This sermon surveys John the Baptist. Jesus called John "The lamp burning & shining" (John 5.35).
John was a man of...
1. Unflinching courage (a preaching man)
2. Unambiguous clarity (baptizing man)
3. Unparalleled humility (humble man)
4. Undeniable hope (Christ-pointing man)
Let's all strive, by God's grace, to emulate John and point others to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
"The Elder Must Hold the Word to Teach Truth & Refute Error!"
This sermon covers Mark 1:9-11. We observe the Baptism of Jesus around 3 key words:
1. Identification -- Jesus identifies with John and his message (9)
2. Preparation -- this baptism is the last event in the private preparation for Jesus' ministry that He will inaugurate. Also, the Spirit of God comes upon Him (v.10)
3. Affirmation / Authentication -- this is the Father's vocal affirmation from the heavens that Jesus is the Beloved Son and in this Son, the Father is well-pleased (v.11)
This sermon covers Isaiah 2.
The overview of the intro section of Isa 2-4 is as follows:
A. God's future kingdom established (2.1-5)
B. Condemnation of PRIDE generally (2:6-22)
B. Condemnation of PRIDE specifically (ch.3)
A. God's future kingdom established (4:2-6)
Then we saw in Isa 2 the contrast between what IS TO COME and what is NOW.
We must interpret biblical prophecy, in Isa 2, normally, literally and with straightforward interp which will lead to a future, earthly kingdom.
2 main points:
1. the Holy One of Israel PROMISES A FUTURE KINGDOM ON EARTH (vv.1-5)
2. The Holy One of Israel PUNISHES ALL THE PROUD IN JUDGMENT (vv.6-22)
Pastor Geoff shows how there is a great depth to a Premil understanding -- a literal, grammatical, historical interp of the BIble will inevitably lead to Premil. A faithful hermeneutic and consistent one will lead to Premil.
Far from being superficial or a surface level understanding, Premil is actually quite deep in its thoroughness and comprehensive cohesion of Scripture. It employs a faithful hermeneutic and results in a right and accurate interpretation of the Bible.
This sermon covers Isaiah 3. In this very sobering chapter, Isaiah proclaims God's hatred of pride and shows many examples by way of illustration of how God will remove and take away anything and everything people trusted in.
1. God's judgment upon the WICKED LEADERS (wicked men) (1-15)
2. God's judgment upon the WICKED WOMEN (sensual ladies) (3:16-4:1)
This sermon surveys the Temptation narrative in Mark 1. Matthew 4 and Luke 4 provide more details regarding the account.
This sermon focuses on Christ our CHAMPION by looking at the Temptation in 3 ways:
1. consider the LEADING OF THE SPIRIT (preparation in the desert)
2. consider the TEMPTATION OF SATAN (hostility from the Devil)
3. consider the MINISTRY OF ANGELS (worship from the angels)
"The BRANCH & His Glorious, Future, Earthly, 1,000 Year Kingdom"
This sermon examines the glorious & beautiful "Branch" -- the Messiah Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ and HIS Future, earthly kingdom.
We survey 6 features of the kingdom in this chapter. This chapter is ALL Hope, all future, all beauty, all wonder, and all delight.
1. a glorious SAVIOR
2. a glorious NATION
3. a glorious CITY
4. a glorious FORGIVENESS
5. a glorious PRESENCE
6. a glorious PROTECTION
What a great Kingdom we have ahead of us! Let us lift our eyes and pray: "Let your kingdom come!"
Pastor Geoff preaches Isaiah 6 and shows how the Prophet becomes a Singer (5:1-7). He sings a song for his "Beloved" -- God -- and about God's vineyard.
Isa 5 simply shows how Israel is guilty & judgment is coming. They have sinned, they are guilty, and they deserve God's wrath. Isaiah will SING it in a parable, and he will lament it in WOEs and then he'll vividly describe the inevitable judgment.
The sermon covered 2 main points:
1. The Prophet's SONG of Israel's Sinfulness (5:1-7)
2. The Scathing WOEs for Israel's Iniquities (5:8-30)
What are the steps to the downfall & destruction of a nation? What destroys a society? What is the massive worldview crisis we face today? Is there hope? What can be done?
"Why Godly Elders Must Protect From False Teachers, Part 2"
This sermon expounds Mark 1:16-20 when Jesus walks by the Sea of Galilee and calls two sets of brothers -- Simon & Andrew and then James & John, the sons of Zebedee.
MAIN POINT - Jesus demonstrates his authority by summoning 5 men to be DISCIPLES and SOUL-WINNERS.
1. You are CALLED to follow Christ!
2. You are COMMISSIONED to fish for souls!
This message looks at many parallels between casting the net for fish & fishing for souls! What is the believer's duty and call? What is our ambition? How can you evangelize? What can you do to fish for souls? How can we make it our ambition to "win more souls" to Jesus Christ?
This sermon surveys all of Isaiah 6 -- God is HOLY HOLY HOLY.
1. SIGHT - Isaiah saw the LORD (1-4)
2. INSIGHT - Isaiah saw himself (5-7)
3. MISSION - Isaiah saw the need (8-12)
4. FAITH - Isaiah saw the hope (13b)