The Love of Christ Through You!

Text: Romans 13:8-14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We know that, since Genesis 3, there has been enmity between Satan and Christ and His kingdom. Today we are instructed that we, the Church, are called to go beyond mere keeping of the Law to lives of active love of our neighbor. By means of Gospel transformation, we are exhorted to take off sin and put on Christ in order to walk in light and be the best possible lovers of our neighbors.

Submission to Government

Text: Romans 13:1-7, Genesis 9:5-7
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In spite of the current events of the past week, God’s word is timeless. Recall that when the Apostle Paul wrote Romans, he was a Roman citizen living under the cruel reign of Emperor Nero. Nonetheless, our mandate as Christians is to obey and submit to the lawful requirements of the civil magistrate, to understand that God sovereignly appoints our government and to trust that God’s eternal purposes will end in His perfect justice and rule.

In View of God’s Mercy and Love

Text: Romans 12:9-22
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we resume our study of Romans. After unpacking the rich truths of the gospel in chapters 1 through 11, in the remaining chapters we move into its application to our lives. There are implications for our conduct both within the Kingdom as well as outside in the secular world. Our actions always from in response to God’s grace toward us.

God’s Steadfast Love in Power and Promise

Text: Psalm 89
Dr. Peter Green

God’s steadfast love for us encompasses concepts of both loving intimacy as well as committed loyalty. Today’s text provides great assurance that, although our suffering in this life is real, God remains in control over all things, and all of his promises are yes and amen in Jesus.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Text: Matthew 1:18-25
Pastor Curt Stapleton

What the Bible says about Christmas is far better than gifts under a tree. Multiple prophecies about his coming are connected in today’s text. When we come to terms with the Jesus of the Bible, there are only two possible responses: to flee from Him as a threat or to worship Him as our Savior King.

Where is Jesus?

Text: Luke 2
Pastor Curt Stapleton

From the 400 hundred years of silence between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ, to the angelic choir’s announcement to the shepherds, to the patient waiting of Simeon and Anna in the temple for the appearing of the Messiah, the recurring question is, “Where is Jesus?”. During this Advent season, may our hearts long to see Him and join in worship.

The Purpose of Christmas

Text: Mark 1:1-15
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Regardless of our own personal traditions surrounding the celebration of Christmas, today’s text illuminates what its real purpose is. As we see through the message of John the Baptist and Jesus’ first public sermon, the purpose of Christmas is to call us to repentance and faith, that we may abandon our self-sufficiency and believe the gospel.

The Christian’s Response to God’s Love

Text: Romans 12:1-8
Pastor Curt Stapleton

After the wonderful exposition of the doctrines of grace in the first 11 chapters of Romans, we now pivot to the application of these truths. Motivated by the mercy of God, we understand that we were delivered for a purpose, to devote ourselves to serving the Lord not out of duty but out of delight.

Praising God from the Ends of the Earth

Text: Psalm 100
Dr. Peter Green

At this season of Thanksgiving, we are instructed from Psalm 100 that praising God is not merely a duty but rather a privilege to be had, flowing out of a heart of gratitude, in response to our sovereign God’s goodness in establishing an intimate relationship with us through the work of Jesus, our savior.

The Mercy of God

Text: Romans 11:11-36
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The events of 2020 have reminded us clearly that we are not in control, and yet our sovereign God is. Behind the unsearchable and inscrutable mind of God, we can be confident that He is using all things — even human sinfulness — to accomplish His purposes. For those whom He calls, the mystery of His mercy removes any ground for pride or arrogance.