1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle,a and set apart for the gospel of God—2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures—3 concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh 4 and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead. 5 Through him we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the Gentiles, 6 including you who are also called by Jesus Christ.
We have the privilege of having Nathan Chambers from Trinitas Presbyterian Church come to preach the Word this Easter Sunday. Here’s his text:
13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Our church very generously sent me away on a 10-week sabbatical following the birth of our new son (Nate the Great). While I was gone, our friends in the 3Strand Network very graciously filled the pulpit in my absence. I now present you with the complete list of sermons:
- 4/3 – Nate Greenland (Damascus Road Church); Psalm 13, “Prayer”
- 4/10 – Jim Fikkert (Communion Church); Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, “I Did It Myself”
- 4/17 – Seth MacGillivray (Seed Church); Ecclesiastes 7:7-12, “Wisdom Keeps Us Alive”
- 4/24 – Phil Higley (Seed); Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, “The Mystery of Time”
- 5/1 – Derek Fekkes (Communion); 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, “God’s Means of Grace”
- 5/8 – Chris Rich (Damascus Road); Ecclesiastes 4:1-12, “Unbreakable”
- 5/15 – Brent Rood (Seed); Luke 15:1-4
- 5/22 – Brian MacSwan (Legacy Church); 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1, “That They May Be Saved”
- 5/29 – John Moody (Faith Baptist Church); Nehemiah 4
- 6/5 – Jim Fikkert (Communion); 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, “The Process of Healing”
- 6/12 – Sam Ford (Restoration Road Church); Romans 12:9-13, “Restoring the Table”
Enjoy getting caught up!
For the fourth and final Advent Sunday, we will be looking at Jesus as the Second Adam. Here’s our text:
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.