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Christ B.C. Part II: Lamb of God - Exodus 12; John 1:29 - Dec 10, 1995 - 66

Christians everywhere recognize the lamb as a familiar biblical image. It is often connected with both Christmas and Easter. Though lambs aren’t specifically mentioned in the Christmas story, they are implied by the presence of shepherds and also by the fact that Jesus was born in a stable. ... More

The Life That Wins - Philippians 1:19-26 - Sep 27, 1998 - 372

This week I was browsing through my library and happened upon a book that I purchased 16 years ago called The University of Success, edited by a man named Og Mandino. As I flipped through the pages, I came to a discussion of the universal qualities of successful people. I was struck with the stateme ... More

Paid in Full - John 19:30 - Oct 18, 2009 - 1228

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’” (John 19:30.)Unfinished Business­ . . . The evidence is all around us. -During a visit to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, I learned that the sculptor, a man named Gutzon Borglum, never finished his work. If y ... More

Overcoming Lingering Bitterness - Genesis 45 - Dec 15, 2002 - 706

On Thursday morning, November 21, as the sun was peeking over the horizon in the port city of Sidon in southern Lebanon, Bonnie Penner Witherall was up early. On this day she was going to work at the prenatal clinic that offered medical services to the Muslim women from a nearby refugee camp. Tensio ... More

Every Tree But One: Why Freedom Isn't Free - Genesis 2:4-17 - May 19, 2002 - 222

What is freedom? Ask the question of ten people and you will get at least ten different answers. One person says that freedom is the right to get drunk every weekend. Someone else says that freedom means doing whatever you want, whenever you want to do it. To another man freedom is sleeping with as ... More

Looking for a Second Chance: What About Purgatory and Postmortem Salvation? - Hebrews 1:3 - Jun 11, 2000 - 213

Most people think that Catholics believe in purgatory and Protestants don’t. That statement needs qualification in two ways. First, the various Orthodox churches also believe in purgatory, though we don’t often hear about it. Second, there is a sense in which Protestants in general and e ... More

The Silent Savior - Isaiah 53:7-9 - Apr 9, 2014 - 1507

Twenty-four years is a long time to spend in prison. Especially for a crime you didn’t commit.   This week Jonathan Fleming was set free after almost a quarter-century behind bars when he was wrongly convicted of murder. Ironically, part of the evidence that freed him was a hotel receipt ... More

Who Is Jesus Christ? Article D: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ - Various - Mar 15, 1992 - 751

Tonight we are coming to the most critical doctrine in the Articles of Faith. Other doctrines are important as establishing foundational truth (the inerrancy of the Bible, the Trinity) or as explaining what we believe in a particular area (eternal security, the premillennial return of Christ), but ... More

Many Infallible Proofs: How We Know Christ Lives Today - Acts. 1:3 - Feb 8, 1998 - 631

"Without the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ the Christian faith would have been stillborn, for a living faith cannot survive a dead Savior." Peter LewisThe time: 6:00 a.m. The place: A garden tomb. The date: Sunday, April 5, AD 33. In the early-morning hours a group of women walks quietly and ... More

He Ascended Into Heaven: Why It Still Matters Today - Acts 1:9 - Mar 29, 1998 - 634

"After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight." Acts 1:9This is one of the most remarkable statements in Holy Scripture. We call it the ascension of Christ into heaven. All the major creeds mention it and every Christian group believes it. There ... More

How God Uses Bad People to Do His Will: Another Look at God's Providence - Acts 1:15-26 - May 3, 1998 - 641

Two questions confront us as we consider the story of Judas: 1. Why did he do it? 2. Why did God allow it?Last week’s sermon dealt with the first question. We concluded that the Bible doesn’t give us a final answer regarding why Judas betrayed Jesus Christ. This week we’re looking ... More

Our Crucified God: What the Cross Means to the Church - Galatians 6:14 - Mar 28, 1999 - 674

This is the first day of Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday, continues to Good Friday, and culminates with Easter Sunday one week from today. During these days Christians around the world — almost two billion of them — will pause and remember what happened to our Lord when he enter ... More

Solus Christus: By Christ Alone - Matthew 16:13-18 - Jun 29, 1997 - 677

"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ’Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ’Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets’” (Matthew 16:13-14). We live in a day of u ... More

Real Christian vs. Religious - John 3 - Sep 14, 1997 - 530

This is the first sermon based on the questions submitted by the congregation last spring. I don’t know who wrote this particular question but it’s a good one. The very wording suggests that there is a fundamental difference between being religious and being a “real Christian.&rdqu ... More

We Three Kings - Matthew 2:1-12 - Dec 23, 1990 - 104

Surely one of the great stories of Christmas is the story of the visit of the Wise Men from the East. Wherever the story of the birth of Jesus is told, so too is told this delightful tale of strange men from some faraway land who brought gifts to the baby Jesus.From time immemorial every children&r ... More

Is Anything Too Hard For God? The Doctrine of God's Omnipotence - Jeremiah 32:17 - Mar 9, 1997 - 472

This is the third and final sermon on the “omni” attributes of God. I have remarked earlier that these attributes are difficult to grasp because they describe truths about God that have no analog in human experience. We are limited as to place, power and personal knowledge. God is not. T ... More

The Adventure Begins: How Jesus Works Through Ordinary People - Acts 1:1 - Jan 25, 1998 - 627

Today we are beginning a brand-new sermon series from the book of Acts. I find myself excited as I think about this series because Acts is one of the most exciting books in the New Testament. It is also aptly named because Acts is preeminently the book of action. It is the story of how the Christ ... More

A Man Called Pilate - Mark 15:1-15 - Mar 24, 1991 - 208

Here is yet another man we’d all like to meet. His is the story of a man caught in a terrible dilemma. No matter how many times we read his story, it is still not fully clear what he really thought and how he really felt. His name is Pontius Pilate. He is the man who handed Jesus over to b ... More

The Day God Died: “Crucified, Died” - Hebrews 9-10 - Mar 21, 2004 - 650

The Apostles’ Creed contains four phrases that refer to the death of Jesus Christ:Crucified,Died,Buried,Descended into Hell. If you think about it, this seems redundant, especially in a Creed where the entire Christian faith is presented in approximately 110 words. Why are six words used ... More

God’s Scapegoat: “Buried” - Leviticus 16 - Mar 28, 2004 - 651

“I believe in Jesus Christ ¼ who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” The Apostles’ Creed This is a sermon based on a word that doesn’t seem necessary. We know Jesus died. We know he rose from the dead. If we know what happened on F ... More

A Friend in High Places: “He Ascended into Heaven and Sits at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty” - Various - Apr 25, 2004 - 653

This is one of the most remarkable statements in the Apostles’ Creed and it is also one of the most neglected areas of Christian doctrine. Even though we (along with all Christians) believe in the ascension of Christ, we tend not to think about it very much, at least when compared to the death ... More

Final Words of a Family Man - John 19:25-27 - Apr 14, 1991 - 544

This is the third saying of Jesus as he hung on the cross. It is sometime between 9 A.M. and 12 noon on Friday in Jerusalem. A motley crowd has gathered at Skull Hill to watch the goings-on. “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mar ... More

Tetelestai! - John 19:30 - Jul 7, 1991 - 547

Unfinished Business … We were reminded of several good examples this week. —On Wednesday, President Bush flew to Mt. Rushmore for a special 50th Anniversary celebration. It’s a little-known fact that the sculptor, a man named Gutzon Borglum, never finished his work. If you study t ... More

The Strangest Part of the Creed: He Descended into Hell - I Peter 3:18-19 - Apr 4, 2004 - 654

What happened to Jesus between his death and resurrection? We know his body was buried, but what about his spirit? Where was he and what was he doing between his death at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and his resurrection sometime before sunrise on Sunday morning? Christians have wondered about these things f ... More

Follow the Christmas Star - Matthew 2:7-12 - Dec 23, 2001 - 95

This isn’t exactly the sermon I planned to preach on the Sunday before Christmas, but I don’t suppose that will surprise anyone since Christmas itself comes as a relief at the end of a year that has not been what we thought it would be. If one searches for glimmers of light on the horizo ... More

I Thirst - John 19:28-30 - Jun 2, 1991 - 546

“Later, knowing that all was now completed and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on the stalk of a hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had receive ... More

What If - 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 - Mar 24, 2008 - 819

What difference does Easter make?  It’s a well known fact that from the beginning there were those who doubted. On Easter Sunday when the chief priests heard that the tomb was empty, they called the men who had been guarding the tomb and offered them money to say that the disciples of Jes ... More

What is the Difference Between a Real Christian and a Religious Person? - John 3 - Nov 11, 2008 - 1172

Let’s begin with a simple question. What percentage of Americans believe in God? You probably won’t be surprised to know that the number is very high. One recent survey puts it at 94%.  That means that almost 19 out of 20 people in the U.S. believe in God. It also means you won&rsqu ... More

Journey to Bethlehem - Dec 19, 2010

For the last several years Moody Radio in Chicago has asked me to do a series of “word pictures” describing the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Nancy Turner, host of This is the Day on WMBI-FM, introduces me and then lets me tell the story in several short segments interspersed wi ... More

Barabbas or Jesus? - Matthew 27:15-26 - Apr 21, 2011 - 1283

“It isn’t right.” That’s what Roger said after he watched The Passion of the Christ with a group from our church. Roger was in the 7th grade when he saw the movie. He gripped my hand, his eyes filled with tears, his lips quivering. For a long time he couldn’t say anythi ... More

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life - Chapter 1 - Jul 9, 2012

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Parents - Jul 31, 2012

He Became Sin for Us: What the Cross Meant to Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:21 - Feb 28, 1999 - 672

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is one of the most magnificent verses in the all the Bible. Spurgeon called it the heart of the gospel. It is the gospel in one verse. Everything you need to k ... More

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