Sermon Archives

Mark Howard
October 15, 2017

The Faithful Life

The Faithful Life

One aspect of life in which we experience our fallenness most acutely is in the realm of love, sex and marriage. In Matthew 5:27-32, Jesus spells out God’s purpose for us in this area. By His Spirit, Jesus helps us to be faithful and reflect the faithful love he has shown us as his disciples.

October 8, 2017

The God-Approved Workman

The God-Approved Workman

As we celebrate the ordination and installation of our assistant pastor, we consider Paul’s God-breathed instructions to Timothy about what it means to seek God’s approval rather than the approval of other people.

September 24, 2017

The Lawful Life

The Lawful Life

Having spelled out the Christian’s character and calling, Jesus begins to address our conduct – helping us grasp the relationship between Law and Grace and how what he has come to do relates to the Old Testament.

September 10, 2017

The Upside-Down Life

The Upside-Down Life

In the beatitudes, Jesus reveals the kind of character God looks on with favor. It’s a very different profile from the one we usually value.

September 3, 2017

Life and How To Live It

Life and How To Live It

As we start out our fall series in Matthew 5 we consider how we should approach the sermon on the mount. Is it general moral guidance? Does it just expose our moral failure? What do the context, content and connections with the Old Testament show us?

August 13, 2017

When Grace Revives

When Grace Revives

Having rescued Jonah, God now gives him a second chance. The outcome of that mission is that Nineveh are also given a second chance. All of this reminds us that we serve the God of second chances. His grace to Jonah, to Nineveh, and to us is truly amazing!

August 6, 2017

When Grace Rescues

When Grace Rescues

After being thrown overboard, Jonah is about to drown. In Jonah 2 we see God come to the rescue! Jonah has a glorious experience of God’s saving grace. The question is: does he really appreciate it for what it is?

July 30, 2017

When Grace Pursues

When Grace Pursues

People often speak of humanity’s ‘quest for God’.  In Jonah 1 we learn that all of us by nature run away from Him. The good news is – whether we are religious hypocrites or lawless pagans – God pursues us in His amazing grace!

July 23, 2017

When Grace Hasn’t Sunk In

When Grace Hasn't Sunk In

The book of Jonah highlights a number of key themes: the important of obedience, the sovereignty of God, the importance of global missions. One central theme that lies behind all of this is the amazing grace of God – something Jonah doesn’t seem to grasp!

June 27, 2017

God Has Made a Way

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