If humanity’s salvation is “by grace through faith,” (Ephesians 2:8) then what we believe about God and his world is of utmost importance. In this series, called This We Believe, we try to freshly articulate ancient truth. The Addison Street Community Church doctrinal confession outlines fifteen beliefs that are considered crucial for a proper understanding of who God is and what he expects of his world. Strengthen yourself on some of the fundamentals of Christianity by thoughtfully mulling over each sermon in this series.
Jesus has risen from the dead and has ascended to the Father. The gospel has expanded to places like Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, just as Jesus told his disciples (Acts 1:8). Even the Gentiles are coming to faith in Christ (Acts 11:18). Now in chapters 13-28 we will see that the gospel is continuing to spread and as a result churches are growing. What is the main component? The Word of God! Follow us along in this series as we learn how key the Scriptures are to maturing local churches!
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The major prophets play an indispensable role in God’s plan of salvation. As covenant lawyers, the prophets are continually exposing Israel’s unfaithfulness, showing how they have broken God’s laws and then graciously providing the solution: come back to God. All the while, they inquired diligently to ascertain when God would deliver on his promise of a much anticipated Messiah or Savior. This Messiah would unquestionably be the only adequate long-term solution to Israel’s rebellion. Don’t be overwhelmed by the dense Hebrew poetry in these books, but join us through this overview sermon series in hopes of better understanding, and therefore loving, the God who, through the major prophets, bids his people to come back home to him.
In this sermon series through Revelation 1–3, see a reality as John sees it and engage with seven unique letters to seven unique churches across ancient Asia. In these letters, we see both encouragement to God’s people, and rebuke. Christ is faithful to be present with and to speak to his church for their good, the world’s salvation, and his ultimate glory. You may be wondering what seven short letters to seven ancient churches has to do with your life. It’s a fair objection, but John, the author of the book of Revelation, anticipates it and answers it. In closing each letter, he says, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Therefore, though this is written in a time and to a people a long way from where we stand, the command is for anyone with an open ear to pay careful attention to what God is saying. Are you listening?
Did you know that the first Christmas was full of music and songs? They were sung by those who were part of the story themselves. When Mary, Jesus’ mother, received the news from the angel Gabriel that she had conceived by the Holy Spirit, she declared in a beautiful poetry: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Zechariah, who was John the Baptist’s father, prophesied: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us.” When an angel of the Lord came out in the field where the shepherds were taking care of their flock at night, they saw with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.” And when Simeon saw the small baby Jesus being presented in the Temple, he took him up in his arms and blessed: “Lord, now you are letting you servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation…”
Is it really possible to know anything for certain? What about when it comes to matters of faith and the afterlife? Can you know for sure that when you die God will allow you to enter into his kingdom? On what basis? Christianity has an answer for that in the form of a person, that is Jesus. So how can you know for sure that you are a Christian? Listen to this series of talks as we discuss that truth from God's Word!
A problem church. That was Corinth. And, the Apostle Paul carefully addresses each issue with clarity and conviction that suffices for churches of all ages and places. From division to immorality to marriage and divorce; from conscience to the Lord's Supper and spiritual gifts; the role of the resurrection... this first letter to the Corinthian church assures us nothing is beyond the Gospel's power to put a church on the path to health.
This is an ongoing "series" of individual expositions of First Corinthians. Hardly any of these talks are sequential but hopefully they are faithful and can seamlessly continue and pass the baton to their immediate contexts.
Everyone is tempted. Everyone sins. That creates a cosmic problem because God is holy, hates sin and as a just judge punishes sin. The christian is one who has been saved from God's punishment because of the work of Jesus Christ. However, the Christian still struggles with sin and temptation. What is the solution? This series will seek to display the sufficiency of Jesus Christ in the midst of our temptation.