This Podcast contains the Sunday sermons of Calvary: the Hill
Trusting in God's Provision
The life of faith trust that God will provide. We are always tempted to provide for ourselves, and when we do so we cut corners, take shortcuts, and hurt those close to us. A better way is to keep God in our moral calculus and know that we can obey his word, because he will keep his promises.
Trusting in God's Promise | Genesis 12:1-7
When the faithful God speaks his promises, the people of God place their faith in him and live faithfully in light of his words. Like Abraham we have a choice to live life based on what we see, or live life based on what God has said. Abraham discovered that God keeps his promises, and so will we.
Hosea's final chapters reach the highest point in all his major themes: the highest indictment against Israel, the highest vision of punishment, and the highest portrayal of hope. We also get one final window into the loving character of God who calls us, like Israel, wherever we are, to return to him.
Trusting in the Plan
A life of faith always begins with us surrendering to God’s plan. However, to do so we have to recognize that the way of faith is always an interruption to the status quo, that the way of faith means laying aside our own plans, and that the way of faith isn’t hindered by the impossible. Just like Abraham, God is still calling us to follow him in the way of faith.
Hosea's message of impending judgment ramps up to its highest level. He describes the sins of the Northern Tribes as consonant with Israel's worst historical happenings. He also points to all their false hopes which God is going to remove, one by one, culminating in the removal of Israel themselves from the land.
The Supremacy of Faith | Galatians 3:15-24
The way of faith is superior to the law. For starters, God’s promise predates the giving of the law, and even when it was given it was only for a temporary purpose. More importantly, the law was given not to make us righteous but show our need for a savior and point us to Christ. When we read the commands of God we must do so in a way that leads us back to what God has done for us in Jesus, encountering the gospel again and again.