Talents – 23rd Sunday after Trinity, November 19, 2017

November 20, 2017
20 Nov 2017

Scriptures: Zephaniah 1:7,12-18; Psalms 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10; Matthew 25:14-30

In our annual “giving sermon”, we continue to look at Jesus’ last parables in the gospel of Matthew.  The well-known parable of the Talents demonstrates to us that the things we have are not ours, the God is not “fair” in his giving of gifts, and that the safe choice is not always safe.  The implications of these truths can drastically shape our view on how use our time and resources for the sake of the kingdom.

Be Prepared – 22nd Sunday after Trinity, November 12, 2017

November 13, 2017
13 Nov 2017

Scriptures: Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Mathewt 25:1-13

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus uses His last teaching session before He is betrayed to urge the disciples to be prepared for His return.  When they ask Him what the signs will be, He refuses to give them an answer, but rather uses a series of parables to instruct them in living a prepared life.  So what does preparation for the end of the world look like?

On Death – All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 8, 2017
08 Nov 2017

Scripture Readings: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 149; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; Luke 6:20-26

“We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”.  Our world has got its ways to deal with the inevitability of death.  The early church did too.  In fact, several of the letters of the New Testament address the issue.  For believers, our great hope is eternity.  Any approach to life that seeks heaven on earth will be disappointed.  Rather, a proper understanding of death as defeated by Jesus has the ability to make us fearless in the face of the inevitable.

Here I Stand: Reformation 500, Part 5: Soli Deo Gloria – 20th Sunday after Trinity, October 29, 2017

November 1, 2017
01 Nov 2017

Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-7; Psalm 29; Colossians 1:15-23; John 3:22-36

In the final sermon of our series on the reformation principles, Father Alex addresses the glory of God, showing both how all of God’s work is to His glory, and how all of our work should be to God’s glory.

Here I Stand: Reformation 500, Part 4: Solus Christus – 19th Sunday after Trinity, October 22, 2017

October 23, 2017
23 Oct 2017

Scriptures: Exodus 19:16-18, 20:1-21; Psalm 24; Hebrews 10:19-25; Matthew 27:45-54

Who may ascend the Holy hill, asks Psalm 24.  When God brought His people out of Egypt, they insisted that Moses stand between them and God, lest they die.  In His grace, God set up for them a system of priests, courtyards, and temples to keep the at a safe distance.  In the work of Jesus, that safe distance loses its safety.  God has bid us draw near, with only Christ to mediate and advocate for us, so that we are able to enter with confidence into our Father’s presence.