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Redeemer Presbyterian Church Podcast
46 minutes | Apr 26, 2015
Honoring God with Sacrifice
The sermon text for this coming Sunday is Malachi 1:6-2:9. In this section, God exposes and rebukes the priests of Israel for their behavior. 1. What are the specific charges that God brings against the priests? 2. How were the priests supposed to know what God desired for them to do? 3. What consequences does God threaten upon the priests? How do you interpret that threat God makes in Malachi 2:3? Is this really an appropriate response from God? 4. What covenant is God referring to in Malachi 2:4? 5. How might we fall into the same sin as these priests? What can we do to prevent this?
51 minutes | Apr 19, 2015
God Expressed Love
Having completed the sermon series down the Romans Road, we will now begin a sermon series on the book of Malachi. The sermon text for this coming Sunday will be Malachi 1:1-5. Here are some questions to help you prepare for this coming sermon. 1. Who was Malachi? 2. Who is Malachi's audience? 3. What is the central theme of the book of Malachi? 4. In verses 1:1-5, how does God answer the question, "How have you loved us?" 5. Why do you think God begins this prophet book with a declaration of His love?
41 minutes | Apr 12, 2015
No Condemnation For Those in Christ
The sermon text for this coming Sunday will be Romans 8:1. This is the fifth and final step of the Romans Road. In preparation for this sermon, please read the dictionary definition of the word "forensic." forensic [fuh-ren-sik] adjective 1. pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law or public discussion and debate.
41 minutes | Apr 5, 2015
Confession, Belief & Salvation
As we continue traveling down the Romans Road, let me remind everyone of where we've already been. We began at Romans 3:23 where we learned that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Acknowledging our status as sinners, we then proceeded to the second step, which is Romans 6:23. This second step affirmed that "the wages of sin is death," both physical and spiritual. Therefore, because we are all sinners (step #1), and the wages of sin is death (Step #2), we came to the awful realization that all of us deserve death. The third step of the Romans Road began to shed some hope onto this otherwise perilous and precarious position. Romans 5:8 declared to us that "God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." This coming Sunday, March 29, we will arrive at the fourth step of the Romans Road, which is Romans 10:9. "...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." This fourth step, therefore, gives us two indicators to affirm the spiritual reality that Christ's death (step #3) has been applied to a specific person's sin. If that person confesses and believes, according to Romans 10:9, then this is proof of his/her salvation. But if that person does not confess and believe, then there is no reason to believe that he/she has been saved. Here are some questions to assist you in you as you consider the implications of Romans 10:9 and as you prepare to interact with this Sunday's sermon. 1. Read Romans 10:9 in its immediate context (Rom 10:5-13). Now read Deuteronomy 30:11-20. What similarities and differences do you detect between these two passages? How do these similarities and differences affect your understanding of Law and Gospel? 2. What does it mean to say, "the word is [very] near you, in your mouth and in your heart." (Rom 10:8; Deut 30:14) 3. Reconcile Jesus' statement in John 6:40 with Paul's statement in Romans 10:9. How does Paul's requirement to "confess with your mouth" fit into this reconciliation? 4. "Lord" is not a name, but a title. By confessing this title belongs to Jesus, what exactly are we committing ourselves to? 5. Why is it important that we believe in our heart that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead? Does this mean that those who deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus cannot be saved?
42 minutes | Mar 29, 2015
Confession, Lordship & Salvation
40 minutes | Mar 22, 2015
While We Were Still Sinners
45 minutes | Mar 15, 2015
The Wages of Sin is Death
44 minutes | Mar 8, 2015
For All Have Sinned
Having completed our sermon series through the book of Jude, we will now begin a new sermon series entitled, Traveling the Roman Road. This will be a 5-week series in which we'll use the popular evangelism technique known as "The Romans Road" as the pattern for each sermon's text. Here is our schedule for the next five week. Note that we'll end the series on Easter Sunday with a message of no condemnation for those who are in Christ. March 8 - Romans 3:10,23 - For All Have Sinned March 15 - Romans 6:23 - The Wages of Sin March 22 - Romans 5:8 - The Gift of God March 29 - Romans 10:9,13 - Confess and Believe April 5 (Easter Sunday) - Romans 8:1 - No Condemnation
43 minutes | Mar 1, 2015
39 minutes | Feb 22, 2015
The sermon text for this coming Lord's Day is Jude 17-23. Here are some questions to consider as you prepare for this sermon. 1. What apostolic predictions is Jude referring to in verse 17? 2. Who, according to verse 19, causes divisions in the church? 3. Verse 20 is an encouragement to "build yourselves up in your most holy faith?" How do Christians do this? 4. Verse 21 is an encouragement to "keep yourselves in the love of God." How do Christians do this? 5. What is the meaning of verses 22-23?
53 minutes | Feb 15, 2015
The sermon text for this coming Sunday will be Jude 14-16. Here are some questions and activities to help you prepare for this sermon. 1. If you have not already done so, outline the book of Jude. 2. What section of your outline do verses 14-16 fall into? What is the purpose of these verses in the overall perspective of the book? 3. Who was Enoch? How many years before Jude did Enoch live? Where else in the Bible do we read about Enoch? What is significant about the "death" of Enoch? 4. Where do we read the original prophecy that Jude quotes and attributes to Enoch in verse 14b-15? 5. What is the message of Enoch's prophecy? If you look for repetitive words in Enoch's prophecy, do you find any? 6. Who, according to Enoch, is going to execute judgment on the ungodly? When will this judgment occur?
43 minutes | Feb 8, 2015
Spots On Your Love Feast
The sermon text for this coming Lord's Day is Jude 12-13. Here are some questions and exercises you can do to help prepare for this sermon. 1. Outline the book of Jude. 2. What is a love feast? 3. In what ways were the false teachers "blemishes" or "spots" on the love feasts? 4. When reading through the attributes Jude uses to describe these false teachers, do you get the impression that they are not, and never will be, saved? How would Jude know this about them? Who is to say that God would not perform some work of grace in their lives before they die?
51 minutes | Jan 25, 2015
A Blasphemous Judgement
Pastor Vander Dussen's sermon text for this coming Sunday is Jude 8-11. Here are some questions to consider as you prepare for this Sunday. 1. As you scan these four verses for repetitive words, what do you discover? 2. Jude makes mention of Michael the archangel disputing with the devil over the body of Moses. Where else in the Bible do we read about this incident? Is there any extra-biblical literature that mentions this incident? 3. Why does Jude cite this incident between Michael and the devil? What is his purpose? What is Jude trying to illustrate or communicate? 4. In what ways are the false teachers like the three examples given in verse 11?
44 minutes | Jan 18, 2015
Examples of Disobedience
The sermon text for January 18 is Jude 5-7. Here are some questions to assist you in your preparation for this sermon. 1. In verse 5, Jude tells his audience that he wants them to "remember." Why is remembering such an important aspect of our Christian faith? 2. What exactly does Jude want his readers to remember? 3. When you think of the Israelites being "saved out of Egypt" and then those who did not believe being "destroyed," does it surprise you that Jude attributes both of these actions to Jesus? How would you explain this to the person who says, "But Jesus had not even been born yet?" 4. For what reason does Jude ask his readers to remember "the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority?" 5. In what way are the fallen angels similar to Sodom and Gomorrah?
50 minutes | Jan 11, 2015
Warning of False Teachers
We will begin a new sermon series through the book of Jude this coming Lord's Day. Jude is just one chapter long, so we'll probably only be spending four or five weeks in this book. Verses 1-4 will be the sermon text for this Sunday. 1. Who is the human author of this book? What is his relationship to Jesus? 2. Who is the book of Jude written to? 3. What is the main topic of the book of Jude? 4. List at least five characteristics of the "certain people" that Jude is warning about in verse 4. What do each of these characteristics indicate about the people Jude has in mind? Do these type of people still exist in today's churches?
32 minutes | Jan 4, 2015
The Sabbath Command
This Sunday will be the final sermon in the God's Road Sign sermon series. The sermon text for this Sunday is Exodus 31:12-18. The sign under consideration is the Sabbath. Here are some questions to assist you in preparing for this sermon. 1. In verse 13, God identifies the Sabbath as a sign. As we've already seen with all the other signs, every sign has something that it points to. What does the sign of the Sabbath point to? 2. Why, according to verse 14, should the Israelites keep the Sabbath? What does it mean to "keep" the Sabbath? 3. What was the punishment for not keeping the Sabbath? 4. Verse 16 identifies "the people of Israel" as those who are obligated to observe "the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever." Does this exclude Gentile Christians from having to observe the Sabbath? (Rom 9:6-8; 11:17-20; Eph 2:11-21; Rev 7:4; 21:12). 5. What does the writer of Hebrews mean when he says "So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God..."? (Heb 4:9)
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