Sermons on Sin

The Beast That Crouches at the Door

What happens when we try to redefine good and evil on our own . . . when we live our lives “east of Eden”? After observing the Fall of humanity in Genesis 3, we don’t have to wait long to see the effects on the human race. Cain–motivated by anger, jealousy, and fear–murders his brother Abel, and a disheartening trajectory is established. When you read the story carefully, you’ll notice quite a few parallels with the Fall narrative (God’s questioning,…

Truth and Lies: Part 2 – The Flesh

I started a three-part series last Sunday called “Truth and Lies,” and in these three messages, I’m focusing on how Satan spreads “deceptive ideas that play to our disordered desires that become normalized in a sinful society” (those words come from Live No Lies by John Mark Comer). The “deceptive ideas” are lies from Satan (last week). The “disordered desires” are what the Bible calls “the flesh” (today). And the “sinful society” is what Scripture calls “the world” (next Sunday).…

The Roaring Lion

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God…

Elders Who Shepherd and Members Who Submit

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you…