"Our Part in Prophetic Ministry" (Heb 1:1-3; HC LD 12, QA 31-32)

Text: Heb 1:1-3
Series: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 12, QA 31-32
Preached: 2016-04-03 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

In this sermon, we consider the nature of Biblical prophesy so that we can appreciate Christ as our chief Prophet, 
as well as the way in which Christians share in his prophetic anointing.

"Disciples Whom Christ Loves" (Jn 19:25-27)

Text: Jn 19:25-27
Series: Passion Week
Preached: 2016-03-20 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

John records an instance of Jesus' profound love for his family, so that that you might know how the Lord cares for all those adopted into God's household. As “disciples whom Christ loves,” we are expected and enabled to fulfill our duties toward our natural and spiritual family.

"The Rebel Who Repents" (Lk 23:32-43)

Text: Mt 23:32-43
Series: Passion Week
Preached: 2016-03-13 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

Christ our King has authority to pardon anyone he wills, no matter how sinful. In mercy, he promises paradise to anyone who repents and places their trust in him. This text also confronts us with questions about the  reality of our repentance, and our willingness to forgive seemingly unforgivable people.

"The Father of Lights" (Jas 1.16-18; HC LD 9, QA 26-28)

Text: Jas 1:16-18
Series: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 9, QA 26-28
Preached: 2016-02-28 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

believers are able to call God their Father because the very same Spirit who formed Christ’s human nature in the womb of Mary, has miraculously given us new spiritual life and a transformed nature. And practically, this means we not only have life, but are called to new lives.

"Life for New Lives" (Eph 2:1-10; HC LD 9, QA 26-28)

Text: Eph 2:1-10
Series: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 9, QA 26-28
Preached: 2016-02-21 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

Believers call God their Father because the same Spirit who formed Christ’s human nature also gives us new birth. From this new life, we live new lives of gratitude and holiness.

"The Father's Chosen Children" (Eph 1:1-14; HC LD 9, QA 26)

Text: Eph 1:1-14
Series: Heidelberg Catechism, LD 9, QA 26
Preached: 2016-02-14 at Phoenix URC, 5:30 PM.

Relating to God as our adoptive Father means trusting that we’ve been chosen to participate in his loving family, to be cared for as his children, and that we have a share in the inheritance which belongs to his natural Son, Jesus Christ.

 

"God's Life of Unity and Community" (Mt. 3:7-17; HC LD 8, QA 25)

Text: Mt. 3:7-17
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (LD 8, QA 25)
Summary: What does it mean that God is "one and three"? And how does this truth change the way Christians see themselves and others? This sermon addresses the practical consequences of Trinitarian theology.

Preached: 2016-01-31 at 5:30 PM, Phoenix United Reformed Church

"The Confessable, Contendable Faith" (HC LD 7; Jd 1-4)


Text: Jude 1-4
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (LD 7, QA 22-23)
Summary: Can the basic teachings of the Bible be known? According to Jude, yes! The "faith once for all delivered" should not only be confessed, but contended for by all believers. What does true contending look like? All of these matters are addressed.

Preached: 2016-01-24 at 5:30 PM, Phoenix United Reformed Church