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.
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.
God’s creation is good. But it is not at rest. It is fallen. And it is groaning. We too groan within it, longing for something more, longing for a state like Eden without the curse of sin and death which affects all creation. Romans 8 helps us make sense of history and God’s redemptive plan by viewing it all through the lens of the resurrection - Phase 1 with Jesus and Phase 2 still in our future.
As part of our series of looking at how each book of the Bible points us to Jesus, we walk through Ecclesiastes with a critic of life who is deconstructing all of its meaning but is in fact opening the door for an answer from Jesus.
The early Christians are often simply called “believers.” But when we say we believe, do we really know what we are claiming? Our guest and dear brother Melvin Otey shares what we should mean when we say we believe in Jesus.
As part of our series on seeing Jesus in every Bible book, we spend some time with the Old Testament book most quoted in the New Testament and see previews of the experiences of Jesus all over the place.
In exploring the general resurrection through 2 exciting passages, we reflect on 2 questions the Bible itself asks on our behalf: How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?
Recently we spoke of an intermediate state following the death of the current body, a time during which we wait for a future event. This event is called “The Coming of the Lord” or “The Day of the Lord.” We begin today to explore some texts which describe what happens on this day, starting with the message in 1 Thessalonians.
The average person is comfortable with the resurrection story because they don't truly understand it and they don't grasp its conclusions. We reflect on Luke's record of Jesus' resurrection appearances and why we should either be terrified or thrilled by what it means. There is no middle ground.
Everything within us objects to the reality of death. And yet it is still here, at least for now. We explore Death as an Intruder, as an Executioner, and ultimately as One who has been defeated.