Sunday, December 11, 2016

73 The King Teaches on How to Pray for Sinners

In our churches we pray for sinners, sometimes by name, to come to the Savior.  Actually, King Jesus gave us a prayer for the salvation of the lost but it isn't the lost the Lord taught us to pray for.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

72 The King's Miracles Provoke Different Responses

Two blind men proclaimed Jesus the Messiah and were healed of their blindness.  Jesus casts out a demon who made a man mute and some Pharisees said his power came from Satan.  How can the same man and the same miracle elicit such different responses?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

71 Anything the King Touches Becomes Clean

Two females, a child and a woman, are ritually unclean.  The child, because she is dead.  The woman, because she has a blood discharge disease.  Jesus touches the child and raises her from the dead.  The woman touches Jesus and is healed.  Jesus makes the unclean clean.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

58 Tradition, Bold Preaching and Missionary Work

As we begin to conclude Paul's letter to the Romans we see the reason he wrote them in the first place.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Alcohol and the Christian (Part 4)

We examined the final questions John MacArthur asked his congregation about wine.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

57 Getting Along in the Church

Christians need each other, even when they disagree, because the alternative is to be lost in the world.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Alcohol and the Christian (Part 3)

Today, our next to last sermon on alcohol, we asked the third, fourth and fifth questions that John MacArthur asked his congregation about alcohol:

3. Is drinking wine the best choice?
4. Is drinking wine habit-forming?
5.Is drinking wine potentially destructive?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Alcohol and the Christian (Part 2)

Today we answered Dr. John MacArthur's second question: "Is drinking wine necessary?"

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

56 Love People More Than You Love Being "Right"

The Roman church had two groups at odds with each other over the question still keeping Moses' kosher dietary laws and the Jewish liturgical calendar.  Paul sided with one group...but demanded that all treat each other with love.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Alcohol and the Christian (Part 1)

Was the "wine" consumed by the Israelis, Christians, Greeks and Romans what we call "wine" today?

***NOTE***  Due to "technical difficulties" the last few minutes of the audio were not recorded over the church audio/visual equipment.  However, I brought a small digital recorder with me to the pulpit and I captured the whole message.  I have uploaded this audio only recording to YouTube as well.  It may not sound the best but it is easily understandable for those curious to know how the sermon ended.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

55 Don't Judge Another Master's House Slave

The Roman church had Jewish Christians who didn't feel free to discard elements of the Mosaic ceremonial Law.  Gentile Christians wouldn't feel any obligation to the Law.  How to deal with the disputes and tension?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

70 The King on Stretching the Mind to Accept New Ideas

If Jesus' actions or words showed you that he disagreed with  you, would you begin to doubt yourself...or Jesus?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

54 When in Rome Don't Do As the Romans Do

The Apostle Paul drew a sharp contrast between the Roman Christians—those who were to live with no light of day exposing shame—verses Roman pagans who lived shamefully in the dark, literally and figuratively.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

69 The King Welcomes Sinners but Rejects the "Righteous"

Today we saw Jesus' apostolic call given to Matthew (Levi), a tax-collector. Matthew invited his friends to a feast with Jesus, friends who were outcasts as well. These Jesus accepted. Self-righteous Pharisees despised these sinners and challenged Rabbi Jesus' propriety for welcoming them. Jesus then rejected the rejecters with a rebuke that could make your blood turn cold.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

53 Love Fulfills the Law

When you boil the Law of Moses down to its essence what does it teach?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

52 How to Be a Good Citizen in a Pagan World

How to you respond to a government that may kill you for being a Christian?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Theology of Revival

What is revival?  How does it start?  Who starts it?  What is our part?  What is God's part?  We looked at the Scriptures and a couple of incidents in the journal of John Wesley to answer the questions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

66 The Authority of the King Over Nature

 King Jesus the Just wields authority not only over demons, diseases and people's lives but also over the created universe, itself.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

51 How to Respond to Persecution Like Polycarp

Why did Rome bother to persecute the early Christians in the first place? We examined some of the Martyrdom of Polycarp (d. AD 150s or later), a second century Christian document, to see how the beloved bishop of Smyrna responded. Obviously there are applications for the Church today as she faces an increasingly hostile America.

Friday, August 19, 2016

49 The Body of Christ, All Ministers

A popular American view of ministry is, "That's what we pay the pastor to do."  A biblical way of ministry, however, is much different. The Apostle Paul explains in multiple places how important every Christian is for the work of the Church.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

64 Why the King Heals...But Not Always

I believe healing is in the Atonement. Yet God doesn't always heal us when we pray. Forgiveness of sins is in the Atonement and God always forgives a repentant person. So why "always forgiveness" on the one hand and "doesn't always" on the other? Can it be reconciled?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

48 A Living Sacrifice, A Renewed Mind

We participate with God's sanctifying work by consecration and programming the mind with God's truth.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

63 The King is Amazed at the Faith of a Centurion

A Gentile centurion from the auxiliary Roman troops stationed in Israel amazed Jesus with his audacious faith. Will you amaze Jesus with your fervent faith or your crippling unbelief?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

47 A Worldwide Conversion of Israel

Sometimes Scripture gives us detailed information; other times it teases us with a statement in passing. Paul hints to a worldwide conversion of Jews but he doesn't give us details. Sometimes we just have to admit ignorance.

Monday, August 1, 2016

62 The King Exorcises Authority to Heal a Leper

King Jesus didn't just talk a good game; he backed up his words with authority from God the Father.  Authority in the New Testament Greek can mean 1) The right to do/command something and 2) The power to do it.  Christ had both.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

61 The King Concludes His Sermon With a Warning About Hell

King Jesus made it clear: one either obeys him and finds eternal life or disobeys him and suffers in hell. There are no other options.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

60 The King Warns Disobedient "Disciples"

King Jesus the Just warns those who depend on Free Grace/Cheap Grace/No Lordship Salvation that they are without a theological leg to stand on.  He also warns those who seem to do the works of the Kingdom that, without a relationship with Christ, they are still in their sins.

45 God Always Has a Remnant

As an elect (chosen) Christian you are never alone.  Not only will God remain by your side you also are one of a larger group of people who obey the light of Christ in an ever-darkening world.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

59 The King Warns of False Prophets

Jesus taught his disciples how to discern between true and false prophets.  His answer may surprise you.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

44 The Gospel and No Excuses

One by one by one the excuses people use to deflect their rejection of the gospel fall to the ground.

Monday, July 4, 2016

58 The King on Two Gates, Roads & Destinations

People today believe there are many ways to God. They are tragically wrong. There is only one way to God but every other way leads to hell.

43 The Gospel and our Limitations on Understanding

Make no mistake; Paul asked much of his fellow Jews.  They had to leave their identity with Torah to find their identity with the Messiah.  Coupled with the limitations of our understanding and you find a Church of divine origin and human filling.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

57 The King on The Golden Rule

We know it.  "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them..." (Mat 7:12a ESV).  But do we understand it?  More to the point, do we obey it?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

56 The King on Receiving Good Things in Prayer

Can we get ANYTHING we want just by praying for it? Or are we reading the Bible's promises in an "American way?"

42 When Jesus Stretches Your Mind

Justification by faith isn't easy.  Sometimes embracing Christ means giving up preciously held beliefs and throwing away pride.  Jesus is worth it—if people will risk it.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

55 The King on Judging

The world doesn't understand it and the church ignores it.  What did King Jesus mean when he demanded, "Do not judge so that you won't be judged?"

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

41 God Determines How His Mercy is Dispensed

People cannot tell God how to offer mercy.  God alone sets the parameters and conditions by which people receive salvation.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

54 The King on Seeking the Kingdom

You can either be a slave for money/things or a slave for God.  You will be a slave of one.  You cannot be a slave for both.  If you slave for wealth you should feel anxious about your needs.  If you slave for God you do not need to worry about having your needs supplied.

40 God Determines Who is Israel

In the challenging section of Romans 9-11 we began by seeing that it is God who determines who is or is not in Israel, i.e. God's chosen people. We began answering the assertion that, indeed, the Gospel (9.6) has not failed.

39 More Than Conquerors

No matter what life throws us, so long as we remain in Christ, nothing can sever Christ's love away from us.  God has predetermined to bring us from our present salvation to ultimate Glory.

Mother's Day 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

37 Foreknowledge, Predestination, Calling, Justification & Glorification

Paul reassures suffering Roman Christians that from eternity past "The Lord knows those who are his," (2 Tim 2.19 ESV) and that God has predetermined how he will get his saints to ultimate glorification on the Last Day.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

53 The King on Not Loving Money and Things (Part 3)

King Jesus was blunt: you either are his slave or you are a slave to your own money and the possessions and worldly pursuits they buy.  Is Jesus or your wealth master of your life?

36 All Things Work Together For the Good

How can we be sure God will take the train wrecks of our lives and get us right where we need to be? Joseph is our case study.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

52 The King on Not Loving Money and Things (Part 2)

Jesus uses a metaphor of the human eye being a lamp that allows in worldly pursuits or heavenly affections.  Do we want God and his will more than we want money and the things it can buy?  It depends on if our orientation is set on earth or if it is set on heaven.

51 The King on Not Loving Money and Things (Part 1)

Third World Christians would look with amazement at the riches that choke American believers. Jesus ordered his disciples to stop living to accumulate stuff and thus be tied to this earthly existence which is temporary. Rather, he ordered his Christians to seek things of eternal worth. What are the implications of King Jesus' teachings for 21st Century Christians today?

35 The Holy Spirit Prays for Us

It's common for Christians to be bewildered at times on what to pray for how or even how to pray. During these times believers can take comfort from knowing that the Holy Spirit is our prayer partner.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

50 The King on Fasting Without Hypocrisy

Jesus simply assumed his followers would fast; it was an act of piety in Judaism.  However, the king wanted his disciples to fast to be seen by the Father and not praised by other Christians.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Do You Believe? (Easter 2016)

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that he died on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins? Do you believe that God the Father raised him from the dead? If so, what must your response be? Follow him.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

49 The King on the Disciple's Prayer: Deliverance from Satan

The Lord's Prayer is intensely practical.  King Jesus teaches us to pray to be saved from demonic times of trial and testing.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

48 The King on the Disciple's Prayer: The Conditions for Receiving God's Forgiveness

Do you believe that God will forgive you of your sin just because you ask him? Listen to Jesus Christ's own conditions set on God's forgiveness.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

32 Two Lifestyles, Two Destinies

Living life by the world's rules leads to one destiny. Living life by following the Holy Spirit leads to another destiny. Which destiny will you inherit?

Monday, February 29, 2016

31 Life According to the Flesh or Spirit

What is the orientation of your compass? What is the set of your sail? Are you traveling toward hell or heaven? You can tell by your mindset. Is your aim your own worldly pleasures or the heavenly things of the Holy Spirit?

47 The King on the Disciple's Prayer: Our Daily Bread

King Jesus the Just taught us to ask God for our daily bread. What does this have to do, if anything, with the American Dream?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

46 The King on the Disciple's Prayer: God's Kingdom and Will

What did Jesus mean when he instructed his disciples to pray for God's Kingdom to come and his will to be done?

30 No Condemnation

Those who are in Christ, not Adam, are forgiven of their sins and pardoned of their eternal death sentence. However, those in Adam, not Christ, are still under that same death sentence.  (Due to technical issues this is an audio only message.)

Monday, February 8, 2016

44 The King on the Disciple's Prayer: Our Father

In the Lord's Prayer Christ first taught his community of disciples to address God as Father.

29 Was Paul the Worst of Sinners?

Many know that Paul declared himself the chief of sinners. Was he speaking of his present or his past?

43 The King on Secret Prayer

King Jesus continues to speak of the perils of public piety. It's easy to do the right thing for the wrong reason, specifically, to be seen and applauded by others. A person even can fall into pride over prayer. How to correct it?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

42 The King on Secret Giving

Charity to the poor is a Christian characteristic. However, what is the motive behind the giving? Does one give for the glory of God or does one give to be praised by others?

28 Understanding Romans 7

Protestants have debated Romans 7.14-25 for centuries.  Was Paul describing his Christian life as one dominated by sin?  We examined the passage this evening.

41 The King on Being Perfect

King Jesus didn't mince words; we are to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect.  What did he mean and how is it accomplished?

27 The Law Reveals Sin

Torah, the Law of Moses, was given to reveal the sinfulness of the human heart.  It can't save a soul, only point a person to Jesus Christ.