A sermon by John Piper on Justification and Sanctification he adds a comment on faith and hope at the the end. Citing Hebrews 10:32-39 he speaks of the relationship of hope to faith. With all the harasment, affliction and oppression they have endured, they are not told to "look back" on the day of their salvation; they are not told to remember that initial joy they had upon their release from sin and death. Neither were they admonished to seek comfort in that they were sharing in Christ's sufferings. Rather, they are told to be firmly established in their faith, a faith founded in hope; this hope is a full confidence in a better future, an eternal possession, the receiving of the Eternal Reward. It is not losing heart but enduring knowing that God has promised rest and reward and that what He has promised He will fulfill. And the faith they were to live by is one of hope in the future, not one that faced the past in sadness, regret or loss. They do not look back for proof but have an unwavering assurance and a very reliable and expectant hope.
A most interesting sermon by O. Palmer Robertson on Hebrews 7. He covered verses 1-15 and I wish he had finished the entire chapter. He stated that Heb 7 is actually an exposition on Psa 110:4 and so the outline followed the verse in Psalms. One...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Just listened to a sermon from John Piper on Christian Hedonism. His idea is that God's intent for us as His creatures is for our happiness. We should live in our to gain our greatest happiness; we should strive for what would bring us the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A sermon on James 2:10 focused on the Biblical proposition that to break one command is really a breaking of the whole Law in all of its parts. The empahasis was on the "sinfulness of sin" and that even our little sins are grave evil before God....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Sermon on Psa 99 Pastor spoke of the holiness of God. That our sin only corrupts and pollutes so all that we are is unholy and unrighteous. Note that the Psalm can be broken comfortably by the "Our Lord is Holy" as that is the chief characteristic...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
From a sermon by John Piper (found on his site). Rom 3:21-22 This is the best news for those of us who feel the guilt and shame of our sins. We who know our guilt before the Lord God feel the heavy burden of God's Judgment on us. But we have this...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A thought from RC Sproul's sermon on the extreme value of the Blood of Christ. Its value is based on the rarity of not only coming from the Son of God but that it was from a completely sinless and so perfect man. It made me think of how necessary...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
My pastor in his latest sermon issued an interesting challenge. He gave an account of three people who had a conversion to Christ: a woman of wealth (Lydia), a young slave girl, and a Gentile jailer. His challenge was could we find verses in the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]