Sermon Synopsis

God With the Voiceless

Are you like Herod or like Jesus? Herod killed whomever posed a threat to his kingdom even little children. If what is most important to you is your kingdom, you will kill to advance it. This sermon unpacks the horrific silencing of the voices of many children today still, how the guilt of the murderers can be taken away and how God came to be with children through his Son.

God With the Voiceless

Are you like Herod or like Jesus? Herod killed whomever posed a threat to his kingdom even little children. If what is most important to you is your kingdom, you will kill to advance it. This sermon unpacks the horrific silencing of the voices of many children today still, how the guilt of the murderers can be taken away and how God came to be with children through his Son.

Power That Builds Up

When power is not abused, it is often unused or misused. There are the fatalists who overemphasize the power of the divine and under-emphasize human power – they pray but fail to work. Pragmatists often overemphasize human power and under-emphasize the divine – they work but fail to pray. Then, there are the ‘do-alists’ who try to separate human power from the divine. The story of Nehemiah shows us that if God powers the universe and empowers humans, we ought to pray as we work. It also points us to how the Almighty God rebuilds the ruins of fallen humanity through the gracious power of the gospel.

Power That Builds Up

When power is not abused, it is often unused or misused. There are the fatalists who overemphasize the power of the divine and under-emphasize human power – they pray but fail to work. Pragmatists often overemphasize human power and under-emphasize the divine – they work but fail to pray. Then, there are the ‘do-alists’ who try to separate human power from the divine. The story of Nehemiah shows us that if God powers the universe and empowers humans, we ought to pray as we work. It also points us to how the Almighty God rebuilds the ruins of fallen humanity through the gracious power of the gospel.

Narcotic Power

The story of Haman and Mordecai in this passage shows us how we often relate to power. Like Haman, we want people to venerate us. If we have power, we flaunt it; if we do not have it, we hide. We assume that visible power is true power.¬†However, we see in this story that the invisible God who sovereignly and providentially governs all things is the all-powerful God who deserves our worship and allegiance-not the idol of power. When we truly know God’s power and love, we will use power rightly. Rather than serve ourselves and seek to destroy others, like Haman, we will seek to serve others and give ourselves for them like Jesus.

Narcotic Power

The story of Haman and Mordecai in this passage shows us how we often relate to power. Like Haman, we want people to venerate us. If we have power, we flaunt it; if we do not have it, we hide. We assume that visible power is true power. However, we see in this story that the invisible God who sovereignly and providentially governs all things is the all-powerful God who deserves our worship and allegiance-not the idol of power. When we truly know God’s power and love, we will use power rightly. Rather than serve ourselves and seek to destroy others, like Haman, we will seek to serve others and give ourselves for them like Jesus.

Light Up The World

Christians were first called Christians in a city called Antioch. These Christians were so moved by the power of the gospel that they lived sacrificially toward one another. They gave, preached, encouraged and served with a strong sense of the great significance of their individual roles and callings in and outside the church. This manner of living broke down cultural barriers, transformed lives, converted unbelievers and spurred social action. These Christians lit up the world. Will you?

Light Up The World

Christians were first called Christians in a city called Antioch. These Christians were so moved by the power of the gospel that they lived sacrificially toward one another. They gave, preached, encouraged and served with a strong sense of the great significance of their individual roles and callings in and outside the church. This manner of living broke down cultural barriers, transformed lives, converted unbelievers and spurred social action. These Christians lit up the world. Will you?

Power And The Beast

The idea of the self-made man or woman is not only a myth; it is also a misunderstanding of the means and ends of power. When we take utmost pride in our power or achievements, we become worshippers of the idol of power – leading to pride – and beasts – leading to inhumane behaviour. The worship of the true God through the gospel of Christ grants us humility to the humane use of power and the right use of achievements.

Power And The Beast

The idea of the self-made man or woman is not only a myth; it is also a misunderstanding of the means and ends of power. When we take utmost pride in our power or achievements, we become worshippers of the idol of power – leading to pride – and beasts – leading to inhumane behaviour. The worship of the true God through the gospel of Christ grants us humility to the humane use of power and the right use of achievements.

Misusing Sex

While the Bible is clearly against homosexual practices because it contradicts the original design and ultimately hampers human flourishing; Christians are called to distinguish the sinner from the sin and to love those struggling with homosexuality.
Same-sex attracted persons, same-sex oriented persons and same-sex affirming persons are created in the image of God; and Christ gave his life for them.

Misusing Sex

While the Bible is clearly against homosexual practices because it contradicts the original design and ultimately hampers human flourishing; Christians are called to distinguish the sinner from the sin and to love those struggling with homosexuality.
Same-sex attracted persons, same-sex oriented persons and same-sex affirming persons are created in the image of God; and Christ gave his life for them.

When Sex Makes Victims

Sexual predators have a cheapened view of sex. They do not know the cost of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a ravaging monster. It renders her victims desolate. And when we keep quiet about the predators or ask their victims to keep quiet, we pay obeisance to the idol of sex. Only Christ can redeem us. Only Christ can make the victims new.

When Sex Makes Victims

Sexual predators have a cheapened view of sex. They do not know the cost of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a ravaging monster. It renders her victims desolate. And when we keep quiet about the predators or ask their victims to keep quiet, we pay obeisance to the idol of sex. Only Christ can redeem us. Only Christ can make the victims new.

When Love Fails

Love fails us all when we realize that there is no one true love that can satisfy all our longings. We can respond by recasting the hopes of past relationships on new ones or by forgoing the idea of love altogether. While the latter hardens our hearts and make us incapable of loving or being loved, the former always leaves us deceived and disappointed. Only the unfailing love of Christ is worth trusting in a world of heart-breakers and the lovelorn.

When Love Fails

Love fails us all when we realize that there is no one true love that can satisfy all our longings. We can respond by recasting the hopes of past relationships on new ones or by forgoing the idea of love altogether. While the latter hardens our hearts and make us incapable of loving or being loved, the former always leaves us deceived and disappointed. Only the unfailing love of Christ is worth trusting in a world of heart-breakers and the lovelorn.

The Trajectory Of Lust

Sexual prudes cringe when the topic of sex is brought up. Sexual revolutionaries are usually the ones who bring it up. But the idol of sex attracts, deceives and defeats both kinds of people. Only through the grace of Christ – the only sexual faithful – can we receive pardon for sexual sins and power to resist lust.

The Trajectory Of Lust

Sexual prudes cringe when the topic of sex is brought up. Sexual revolutionaries are usually the ones who bring it up. But the idol of sex attracts, deceives and defeats both kinds of people. Only through the grace of Christ – the only sexual faithful – can we receive pardon for sexual sins and power to resist lust.

The Command To Generosity

Failing to follow God’s command to generous giving is a mark of idolatry – it suggests that we know and can do better with our money. While there is no mandated amount for Christian generosity, the everlasting love of Christ should compel us to give bountifully and regularly.

The Command To Generosity

Failing to follow God’s command to generous giving is a mark of idolatry – it suggests that we know and can do better with our money. While there is no mandated amount for Christian generosity, the everlasting love of Christ should compel us to give bountifully and regularly.

The Heart Of Generosity

When we seek to get from money what only God can give us, it becomes an idol that blinds us from seeing what it truly is – a resource for God’s purpose. But if we treasure the indescribable gift of Christ, he dwells in our hearts fully, rids us of idols and enables us to give generously, willingly and sacrificially.

The Heart Of Generosity

When we seek to get from money what only God can give us, it becomes an idol that blinds us from seeing what it truly is – a resource for God’s purpose. But if we treasure the indescribable gift of Christ, he dwells in our hearts fully, rids us of idols and enables us to give generously, willingly and sacrificially.

When Work Becomes Meaningless

Many times, our work feels meaningless: it seems like we are not achieving anything worthwhile. We may embrace the things our work provides us, but they will not give us lasting meaning. The writer of Ecclesiastes shows us that the recipe for meaninglessness is a worldly worldview and a worldly heart. If the output of our work defines life for us, then it has become our god; if the result of our work becomes the measure of meaning, and this is idolatry.
However, the Bible shows us that there is a resolution for our meaninglessness. We need a godly worldview and a godly heart. The true value of our work is not in the material gains or the money we make but in God’s assessment from an eternal timescale. Jesus’ work on earth appeared meaningless; many people did not believe in him. Yet, it is Jesus’ finished work on the Cross that gives us meaning. Jesus worked with his eyes set on God’s eternal timeline.
We will find true meaning for our lives and our work when we rest upon Christ’s finished work and see our temporal work from God’s eternal perspective with a renewed heart.

When Work Becomes Meaningless

Many times, our work feels meaningless: it seems like we are not achieving anything worthwhile. We may embrace the things our work provides us, but they will not give us lasting meaning. The writer of Ecclesiastes shows us that the recipe for meaninglessness is a worldly worldview and a worldly heart. If the output of our work defines life for us, then it has become our god; if the result of our work becomes the measure of meaning, and this is idolatry.
However, the Bible shows us that there is a resolution for our meaninglessness. We need a godly worldview and a godly heart. The true value of our work is not in the material gains or the money we make but in God’s assessment from an eternal timescale. Jesus’ work on earth appeared meaningless; many people did not believe in him. Yet, it is Jesus’ finished work on the Cross that gives us meaning. Jesus worked with his eyes set on God’s eternal timeline.
We will find true meaning for our lives and our work when we rest upon Christ’s finished work and see our temporal work from God’s eternal perspective with a renewed heart.

The Leprosy of Greed

Greed makes us blind to its presence in our life. Greed makes our hearts hard. Greed makes us objectify persons and personify objects. Greed is leprosy of the heart. But Jesus is so powerful that he cannot only heal the disease of our hearts, He can also make them clean through his touch of his hands.

The Leprosy Of Greed

Greed makes us blind to its presence in our life. Greed makes our hearts hard. Greed makes us objectify persons and personify objects. Greed is leprosy of the heart. But Jesus is so powerful that he cannot only heal the disease of our hearts, He can also make them clean through his touch of his hands.

Remembering the Sabbath

Rest is a strange idea for many in the city. We work as though money can fulfill all our needs and we regard rest as something for the lazy.
But the bible teaches that Sabbath is a blessing to be enjoyed because it points to the deeper rest we all long for. When we rest, we say, ‘No, money, you are not my god.’

Remembering The Sabbath

Rest is a strange idea for many in the city. We work as though money can fulfill all our needs and we regard rest as something for the lazy.
But the bible teaches that Sabbath is a blessing to be enjoyed because it points to the deeper rest we all long for. When we rest, we say, ‘No, money, you are not my god.’

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