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Who Do Men Say That I Am? - Matthew 16:13-17 - Mar 19, 2006 - 780

If you ever travel to the Holy Land, one of the places you may visit is an Arab town called Banias. To get there you will have to travel north from Jerusalem to some place like Tiberius or Capernaum and from there travel even farther north into the finger of Galilee. You will pass through a kibbutz ... 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

Whom Do Men Say That I Am? - Matthew 16:13-17 - Aug 20, 1989 - 326

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in the middle of a busy day, maybe it’s a busy week. When you started the day there were fifteen things on your list. You’ve done four and there are eleven left. It’s about 2:30 in the afternoon. You’re hot … and tired &he ... More

The Keys Of The Kingdom - Matthew 16:19 - Sep 10, 1989 - 328

It was the the most important game of the season. The score was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Andre Dawson reached first base with a walk. Up came Luis Salazar. He slams the ball into right field, way back into the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field. Meanwhile, Andre Dawson takes o ... More

The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail - Matthew 16:18 - Oct 1, 1989 - 325

This is the third in a series of four messages on what Jesus had to say about the church. I am preaching these messages at the very beginning of my ministry so that we will have the right kind of foundation. After all, our ultimate goal is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in this church and what b ... More

Upon This Rock - Matthew 16:18 - Aug 27, 1989 - 327

If you ever travel to the Holy Land, one of the places you may visit is an Arab town called Banias. To get there you will have to travel north from Jerusalem to some place like Tiberius or Capernaum and from there travel even farther north into the finger of Galilee. You will pass through a kibbut ... More

This Same Jesus: The Blessed Hope of the Church - Acts 1:10-11 - Apr 5, 1998 - 638

"They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way ... More

Who is Jesus Christ? - Matthew 16:13-16 - Oct 11, 2009 - 1215

Who is Jesus Christ? Before you answer that question, let me set the scene. It’s a few minutes past noon in downtown New York City. You’ve walking with a few friends to a favorite lunch spot when a camera crew stops you for a spontaneous interview. To your surprise, their questions have ... More

Is There Life After Death? Can We Be Sure? - Job 14:14 - May 28, 2000 - 212

When Barry Grunow left for work on Friday morning, he had no idea he would never come home again. It was the last day of classes at the Lake Worth Community Middle School, just a few miles south of West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Grunow was teaching a seventh grade English class at 3:30 p.m. when a 13 ... More

A Man Called Jesus - Colossians 2:9 - Oct 10, 1999 - 303

"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” These 13 words by the Apostle Paul contain a world of truth about Jesus Christ. They tell us that he is fully God. In him we find “all the fullness of the Deity.” The word “fullness” speaks of the essen ... More

The Apostle Who Would Not Believe: Christ Speaks to the Problem of Broken Dreams - John 20:24-29 - Apr 15, 2001 - 123

Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned acts of God? That’s a good question to ask on Easter Sunday. Most of us, I suppose, would immediately answer, “Yes, I believe in miracles.” And I would say the same. If I were to ask you how many miracl ... More

The Four Freshmen: How the World Tries to Seduce the Church - Daniel 1:1-7 - Nov 7, 1999 - 155

This morning we begin a brand-new series called Daniel: Courageous Living in Turbulent Times. With Y2K only 55 days away, and with the recent Newsweek cover story on Bible prophecy called “The Way the World Ends,” this seems like the right time to investigate this ancient book.Why study ... More

How Good Christians Sometimes Do the Devil’s Work - Matthew 16:21-23 - Mar 23, 2009 - 1195

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’” (Matthew 16:23)Everything about this story seems strange. First Peter rebukes Jesus, and then Jesus rebukes Peter. This is some of the harshest language Jesus ever used. Though he used more colorful language when he ex ... More

Who Owns Your Life? - Mark 8:34-38 - Feb 5, 1995 - 783

My subject today—and for the next two Sundays—is money. Contrary to popular belief, most preachers don’t enjoy talking about money. No matter how hard you try, someone is almost certain to misunderstand what you are saying. What I say and what you hear are not the same thing. S ... More

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? - Philippians 2:6-11 - Oct 25, 1998 - 364

Who is Jesus Christ? Of all the questions that might be posed to modern men and women, none is more important than this. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the central question of history and the most important issue anyone will ever face. Who is Jesus Christ? Where did he come from? Why did ... More

Don't Get Fleeced! - Judges 6 - Oct 24, 1993 - 387

Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is wha ... More

The Easter Conspiracy - Matthew 28:11-15 - Apr 7, 1996 - 179

"The resurrection of Christ is either the greatest miracle or the greatest delusion which history records." Philip SchaffIt’s been a good week for Jesus if you count cover stories as good news. For the first time in my memory Jesus is on the cover of the three major newsmagazines in the same w ... More

God Has a Big Family—Part 1 “I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church” - Matthew 16:18 - May 23, 2004 - 656

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 ESV). The Apostles’ Creed says, “I believe in the holy catholic church.” People say, “I like Jesus, but I don’t care for the church.” “I ... More

Doubters Welcome - John 20:24-29 - Mar 31, 1991 - 210

Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned acts of God? That’s a good question to ask on Easter Sunday.Most of us, I suppose, would immediately answer,"Yes, I believe in miracles.” And I would say the same. If I were to ask you how many miracles yo ... More

The Incomparable Christ: “Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord” - Philippians 2:9-11 - Feb 15, 2004 - 647

Who is Jesus Christ? Of all the questions that might be posed to modern men and women, none is more important than this. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the central question of history and the most important issue anyone will ever face. Who is Jesus Christ? Where did he come from? Why did ... More

God Has a Big Family—Part 2 “I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church” - Ephesians 4:1-6 - May 30, 2004 - 657

“I believe in the holy catholic church.” The Apostles’ Creed Let’s begin at the most basic point. What does the word “church” mean? In the New Testament the word “church” translates the Greek word ekklesia, which itself comes from two other Greek ... More

Loving the Unseen Christ - 1 Peter 1:8-9 - Aug 22, 2004 - 609

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (I Peter 1:8-9). My text is a lovely passage that ... More

Peace, Be Still! A Short Sermon from the Sea of Galilee - Mark 4:35-41 - Jan 29, 2007 - 495

It was only a week ago, though it seems much longer, that I awoke on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We were about to start Day 5 of our Holy Land tour, and already we had seen so much that the mind could not take it all in. After landing in Tel Aviv, we paid a quick visit to Joppa where Jonah too ... More

Korazin: Knowing Too Much and Believing Too Little - Matthew 11:20-24 - Nov 1, 2009 - 1229

It was only ten days ago, though it seems much longer, that we awoke on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. By “we” I mean the 15 people who joined our tour group on a pilgrimage to the land of the Bible. On this particular day we started by taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and the ... More

Death Defeated - Revelation 1:18 - Apr 3, 2010 - 1243

“Since 1874.”When I saw that on a sign, I knew I had to stop and take a second look.It happened the other day when I went for a bike ride. I had gone south on Chesterville Road and then turned left on a road that would take me through a stretch of forest and around a bend that leads ... More

Clarification of Certain Doctrinal and Practical Issues - Various - May 23, 1996 - 563

The following material is presented by the Elders as a means of clarifying the church’s position on certain issues. As you read this, please remember that this is not meant to be a comprehensive statement of what we believe in every area. You may consult the Articles of Faith for a full statem ... More

Liar, Lord or Lunatic: Why I Believe in Jesus Christ - Various - Oct 22, 1995 - 792

Several years ago someone wrote a book called The Many Faces of Jesus. That title stands as a fitting symbol of the confusion surrounding Jesus in our time. Last month several thousand people filled Moody Memorial Church in Chicago to hear two noted scholars in a debate entitled “Will the Real ... More


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