Sermons from December 2021

Sermons from December 2021

Grace Among Us – 2

I have found that there is a prevailing thought among a lot of Christians and that is that even after the New Birth, we are still sinners who sin and that we should just try and do our very best not to sin until Jesus returns or we go to Heaven. I do not agree with this thought. I believe the Bible teaches something different. Two of the greatest gifts Jesus could have ever given us is the forgiveness of…

Journey Through the Bible – 16

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) James AUTHOR AND TITLE: This epistle begins with “James of God … to the twelve tribes.” To clearly indicate the sender, the NET Bible translates, “From James, a bond-servant of God … to the twelve tribes …” But there were four men with the name James in the New Testament. These were: (1) the son of Zebedee and brother of John (Mark 1:19), (2) the son of Alphaeus (Mark 3:18),…

Grace Among Us – 1

(John 1:14, 16-17 AMPC) And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa 40:5] (16) For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual…

Journey Through the Bible – 15

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) First Thessalonians AUTHOR AND TITLE: As declared in 1:1 and 2:18, all evidence (external and internal) supports the claim of the book that Paul is the author of 1 Thessalonians. Early church fathers support Paul’s authorship beginning as early as A.D. 140 (Marcion). Those things that characterize Paul are evident throughout (cf. 3:1-2, 8-11 with Acts 15:36; 2 Cor. 11:28). In addition, a number of historical allusions in the book fit Paul’s…

Don’t Be A Grinch – Part 2

The Grinch felt like he did not need anyone and could live an isolated life. Of course, we know that contributed to the depth of dysfunction and depravity of his character. Don’t Be A Grinch! (Acts 4:23 MSG) As soon as Peter and John were let go, they went to their friends and told them what the high priests and religious leaders had said. (Acts 4:32a MSG) The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! Peter…

Journey Through the Bible – 14

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) Galatians AUTHOR AND TITLE: Paul identifies himself as the author of this epistle with the words, “Paul an apostle.” Apart from a few 19th-century scholars, no one has seriously questioned his authorship. Further, his authorship is virtually unchallenged. Unger writes, “No trace of doubt as to the authority, integrity, or apostolic genuineness of the epistle comes from ancient times.”49 The title is Pros Galatas, “To the Galatians.” Being addressed to “the…

Don’t Be A Grinch – Part 1

Like the Grinch, how many of us have ever been offended or hurt? Hurt by a friend? Hurt by a sibling? Hurt by a spouse? Hurt on your job? Hurt by some other family member? Hurt in church? How many of us have ever been the offender? Very often in talking about relationships, we talk about offenses, but we somehow seem to not explain about forgiveness and the power of it in our lives and more importantly, how to forgive.…

Journey Through the Bible – 13

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) Acts AUTHOR AND TITLE: Although the author is unnamed in Acts, the evidence leads to the conclusion that the author was Luke. As previously mentioned, Acts is the second volume of a two-part treatise written by Luke, the physician, to Theophilus about “all that Jesus began to do and teach.” In support of Luke as the author, Ryrie writes: That the author of Acts was a companion of Paul is…