August 12, 2018

God’s Great Purposes

Text: Jonah 1:17
Pastor Curt Stapleton

God’s sovereignty shines all though the book Jonah, as we see how He repeatedly “appointed” events in the text. Just as Jonah’s salvation was about more than himself (as he was saved for the people of Ninevah), so too our salvation is bigger than ourselves.

August 5, 2018

A Presumptuous Prophet and a Purposeful Savior

Text: Jonah 1:4-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Did you know that God uses sin sinlessly to accomplish His purposes? Despite Jonah’s disobedience and rebellion, we see in today’s passage that God is still at work.

July 29, 2018

Called, but Couldn’t

Text: Jonah 1:1-3
Pastor Curt Stapleton

All of us have a calling from the Lord on our life that we must try to discern. The prophet Jonah shows us that God often teaches and leads us by means of our weakness and failures. What’s more, this important book points us to the better Jonah, Jesus, who was obedient to the Father’s call on His life.

July 22, 2018

The Revelation of God and His People

Text: John 14:1-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Whether in Nahum, as we were studying the last few weeks, or Isaiah or here in John’s gospel, all throughout Scripture, God is at work revealing Himself to His people. In today’s passage we see Jesus reveal Himself as one who is planning and preparing to receive His people, and as one with the authority to speak to us in imperatives, calling us to a life of obedience as evidence of our salvation.

July 15, 2018

The Bloody City!

Text: Nahum 3
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Why is the damnation and desolation of Nahum, in all its detail, recorded for us? Why do we need this in our theology bank? God’s purpose in the Scriptures is for us to know Him as He is, that we may love Him. God’s wrath is always judicial and, against it, the good news of the gospel stands out more beautifully.

July 8, 2018

God’s Salvation for His People

Text: Nahum 1:15-2:13
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The message of Nahum was certainly good news to the people of Israel who first heard it. This “gospel of Nahum” demonstrates that God brings salvation to His people through the destruction of His — and their — enemies. We can see that God’s wrath is an instrument of His grace, most completely revealed in the cross of Christ.

July 1, 2018

The Wrath of God is Being Revealed from Heaven

Text: Nahum 1
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The wrath of God is the black velvet upon which the diamonds of God’s mercy and grace shine more brightly. Since our God is the same yesterday, today and forever, there is much in the Old Testament that the Church needs to study today to enlarge our understanding of the beauty of the Gospel, and to drive us to worship and evangelism.

June 24, 2018

Safe and Secure

Text: Romans 8:31-39
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We are often motivated by our insecurities and unbelief. In today’s text we hear God virtually shouting to us that He is for us and He will graciously give us all things. May that lead us into doxology, into praising Him as we understand that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

June 17, 2018

Good News to All! He is Able!

Text: Romans 16:25-27
Rev. Paul Karlberg

In prior sermons in this series “Our God is Able”, we considered the confidence in God’s ability and willingness to be with His people in the time of Daniel and again in the time of John the Baptist. Today, as we consider the crescendo to doxology in the closing verses of Romans which are our text, we see again how God is able to draw us into His Word and to send us as witnesses of His great love, all to the end of increasing our worship of Him.

June 10, 2018

Growth & Glory by Grace!

Text: Romans 8:17-30
Pastor Curt Stapleton

What helps people to change, to grow in grace? Our sanctification is an ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we draw near to God through prayer in our weakness, God responds to us with a sure hope, certain because it’s rooted in the completed work of Christ on our behalf.