Evening = Revelation 2:12-17, The Word to those Where Satan Dwells

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. This is the third city on our journey and is the first of the three compromised churches The First and Last churches (Ephesus & Laodicea) are…

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…

Evening = Revelation 2:1-7, The Loveless Church

Revelation 2:1-7“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call…

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,…

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…

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…”…

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…

Evening=But God….Grows

Wk. 1: But God Judges Wk. 2: But God Saves Wk. 3: But God Preserves Today we see that through everything we may be blessed with and every advantage that we have been given it is God who gives spiritual growth to the church. In a day and age of the next best thing and…

Evening = But God…..Preserves

Week 1: But God…Judges In our first week we set the foundation with the truth that sins is a corrupting force that God will Judge. His wrath remains against sin from the most devious and wicked such as the acts of Doeg to the most common and some may say passive as the Rich-Man of…

Evening = But God….Saves

Last week we set the foundation of the series but walking through the reality that Judgment and wrath are true realities. God will judge one day, and as was seen in both Ps. 52 and Luke 12 that day is unknown to us, but it is a reality, and for those apart from Christ it…

Evening = But God….Judges

Intro: 4 week series looking at the 2 most transformative Words in Scripture: But God Overview Where we are going -Week 1: But God Judges (the Wicked) -Week 2: But God Saves (Sinners) -Week 3: But God Preserves (His Own) -Week 4: But God Builds (His Church) Now again the focus point of our series…

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…

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…

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…

Evening=Historic Faith: The Battle for the Son

Augustine cont…(Pelagianism) -Pelagianism -Belief circulated by the Pious British Monk Pelagius -Arose out of his distaste for the Christian church he found in Rome, where the faith seemed reduced to ritualistic practices meant for future life in heaven, with no regard for current holiness. -From this moment in 383 he felt his mission was to…

Evening= Historic Faith: The Battle for the Trinity

Last week we were introduced to the Council of Nicaea and the initial battle over the Divinity of Christ The council of Nicaea was 1 of 4 major universally accepted Councils of the Christian faith. (each council sought to bring clarity to the truths found in Scripture. -4 Councils: Nicaea (325)-Last week Constantinople (381)- This…

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…

Evening = The Historic Faith, The Fourth Century Shapes the Church

The church at the beginning of- the 2nd century (Epistle of Diogentum) History of the Christian Church § 2. General Character of Ante-nicene Christianity The Christians,” he says, “are not distinguished from other men by country, by language, nor by civil institutions. For they neither dwell in cities by themselves, nor use a peculiar tongue,…

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…

Evening= The Historic Faith: African Church Fathers

The Church in Alexandria 1. Background of the City -located in Egypt & home to one of the Largest Hellenistic jewish sect of the first and second centruty -Apollos was Born and raised there Acts 18:24–28 ESV Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent…

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…

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…

Evening= The Historic Faith: The Apostles and the spread of Christianity

This week we continue our journey through the history of the church specifically Andrew looks at the time of the Apostles and their ministry through to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. 1. Beginning of the Way •The Apostles Mission Matthew 28:19–20 ESV Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Evening: Habits of Grace- Hear His Voice Pt 1

In this week's evening service we change things up a bit as we continue in our series on Spiritual Disciplines. This week, specifically, we look at the importance of the Word of God and some of the basic ways we join in fellowship with God through the Word. Take a listen.

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…

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…

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 38- The LORD Speaks

Join us as we continue in our study on the Book of Job. This week we will begin unpacking the beauty and wonder of the LORD's speech to Job out of the Whirlwind. Here we come face to face with the awesome wonder, mystery and grace of God through his presence and his rebuke. For…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Evening: Job 29-31 “Once more with Feeling”

This week Andrew continues our study through the book of Job reflecting on Job's final words to his friends and defenses of life before God. There is a lot to unpack but in the end Job will Ponder the past, Lament the Present and then Plead for a future.  

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…

Evening: Job 23-24 Standing in Chaos

In this weeks text Andrew dives into chapters 23-24 where Job will answer Eliphaz one last time. In this Job will reason that God is far greater than he can fathom, and so he will plead his case to God alone and cling to his integrity in spite of his friends words and the apparent…

Evening: Job 22, Eliphaz – The Wisdomless Counselor

During our evening service Andrew took us through Eliphaz's final speech to Job. In this text we saw Eliphaz's wisdom turn to folly for he does 3 things in this text that we need to be aware of and ensure that we are not doing the same: 1. He wrongly assess his friends character (1-11)…

Evening: Job 16-17; Firm through Suffering

This week, our newest staff member; Andrew Jaenichen filled the pulpit and brought the Word to us while continuing our study through the book of Job.  In this text we saw Job reply to his friend Eliphaz's attack on his character and his relationship with God, as such Job refuted the charges against him and…