relationship with God. The question "Do you love Me?" must be answered before you can be told to feed His lambs.
Easter - The Start of a New Creation | Song 3:1-5, John 20
By rising from the dead, Christ has defeated death and opened up for us a way of salvation. While we scattered, Christ has sought us out, gathered us by His Spirit and proclaimed the Gospel to us: that in Christ, God has reconciled us to Himself, declaring peace to those who were far off.
Palms and Passion | John 12
The crowd that greets Jesus in Jerusalem is in darkness, because they cannot believe. And this is John's specific intention: to demonstrate that without Christ's atoning work, no amount of following after Him can ever produce the faith that leads to life.
Seven Principles of All GCF Outreaches | Part B
Seven principles of GCF outreach originally presented at the 2014 ARC conference. The third concept, Decision Making vs. Disciple Making, is begun in this message. (See our Sunday School podcast for Part A.)
Lifted Up | Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21
Not only is Jesus Christ glorified in His heavenly state, but Christ was also glorified by being lifted up on the cross.
Lame Man Walking - The Power of the Son of God | John 5:1-29
Those who hear the words of Jesus have come alive. Those who do not believe the words of Jesus are dead. But, hallelujah, He's in the business of raising the dead.
Resurrection - Our Great Hope in Christ | John 11:1-45
Not only did Jesus bring Lazarus back to life, but He healed him and reversed the decay of his flesh. Jesus Christ is making all things new, especially our hearts, which are in need of hearing His voice say "come alive."
Blindness - Our Need for the Light of the World | John 9:1-41
Only if we see our need for Christ will he be of any benefit to us. In this season of Lent, when we reflect on the darkness in our own lives, we must cry out all the more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me."
Seek the Lord | The Kingdom is Unfolding in Our Midst
Ash Wednesday 2014 - An exhortation to seek His face, heart and hand that we might be strengthened in our Godly identity and prepared for the work ahead.
Overcoming Temptation - A Celebration of Lent | Psalm 32, Matthew 4:1-17
This year, as we celebrate Lent, let us do so knowing that the battle in the wilderness has already been won. Jesus overcomes the devil in the wilderness, which we celebrate in Lent, culminating in Jesus' Passion.
Fasting 101 | Preparing & Getting Motivated for GCF Corporate Fast
Four key passages of Scripture on fasting (the Sermon on the Mount, Psalm 35:13, Isaiah 58 and the Book of Joel) teach us the proper motives for fasting and the promised rewards.
Forgiveness - Prerequisite to Discipleship | Matthew 6:1-18, 18:21-3
The freedom from your past debts is the justice which rolls down like water. You don't forgive to be forgiven, you forgive because you have been forgiven.
Gospel Suffering - Paul's Life in the Light of Christ | Colossians 1:15-29
God, who created men in His image and has redeemed men after the pattern of His Son, desires them to have full maturity after their elder Brother.
Fathers First | Genesis 12, 13
What you work for, you keep, but even the ground you cover today becomes your children's possession.
Presentation of Jesus at the Temple | Luke 2:22-40
Simeon recognizes the Christ child as being that very salvation from the hand of God which would be the restoration of the glory of Israel. Just as God demonstrated His power over Egypt, the salvation brought about through Christ has world-wide impact.
Epiphany | Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12
The Light of the world has come, and has shown Himself to all, calling men to turn from their dark deeds and walk in the Light.
Magi and Infants | Matthew 2
The events surrounding Christ's birth remind us of the destructive, temporary reign of unrighteous men and of the eternal reign of God which will one day be recognized by all.
A Saviour - The Shepherd of Israel | Luke 2:1-20
God did not just put the rulers of this world to open shame at the cross, He did it at the very beginning of His Son's life.
Hope - Christ's Blessed Reign | Isaiah 2:1-5
As we ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord, we remember that Christ is the Light of the world and that without Him, we would remain in darkness.
A Garden in the Wilderness | Isaiah 35:1-10
The salvation which makes the desert land that Isaiah describes into a garden is none other than Christ himself.
Root of Jesse - Christ, the King of Israel | 1 Kings 9:1-9, Isaiah 11:1-11
Unlike the other sons of Jesse (David and Solomon), Christ shall bear lasting fruit. The effect of His reign shall be life, not death.
Faithful - God's Righteous Dealings with Israel | Isaiah 9:1-7
In the Advent season, we remember Israel's awaiting of the Messiah just as we now await the day when He will come to bring fullness to His Kingdom.
Good Works - A Way of Living | Psalm 11; Ephesians 2:1-10
We were created in Christ Jesus for the purpose of doing good works now, in this life, as a prophetic witness. We are to live as if the age to come is already at hand.
Thanksgiving - A Christian Way of Celebrating | Psalm 84; Colossians 3
Thankfulness should not be confined to just our devotional and ministry activities, but in everything we do, we are to give thanks to God.
Assurance - A Gift Through the Spirit | Romans 8
The deep assurance which comes from the witness of the Holy Spirit gives us confidence to withstand the attacks of the evil one.
Community - Unity in Christ | John 17, Psalm 133
Jesus Christ is the means and ends of our community because He is the source and purpose of unity among the brethren.
Anxiety - Killing the Unbelief that Fuels Worry | Matthew 6:19-34
We cannot defeat our anxieties by trying to be or do better. Instead it is the renewal of our minds by Jesus' teaching that sets us free to trust Him.
Discipleship - The Cost of Following Jesus | Luke 14
We are not defined by our jobs, possessions or family. We are defined only by our devotion to Jesus.
What is Man? | His Origin and Purpose
There is one true center for all human beings that gives them purpose and meaning: God, man's Creator. Man is God's image-bearer.
Thirst - The Free Call of Christ | John 7
Christ invites us to come and be satisfied in Him. No one else has ever offered up a satisfying, fulfilling promise such as this and had the power to fulfill it.
Excellency - The Supreme Worth of Christ | Philippians 3
We have a tendency to forget, whether it be our successes, our failures or the Gospel itself. We must be reminded again of our great Hope.
Rooted - Our Walk in Christ | Colossians 2:1-15
God has already reconciled us to Himself through Christ. To embrace and rest in the work of Christ done on our behalf is to glorify God.
Steadfast - Faith in the Midst of Persecution | Philippians 1
In Paul's letter to the Philippians, he encourages them to be a living testimony and a prophetic witness of God's deliverance.
Disciples - Following Christ | 1 Corinthians 4
How are to we know that we are in a healthy way of life? Believers grow in maturity, following Christ by taking part in His Church.
Rest - Staying Close to the Source | Mark 6:7-52
Christ's invitation to rest is the invitation to a renewal of our mind to see how God sees.
Samaritan - Who's Righteous? | Luke 10:21-37
The parable of the good Samaritan isn't just about how to be a better person - it tells us about what Christ has done for us.
Freedom - Subject to Christ | Acts 15
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 10 - The Apostles confront the burdens placed on the Christians by the Judaizers.
Sent - Obeying the Spirit | Acts 13
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 9 - The hardening of the Jews' hearts against the Gospel and the Apostles' response.
Risk - Daring to Reach Out | Acts 11
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 8 - Following Jesus isn't about certainty and security.
Gentiles - No More Separation | Acts 10
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 7 - All men - Jew and Gentile, slave and free, man and woman - are called to repentance and salvation.
Authentic Conversion | Acts 9:1-31
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 6 - The account of Saul's conversion displays the fruit of a life marked with the revelation of Christ.
Missional Movement | Acts 8
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 5 - The Apostles begin to spread the message of the Gospel throughout the world, laboring with God to obey Jesus' Great Commission.
Faithful to the End | Acts 6, 7:44-60
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 4 - Stephen's faithful witness unto death of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Boldness For Witnessing | Acts 3:1-4:31
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 3 - Effective and Christ-glorifying witnessing includes the preaching of a history-informed Gospel.
Outcomes of Pentecost | Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-24
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 2 - At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit comes to fulfill the promises of God from of old and to fix what had been broken.
Implications of the Ascension | Acts 1:1-14
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 1 - The ascension of Jesus Christ is the capstone of His crucifixion, death, and resurrection as it begins His reign and His ministry through His people on earth.
Sola Deo Gloria | The Five Solas, Part 6
"Sola Deo Gloria" - Glory to God Alone. The last of the five Solas of the Protestant Reformation declares that God deserves all glory and honor. In Christ, glorifying God and enjoying Him are one and the same thing.
Sola Scriptura | The Five Solas, Part 5
In response to the errors of their day, the Protestant Reformers held that Christian doctrine is formed "sola scriptura" - by Scripture alone. Scripture is authoritative, inspired, clear, efficient, and sufficient.
Solus Christus | The Five Solas, Part 4
God's people are saved "solo Christo" - by Christ alone. There is no other salvation except through Christ, the sole mediator between God and man.
Sola Fide | The Five Solas, Part 3
God's people are saved "sola fide" - by faith alone. It is not through good works or appearances that a person is justified before God; it is through faith in Christ alone.
Sola Gratia | The Five Solas, Part 2
God's people are saved "sola gratia" - by grace alone. There is nothing that a person can do to merit salvation; it is a gift granted by God.
An Introduction to the Protestant Reformation | The Five Solas, Part 1
The historical context of the Five Solas - the five summary statements of the Protestant Reformation.
The Life of the World to Come | 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
The Apostles' Creed, Part 13 - Having provided a summary of all of God's plan of redemptive history, the Creed moves to the final state of mankind: eternal communion with God. What will happen in the next age?
The Resurrection of the Body | 1 Corinthians 15:1-28
The Apostles' Creed, Part 12 - Modern society tends to shy away from death and the dying. Without the Gospel's promise of the resurrection of the body, there is no hope for man. Why is this doctrine so important to the message of the Gospel?
The Forgiveness of Sins | Galatians 3
The Apostles' Creed, Part 11 - No one can be justified before God by the Law given to Abraham. Why, then, was the Law given? How can our sins be forgiven?
The Church of Saints | John 4:1-26
The Apostles' Creed, Part 10 - New believers are baptized into the Church - the body of Christ and the people of God. With all of the various churches that exist in this day, how can we claim, as the creed states, that there is "one holy universal church"?
The Holy Spirit | Acts 3
The Apostles' Creed, Part 9 - The Holy Spirit's ministry has been active in the world from the very beginning of time. What is the nature and purpose of His actions both historically and today in the Church?
The Final Judgment | 2 Corinthians 5, Romans 2:1-16
The Apostles' Creed, Part 8 - The creed reminds us that a good Judge is coming who will take account of our actions. How important are good works in the life of a Christian who is saved by faith?
Ascended and Seated | Acts 1:1-14, 2:1-41
The Apostles' Creed, Part 7 - Christ now sits at the right hand of the Father, serving as our mediator. What sort of effect should the Ascension have upon our purposes and behaviors?
Descended Then Risen | 1 Corinthians 15:1-34
The Apostles' Creed, Part 6 - "He descended into hell" is a much debated portion of the Apostles' Creed. What does it mean and what is its Biblical support?
Suffered and Crucified | Matthew 26:26-75; John 19
The Apostles' Creed, Part 5 - The Apostles' Creed declares the historicity of Christ's crucifixion and death. How can Christians find encouragement in Christ's suffering?
Conceived and Born | Isaiah 59; Luke 1:26-56
The Apostles' Creed, Part 4 - The creeds instruct the Church in truth about the life of Christ, beginning with His conception. Why was Christ incarnated? Why is the Virgin Birth a core tenet of the Christian faith?
Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord | Colossians 1:3-23
The Apostles' Creed, Part 3 - The second phrase of the Apostles' Creed declares the identity of Jesus as revealed in each of His names or descriptors - Christ, Son of God, Our Lord. The last title of "Lord" is of particular importance for understanding salvation. Why is it necessary for Jesus to be both Savior and Lord?
God the Father Almighty | Genesis 1; Romans 10
The Apostles' Creed, Part 2 - The Apostles' Creed begins by declaring the person and nature of God the Father. In order to understand the significance of these declarations, it is helpful to compare how they differ from the beliefs of other religions.
Introduction to Creeds | Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The Apostles' Creed, Part 1 - GCF begins a new sermon series this week focusing on the Apostles' Creed. What is a creed? Why are creeds necessary?
Solomon: The Son of David | 1 Kings 3:5-15, 4:20-35
Christ in the Old Testament, Part 18 - The series closes with a look at Christ's fulfillment of the promise to David, first manifest in the blessings upon Solomon. Solomon's peaceful, prosperous, and wise reign only hints at the glory of the coming Kingdom of God.
David Conquers the Giant | 1 Samuel 16, 17
Christ in the Old Testament, Part 17 - David's victory over Goliath points toward Christ's final triumph over every obstacle. It is not through imitation of David, but through faith in Christ that we partake in the victory.
Saul: The Wicked King | 1 Samuel 8