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Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
65 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
01/16/2022 "The Kingdom of Heaven: The Mustard Seed and the Leaven" [Matt 13:31-33]
Jesus wants us to know that the Kingdom of Heaven begins and grows in ways that are hidden ... mysterious. The analogy of a mustard seed and the natural ways of its growth reflect the truth of Natural Law. God orders all of the natural world and likewise, HE orders the fertilization and growth of HIS kingdom. He needs no help. Our role is to simply cultivate what God has initiated and has given us to steward.
56 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
"Parables: Blind Eyes & Deaf Ears" [Matthew 13:10-17]
Why parables? The twelve disciples inquire of Jesus as to why his teaching methods involved parables (v. 10). Matthew's account implies that Jesus instructed his twelves with different, more direct, teaching methods. Otherwise, the twelve would not notice a stark difference in how Jesus instructed the crowds. Before we can understand Jesus' parables, we must listen to Jesus' reasons for speaking in parables. His methods are for grander purposes ... purposes that non-believers outside of Jesus' circle were mostly too blind to see or too hard of hearing to understand. But we will also see what hinders most from seeing and hearing the Kingdom of Heaven.
56 minutes | Dec 26, 2021
"God's Sovereignty & HIS Good Pleasure" [Psalm 115]
This morning following the celebration of our Lord’s birth in Bethlehem, I felt it appropriate to reflect upon the Providence and Sovereignty of God. This hymn of praise urges God’s people, those whom God chooses to be his own, to trust and to worship HIM alone. We are reminded as we read this wonderful hymn that God alone is worthy of our deepest devotion. No other god and no other worldly distraction is worthy of our devotion. These are merely idolatrous replacements for the one true God who is our maker and our redeemer. He truly does whatever HE pleases. Secondly, and most important … not only is God in the heavens, he does ALL that he pleases. This truthful statement reminds us that God is not relegated to the heavens and isolated from the earth … isolated from us. God does ALL that he pleases both in the heavens AND in the earth. The Christmas worship around the Incarnation drives this point home.
38 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
"A Joyful Noise: Salvation Has Come" [Psalm 98]
Psalm 98 is clearly a song of JOY and celebration, a remembrance of God’s faithfulness while also prophesying the future fulfillment of salvation by our LORD God. This is a psalm of JOY for salvation that has arrived and will come someday. One theologian said of Psalm 98: “This psalm is to be understood prophetically of the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ.” So why does the psalmist call for us to ‘sing to the LORD a new song’? It is because the LORD has done a marvelous new thing although HE repeatedly and faithfully does marvelous things. He redeemed his people Israel from slavery in Egypt. He rescues HIS people Israel from captivity in Babylon and later from the Persians who overtook the Babylonians. Yet there was to be another more marvelous thing … a wonderful victory that would be above all victories. God has [and will] ‘work salvation’ by his mighty arm and his powerful right hand.
51 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
"LOVE: The Grand Miracle: Incarnation" [Luke 1:26-38]
This fourth Sunday of Advent is the last Sunday morning before we celebrate the birth of our Savior on December 25th. The brokenness of God’s fallen creation at last sees hope in the miraculous incarnation of God’s Son. Today’s text will give us a glimpse into the mysterious yet revealed truth of the Incarnation of God himself as he steps into humanity – resulting in the birth of the Son of God who is holy. This passage is the divine message of God through the angel Gabriel to Mary the Virgin mother of our Lord. What is the most important point to remember is the fact that the virgin conception and birth of Jesus Christ is a miracle … but not just any miracle … It is what C. S. Lewis calls “The Grand Miracle”
38 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
12/12/2021 "JOY: The Shepherds' Encounter" [Luke 2:8-20]
We are reminded on this third Sunday of the Advent season of the JOY that Christ’s redemption of our sinful state brings. Today’s passage of the encounter between the Heavenly Host of angels with the lowly Shepherds will show us the contrast between two states of the human dilemma. We must look at these shepherds and their encounter with God’s heavenly host of angels & God’s glory as the divine intervention within the human dilemma of sin and depravity. But instead of these shepherds becoming happy, they received a greater gift … JOY! Joy is the delight of the new soul in Christ. If Christ is in us, there is a delight in Christ!!! Joy is not the same as happiness. Joy is a love for Christ. Joy is a delight in Christ.
40 minutes | Dec 5, 2021
12/5/2021 "FAITH: We Saw His Star" [Matthew 2:1-10]
The distance from Jerusalem to Bethlehem is about six miles. Herod's scholars sent the Magi to a particular house in that same town. Now if the bible is the Word of God, without error in all that it affirms, then stars are not what we have all been quietly assuming them to be. The STAR was a heavenly object (or being) that obeyed the Father in Heaven in order to show HIS glory by bringing faithful pagan mystics to the feet of Christ himself.
46 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
11/28/2021 "HOPE: The First Christmas Sermon: [Genesis 3:8-21 & other passages]
What was once good is now corrupt. The free will choice of the first man and the first woman to exchange God’s presence with the voice of Satan set them into a bondage of the will. Their willful decisions enslaved them and the subsequent generations to come. All who carry the Imago Dei now carry the curse of this original sin. There is no hope in our own will. There is no hope in our choices. God cursed the seeds of the Serpent and the seeds of Man. [Gen 3:14-20] But in the midst of this curse is the first Christmas sermon. The first promise of HOPE. In the midst of the fall … in the midst of the curse of God … is God’s promise of HOPE. A seed would come that will crush the head of the Serpent ... who will return the ADAM to his place of steward of God’s image and glory in this created place? So, the story of Christmas does not begin in the gospel narratives of Christ’s miraculous birth. Christmas begins in Genesis during the curse from God upon rebellious creatures.
55 minutes | Nov 21, 2021
11/21/2021 "The Humble Spirit of Giving Thanks" [Romans 1:7-15 & other NT passages]
The Humble Spirit of Giving Thanks: Romans 1:7-15 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 Ephesians 1:15-17 Philippians 1:3-6 Colossians 1:3-8 1 Thess 1:2-5 2 Thess. 1:3-4 2 Tim 1:3-5 Philemon 4-7
49 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
11/14/2021 "Jesus is LORD: Children of the Father" [Matt 12:46-50]
What does Jesus mean in Matthew 12:50 that his brothers, and sisters, and mother are those who "do the will of my Father in heaven"? They are whom God chooses with genuinely contrite & broken hearts, who are intimately connected with HIM< who are repentant and forgiven and redeemed and regenerate. Jesus' true family are not those who are family by birth or legal standing. Jesus' true family are those who have the Spirit of God's Son in their hearts. Whose hearts are renewed to depend upon the Father in heaven as a small child depends on a father and cries out to him 'Abba!' .. Daddy! just as Jesus, the Son of God, does the same.
56 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
11/07/2021 "Jesus is LORD: The Purged-Empty House" [Matt 12:43-45]
The warning from Jesus in this passage refers to the blind understanding that one's soul is clean when one purges immoral action from one's life-style only to stand back and admire the great work unaware of the dangerous enemies lurking outside looking for an opening to re-occupy the spiritual house (the soul) again. The second messy occupation of demons is worse than the first possession.
48 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
10/31/21 "Jesus is LORD: Something Greater" (pt 5) [Matt. 12:38-42
After all of the signs and miracles that Jesus did in the presence of these religious elite, and after HIS harsh rebuttal of their stubborn and blasphemous hearts, the Scribes and Pharisees who had been rebuked by Jesus for blasphemy had the audacity to ask for a sign from Jesus to prove to them who he was ... a sign to prove to them that Jesus himself was not blasphemous, not from Beelzebub. How Jesus responds to these men reveals much about how Jesus is always LORD ... even when more is demanded of him.
48 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
10/24/21 "Jesus is LORD: Blasphemous Words" (pt. 4) [Matt. 12:32-37]
Words matter. The consistent theme throughout scripture is that the only way to salvation is by God's grace manifest in man's faith. What Jesus means in these final verses of the passage is that words will be reliable evidence of the reality of salvation. While our LORD knows the hearts of men better than we do, the speech of the redeemed person will be different because the renewed heart is different. A new heart in Christ will produce speech that is praising of our LORD, it will express pure and wholesome speech. Words from the redeemed heart will honor Jesus Christ.
54 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
10/17/2021 "Jesus is LORD: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (pt. 3)" [Matt. 12:30-32]
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable because the avenue to forgiveness is rejected ... slandered. In attributing the work of the Spirit of God to the person of Satan, the Pharisees are guilty of opposition to the Spirit of God ... the only Spirit that can change the will ... who can draw the unrepentant to repentance. These Pharisees rejected the very thought of repentance. Their willful unbelief was the final denial of the offer of grace. A recent survey by the American Worldview Inventory 2021 from Arizona Christian University reveals some troubling realities. Out of 176 million Americans who identify as Christians, just 6% hold a recognizably Christian worldview. The majority of those surveyed as self-identified born again Evangelical Christians do not believe in the Holy Spirit as a "real, living being." Instead they identify the Holy Spirit as a mere "symbol of God's Power or presence". Is this also blasphemy?
48 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
10/10/2021 "Jesus is LORD: One with the Spirit [pt 2]" [Matt. 12:25-30]
In this passage we see Jesus' confrontation against the charges that he was under the power of Beelzebul (or Satan). Jesus shows in his action of casting out demons is that HE is LORD over the spiritual. But we also see that the demonic forces are invader of God's creation. The HOLY Spirit is at work as Jesus heals and as exorcises demons. If all of the created order is under the control of God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, AND the Holy Spirit, then to condemn Jesus for casting out demons by the power of Satan is blasphemy against not only Jesus, the Son, but also the Holy Spirit.
48 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
10/3/2021 "Jesus is LORD: The Spiritual World (pt. 1)" [Matthew 12:22-24]
In this passage Jesus heals a man of demon-possession and his blindness and his inability to speak. These physical ailments were certainly the result of demon possession. While all of the crowd around him were amazed, the Pharisees were not. They slandered the Holy Spirit by slandering Jesus who confronts the Satanic forces at work in this scene.
48 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
9/26/2021 "Jesus is LORD: The Divine Servant: [Matthew 12:14-21]
Greater than Jesus' miracles of healing is the prophecy of him as the gentle and meek servant. Matthew includes the prophecy of Isaiah 42:1-4 in this intermission within the 12th chapter of the gospel as the greatest evidence that Jesus was/is the Messiah. Jesus never allowed the opposition of the Pharisees to hinder the ministry that God the Father placed upon him. In no way was the prophesied Beloved Servant of the Lord looking for attention or accolades from the people. Instead Jesus controlled the ministry to the suffering by withdrawing from the hinderances thus showing his Sovereign power as the Christ. He never allowed the political discourse to interfere or dominate the Kingdom of Heaven.
55 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
9/19/2021 "Jesus Lord of the Law: Sabbath (pt 2) [Matthew 12:9-14]
The point of Jesus' actions on the Sabbath was to show who HE was. Jesus is LORD of the Sabbath and is LORD of the Law of God. Jesus shows in this passage that the true purpose of his ministry was to restore fallen humanity to the original state of wholeness in relation to our Creator. By restoring the suffering hand of this poor man with a withered hand, Jesus shows that HE restores all things back to the state of where they ought to be. His compassion restores the health of this suffering man in the synagogue just as Jesus restores the soul of sinful men to the state of where it ought to be.
46 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
9/12/2021 "Jesus Lord of the Law: Sabbath (pt. 1) [Matthew 12:1-8]
This passage speaks more about Jesus' authority that it does the proper definition of Sabbath. If Jesus is the authority spoken of in the Prophets, then how much more authority does HE possess over our hearts & lives? Jesus is our rest. HE is the authority over all the commands to work for six days and rest on the seventh. All of God's redeemed are to rest one day out of seven. Yet this day is our LORD's Day, not ours. All that is good is appropriate for our LORD on HIS day. So let us seek to do the good that HE calls us to. Let us be in Christ, the authority over the Lord's Day and over HIS law ... the Word of God, the Scriptures.
51 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
9/5/2021 "Come to Me" [Matthew 11:25-30]
The first thing that we see in Jesus' conclusion of the discourse in eleventh chapter of Matthew is that those who come to him will share in the Kingdom of Heaven. Those who come to Jesus are those who are humble in hearing what Jesus chooses to reveal. Jesus calls all to unite with him in celebrating the hidden things of God that are now revealed. No one can come to faith on their own morality or intellect; only by the mysterious illumination of the Holy Spirit and by faith in Christ's atonement of sin can one be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus' yoke of salvation is light and gentle. Our LORD removes the penalty of sin from us and shares in the burden of the journey in this fallen world. This yoke is one of learning from Jesus how to release the burden of sin, to embrace the yoke of salvation from Jesus. HE will come alongside us and will carry the load with us while also taking the burden from us. Jesus is gentle. Jesus is humble.
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