Sermon preached at RUF's Wednesday Night Fellowship on Feb. 14, 2018. John 3:16-21 is in many respects God's Valentine's Day card to the world. There are two sides to this card: 1) our world is broken and in need of saving, 2) God has given us everything we need in the gift of His very own Son. In the language of the creed, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and our Lord. He is the Promised One, the King who took to the courts, and the Good Shepherd we must believe, receive, and follow. So, Happy Valentines, Day! Receive this greatest of gifts with joy!
Sermon preached at RUF's Wednesday Night Fellowship on Jan. 31, 2018. In order to worship God, we need to know him both as an Almighty King as well as a Compassionate Father. Like a pair of skis, these truths must go together in order for us to dive in and take flight.
Sermon preached at RUF's Wednesday Night Fellowship on Jan. 24, 2018. A Christian is someone who has put his/her faith in the person and saving works of the Triune God. God is one divine community consisting of three divine persons—Father, Son, and Spirit—and we are creatures made in His image. In this sermon, we flush out what this means for God and us.
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Sermon preached at RUF's Wednesday Night Fellowship on January 17, 2018. "What are the basics/essentials of the Christian faith?" This semester we're asking & answering that question by taking an in-depth look at the Apostles' Creed: a map and compass of sorts that billions of Christians have used for thousands of years to help them navigate the Scriptures and guide them on their spiritual journey. The creed begins the same way the Christian life does: with faith. "I believe." As we look at Ephesians 2:1-10, we learn 3 things about faith: 1) we are saved by faith and not by our good deeds/works; 2) we are saved by the strength of faith's object and not by the strength of our faith; and 3) we are saved in order to do good works (i.e., good work is not the cause of our salvation but a consequence of it).
Final sermon in our "Questions God Asks Us" series, preached at RUF's Wednesday Night Fellowship on Nov. 29, 2017. Is God real to you or just a concept? Here's how you know: WHOA! WOE! And GO!
Sermon preached at RUF's Wednesday Night Fellowship on Nov. 15, 2017. Jesus meets us in the midst of our failures in order to restore us. He saves us, and saves our progress. So get back on track, back in the game, and follow Him.
Sermon preached at RUF's Wednesday Night Fellowship on Nov. 8, 2017. Jesus is offensive. His repeated claims to be the one and only heaven-sent Savior of the world offends our pride, our secularism, and our "safe spaces." What are you going to do when you cannot out-alpha the Alpha and Omega? "Are you going to walk away, as well?" Or are you going to receive, submit to, and feast on this "bread of heaven?"