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Sermons from 2019

jesus: not just a baby in a manger

December 29, 2019 Scripture: John 1:1-5, 14  I. Jesus is God, yet distinct from God. A. In the first verse of his Gospel, John echoes the first verse in the whole Bible. Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” But John says, “In the beginning was the Word.” Okay, then.…

Jesus is Better

December 22, 2019 Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9 I. Jesus is better because He brings God’s truth to the world. A. While the idols are a delusion (Isa. 41:29), a lie, the servant brings God’s truth to the nations. Three times in verses 1 through 4 we read about the servant bringing justice. In verse 4 we…

Prove It!

December 8, 2019 Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-17 I. God is always sovereign over all nations and all people. A. Isaiah 7:2: “When the house of David was told, ‘Syria is in league with Ephraim,’ the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.” Syria and…

The Hope of a Child

December 1, 2019 Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7 I. Jesus gives you hope as a Wonderful Counselor. A. The people of Israel are experiencing gloom (vs. 1) and darkness (vs. 2). Isaiah had prophesied in chapter 8 that the Assyrians were going to invade Israel and take away Israel’s wealth and people. It was a dark time in…

Stop Giving

November 24, 2019 Scripture: Exodus 36:1-7 I. You become generous when the Holy Spirit enters your life. A. In Exodus 36:1 we see two of the primary craftsmen that God used to build the beautiful tabernacle: Bezalel and Oholiab. Verse 1 says that God had put in them skill and intelligence to know how to do…

The God of Compassion

November 10, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 4:5-11 I. God sends difficulty to make you more compassionate. A. In the first four verses of Jonah 4 we saw last week that Jonah was angry with God. What exactly is Jonah hoping in verse 5? He is hoping that God will change His mind about forgiving Nineveh. He is…

Anger with God

November 3, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 4:1-4 I. You get angry with God when you can only see yourself. A. We understand Jonah’s anger better when we read his prayer in verse 2. What is Jonah really praying here? He’s saying, “God, I knew you would forgive these losers! That’s why I didn’t want to go to…

Preach the Gospel and Do Justice

October 27, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 3 I. People need the church to preach the Gospel. A. Jonah 3:1-2 is almost an exact repeat of the words that God spoke to Jonah in chapter 1 at the beginning of Jonah’s story. God is offering Jonah a fresh beginning here after his initial disobedience. The message God gave…