Fight the Good Fight
As challenging as the call to faith is we can rest in the fact that God does not call us to anything for which He does not thoroughly equip us. In Philippians 2:12 Paul challenges us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Then one verse later he assures us with the promise that God is the working one in us enabling us to will and to do according to His good pleasure. We have the sure promises of God’s word that we can, by God’s grace, have victory over our struggles. If we can identify the chief sources of our struggles then we can progressively overcome them and walk in victory. In this sermon series we developed and applied a Biblical strategy to help us overcome the specific things Christians tend to struggle with. This series, delivered in early 2016, arose out of a series we did on the Exodus story and was also motivated in part by John Piper's book Future Grace. New sermon notes from this series will be added as they are completed.
I Will Make a Covenant with You: Rediscovering the Fullness of Our Covenantal Relationship with God
A right understanding of the covenants provides the key to interpreting and understanding the Scriptures. Covenant theology gives a unity to the whole Bible by showing that from beginning to end it tells one unified story of God progressively building his eternal kingdom through the administration of the covenants he has made. Covenant theology emphasizes the corporate nature of God’s relationship with his people rather than individual personal relationships. This does not deny that each Christian has a personal relationship with God through faith in Christ but rather recognizes that this personal relationship is within the context of a corporate relationship, the body of Christ which is the Church. Covenant theology also reminds us that although our relationship with God is by grace through faith we nevertheless have obligations before God. This sermon series was delivered in 2014.