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This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, A People for God's Possession, given on May14, 2017.   We live in a culture that increasingly, not just rejects, but despises what we believe. In these times the wisdom of God, given to us through Peter, also writin... Keep Reading

Holy Week Resources

April 11, 2017 by: Jeff Purswell

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-eminent importance for the Christian (I Corinthians 15:3). As we meditate and celebrate this week, we join a community of saints around the world and throughout the ages who have been saved and radically transformed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. ... Keep Reading

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

April 11, 2017 by: Jeff Purswell

“. . . 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 fles... Keep Reading

This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, What Hath God Wrought, given on February 19, 2017.   The recipients of Peter’s letter were suffering. Many had lost their homes and friends and were forced to live in poverty in a foreign land. What a difficul... Keep Reading

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 sugg... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Joseph's Story"

December 15, 2016 by: SGCL Staff

"Thursdays Thoughts for Parents" use scriptures, discussion questions, and reflections from the sermon each week to help parents engage their kids and delve further into application. We pray that these posts will serve parents as they train their children in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord"... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional: "Work"

August 25, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, Work, given on August 21, 2016.   Day 1: Our work glorifies God Quotes: “Our work, our jobs, our careers, the tasks to which God has called us, they are not a diversion from serving God. They are ser... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "God's Unstoppable Mission"

June 8, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, God's Unstoppable Mission, given on May 29th, 2016.   Day 1: The Power Behind the Mission is the Holy Spirit (v1-13) Quotes: “God Himself is on a mission, and that mission is unstoppable.” Jeff... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | The Poison of Partiality

April 9, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Poison of Partiality, given on April 3, 2016.   Day 1: The Partiality of Appearances—James 2:1-4 Quotes/References: “When we show favoritism, when we assess people by externals, we are usur... Keep Reading

The Cross and the Resurrection | Part V

March 25, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

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? ... Keep Reading

The Cross and the Resurrection | Part IV

March 24, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

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 of the resurrection or better, the exaltation of Christ through his resurrection and  ascension... Keep Reading

The Cross and the Resurrection | Part III

March 23, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

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 Christian  life? (Issue: Helping believers pursue sanctification)... Keep Reading

The Cross and the Resurrection | Part I

March 22, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

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). ... Keep Reading

The Cross and the Resurrection | Part II

March 22, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

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)... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotion | The Great Reversal

February 17, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Great Reversal, given on February 14th, 2016.   Day 1: An Earthly Deception — James 1:9-11 Quotes/References: “We can rightly assess our earthly status only by focusing on our heavenly dest... Keep Reading

The Gospel in Mexico & Latin America | SG Mission Video

February 11, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

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, b... Keep Reading

Significant Books for Pastors in 2015

January 7, 2016 by: Jeff Purswell

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 choos... Keep Reading

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Introduction Cyclical Discussions From chapters 4 to 19, the book of Job has been a series of three cyclical discussions between Job and his friends; each cycle has the same theology. His friends come with rigid, cold, cause-and-effect theology—you do good, ... Keep Reading

The Gospel at Work | Jeff Purswell | October Sunday Class

October 6, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Last Sunday, Jeff Purswell taught the first session of our October Sunday Class, The Gospel at Work. In this teaching, Jeff introduced the idea that scripture’s perspective transforms our view of work from a necessary evil into a noble, attractive, motivating op... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "The Final Chapter"

July 21, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

What about 16:9 – 20? What is textual criticism? Textual criticism: the science of studying all the known copies of a document to discover what the original said. A science that clearly shows God’s generosity to us in preserving his word. Far more ma... Keep Reading

Jeff explains how Jesus’ foretelling of the destruction of the Temple represents the passing of the Old Covenant and the coming of the New. Although He is aware of His impending crucifixion, He is not preoccupied, but instead focuses on pastoring His disciples. This passage is meant to identify the conditions required of Jesus’ disciples to live faithfully until His return. ... Keep Reading

"Baptism" | Jeff Purswell

March 5, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Did you get a chance to hear Jeff's Sunday Class on Baptism last week? If not, you can find the outline and audio recording here!... Keep Reading

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Introduction (1 Peter 5:1-4): Elder (spiritual maturity) = Pastor (caring/teaching) = Overseer (governing/ruling) Elders will stand before the throne and give account for the way they served the flock. (1 Timothy 4:16). Cultural and congregational pressure exists... Keep Reading

Books for 2015

January 14, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Notable books from 2014... Keep Reading

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Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Hebrews 12:1-2... Keep Reading

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Mark 9:14-29... Keep Reading

At the center of the narrative in Mark’s Gospel, there are two provoking questions that serve to clarify the true identity of Jesus. Is he just a prophet or is he God’s messiah and anointed deliverer? In Mark 8:27-30, the Messiahship of Jesus is magnified: he is the Christ, the anointed one, and the king! As readers of this narrative, we are challenged to follow Jesus.... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "Jesus' Mission and Ours"

April 15, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

A summary of Jeff Purswell's sermon on Mark 6:6b-30... Keep Reading

Sermon Discussion Questions | "Jesus' Mission and Ours"

April 15, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Discussion questions for Jeff's message on Mark 6:6b-30... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Evangelism and a Sovereign God]

September 3, 2013 by: Brian Chesemore

Sunday we took a break between sermon series to explore the important topic of evangelism. Here are several quotes from Jeff Purswell's sermon, "Evangelism and a Sovereign God" that we pray stir your soul for the privilege of evangelism.... Keep Reading

Thinking About Small Groups

July 2, 2013 by: Jeff Purswell

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 relationships, and reach out to non-believers - and these are priorities which won’t change over time.... Keep Reading

Preparing to Feast

May 21, 2013 by: Brian Chesemore

This past Sunday, we had the joy of concluding our meeting by participating together in the Lord's Supper. Jeff's comments served to remind us what a significant meal this is for every Christian. So if you were out of town or serving in SovGrace Kids, we wanted you to be encouraged by his comments.... Keep Reading