Standing on the Word of God – Part 7

“The Doctrines of the Reformation – Grace Alone” 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 As the reformers considered the teachings of Scripture regarding justification, they observed that sinful men and women were…

Standing on the Word of God – Part 6

“The Doctrines of the Reformation – Faith Alone” 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  Romans 3:21-22a From the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) we saw that God’s Word is the rule of faith for the believer.…

Standing on the Word of God- Part 5

“The Doctrines of the Reformation – Christ Alone” For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit… – 1 Pet. 3:18 As we saw last week, the Scriptures alone are the rule of faith for believers, being necessary for us to understand our need…

Standing on the Word of God – Part 4

“The Doctrines of the Reformation – Scripture Alone”  For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4 Having considered some of the historical developments which contributed to the coming of the Reformation we want to take the rest…

Standing on the Word of God – Part 3

“The Necessity of Reform: The Church’s Crisis of Holiness” 13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in…

Standing on the Word of God – Part 2

“The Necessity of Reform: The Church’s Crisis of Authority”  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”    – Romans 1:16-17 We began our series…

Standing on the Word of God – Part 1

“The Necessity of Reform: The Church’s Crisis of Authority”  14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by…

Fall Sermon Series

October 31st of this year will mark the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany in order to protest the sale of indulgences as well as various other practices of the Roman Catholic Church.  This event is recognized by many as the…

Letters to the Seven Churches – Part 16

“Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Rev. 1:17b-18 As we have observed previously, these letters are written to the Church at all times and in all places, and we must therefore ask what we at…

Letters to the Seven Churches – Part 14

14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my…