As the New Year comes into full swing, so follow all of its resolutions. Resolutions in-and-0f-themselves are not bad things. However, will they truly change us? Will our failed resolutions provide enough guilt and shame to propel us to a better version of ourselves in 2017?
In Luke 2.8-21, the birth of Christ is proclaimed to the shepherds and a very particular pronouncement of peace is placed upon them. This begs an interesting question: What is peace and how does the First Advent of Christ inform such a declaration?
SALVATION We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
Paul has spent the first two chapters of Colossians speaking specifically to our identity in Christ. In Colossians 3.1-11, Paul will move us from who we are in Jesus specifically to how we ought to live out this new identity. In light of the resurrection, he will show us how putting on the new self, […]
Many of us refer to the parable of Luke 15.11-32 as the story of the Prodigal Son. But, what if this story has more to do with the nature of the grace of God more than it has to do with the rebellion of the younger son or the law keeping of the older brother? […]
The church at Colossae is facing two damning heresies: The Gnostics believe that Christ plus knowledge will save; The Judaizers believe that Christ plus works will save. Paul believes that, in the purest form of the Christian Gospel, Jesus and Jesus alone saves. In Colossians 1.3-8, Paul begins to combat these two anti gospels by […]
Matthew 21.1-10. Palm Sunday marks what has historically been called Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and all of Israel is prepared to crown him as King. But this Jesus is an altogether different kind of King.
Philippians 2:1-11. God is love. That love is expressed in eternal community. How we love one another communicates to a lost and dying world why He is love.