Evening = Revelation 19:6-10, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Last week we began chapter 19 looking at v1-5 where three hallelujahs flow forth from the vast multitude as they gladly give praise to God because God poured out His judgment on the wicked. It not only sobered us but comforted us. Why? Because this world often dupes into thinking it is always making great progress…

Morning = 2 Samuel 23:8-39, Valiant Warriors, (Pt. 2)

If you walked into my office and looked around what would you see? I thought you might say ‘books.’ But while you’re right in one sense you’re wrong in another. As you look around my office you see books yes, but if you look deeper you see a collection of mighty men and women of…

Evening = Revelation 19:1-5, Hallelujah’s To Our God

The most well-known and recognizable piece within the musical masterpiece Handel’s Messiah is the “Hallelujah Chorus.”[1] Even if you’ve never heard this chorus or any of the composition before, or have just heard parts of it, it’s highly likely you’ve heard the famous chorus before in a movie or on TV. Within the chorus itself the word ‘hallelujah’…

Evening = Revelation 17, The Mystery Woman (Part 1)

In the 1960’s the British Pop band Manfred Mann had many hits. One of my favorites they did is called The Mighty Quinn, but they might be more well-known for another song they covered in 1964. This song would eventually hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 of that year. It’s called Doo Wah Diddy and the lyrics are…

Morning = 2 Samuel 22, David’s Songs (Pt.1)

Remember as we first entered this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another one: A1 – A Three year…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:15-22, Valiant Warriors (Pt. 1)

Remember last week as we first entered into this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, intended to be a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another…

Evening = Revelation 16:17-21, The Seventh Bowl

What would you say are the most famous words in the Bible? Perhaps many passages come to mind. Starting from the very beginning of Scripture some might say God’s initial creation statement “Let there be light” is most famous. Maybe some would say it’s Moses’ words to Pharaoh “Let my people go!” Or Job’s words…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:1-14, A Three Year Famine

Before we get to this text, allow me to briefly discuss the nature of these closing chapters in 2 Samuel to orient us to where we’ve arrived. When one enters chapters 21-24 one enters into a theological battlefield. Here’s the issue. Older scholars and theologians, like the Puritans for example, believe these chapters don’t skip…

Morning = 2 Samuel 20, More of the Same?

David was once a holy man, utterly committed to God’s ways and God’s Word, and when he became king his kingdom was righteous and secure. But it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen that hasn’t it? Sadly, over these past months walking through the concluding chapters of 2 Samuel I speak for many when…

Easter Morning = Matthew 28, Great Things

In our world today religious belief is seen as a matter of preference and opinion. Some people believe all religions, though varying in minutiae, are generally all teaching the same thing. Some believe religion is a crutch for those who can’t get through life on their own, or a crutch for those who are scared…

Good Friday = Matthew 27, The Crucifixion

All throughout this holy week our elders have been leading us in brief devotionals through the end of Matthew’s gospel. On Monday Pastor Andrew led us through the moment Jesus turned over the tables after the triumphal entry. On Tuesday Sam Knox taught us about Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees and chief priests. On Wednesday…

Evening = Revelation 14:14-20, The Final Harvest

It has been said many times throughout the history of the Church that the mission of the Church is twofold: worship and witness. Worship is clear is it not? We’re to publicly and privately, corporately and personally be engaged in worshipping our God for who He is and what He has done. I think it…

Morning = 2 Samuel 19:8b-43, The Return of the King

Today is a special day for Christians all around the world, it’s Palm Sunday, the day we remember when Christ the King came into Jerusalem humbly and lowly riding on a donkey. As Jesus made His triumphal entry the people lined the streets to shout “Hosanna, hosanna (meaning ‘Our God Saves’)…blessed is He who comes…

Morning = 2 Samuel 18:19-19:8a, A Grief Observed

The author C.S. Lewis is well-known for writing books such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, or The Chronicles of Narnia. Those are wonderful reads in themselves but one of his most powerful books is a bit lesser known and came from one of his most painful moments. In 1960 his wife Joy died. And Lewis already believing…

Corona Lockdown Update: 3.31.20

Good Afternoon Church Family, In accordance with our President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America we will be cancelling our Lord’s Day worship services and other gatherings at least through April 26th. Sadly, this includes cancelling our joint Good Friday service with Riverside and Cornerstone as well as limiting Easter Sunday to online. This decision has not been made reluctantly…

Morning = 2 Samuel 17, Rejoice – The Lord is King!

Well, the Coronavirus has gone from a local reality in China to a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization. Because of this nations have closed themselves off, travel bans have begun, universities have sent students home, sports leagues abroad have suspended seasons, and all over the world people have grown concerned. Watching and…

Coronavirus Sunday Worship Update – Please Read

Hey Church, After careful consideration, we believe that it is prudent for us not to gather corporately for worship this Sunday, March 15 as well as next Sunday, March 22. This has been a difficult decision for us to make as we will miss being together very much. In light of the ever-changing status of…

Evening = Revelation 13:11-18, The Second Beast

Last week Andrew covered the first half of Revelation 13 and the first beast that rises out of the sea. The second half of the chapter before us now shows us that this first beast is not alone.[1] No, he is joined by a second beast who rises out of the earth. Taking these two beasts…

Morning = 2 Samuel 16, Meekness & Weakness

Do some of you wonder why we’ve taken so long in this series to walk through 2 Samuel? I mean, ‘Aren’t we New Covenant Christians?’ This is a very understandable question about the present-day application of the Old Testament that eventually every Christian asks themselves. Perhaps I can settle this for some of you. In…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:13-37, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 2

At the end of C.S. Lewis’ adventurous Narnian tale The Horse and His Boy a king tells his son what it means to be king saying this, “For this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there's hunger in the land (as must be now…

Evening = Historic Faith: Anselm – Scholasticism – Aquinas

Thus far in our overview of the middle ages we’ve covered a lot of ground. We began in the Byzantine Empire, moved onto the expansion of holy Roman Empire, and how these things culminated in the great schism between the East and the West. We then turned to examine the dawn and growth of Islam,…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:1-12, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 1

As the events of 2 Samuel 11-14 unfold readers might very easily sympathize with Absalom. He had grown up watching his father as king of Israel. He heard stories of his father’s youth, how he bravely fought Goliath, how he won many victories, how he righteously fled from Saul, and how God had given him…

Morning = 2 Samuel 14:1-33, Back Into the King’s Presence

Throughout this chapter we see a lot of scheming. Joab schemes in v1-20, David schemes in v21-24, and Absalom schemes in v25-33. Joab’s Activity (v1-20) Let’s begin in v1-3, where the scene is set up for us. “Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom. And Joab sent…

Morning = 2 Samuel 13:22-39, The Foul Aftermath

In 1971 the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was filmed. I’m of the opinion that it’s much better than the modern remake, but anywho…do you remember the boat ride scene? As they wind their way through the factory they all get on a boat and two Oompa Loompa’s begin rowing them down stream. As they…

Morning = Colossians 3:12-17, Putting On the New

Over the past two weeks in Colossians 3 we’ve emphasized that by believing in Christ God has done a wonderful thing and united us to Christ. Spiritually speaking then, in Christ’s death we died - in Christ’s resurrection we rose - and in Christ’s ascension we have truly and already been seated with Him in…

Morning = Colossians 3:5-11, Putting Off the Old

If you have not already done so I invite you to turn in your Bibles to Paul’s letter to the Colossians, where today we’re continuing in our beginning of the year sermon series on the Church titled ‘3 Marks.’ As we did last week, let’s once again pray the words on the screen above together,…

Morning = Colossians 3:1-4, The Life Above Lived Below

Pastor Allan Babcock, the previous pastor of SonRise and the man whose shoes I’m now filling, told me many things as I arrived to take up his place and carry on the work. One of those things was this, “As a year ends and a new year begins I need, and my people need, a…

Morning = Psalm 22, From Trouble to Triumph

Sometimes a single line in a movie is so well crafted and so well delivered that to hear it is to experience the whole of that movie all over again.[1] “Go ahead, make my day.” “You can’t handle the truth!” “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” “Bond, James Bond.” And who could forget, “Life is like…

Morning = Psalm 16, Pleasures Forevermore

“God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!”[1] Perhaps you didn’t hear that clearly, let me tell you that again. “God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!” What’s your reaction to that quote? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Does it confuse you? Let’s explore this a…

Evening = Revelation 12:7-17, Conquering By the Blood

“You will be eaten by cannibals!” These words came out of the mouths of Christians and pastors who were seeking to dissuade a young man named John Paton from taking the gospel to the New Hebrides Islands. These islands were long known as a center of violent barbarism and yes, rumors of cannibalism abounded. Yet,…

Morning = Psalm 2, The Son of God

Advent is upon us! Of the many places we could go these few weeks to rejoice over the birth of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we’ll be turning to the Psalms. Now, there are many genres of Psalms throughout the 150 we have: wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential…

Morning = 2 Samuel 12, David Repentant

Today’s text is about repentance. Repentance has been defined as “…a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.”[1] But when it comes down…

Evening = Revelation 10, The Mighty Angel & The Little Scroll

As we begin chapter 10 this evening we come to another repetition in the book of Revelation. In the seals we saw earlier the first four were grouped together, then the fifth and sixth were grouped together, then there was a minor break or intermission, culminating in the moment when the seventh and final seal…

Morning = 2 Samuel 11, David the Sinner

2 Samuel 1-10 showed us the glory days of Israel under David’s rule. War, victory, expansion, peace, rest, worship, and triumph characterize the first 10 chapters. But in chapter 11 we see the troubles, the dark days of David’s kingdom beginning. And rather than these dark days beginning with the actions of a foreign pagan…

Evening = Revelation 8:6-13, The First Four Trumpets

As the newly redeemed host of Israel is led out of slavery in Egypt into the wilderness to worship God at Mt. Sinai and receive His Law, trumpets were heard loud and clear. Exodus 19:16-20 describes this scene, “On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on…

Morning = 2 Samuel 10, O Church Arise!

Perhaps you remember the story. Two women come to king Solomon, both had a son each but one of their sons had recently died and that mother switched her dead son with the living son in an effort to trick the other woman that it was actually her son that had died. Solomon’s famous wisdom…

Morning = 2 Samuel 9, The Kindness of the King

2 Samuel 9 is no doubt one of the most beautiful chapters in the entire Bible. It is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible for reasons you’ll see today. In fact, it’s so meaningful to me that after moving here to become the next pastor of SonRise Community Church 5 and half years…

Evening = Revelation 7:9-17, A Multitudinous Throng

We’ve just come through the passage about the 144,000 last week and as we press on tonight do not forget what we concluded then. Though some do believe the 144,000 to be a literal number/group of people we do not. Instead we believe the 144,000 to be a symbolic number of the Church as the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 8:1-18, Wars of David

“For not with swords loud clashing, or roll of stirring drums; with deeds and love mercy the heavenly kingdom comes.” Those words, written in 1887, are from the hymn ‘Lead On, O King Eternal.’ It really is a great hymn describing the moment when God’s final judgment will be carried out as He ushers in…

Morning = 2 Samuel 7:18-29, David’s Prayer of Gratitude

Today, our passage is going to show us the difference between cats and dogs. Think what cats are like. When you feed a cat, pet a cat, care for a cat, and love a cat the cat concludes that it must be god. Dogs on the other hand are different. When you feed a dog,…

Morning = 2 Samuel 6:1-23, Death – Dancing – Delight – Disgust

In my office I’ve got two small busts, one of John Calvin and the other of Charles Spurgeon. I see them every day and every day they encourage me, not because I’ve got some kind of deep love for historical personages, no. They encourage me because though they were flawed men, they were also faithful…

Evening = Revelation 4-5, Worthy is the Lamb!

Our passage this evening is both like and unlike The Wizard of Oz.[1] It is very much like Oz because just as Dorothy and Toto are taken from the black and white ho-hum world of Kansas into the technicolor and stunningly glorious world of Oz, so too John in 4:1 is taken by vision from the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 5:1-25, The Wait is Over!

Today, September 22, Holly and I have been married for 12 years. We were able to get away yesterday, we spent the whole day on the beach and it was a joy reflecting over the eb and flow of these past 12 years together. But going back before we were married I was so struck…

Evening = Revelation 3:14-22, The Lukewarm Church

I invite you to open your Bibles to Revelation 3:14-22, where tonight we’ll end our time on the seven churches by walking through the letter to the church in Laodicea. Located in the famous Lycus River Valley Laodicea was a prominent city that sat in the intersection of the three most-traveled trade routes in Asia…

Morning = 2 Samuel 3:22-4:12, Civil War, Pt. 3

Before us this morning, is a large chunk of text that shows the end of the civil war in Israel. It covers two murders that are strangely similar. Both murders occur in secret, both involve deceit, both men die from being struck in the belly, and in both cases murder is carried out by brothers.[1]And…

Evening = Revelation 3:1-6, The Dead Church

Any of you ever been to Detroit? I have a few times, and what strikes me about Detroit in our present day is the emphasis on what Detroit used to be. When you fly into Detroit and walk into the airport you’re met with historic photos of old downtown Detroit, muscle cars made in Motor…

Evening = Revelation 2:18-29, The Corrupt Church

Tonight we’re looking into Jesus’ fourth letter to the churches in Revelation 2-3, where the church of Thyatira comes into view. The city of Thyatira was the smallest of all the cities mentioned in Revelation 2-3, yet it receives the longest letter from Jesus out of all seven letters, we’ll soon find out why. Thyatira…

Morning = 2 Samuel 2:12-32, Civil War, Pt. 1

What comes to mind when you hear the word politics?[1]Warm, fuzzy, and relaxing feelings right? I mean, isn’t it O’ so nice to come home from a busy day at work and settle down with a nice presidential debate? Would you be surprised that the Bible has an overwhelmingly positive view of politics? God encourages us…

Morning = 2 Samuel 2:1-11, The Already & More to Come

At first glance this passage might just seem to be a moment of Israelite political drama that’s far removed from our current day. But upon further investigation, this passage stands out in the biblical story line, the history of redemption, as a moment of extraordinary significance. For the first time in history God’s kingdom becomes…

Evening = Revelation 2:8-11, The Persecuted Church

I invite you to open your Bibles to Revelation 2:8-11, where we’ll spend our time this morning.  Last week we looked at the letter from Christ to the church in Ephesus (the loveless Church), this week we’ll look at the letter from Christ to the church in Smyrna (the persecuted Church). As a whole, the letter…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:17-27 – The Mightiest Will Never Fall!

Last week as we began our new series through 2 Samuel I told you of the moment when I first received the news that my grandfather had died. As I was going back over the details of this event, though I didn’t intend it to do so, the sting of my grandfather’s death hit me…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:1-16, Endings & Beginnings

The date was April 4, 2010. Holly and I had just left church after a wonderfully powerful Easter service when, on our way to meet family and friends, we received a call from my Mother with news that my Grandfather had just died. It was sobering. Having just rejoiced in Christ’s resurrection might and victory…

Evening = Revelation 1:9-20, A Vision of the Son of Man

“There is a type of happiness and wonder that makes you serious.” (C.S. Lewis) I think this is very similar to what John felt when he saw his vision of Jesus. Let’s see this in the text. v9-20 comes to us in 4 sections: John’s Commission (v9-11), John’s Vision (v12-16), John’s Reaction (v17a), and John’s…

Evening = Revelation 1:1-8, The Revelation of Jesus Christ

How many of you have ever been out of the country? I have, and every time I go abroad I always look forward to one moment: walking out of the airport in the new country for the first time. Any of you know what I mean? It’s a different country, with different sights, different sounds,…

Morning = Psalm 110, The New Testament’s Psalm

We’ve seen many categories of poetry in the Psalms so far this summer. We’ve seen wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential Psalms, and Psalms of consolation. But there is one category we’ve yet to cover, royal Psalms. As the name reveals, royal Psalms have a kingly tone to them, and are…

Morning = Psalm 91, The Shadow of the Almighty

In our Psalm summer so far we’ve come across many different kinds of Psalms expressly fit for every season of the soul. Today, as Psalm 91 lies open before us, we come to what many call a Psalm of consolation.[1]These Psalms express deep relief and comfort, but because they tend to focus so much on…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 5)

Every individual text of Scripture gains it’s meaning from its immediate context, and the immediate context of Genesis 3:15 is Genesis 1-3.  So allow me to briefly summarize where we've been in these first three chapters.  In Genesis 1 we see creation, God speaking into the dark void and creating everything by the Word of His power.  In…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 4)

The Garden-Temple of Eden Throughout the history of the Church, and I’d even say today also, most people have viewed Eden as a Mesopotamian farm, and since it’s viewed as a farm, most people view Adam as a farmer.  Here’s a few quotes to show you this.  Henry Morris said, “Adam was instructed merely to till the…

Morning = Psalm 51, Great Misery & Great Mercy

Psalm 51 brings us to a new category of Psalms in our summer series, penitential Psalms or sometimes called the Psalms of confession. Like the Psalms of lament and the Psalms of confidence, Psalms of confession present the Psalmist in deep distress and in need of immediate help and rescue. But what’s different here in…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 3)

Genesis Creation Days: Kings and Kingdoms Many people naturally think of the length of creation when Genesis comes to mind, and I don’t think we should avoid such conversations but when you look back over the creation days with the 100,000 ft. view an interesting point is made.  Notice that on days 1-3 God made the…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 2)

Let’s begin digging into the text itself... Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Right away notice a few things. 1) First, notice the difference between the way Moses begins Genesis and the way a common fairy tale begins. Moses says, “In the beginning…”, how do fairy tales begin?  “Once upon a time…”…

Morning = Psalm 46, A Mighty Fortress is Our God

As the fires of the 16thcentury Reformation ebbed and flowed in those first years, Martin Luther often faced hardship, danger, distress, and persecution of all kinds. In his more honest moments he would confess that he feared the cause would die out. On one occasion his confidence broke through his fears in a tide of…

Morning = Psalm 23, From Pasture to Sanctuary

Have you ever wondered why Jesus says what He does in His teaching and preaching? Some believe Jesus gets the content for what He taught from His surroundings. For example, we hear Jesus teach about the wheat and the tares, and we hear Jesus teach about the vine and branches. So naturally, one might conclude,…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 1)

Martin Luther once wrote the following about Genesis, “The first chapter is written in the simplest language; yet it contains matters of the utmost importance and very difficult to understand.  It was for this reason, as St. Jerome asserts, that among the Hebrews it was forbidden for anyone under thirty to read the chapter or to…

Morning = Psalm 13, How Long, O Lord?

I once read a story about a dog named Bailey. Bailey was a two -year old basset hound who had a gentle playful temper, eager to love anyone near him. But though this is true, Bailey has a bit of baggage. You see, Bailey was just a puppy when an F-5 tornado came through his…

Morning = John 21:15-25, Final Words

Last week we began the grand finale of our journey through John by entering chapter 21, where Jesus miraculously provided seven of His disciples a surprising super abundance of large fish and invited them to come and eat breakfast. What we come to this morning in John 21:15-25 is part two of this same sea…

Morning = John 21:1-14, Breakfast with Jesus

As a young boy and up through my teenage years our family usually vacationed in Sarasota, FL during the 4th of July weekend. We would eat at the same beachside diner every year, enjoy live music, there’d be a large dance, shoot off our own fireworks, chase tiny crabs by the water with flashlights, and…

Morning = John 20:30-31, A Compelling Content

‘Why the Chronicles of Narnia?’ was the question asked again and again by C.S. Lewis’ colleagues at Magdalene College and friends in the pub. ‘Of all that you could give yourself and all your talents too, why devote such time to a Children’s fantasy novel?’ Such a question was not out of bounds for a…

Morning = John 20:19-29, The First Easter (Pt. 3)

This morning we continue on in our consideration of John’s account of this First Easter. So far we’ve seen Peter and John greatly perplexed and greatly encouraged by seeing the grave clothes in the tomb, we’ve seen Mary turn from deep distress to deep joy with a sight of the Risen Christ, and now in…

Evening = Church History, Divisions in the East

Last week as we wrapped up the climate of the Church in the West, we mainly focused on how the invasions of the Germanic barbarian peoples invaded Rome and changed nearly everything for them. This week, which is the last evening in our series looking at the first 500 years of Church history, we turn…

Morning = John 20:11-18, The First Easter (Pt. 2)

The Apostle Paul tells us, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). If we were to seek an illustration of Paul’s great love text, it would indeed be Mary Magdalene. She drew the near the tomb on that first Easter morning, and I…

Good Friday = Boasting in the Cross

BTonight is a celebratory occasion (for the cross of Christ is the launching pad that ultimately gets us to Easter morning). But tonight, is also a solemn occasion (for on it the sinless Son of God became sin and was forsaken by God for all who believe in Him). We speak of this often and…

Morning = John 20:1-10, The First Easter

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching…

Evening = Church History, The Fall of Rome & A New West

We’ve come through much in our survey of the first 500 years of Church history. We must draw it to a close somehow, and so in these last two weeks we have for this series we’ll be covering how both the West and the East ended up before we launch into the dark ages, or…

Morning = John 19:38-42, The Humiliation of the King

Today is Palm Sunday. The day on which we usually look back and remember what we call Jesus’ triumphal entry. When He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people gathered round to shout out praise and hosannas saying as Mark 11 records, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the…

Morning = John 19:31-37, His Pierced Side

*Due to technical difficulties the Audio is unavailable for this week's sermon. The month of April is said to get its name from the Latin word aperio, meaning ‘to open.’ We can understand why it means this. April is a time of budding and blossoming, a time of resurrection and growth, where new life emerges…

Morning = John 19:13-16, Abandon All Hope?

Last week we sat back and watched as the angry mob before Pilate failed in their attempt to get Jesus executed based on charges of insurrection. We also then saw the Jews, in response, seek to get Jesus executed based on charges of making himself a king, saying in 19:12, “If you release this Man,…

Morning = John 19:7-12, Surprised by Christ

For most of his early life C.S. Lewis, being a convinced atheist, rejected Christianity. But slowly but surely he began to convinced otherwise. Through reading G.K. Chesterton and others he began seeing the holes in the atheistic argument. He began reading Scripture and was more and more convinced that Christianity was proving true. Then in…

Evening = Church History, The Arian Controversy

Last week Andrew traced over the entire 4thcentury transformations of the Church, covering the notable figures and events of the period. Tonight, we begin hitting them one by one and the first one to come into view is the Arian controversy. There is no doubt that the Arian controversy was one of the greatest disputes…

Morning = John 18:38b-19:6, Behold the Man!

Time and time again the New Testament writers speak of the connection between Jesus’ suffering and death and the Old Testament Passover. That they do this so often carries with it one large implication: as Old Covenant Israel was spared from God’s judgment at midnight on account of the blood of the lamb slain in…

Morning = John 18:28-38a, Christ the King

For almost two thousand years now millions of Christians around the globe have confessed and continue to confess their faith using the Apostles Creed…which contains within it the phrase, “Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.” Why Pilate? Why not mention one…

Evening = Church History, Peace to Persecution to Peace

We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past 5 weeks in our survey through the first 500 years of the history of the Church. Everything from the Apostles, to the Apostolic Fathers, to the Apologists, to the first disagreements and divisions. We now find ourselves squarely in the 3rdcentury where the Church was enjoying…

Morning = John 18:12-27, A Steadfast Determination & A Sorrowful Desertion

Last week as we began John 18 we saw clear contrasts between Judas’ depravity and Jesus deity, and between Peter’s rage and Jesus’ righteousness. Today the beloved apostle John will set before us yet another contrast, and I’m afraid it is Peter once again being contrasted with Jesus. Throughout His first so called ‘trial’ in…

Morning = John 18:1-11, Drinking Damnation Dry

Each of the four gospels all lead to the same dramatic conclusion: the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed without this climax any so called ‘gospel’ would in truth not be a gospel at all![1]But while all four have this grand climactic moment we should remember that each gospel was written by…

Morning = John 17:24-26, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt.5)

 Before us is a text packed so tightly full with deep doctrine, if you prick it anywhere God in His glory bursts forth in wonder. Though doctrinally full and thick, this text does not leave us feeling cold or clinical. No, for many this has been and for many this still is a doorway to…

Evening = Church History, The Apologists

As we continue on see how the connection to the last few weeks is clear. The Apostles: ministry of revelation. The Apostolic Fathers: ministry of preservation. And now the Apologists: ministry of protection[1] -What is an apologist?  a) Not those who make a living from apologizing b) Positively put in 1 Peter 3:15 c) Negatively…

Morning = John 17:20-23, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 4)

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1831 Robert Murray McCheyne was an active youth who grew into a lively young man. After giving all his time and attention to playing cards, dancing, and music, his older brother’s sudden death awakened in him an earnest desire for the things of God. Converted shortly after he bought the…

Evening = Church History, The Apostolic Fathers

CIn the past two weeks we’ve argued the case for studying the history of the Church and explained how the Church expanded from the day of Christ’s ascension to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. The events of the expansion of the Church largely deal with the ministry and deaths of the apostles. We now…

Morning = John 17:14-19, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 3)

As the Church has developed and grown throughout history we can see a clearly divided attitude towards the things of the world. On one hand there are Christians who, in wanting to honor God and live holy lives, reject everything that is of the world desiring to never become like the world. For example, some…

Morning = John 17:6-13, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 2)

As we continue on in Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, v6 marks the beginning of the second part of the prayer where He prays for the first group of those the Father had given Him – the disciples. To ask why Jesus prays for them is not out of bounds. Hasn’t He already promised that the…

Evening = An Introduction to Church History

This evening we begin what many of us have been looking forward to for some time, a study on Church history. We could spend a lot of evenings on this endeavor because this is such a vast and important subject. But, in an effort to make this more digestible, for the duration of this series…

Morning = John 17:1-5, The High Priestly Prayer, (Pt. 1)

Throughout our history here at SonRise it’s been our custom during the month of January to focus on the doctrine of the Church. In the past few years we’ve looked at everything from the marks of the Church found in the creeds and confessions of Church history to issues present within the modern Church like…

Morning = Luke 2:1-21, A Revelation of Glory

(there is no audio this week, we apologize for this, the full manuscript of below) For the past three weeks we’ve lingered over Advent themes in the Old Testament prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. In these prophets of old we saw God promise rescue, redemption, and restoration to His exiled people. A promise that…

Evening = Habits of Grace, Belonging to His Body (Pt. 2)

Recall we’ve spent much time going over the call that the Christian life is a disciplined life. A life of certain private and public habits that we’re to grow in throughout our entire lives. What habits? First, privately and publicly availing ourselves of the ministry of the Word, rejoicing that in it we have the…

Morning = Ezekiel 36:22-23, Proclamation of Joy

Who is Christmas for? It’s a simple question, but one that upon some thought, doesn’t seem so easy to answer. Initially you might respond, ‘Christmas is for us’, or ‘Christmas is for Christians’, ‘Christmas is for the world’, maybe even ‘Christmas is for the kids.’ This question may confuse you as it did the Grinch…

Morning = Isaiah 40:1-11, Preparation of Peace

When you see flowers or smell flowers what do you think of? Most of you will surely think of springtime blossoms, beauty, and warmth. Others of you are more cynical. You won’t see beauty, no, you’ll look around for a coffin because when you see or smell flowers you assume a funeral must be nearby.…

Evening = Habits of Grace, Having His Ear (Pt. 2)

We currently find ourselves in the second week of our investigation into prayer as a habit of grace. Given by the God of all grace, through Jesus Christ, to pour into us grace upon grace. Last week as we began looking into prayer as a habit of grace we saw three large and broad realities.…

Morning = Jeremiah 33:14-16, Expectation of Hope

Well…it didn’t take long did it? The moment we put down our forks and finished our thanksgiving feasts radio stations began playing Christmas songs, churches began scheduling special services, our neighbors began climbing steep ladders to decorate their homes, and retail stores began pumping up their marketing trying to convince we need everything they’re selling…

Evening = Habits of Grace, Having His Ear (Pt. 1)

God is as 1 Peter 5:10 says the “God of all grace.” He chose us before the world began in Christ, gave us grace before the world began in Christ, provided the righteous life we could never live in Christ, accomplished our atonement in the death of Christ, made us fully alive in Christ at…

Morning = Psalm 138, A Thanksgiving Psalm

To begin our Thanksgiving week this year we looked into Psalm 136 and saw the wonders of God in Himself, as Creator, as Redeemer, and as Defender. Taken together these massive realities led the Psalmist to a gratitude filled praise. We then learned anew that the same gratitude filled praise ought to ever be the…

Morning = Psalm 136, A Thanksgiving Psalm

Today begins a break from John’s gospel as we turn our attention to the Holidays. For the next two weeks we’ll cover two Psalms of Thanksgiving and then for the remainder of the calendar year we’ll enjoy our annual advent celebration. So as Thanksgiving approaches don’t you think there’s something ironic about it? Most people…

Evening = Habits of Grace, A Call for Discipline

Tonight marks the beginning of a new evening sermon series that will finish out our 2018 year. For the next 7 weeks we’ll be taking a dive into discipline. Don’t be frightened by this word. In every other area of life the word discipline brings up mainly positive images or ideas. We discipline ourselves to…

Morning = John 16:16-22, Invincible Joy in Jesus

In The Biblical Theological Introduction to the New Testament Dr. Bruce Lowe states the following, “In ancient times a responsible leader who knew he might leave his post would stitch stability into the social fabric of his followers in places where he thought tears might occur because of his departure. This meant presenting a farewell speech…

Morning = John 16:12-15, The Ancient Mast (part 3)

When Corrie Ten Boom was a young girl, she overheard a few others at a train station speaking somewhat inappropriately and while puzzled for sure, it raised her curiosity. As she and her father were on the train ride home she asked her father about it and to her surprise he turned to look at…

Morning = John 16:4b-11, The Ancient Mast (part 2)

Being a parent is hard. Partly because it’s in parenting that we learn how to parent, but also because as much as we may encourage, instruct, and disciple our children, sometimes our children won’t learn unless they make mistakes on their own. Mistakes we made when we were their age and mistakes we’ve warned them…

Morning = John 15:26-16:4a, The Ancient Mast (part 1)

Ideas drive history. You ever thought about that? Behind the all the Emperor’s, Generals, politicians, philosophers, thinkers, and theologians throughout history – stands one thing: ideas. Not small ideas or fleeting thoughts but grand ideas that fill out the meaning of their existence, becoming the narrative through which they interpret all of life, driving them…

Evening = Job 40:6-41:34, On Behemoth and Leviathan

If we were to make a list of all the monsters mankind has dreaded over the centuries, the list would be lengthy indeed. In no particular order we can think of: vampires, werewolves, ghouls, goblins, ghosts, dragons, basilisks, Nessie the Lochness monster, Jaws, mummies, Bigfoot, Medusa, Davy Jones, gremlins, sirens, banshees, Chupacabra, poltergeists, the Headless…

Morning = John 15:18-25, A Faithful Church In A Fallen World

I still remember the evening. It was November 13, 2003 when, a bit after midnight, I turned to a friend who had been sharing the gospel with me and said, “I want to become a Christian, what do I do?” After repenting of my sins and confessing my new belief in Christ, God accepted me!…

Morning = John 15:12-17, Sovereign Love Producing Sacrificial Love

Many years ago now there was a fad over a particularly popular bracelet among Christians. The WWJD bracelets, standing for WHAT WOULD JESUS DO, were all about boiling down our faith to one simple principle: knowing what to do in any situation by thinking of what Jesus would do in that situation and then doing…

Evening = Job 39, God’s Command Over All Creatures

I’d like to begin this evening by contrasting two poems. In 1779 William Cowper wrote a poem called ‘Light Shining Out of Darkness.’ In it he says the following: “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm…ye fearful saints, fresh courage…

Evening = Job 36-37, Elihu’s Final Words

For a few weeks now we’ve lingered on the speeches of Elihu and have enjoyed, I hope, some thought provoking preaching and conversation about the nature of this young man, whether he is a prophet or a fool. Tonight I’m not sorry to say, the controversial elements to Elihu come to an end as we…

Morning = John 15:1-5, Abiding in the Vine

I’d like to begin today by talking about the meaning of metaphor. Many have defined metaphors like this: truth powerfully presented through an untruth. For example: if a college student says, ‘That class was a breeze’ they do not intend to communicate that the class itself was a light wind, no. They intend to communicate…

Evening = Job 34-35, Elihu’s Intense Wisdom

Recall the whole of the book of Job thus far. In chapters 1-3 we’ve seen the blameless Job encounter immense and extreme suffering for no sin of his own. Then for the next 30 chapters we’ve seen Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar go back and forth about these very things; Job arguing for his innocence…

Morning = John 14:25-31, Peace I Leave With You

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching…

Evening = Job 33, Elihu Justifies Job

Two weeks ago we met Elihu, and after laying out the three commonly held views of this young man I made the case to you that I believe the good and positive view of Elihu to be the correct view. That he is to be seen as something of a preparatory voice for God’s greater…

Morning = John 14:18-24, Resurrection Promises

How goes it with your soul as you sit here today? I mean it when I ask you this, how are you doing? Are any of you anxious, troubled, or ashamed this morning? Maybe you’re anxious because you’re someone who likes to be in control and life currently feels out of control? Maybe you’re troubled…

Morning = John 14:7-14, From Now On

In school you’ll often hear teachers say something like this at the start of every class. ‘Remember students, there is no such as a stupid question. The only stupid question is the question not asked.’ I had a different experience when I began seminary. There, one of my professors began the class by saying this,…

Evening = Job 32, Introducing Elihu

Well Church, we’ve been slowly trekking through Job for some time now and I want to begin tonight by saying I am encouraged by your patience and perseverance in this study. It is long and it is difficult to understand. But as we’ve spent time discussing and debating I praise God that we have not…

Morning = John 14:4-6, The Way

In the mid 15thcentury Thomas a Kempis wrote the following words, “Follow thou me. I am the way and the truth and the life. Without the way there is no going; without the truth there is no knowing; without the life there is no living. I am the way thou must follow; the truth thou…

Evening = Job 28, On Wisdom

Thus far in the book of Job we have seen Job suffer, Job’s friends come and offer no comfort, and we have seen Job go back and forth with them about these things. In chapter 27 we saw Job make his final response to his friends speeches, and in chapter 29-31 we’ll see him make…

Morning = John 14:1-3, Do Not Be Troubled

Having finished a wonderful and much too brief time focusing on Holiness in our summer sermon series we now find ourselves coming back into our regular sermon series in John’s gospel. And as we return to it I am reminded of the troubled world we live in. It is a consequence of living in a…

Morning = Jude 17-25, Building for Holiness

I often wonder what sermons do to those who hear them and those who preach them. I have particularly wondered about this these past few weeks as we’re now wrapping up what has been an encouraging but deeply challenging sermon series on holiness. When I think on how these difficult sermons are impacting you I…

Morning = 1 John 3:1-3, Purifying for Holiness

Eschatology is the branch within theology concerning the study of the end, the study of the last days. Thinking, praying, and pouring over Genesis – Revelation to search out answers to questions like ‘How will Jesus return?’, ‘When will Jesus return?’, and ‘Who will Jesus return for?’ can be a mammoth theological endeavor to dive…

Morning = 1 Cor. 5:1-6:11 – Disciplining Unholiness

In our summer series on Holiness we began looking at Our Holy Godin Isaiah 6, then moved on to His Holy Peoplein 1 Peter 1, we saw David’s Longings for Holinessin Psalm 101, and we heard the Lord roar from Zion Rebuking Unholiness in Amos 5. Today we continue to look at holiness from the…

Evening: Job 21

This week's evening service was preached by one of our Pastoral Apprentices: Michael Joas. One of the things we love to do at SonRise is give our apprentices opportunities to hone their gifts through preaching in our evening services. Take a listen as Mike unpacks for us Job's response to Zophar in chapter 21.

Morning = Amos 5:18-27, Rebuking Unholiness

In their recent book Sing Keith and Kristyn Getty begin with the following words, “When singing praise to God, so much more than just the vocal box is engaged. God has created our minds to judge pitch and lyric; to think through the concepts we sing; to engage with the intellect, imagination, and memory; and…

Evening = Job 20, The ‘Job-Devouring’ God

If Job 18 was Bildad’s description of the hell Job will one day experience, than we can easily say Job 20 is Zophar’s description of the hell Job will one day experience. While Bildad spoke of Job’s existence in hell saying it would be like a downward spiral into terror, filled with increasing terror, plunging…

Morning = Psalm 101, Longing for Holiness

As political campaigns have come and gone throughout the years there have been many promises made and few promises kept. Some of them have been made out of good will and upright intentions while others, no doubt, have been made out of complete absurdity. For example Ferdinand Lop, who ran for the French presidency in…

A2 Episode 1: Ask Adam, “Can a wholesale use of Scripture without context cause more harm than good?”

Welcome to our new weekly podcast. Every week Andrew & Adam will be chatting about a wide variety of topics and issues in life and the church. This week's episode features a question from a SonRise church member in regards to the use of scripture without context, such as in the case of John 3:16,…

Morning = 1 Peter 1:13-16, His Holy People

This past week most of the major denominations in our country had their yearly meetings or assemblies where they gathered together to be encouraged and vote on certain matters. In talking about some of these meetings this past week I was reminded that most denominations have certain acquired reputations over the years. Think of the…

Evening = Job 18, Sinners In the Hands of Bildad’s god

Most of us, at one time or another, have read the entirety of or at least certain parts of the most famous sermon ever preached on American soil. Of course you probably know that I’m referring to Jonathan Edward’s sermon ‘Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God.’ The most often quoted paragraph in that…

Morning = Isaiah 6:1-7, Our Holy God

In chapter 42, of Herman Melville’s great American novel Moby Dick, Ishmael reflects on the whiteness of the whale. He makes a lengthy argument that ‘whiteness’ is normally characteristic of beauty and purity, like in a pearl or the whiteness of untouched snow. Yet, when it came to Moby Dick, that great albino whale, it…

Morning = 1 Timothy 3:1-7, The Elder

“Church leadership is a peculiar thing. It often attracts those with mixed and sometimes downright sinful motives. The seeming prestige of leadership attracts some. The lure of power attracts others…Some, I think, like the idea of having access to the secrets of others and access to the mysterious inner workings of the church.”[1]These are all…

Evening = Job 15, Job is Wicked

Having worked through the first cycle of speeches in Job 4-14 we now move to the second cycle of speeches in Job 15-21. It was the older, patient, and friendly Eliphaz who began cycle 1 in chapters 4-5, it is now the angry, impatient, and offended Eliphaz who begins cycle 2 in chapter 15. His…

Morning = John 13:31-38, The New Commandment

Throughout my life I have grown to love two seemingly contradictory things. On the one hand I love palm trees basking in the sun, and on the other hand I love thunderstorms and the dark skies they make. One of the glories of living in Florida is the opportunity to see both of these things…

Evening = Job 12-14, The Slaying of Job

Tonight we come to the end of the first cycle of speeches in Job as Job responds to Zophar’s counsel in 12-14. These three chapters are split up into two large sections, and one short comment at the end. First in 12:1-13:19 Job rebukes his friends for how they’ve counseled him so far. Second in…

Morning = Acts 2:1-13, The Outpouring of Pentecost

There are specific Sundays marked out on the yearly Church calendar where you know certain truths will be focused on. For example on Palm Sunday you’ll most likely hear a sermon on the Triumphal entry. On Good Friday you’ll most likely hear a sermon on the cross of Christ. On Easter you’ll hear of the…

Evening = Job 11, You Deserve Worse

When we come to chapter 11 we meet the third and final friend come to bring comfort to Job. Zophar is his name, and as you’ll see he doesn’t have much to say by way of comfort, rather he comes with a rebuke. Before we get into what this last friend says I want to…

Morning = John 13:18-30, The Darkness of Betrayal

“In my dream I was carried away to a great and high mountain where I saw that great city…the Holy City of God, the New Jerusalem. Around the city, as around the earthly Jerusalem, there ran a wall great and high. There were twelve gates, north, south, east, and west; and every gate was a…

Evening = Job 10, Dire Questions

I have forgotten where I read this but I once read a book that had the following opening illustration. “I have a friend who has a dog named Bailey. Bailey was a two year old basset hound who had a gentle playful temper, eager to love anyone near him. But though this is true, Bailey…

Morning = John 13:1-17, The Love of Christ

Having concluded part one of John’s gospel where we find the public ministry of Jesus, we come now to part 2 of John’s gospel where John shows his readers the private ministry of Jesus to His disciples and His passion. 13:1 begins part two saying, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew…

Evening = Job 9, The Longing for a Mediator

Having traveled through the first 8 chapters of Job I think it’s safe to say that so far we have learned a few things. We’ve learned the book of Job speaks honestly about our suffering, it speaks honestly about the limits of our ability to understand our suffering, and it speaks honestly about the overwhelming…

Morning = John 12:44-50, A Summary of Our Faith

As we come to John 12:44-50 this morning we not only come to the end of John 12 we come to the end of the first half of John’s gospel. In chapters 1-12 John gives us a carefully organized picture of the public ministry of Jesus. The beloved disciple has showed us who Jesus is,…

Evening = Job 8, God is Fair

“Human beings are hard wired to think things ought to be fair. From the schoolchild indignant when the teacher punishes the wrong child to the soccer crowd furious at a referee’s error in giving a red card, we know with passionate intensity that unfairness is rotten.”[1]That sentence begins Christopher Ash’s commentary on Job 8. It…

Morning = John 12:36b-43, A Sad Pattern

“Nothing of importance happened today.” Those were words written in the diary of King George III of Great Britain. The day was July 4, 1776.[1]This quote probably shows more than he intended to, for if he hadn’t thought these events as important he likely wouldn’t have mentioned them at all. But by doing so he…

Evening = Job 6-7, The God Forsaken Living Death

While pastor Adam was away this week at Together for the Gospel, pastoral apprentice Mike Joas was eager and kind to fill the pulpit this past Sunday evening. He studied Job 6-7 deeply and reaped in the pulpit wonderfully. Give these two chapters and Mike's thoughts on them your attention, you'll be blessed if you do.

Morning = John 12:27-36a, The Glorification of Christ

While pastor Adam was away this week at Together for the Gospel, elder Chad Clark graciously filled the pulpit this past Sunday morning. He lingered over John 12:27-36a, where we see a continuation of 12:20-26 and receive more on the glorification of Christ. His study has great depth, is faithful to the text, and was…

Evening = Job 4-5, A Useless Sermon from a Kind Friend

In the introduction to the book of Job in the 1560 Geneva Bible we find the following paragraph, “In this history is set before our eyes the example of a singular patience. For this holy man Job was not only extremely afflicted in outward things and in his body, but also in his mind and…

Morning = John 12:20-26, The Hour of Glory

The well known pastor and author James Montgomery Boice was once reflecting on the many different pulpits he has had the privilege of preaching from in his travels around the world. He said from the outside most pulpits are beautifully carved, ornate, and striking in design. But from standing behind them you see a different…

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