Sermons

Fear (Psalm 56; Romans 8:31-39)

When you are afraid, you can trust in the God who hears you and will deliver you.

I.    GOD ALLOWS HIS CHILDREN TO WALK THROUGH THE WILDERNESS (VV. 1-7)
    A.    The Wilderness is the Place of Suffering (vv. 1-7)
    B.    The Wilderness is the Place of Dependence (Numbers 13-14; Romans 8)
    C.    The Wilderness is the Place of Instruction (Deuteronomy 8:3)

II.    GOD HEARS HIS CHILDREN WEEPING IN THE WILDERNESS (VV. 8-11)
    A.    Your Weeping does not Fall on Deaf Ears (vv. 8-11)
    B.    Your Weeping is not a Lack of Faith (John 11:36)

III.    GOD WALKS WITH HIS CHILDREN THROUGH THE WILDERNESS (VV. 12-13)
    A.    God is With You (vv. 12-13; Romans 8:9-11)
    B.    God is For You (vv. 12-13; Romans 8:31-39)
    C.    God Provides for You in the Wilderness (Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 23:5)
 

Frauds (Psalm 55; John 13:21-30, 36-38; 21:15-19)

When all the world lets us down, we can take refuge in God, who never will.

I.    TAKE REFUGE IN GOD WHEN FRIENDS FORSAKE YOU (VV. 1-23)
    A.    The Danger of Placing our Trust in Men (vv. 4-16)
    B.    Beware Counsel that You Want to Hear (Proverbs 27:6; cf. Genesis 3:1-7)
    C.    Turn to the Only One Who Can Help (vv. 1-3, 17-23)

II.    TAKE REFUGE IN HIM WHO WAS FORSAKEN FOR YOU (LUKE 22:47-48; HEBREWS 4:14-16)
    A.    Jesus Knows what it is to be Betrayed by a Close Friend (Luke 22:47-48)
    B.    Jesus is Able to Sympathize (Hebrews 4:14-16)
    C.    Jesus will Never Leave You, Nor Forsake You (Hebrews 13:5-6; 2 Timothy 2:11-13)

III.    TAKE REFUGE IN GOD WHEN YOU ARE A FRAUD (JOHN 13:36-38; 21:1-17)
    A.    When the Fraud is in the Mirror (John 13:36-38; 21:1-17; Proverbs 24:16)
    B.    A Meal Shared with Frauds

Faith in the Fire (Psalm 54; 1 Samuel 23:13-25)

Faith in the midst of trials means trusting that God will set all things right, even if that means through death and resurrection.

I.    FAITH TESTED (VV. 1-3)
    A.    David Among the Ziphites (1 Samuel 23:13-25)
    B.    The Inner and Outer Struggles of Affliction
    C.    Crying Out for Deliverance (vv. 1-3; Exodus 20:2; 34:5-7)

II.    FAITH CONFESSED (VV. 4-5)
    A.    What God Has (and Hasn’t) Promised (v. 5)
    B.    The Difference Faces of Deliverance
    C.    Why God Allows Suffering and Affliction

III.    FAITH EXERCISED (VV. 6-7)
    A.    An Offering of Praise (vv. 6-7)
    B.    Preparing for Affliction (in Worship)
    C.    You Are What You Eat

The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good (Psalm 53; Romans 3:9-26)

The bad news is that man’s moral condition is universally ugly, but the good news is that God has sent help from heaven in Jesus Christ to grant us salvation.

I.    THE UGLY (REALITY) (VV. 1-3)
    A.    The Popular View of Humanity
    B.    God’s View of Man (vv. 1-3)
    C.    To Err is Human… or Is It?

II.    THE BAD (NEWS) (VV. 4-5; ROMANS 3:9-20)
    A.    We Are in Need (of Salvation) (vv. 4-5; Romans 3:9-20)
    B.    We Cannot Save Ourselves (or Each Other)

III.    THE GOOD (NEWS) (V. 6)
    A.    The Prayer (v. 6; cf. Romans 3:21-26)
    B.    The Invitation (to Joy)
    C.    Help has Come (and is Coming Again!)

Why? (Psalm 52; 1 Samuel 21:1–9; 22:9–23)

Both pride and love can drive us to do things that don’t make sense, but in very different ways.

I.    WHEN YOU ARE YOUR OWN REFUGE (VV. 1-5, 7; 1 SAMUEL 21:1-9; 22:9-19)
    A.    King Saul’s Obsession
    B.    Doeg’s Deceit
    C.    Why? (v. 1)

II.    WHEN GOD IS YOUR REFUGE (VV. 6-9)
    A.    Making God His Refuge (v. 7)
    B.    Trusting the Steadfast Love of God (vv. 8-9; 1 Samuel 22:20-23)

III.    THREE (OR FOUR) IMPORTANT WHY’S (V. 1)
    A.    Why Choose Evil Over Mercy and Grace? (v. 1)
    B.    Why Offer Grace to Those Who Afflict You? (v. 1)
    C.    The Great Why (John 3:16)
    D.    Why We Eat (v. 8)

Only the Broken (Psalm 51; 2 Samuel 12)

Those who admit that they are spiritually broken and ask for mercy find cleansing and are made whole.

I.    SIN DESTROYS LIVES AND RELATIONSHIPS (VV. 4, 8-11)
    A.    The Price of Sin (Leviticus 20:10; 24:17; Num 35:20-22, 30-31; Deuteronomy 19:11)
    B.    Broken Relationships and Hidden Faces (vv. 4, 8-11)
    C.    The Lost Son (2 Samuel 12:13-17)

II.    REPENTANCE EXPOSES ALL AND HIDES NOTHING (VV. 1-17)
    A.    I Am Wholly Sinful (v. 5)
    B.    I Will Not Hide it from Myself, God, or Others (vv. 3-6, 13-17)
    C.    I Need to Be Washed and Reconciled (vv. 1-2, 7-12)
    D.    Make Me Wholly New (v. 10; 2 Corinthians 5:7)

III.    RECONCILIATION COMES THROUGH DEATH (VV. 7-10, 18-19)
    A.    Purge Me with Hyssop (v. 7)
    B.    Only the Broken are Made New (vv. 8-9, 17-19)
    C.    The Given Son (v. 7)

Quid Pro Quo? (Psalm 50; Romans 2:1-5)

God cannot be bought or bargained with and wants only one thing from us, sincere dependence upon his mercy and grace.

I.    GOD CANNOT BE BOUGHT (VV. 1-13)
    A.    Bargaining with God
    B.    Modern Examples

II.    GOD IS NOT FOOLED BY HYPOCRITICAL SPEECH (VV. 16-21)
    A.    The Art of “God-Talk” (vv. 16-20)
    B.    When God Breaks His Silence (vv. 3-4, 21)

III.    GOD OFFERS MERCY AND GRACE TO THE HUMBLE AND GRATEFUL (VV. 14-15, 22-23; ROMANS 2:1-5)
    A.    Naked and Ashamed
    B.    Quid pro nihilo? (vv. 14-15)
    C.    When God is Silent (vv. 3, 21-23; Romans 2:1-5)
    D.    Receiving without Giving

The Bully's Bluff (Psalm 49; 2 Corinthians 8:9)

You need not fear the rich of this world, for the wealth of this life has no benefit in the life to come.

I.    WHAT RICH MEN CAN AND CANNOT DO (VV. 3-12)
    A.    They Can Boast (vv. 3-4, 11, 18)
    B.    They Cannot Cheat Death (vv. 7-10, 12, 20)
    C.    They Cannot Determine Your Eternity (vv. 5-6)

II.    WHAT GOD ALONE CAN DO (VV. 13-20)
    A.    He Can See Through Empty Boasts (vv. 10, 13)
    B.    He Can Judge the Wicked (vv. 14, 17-20)
    C.    He Can Ransom Your Soul (vv. 15-16; 2 Corinthians 8:9)

III.    A LIFE FREE FROM THE LOVE OF MONEY
    A.    Free from Fear (vv. 5-6; 16)
    B.    Free to be Generous (Ephesian 4:28; 2 Corinthians 9:7)
    C.    The True Division (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)