Feb 19, 2023
Sermon: Not Shrinking Back
Hebrews 10.26-39: The challenge of being faithful to Christ contains threats within and without. The world can have a strong pull, with its threats and its desires that tempt. So we need to value correctly what we have - a treasure that is valued higher than any other and which lasts. If we calculate wrongly the value of the gospel we might throw it away. The writer urges us, "Do not shrink back." "Persevere, for Christ is coming soon."
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  • Feb 19, 2023Sermon: Not Shrinking Back
    Feb 19, 2023
    Sermon: Not Shrinking Back
    Hebrews 10.26-39: The challenge of being faithful to Christ contains threats within and without. The world can have a strong pull, with its threats and its desires that tempt. So we need to value correctly what we have - a treasure that is valued higher than any other and which lasts. If we calculate wrongly the value of the gospel we might throw it away. The writer urges us, "Do not shrink back." "Persevere, for Christ is coming soon."
  • Feb 12, 2023Sermon: Living Toward the Day
    Feb 12, 2023
    Sermon: Living Toward the Day
    Hebrews 10.24-25: We're instructed to encourage one another "all the more as we see the Day approaching." The Day approaching is the culmination of all meaning, where the intrinsic value of God's kingdom replaces the decaying world with its permanence. The wise, who desire to invest their lives with true lasting value with discern this intrinsic value and pursue it. In the church, we do this together, for to do it alone is a very difficult road.
  • Feb 5, 2023Sermon: True Confidence
    Feb 5, 2023
    Sermon: True Confidence
    Hebrews 10.19-23: Where does true confidence come from - confidence in the sense of being able to stand tall in the face of opposition, of guilt, and of shame? It doesn't come from ourselves, for in the end our unworthiness will be exposed. It comes from Christ, who gifts us his righteousness and opens up a way for us to access our heavenly Father.
  • Jan 29, 2023Sermon: Forgiveness Once for All
    Jan 29, 2023
    Sermon: Forgiveness Once for All
    Hebrews 9.23-10.18: Our souls long for release from the power of guilt that weighs on our hearts. The old system, the sacrificial one, couldn't do the complete job - for it had to be done again and again. It looked forward to the true good thing that would come and resolve guilt once for all. That is through Jesus, who accomplishes at the cross a once-for-all effect. And in this, those found in him have been given perfection and freedom to live in gratitude to him and his gift.
  • Jan 15, 2023Sermon: The Power in the Blood
    Jan 15, 2023
    Sermon: The Power in the Blood
    Hebrews 9.15-28: What is significant about the blood of Jesus? Why does the writer of Hebrews focus on it so much? As we are so separated from the ancient mindset, we need to understand what this is all about. What we find is the truth of the overwhelming grace and love of God that makes atonement and opens us up to relationship with God. Praise God!
  • Jan 8, 2023Sermon: A Cleansed Conscience
    Jan 8, 2023
    Sermon: A Cleansed Conscience
    Hebrews 9.1-15: God created us to be close with him, but our sin and guilt keeps us at a distance. On our own, we have no ability to cleanse our consciences. But God, in his great love for us, came close to us through Jesus. Through his shed blood, Jesus makes atonement in the heavenly sanctuary to open the way for us to be close with God. Praise God! Now, if we are in Christ, we live to serve him, in closeness and gratitude.
  • Jan 1, 2023Sermon: A Light to the Gentiles
    Jan 1, 2023
    Sermon: A Light to the Gentiles
    Matthew 2.1-12: We desire for light to guide us in the darkness. The magi looked to the heavens and were guided to the Light that had descended from heaven. The light that gave life to every man, even these magi, had come. God will draw all to his Son. All will bow at his feet. As a church, we are to bear the message of the light to the world and be guided ourselves by it in these dark times.
  • Dec 25, 2022Sermon: The Child That Confronts Us
    Dec 25, 2022
    Sermon: The Child That Confronts Us
    Luke 2.25-35: In Christ, we are confronted by a child that is the dividing line of history and our lives. He is not an ordinary child, yet comes into the world in ordinary ways. As the one sent from heaven, he is either the rock that brings us to stumble or the firm foundation upon which to build a secure life upon. This is the choice when we are confronted by this newborn child.
  • Dec 18, 2022Sermon: The Love that Compels Us
    Dec 18, 2022
    Sermon: The Love that Compels Us
    Romans 5.1-8: At Christmas, God turns his face toward us in loving attention, compelling us to observe his love and care for us. As we turn our attention to his love, we are transformed by his grace and learn to both love him and our neighbor.
  • Dec 11, 2022Sermon: The Hope Set Within Us
    Dec 11, 2022
    Sermon: The Hope Set Within Us
    Romans 8.18-25: Jasper Hall presented this message written by Pastor Ben Hulst, due to sickness. Many thanks for Jasper's leadership in leading the service.