Cure for Depravity (John 3:1-15)

If we were left with the news that we are a people who naturally hate God and our neighbor then there is no reason to continue to move forward in life.  In fact, our lives would be meaningless without any purpose at all.  However, the message of the gospel is not something where we just hope we will arrive.  If we are sinful, if we naturally hate God and our neighbor, then how do we really turn to the Lord?

Why So Hateful (1 John 1:8-10)

Our catechism uses strong language that we naturally hate God and our neighbor.  Do we really want to say that we naturally hate God?  Do we really want to say that we naturally hate all people?  Are we really that sinful?  How can we find any way out of this sinful way of life?

Am I an Insider (Matthew 8:18-27)

When we consider the message of Matthew’s gospel the concern is that we discern whether or not we are insiders seeking to do the Lord’s will.  However, if I am not genetically tied to the Israelite people, Abraham is not a direct genetic descendant in my family tree, and I am not genetically tied to the prophets then can I be an insider?  What if my faith is not as strong as it should be does that mean I am excluded from the inside? How do I know if I am an insider who possesses the Gospel promises?

Outsiders on the Inside (Matthew 8:1-17)

Matthew is writing a Gospel not just to confirm that Christ is the Messiah, but to call people to embrace the true Messiah in faith.  So, is this a Gospel that is merely rebuking the Israelites for not embracing their God?  Is this a Gospel that is excessive for one race?  Who can be an insider?

The Resurrection Reception (Luke 24:1-12)

We would not think that death could hold our Lord, but then we have the record of his resurrection.  Why is the resurrection of Christ so essential?  Why do we have such a huge problem understanding the resurrection of Christ?

The Ordeal Champion (Psalm 69)

There are times when we are tempted to think that God is not walking with us in the midst of our trials.  We can think that the Lord is not really there nor is the Lord really all that gracious.  We can think that until we consider the words of Psalm 69.  How can the words of Psalm 69 and the suffering of our Lord encourage us in those trying times? 

Living it Out: Gospel Informed Ethics (2) (Matthew 7:13-29)

So often when people hear about the Gospel they accuse Christianity of being an easy believes. The perception is sometimes given that you just believe the gospel and then living life is a life that is lived for self rather than out of gratitude. However, there is another perception that we have to show we are worthy to receive the grace of God. How do we take the commands in Scripture seriously without making the Gospel a burden?