Sermon Series Study Guides

Love in Action

Activating Biblical Love in Every Situation...

The New Testament has a number of brief "love letters" which instruct and encourage us in loving others.  In this series we will learn how to love others well, without reinforcing foolish ideas or destructive desires.

September 2022

Our commission as Christians is to positively impact humanity by taking Jesus’ words and ordinances to all the world. In God’s wisdom, this is primarily accomplished not through ruling, but serving. Yet, our service isn’t passive. Christians are called to be active people, ones who take on new adventures by embracing the continual process of growth in Christ.

July - August 2022

The Christian today needs to cling to the Lord our God, learning that the life of possessing our inheritance is a life of faith. We are quick to abandon that singular trust in God which has brought us life, hope, joy, justification, and every spiritual blessing. Instead, we become so enamored with ourselves, the stuff of life, or even the good spiritual blessing we’re granted that we lose sight of the Giver Himself.

April - July 2022

Christians today need to recognize the power of the conquering God. By renewing our understanding of the awesome might of the Lord, we are more likely to enjoy the trusting obedience that makes the Christian life joyful and productive. This is a grace situation, in that the sovereign Lord cares so deeply for us as to provide for us the power and opportunity to obey.

March - April 2022

God owns everything, by right of being both Creator and King. Rather than hoard His creation, He invites humans to share in managing it. This amazing opportunity is repeated even after humanity falls and the world is warped by sin. Further, God provides for His vice-regents all that is necessary. Wise humans appreciate the gift, give before the Lord, discern best avenues of stewardship, follow God’s instruction, avoid distractions, and stay the course.

March 2022

It goes by many names: spiritual growth, Christian maturity, sanctification. Regardless, it doesn’t happen spontaneously or by accident. Especially as we account for the considerable opposition we face by the world, our flesh and the Devil, abounding spiritually takes undaunted intention and prayer. As fully devoted followers of Christ, we do not have a casual interest in being useful to our King. We are not indifferent to living in a way that pleases Him. And we are not content to know Him partially, when there is more that He has revealed to us. Instead, as we increase in our knowledge/understanding of Him, our love for Him because of who He is and all He’s done deepens, which compels us greater trust and obedience.

January - February 2022

God prepares the people of Israel for their new adventure of conquest. Rather than shirk from the tasks before them, this new generation embraces the opportunities presented to them. Their leader, Joshua, becomes a new Moses – a leader that cements the establishment of the nation and gives them a permanent home. In these first five chapters, we see Joshua and the people work in great harmony as they take the serious, exciting, and sacrificial steps to prepare for their victory.

October - December 2021

Peter’s first general letter is one of those rare books where a clear purpose statement is delivered. As with John’s gospel, this purpose statement comes near the end (1 Peter 5:12; John’s is found in 20:31.) That declaration to stand in God’s grace obviously sets the tone for the entire epistle and undergirds Peter’s argument.

September 2021

We must fix our eyes on Jesus rather than losing sight of the mission among our many hindrances and snares. We can effectively do so via the simple reminders of 2 Timothy 1:7:
   - Don’t fear. Use your superpower!
   - Don't hate. Keep loving!
   - Don’t settle. Press on!

May - July 2021

Apologetic discussions rarely lead a person directly to faith in Jesus, though I have experienced exceptions. Regardless, Christian apologetics serve four important functions. Apologetics:
  • Can prove very important in pre-evangelism, clearing away lies that get in the way of understanding the gospel
  • Should strengthen the believer’s own grasp of truth and cause him or her to follow Jesus more confidently
  • Foster internal humility as Christians understand current and past failings
  • Promote external peace through growing love for the lost

April - May 2022

Habakkuk teaches us how to engage with the Lord when our circumstances are painful and wicked. When God’s covenant child really looks at all the filth of this life, he or she is confronted with a genuine problem. Habakkuk teaches us to look more deeply still – where we find the answers to those problems.

January - April 2021

In the second half of Mark, Jesus reveals the breathtaking path of discipleship – an immediacy of daily denying self, taking up the cross, and following Him. These requirements for discipleship are all stated in present, continuous tense in Mark’s Greek:
  • "Deny" means to disavow any connection with one’s own flesh.
  • Take up one’s cross, i.e., welcome exposure and minimization.
  • Follow Jesus, especially in obedience.

December 2020 - January 2021

There are a few words that convey a depth of thought distilled by centuries, words on which biblical doctrine is based and through which theology can be understood by all. These terms change lives. In this study we have selected eight such words, choosing those that are both very important and often misunderstood.

October - November 2020

Jesus is revealed as the Glorious One. Along with His apostles, we marvel as Mark introduces us to Jesus as:
Son of Man, Lord of the Sabbath,  Apostle-sender, Giver of kingdom secrets, Commander of weather, Miraculous healer, Shepherd/provider, 
Lord of everything – all traditions, foods, peoples, and actions,  Messiah