Discipleship: Virtues

Does God Use Deception? (1 Kings 22:13-28)

Does God Use Deception? (1 Kings 22:13-28)

Does God ever approve of us using deception? Does God Himself ever use deception? And if there’s a yes to either of those, how do we reconcile that with the command not to bear false witness? Do we have inconsistencies here?

Wisdom, Might, and Riches (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Wisdom, Might, and Riches (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Jeremiah 9:23-24 presents us with 2 trios - one describing what we have (Wisdom, Might, and Riches), one describing what we should do with what we have (Steadfast Love, Justice, and Righteousness). We take a deep dive into the terms used and what it means to know God.

Truth-Telling in the Psalms (Psalm 15:1-4)

Truth-Telling in the Psalms (Psalm 15:1-4)

The Psalms are not just worship poetry. They also contain strong ethical teachings, giving us portraits of righteous living. Of the 10 Commandments, the 9th Commandment - not bearing false witness - receives the most treatment in the Psalms. We look at some of these passages and uncover a wide array of dishonest practices which any of us can fall prey to.

Ten Commandments and New Covenant (Matthew 5:17-20)

Ten Commandments and New Covenant (Matthew 5:17-20)

In the 3rd of three sermons on The Ten Commandments, we explore how the New Testament handles the 10 which were the basis of Israel’s Ethical Standards. Do they have relevance to the Christian? And if so, then what advantage do we have of living them out?

Blood Money (Matthew 27:1-10)

Blood Money (Matthew 27:1-10)

The path of Judas Iscariot may be more relevant to you than you care to admit.

Loving Like Jesus

Loving Like Jesus

Our guest Bren White shares what it means to imitate Jesus in His love.

Possessing the Vessel (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

Possessing the Vessel (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

In followup to a recent sermon on how our culture views sex, we explore the application of 1 Thessalonians 4, which calls upon us to possess our bodies in holiness and honor. We talk strategy for the sexual battlegrounds we face.

As God Sees (1 Samuel 10:21-24)

As God Sees (1 Samuel 10:21-24)

Studies have shown we are generally more likely to trust the people we find attractive or have a “presence” about them. Those who “look the part” are more likely to receive our listening ears, our votes, our willingness to hire them, and our delegation of important roles to them. 1 Samuel highlights how the Israelites, including the prophet Samuel, fall into the trap of relying on the data their eyes are receiving. But God has a strong message about the reliability of our eyes in making value judgments. We explore and apply.

Every Christian's Individual Development Plan (2 Peter 1:3-8)

Every Christian's Individual Development Plan (2 Peter 1:3-8)

Developing habits, virtues, skills, resistance against sin, everything else involved in our walk with Christ shares parallels with development in professional or athletic fields. Stan Hammonds walks us through allowing the text of 2 Peter 1 to become the basis for a development plan.

Fallen is Babylon: When Sex Consumes Your Culture (Revelation 17:1-6)

Fallen is Babylon: When Sex Consumes Your Culture (Revelation 17:1-6)

We live among a sexually schizophrenic culture - one which champions sexual freedom but is waking up to some of the impossibilities of a view of sex with no boundaries. We examine the “Babylon” of Revelation with parallels to our culture’s view of consumerism and sex, which ultimately are 2 sides of the same coin of idolatry.