Sunday Morning Sermon: Don’t Lose Sight of Hope | Romans 5:3-5 | Steve Wainright
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
When you lose sight of the end prize, you lose heart and become discouraged. When your focus is on the goal, you lose sight of your sorrow. Through suffering, our faith is being tested and strengthened. God is shaping your character and conforming you into the image of His Son.
-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
This Week’s Sermon Audio:
Wednesday Evening – Greater Abominations, Greater Judgment | Ezekiel 8-9 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Morning – Don’t Lose Sight of Hope | Romans 5:3-5 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – A Man of God’s Influence | 2 Kings 1:1-18 (Steve Wainright)
“Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” -Romans 2:4
We deserve God’s judgment, but we’re so used to His mercies that when something tragic happens and rocks our world, we are quick to question His justice. As long as you have breath, God is showing you kindness. Why? To lead you to repentance. -Steve Wainright in “Making Light of God’s Goodness“
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Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: Making Light of God’s Goodness | Romans 2:4-5 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: Blessings of Obedience | John 2:5-7 | Anthony Vance
The Sin of Presumption [listen] | John 2:1-11 | Anthony Vance
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” -John 2:3
Do we sometimes also forget our place by trying to dictate the Lord’s intervention upon our circumstances? Instead of resting in His will, we get frustrated with His timing. Too often we come to the Lord like Mary did saying, “We’re out of wine–do something now.” Submit to His perfect wisdom and timing.
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Depravity of Man | Romans 1:26-32 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Sin of Presumption | John 2:1-11 | Anthony Vance
“I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.” -Hosea 11:9
The Lord thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. The Lord now invites you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are his ways above your ways.”
You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keepeth not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to Jesus, God will turn from wrath. Because God is God, and not man, there is still forgiveness for you, even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing Father; but God is longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from your evil way, and you shall be saved.
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation.” -Psalm 62:1
Blessed posture! Waiting truly and only upon the Lord. Be this our condition all this day and every day. Waiting His leisure, waiting in His service, waiting in joyful expectation, waiting in prayer, and content. When the very soul thus waits, it is in the best and truest condition of a creature before his Creator, a servant before his Master, a child before his Father. We allow no dictation to God, nor complaining of Him; we will permit no petulance and no distrust. At the same time, we practice no running before the cloud and no seeking to others for aid: neither of these would be waiting upon God. God, and God alone, is the expectation of our hearts.
Blessed assurance! From Him salvation is coming; it is on the road. It will come from Him and from no one else. He shall have all the glory of it, for He alone can and will perform it. And He will perform it most surely in His own time and manner. He will save from doubt, and suffering, and slander, and distress. Though we see no sign of it as yet, we are satisfied to bide the Lord’s will, for we have no suspicion of His love and faithfulness. He will make sure work of it before long, and we will praise Him at once for the coming mercy.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Evening| Bro. Anthony Vance | James 5:7-11
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.” -James 5:7
“Be patient” is imperative. It’s a command, but it is also the Spirit’s work in us. He gives us the power to be patient in Him, but you can’t do it apart from Him. Just like the farmer waits for the harvest, he depends on the rain, but he does his part while he waits. Choose patience.