“Introducing Jesus” – Mark 1:1-15

Below you’ll find links both to the sermon audio and manuscript I wrote for this sermon. I pray they will encourage you in your walk with Christ and spur you on to godliness.

Sermon Manuscript:

Mark 1.1-15 Introducing Jesus

The Raging Nations & the Son Who Rules

Psalm 2 begins with the question: “Why?” Why do the nations rage? The Psalmist highlights the futility of raging against the creator, yet we often find ourselves asking the same question. Why are the governors, presidents, prime ministers, and other authorities raging against the Lord? Psalm 2 helps us process that very question through 4 stanzas: (1) The Nations Who Rage, (2) The Lord Who Laughs, (3) The Son Who Rules, and (4) The Grace of Submission. You can download my sermon notes by clicking the link below. You will also see a link to listen to the sermon audio.

Eat This Book

Most meals are just O.K. Not great. Not memorable. Just O.K. And that’s O.K. Because, most importantly, meals are about survival. Food sustains us through the labors of the day.

It should be the same with Bible reading. We don’t live by bread alone, but by the Word of God. Bible reading is food for the Christian. It’s spiritual sustenance. And, in the same way that every physical meal isn’t memorable, neither should we expect every Bible reading to be memorable.

Too often, modern Christians have succumbed to pure emotionalism. We want every time we read the Bible to fill us with emotions of rapturous joy and utter delight. And, when we don’t get those feelings we think something’s wrong with us, or worse, something’s wrong with the Bible.

But nothing is wrong with the Bible. It’s food. And whether it makes you feel good, eating it will sustain you. So eat it. You’ve never said, “Unless I get a 5 course meal prepared by a chef, I’m not eating dinner.” Treat the Bible the same way. Eat the meal that God has placed in front of you with gratitude for the sustenance it will provide.

In a few days, we’ll begin the #SamePageSummer Bible Reading Challenge. I’m encouraging you to read through the New Testament with me. Download the plan here. Join the Facebook Group here.

Also… I originally heard this illustration from either Doug Wilson or Rachel Jankovic. Can’t remember which.

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” Matthew 6:9b Sermon Manuscript

Introduction

This morning, we continued an expository sermon series through the Lord’s Prayer. Christians throughout the centuries have prayed these 70 words (in the KJV) from the lips of Jesus. Below is an excerpt from the sermon followed by a link to the full manuscript.

At Lake Wylie Baptist, we believe that God builds his church through his Word. For more expository sermons like this, visit lwbaptist.com/resources.

Sermon Excerpt

Notice, as well, that this is a request, “Hallowed be thy name.” When we pray these words, we are asking God to do something with his own name. We’re praying that he would make his name separate, set apart, and reverenced; which leads us to ask a question.  Is God’s name not holy? I thought holiness was a basic attribute of God. How could his name lack holiness such that we should ask for it?

Well, the fact is that God’s name is holy. There is nothing lacking in his name. There is nothing inadequate in God or his name. What is lacking, what is inadequate, what is missing is a holy reverence for God’s name on the earth. The human beings that God created have not and do not ascribe to God’s name the kind of worth and value, and reverence that he is due.

In fact, if you look down a few lines you’ll see the words, “in earth as in heaven.” That phrase can be applied to all of the first three petitions of the prayer:

  • Hallowed by thy name, in earth as it is in heaven.
  • Thy Kingdom come in earth as it is in heaven.
  • Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

In heaven, God’s name is treated as perfectly holy. Isaiah 6 gives us the vision of the throne room of heaven where God sits and rules over all of creation. And it is in that throne room that the angelic hosts fly around the throne day and night crying to one another “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty!” So honored reverenced is God in heaven, that the seraphim won’t even look at his glory. They cover their faces with their wings.

But that is not how God’s name is treated in the earth. On earth, God’s name is treated often treated either with contempt or simply with a thoughtless attitude.

Sermon Manuscript

Hallowed be Thy Name Matthew 6.9b

“Our Father Which Art in Heaven” Matthew 6:9a

Introduction

Yesterday, I began an expository sermon series through the Lord’s Prayer. Christians throughout the centuries have prayed these 70 words (in the KJV) from the lips of Jesus. Below is an excerpt from the sermon followed by a link to the full manuscript.

At Lake Wylie Baptist, we believe that God builds his church through his Word. For more expository sermons like this, visit lwbaptist.com/resources.

Sermon Excerpt:

The Lord’s Prayer could actually be called The Disciple’s Prayer. It’s the Lord’s in one sense because it comes from the Lord Jesus. But, it is a prayer that is given by the Lord to his disciples, his followers. And many people have wondered: should we recite the words, or is it just a model for us? And the answer is both.

 The prayer occurs twice in the New Testament; first, in Matthew’s gospel, as a part of a sermon that Jesus preached. Then, in Luke 11, Jesus’ disciples approach him and ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.” To which, Jesus responds, “When you pray, say…” In other words, “Say these words.” We are commanded, by the Lord Jesus to repeat the words he gave us. This means that true Christian prayer, which is pleasing to God and acceptable to him can be done in 20 seconds. This is the perfect prayer for new Christians. It’s the perfect prayer for children. A 3-year-old can learn these words. If you are just learning how to pray—learn these words and tell them to the Lord with all your might—and God will love it.

On the other hand, in Matthew’s account, the prayer is given as a model. Jesus says, “Pray then like this…” In other words, even if you don’t say these words, your prayers should follow this example or this pattern. So, you can pray long prayers, that use the structure of the Lord’s Prayer to guide your own. So, pray that God’s name would be holy. Pray for the coming of his kingdom. Ask him for your daily needs, forgiveness of sin, and strength to face trials. And do it all with many words.

Jesus spent entire nights alone in prayer to God. He challenged his disciples, “Could you not watch and pray for one hour?” When we read the Psalms, we are reading prayers; 150 of them, many of them very long. So, use these 70 words as a model for long prayers.

Full Manuscript:

“Our Father Which Art in Heaven” Matthew 6.9a

30 Day New Testament Reading Plan

I’m inviting you to join me for a 30 Day New Testament Reading Plan. Beginning Thursday, November 1st I’ll be reading the passages in this plan as a way to quickly work my way through the New Testament. It’s an intense reading schedule(around 8 chapters a day), but I’ve found much spiritual benefit from it. Below you’ll find the both the plan as well as a link to a Reading Plan in the Logos Bible software. Feel free to join the Logos group for Lake Wylie Baptist to access the plan and import it into Logos and your personal calendar.

Link to Plan in Logos Lake Wylie Baptist Group

  1. Matthew 1-9
  2. Matthew 10-15
  3. Matthew 16-22
  4. Matthew 23-28
  5. Mark 1-8
  6. Mark 9-16
  7. Luke 1-6
  8. Luke 7-11
  9. Luke 12-18
  10. Luke 19-24
  11. John 1-7
  12. John 8-13
  13. John 14-21
  14. Acts 1-7
  15. Acts 8-14
  16. Acts 15-21
  17. Acts 22-28
  18. Romans 1-8
  19. Romans 9-16
  20. 1 Corinthians 1-9
  21. 1 Corinthians 10-16
  22. 2 Corinthians
  23. Galatians-Ephesians
  24. Philippians-2 Thessalonians
  25. 1 Timothy-Philemon
  26. Hebrews
  27. James-2 Peter
  28. 1 John-Jude
  29. Revelation 1-11
  30. Revelation 12-22

Let me know if you plan on joining me!

 

Sermon Manuscript: Security and God’s Call (Genesis 11.27-12.9)

This morning we started a 5 week series we’re calling The Gospel According to Abraham. If you’re new to the Bible, Abraham is the biggest character in the Old Testament. He’s monumental. Three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam claim Abraham as a father of their faith. This means that the majority of the world population trace their beliefs back through Abraham.

And when you read the life of Abraham in the Old Testament, you find that Abraham stood out from the crowd. In a world of sameness, he was different. Life didn’t happen to Abraham—he happened to life. Why? How? That’s what this series is all about.

Click here for the sermon manuscript:

Genesis 11.27-12.9 — Security and God’s Call

Sermon Manuscript: Galatian 6:11-18

This past Sunday we finished our sermon series through the book of Galatians. We called it Saving Faith. In this letter the apostle Paul challenges those who were distorting the doctrine of justification by grace alone. Judaizers, as we have come to know these false teachers, were teaching that the work of circumcision must be added to the finished work of Christ for salvation. Paul issues the strongest warning he ever gives to these teachers and to this church. To distort the true gospel is to have no gospel at all. To download the sermon manuscript from this past Sunday just click the link below:

Galatians 6.11-18