5 The Redeemed are the Esteemed of God

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June 25, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: I Peter 1:17-19

I Peter Series

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Because of Christ's blood, the redeemed of God are also the esteemed of God. When Christ's precious blood was shed for us, we were given value and worth. No longer are we to view or treat ourselves cheaply and no longer are we to live our lives aimlessly.When Christ's precious blood was shed for us, we were given a new bloodline. We were adopted into a new relationship with God as our Father. As His children we should desire to become like Him in holiness, and live for Him in obedience and reverence. In short, since Christ's precious blood was shed for us and He has been raised to glory, our faith and hope are in God.  In this final message in 1 Peter, the desire remains that your peace and grace would be multiplied to you as you cast you hope and faith upon the bloody riches of God's grace as contained in the good news of the Gospel. I Peter 1:17-19

4 Hope & Holiness

June 4, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16

I Peter Series

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This week Andrew Wong will continue in I Peter chapter one, as we look at the verses that form the hinge point of Peter’s letter. From teaching the way to new life through salvation, Peter now practically instructs us on how to live in a new way. We’ll look at both the method and application of this passage’s exhortation to be holy as He is holy. 1 Peter 1:13-16

3 Prophesied Glories

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April 30, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: I Peter 1:10-16

I Peter Series

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For centuries prior to Christ’s coming, God’s prophets foretold of a coming salvation. From Noah to Malachi, they searched intensely and looked forward to the time of God’s salvation. As Peter concludes his opening exposition on the glories of salvation, he recalls the faithful ministry of these prophets. It is to us that God’s glory has been revealed and it is now that His grace is extended through the preaching of the Gospel. Now is the time of salvation! Today is the day of salvation! Unlike the prophets of old, even things that angels have desired to look into have been revealed to us. But, like the prophets, we, too, need to gird up our minds and search for the promises of God’s grace and set our hopes fully upon the prophesied glories and grace to come. I Peter 1:10-16

2 The Finish Line of Faith

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March 19, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: I Peter 1:3-9

I Peter Series

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This week Andrew Wong will continue in the book of 1 Peter. The Apostle Peter writes so that, we would have a clearer vision and appreciation for the salvation towards those foreknown by the Father, ransomed by Christ, and strengthened by the Spirit. But now what Peter would have us see are things that are, as of yet, unseeable. Our current trials are apparent. Our treasures in heaven are transparent. And in between God’s glory can be invisible to us. So, the hope of this week’s sermon is that we would grow in our faith, because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That as the mercies of God towards us through Christ are revealed, we would open our eyes to see our treasure, our security, and our praise in the abundant riches of God’s mercy. I Peter 1:3-9

The Fullness of Grace & Truth

3/12/17

Andrew Esping

Text: John 1:14-18

#3 in John Series

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This week as Andrew Esping continues in the book of John, verses 14-18 of John’s prologue we will continue to focus upon the fullness of time. John’s prerogative here is to draw our attention to the significance surrounding Jesus’s entrance into humanity, His entrance into a fallen realm. Specifically, we will examine how John continues to highlight the humility of John the Baptist and how Jesus continues to serve in His role as the One who makes the Godhead known to mankind. John 1:14-18

The Reason for the Treason

3/5/17

Dan Ford

Text: Luke 22:1-6

#87 in Luke Series

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In Luke chapter 22 we are presented with a conspiracy that was formed against Jesus by Satan, Judas Iscariot, and the leaders in Jerusalem. This begins Luke’s account of what many Christians call the “passion narrative” in which Jesus makes His way to the cross. This Sunday Mr. Ford’s sermon will address the plot to betray Jesus by one of His own disciples, and how God used that act of treachery in His plan to save us from our treason against Him. Luke 22:1-6

A Call to Prayer

2/26/17

Kert Martin

Text: Timothy 2:1-7

#6 in I Timothy Series

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Chapters two and three of 1 Timothy have been deemed by many as a manual on church order. It’s important for us to see these guidelines in the historical context in which the Apostle Paul was living. These guidelines are not cultural but eternal and were written so that Christians would know “how to conduct themselves in the household of God.”
In his sermon, Mr Martin looks at verses 1-2 of chapter 2 – a call to prayer and we will look at the different kinds of prayer Paul mentions, and the impact that praying for the salvation of others can have on a culture. I Timothy 2:1-7

O, Israel You are Destroyed, But Your Help is From Me

2/19/17

Jim Zes

Text: Hosea 13:1-16

#15 in Hosea Series

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The life of a Christian is a life of faithfulness to our Triune God – we are to know no God but Him. When we forget God, we start to backslide into sin – which opens the door to follow after idols and other “gods.” We then end up sinning more and more. Our God is a jealous God. Therefore, He will judge His people and discipline them when they fall into sin. He will bring us back to Himself. Our help is from the LORD. There is no Savior besides Him. Hosea 13:1-16

 

1 Grace & Peace of Elect Exiles

February 12, 2017

Andrew Wong

Text: I Peter 1:1-3

I Peter Series

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The book of I Peter preaches what the Gospel alone can produce in a human soul: a life-giving and life-transforming hope. A “living hope” so alive that life circumstances - and even death itself - cannot kill it. The beacon of our eternal hope shines before us, and its light not only guides our way, but also challenges us in the way we see ourselves, how we view the world, and in how we live our lives at every level of human interaction on this side of eternity. Before we dive in, we’ll set the context for the rest of the book by looking at the “envelope” of Peter’s letter. We will also look at how each member of the Trinity works together for our salvation, with the hope that our grace and peace would be multiplied to us. We conclude with practically applying this salvation - and the hope that it produces - to our lives. I Peter 1:1-3

Jesus: The Word

2/5/17

Andrew Esping

Text: John 1:6-13

#2 in John Series

In Andrew Esping’s previous sermon on John’s prologue, we considered who Jesus is. Namely, that He is an equal member of the Trinity and is the Person by which God makes Himself known to humanity. He is the “The Word/Divine Communicator.” Now that we have established “who” Jesus is, we will contemplate “what” Jesus does in His role as “The Word/Divine Communicator” that directly impacts us as sinful humans.  John 1:6-13

Fighting the Good Fight

1/31/17

Kert Martin

Text: I Timothy 1:18-20

#5 in I Timothy Series

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We don’t look at our lives as if we are engaged in a war, but, we are. John Calvin declared that “the Christian must be ready to fight.” The Apostle Paul calls Timothy to “wage the good warfare” – a reminder of the spiritual battle we are engaged in.  This week we’ll look at this reality to understand its origin and what it means for us to wage this war, and what it means to be handed over to Satan.  May we all be like Paul, who served in the Lord’s army till the end of his life, never leaving the fight. I Timothy 1:18-20