Advent Reflection – Week 3

Advent Reflection – Week 3 Because of our God’s merciful compassion, the Dawn from on high will visit us  to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79) Advent is not merely a season of waiting, but one of joyful waiting.  In the first chapter […]

Advent Reflection – Week 2

Advent Reflection – Week 2 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because he will save His people from their sins. (Matt. 1:21) In the recent months it seems like it’s become normal to see the flags at half-mast. Events in Paris, Beirut, San Bernardino (to name a few) […]

Advent Reflection – Week 1

Advent Reflection – Week 1  The historical record of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham… (Matt. 1:1)  This is the way that the Gospel of Matthew begins. It starts with a long genealogy from Abraham to Jesus “who is called the Messiah” (Matt.1:2-16). This genealogy spans thousands of years and hinges […]

Why Expositional Preaching?

…and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. (Acts 2:42) So, important was the apostles’ teaching that the early church devoted themselves to it. And what we see in the book of Acts and the rest of the New Testament is that the teaching and preaching of Scripture is at the center of the church’s life […]

Why Plant a Church?

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but […]

Word-Shaped Liturgy

A lot of Christians have forgotten that the Bible actually says quite a bit about corporate worship. It could even be argued that Scripture gives us a pattern for how we worship. And out of reverence for God, we have to be careful that we do nothing more and nothing less than what God has prescribed for us […]