One of the reasons many Christians read through the whole Bible, day after day, year after year is to cleanse ourselves of idolatrous understandings of God. John Calvin said that our hearts are idol factories; we are always inventing new gods in the image of our own values, wishes and fancies. Reading the Bible is […]
Bulletin and Sermon Outline for Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Isaiah paints a very vivid picture in 29:11-12. Here is a closed book and the person who is able to read cannot be bothered; it is too much trouble to open it. And the person who cannot read is content to leave it like that. It is of no importance to try to find out […]
Bulletin for Sunday, June 2, 2019.
The Church’s mission usually focuses on the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, and rightly so. The one and only main imperative in the commission is to “make disciples” with three realities that will be involved in disciple-making: 1) going; 2) baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; 3) teaching […]
Bulletin and Sermon Outline for Sunday, May 26, 2019.
From God’s perspective, someone becomes a Christian because God regenerates them. Regeneration literally means “to be born again.” God gives an individual a supernatural new birth in which the new believer moves from spiritual death to a new life (John 3:3). And God’s supernatural work of regeneration is affected through the natural means of someone hearing the gospel (James 1:18). We […]
Bulletin for Sunday, May 19, 2019.
John Stott notes that the highest of missionary motive is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as it is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God), but rather zeal—burning and passionate zeal—for the glory of Jesus Christ. Mission is not […]
Bulletin for Sunday, May 12, 2019.