In Romans 14:13-21, Paul establishes a love principle that has nothing to do with romance. The specific issue that serves as the context for the development of this love principle is a controversy over eating meat purchased in the local marketplace that had been sacrificed to pagan gods. Most believers had no problem eating this … Continue reading What If We Took Romans 14:13-21 Seriously?
Listen: [Here is an important addendum to this message.] In the mid-14th century, a bacteria called yersinia pestis was carried by fleas from Asia to Europe, being transported on rats that commonly infested merchant ships. As these ships arrived in ports such as Constantinople, Marseilles (mar-say), and Barcelona, the rats would disembark, carrying the infected … Continue reading Pandora’s Box
Why can't God just forgive? What is the real need for the cross where Jesus was brutally, violently, and painfully executed through crucifixion. Why can't God just forgive? One of the most popular genres of television is the crime procedural, where police investigators use forensic science to solve murders. Just consider the success and duplication of shows … Continue reading Why Can’t God Just Forgive?
This is a special message in view of the historic re-discovery of grace and the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther on Oct. 31, 1517.
Romans 6:14, "For you are not under the law, but under grace." —the Apostle Paul In Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible, they make the following comments on Paul's famous statement regarding law and grace: The force of this glorious assurance can only be felt by observing the grounds on which it … Continue reading Not Under Law, but Under Grace
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
The Creekstone message from Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
“The Ultimate Epitaph: Loved Like Lucky” • Romans 16:1-23 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of … Continue reading Sermon Notes for Sunday, Aug. 12 • Romans 16:1-23
This is the Sunday Creekstone message from Aug. 5, 2012.
This is the Creekstone message for July 29, 2012.
In studying for this coming Sunday's message in Romans 15:14-21, I have been reading James Boice's sermons on those verses. At one point he says that the role of the preacher is simply to present "the gospel, the whole gospel and nothing but the gospel." The Gospel. The core message of the cross, or the … Continue reading The Gospel, the Whole Gospel and Nothing but the Gospel
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This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, July 1, 2012. For the resource pages (outline, application questions, bonus material, etc.), just go here.
In my study for this coming Sunday's message on Romans 13:1-7, "Citizenship in the City of Man," I have been reading John Stott's commentary on Romans. In his comments on chapter thirteen, he distinguishes four historic views concerning the relationship between the church and state. He writes, “Relations between church and state have been … Continue reading Four Views Concerning the Relationship Between “Church and State”
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This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, June 3, 2012. The resource pages are here.
This is the Creekstone Sunday message from May 27, 2012.
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To "contine in God's kindness" (Romans 11:22) does not call me to prove my devotion to serve God; God calls me to rest in his devotion to save me. The focus is not on my doing to please him, but on his doing to pardon me. It is not on my commitment to stand for … Continue reading A Life Lived in View of His Mercies
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We are all in a struggle for righteousness, whether as parents, students, professors, engineers or preachers. We all have an impulse in us that wants to "make a name for ourselves." What we discover in Romans 10 is that Jesus is the end of the struggle. Since he has built a righteousness for me, I … Continue reading Sermon Audio (4.22.12): “No More Sandcastles” • Romans 10:1-21