All Your Sins Washed Away!

Text: Matthew 3
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In the narrative of the baptism of Jesus, from the last of the Old Testament prophets John the Baptizer, we hear a solemn call to repentance extended to God’s people of his day. Of note, this call was later the first message from Jesus during His public ministry. Biblical evangelism must always include a call to repentance, without which it cannot save. Salvation involves justification that is always accompanied by sanctification.

For You Are Greatly Loved

Text: Daniel 9
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Life can be a roller coaster at times, a mix of ups and downs. In today’s text, nearing the end of 70 years of captivity, Daniel pours out his heart in prayer to his covenant-keeping God in confession and with a cry for mercy. In response, God gives a clear proclamation of the gospel, pointing ahead to the coming Messiah, Jesus.

In the Lion’s Den

Text: Daniel 6
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Our God is an evangelical God. Through the witness of Daniel’s faithfulness, Nebudchanezzar and Darius were drawn to confess Daniel’s God. Similarly, God can show up in the “lion’s dens” in our lives and, as He does so, not only does God win, but He also wins people to Himself.

God Judges Sin

Text: Daniel 5
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Although it’s not a very popular topic today, the Scriptures teach in a number of places about how God exercises judgment over sin. Indeed, His wrath should cause us to reflect on His holiness. May we come to recognize God’s grace in His warnings to us and further learn godly sorrow for our sin that leads us to repentance.

I Love You Because I Love You

Text: Deuteronomy 7:6-9
Mr. Brian Shirak

Because we tend to forget the gospel, we do well to continually preach it to ourselves in order to reorient our hearts toward grace. We are reminded today that not only does God love us (which is humbling in itself), but that He actually likes us, even when we don’t like ourselves. Because He needs nothing from us, He is able to love us with an unconditional love that satisfies the deepest longings of the human heart.

The King of Heaven Rules & Redeems

Text: Daniel 4:1-9, 19-37
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we work through the narrative of the book of Daniel, we are reminded that God is always the hero of the narrative. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the entire world was humbled demonstrating that God turns the hearts of kings in His hand. As God works the gift of faith into the hearts of those whom He brings to Himself, that faith is always accompanied by repentance.

The Heavenly Father Saves His People

Text: Daniel 3
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We know from Romans 8:16-18 that the children of God may at times be called to suffer for Him. As we continue today in Daniel chapter 3 with familiar story of the fiery furnace, it is good to remember that the history of the Church, from the Old Testament, through the first century Christian church, the Reformation and on to the present is built upon the faithfulness of those who have been willing to suffer and even die for the faith.

God Reveals His Kingdom

Text: Daniel 2
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we see Daniel boldly offering to help king Nebuchadnezzar as he is threatening to kill all of his wise men. The king’s dreams are terrifying him, he cannot sleep, and his wise men are saying no one can do what he is asking. But the God of Heaven intervenes.

God Saves His People

Text: Daniel 1
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we begin a new sermon series on the Old Testament book of Daniel, we should be cautioned that God is the hero of every text in Scripture, and that we will not be focusing on trying to analyze all of the details related to the end times. Today we learn that God often uses discipline in the lives of His children, while calling us to faithfulness in the midst of trials and to continue to look to our Savior for deliverance.

Prayer & Fasting

Text: Genesis 32:22-30, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 14:19-23
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The neglected spiritual discipline of fasting is seen all throughout the Scriptures, in both Old and New Testaments. As Mercy’s leadership is calling the congregation to a day of prayer and fasting for significant decisions before us, it’s important to have a proper understanding of how to proceed. We are not looking to earn God’s favor but rather to humble ourselves before him and acknowledge that we are not self-sufficient.