The following are sermons:
The Eternity of Jesus
The Bible teaches that there is one God manifest in three distinct persons: God the Father; God the Son--Jesus; and God the Holy Spirit, who, like the Father and like the Son, is also a person. Not three Gods, but one; not one person but three.
Some, more recently, are dabbling in a different teaching. These say that God the Father has always existed, but that the person Jesus has not always existed. Jesus, they say, had a beginning; they say that there was a time when He was not. Some are saying that the Holy Spirit is only an impersonal power, or that He is not a person distinct from Jesus. Ideas are swirling. These mistaken teachings are not a problem for most. But we have friends. What will we say if our friends become interested in these ideas?
Today, we review the Bible basis for the Seventh-day Adventist understanding that there is one God manifest in three persons, we look at what Ellen White said, we consider the Arian idea that God the Father did not have a beginning but that Jesus did have a beginning, finally we look at the differences between our view based upon the Bible and the Catholic view based on pagan philosophy. We conclude with a consideration of the benefits of the eternity of Jesus.Read more...
He Who is Able
Ephesians 3:20, 21 NKJV:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, amen.
Here is a fundamental question. Can Jesus do as much for us as we think He can? Can He do as much for us as we theorize?Read more...
Bigger than Me
It is hard to think of anything bigger than me. In our world, in the enveloping narcissistic, self-loving culture, self is at the center. It's all about me. We are gods and our idols are our things because they are our things. Our pictures, our kids, our phones, our cars, our opinions--oh, how clever and important we are. We're smarter than God.
But God says that His Church is a fortress which He holds in a revolted world:Read more...
HAYSTACKS #3: Youthful Eternity
Today we continue with part three of our HAYSTACKS series. We are using the word HAYSTACKS as a memory tool to help us think about what it means to be Seventh-day Adventist. "H" stood for Hope, and "A" for Advent. We will let "Y" stand for a "Youthful Eternity." Seventh-day Adventists believe in a youthful eternity.Read more...
HAYSTACKS #2: Advent
The word "HAYSTACKS" helps us remember core Bible principles underlying Seventh-day Adventist belief. "H" was "Hope," and today, we come to the letter "A." "A" is for "Advent."
"Advent" means the coming of something, the time when something arrives at last. We are Christians. We look for the Second Coming, Advent, Appearing, Parousia of Jesus. But others also believe that Jesus is coming. They think He may come a thousand years from now, or, in three seconds. Either way, the Second Coming of Jesus is fundamentally separated from the lives of God's people. If Jesus comes in 1,000 years, we and our children will be dead long before. If He comes in three seconds, there is no serious opportunity by then to change what we are.Read more...
HAYSTACKS #1: Hope
This morning we begin a series called HAYSTACKS. Because, obviously, the world needs yet another acronym.
Most North American Adventists are familiar with an entree we call "haystacks." It is a layered dish. There are usually corn chips at the bottom, then beans, rice, lettuce, salsa and more on top. Haystacks can be prepared healthfully, and are commonly seen at social gatherings. You won't find the term "haystacks" in a list of doctrines or a Bible study. But we will use the word in coming weeks as a means of shorthanding Adventism into nine topics. The first letter in Haystacks is "H," and today we start with the first of these aspects, which is "Hope."Read more...