Sermon Archives

May 14, 2012

Galatians 6:11-18 “Boasting in Christ Alone”

Galatians 6:11-18 "Boasting in Christ Alone"

A quote from Chesterton I want to begin this morning with a quote from G.K. Chesterton, the British theologian and philosopher. The human body seems paradoxical. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, it pulls a fast one on you. Just when you think there might be two hearts, you only find one. The […]

May 21, 2012

Romans 6:3-4 “Baptism: Its Wonder and Joy”

Romans 6:3-4 "Baptism: Its Wonder and Joy"

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. […]

June 4, 2012

James 1:1 “James, A Servant of God”

James 1:1 "James, A Servant of God"

James 1:1-4 A quiz So, I have gotten a sense from a few rumblings out there that many of you are familiar with the book of James. And many of you really like the book of James. So let’s begin by assessing everyone’s knowledge of this letter.  Consider this a pop quiz. It is a […]

June 11, 2012

James 1:2-8 “Wisdom in Trials”

James 1:2-8 "Wisdom in Trials"

James 1:2-8 “Wisdom in trials” Getting to the point! If you read the New Testament letters, you will find that most of them begin with a formal greeting to the writer’s audience.   Paul often extends a warm greeting to the church or an individual he is writing to.  Peter greets his the churches with a […]

June 18, 2012

James 1:9-18 “God is good, we are not”

James 1:9-18 "God is good, we are not"

James 1:9-18 Getting the big Picture So sometimes we need to step back and get the big picture of our lives and the Bible. The Bible was written for our own good. It was not written to provide condemnation for the world. It was written to reveal Who God is the world and what it […]

June 25, 2012

James 1:19-26 “Leaving Mirrors, Finding Christ”

James 1:19-26 "Leaving Mirrors, Finding Christ"

Large gaps in our souls If you have spent any time looking at yourself and looking at what the Bible requires of you, you will see some large gaps.  It is foolish to approach the Bible like a to-do manual.  It’s not a to-do manual.  If it were, we would all be failures. The Bible […]

July 2, 2012

James 2:1-13 “Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment”

James 2:1-13 "Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment"

James 2:1-13 A command for our good? Now this passage begins with a command. Now when you here the word “command” you may have mixed feelings about it. The word “command” may sound harsh to some of you.  But that’s what this is. It is not a suggestion.  There are still commands in scripture that […]

July 9, 2012

James 2:14-26 “Faith, a factory for good works”

James 2:14-26 "Faith, a factory for good works"

James 2:14-26 Several rhetorical questions James begins with several rhetorical questions meant to get the reader thinking.  The biblical writers were very good writers and they often times used literary techniques to make their point more explicit.  So here, James is using rhetorical questions.  Now rhetorical questions are questions that have seemingly obvious answers but […]

July 16, 2012

James 3:1-12 “The tongue, a restless evil”

James 3:1-12 "The tongue, a restless evil"

James is a Pragmatist It should be clear by now to you that James is somewhat of a pragmatist. He is concerned with practical Christianity.  So if you are the kind of person who always asks the question, “but how does all this play out in my life?” Or “What do I do now?” This […]

July 23, 2012

James 3:13-18 “God: The Origin and Giver of wisdom”

James 3:13-18 "God: The Origin and Giver of wisdom"

God is wise I want to start with a simple statement, “God is wise.” When I say this I am talking about an eternal fixed state of existence. God is wise. He is always wise. I am not talking about a changing state like, “I am cold. Or I warm. Or I feel good today. […]

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