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.

June 3, 2018

Are You a Christian?

Text: Romans 8:1-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Having just concluded a sermon series on the Marks of the Church, we turn our attention now to the Marks of a Christian. Today we see a resemblance of the Gospel to a multi-faceted diamond, with many aspects all reflecting its beauty.

May 27, 2018

The Middle Course for Making Disciples

Text: Matthew 18:15-20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We need this passage in our understanding as Christians. We need to care about sin even — especially — in the Church. May the Lord help us to understand that it’s always “our move”. Whether we’ve sinned or have been sinned against, we ought always be moving towards others, difficult as it may be.

May 20, 2018

Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven

Text: 2 Corinthians 2:1-11
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We all need to pray that we get church discipline right. This present life is like a vapor in light of eternity, so eternal things matter. Praise God when church discipline works out well, as in today’s text.

May 13, 2018

Purge the Evil

Text: 1 Corinthians 5
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Church discipline is a serious, sober and necessary topic for the church today. We need to understand the structure of authority, beginning with our Holy Father, operating through His Church and its Elders, in their human frailty, all submitted to the authority of the Scriptures. The whole point of church discipline is a rescue mission.

May 6, 2018

Jesus’ Church: a Pillar and Buttress of Truth

Text: Matthew 16:13-23
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The early Church father Cyprian is quoted as saying, “You can’t have God as your Father without having the Church as your Mother.” It’s very important to learn from the Scriptures a Biblical understanding of the definition and the authority of the Church.

April 29, 2018

Jesus Builds His Church

Text: Matthew 16:13-23
Rev. Peter Green

Have you ever felt confused when it felt like things were falling apart and God was throwing you a curveball? We often look at things from a human perspective. However, in today’s text we learn that we need God to reorient us to what He is doing, as Jesus continues to build and advance His Church.

April 22, 2018

Christ Jesus, the Heavenly Offering

Text: Hebrews 9:15-28
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The benefits of a will are realized only through a death. Similarly, the promises of the Covenant come to us through the shedding of blood. Formerly, this required the repeated annual sacrifice of animals. But now, through the far superior finished sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, we receive God’s promise of salvation. May we be moved to worship Him.

April 15, 2018

The Sign of the Covenant

Text: Exodus 4:24-26
Pastor Curt Stapleton

After concluding our study of Ephesians, as we continue our study of the Marks of the Church, we turn our attention to the sacraments and discipline. Today we consider the covenant sign of baptism which supersedes circumcision under the New Covenant, yet remains as a precious, inclusive sign of God’s declaration that He will be our God and we will be His people.