The Necessity of the Cross (Ephesians 2:1-7)

I hope to answer two questions. Why was the cross necessary? Why couldn't God simply forgive our sin? “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.…continue reading →

Peter’s Perplexity (John 20:1-10)

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together,…continue reading →

Mary’s Misery and Amazement (John 20:1-18)

Death is the universal human outcome of our lives on this earth. We will all one day die. We cannot avoid it. We might be able to delay death through medical advances, but even still, life is short. Therefore, it's so incredibly important that we know what happens to us after we die, because eternity is much longer than our lives here. The resurrection of Jesus is the crucial event of Christianity, and all of history. If Jesus really did rise from the dead, we can believe what He said about Himself. We…continue reading →

The Powerful Peace of Christ (Colossians 3:12-17)

“Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another…continue reading →

The Great Role Reversal (John 12:12-32)

Witnessing an unexpected role reversal catches you off guard. Sometimes our kids correct us, acting as our parents. Often the nerdy kid in school becomes your boss, and you must respect him and call him “sir.” There are three great role reversals in the passage of Scripture that we will read this morning. “The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes…continue reading →

How We Once Walked (Colossians 3:5-11)

Imagine if our world were full of people who walked in a terribly inefficient manner, but they didn't even know it. This is the reality for all who do not know Christ. “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do…continue reading →

Who is Responsible? (John 19:6-11)

There's a game about a cookie jar in which the participates constantly try to shift the blame away from themselves. Some try to play the same game when asking the question “Who is responsible for the death of Jesus?” “And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again and said to them, "See, I am bringing him out to…continue reading →

Having a Heavenly Mindset (Colossians 3:1-4)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Get your head out of the clouds?” Some people are natural dreamers. Most of us stop to dream once in awhile, thinking about all the “what ifs” that could happen. I want us to think about what it means to set our minds on heavenly things, and how to do it. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that…continue reading →

We Got to Pray Just to Make it Today (John 18:1-12)

Prayer is perhaps the greatest source of strength that Christians do not take full advantage of. Of course, it's not prayer itself, but rather the dependance upon God through prayer. God changes us and guides us through prayer. No great revival has ever occurred apart from prayer. “When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas,…continue reading →

The Danger of Self-Made Religion (Colossians 2:18-23)

Most of us cannot simply decide to change. Even if we could, is that really what we need? We need to be changed. Our sinful nature needs to be dealt with. Why then do we place rules on ourselves? “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from…continue reading →