1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what … Continue reading What is the Gospel?
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have … Continue reading Who is Jesus?
"12 …sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." Romans 5:1 “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, … Continue reading What is Wrong with the World?
Listen: This is week 4 in an 8-week sermon series we are calling, Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Today our topic is Christology, or the study of Christ. While Jesus is our focus EVERY Sunday, today we want to slow down a bit and look at some nuances to the person and work of … Continue reading Who is Jesus?
It is Father's Day 2017 and I am away from the crew I love the most, my wife and three children. Typically, we all go together to our family cottage in Tennessee for two weeks each June. However, this year, while they were with me here in the cottage last week, numerous forces collided to … Continue reading Reflections on Being a Father
Listen here: My parents divorced just months after I was born. In fact, I didn't meet my father until I was about 10. While I spent a few random weekends with him in my childhood, those visits were sporadic and brief, and we rarely talked between visits. Although I knew stuff about him, I really … Continue reading Knowing the Great Goel (Ruth 2:14-23)
According to the Daily Mail... Hannah Peterson was involved in a serious car accident just one month before her wedding in Ontario. She broke her pelvis in three places, punctured a kidney, broke some ribs, and suffered a concussion and partial hearing loss during the July 18 collision. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Hannah … Continue reading He was Strong for Both of Us
Part 1 in the Who Am I? sermon series on personal identity in view of the gospel.
Yikes, religion and politics in one message? Yep! 🙂 I hope that you will find this message timely and helpful as you face the political and cultural challenges of 2016. Here are some of the applications that you will discover in this message: Christians are citizens of both the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God, which is altogether, … Continue reading “Jesus and Politics” • John 12:12-16 (sermon audio)
This is the Creekstone message for July 19, 2015. Ready to be set free?
This post is an excerpt from Bob Kauflin's Worship Matters blog on "How Exciting Should Our Sunday Services Be?" Sunday mornings aren’t New Year’s Eve celebrations. They aren’t rock concerts. They aren’t pep rallies. They aren’t World Cup finals. They’re something much more mundane, and at the same time something much more eternally and cosmically significant. Our … Continue reading How “Exciting” Should Sunday Gatherings Be?
This is the Creekstone message for Sunday, July 5, 2015 — a game-changer for many of us.
The common view of the Bible is that it was given by God to show people how to live right. Some (including myself) have said that it is a “users manual for life.” However, the more I read the Bible, the more I am convinced that its purpose is not to show me how to … Continue reading Jesus is the Hero
"The death of the Lord Jesus is absolutely unique. It is subsitutionary. There is no death like Jesus' death... His substitutionary death on the cross, in space and time in history, had infinite value because of who His is as God. Thus nothing need be added to the substitutionary value of His death, nor can … Continue reading Jesus + Nothing
Many of us are familiar with the WWJD acrostic that stands for What Would Jesus Do? The idea is that when faced with moral or ethical dilemmas, we should appeal to the example of Jesus. I have no argument against that. However, from my experience, I often fail to do what he would do. Sometimes, … Continue reading WWJS
This is the Creekstone message delivered on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Craig Brian Larson, editor of preachingtoday.com, tells an insightful story about how rookies make the team. The 2010 website of the Chicago Bears football team presented a series of videos that followed the team's rookies from their first arrival at training camp and on through the preseason. One video showed part of coach Lovie Smith's … Continue reading How Rookies Make the Team vs How We Make the Kingdom
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, March 1, 2015. What if the pathway to happiness is not making much of ourselves, but making much of Jesus?
"Christ is the sum and substance of the Old Testament. To him the earliest promises pointed in the days of Adam and Enoch and Noah and Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. To him every sacrifice pointed in the ceremonial worship appointed at Mt. Sinai. Of him every high priest was a type and every part … Continue reading The Old Testament is All About Jesus
This is message #3 in our series in John, Knowing Jesus. This message focuses on the fundamental message of Christiantiy with four significant implications.
This is message #2 in our sermon series in the Gospel of John, Knowing Jesus. In this message, we discover the practical implications of five revolutionary words.
This is the kick-off message to our new sermon series in the Gospel of John.
I received this powerful quote in an email from a friend this week. "Now it so happens that God's basic ingredient for growth is need. Without personal needs, we would get nowhere in our Christian life. The reason our Father creates and allows needs in our lives is to turn us from all that is … Continue reading The Basic Ingredient for Growth is Need
In the opening chapter of John's Gospel, he introduces two individuals: Jesus and (another) John, Jesus' cousin (the one known for baptizing). John the Baptizer grew quite famous as a preacher in those days, and I suppose it could have gone to his head. He could have begun to think that he was important. Indispensable. … Continue reading I Am Not the Christ