Zechariah Ends His Silence

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The Angel Gabriel Appearing to Zacharias, by William Blake. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Luke 1.67-79
Matthew Raley (12-14-14)

The birth of John the Baptist set the stage for the coming of Christ. On the highest and holiest day of Zechariah’s life as a priest, the angel Gabriel announced to him that his personal prayers and the nation’s prayers would be answered in the same event: the birth of his son John. Zechariah didn’t believe it. So Gabriel silenced him until John was born.

What do you do if you can’t talk for nine months? What comes out of Zechariah’s mouth when John is born gives us some idea of what he had been doing: he had immersed himself in the Scriptures to rediscover God’s purposes.

In today’s message we will learn from Zechariah what it takes to overcome the unbelief and bitterness of our own hearts.

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Sermon Notes 12-14-14

 

Audio: Settling Accounts with Christ

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Parable of the Talents, woodcut, artist unknown. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Matthew 25:14-30
Justin Brown (12-7-14)

One of the great tragedies of the Christmas story is the unpreparedness of God’s people for the coming of their Messiah. This still serves as a warning for us today.

In this morning’s message we will learn from the Parable of the Talents that true disciples demonstrate their readiness for Jesus’ return by bearing spiritual fruit.

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Sermon Notes 12-7-14

Audio: Forgive as You Have Been Forgiven

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Domenico Fetti, Parable of the Wicked Servant. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Matthew 18:21-35
Justin Brown (11-30-14)

We live in a fallen world full of sinful people. Even we in the church, we who should know better, still sin and hurt each other. Yet Jesus tells us to forgive those who sin against us and come to us in repentance, over and over again. In today’s message, guest speaker, Justin Brown, uses the parable of the unforgiving servant to show us how we can forgive from the heart those who sin against us.

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Sermon Notes 11-30-14

 

Audio: Directions for Your Conscience

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Wooden Signpost at the Crossroads, by Steve Hillbrand. Image via Wikimedia Commons

How Your Life Can Glorify God
1 Corinthians 10.23-33
Matthew Raley (11-23-14)

In our current sermon series from 1 Corinthians we have watched Paul peel the layers away from the issue of food offered to idols. Many of the Corinthians are claiming the right to eat food offered to idols. They know that an idol is nothing, and therefore they also know that food offered to nothing is nothing.

Paul says this kind of knowledge is actually ignorance. Knowledge comes with duties. For example, other Christians may not know what you know. The idol worshipers certainly do not know what you know. This means that, by blindly using your rights, you are ignorantly participating in the schemes of demons to divide people from Christ. It also means that you are ignorant of your own lusts tempting you to draw near to these things.

Paul has stripped away all the pretense, and in today’s message we will look at the directions he gives us for uniting our knowledge with love.

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Sermon Notes 11-23-14

 

Audio: The Two Feasts

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Communion of the Apostles, by Luca Giordano Image via Wikimedia Commons

How Your Life Can Glorify God
1 Corinthians 10.14-22
Matthew Raley (11-16-14)

In our current sermon series in 1 Corinthians we have watched as Paul keeps peeling layers away from the issue of food offered to idols. It started with “We know that an idol is nothing.” It became, “We have the right to eat food offered to idols.” Paul has swept aside both the knowledge claim and the rights claim. He has said, “Your lust is the real issue, just as it was for Israel.” In today’s message we see Paul peel away the last layer to reveal the true nature of idolatry.The spiritual truth is that you are either feasting with Christ or with demons.

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Sermon Notes 11-16-14