Scripture Readings: Judges 6:1-40 (text); Ephesians 2:1-10 July 24, 2016 • Download this sermon (PDF) Congregation of Christ: Gideon and Samson are the two most romanticized judges of Israel in the Bible. They’ve been subjects of “Be Like” sermons and two of the most frequently told stories in Sunday School. Today, we will have the […]
It is true that God, who is perfectly holy and righteous, always hates sin. It is also true that God loves sinners, but only repentant sinners. However, this simplistic dichotomy between the sinner and his sin is false. Paul says that God is wrathful against all sin, “For the wrath of God is revealed […]
[wpdm_package id=’12440′] Zechariah 6:9-15 (text); Ephesians 2:11-22 Rev. Nollie Malabuyo â€¢ April 19, 2015 Introduction Dear Congregation of Christ: In addition to a secret rapture and a millennial kingdom on earth, another popular belief among evangelicals concerning the end times is the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. This is necessary, they say, […]
The idea of dividing God’s people into two, the church and Israel, is completely untenable based on this and many other Scripture passages. Jesus even taught that he has two flocks, one Jewish and another Gentile, but he will gather these two flocks, and â€œthere will be one flock, one shepherdâ€ (John 10:16). Therefore, in his last prayer, he prayed not only for his Jewish disciples, but also for Gentiles who would believe, â€œthat they may all be oneâ€ (John 17:20-21).
All these Scriptures point out that all people are slaves of Satan, unable and unwilling to come to faith in Christ. Therefore, unbelievers are walking dead unless the Holy Spirit gives them new hearts. Regeneration comes before faith.
Sermon: Once Dead, Now Alive. Text: Ephesians 2:1-10. Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14.
Isaiah 19:23-25 anticipates the time when Assyria and Egypt will represent all people from all nations who will turn to God. All three nations will be connected by a â€œhighwayâ€ through which God comes to his people and by which he leads his people to himself. Jesus, is the â€œnew and living wayâ€ to God’s most holy place.