Sunday, April 14, 2024

Confidence in the Christian Life - Jon Beary


Lessons are drawn from a crisis in the life of King Hezekiah and connected with Isaiah 40:9-11.  This reveals four things about God's character:
1. God is near.
2. God is able.
3. God is just.
4. God is caring.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Daniel, How Should I Pray? - James Voon


This message analyzes Daniel's famous prayer in Daniel 9:1-19 to obtain these principles to apply to our own prayer life:
1. Pray in response to the Word (v.2).
2. Pray with a confessing heart (vv. 3-9).
3. Pray depending on God's character (vv. 4,7,9)
4. Pray with God's glory as the goal (vv. 16-19).

Monday, April 1, 2024

From the First Adam to the Last Adam - Nathan Rages


We draw valuable lessons from our Lord's genealogy as recorded in Luke 3:23-38, following this outline:

General observations:
1. It differs from the one in Matthew’s Gospel. 
2. Many of these people are unknown to us. 

Notable ancestors:
1. David
2. Judah
3. Abraham
4. Adam

Sunday, March 24, 2024

5 Things that Happened at Our Lord's Baptism - Nathan Rages


This message examines five major things that happened when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (based on Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-34, and Matt. 3:13-17):
1. Jesus honored the rite of water baptism.
2. Jesus identified Himself with sinful people.
3. The Spirit anointed Jesus for future ministry.
4. The Father lovingly commended Jesus.
5. The Holy Trinity was uniquely revealed.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

What is True Repentance? - Nathan Rages


The central theme of John the Baptist's message in Luke 3:1-20 is repentance, revealing these five important aspects of genuine repentance: 
1. It is necessary for salvation (v3,18).
2. It is motivated by God’s judgment (v7,9,17).
3. It is needed regardless of spiritual heritage (v8).
4. It produces a changed life (v8,10-14).
5. It looks quickly to Christ (v15-16).

Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Voice Crying in the Wilderness - Nathan Rages


Luke 3:1-20 describes the ministry of John the Baptist, one of the most fascinating and underappreciated people in the Bible.  We discuss these seven aspects of the man and his ministry:
1. His calling (v2).
2. His fulfillment of prophecy (v4-6).
3. His popularity (v7).
4. His boldness (v7,19-20).
5. His baptism (v3,7,12,16).
6. His humility (v4,15-16).
7. His suffering (v19-20).

Sunday, March 3, 2024

The Boy Among the Teachers - Nathan Rages


Luke 2:39-52 describes Jesus at age twelve conversing with the teachers in the Temple.  The passage reveals five important things about our Lord:
1. Jesus’ devout family (v39,41,43,51).
2. Jesus' desire to learn God’s truth (v46-47).
3. Jesus’ unique relationship with the Father (v48-49).
4. Jesus’ submission to His parents (v51).
5. Jesus’ natural human growth (v40,52).

Monday, February 26, 2024

Out of Egypt I Have Called My Son - Nathan Rages


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Matthew 2:13-23 contains the dramatic account of infant Jesus' escape to Egypt and safe return to Nazareth.  This message focuses on these four characters in the story: 
1. King Herod: his cruelty (v13,16) and his death (v19-20).
2. The baby boys: their murder (v16-18) and God’s sovereignty (v17).
3. Joseph: his leadership (v13,20,22) and obedience (v14,21,22-23).
4. Jesus: His protection (v15) and His humiliation (v22-23).

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Simeon and Anna Meet Their Savior - Nathan Rages


Luke 2:21-38 records an impromptu encounter between Joseph, Mary, Jesus, Simeon and Anna in the Temple.  Our teaching focuses on these five key elements in the story: 

1. God’s faithful remnant (v25,36-37).
2. Jesus’ relationship to the Law (v21-27).
3. Jesus dividing and exposing people (v34-35).
4. Two suffering women (v35,36).
5. A man ready to die (v26,29).

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Angels and Shepherds: The First Gospel Message - Richard Hamilton


Luke 2:8-20 records the angelic announcement of Jesus' birth to some shepherds outside Bethlehem.    
1. The angel's announcement (v8-12).
2. The angels' praise (v13-14).
3. The shepherds' response (v15-20).

Applications:
1. For unbelievers.
2. For Christians.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

The King's Birthday - Nathan Rages


Luke 2:1-7 records the familiar account of Jesus' birth.  This message focuses on these six details:  
1. The historicity of the Gospel (v1-2).
2. The significance of Bethlehem (v3-4).
3. The sovereign providence of God (v1,6).
4. The obedience to civil government (v3-5).
5. The strangeness of the manger scene (v7).
6. The instructive symbolism. 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Appreciating Joseph - Nathan Rages


Matt. 1:18-25 describes the announcement of Jesus' conception from the perspective of Joseph, Mary's underappreciated fiance:
1. His difficult dilemma (v18-19).
2. His angelic visitor (v20).
3. His royal heritage (v20).
4. His shocking revelation (v20-23).
5. His risky obedience (v20,24).
6. His unusual marriage (v24-25).
7. His valuable fatherhood (v25).

Monday, January 15, 2024

Zechariah's Song - James Voon


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Luke 1:57-80 describes the birth of John the Baptist and the song of his father Zechariah:
1. The birth (v57-66),
2. The three covenants: Davidic, Abrahamic, and New Covenant (v67-75).
3. John as forerunner and Jesus the Sun of Righteousness (v76-80). 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

The Magnificent Magnificat - Nathan Rages


Luke 1:46-56 contains Mary's famous song, traditionally called the Magnificat.  It's a hymn of praise that reveals two things about Mary and six things about Mary's glorious God.  

About Mary:
1. Her knowledge of Scripture.
2. Her worshipful heart.

About God:
1. His salvation (v47).
2. His power (v49,51).
3. His holiness (v49).
4. His mercy (v50,54).
5. His judgment (v51,52,53).
6. His faithfulness (v50,54,55).