God’s Law from A to Z

Text: Psalm 119:1-8
Dr. Peter Green

The theme of this longest of all of the Psalms is how wonderful is God’s law. The Psalms were written to be sung during the corporate worship of God’s people as a means of training our hearts and emotional life. Today we see that the good life is found in following God’s law and we hear the psalmist expressing his desire to do so, invoking the help of God to enable him.

The Death & Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Text: Matthew 27:51-66
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The resurrection of Jesus is of paramount importance as we remember on this Easter Sunday. At the same time, as our great High Priest, it’s important to also reflect on his sacrificial death that tore the curtain of the temple that formerly separated us from the Holy of Holies, and in doing so opened for all who believe access into the presence of God.

Christ – Confidence – Calling

Text: 2 Timothy 2:8-10
Brian Shirak

We have a tendency to forget the gospel so we need to be called back again and again to remember Jesus. The gospel is not the merely ABC’s of the Christian life but rather the A through Z, it’s everything. The cause of Christ cannot be stopped. Our calling is to suffering endurance for the sake of others and for the glory of God.

The Beautiful Salvation We Have Through Christ

Text: Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:1-10
Dr. Peter Green

Today’s text brings us to a place of joyful awe as we see the beauty of a God who planned from before the foundation of the world to bring us into relationship with Himself through the work of Christ on our behalf, because He loves us, all to the praise of His glory.

Why Don’t You Baptize Your Babies?

Text: Acts 2:36-39, Acts 16:13-15, Genesis 17: 7, 9, 11, 14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We look to the inerrant Word of God to inform what we do, along with how the Church through the ages has understood and applied it. That’s how we arrive at the understanding of the covenant nature of infant baptism, applied to covenant children of believing families as a sign and seal of that same covenant.

Our God

Text: Romans 16:21-27
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we come to the conclusion of our study of the book of Romans, we see a number of additional personal greetings, a good reminder that Paul was not in ministry alone. Today we, too, carry out the work of ministry together. The letter closes with a great doxology which is a summary of the gospel and a call to worship our great God.

Our True Confidence in Christ and the Church’s Confession of Faith

Text: Romans 16:17-20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we live in a fallen world, we can expect to encounter divisions and obstacles in the Church. By knowing the Scriptures and applying them, we can be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Our confession and confidence, like that of Peter, is that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

How We Love Christ’s Church and How He is Advancing It

Text: Romans 16:1-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

It might be tempting to skip over a passage like today’s text that contains a long list of names. But if we did, we would miss out on the richness of how big the Church is, of all the individual people who have made an impact, and on the great truth that God is advancing the Church through large groups of people.

Christ’s Connected Church

Text: Romans 15:22-33
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As Christians, we’re not designed to be lone rangers because, in Christ, we have the grounds for fellowship with all other believers. Today’s text reveals Paul’s affection and longing for fellowship with other believers, his sense of shared blessings and obligations and his striving together with them in prayer.

Christ, Our Only True Hope

Text: Romans 15:8-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We can observe a lot of hopelessness in the world around us, often rooted in misplaced hope which is a form of idolatry. Yet “hope” in one word captures much of what the gospel is about. Today’s text shows us Christ held up as the exemplar of service and the ground for our hope.