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  1. Beginning the Book of Hebrews

    As a Christian, do you ever get discouraged? With your circumstances, with struggles, with your sin? Yeah…I do too!   Our holy and gracious Father knows you and I are easily tempted to be downcast. He knows we’re quick to shrink back from believing and living in light of His great promises and provision in […]

    September 27, 2017church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, Sermons
  2. 1 Peter 2:4-6 (ESV)

    4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in […]

    August 9, 2017Exaltation of Christ
  3. John 1:1-5 (ESV)

    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light […]

    July 5, 2017Exaltation of Christ, Gospel
  4. Hebrews 7:23-25 (ESV)

    23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for […]

    April 12, 2017Exaltation of Christ
  5. Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he […]

    January 10, 2017Exaltation of Christ, The cross
  6. Hebrews 9:11-14 (ESV)

    11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but […]

    December 28, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Gospel
  7. Galatians 4:4-7 (ESV)

    4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” […]

    December 21, 2016Exaltation of Christ
  8. John 1:14-18

    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because […]

    December 14, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Hope
  9. Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)

    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David […]

    December 7, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, worship
  10. Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)

    Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    November 30, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Gospel
  11. Ephesians 5:25-33 (ESV)

    25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she […]

    November 16, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Sanctification
  12. John 10:22-31 (ESV)

    22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” […]

    November 9, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Uncategorized
  13. Ephesians 5:22-24 (ESV)

    22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

    November 2, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, The Church, Truth
  14. Ephesians 5:31-32 (ESV)

    31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

    October 26, 2016Exaltation of Christ, The Church, Truth
  15. Sexual Sin is Serious because Jesus Christ is Infinitely Glorious

    Over the last two Lord’s Days (Sept. 18 & 25), we’ve been looking at some sobering issues from Eph. 5:3-14.  Against the backdrop of the great spiritual blessings God has given His children in Christ (Eph. 1-3), and the clear call to walk worthy in light of these blessings (Eph. 4:1–5:2), Paul zeroes in on […]

    September 28, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Hope, Ministry, Sanctification, Sin
  16. Sacramento Gospel Conference

    As we’ve been letting you know, the annual Sacramento Gospel Conference is just over a week away.  It will take place on Friday, May 6 (7-9:30pm), and Saturday, May 7 (9:00am – 4:30pm), at Immanuel Baptist Church in midtown Sacramento.  The cost is $30/person (or less, if you’re only able to attend one of the […]

    April 27, 2016church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Ministry, The Church
  17. Revelation 7:9-12

    9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who […]

    April 13, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Truth, worship
  18. Christ’s Gift

    How Jesus Christ cares for His body, His church!  Now exalted at the right hand of our Father in heaven, Jesus has sovereignly and diversely gifted every member of His body. “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”  (Eph. 4:7) As Paul goes on to explain […]

    March 16, 2016church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Ministry, The Church, Training, worship
  19. Visible Unity

    Preserving unity in the church matters because of the eternal unity of God!  This is the heart of Paul’s exhortation and explanation in Eph. 4:1-6.   1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and […]

    March 9, 2016Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Ministry, The Church
  20. Encouragement from Hudson Taylor

    Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was the founder of China Inland Mission.  He was also a man who deeply understood the power of prayer within God’s sovereign purposes.   Echoing the heart of Paul’s prayer in Eph. 3:14-21, the following expressed Hudson Taylor’s daily request before God.  Perhaps this simple, poetic petition will be an encouragement for […]

    February 10, 2016Exaltation of Christ
  21. In the Gift of His Son

    With Paul’s prayer in Eph. 3:14-21, he is asking God to powerfully enable believers to live by faith in the fullness of all He is and has given in Jesus Christ.  Paul prays with great confidence and expectation that God will do abundantly more than all that could be asked or imagined.   Through this […]

    December 23, 2015Christmas, Exaltation of Christ, Prayer, worship
  22. His Church, His Eternal Purpose

    The church is at the very center of God’s eternal purpose in Jesus Christ!  This truth is crystal-clear from what we’ve been seeing in Eph. 3:10-11,   “…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  This was according to […]

    November 18, 2015Exaltation of Christ, The Church
  23. The Focus of Faith

    The outworking of sin in our lives, and in our world, has produced distorted thinking in countless ways.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the distorted, wrong ways we often think of God, and of human beings.  Simply put, we have a great tendency to deify other human beings, and to humanize/domesticate the eternal, […]

    November 11, 2015Exaltation of Christ, worship
  24. Far-Reaching Implications of the Christian Identity

    Over the last two Sundays in our corporate gatherings, we’ve been gazing intently into Eph. 2:19-22.  What we’ve seen in this powerful passage is that as Christians, we belong to God and to one another.  As such, our identity is not determined by any earthly categories (ethnicity, socio-economic status, abilities, etc.).  To the contrary, our […]

    October 28, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Holiness, Hope, Ministry, The Church
  25. Jesus Plus Nothing Salvation

    Most of you were with us this past Lord’s Day as Pastor Vanensio Bamwitirebye from Uganda preached from John 2:12-23 (you can find his sermon at our church website).  I had the privilege of joining Pastor Vanensio and a few other people for lunch following our service.  Among other things, he shared the story of […]

    October 14, 2015evangelism, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Ministry, Truth

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