Relating to the Poor

Text: Proverbs 19:14-17; 28:6, 19, 22; 30:7-9
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we consider how God instructs us from Proverbs to care for the poor within our reach.  It can be an overwhelming topic and one easy to ignore.  How should we respond to the beggar?  Whom should we help?  Aren’t some people just working the system?  Many of us are taught “Truth and Consequences”, to work hard and save, as the Proverbs affirm for us. But we cannot stop there if Jesus taught, “… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  May God lead us in faithfulness for His mission!

Train Up a Child in the Way…

Text: Proverbs 14:26-27, 19:18, 23:13-14, 30:17
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Much of what the Bible teaches is countercultural. A repeating theme throughout Proverbs and all of Scripture is fearing the Lord. Fear and faith are not opposites, but actually complement each other. As we seek to discipline our children, we understand that the purpose is not wrath or punishment, but rather correction toward righteousness.

Wisdom’s Fountain of Life

Text: Proverbs 10
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Wisdom literature helps us to connect the dots between our actions and consequences that may follow. Our walk and our talk are related to the state of our heart. Do we seek the wisdom of God’s word in order to grow in holy fear of Him? As we seek to walk in righteousness, our lives will bring glory to Christ, the truly righteous one.

Wisdom & Life vs Folly & Death

Text: Proverbs 9
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Although the call of Wisdom and Folly may sound very similar, they lead to very different outcomes. The call of the gospel is to invest the effort required to live a life devoted to wisdom which is found in Christ alone, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)

Earmarked for Glory!

Text: Acts 2:38-39, Colossians 2:11-12
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The ekklesia (Gr ἐκκλησία), the Church, has a wedding band and it’s called baptism. Through baptism, a special, unique, highly regarded relationship is established. In continuity with the Old Testament covenant sign of circumsion, this sacrament is for believers and their children.

The Importance of Truth

Text: John 16:5-16
Rev. Paul Karlberg

As He did throughout His earthly ministry, in today’s passage Jesus offers hope and comfort to the disciples in the face of coming change. Although change is often uncomfortable for us, it can often result in blessing and greater good, as we learn that the mighty work of the Holy Spirit will lead believers into truth and continue to make the work of Christ even clearer.

A New Hope

Text: Matthew 3:13-17
Mr. Josh Campbell

In today’s text, we get to see the inner workings of the Trinity at the baptism of Jesus. As the Spirit descends, we hear the Father introducing His son, the everlasting and good king our hearts have been waiting for.

A Father’s Instruction

Text: Proverbs 4
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In the text for this Father’s Day, we hear a father’s earnest plea to his son to listen to wisdom. As a reflection of our relationship with our heavenly Father, every parent is a teacher for their children. The presupposition behind this is that God wants us all to have teachable hearts.

God’s Favor and Blessing

Text: Proverbs 8
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In today’s passage, we’re presented with Lady Wisdom as a type of Christ. She cries out to us that pursuing wisdom is a matter of life and death and by no means optional in the life of the follower of Christ.

Rewarding Life

Text: Proverbs 3:1-13
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We continue through our sermon series from the wisdom book of Proverbs. Under the overarching topic of wisdom, we receive instruction in how to live life in relationship to God and enjoy a rewarding life. Although our standing before God is all of grace because of Christ’s work on our behalf, without any merit on our part, it is nonetheless also true that the Lord’s economy does include blessings and curses.