Discipleship: Trials

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.

The Trials of the Rich and the Poor (James 1:9-12)

The Trials of the Rich and the Poor (James 1:9-12)

How does the Gospel change the rich? How does it change the poor? What trials and temptations do each group face? And what does it all mean for relationships between those from different economic backgrounds now in the Kingdom?

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.

Memory: The Supper of Remembrance (Luke 22:14-20)

Memory: The Supper of Remembrance (Luke 22:14-20)

We cap off our series on how the Christian handles Memory by exploring what the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper teaches us about our memories. We examine the remembering of our Lord from 3 angles: His Story, My Story, Our Story.

Hacking at the Branches (John 15:18-27)

Hacking at the Branches (John 15:18-27)

As the followup to "Life on the Vine," we now turn to the rest of John 15, where Jesus warns His disciples that there will be opposition to God's Vine Project. Many who are of the world will try to contain the Vine's spread by hacking at the branches. Why do they see the Vine as an invasive, unwanted plant? What is their strategy to deal with its presence in their backyard? And what role does the fruit play in how they perceive Christian influence?

Memory: When I Have Been Wronged (Matthew 18:21-35)

Memory: When I Have Been Wronged (Matthew 18:21-35)

In our 3rd lesson exploring how Christians should handle Memory, we consider the memories of the times we have been wronged by others. We first consider 6 possible responses to sin against us, all of them chaining us to the memory. So we then consider another way - the way of forgiveness. If this is God's intention for my handling of these memories, what makes forgiveness possible? What is my strategy?   

Memory: My Failures (1 Timothy 1:12-16)

Memory: My Failures (1 Timothy 1:12-16)

As the second lesson in a series on Memory, we look at the biblical perspective on memories of my own failures. Among others, we examine Paul - a man who says he is forgetting what lies behind and yet still talks about his past a great deal. Is it possible to forget my mistakes of the past? And if it isn't, what does Paul mean? If memories are not forgotten, how can they be redeemed?