Christmas: The Rescue Mission- Secure

I am sure He wouldn’t have loved me for this long if He hadn’t been a changeless Lover.  If He were going to grow weary of me, He would have been tired of me long before now.  If He hadn’t loved me with a love as deep as hell, and as strong as death, He would have turned away from me long ago.  Oh, joy above all joys, to know that I am His everlasting and inalienable inheritance, given to Him by His Father even before the earth existed!  Everlasting love shall be the pillow for my head this night.  – Charles Spurgeon.

Christmas: The Rescue Mission- Search

An “impersonal God” – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own head – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps, approaching an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: Was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (“Man’s search for God!”) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us? – C.S. Lewis

Armed For Battle (Ephesians 6:10-24)

All of our warfare and all of our activity must take place in the context of constant, unceasing prayer. Just as a soldier on the battle line has to keep in constant communication with his general headquarters and his commanding officer, so the Christian who is on the battle line must be in constant communication with his Lord. He might be fully equipped with all the armor, but if he is cut off from personal communication with his own commander, then he will be isolated and vulnerable. – R. C. Sproul

The Gospel Impacted Workplace (Ephesians 6:5-9)

Grace makes us the servants of God while still we are the servants of men: it enables us to do the business of heaven while we are attending to the business of earth: it sanctifies the common duties of life by showing us how to perform them in the light of heaven. – Charles Spurgeon

Below is preview footage of our new video equipment set up. We plan to go live and film consistently starting December 2. The sermon begins around 26:44

The Gospel-Impacted Home (Ephesians 6:1-4)

When a young mother cannot bring herself to discipline her child, when a father will not supply the time or attention to discipline, when the latest childrearing book has made us question whether we should just ignore some improper outburst from a child—in each of these moments we need the straightforward simplicity this Scripture supplies. If we love our children too much to require them to do what is right, then we have not really loved them enough. - Bryan Chapell

When The Holy Spirit Fills The Church (Ephesians 5:15-21)

Such are the wholesome results of the fullness of the Holy Spirit. They all concern our relationships. If we are filled with the Spirit, we shall be harmoniously related both to God (worshipping him with joy and thanksgiving) and to each other (speaking and submitting to one another). In brief, Spirit-filled believers love God and love each other, which is hardly surprising since the first fruit of the Spirit is love. – John Stott

Honoring God In A Sex-Crazed World (Ephesians 5:1-14)

But the reason why Christians should dislike and avoid vulgarity is not because we have a warped view of sex, and are either ashamed or afraid of it, but because we have a high and holy view of it as being in its right place God’s good gift, which we do not want to see cheapened. All God’s gifts, including sex, are subjects for thanksgiving, rather than for joking. To joke about them is bound to degrade them; to thank God for them is the way to preserve their worth as the blessings of a loving Creator. – John Stott

We had a malfunction this week with the sermon recording computer. We apologize for the audio quality!

Get Busy Living (Ephesians 4:1-7)

United in him, we share the same testimony: one Lord, one faith, one baptism. These are the terms that characterize the testimony of all who are truly Christ’s. We testify that Jesus is Lord; we testify that faith in his work on our behalf is our only means of salvation; and, by our baptism, we testify that we are cleansed of sin and united to him by his grace alone. – Bryan Chapell