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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.

Believing Thomas (John 20:19-29)

Believing Thomas (John 20:19-29)

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.

Christ, Our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Christ, Our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

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.

God's Faithfulness Applied: 5 Contexts (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

God's Faithfulness Applied: 5 Contexts (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

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.

The Song of Solomon and Jesus

The Song of Solomon and Jesus

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.

Mothers In the Image of God (Hosea 11:1-4)

Mothers In the Image of God (Hosea 11:1-4)

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?

Job and Jesus (Job 16:18-22)

Job and Jesus (Job 16:18-22)

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.

Responsive Love (1 John 4:7-21)

Responsive Love (1 John 4:7-21)

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.

The Weight of Glory (1 Samuel 4:12-22)

The Weight of Glory (1 Samuel 4:12-22)

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?

The Prodigal Son: The God Who Runs (Luke 15:1-10)

The Prodigal Son: The God Who Runs (Luke 15:1-10)

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.