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The First Word about the Eternal Word (John 1:1

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This Sunday we began a new series in the Gospel of John with a look at the first 18 verses. These verses are known as John's Prologue, and they serve as an introduction to the whole book. In this sermon, I showed the shape and substance of John's Prologue. The shape of John's introduction centers on verse 12 and leads us to consider who can believe in Christ. This is the ...

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His Mercy is More: God’s Surprising Kindness to Liars and Self Reliars (Joshua 9)

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Lies and liars. Our world is filled with them, and we often struggle to know what to do with them. This is true when are deceived, but it is also true when we are the deceiver. On Sunday we saw another deception story in Joshua. And to play on wordsJoshua 9 teaches us again that (first) looks can be deceiving. For instead of seeing how the lies of Gibeon are met with swif...

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Seeing Joshua with New Eyes: Joshua, Jesus, and the Christian Life (Joshua 1)

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This week we kicked off a new sermon series at our church called "Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament: A Study of the Book of Joshua." You can listen to the sermon here. Response questions and additional resources on Joshua and seeing Christ in the Old Testament are below. Response Questions When think of Joshua or the book about him what comes to mind? What are the cha...

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A Family of Believers Centered on the Gospel

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On Sunday our elders proposed a new church mission statement. At its core is the commitment is to be a "Family of Believers Centered on the Gospel." In preparation for that "roll out," I preached a sermon on Galatians 1 and the importance of protecting and proclaiming the gospel. Here's the sermon audio, with a few additional resources and response questions. The Gospel ...

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New Life for the New Year: How Scripture and Prayer Empower Fruitful Endurance

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The most authoritative source to shape our prayers is the Bible itself. The more we learn about God and his ways and perspective, the more we improve our understanding of prayer. In this week's Sunday's sermonwe considered Paul's continual prayer that we would be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual (or Spiritual) wisdom and understanding. The purpose o...

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A Kingdom of Priests: Washed, Worshiping, Working, and Witnessing (Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9)

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Are you a royal priest? How do you know? What is a kingdom of priests? And how does that really apply today? Is this title for individuals? Or should it be a community identity? Many questions swirl around the biblical idea of priesthood. And on Sunday we considered Peter's words to the church: "You are a royal priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9). In examining his words, we learned...

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