Saturday, December 31, 2016

RebootChristianity Sermon Archive

Updated for the rest of 2016 sermons...

Title: Zechariah's Song ("The Songs of Christmas" series)
Date:  11 December 2016
Passage:  Luke 1:67-79
Summary:  In this series we were studying the songs of the Christmas story in Scripture, and we discussed the song of Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. We see a number of things in this passage, most notably the full scope of salvation: we have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved. But most key, we use the movie Kubo and the Two Strings to illustrate a major point of this passage:  being a disciple is really all about answering the question: who gets to author your story?

Title: Joy in Contentment
Date:  20 November 2016
Passage:  Philippians 4:10-13
Summary:  "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." It is one of the most popular verses in Scripture, but what does it actually MEAN? Our society tells us to seek contentment in materialism and cynicism--but these are old Greek ideas, and as we see in this passage, Paul says clearly that he got his contentment from somewhere else. Where does Paul's "self-sufficiency", as he calls it, come from? How can we be content in our lives, no matter what happens? Where do we find this inner peace? In this sermon, we discover those answers.

Title: Joy in God's Plan
Date:  11 September 2016
Passage:  Philippians 1:12-26
Summary:  Continuing our series on Philippians and the joy of Christianity, we discuss what happens when our plans don't seem to align with God's plans. In this passage, Paul is overflowing with joy despite the fact that he is in chains, suffering greatly, and being denounced by other preachers. We discuss the root of where our joy truly comes from, and how we can not only bear, but rejoice, in times of suffering.

Title: Jesus Plus Nothing ("Core Values" series)
Date:  24 July 2016
Passage:  Ephesians 2:13-22
Summary:  In this series we were reviewing the core values of our local church, and in this sermon we discuss Ephesians 2:13-22 as we reviewed our second core value: Jesus Plus Nothing. We are passionate about seeking unity without uniformity: the only thing we need to bond us together is Christ Alone, and we can disagree about non-essentials without dividing over them.

Title: Jesus is the Ultimate Law ("Christ in the Old Testament" series)
Date:  05 June 2016
Passage:  Exodus/Leviticus/Deuteronomy
Summary:  In this series we were looking at how the Old Testament foreshadowed Jesus in the New Testament: not in terms of prophesy, but in every single page. This sermon demonstrates that Jesus not only fulfilled the Law, but WAS the Ultimate Law--a new covenant between God and mankind.

Title: Jesus is the Ultimate Adam ("Christ in the Old Testament" series)
Date:  22 May 2016
Passage:  Genesis 1-3
Summary:  In this series we were looking at how the Old Testament foreshadowed Jesus in the New Testament: not in terms of prophesy, but in every single page. This sermon sets the stage for the series overall, as well as showing how Jesus is the Ultimate Adam:  the Son of God who was tempted but succeeded rather than failed, and who through His obedience accepted the banishment from God which we deserve and--therefore--ends our exile.

Title: Spiritual Friendships
Date:  17 April 2016
Passage:  Acts 21: 1-36
Summary:  Spiritual friendships are one of the most overlooked and important aspects of our lives as believers. Our society enables us to form casual relationships easily, but true, deep, spiritual friendships fill a desperate need we all have. In this passage, as we see Paul walking into what very well may be his death, spiritual friendships are what sustain him along his journey.

Title: The Founding of the Corinthian Church
Date:  20 March 2016
Passage:  Acts 18: 1-28
Summary:  In this passage, we see Paul founding the church of Corinth, and the opposition he received from the Jews at the time.

Title: Q&A With the Apostles (The Council of Jerusalem)
Date:  21 February 2016
Passage:  Acts 15: 1-35
Summary:  In this passage, we cover the Council of Jerusalem in 49-51 AD. This was a meeting of all apostles and key missionaries to answer a question that plagues us still today--"What does the Old Testament Law have to do with modern Christianity?" This sermon answers the questions:  "Is the Law still relevant?"; "How do we know which Old Testament sins are important?" and "Why do we say homosexuality is a sin but not eating shellfish?"

Title: Forget Not
Date:  27 December 2015
Passage:  Psalm 103:2-8
Summary:  This was our 2015 Year-In-Review, in which we discuss some of the many answered prayers at Grace Church for 2015. We use Psalm 103 as the "frame" for the discussion, and cover everything from the uplifting to the moving to the painful. It was accompanied by a meal, and went very well.

Title: Are You A Jesus Consumer, or a Jesus Disciple?
Date:  01 November 2015
Passage:  Acts 6:1-4
Summary:  As the first deacons are added, we spend some time exploring the idea of talmidim, or discipleship. What is the difference between someone who simply intellectually believes and someone who is an actual disciple?

Title:  Every Story Whispers His Name
Date:  13 September 2015
Passage:  Acts 2:12-39
Summary:  On Pentecost, Peter delivers the first sermon in Christian history, and he shows everyone that the Old Testament is really all about Jesus. He is the center of everything. This was one of my favorite sermons I've written, and is hugely influenced by (or ripped off of, depending on your view) preacher Tim Keller.

Title:  Science and The Bible Pt 2:  Is Christianity Anti-Science?
Date:  26 July 2015
Passage:  Psalm 19:1-4
Summary:  Is Christianity anti-science? I tell a bit of my story as an evolutionary Deist who came to Christianity in college. Specifically we address the fine-tuning of the universe, the heavy philosophical reliance that science has on Christianity, and the role of Christians in the history of science.

Title:  Science and The Bible Pt 1:  Understanding Genesis 1
Date:  19 July 2015
Passage:  Genesis 1:1-2:3
Summary:  Many people view Genesis 1 as a fairy tale which has been disproved; others see it as a scientific textbook of creation. In this sermon we correct both errors, instead reading Genesis 1 in its original would it have read to an ancient Hebrew, ignorant of YHWH, recently freed from Egyptian slavery?

Title:  The Problem of Suffering Pt 2:  The Emotional Problem
Date:  12 July 2015
Passage:  Psalm 6:3-7
Summary:  In our series on the Common Doubts of Christianity, we address the Problem of Suffering. This week we speak of the emotional problem of suffering--attempting to help those who say that they cannot worship a God who would allow so much pain and suffering to exist.

Title:  Knowing That You Know God
Date:  17 May 2015
Passage:  1 John 5:13-21
Summary:  As John wraps up his letter, he summarizes his main points of how we can know that we have a relationship with God. We also briefly deal with that sticky "unforgivable sin" thing. :-)

Title:  Why We Fail John's Tests
Date:  15 March 2015
Passage:  1 John 2:12-17
Summary:  John has given us four tests which, if we pass them, will give us confidence in our salvation. But what about when we fail those tests? This passage tells the reason WHY we fail John's tests.

Title:  The Problem of Suffering
Date:  25 January 2015
Passage:  Topical:  Habakkuk
Summary:  Habakkuk was an unusual prophet who recorded his frustration with God's plan. This message is the opening overview of the new series on Habakkuk, and explores the Problem of Suffering--why does a good God allow suffering?

Title:  The Promise of the Coming King
Date:  14 December 2014
Passage:  Topical: Christmas
Summary:  This is the first of a two-week Christmas series which explores the topic of Jesus' Kingship--what does it mean when we say Jesus is the Newborn King? This message explores the Old Testament expectations of the coming King of the Jews.

Title:  Humble planning
Date:  23 November 2014
Passage:  James 4:13-17
Summary:  In this passage, James explains how proper planning should be done--and how often all of our plans are just boasting in arrogance.

Title:  Who is going to teach you how to walk?
Date:  02 November 2014
Passage:  James 3:13-18
Summary:  In this passage, James is going to go into more detail on his claim in 3:1 that not many should be teachers. He will teach us what to look for when choosing the teachers of our faith.

Title:  God Transforms (Doctrines Series Lesson 7)
Date:  17 August 2014
Passage:  Topical:  Communion & Baptism
Summary:  In this lesson, we cover one of the key aspects of Grace's theology--Ordinances. We will discuss both communion and baptism, and how God transforms us. We will examine these through the lens of ancient suzerain covenants.

Title:  God Speaks (Doctrines Series Lesson 2)
Date:  13 July 2014
Passage:  Topical: Revelation
Summary:  In this lesson, we cover one of the key aspects of Grace's theology--Revelation. We explore how God reveals Himself to us, both through the books of Scripture (Special Revelation) and the book of nature (General Revelation).

Title:  Debating Jesus
Date:  18 May 2014
Passage:  Luke 20:19-21:4
Summary:  In this lesson we cover two attempts--one by the Pharisees and one by the Sadducees--to trap Jesus in a debate. Jesus deftly avoids both topics and we find that neither purity (Pharisees) nor knowledge (Sadducees) are sufficient for salvation.
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Title:  Two Pictures of Jesus
Date:  11 May 2014
Passage:  Luke 20:9-19
Summary:  Here we look at the Parable of the Vineyard, from which we get two distinct pictures of Jesus. These two pictures lead us into CS Lewis' Trilemma:  Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord: He cannot simply be a great moral teacher.

Title:  Jesus' Most Bizarre Parable
Date:  15 February 2014
Passage:  Luke 16:1-13
Summary:  Here we study what many consider Jesus' most bizarre parable--the Parable of the Dishonest Servant, in which Jesus seemingly praises an embezzling servant for his crafty dishonesty.

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