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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)

    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

    September 7, 2016Gospel, love
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Amid Confusion, Clarity in Christ

    Perhaps you’ve heard – the Pope was here, right here in America.  Suffice it to say that for many, this was a BIG deal! Oh beloved, how God’s people need to be discerning, loyal to Christ, and saturated in God’s word in these days!  Contrary to the gushing adulation so many have expressed toward Pope […]

    September 30, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Ministry
  9. “But God” is the Gospel

    “BUT GOD…” (Eph. 2:4)! The very heart of the Gospel is expressed in these glorious words, “BUT GOD…”!  Though mankind is spiritually dead and hopeless in sin (Eph. 2:1-3), God has powerfully acted in Christ to bring about the salvation that only He could accomplish (Eph. 2:4-10).  “BUT GOD…” really summarizes the whole message of […]

    July 8, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Sermons, Truth, worship
  10. On Biblical Inerrancy

    As you know, last week’s Shepherds’ Conference focused on the theme of the inerrancy of Scripture.  Ever since the Garden of Eden, when Satan tempted Eve by saying, “did God actually say…?” (Gen. 3:1), the authority and reliability of God’s Word has been under attack.  Satan’s strategy is as simple as it is deadly:  if […]

    March 11, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Sermons, Stewardship, Truth, worship
  11. Singing of His Glory

    Within all of God’s rich blessings in Jesus (Eph. 1:3-14), and through the power of His indwelling Spirit (Eph. 5:18), God’s people are to ever be “…addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always…” (Eph. 5:19-20).  Even as we’ll be singing praises throughout […]

    February 6, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, music
  12. Freedom in His Full Forgiveness

    Over the last two Lord’s Days, we’ve been gazing afresh into the endless ocean of God’s rich grace in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:7-12).  We’ve been looking particularly at vs. 7-8:   In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, […]

    January 21, 2015Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, Sin
  13. Into His Heavenly Family

    How can we ever fathom the wonder and wealth of all God’s spiritual blessings to us in Jesus Christ??  What assurance, confidence, and security are within these glorious truths:   …in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…(Eph. 1:4-5)   There never has been, […]

    December 4, 2014Gospel, Hope, love, The Church, worship
  14. Genuine Worship Includes Gathering with God’s People

    God’s word makes clear that genuine worship which pleases Him is that which is “in spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:22-24), and that which encompasses all of life, all the time (Rom. 12:1-2).  With slight modification to a definition of worship offered by David Peterson in his excellent book Engaging With God, we can say […]

    October 22, 2014church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Holiness, The Church
  15. Doing Our Part, Today

    A healthy practice for believers is to regularly read the Book of Acts (along with the rest of Scripture)!  With 28 chapters, Acts could be read monthly at a pace of one chapter a day.  Or it could be read quarterly by reading 2-3 chapters a week, or almost twice a year by reading a […]

    October 8, 2014church growth, evangelism, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, Ministry
  16. Word Work

    Over the last couple weeks in the book of Acts, we’ve been learning of God’s strategy for world missions.  Simply stated, He speaks!  God accomplishes His work by His living, powerful, authoritative word.  So we have seen throughout Acts that our exalted Lord Jesus Christ is gathering, shepherding, and multiplying His flock – the church.  […]

    October 1, 2014evangelism, Gospel, Ministry
  17. The Miracle of Conversion

    The salvation of any individual is a MIRACLE of God’s grace!  We marvel at the countless miracles Jesus did during his earthly ministry, and rightly so!  But the wonder of all those miracles pales in comparison to the supernatural work of God giving new life in Christ to one who is spiritually dead in sin. […]

    July 30, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope
  18. To Advance the Gospel

    What do you think about the circumstances of your life?  What do you think about the reason for the circumstances of your life?  Why does God have you in these specific circumstances? The Apostle Paul sets a powerful, Christ-exalting example in answer to these questions when he says, “I want you to know, brothers, that […]

    July 25, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel
  19. Spiritual Bankruptcy and Rich Hope

    It was a joy to have Pastor Martin Manten, and his family, with us this past Lord’s Day.  Martin is the Director of the European Bible Training Center (EBTC) in Zurich, and he’s also planting a church there.   Martin’s sermon from Mt. 5:1-4 on “The Foundation of Happiness” was personally convicting and refreshing.  I […]

    July 16, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Holiness, Hope, Pride and Humility, Sin
  20. Be Assured, Really

    Christians are sometimes tempted with serious doubts regarding the Christian faith.  Is the Bible really God’s inerrant, authoritative, all-sufficient word?  Is Jesus really God, and really the only way to the Father?  Did Jesus really rise from the dead; is He really coming back again someday?  Come on…really? Much of what can provoke our doubts […]

    June 4, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope
  21. Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    In all of our corporate gatherings on the Lord’s Days this past month (Equipping Hour, Corporate Worship, and our Evening Gathering), we’ve been focusing on God’s mission in Jesus Christ, and what this means for us as His people.  We’ve seen that the Father’s eternal purpose is to glorify Himself in His Son, in His […]

    April 2, 2014church growth, Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Hope, The Church
  22. Discouragement and Motivation

    Genuine Christians are often tempted with discouragement and despair.  We find this to be true of numerous people in Scripture (King David – Pss. 142, 143; Paul – 2 Cor. 1:8-9), and also of many throughout church history (William Cowper; Charles Spurgeon).  Certainly many different factors, both internal and external, can tempt us to dark […]

    March 25, 2014Exaltation of Christ, Gospel, Holiness, Hope
  23. Hold Fast to the Gospel

    It is profoundly significant that Peter begins the main body of His first letter with words of blessing/praise to God for the living hope of the Gospel (1 Pet. 1:3ff).  The greatest need of Peter’s persecuted, troubled readers was to hold fast to the Gospel by faith, and join him in joyfully praising God for […]

    May 30, 2012Gospel

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