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Three Responses to the Gospel

The gospel message is a singular message, but it provokes different responses from different people. For some in Ephesus, they responded with repentance – and it cost them a fortune. What is your response to the gospel and are you willing to lose to gain?

Scripture: Acts 19:11-41

The Prophet Isaiah

What does it mean to serve God successfully? Can good come from insecurity? What is better than success? Is affluence always bad? Isaiah answered all of these questions and many more.

Why is the Book of Isaiah considered by many as the best and most important of the Old Testament? His book is quoted more times in the New Testament (55 times) than any other prophet. And Isaiah teaches us a great deal about Jesus.

Isaiah doesn’t fit the mold of an Old Testament prophet. He was born with the silver spoon in his mouth; some think that he was a cousin to the king. He wrote with eloquence and fantastic skill. Isaiah is a person you should get to know.

Scripture: Isaiah 1:1; 6:1-12

Simeon’s Song: Declaring God’s Salvation and God’s Savior

Simeon declares that God’s salvation in Jesus is for all peoples. But he also prophesies that some will reject God’s Savior, Jesus.

Scripture: Luke 2:22-35

Repent and Believe or Perish

Each decision we make involves a certain belief about the future. So what if we knew the future precisely? If you knew there was going to be an attack or horrible accident at work the next day, would you go? No, and you’d warn your coworkers as well. Similarly, if you knew there was a day of judgment coming, and you could be saved by repenting and believing in Jesus, would you?

Jesus knows the future and pleads with us to make the decision to repent today in light of the future day of judgment.

Scripture: Luke 13:1-9

 

Jesus: Better Than Riches

Philip Graham Ryken said, “Luke’s Gospel is for anyone who needs to know Jesus. It is for people who have never met Jesus before, and for people who need to meet him again, as if for the very first time. It is for people who aren’t quite sure about Jesus, for people who are just starting to trust him, and for people who have known him for a long time but still need to become more secure in their faith. It is for anyone who wants to know for sure.”

Scripture: Luke 18:18-30

 

A Sermon So Great The Preacher Got Fired

The phrase mic drop, now an official word as it’s included in the Oxford Dictionary, refers to an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech that was understood or seen to be particularly impressive. When we read Luke 4:16-30 Jesus gives an amazing message as He tells them that passage has been literally been fulfilled right in front of them.

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-30

Forgiven People = Happy People

Confession is a powerful tool that God has given to us to retool or recalibrate our relationship regarding our thoughts, attitudes and affections so that we’re walking in a right relationship with God and others.

David is writing about an experience that he wants to pass onto God’s people about what happens when sin is concealed, what happens when it is confessed.

Main Takeaway: Confession leads to forgiveness and forgiveness is good for your soul.

Scripture: Psalms 32

The Practical Atheism

A fool is someone who lives their life without the direction or acknowledgment of God. In their heart they say “there is no God” even if they simultaneously confess the contrary with their mouth. Psalm 14 calls us to move from practical atheism and empty forms of religion and lip service to joy in Christ. From a veneer of faith to Christ first for the sake of others.

Scripture: Psalms 14

The God of the Second Chance

Our God is a merciful God and He many times gives second chances. In Jonah 3 we see the mercy of God in giving Jonah another opportunity to be obedient, as well as choosing to rescue the Ninevites, rather than destroying them.

Scripture: Jonah 3

Desperate for God

God said “Go,” but Jonah said “No” and ran. God wasn’t going to let him go, so he graciously brings Jonah down: physically, emotionally and spiritually. He did this not to pay him back for disobedience, but to bring him back to faithfulness. At the bottom of the sea, in the dark belly of that great fish, Jonah sees more clearly than he has in some time and he learns this lesson: God alone saves desperate people who cry out to him from desperate circumstances of their own making.

Scripture: Jonah 2; Matthew 12:38-42