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…