Sermons on Old Testament
Sermon text: Genesis 16:1-6 God’s plan for each of us is perfect. That shouldn’t be surprising, since God is all-knowing. In fact, He’s know His plan since before creation. Yet, we imperfect and certainly not all-knowing humans try to convince Him of the merits of our plans. We settle for something that we don’t even know is going to turn out right, instead of His perfect plan.
The Bible is chock full of references to light and darkness. Many times these are in reference to spiritual realities. Light denotes holiness and good, while darkness is sin and depravity. Several of these light and darkness passages are prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Josiah was the final “good” king of Judah. He began to reign at eight years old, and he died at 39. But in those 31 years he impacted his nation greatly for God. This is more than just an historical profile, however. The account of Josiah’s life and reign has much to teach Christians today.
In the second week of our look at Rahab, the focus is on the clarity of the gospel message. The spies gave Rahab very specific instructions on what she must do to survive the conquest of Jericho. If she followed their directives, she would survive. If not, they would not be responsible for her demise. Similarly, when the Holy Spirit presents the opportunity to witness to a lost person, we need to present the plan of salvation in a clear,…
With everything coming at you fairly furiously these days, it’s not hard to get worn out. But even in the midst of your fatigue, you can have hope. Regardless of what’s going on in the world, God’s plan will still come to fruition. Both the Old and New Testament bear this out.
God has been so graceful with us. Yet it can be easy to withhold grace to others, especially if they’re not like us. This was the trap into which Jonah fell. He was ready to die before he’d go preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. Can we fall victim to stingy grace today?
God originally commanded Israel to observe the Day of Atonement every year. But with Jesus’ coming and His sacrifice, the Day of Atonement has been rendered obsolete. It is obsolete because Jesus, our High Priest, gave Himself on the cross of Calvary. He alone atoned for the sin of the world. This ushered in a new way of relating with God. No longer would worship only be “skin deep.” Now God would inhabit the hearts of those who put their…
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of putting your trust in other people. This is even more challenging when politicians are telling you what you want to hear. The promises sound so appealing. But our human limitations make this a risky venture. Instead, we should put all our trust in God. He’s been around forever and He’s the one who created everything. He just may know a little more than that candidate who wants your vote.
The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved chapters of Scripture. Guest speaker Charlie Whitcomb gives a verse by verse explanation of this psalm.