Sola Gratia

Text: Romans 11:1-10
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We are committed to the whole counsel of God, without cherry-picking doctrines according to our preferences. That includes challenging passages like today’s text that clearly instructs that our sovereign God is the sole agent in the election of his children. This truth demolishes our pride and creates a tremendous sense of humility. May the Spirit lead us as we wrestle with the concept that “Grace is not grace unless it’s grace”.

Obeying the Good News of Christ

Text: Romans 10:13-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

How is the Gospel presented in the Bible?  What’s the difference between preaching and teaching?  Matthew 7:29 says Jesus taught with authority, and this gives us insight into our personal salvation and our ministry to others.  Today we also remember the Church’s Reformation that began with Martin Luther in 1517, and why we praise God for it!

Seeking the Kingdom of God First!

Text: Romans 10:1-13
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The gospel is very simple and clear: either I save myself or God saves me, and the Bible clearly teaches the latter. Even in the time of Moses, it was clear that the people of Israel were saved not by the Law but by looking forward to Christ who is the end of the Law. As the great contemporary hymn declares, in Christ alone, our hope is found.

God’s Emotional Life

Text: Revelation 7:9-17
Rev. Barrett Jordan

In the second worship service, Pastor Jordan leads us on a journey through the whole Bible to show us God’s heart, His emotions!  Who are the “nations” that God speaks of?  How do we reach them and carry out our purpose?

The Christian’s Emotional Life

Text: Matthew 6:25-33
Rev. Barrett Jordan

Today we begin looking at our emotions as followers of Christ. Shouldn’t our lives be different when handling daily stress and anxiety?  Is Jesus just offering us the cure for anxiety in Matt 6:25?  Or is there more for us to understand that will transform our lives?

God’s Absolute Sovereignty in Our Salvation

Text: Romans 9:14-33
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we wrap up Romans 9, we hear some of the clearest, boldest teaching on God’s sovereignty in our salvation. Throughout the Bible, we can find this same teaching by Jesus, Peter and others. At first we can find this teaching to be very unsettling, but upon further study and meditation, we will find this Biblical truth to be very fruitful. We are rescued by His mercy through Christ alone.

The Grace and Mercy of God

Text: Romans 9:1-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today’s text is heavy and deep and perhaps even shocking. The Westminster Confession of Faith reminds us that the teaching of this portion of Scripture should be handled with care. As we understand that God is God and we are not, we more deeply understand His grace and mercy. It wipes out our pride even as it brings us great security.

God’s Eternal Love Secures His Church

Text: Romans 8:26-39
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We would do well to spend more time reflecting on God’s commitment toward us. We don’t merely slip into the Kingdom, rather we overwhelmingly conquer through the blood and righteousness of Christ. Despite tribulation that will come to us all, we have bulletproof faith as we are inseparable from God whose love will not let us go.

God’s Love and Fondness for You

Text: Romans 8:31-34
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Do you realize that God not only loves you, but He likes you, too? Luther captured the idea that we are simultaneously sinners and saints, so we need to preach the gospel to ourselves daily as it tends to leak out of us. God’s covenant, agape love for us means that the Father got what He paid for. Not one drop of His Son’s blood was wasted. Jesus now intercedes for us from the right hand of the Father, securing our place as children of God.

God Causes …

Text: Romans 8:28-30
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In the “golden chain of salvation” outlined in today’s text, it’s crucial to take God at His word even when it’s challenging to fully understand it. Wrestling with the concepts of God’s providence, His purpose and His predestination brings the Christian real security, real humility and leads us into real worship.