Perhaps we’ve been unfair to Thomas. Thomas is not so different from the rest of the apostles. He just desired the experience of sense verification which they received first. But there are some powerful lessons here about the role of doubt in the journey of faith. In this sermon, we use 3 accounts of Thomas in John’s Gospel to discuss outlook, courage, uncertainty, skepticism, and faith.
Prophets, priests, and kings once served in the roles of temporary mediators between God and men. But they were all shadows of a permanent mediator who was to come. We explore the Incarnation of God in Jesus, how He is the perfection of Prophethood, Priesthood, and Kingship, and the implications of His position as mediator.
Why is God’s faithfulness a central concept to the message of the Bible? We look at 5 New Testament contexts where God’s faithfulness is applied.
As part of our series of examining how each Bible book points us to Jesus, we look at the overall message of Song of Solomon and its connections to God’s redemptive work through Jesus, even redemption of marital love and intimacy.
While the Bible does use the masculine pronouns for God and portrays Him as our Father, men are not the only ones made in the image of God. And God is not only the model for fathers but also for mothers. We look at some passages which use mothering language to describe God’s nurturing activity with His children. And what does this language teach us about mothering?
As part of our long series exploring the themes of each Bible book and how the book points us to Jesus, we tackle Job and find at least 2 ways which the message anticipates Jesus - The Innocent Sufferer and The Advocate.
Our understanding of the Greatest Commandment (to love God) is shown through our understanding of the Second Greatest Commandment (to love neighbor as self). But why is it so important to understand why genuine love for neighbor is a response to knowing first that God loved us? We explore how to expand and enhance our love for others by reflecting deeper on God's love for us.
One of the ways the Bible relates the glory of God to us is through the idea of weight. And this intertwining of "heaviness" and "glory" is a major theme of the first few chapters of 1 Samuel. So what are the implications of the weight of God's presence - now? And in eternity?
In the third installment in our series on the characters in the Prodigal Son Parable, we look at what we can learn from the father in order both to appreciate our God's desire to reconcile broken relationships and to think on how we can imitate Him in our relationships.
With facing temptation a theme of many of our recent sermons, we tackle the big picture questions in this one: Who is behind it? And what purpose might it serve?