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Holy Week Resources

In the busy-ness of everyday life, it's easy to let Easter sneak up on us without much thought, preparation, or meditation. Despite its centrality, we can sometimes treat it as an after thought or just another Sunday. But whether we recognize it or not and whether we prepare for it or not, the fact remains that the events we remember during the Easter season are of pre-emi...

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Sermon Quotes: "Cries from the Cross | Part 2"

“. . . his identity contracted to the point where the whole truth about him was that he was the sin of the world. He was carrying it, heaven held him answerable for it, and he was it. It was here, all of it, in his body (1 Pet. 2:24), being condemned in his flesh (Rom. 8:3); because of it he was a doomed and ruined man, korban, devoted to destruction. God’s pur...

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Pursuing God's Word | Resources for Reading Scripture in 2017

Our new sermon series, “The Glory of the Word,” presents us all an opportunity to begin the new year with a fresh appreciation for the treasure God has given us in the Scriptures, and to renew our devoted pursuit of God through his Word. Here are some suggested resources to encourage you in that great pursuit.   Scripture Reading Plans Many things go u...

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The Cross and the Resurrection | Part V

With all the preaching and writing about the atonement that we see in  evangelicalism, isn’t there a danger that the resurrection will get lost? ...

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The Cross and the Resurrection | Part IV

In the book of Acts there seems to be a greater emphasis on Christ’s  resurrection than the cross. Shouldn’t we follow the early church’s example and  emphasize the resurrection over the cross? (Issue: Proportionality in biblical  interpretation) Interpreters of the book of Acts have long recognized the centrality ...

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Holy Week Resources

In the busy-ness of everyday life, it's easy to let Easter sneak up on us without much thought, preparation, or meditation. Despite its centrality, we can sometimes treat it as an after thought or just another Sunday. But whether we recognize it or not and whether we prepare for it or not, the fact remains that the events we remember during the Easter season are of pre-emi...

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The Cross and the Resurrection | Part III

It’s through union with Christ’s resurrection that we have been raised  to walk in new spiritual life. If we talk about the cross so much, won’t we end up  focusing only on sin and ignoring this important aspect of the Christian life?  Doesn’t a focus on the resurrection lead us to a more holy, victorious Ch...

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The Cross and the Resurrection | Part I

Sovereign Grace churches and leaders often use the phrase “cross-centered.” Doesn’t this phrase lead to an overemphasis on the cross and a neglect of the resurrection? (Issue: neglecting the resurrection). ...

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The Cross and the Resurrection | Part II

Christ has been raised, and so both the cross and the grave are now  empty. In light of this, isn’t it wrong to focus on a crucified Savior when, after all,  we serve a living Christ? (Issue: distorting Christ’s identity)...

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The Gospel in Mexico & Latin America | SG Mission Video

At Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, we are grateful that we are neither an independent church nor an isolated church. We’re part of a family—the family of Sovereign Grace Churches. Being in a family like this brings not only strength and protection, but also joy. In order to share that joy, Sovereign Grace produces videos—home movies, if you will&mda...

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Significant Books for Pastors in 2015

A few years ago I wrote a post that has become a habit—collecting a list of “significant books” for pastors published during the past year. A wealth of books and the crunch of time conspire to make reading choices both frustrating (how does one choose?) and critical (I must choose wisely). “Best books” lists are unavoidably idiosyncratic&mdas...

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Thinking about Muslims During Ramadan

We are currently 25 days into the month of Ramadan...

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The Kindness of God at Our Pastors College Graduation

This was posted yesterday to the Sovereign Grace Ministries Plant and Build blog. On behalf of the Pastors College, we want to thank Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville for hosting the Pastors College and we want you to be encouraged about the difference your example has made in the lives of these men and their families....

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FAQ's on the Cross and Resurrection

Jeff Purswell answers five common questions on the topic: "Does an emphasis on the cross de-emphasize the resurrection?"...

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Dr. Miguel Nuñez to Preach this Sunday

This Sunday we have the privilege of hearing Dr. Miguel Nuñez preach from Ephesians 3:1. ...

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Thinking About Small Groups

In the exciting early months of a church plant, the temptation is strong to generate a lot of activity - to identify leaders, to position people for ministry - to get people going! We’ve tried to resist this temptation, and as a result our focus has been quite simple: pray diligently, focus on the Sunday meeting (and especially the preaching of the Word), build rela...

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Keeping our Minds on the Mission Beyond

One of the most exciting parts of our elders meeting yesterday was a long conversation about missions. Although we are still in the early stages of this church plant, we don’t want our specific mission here to blind us to broader opportunities beyond. And we realize that our strategic location here in Louisville will afford us both opportunities and responsibilities...

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