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This post is based on Nathan Smith's sermon, A Song of Forgiveness, given on March 19, 2017.   The Psalms of Ascent are songs that the Israelites sang traveling from their homes to the Temple in Jerusalem. The songs were meant to fill their hearts with anticipa... Keep Reading

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Something Strange and Wonderful, given on March 12, 2017.   Having just celebrated the magnificent saving work performed on our behalf by God Himself, Peter now transitions. Verse 13 begins with a “therefore.&rdq... Keep Reading

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Your Unusual Story, given on March 5, 2017.   As Peter continues to minister to his readers, he reminds them of the wonder of their salvation. Though times might be tough, there is reason for ultimate rejoicing because... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Your Unusual Story"

March 7, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Which means that Christ, the Son of God in heaven, has been contemplating his suffering and his death for us for centuries. Indeed as far back as the plan of salvation reaches in the mind of God, so far back has Christ been willing and ready to give himself for... Keep Reading

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Painful Yet Purposeful, given on February 26, 2017.   Suffering is a theme that is woven throughout the fabric of Peter’s letter to those under his pastoral care. They were in pain. They were poor, grieving, and ... 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

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Readers"

February 16, 2017 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Readers, given on February 12, 2017.   As we prepare to study 1 Peter, CJ took this Sunday to introduce us to the original readers of the letter. The recipients were “elect exiles.” When they came ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Meet the Readers"

February 14, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“In Greco-Roman eyes this person (a Gentile who had become a follower of Jesus) was rejecting the gods of the community and undermining the welfare of the city, and he had become antisocial (‘a hater of humanity’) and atheistic. The person was someti... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Author"

February 9, 2017 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Author, given on Februrary 5, 2017.   As we prepare to be ministered to by the apostle Peter, CJ began our series by introducing us to the author of the book. Getting to know the author peaks our interest and ... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Praying the Word"

February 2, 2017 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Praying the Word, given on January 29, 2017. In these amazing verses Jesus is asked to teach His disciples how to pray. His response is not just a prayer that we should recite word for word, but a model, teaching us the... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Why Preaching?"

January 24, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“These words are Paul’s legacy to the church. It is impossible to read them without being profoundly stirred.” John Stott “So when that Word is re-announced, there is a sense in which God, who revealed himself by that Word in the past, is re-r... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents

January 12, 2017 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A New Year's Expectation, given on January 8, 2016. The second half of Psalm 27 reminds us that even for those who seek after God there are times of difficulty and darkness. David feels fear and even worries that God might... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A New Year's Expectation"

January 10, 2017 by: C.J. Mahaney

“No man needs better company than the psalms; therein he may read and commune with friends human and divine; friends who know the heart of man towards God, and the heart of God towards man; friends who perfectly sympathize with us and our sorrows, friends who ne... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Jesus' Birth"

December 29, 2016 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Jesus' Birth, given on December 25, 2016.   Christmas is a time where we often grow sentimental. We hear the story of Jesus’ birth and think thoughts shaped by years of tradition. Our stories and songs put in o... Keep Reading

Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Mary's Song"

December 22, 2016 by: SGCL Staff

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Mary's Song, given on December 18, 2016.   It was a show-stopper. Right in the middle of the flurry of events in the Christmas narrative, Mary stops to sing. It’s a song of astonishment, praising God for the st... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Mary's Song"

December 20, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Sometimes bad theology breeds reactionary bad theology. Because Roman Catholicism has gradually added more titles and myths to Mary, Protestants have sometimes reacted by remaining silent about her astonishing character.” D.A. Carson “In contrast t... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Forgiven Much"

November 29, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Luke’s depiction of the wiping, kissing and anointing with imperfect tenses, which he often uses, allows the narrative to run in progression from one act to the next: ‘She was wiping, kissing and was anointing.’ The impression is that each ste... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Now That the Election Is Over"

November 22, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“To catch the argument one has almost to pretend that Yahweh is firing questions at the prophet’s hearers. ‘Was liberation boring? Does release from years of servitude make you yawn? Is the Exodus wearisome? Yahweh makes a point of taking them throug... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Now That the Election Is Over"

November 22, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Now That the Election Is Over, given on November 20, 2016. Day 1: The Voice of God (v.1-5) Quotes: “This is the plea of a loving God whose heart has been broken by his peoples’ rejection of him.&rdquo... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "The Lost Sheep"

November 15, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Christian Wegert's sermon, The Lost Sheep, given on October 30, 2016. Day 1: Lost (v. 4) Quotes: “We think living without God will lead us into freedom and liberty. We believe we are autonomous and independent without need of God... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "A Flawless Election Prediction"

November 15, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Flawless Election Prediction, given on November 6, 2016.   Day 1: A Call to Joyful Praise (v.1-3) Quotes: “Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s mor... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "A Saving Mercy"

November 15, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, A Saving Mercy, given on November 13, 2016.   Day 1: The Word of the Lord and a Wayward Messenger (v.1-4) Quotes: “Jonah now has a second chance to learn the scandalous mercy of God.” Kevin Y... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "A Scandalous Mercy"

November 9, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Scandalous Mercy, given on October 16, 2016.   Day 1: Jonah’s story is a cautionary tale Quotes: “For all its orthodoxy and beauty however, this prayer reveals some of the great defects in Jon... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Flawless Election Prediction"

November 8, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s moral will and saving intentions, his truth and his Christ, are never the criteria of meaning or importance. The biblical authors see everything from a theocentric viewpoint... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

October 5, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, From Tears to Shouts of Joy, given on October 2, 2016. Day 1: Liberation and Laughter (verses 1-2) Quotes: “It is to be feared that the psalms are by no means so prized as in earlier ages of the Church.&rdq... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

October 4, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“It is to be feared that the Psalms are by no means prized as in earlier ages of the Church.” Charles Spurgeon “Apart from biblical illiteracy, there are special reasons for neglect of the psalms. The language of poetry doesn’t easily connect ... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Evangelism

September 28, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Matt Gray's sermon, Evangelism, given on September 25, 2016. Day 1: Who is God? Quotes: “The power of God unto salvation is located in a message, the message of the Gospel, the message of Jesus Christ; all that he was and all tha... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Sports"

September 20, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Our personal life is a finite thing: it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not limited. He is eternal, infinite and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us, he is personal; but unlik... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional: "Food and Drink"

September 13, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Food and Drink, given on September 11, 2016.   Day 1: Provision from God Quotes: “The entirety of the Christian life is to be taken up with the glory of God and that includes the daily act of eatin... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Laughter"

September 6, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The Bible is predominantly a serious rather than a funny book. Yet it would distort the Bible to suppress the humor that is present…Either to underemphasize its humor or overemphasize it distorts the Bible. Although the Bible is predominantly serious boo... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Sleep"

August 19, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Sleep, given on August 14, 2016.   Day 1: Sleep is a daily gift from God Quotes: “If one isn’t serving the Lord’s purpose and depending on his provision and trusting in his protection, the... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Sleep"

August 17, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“I am convinced that we have drifted from the true focus of God’s activity in this world. It is not to be found in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary, the everyday.” Michael Horton “Many Christians have an inadequate theology of ordinary l... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Rescue Mission"

August 10, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“We cannot but be struck by the fact that James speaks of the concerned believer as ‘bringing back’, ‘saving’ and ‘covering’ the sins of the one in error. Surely these are things only God can do? Only God forgives sins, saves ... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Prayer"

August 3, 2016 by: Bethany Payne

 This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Prayer, given on July 31st, 2016.   Day 1: The Praying Christian (verse 13) Quotes: “Heaven’s great harbor of refuge is [prayer]; thousands of weather-beaten vessels have found a haven the... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Prayer"

August 2, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“When James says, ‘Do not swear’, it is not coarse or vulgar speech he prohibits but invoking God’s name to guarantee the reliability of what a person says.” Douglas Moo “Heaven’s great harbor of refuge is prayer, thousands o... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Patience In Suffering"

July 29, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Patience In Suffering, given on July 24th, 2016.   Day 1: Patience looks to a certain and glorious future (verse 7) Quotes: “James’ doctrine of the Christian life is a doctrine of process or gro... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Patience In Suffering"

July 26, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“James doctrine of the Christian life is a doctrine of process or growth, and patience is its central requirement.” Alec Motyer “The farmer who prepares a field, sows seed, and then waits for a crop is a very natural illustration of patience. He can... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "A Sobering Surprise"

July 19, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

Day 1: An Announcement of Condemnation Quotes: “He speaks to the non-Christian for the benefit of the Christian.” Craig Blomberg “James looks with divine foresight and sees the dark hurricane cloud of the Day of the Lord about to strike them dow... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Sobering Surprise"

July 19, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“He speaks to the non-Christian for the benefit of the Christian.” Craig Blomberg “James looks with divine foresight and sees the dark hurricane cloud of the Day of the Lord about to strike them down.” Peter Davids “The rich will lose e... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Common Lie"

July 5, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Men today are just the same as when these words were first written. We still find people saying what they are going to do today, tomorrow, or in six months time, at the end of another year, and perhaps still further. I have no doubt there are persons here who h... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Maturity in Community"

June 29, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Maturity in Community, given on June 26th, 2016.   Day 1: The Call to Maturity Quotes: “Paul is warning that the alternative to a glorious, Christ-exalting, maturing church, is to remain as a child... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "He Gives More Grace"

June 15, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

Day 1: Worldly Orientation Quotes: “James personifies the entire church as the “bride” of Yahweh or Christ. At best she has become distracted from and at worst unfaithful to her groom . . . The audience has the wrong object for a lover – th... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "He Gives More Grace"

June 14, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.” Richard Sibbes “James personifies the church as the bride of Christ. At best she has become distracted from and at worst unfaithful to her groom. The audience has the wrong object for a lover--the fall... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Quarrels and Fights"

June 8, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Quarrels and Fights, given on June 5th, 2016.   Day 1: Relational conflict is worse than you think (4:1) Quotes: “Instead of a climate and culture of peace that would reflect the “wisdom from ab... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Quarrels and Fights"

June 7, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“One of the joys of biblical ministry comes when you are able to turn on the lights in another person’s dark room. People usually don’t see their desires and lusts. Souls are cured as the ignorant and self-deceived are disturbed by the light of God&r... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | "Who Is Wise?"

May 20, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Who Is Wise?, given on May 15, 2016.   Day 1: Godly Lives Reflect True Wisdom (3:13) Quotes: “Wisdom in the first century Greek culture was everything. If you were known as wise, you were a rock st... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Who Is Wise?"

May 18, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

“This Christian meekness involves a healthy understanding of our own unworthiness before God and a corresponding humility and lack of pride in our dealings with our fellowmen.” Douglas Moo “There is a kind of person who is undoubtedly clever, with ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Tongue and Turmoil"

May 10, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Our tongue is only the tip of the iniquity iceberg. The proof that all humans are inescapably flawed is right between our teeth.” Douglas O’ Donnell “Teachers are more susceptible to judgment than others because they regularly engage in that ... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | Got Faith?

May 4, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional  is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Got Faith?, given on May 1, 2016.   Day 1: Dead Faith—James 2:14-17 Quotes/References: “James is not arguing that works must be added to faith. His point is that genuine biblical faith wil... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Got Faith?"

May 3, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“They are not antagonists facing each other with crossed swords; they stand back to back, confronting different foes of the gospel.” Alexander Ross “Paul denounces the idea of salvation by dead works; James rejects salvation by dead faith.” J.... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | A Happy Day

April 22, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional was written by John Cahoon and is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Happy Day, given on April 17, 2016.   Day 1: The Gift of Our Leaders Quotes/References: “Your soul needs the caring and watchful eye of a godly pastor.” CJ Mahan... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Last Word"

March 28, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The chapter is one of the most remarkable in the New Testament. For grandeur and simplicity, for pathos and solemnity, nothing was ever written like it.” J.C. Ryle “Those who Jesus has revealed himself to view themselves first and foremost as loved... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | The Solution to Self-Deception

March 23, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Solution to Self-Deception, given on March 13th, 2016.   Day 1: A Wise Command with a Warning Quotes/References: “It is self-deception that merely hearing God’s Word is evidence of saving fa... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Solution to Self-Deception"

March 15, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“With this exhortation we find ourselves right at the heart of James pastoral concern and v22 is rightly the best known verse in the letter.” Doug Moo “No matter how extensive one’s scriptural knowledge, how amazing one’s memory, it is s... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | True Worshipers Receive

March 8, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on Bob Kauflin's sermon, True Worshipers Receive, given on March 6th, 2016.   Day 1: The Heart of True Worship—John 4:1-15 Quotes/References: “From start to finish, the Bible’s story is a story of grace; a story of... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | The Difference Meekness Makes

March 3, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, The Difference Meekness Makes, given on February 28th, 2016.   Day 1: The Anger of Man — James 1:19-20 Quotes/References: “If Christians studied and applied this command alone (verse 19), the tone... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Difference Meekness Makes"

March 1, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Another reason for a book on the new birth is to help followers of Christ to know what really happened to us when we were converted. It is far more glorious than many think it is. It is also more glorious than I think it is. It is wonderful beyond all human com... Keep Reading

Weekly Devotional | Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts

February 25, 2016 by: Brian Chesemore

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts, given on February 21st, 2016.   Day 1: Blame-shifting — James 1:13 Quotes/References: “It is critical that we distinguish between the external trial and the in... 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

Sermon Quotes: "Numbering Our Days in 2016"

January 12, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

"This community lament has some unspecified disaster as its background.” ESV Study Bible “It was composed on one of the occasions when the people of God were being struck dead as a judgment on their sin.” Eric Lane “He alone is self-existent.... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "James' Take on Job"

January 5, 2016 by: C.J. Mahaney

“About 95 percent of the book of Job is poetry. Chapters 1,2 and part of chapter 42 are prose. Almost all the rest is poetry. But so what? Well, poetry does not speak to us in the same way as prose. Poems ‘are always a personal take on something, communica... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Happy Ending"

December 30, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“After nearly 40 chapters of tempestuous poetry, the return to the simplicity of prose and the idyllic setting in which the book had opened rounds off this masterpiece, one may feel, to perfection.” Derek Kidner “In some deep way it is necessary for... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | A Happy Ending

December 29, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Review Job suffered because of his blamelessness, not because of his sin. It was to show that God is worthy of the worship of a man even when worldly goods are lost. Job did not suffer because of his sin, but he sinned in his suffering. Job's why questions lose thei... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: " The Offense of Christmas"

December 21, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.” J.I. Packer “When God chose a human father for his Son, he chose a man who would be righteous and kind, qualities that reflect God the Father himself.” Ligon Duncan &ld... Keep Reading

The Complaint Job has come to the conviction that he does not live in a well-run world. What begins as a general lament before God in prayer gradually becomes a sinful complaint or charge before God, accusing him of mistreatment. If you, like Job, have suffered sever... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks"

December 8, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“‘Had I been present at creation I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.’ Those words are attributed to King Alphonso the Tenth, King of Spain in the thirteenth century, nicknamed ‘Alphonso the Learned.&rsq... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "Meet Elihu"

November 23, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The artistic skill of the author of these chapters in sustaining the tension in Job, and also in preparing us carefully for the final word from the Lord, is unsurpassed.” David Atkinson “We have heard Job’s passionate last stand. We are waiti... Keep Reading

Introduction CJ begins by recapping how far we have come in Job. In short: Job’s suffering Job’s “why question” Job’s friends’ accusatory (wrong) explanation for his suffering and Job’s disagreement Chapter 28 interru... Keep Reading

“This is not the question of the armchair religious or philosophical dilettante, enjoying a stimulating debate. This is the agonized question of the wheelchair sufferer who feels he or she desperately needs an answer. In chapter 28 we stand back from the pain an... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Protest of Job"

October 19, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Job is forty two chapters long. We may consider that rather an obvious observation... But the point is this: in his wisdom God has given us a very long book, and he has done so for a reason. It is easy just to read or preach the beginning and the end and to ski... Keep Reading

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

Summary: CJ began by recapping Job 1-3. He highlighted Job’s vividly described agony and explained how Job should humble us when we find ourselves complaining. Job’s lament captures his fear that the worst has come to fruition…God has abandoned him... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Friends of Job"

October 6, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“We might think the testing of Job is over. But alas, there is one final test, perhaps the toughest. Satan slithers away, while Job’s closet companions cozy up.” Douglas O’ Connell “These friends came unto him under pretense of consolati... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Lament of Job"

September 22, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Summary C.J. explains that we are about to venture into one of the darkest chapters in scripture (not the darkest). It lets us into the heart and mind of Job, a man undergoing unbearable misery. We transition from Job’s obedient suffering to his lament before G... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Lament of Job"

September 22, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Job 3 is a very important chapter for contemporary Christianity. There is a version of Christianity around that is shallow, trite, superficial, ‘happy clappy’. It is a kind of Christianity that, as has been said, ‘would have had Jesus singing ... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "The Testing of Job"

September 15, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The book of Job tells the story of a good man overwhelmed by troubles. He is stripped of his wealth, his family, and his health. He does not know why God has done this to him. Only the reader knows that God is trying to prove to the Devil that Job’s faith... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "A Safe Journey"

August 19, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Introduction The book of Psalms should be treasured Spurgeon thought the Psalms were undervalued in 1882—how much more today! You will experience no emotion that has not been expressed in the psalms. This psalm was chosen with Rebecca Stephenson in mind... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "A Safe Journey"

August 18, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“It is to be feared, that the Psalms are by no means prized as in earlier ages of the church.” Charles Spurgeon “In the Psalms you meet God where you are.” David Powlison “None of this Psalm addresses God; all of it brings good news abo... Keep Reading

Sermon Quotes: "When Life Doesn't Make Sense"

August 11, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Sharing in suffering probably unites our hearts together in Christ more than any other aspect of fellowship.” Jerry Bridges “It will take faith to wait patiently for God’s plan to unfold, but the righteous believe that God will accomplish it.... Keep Reading

Summary After reading this Doxology, H.B. emphasized the Father’s ability to keep you when you cannot keep yourself. He proceeded to summarize the rest of Jude’s letter beginning with a call to arms by taking a stand for the Gospel of Truth, warning the C... 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

God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 1

June 9, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.    When it comes to fashion, I’m deliberately out of step. I don’t care if what I&rsq... Keep Reading

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Introduction Traditions teach Jesus inaugurates a unique tradition for his family in Mark 14:22-25. The Tradition of the Lord’s Supper The Purpose is that we might remember the central importance of his death. "The Lord's Supper, which was instituted by... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Lord's Supper

May 26, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The Lord’s Supper, which was instituted by Jesus, and which is the only regular commemorative act authorized by him, dramatizes neither his birth nor his life, neither his words nor his works, but only his death. Nothing could indicate more clearly the ce... Keep Reading

Summary In this sermon, Brian exposits Hebrews 10:19-25, encouraging us with the foundation of Jesus’ high priestly ministry and exhorting us to strive toward fellowship with God and one another. Consequently, we are shown how we should then live as faithful Ch... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: How Should We Then Live?

May 19, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

"[Schaeffer’s] purpose was to show how ideas, as they have been embraced or discarded, have shaped the rise and decline of Western culture.” Richard Phillips “What [people] are in their thought world determines how they act….The results ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Slow Motion

May 12, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“When it comes to Good Friday the Gospels go into slow motion. They have passed over in silence whole decades of Jesus life, and even when they pick up the threads of the public ministry there are weeks and months of which they say nothing. Our printed Bibles do... Keep Reading

Introduction (Mark 14:10-21) C.J. compares chapter 14 to the slow climb of a roller coaster before the big drop. Mark decelerates his Gospel account to prepare us for the crucifixion of Christ. C.J. highlights three key components of this passage: Outline Judas&rsq... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Extravagant Devotion

May 5, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“Though he had the prospect of death approaching, yet he did not abandon himself to a melancholy retirement from all company, but conversed as freely with his friends as usual.” Matthew Henry “He recommended this piece of heroic piety to the applaus... Keep Reading

“The test of liberality is not what is given, but what is left.” James Brooks “The scribes are ostentatious and the crowds are rich and extravagant; but by contrast this ‘one poor widow’ contributes two of the smallest coins in circulati... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Power of Weakness

April 21, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

"The duties God requires of us are not in proportion to the strength we possess in ourselves. Rather, they are proportional to the resources available to us in Christ. We do not have the ability in ourselves to accomplish the least of God's tasks. This is a law of gra... 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

“How interesting that God didn’t select the Sabbath (Israel’s holy day) as the resurrection day. Instead he chose the next day to be the new holy day. He chose Sunday to be the day we worship his Son (the Lord’s day). Perhaps he chose a new day... Keep Reading

Earlier in the day, the religious leaders assailed Jesus with various quesitons. For instance, the Pharisees and Herodians asked a question pertaining to taxes (Mk. 12:13-17), the Sadducees interrogated concerning the resurrection (Mk. 12:18-27), and a Scribe inquired about the law (Mk. 12:28-34). However, after a day of questions, Jesus asks the question of the day—a question of the most importance. Interestingly, Jesus’ question is given as a sort of riddle. It is a messianic riddle that functions to reveal the nature of his identity as the Messiah and Son of God. ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Question of the Day

March 31, 2015 by: C.J. Mahaney

“The scholars and scribes may have been finished with all their questions for Jesus, but Jesus still had one last question for them. It was really more like a riddle, and its answer unlocks the mystery at the heart of the universe.” Phil Ryken “Afte... Keep Reading

Summary:  Jesus interacts with a scribe, who asks for clarification pertaining to the “first command above all others” (Mk.12:28). Jesus first answers by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4—“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Near, But Not In"

March 24, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:28-34... Keep Reading

Quotes from Rick Holland's sermon on Romans 5:3-5... Keep Reading

Summary : Jesus takes another step closer to the cross as a result of his confrontation with the Sadducees. The Sadducees are the chief rivals to the Pharisees politically and theologically. They are characterized by three doctrines: 1) they only affirm the authority... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

March 10, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

“His enemies are relentless and they attack him in waves. Wave upon wave, delegation upon delegation approaching him to attack him publicly, discredit him so he might lose the popular support of the people, while they privately plot and plan how to kill him.&rdq... Keep Reading

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

Summary: Mark chapter 11 concluded with an interaction between Jesus and the religious leaders on the topic of authority. Chapter 12 begins during the same interaction, but now Jesus moves from a discussion on authority to the telling of a confrontational parable. Fr... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Killing the Owner's Son"

February 10, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:1-12... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Planned for Prime Time"

January 20, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 11:11-25.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Triumphal Entry"

January 13, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

“Every schoolboy is supposed to know Julius Caesar’s famous words before he crossed the River Rubicon, ‘The die is cast.' It means that a point of no return has been reached. This was true now for Jesus. There was no turning back. Now his last days h... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Wisdom from Above for 2015"

January 7, 2015 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on James 5:13.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "But Now I See"

December 16, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:46-52.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Why He Came"

December 9, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:35-45.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Christ Our Mediator"

December 2, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on 1 Timothy 2:1-7.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Simply Astounding"

November 26, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:32-34... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Rich Man and Discipleship"

November 13, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:17-31... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Divorce and Discipleship"

October 22, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:1-12... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "This Is Serious"

October 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:42-50... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Deepening Our Joy"

September 30, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Jeremiah 9:23-24... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Mistaken Zeal"

September 23, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:38-41... Keep Reading

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

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Greatness Redefined"

September 9, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:30-37... Keep Reading

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on Mark 9:30-37.... Keep Reading

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-16.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Equipped Church"

September 2, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-26... Keep Reading

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

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "A Stunning Prediction"

August 20, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 8:31-9:1... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Transfiguration"

August 19, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:2-13... 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 and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:10-26.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Signs and Sight

July 21, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

During the Sunday sermon, C.J. read two excellent quotes.... Keep Reading

Discussion questions for Bob's message on Revelation 5... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "Worship and the Cross"

July 16, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Sermon summary from Bob Kauflin's sermon on Revelation 5... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Worship and the Cross

July 15, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Bob's message on Revelation 5.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes: Why Did He Do It Again

July 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 8:1-9... Keep Reading

This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:31-37, expounding on the story of Jesus’s healing of a deaf and mute man in the Decapolis. In this sermon, we encounter the power of God in Christ and the coming of his kingdom. Below is an outline and summary of C.J.’s sermon entitled: A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle.... Keep Reading

Sermon quotes from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 7:14-23... Keep Reading

This Sunday, C.J. continued our series in the Gospel of Mark. In his sermon, True Defilement, True Forgiveness, C.J. expounds for us the ultimate source of impurity and our need for Christ. Below is an outline and summary of the sermon. ... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "The Only Assessment that Matters

June 9, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, C.J. preached from 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5, in order to address the recent graduates of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College as well as the church body as a whole. Below is an outline and summary of his sermon, The Only Assessment that Matters.... Keep Reading

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5... Keep Reading

Quotes C.J. used in his sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5... Keep Reading

Sermon Discussion Questions | "Saved By Grace"

June 3, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Discussion questions for Shawn's message on Ephesians 2:1-10... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Saved by Grace]

June 2, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Shawn Woo's sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "A Defining Moment"

May 28, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:1-13, where the motif of hostility escalates between the religious leaders and Jesus. Below is an outline and summary of the sermon, "A Defining Moment".... Keep Reading

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 7:1-13... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Defining Moment]

May 27, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, C.J. used several superb quotes to further exposit the passage from Mark's gospel.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Worker Approved]

May 22, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Quotes from Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19... Keep Reading

Sermon Discussion Questions | "A Worker Approved"

May 21, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Discussion questions for Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19... Keep Reading

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 6:53-56... Keep Reading

On sunday, C.J. read two excellent quotes during his sermon. ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Boys in the Boat]

May 6, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

In his sermon on Sunday, C.J. quoted several excellent Bible scholars whose words served to magnify the glory of Jesus Christ. ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Feeding the Five Thousand]

April 29, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

This past Sunday, C.J. read several excellent quotes to expound this passage about Jesus feeding the five thousand. ... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "Tell Them That Again"

April 22, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

A summary of C.J.'s message on Isaiah 53... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Tell Them That Again]

April 21, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

In his sermon for Resurrection Sunday, CJ directed our gaze toward the Risen Lord with several superb quotes. Our church is so blessed to benefit from the wisdom of these Bible scholars.... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

April 10, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on 1 Corinthians 4:6-13... Keep Reading

Consider discussing CJ's message from 1 Corinthians 4:6-13 with your family and other church members.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Deflating the Puffed Up Church]

April 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "A Gracious Warning"

April 4, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on Mark 6:1-6... Keep Reading

Consider discussing Ryan's message from Eph. 3.14-21 with your family and other church membersâ€"both to remember and apply the word.... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "Praying to Know the Love of Christ"

March 19, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

Summary of Ryan Fullerton's sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21... Keep Reading

Sermon Summary | "The Mysterious Gospel"

March 7, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

This past Sunday, we had the joy of welcoming Dave Odom, who serves as the lead pastor at Redeeming Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Something Realer Than Real]

February 18, 2014 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word! ... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [Living for the King of Glory]

October 23, 2013 by: Brian Chesemore

This past Sunday, Bob gave a sermon titled "Living before the King of Glory" on Psalm 24. Here are some quotes he shared.... Keep Reading

Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Beginning of the Gospel]

September 10, 2013 by: Brian Chesemore

On Sunday C.J. introduced our church's first gospel series in Mark. Let's pray that in this season we will see and behold the beauty of our Savior and King. And sermon quotes, like the following, will be provided not only stir your memory but inspire your own study of the Gospel according to Mark.... 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