Sermon Archives

Beatitudes
November 19, 2017

Endure The Cost

Endure The Cost

We began our study on the Beatitudes with the aim of making progress in the Christian life, and we conclude by seeing how the end takes us back to the beginning. The challenge of overcoming the lethargy that so often holds us back from a wholehearted pursuit of all that Jesus calls us to be […]

November 12, 2017

Give Up Your Rights

Give Up Your Rights

Peacemaking is a noble pursuit: it is hard, thankless work. But it is the most important work we can do. Of all the wonderful blessings offered in the Beatitudes, the blessing for peacemakers is special: to be called a child of God. Let’s pray for peace today!

November 5, 2017

Go After One Thing

Go After One Thing

So, we should seek purity (holiness) and be intentional about getting our inside world in order so that we can see God in our outside world. The more we grow in purity (holiness), the more we will see God. We will see God in Scripture and in worship. We will see God in the trials […]

October 22, 2017

Care About Others

Care About Others

According to Jesus, mercy has two parts. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a good example. First, there is tenderness of heart: when the Samaritan saw the man lying in the road he had compassion. Second, there is action that arises from a compassionate heart: the Samaritan went to the man and bound up […]

October 8, 2017

Long to Be Righteous

Long to Be Righteous

Blessed are those who recognize their righteousness in Christ and who hunger and thirst for more righteousness like Christ; they will be satisfied.

October 1, 2017

Give Up Control

Give Up Control

This is meekness: Jesus submitted himself to the will of God at unimaginable cost – death by crucifixion. To this same path of submission Jesus calls us, saying “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

September 24, 2017

Take Ownership

Take Ownership

Spiritual mourning names particular sins, stating them clearly without excuse and without evasion. Declaring them and admitting that they are an offense before God is the first step toward repentance. As we read God’s Word, we begin to see as God sees and begin to know what grieves and offends God. Once we name the […]

September 17, 2017

Bring Nothing

Bring Nothing

When we feel we have something to offer God, we come to God with our hands full; and as long as our hands are full, we are not in a position to receive the blessing of God’s presence. When we are poor in spirit – humble – we bring nothing to God, trusting God for […]

September 10, 2017

Roots, Shoots and Fruits

Roots, Shoots and Fruits

Out of these roots come the shoots of the fourth beatitude, a hunger and thirst for righteousness (5:6). God uses the root of seeing our own need to produce the shoot of a deep longing to grow in righteousness. When the roots of the first three beatitudes are nourished, a great desire for righteousness will […]