In his first epistle, Peter exhorts us to 'pay close attention to prophecy', but if we were honest, I wonder how many of us really do? It can be a world of encouragement, if we comprehend what we're reading. But it does take some effort; sometimes, a lot of...read >>
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. -Proverbs 1.7
We're living in a time and age when wisdom is mocked at laughed at, when it's cool to be casual and clueless. Against such a dark backdrop shines the brightness...read >>
Where is your confidence before our holy God? Perhaps you've been baptized? Maybe you were raised in the Church and have been a member for years, have gone on mission trips, have evangelized many friends, are even consider by many as a godly saint... or at least...read >>
Last week we took a look at some of the things False Prophets will or won't teach, on other words, what they believe.
This week we take a look at the fruit of that teaching: what they be-live, the false-life of false teachers.
Are you a false prophet, a false...read >>
A review of Matthew 6.read >>
In today's sermon we will review the first section of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount.
We begin with a question: "Where does Life in God's Kingdom begin?" If we aren't aligned with King Jesus at the start, by the time He is through with His first section, we...read >>
Ever wonder how much of your faith is really just token righteousness, just doing stuff "because that's what my parents did." "If I go to church, I go over to First-So-And-So because that's what I've always done." "You'll find us there every...read >>
So, should we keep the law? Is that something I need to do?
These are a couple of the questions I've been so happy to hear from our South Church family these last couple of weeks. In some way, they can all be summed up in this one:
"If only God can save me,...read >>
If you were asked, "What's the purpose of God's grace?" what would your answer be? Do you know why God looks upon the Church with His undeserved favor? The answer from today's text might surprise you.read >>
We'll never convince the world of their need for Jesus without knowing & living the reality of our need for Him ourselves.
There are so many, many promises in Jesus' sermon on the hillside. However, few Christians today actually experience them? Why...read >>
What a difference wise counsel makes in our lives!
Today God grants us another look into the life of Joseph. Once again, the wisdom of this young Prince of Egypt is on display. Note the great respect he shows to both his family & his employer. Can your family...read >>
Sometimes it's the situations we detest the most that test our faith and prove God's grace.
This week we'll meet up with Joseph at his "lowest" point, both literally & figuratively. So far he's has been hated by his brothers, tossed down a well, sold...read >>
Don't you love getting overlooked for an overdue promotion at work?
Or how about that really peaceful, soothing feeling of failing to make the team though the far-less-talented coach's son wins your spot on the roster.
Are you in God's family of faith? Then tell...read >>
After 20 years of separation from his death-threatening brother, Jacob panics like it was yesterday when he hears that Esau and a few hundred of his closest friends are heading his way to meet him in the wilderness.
Jacob rightly turns to his Deliverer, schooling...read >>
Have you trusted Christ? Have you obeyed His command to follow Him in believer's baptism?
As we prepare to baptize over a dozen brothers and sisters in the faith, this morning we'll spend some time examining key passages on believer's baptism, how it was and ought...read >>
Ever said to yourself, "If God would just show up & tell me what to do, I would do it!" I hate to break it to you, but considering today's passage & humanity's history, you're wrong: you won't!
Part of what makes grace so amazing is that it calls...read >>
Are you living on mission with the Lord? Do you even know what His mission is? It's a battle, that's for sure... chalked full of kingdoms, barricade walls, city gates, occupied territory and one strong enemy. But, there's hope for followers of Jesus: He who is in...read >>
This is the first of three sermons on the search of Abraham's servant for Isaac's appointed wife.
We begin with aging Abraham's instruction to his eldest & wisest servant, who proves to be on a faith journey of his own & the right man for the job! Having...read >>
Today we'll wrap up one of the most memorable passages in all of Scripture, beginning with the ram God provided for sacrifice, caught by his horns in a nearby thicket.
Not only did Abraham get his son-sacrifice back untouched & unharmed, he also received a...read >>
"First You take great pains to build my faith in Your promise. Then You provide him. And now You want me to sacrifice him?"
Though we'd expect these words of Abraham, we don't read them anywhere in our passage today. Surely he thought them at some point...read >>
As far as we know, Abram was minding his own business when God called him from pagan idolatry to faithful obedience. God commanded, Abe obeyed. It's that simple!
Simple? Yes. But not without struggle & difficulty. Abram would meet opposition almost immediately,...read >>