Discipleship: Trials

Nicodemus and Joseph: A Case Study in Peer Pressure (John 19:38-42)

Nicodemus and Joseph: A Case Study in Peer Pressure (John 19:38-42)

What can 2 men burying the body of Jesus teach us about Peer Pressure and discipleship?

Focal Point (John 16:16-22)

Focal Point (John 16:16-22)

Jesus knew His hour had come. There would be some painful darkness for both Him and His disciples. So what was the key to His endurance and His encouragement to His followers in their endurance?

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Romans 8:26-39)

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Romans 8:26-39)

The story behind the hymn “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” is soul-stirring. What’s even more powerful is the text from which its ideas are drawn - Romans 8. We dive into this text in order to see the truths which ground our confidence in a divine love which will not let us go.

Grief and Guilt (2 Samuel 18:17-33)

Grief and Guilt (2 Samuel 18:17-33)

David’s reaction to his son Absalom’s death is gut-wrenching. For those who have lost someone close to them, a wide range of feelings can accompany grief. One of these is often guilt. We use David’s moment of grief as a springboard for considering the types of guilt we may experience after losing someone.

Lamentations and Jesus

Lamentations and Jesus

As part of our series of looking at how each Bible book finds resolution in Jesus, we examine Lamentations and its themes of godly repentance and the hope which is tied to God’s faithfulness.

Responses to Questions: Part 12

Responses to Questions: Part 12

Responses to the Following Questions:

  1. Please explain Isaiah 30:20 - “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them."

  2. According to 1 John 2:20 and2:27, I have received an anointing. What anointing did I receive? And who is the Him when it is “from Him”? Is this God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit?

Why, O Lord, Why? (Psalm 10:1-18)

Why, O Lord, Why? (Psalm 10:1-18)

The question “Why?” is asked of God at least 25 times in the biblical psalms. 3 of these occur in Psalm 10. We journey to 1976 Namibia to hear a voice echoing Psalm 10, facing the schemes of the wicked and asking the same questions asked in the psalm. We walk through Psalm 10’s darkness and its glimmers of light.

Enduring With Christ (2 Timothy 2:8-13)

Enduring With Christ (2 Timothy 2:8-13)

As part of our 2018 multilingual worship service, we had 3 brief sermons on 2 Timothy 2 - one in Korean, one in Spanish, and this one in English.

The Threads of Suffering (John 9:1-11)

The Threads of Suffering (John 9:1-11)

Can hardships actually be used by God in a grand design which reaches beyond yourself and into the lives of observers? The blindness of a man in John 9 provides some strong evidence.

God is Good, All the Time (Psalm 73)

God is Good, All the Time (Psalm 73)

Is God really good? And is life according to His commandments really the good life? Asaph does some honest wrestling with those questions in Psalm 73, ones which become more difficult when we observe the luxury and ease which seems to accompany so many of the wicked.