Glory in the Gospel (Part 3): Truth

Glory in the Gospel (Part 3): Truth Key Idea: We must live within the reality of the truth of Christ 1. Importance of truth Jesus came as truth, to give truth. 2. Focus of truth John 1:1 — 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:9 — 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:14 — 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory......

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Glory in the Gospel - Part 2: Faithfulness (John 17:2-5)

The greater my faith in the faithfulness of Christ, the more faithful I will live. Key idea: Christ’s glory is revealed in his faithfulness through the Gospel. Practical Application: We must have great faith in Christ, for our good and his glory. I. Our faith “to know” – It is to have fellowship with Jesus, built on faith in the truths of who he is, as revealed in Scripture “the only true God” Two stumbling blocks to faith: A misinformed, meaningless faith People often have trouble having faith in Jesus, because they barely know the......

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Glory in the Gospel (John 17:1)

Glory – The manifestation of God’s holy goodness and greatness. Kevin DeYoung: “The glory of God refers to his splendor, his majesty, his beauty, his weightiness, his gravitas, his wow, his awesomeness, his unbelievable-ness. [Thus] To glorify God means to honor God. When you glorify someone, you celebrate them, you give them honor… [To use street language] to glorify God is to make a big deal of God.” Theme of Jesus’ prayer in John 17: It is a prayer for God’s glory to be made know in the accomplishing, outworking, and expansion of......

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A Light That Overcomes the Darkness (John 1:4-5)

Sermon Notes Download Key Idea: Christmas reminds us that because of Christ, the darkness does not win. I. The light of Christ brings victory over the darkness within us II. The light of Christ brings hope for the darkness around us A. The light of Christ confirms and affirms his faithfulness B. The light of Christ tells us the darkness has meaning and purpose C. The light of Christ assures our triumph Revelation 22:5 — 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the......

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A Light That Allows Us to See (Luke 9:28-43a)

Key Idea: the light of Christ allows us to see through the darkness of our world Three ways to see in the darkness of the world, through the light of Christ: I. See life in light of the true salvation of Christ II. See life in light of the love of Christ III. See life in light of the victory of Christ A. We trust there is more to the story than we see B. We trust we won’t know the whole story until the end C. We trust in the Author of......

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Walking Wisely: How Scripture Guides Our Thinking and Our Voting

Walking Wisely: How Scripture Guides Our Thinking and Our Voting Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Part 3) Selected Scriptures Recommended Resources How the Nations Rage, by Jonathan Leeman How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics, by Jonathan Leeman Before You Vote, by David Platt One Nation Under God, by Ashford and Pappalardo God and Politics, by Mark Dever Key Idea: We must vote faithfully and wisely (or abstain from voting) according to our biblically informed conscience. I. Purpose: What is purpose of our government and the purpose of our vote? A. What......

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Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Matthew 22:14-22) - Part 2

Key idea – We live faithfully in politics by living faithfully for Christ I. Live in Truth II. Live out Love III. Live with a Message An ambassador is someone who lives in a foreign land but represents their own king. Three ways to live with a message: A. Gospel priority B. “Convictional kindness” C. Visible love We demonstrate love by living out the good we hope the government promotes. IV. Live by Faith The solution to our anger, frustration, worry, concern, judgementalism, fears, etc., is making sure we are not making politics about......

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Faithfulness During Political Divisiveness (Matthew 22:15-22) - Part 1

Key idea – We live faithfully in politics by living faithfully for Christ I. Live in Truth A. Recognize that the culture offers a faulty version of reality B. Recognize biases in the presentation of facts (both “liberal” and “conservative”) C. Recognize the complexity of the issues at stake D. Recognize the difference between “straight-line” and “jagged-line” issues II. Live out Love A. Think more highly of people, than your opinions B. See others as people to love, not political views to loathe C. See your judgmentalism as a greater sin than others’......

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Peace in a Pandemic (Psalm 131)

Key Idea: A peaceful heart comes from a humble heart that hopes in Christ. I. A Peaceful Heart Starts with Humility Humility (in Psalm 131) is living for God, by living dependent on God. Humility is living for God An anxious heart comes because we live for the wrong things. Humility is living dependent on God II. A Peaceful Heart Needs the Right Hope Hope offers a rested heart because it focuses on the right relationship, not the right circumstances. True hope only comes in Christ. Practical application: Seek to know Christ....

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