When was the last time you were moved emotionally? Maybe you cheered at a touchdown or cried at a heroic gesture. Many things... in life move us to weep or to shout for joy—but what about the gospel? Have we heard the incredible stories in God’s Word so many times that they have become mundane to us? Or is it that we are more interested in finding life and fulfillment in this age, rather than looking forward to the life that transcends death? Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches on the raising of Lazarus in John 11:1–44, exhorting us to stop seeking life in this age and to believe the promises of life in Jesus, because we have seen Jesus’ power over death itself.
Alfred Lord Tennyson famously wrote, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Whether you... agree or disagree with this saying, it does reveal something true: sometimes pain is better than no pain. And sometimes love is the cause of that pain. In John 11, Jesus’ ministry comes to a climax of sorts with the raising of Lazarus from the dead, and through this account we can see several facets of the love of Jesus. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche shows how love sympathizes with, love seeks the good of, and love suffers for.
The hope of the Christian presented in 2 Corinthians 4:13–18 is not a vague or abstract hope—it’s real. And... because it’s real it meets us in our very real needs. Our sin curves us inward on ourselves and makes us selfish and idolatrous, seeking satisfaction everywhere but in Christ. But the good news is that through the gospel God has provided for us a hope that meets us in these needs. Our isolation from sin can be turned into integration, our selfish hearts can be turned into hearts of love toward God and others, and our false worship and idolatry can be turned into praise. Listen as RUF campus minister Ethan Brown preaches on this passage, showing that our hope is corporate, our hope is current, and our hope is concrete.
Terrorist attacks, natural disasters, sickness, disease, and war. The possibility that things could fall... apart at any moment makes us feel afraid. Or maybe it’s the little things in life, the things that you imagine you can control, that make you anxious. Whether you are afraid of the big things or the little—or if you are living in blissful ignorance of it all—hear the message of our text this morning: we can rest safe and secure in the hands of Jesus, because he and the Father are one. Jesus promises us safety: no one can snatch you out of the Father’s hands. And Jesus can back up that promise because he and the Father are one—he has proven his relationship to his Father by the works he has done. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches on John 10:19–42, looking at the demand, the snag, the promise, the claim, and the evidence.
As you read through the scriptures you often find this tension: when there was no king in Israel, everyone... did what was right in their own eyes; when there were kings, the kings were corrupt. No one in charge led to anarchy; kings and rulers led to an abuse of power. But in Ezekiel 34, God’s promised solution is both that he would be the shepherd of his sheep and that he would set up a ruler in the line of King David. This is the context of John 10, in which we find that God’s fulfillment of this promise is found in Jesus—the son of David according to the flesh, the Son of God from all eternity—coming to shepherd his people as the Good Shepherd. In this sermon on John 10:1–18, listen as Pastor Luke Herche expands on this under four headings: The Voice of the Good Shepherd, The Purpose of the Good Shepherd, The Method of the Good Shepherd, and The Flock of the Good Shepherd.
In John chapter 9 Jesus accuses the Pharisees of not being able to see what is right in front of... their faces, and he says, because of that, their guilt remains. Unlike the physically vision-impaired, these religious leaders are blind to their own blindness—which is about as blind as you can be!—and they are culpable for it. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches on this passage, showing us four things which blur our vision: looking to rules vs. seeing your sin, looking to other people vs. accepting rejection, looking down on other people vs. admitting common lowliness, and looking to intellect vs. embracing the folly of the cross.
Why? It’s a question we ask often, in response to national tragedies, global pandemics, brutal racism, personal... devastation. Why me? Why now? Why this? We want answers. And answers, more often than not, mean determining blame. In John 9:1–7, the disciples ask Jesus a question: “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” They want to know why. They want to know who to blame. Jesus, of course, rarely answers a question in the given parameters. Very often Jesus is given two options and he persistently chooses a third. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches on this passage, looking at the question of who sinned, under four headings: the situation (there is tragic suffering in the world); the presupposition (suffering is a result of personal sin); Scripture’s correction (suffering is an opportunity to display God’s works); and the climax (Jesus enters suffering and overcomes it).
God has quite a lot to say about worry and anxiety, and in Matthew 6:24–34 we find one of the most well-known Biblical... passages on the subject. Listen as church elder Todd Doehring teaches through this passage that you cannot serve both God and worry; when we worry, we overlook God’s care for his creation; and only when we put God first can we be sure of anything.
The first two chapters of Philippians are filled with beautiful and lofty truths about who Jesus is and how he impacts the... world. But at the end of Philippians chapter 2, Paul comes down to some real and practical implications of these truths, seen through the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus. Listen as Josué Pernillo preaches on Philippians 2:19–30, helping us to see that the gospel allows us to grow in our concern for others, to grow in our service of others, and ultimately to have deep gospel friendships.
Who is worthy to come to the king’s table? In 2 Samuel 9, we find a seemingly small moment: King David shows kindness to Mephibosheth, the... son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul. But in this story of a faithful king and a dinner we catch a glimpse of something more profound. Listen as Josué Pernillo preaches on this passage, showing that because of the king’s faithfulness the messy can come to the king’s table, because of the king’s faithfulness the needy can come to the king’s table, and because of the king’s faithfulness the unworthy can come to the king’s table.