Sermon: Growing in Grace: Cultivating an Authentic Relationship with Christ (2 Peter 3:14-18).
There is a reason we promote Bible reading and prayer. It is not to give add to our daily "to do list". Please listen to this morning's sermon by Pastor Robb to understand that we should all desire to grow in wisdom and knowledge of God and Christ. This is done through prayer and daily Bible reading.
Sermon: Chosen in Christ, Part 6 (Ephesians 1:4-6)
Pastor Robb continues his series on election.
Sermon: Chosen in Christ, Part 5 (Ephesians 1:4-6)
Pastor Robb continues his sermon series on the doctrine of election.
Sermon: Chosen in Christ, Part 5 (Ephesians 1:4-6).
Today's sermon by Pastor Robb is not about debating or convincing anyone they are wrong. This sermon is about being able to give a defense with a biblical application in mind. God's sovereign election, according to Scripture, is important to how we view God and how we view our place in His kingdom purpose. As we continue, to hear how we are chosen in Christ, may the Holy Spirit continue to guide us with His word.
Sermon: Chosen in Christ, Part 4 (Ephesians 1:4-6).
The assurance of salvation is built on God's sovereign election. This should be to no one's surprise. If the sovereignty of God is not in question; then how can we debate His sovereignty over salvation. As Pastor Robb continues his sermon series on Ephesians, this passage this section of Ephesians can't be rushed through, but should be intricately exegete so we can understand Paul's meaning of God's election. We might never truly understand the doctrine of election, but we should always praise the glory of God's saving grace.
Sermon: Chosen in Christ, Part 3 (Ephesians 1:4-6).
Salvation doesn't come to those who are particularly good, special or more deserving than others. Salvation is given to the holiest people. We are all born sinners and undeserving of God's gift of salvation. None of us deserves anything but the full fury of God's wrath due to our sin-stained souls. Yet, in His infinite mercy, grace, and sovereignty; God has provided those who He had predestined the gift of salvation. But it is for His glory, not our own. Enjoy this morning's sermon as we see how God chooses whom He will choose.
Sermon: Chosen in Christ, Part 2 (Ephesians 1:4-6).
Why did God save us? What makes us more special than the unsaved person? These are questions to ponder when considering why God elects believers for salvation. We may never have considered these questions because, in some people's minds, it doesn't matter. All the matters to some Christians are the fact that they are saved. The "how" or "why" doesn't matter in the bigger picture. While this may be true, and the theology may not be judged; we still need to be able to answer questions that are prompted when we come to passages such as Ephesians 1:4-6. Here is a passage that speaks to God's election and why He chose some of us for this special gift? I would ask again, as you listen to this morning's sermon by Pastor Robb, why are some of us chosen in Christ?
Sermon: Chosen In Christ, Part 1 (Ephesians 1:4-6)
Does it matter how I came to Christ if I am His? This is the sentiment of many Christians. What does it matter if I am a member of the family of God? The answer should be obvious; it matters how you see salvation because it matters how we see God. If God is sovereign over all creation; how could His sovereignty end at salvation? As Pastor Robb continues his sermon series on Ephesians; we come to the doctrine of election. This is a doctrine the is crucial in how we see God and how we view our salvation. Many believe and some do not, but we are Chosen in Christ.
Sermon: Every Spiritual Blessing (Ephesians 1:3).
You may have heard this saying "someone is waiting for their blessing." When it is said, it usually has something to do with a material gain or worldly manifestation of a blessing. But, when Paul speaks of a blessing in Ephesians, his mind is far from a worldly gain. Paul is speaking of a spiritual blessing that has already been given to all those who are true believers of Jesus Christ. Paul is speaking of a blessing in the heavenly places. These are the blessings we learn about in this morning's sermon by Pastor Robb. Come a hear how we can and should praise God for His spiritual blessings.
Sermon: To the Faithful Saints of Christ: An Introduction to Ephesians (Ephesians 1:1-2).
Someone said of Ephesians that if we "carefully, reverently, and prayerfully consider this book, it will change our lives. It is not so much a question of what we will do with the epistle, but what it will do with us." The book of Ephesians is considered by some the best of the Pauline epistles. This prison epistle was given so the church of Christ could function as God intended and not be weakened by the spiritual battles. As Pastor Robb begins his sermon series on Ephesians, please enjoy the introduction to the book and Christianity defined.
Sermon: A Biblical Vision for the Next 50 Years (and Beyond) (Selected Scriptures).
God has faithfully used Desert Hills to fulfill His mission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ for the last 50 years. Members have come and gone; pastors have taught and retired; leaders have led and left. But, what about the next 50, 60, 70 or 100 years? How can Desert Hills survive the changes in society; the challenges in the world; and continue to fulfill God's mission? Today's sermon by Pastor Robb's celebrates the blessing of the last 50 years and looks to the future of Desert Hills. Please enjoy the vision and hopeful exposition of the future ministry of Desert Hills.
Sermon: Is the Bible Woke?: The Church's Mission in the World, Part 6. (Selected Scripture).
How is the church to function when faced with the issue of social justice? Is the church to bend to the will of the world? How is the church to respond? We can search the Bible for answers, but many churches today are misinterpreting certain passages to fit their ideology and in doing so, water-down the gospel to fit their theologically unsound doctrine. As we continue to come against the challenges of social justice and inaccurate doctrine, we need to be prepared to stand on the truth of God's Word. As Pastor Robb, concludes his sermon series on social justice, please hear what Jesus says is the mission of the church.
Sermon: Is the Bible Woke?: Being Holy: A Biblical Alternative to Social Justice, Part 5 (Selected Scriptures).
"Be holy, for I am Holy". This is God's measurement for the Christian living in a fallen world. We are to be holy. Our standard is not dictated by a political party or a political, worldly ideology. We are not to be hamstrung by the latest movement or feel good propositions. Our call as believers in Jesus Christ is to be holy. But, how does this fit with the social justice movement? Pastor Rob answers this question in this morning sermon. Listen and learn the biblical alternative to the social justice movement.
Sermon: Is the Bible Woke: A Biblical Critique of Social Justice, Part 4 (Selected Scripture).
How does the theology of social justice align with the Bible? This is a question many churches and church organizations seem to fail to answer. These are the churches and church organization that believe we should be heavily involved in the social justice movement. These are the churches and church organizations that believe we should make this political issue the churches main focus. But, is that the sovereign will of God? To understand what Scripture says about the theology of social justice; please continue to listen to sermon series by Pastor Robb. Today we continue to hear a biblical critique of social justice.
Sermon: Is the Bible Woke?: A Biblical Critique of Social Justice, Part 3 (Selected Scripture).
Christians are to have a standard by which we must live. It is not the opinions of the politicians, popular people or polls. The standard by which we live is the written word of God. As we continue to deal with issues within social justice, we must do so from a biblical standard. But is this the view in which we form our opinion? As Pastor Robb continues to address social justice; let's learn what the Scriptures say about Social Justice. The Biblical critique is the only critique that truly matters.
Sermon: Is the Bible Woke: A Biblical Definition of Justice (Selected Scriptures).
How do we define justice? I am sure if we asked many people, we would get many different definitions. We may hear that is means equality for all. We may hear about fair treatment for everyone. Someone may even know Webster's definition: "the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims." But, the real question is how, as believers, do we define justice in the era of social justice? To answer this question and more, please listen to this morning's sermon by Pastor Robb. Justice has a standard!
Sermon: Is the Bible Woke: A Biblical Evaluation of Social Justice, Part 1 (Selected Scriptures).
We live in a world that wants to speak of justice and fairness for all people. We have politicians, athletes, and actors who speak of equality and compassion towards all people; regardless of race, nationality, or gender. As the universal and local church, we must be aware of what it means to seek justice for all; but we must understand the biblical application. As Pastor Robb begins his 6-part series on social justice; in this morning's sermon, we learn what is social justice. May God give grace to the hearer.
Sermon: The Reason for Lament (Lamentations 4-5).
As we come to a close on this sermon series, Pastor Robb explains why we still need to lament today.
Sermon: The Lord, Our Redeemer (Lamentations 3:39-66).
Redemption is not something we can work toward or earn. It is only of God's sovereign will and plan. Today we learn what it means to live a redemptive life in Christ.
Sermon: Finding Hope When Calamity Comes (Lamentations 3:24-38).
As we read chapter Lamentations 3:24-38, I wonder what was on the mind and heart of Jeremiah as he witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem. He must have been burdened and totally distraught as he witnessed this great city of David being burned in ruins. The carnage he must have seen, the dismay and terror in the eyes of the people; it is beyond imagination. Then I wonder in times of turmoil, where is our hope? Where do we find peace when our hearts are burdened? As we continue to listen to the sermon series on Lamentations from Pastor Robb, may we learn how to find our hope and peace in the lovingkindness of the LORD. It is there we will find everlasting mercy, grace, and peace.
Sermon: Great is Thy Faithfulness (Lamentations 3:1-23).
No four words ever had so much power as these: Great is thy faithfulness. These words are not just the beginning of a song, but a reminder of the goodness and mercy of the one true living God. It is His unchanging character to be faithful to those He loves. It is this unchanging character that we can put our trust in when life's trials and afflictions tempt to disturb our peace. As we listen to this morning's sermon by Pastor Robb, let's enjoy hearing about Our faithful Father in heaven, and truly appreciate the words: Great is thy faithfulness.
Sermon: The Nature of God's Judgment (Lamentations 1-2).
How many sermons have you heard on Lamentations? Do you know what this book is about? Many of us have most likely passed over this book to get to the other books of the Bible and haven't done a study on this inspired book. But, like all the other books of the Bible, Lamentations is "profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness". As Pastor Robb begins this series on Lamentations, we learn the nature of God's judgment. May we all seek God in fear and trembling.
Sermon: When Christ is Everything (Philippians 1:21-26).
Christ should be the center of all our lives. Yet, when we focus on "getting ahead" or "being on top", we can not possibly be focusing on Christ. Paul's lesson to the church he helped establish in Philippi was written as one of encouragement and a reminder that life on earth for the Christian should be centralized not on the world itself, but bringing Christ to the lives of those who don't know Him. Our mission is to share the purpose of Jesus' coming; His dying and His resurrection. If your eyes have been taken off Christ and you need a refocused mission for Christ, please listen to the morning's sermon by Josh Kellso. Let us all live for Christ.
Sermon: Do Not Fear (Isaiah 43:1-7)
The question to ponder: What would you do for the glory of God; if you had no fear? This may not be a question that we ask ourselves, but it is an important question to think about. What does our fear hinder us from doing for the Lord? Does it stop us from using the spiritual gifts He has given us? Everyone has a fear of some kind and that fear can be slow or stop us from glorifying the Lord. If you wonder how to overcome certain fear, please listen to this sermon by Justin Erickson and may you have peace in the face of your fear.
Sermon: The Need to be Silent Before God.
God has no beginning; His being is not dictated by time or space. Yet, Job and his three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar believe they have the wisdom to understand God's divine plan in Job’s suffering. Job shows us that compared to God’s wisdom, man’s wisdom is nothing but dust. Job and his friends exhaust their case with one another; they are in awe when the LORD, shows up in a storm. As you listen to this morning's sermon by Pastor Kevin, hear how the perfect character of God shows up in the creation narrative in the book of Job. We can all learn how to repent and that our wisdom compared to God's is nothing but dust.