Sermons from September 2013

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The Demise Of Death – 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

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The painful evidence is all around us. – News’ headlines are just obituaries in a different form: Right here at Northgate on Thursday, a guard shot dead. – At least 67 dead in Nairobi after a brutal mall siege last weekend. – At least 42 dead after a boat sank on the Niger River on Friday. – 85 Christians slain in a Pakistan church last Sunday. – The day before that, at least 515 dead in a Pakistan earthquake. – And this all just in the last week. – “Death reigns”.

If Jesus Never Rose… – 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

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By Paul’s day, some also held that death extinguished life totally. – Or that death only led to some shadowy, ghostly existence in the underworld. But to speak of a bodily, physical existence in the world to come was a belief not fit for polite company! – To speak of rotten, decaying corpses that get resuscitated? –

SOLA GRATIA: By Grace Alone – 1 Corinthians 15:8-10

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If you take a standard Christian hymnal and search the index for hymns about God’s grace, listen to what you’ll find:
There are hymns about: converting grace, the covenant of grace, efficacious grace, the fullness of grace, magnified grace, refreshing grace, regenerating grace, sanctifying grace, saving grace, and sovereign grace. –

Take My Life – Romans 12:1-2

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God’s mercy for us “exerts a total and all-encompassing claim upon us: grace now ‘reigns’ over us (5:21). It is therefore entirely fitting that our response is to be one that is equally total and all-encompassing” (Moo) – presenting our whole self as a sacrifice to God…

Parable of the Barren Fig Tree – Luke 13:6-9

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: 16-23 Repent or Perish13:1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but […]