The story of Jonah is a story that shows us the radical mercy of God, the striking disobedience of Jonah and his resentment for God’s compassion for sinner. In this sermon, pastor Joel introduces us to the main characters in the story of Jonah and the historical setting of the book. As we consider Jonah’s […]
In this sermon, pastor Joel sums up the glorious benefits of justification we have seen over the last eight verses, reminding us that our rejoicing and reconciliation comes only through our Jesus Christ.
Having looked at the blessings of justification in Romans 5:1-5, we now turn to the apostle Paul’s longest and most detail treatment of the death of Christ in Romans. In this sermon, pastor Joel shows us how the death of Jesus for his enemies reveals the love of God and helps us see how this […]
As the book of Ruth begins we are immediately confronted with famine, death, and loss. In light of this suffering, the question that naturally arises is, “Where is God?” In this sermon, pastor Joel considers the introduction to Ruth and reminds us that God is sovereign over it all, and working all things for the […]
Luke concludes the book of Acts with Paul a prisoner in Rome, yet still “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance” (Acts 28:31). Though he was held captive by Rome, and many of his hearers were held captive by unbelief, he knew that God’s […]
Throughout the book of Acts, we see followers of Jesus both going and staying for the sake of the gospel. Some travel thousands of miles to preach Christ and establish churches; they go to give. Others remain in a local community of faith in order to encourage and equip the saints; they stay to strengthen. […]
Many Christians today equate making disciples with “making converts.” We think the Great Commission is only about evangelism and reaching the lost. But true, Christian discipleship results from not just “going” but “staying” long enough to rejoice in the gospel and share life together. This is why Paul and Barnabas went back to visit the […]