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Sermon Recap for October 30

Good evening! Happy Reformation Day! Let us celebrate by remembering the Five Solas of the Reformation before we get to yesterday’s sermon. They are:Sola Fide: Salvation by Faith Alone.Sola Scriptura: Authority in Scripture AloneSolus Christus: Salvation through Christ aloneSola Gratia: Salvation by grace aloneSoli Deo Gloria: glory to God aloneThree deal with salvation and push back against the idea of salvation by good deeds or financial means or through obedience to human rules. Sola Scriptura pushes back against people in authority over the church—there are church leaders and teachers, but all are (or ought to be) bound by Scripture. The only person who holds authority over a Christian is the Person, Jesus Christ. The last, soli Deo gloria, reminds us where our worship goes.And they’re all in Latin because Latin was the nerd language of the sixteenth century. Sunday Morning, October 30 (Audio)The Sweetest Songs Ephesians 5:1-21 What do we want our legacy to be? Ephesians 5:1 Ephes…

Book: Discovering the Septuagint: A Graded Reader

Today’s book comes from the Academic/Professional side of Kregel Publishers. This means we know two things: it’s going to be nerdy, and it’s going to be good. I have a high regard for the choices of this publisher (at least right now) and am generally pleased with the materials they produce. This includes the simple portion of the physical concept. This book is no exception as a hardcover, well-bound and sturdy.Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader is more than just a pretty face. Inside, you will find work overseen by Karen Jobes (PhD, Westminster Theological and Professor at Wheaton) digging into the Septuagint. Considering that the Septuagint is likely the Old Testament more used by the first few centuries of Christianity, one can understand the importance.Second, many of us pastoral Bible nerds have hung onto our Greek skills better than our Hebrew. While we should correct that error, we can also look harder into the Old Testament with the Greek translation used by such peop…

What is Possible? Matthew 19

In Summary:Matthew 19 is fun. Say that with me, “Matthew 19 is fun.” After all, who doesn’t love a discussion of divorce followed by a statement about eunuchs? Then we see Jesus welcome children (contrary to the adult disciples) and chase off a potential financial backer. The chapter wraps up with Peter asking whether or not the disciples could expect much from following Jesus.It is necessary, first, to look at the geography of this chapter. Verse 1 tells us that Jesus has departed Galilee and is coming into Judea. It’s His last trip of that nature. The Cross is in sight. Even with so weighty a moment ahead of Jesus, the Pharisees are ready to test Him. (In their defense, they didn’t know about the upcoming Crucifixion. They hadn’t quite hatched that plan.)So they ask Jesus to side with one or the other of their views on divorce and remarriage. The answer and its application to today are rooted in a fuller understanding of culture, text, and context than I want to undertake here. The …

Sermon Recap for October 23

Well, last night was business meeting. I’m not going to post that. It was mostly dull.I referenced in the service yesterday. Click the link to find out more.Morning Sermon: The Sweetest Speech: Ephesians 4:29-32 (Audio)(For the record, people aren’t clapping for me coming to the pulpit.)
The Sweetest SpeechEphesians 4:29–32 NASB95
    Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
    Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
    Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
    Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Unwholesome  Words
Words of  Edification
  Egg fu what?  Edification
  Building up, strengthening, healing
Grieving  God in our Words
    a.    Bitterness

Sermon Recap for Oct 16

Good afternoon! It’s been a week for the birds, so I haven’t gotten even the sermons posted. But, here they are!Sunday Morning: The Worthiest Walk, Ephesians 4:1-6 (Audio here)
The Worthiest WalkThe Worthiest WalkDoug Hibbard / GeneralEphesians 4:1–16Ephesians 4:1 NASB95 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, Ephesians 4:1-6 Implore? THIS IS A COMMAND !Examples like PaulSurrendered Fully to JesusNot always look like success Not always accepted by the world "Walk in a manner worthy"Following ONE LORD!Ephesians 4:4–6 NASB95 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. When we chase a multitude of gods, division happensWhen we feel superior to others, division happensWhen we divide over issues other than the faith, divisi…

Sermon Recap for October 9

Good Afternoon! Here is Sunday morning’s sermon. We spent Sunday night dealing with politics, so it was long. And not super exciting. I won’t be posting it :) Audio is here

Sermon Recap for October 2

Good evening! Here is yesterday morning’s sermon. Last night, we had a lot of good questions, but those just don’t translate well for the audio.The audio link is here.
The Biggest SubjectThe Biggest SubjectDoug Hibbard / GeneralEphesians / Ephesians 1:18–23Ephesians 1:18-23
Chosen in Christ (v. 4)
Having Redemption (v. 7)
The Resurrection is the Proof of Jesus' Authority
This age and the age to come
All things are in subjection to Christ
Including the Church, His body
His Power: Nothing else works
Far Above in Sovereignty!
1. Surrender to Christ
2. Obey as a Church
3. Submit in All Things, not just the easy ones