Bible Reading Column

Oct 6, 2019: Church Discipline*

In addition to Christ being the head of the church and the make-up of the church including people who have repented and believe in Jesus as Lord, the Reformers noted that there are three distinct marks of a biblical church: 1) The gospel is preached; 2) The gospel ordinances (baptism and Lord’s supper) are administered; 3) Church discipline is practiced. While […]

Sep 29, 2019: Church Discipline*

In addition to Christ being the head of the church and the make-up of the church including people who have repented and believe in Jesus as Lord, the Reformers noted that there are three distinct marks of a biblical church: 1) The gospel is preached, 2) The gospel ordinances (baptism and Lord’s supper) are administered, and 3) Church discipline is practiced. […]

Sep 29, 2019: The Promise of a New Heart

Ezekiel 10:3-11:25 At the moment of judgment, Ezekiel is shown again the vision of God’s throne-chariot which he saw by the Chebar canal. This time, however, God is leaving his temple, abandoning it in its idolatry and sin. God’s departure from his temple and from Jerusalem happens in stages. First, he moves from the Most […]

Sep 22, 2019: The Gospel in Ezekiel*

Many Christians approach the book of Ezekiel and see little more than an obscure mass of judgment oracles, within which are a few random passages that speak of God’s grace. Compared to the other Major Prophets—Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel—Ezekiel has probably the fewest obvious messianic passages anticipating Christ, so it is not the first book […]

Sep 15, 2019: Ezekiel Overview*

AUTHOR AND DATE The book of Ezekiel records the preaching and message (collection of 52 oracles) of the sixth-century Hebrew prophet. Ezekiel’s name literally means “God strengthens,” appropriate for a man whose call was to prophesy to a people who had been carried into exile by a foreign power. Ezekiel prophesied in the years following […]

Sep 8, 2019: WE ARE CHURCH

As we start a new sermon series on 1 Corinthians, “We Are Church,” we anticipate how God will use his Word to shape us and mold us to be God’s church that reflects his glory through our life and ministry together. 1 Corinthians has much to teach us about what it means to be God’s […]