Messages from our Sunday morning service.
Alex Kremer - 09-10-2023// Called to Preach; Acts 21:40-22:29
As Paul returned to Jerusalem, he faced charges from Jews of heresy, of teaching things contrary to Moses and the Law. This charge led to threats of flogging. For those who would hold to salvation by grace through faith, we may face the same kind of accusations the the culture.
As Paul addressed the crowd, he assured them that the Gospel he preached was not contrary to the law, but instead fulfilled the Law. His response included three parts:
Paul was where the crowd was in belief
Paul was called by God
Why Paul was called.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. We pray you will be blessed and encouraged through the teaching of God's Word.
Grant Nelson - 09-03-2023 // Questioning Jesus; Mark 12:18-31
Throughout Jesus' ministry he frequently encountered people with questions. In some cases, these questions were intended to trap Jesus in a logical or theological error. In other cases, however, people came with genuine interest seeking genuine answers. In today's passage we see both.
Regardless of the intent, God ensured these questions were recorded in Scripture for our benefit. These questions sometimes challenge us, and in the Lord's response we find the answers to the questions we have.
We thank you for listening to today's lesson. We pray you will be blessed and encouraged through the teaching of God's Word.
Alex Kremer - 08-27-2023 // Swallowing Spiders in Our Sleep; Acts 21:27-39
A post on Facebook once cited a study which suggested that, on average, we swallow four spiders per year in our sleep. People shared the related posts and the story spread. The problem was, the supposed study was, itself, was part of a study to see how quickly information can spread on the internet. What we do see through these types of interactions is how quickly lies spread; but they also highlight our propensity to not just tell lies, but to believe them.
When Paul was in Jerusalem, Jews from Asia spread lies about him to their countrymen, asserting Paul had even brought Greeks, filthy Gentiles, into the temple. Naturally, the Jews in Jerusalem were all too willing to believe these falsehoods, throwing the city into an uproar with Paul's life in danger.
Despite these blatant lies about Paul, we see his overarching desire to preach the Gospel to the very crowd seeking his life. In examining Paul's response to such hostility, we can get a glimpse into our own attitude toward the enemies of the cross. Is our attitude one of love, seeking the salvation of the lost? Or are we more prone to strike back.
Than you for listening to today's lesson. We pray you will be blessed and encouraged through the teaching of God's Word.
Alex Kremer - 08-20-2023 // You Must Be Born Again; John 3:1-21
One of the most common terms used to describe the salvation experience is to be "born again." As Christians, we commonly refer to ourselves as, "born again believers." However, even within Christendom, this idea of being born again as a requirement to enter into God's kingdom is frequently a point of contention. For those outside the church, it becomes a point of ridicule and disdain; connected with accusations of being too narrow-minded.
But how much do we truly understand being "born again?" How does one become born again? When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, this leader of the Jews struggled with this very statement from Jesus, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 (LSB).
Thank you for listening to today's message. If you are unsure about your standing before God, we pray this will help you to understand what it means to be born again and why it is necessary for coming into the presence of a Holy God. We pray you will be encouraged through this teaching from God's Word.
Doug Schorle - 08-06-2023 // God’s Righteous Judgment Within the Body; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Throughout Paul's second letter to the church in Thessalonica, we have drawn lessons regarding God's righteous judgment. We considered His righteous judgment toward those who believe in Jesus Christ and toward those who reject Jesus as savior. We considered His righteous judgment regarding the end times in the final condemnation of Satan and those who deny Jesus, as well as in the final consummation of the believer into eternal rest with the Lord.
Now, in 2 Thessalonians 3, we consider God's righteous judgment within the body of believers. From this study, we will draw three lessons:
The Lord's attitude toward the body
The believer's attitude toward the body
God’s righteous judgment toward the believer who disregards the body
We thank you for listening to today's lesson and pray you will be blessed and encouraged through the teaching of God's Holy Word.
Alex Kremer - 07-30-2023
One of the battle cries of the reformation was salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The corollary to this is that we are no longer under law but under grace.
But is there a proper relationship between the believer and the law. And if so, what is it. We remember that Jesus, Himself, proclaimed, "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law of the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17, LSB)
Join us for today's lesson as we catch up with Paul returning to Jerusalem following his third missionary journey. He arrived facing charges from Jewish Christians that Paul was teaching the Gentiles to put away the Law of Moses. Paul's response to this group of believers serves as a valuable tool to inform our relationship to the Law.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. We pray you will be blessed and encouraged through the teaching of God's Holy Word.