An Exegesis of Philemon

An Exegesis of Philemon

"We can see the total, transforming love of Christ that has now encapsulated, and is overflowing out of the 60-year-old, end of his ministry Paul. He isn’t bitter. He isn’t griping about being in prison, or his living conditions, and he’s not even using his apostolic authority in the letter – like he has for most of his ministry. The spirit that’s within Paul as a fellow Christian is just overflowing in his letter: in his grace, in his dealing with these hard issues, in his love for Philemon, in his love for the slave turned brother in Chris, Onesimus. It’s the transcending nature of the Christian life. Remember that Paul wrote in Galatians, 'There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.'"

Worship: The Antidote to Pride - 11:15am Sermon

Worship: The Antidote to Pride - 11:15am Sermon

"As sinners, our inclination is not to want to worship and we can find all kinds of rationalizations for not doing it. ‘The weather’s really nice today’, ‘I really had a hard night last night’, ‘You know, the sermon’s probably going to be deadly dull – I saw that Michael Petty was preaching this Sunday’. We can rationalize and rationalize away. And so for us, worship is a discipline. It’s important for all of us to get to the place as Christians where we recognize that we need to worship God – even though we might not feel like it or we might not want to, we need to - because worship is part of God’s therapy for we who are prideful and self-absorbed. We need the therapy."

Peace and Division

Peace and Division

"The Gospel is more than just a set of beliefs or moral teachings about peace and love. It’s radical, it’s transformative, it’s powerful, and it’s the only way to salvation, and it’s the only way to God the Father. Even just saying that statement is enough to get you fired in a lot of places today, to lose an election, to be chastised publicly, or boycotted. But we should not be afraid to proclaim Christ crucified as we are commanded because the world desperately needs to hear it."

Fear Not, Little Flock

Fear Not, Little Flock

"He’s saying that God saves us, not out of some internal sense of duty or obligation to us, but that God saves us because He finds delight in saving and redeeming sinful people like you and me. That it makes our Father glad to see His work in our hearts. To see His mercy and forgiveness towards us in His Son Jesus creating faith and trust where there once was none. That God takes joy in fixing our hearts on the only treasure that has the power to bring us true and lasting peace: Himself. So, fear not little flock, for your Father delights to give you the kingdom. Your Father delights to give you peace. Your Father delights to save you."

Does Your Generosity Reflect God's? (9am)

Does Your Generosity Reflect God's? (9am)

"Being generous towards God means that our generosity reflects God’s generosity towards us. Our very lives are a gift from God. Creation is a gift from God. What do we have that we did not receive from God? Nothing. Jesus is saying here that success in life is measured by how well our generosity reflects the generosity of our Creator. And that’s a call for radical generosity that can only come from a radical trust in God."

Comparisons Kill

Comparisons Kill

"To my brothers in the room: see with what dignity and respect the Lord Jesus imparts to the women in His life. His example is, if you are anything like me, convicting yet inspiring. He is our model for how to treat women: with equity, respect, and graciousness. Brothers, how do our hearts measure up? To my sisters: sit at the feet of Jesus. It is not only where you are allowed but where you belong – as a beloved daughter of Almighty God. Live into this world-changing reality with grateful hearts: that the Lord sees you as precious and equal in His sight."

Salvation, Liberation, Transformation - 9am Sermon

Salvation, Liberation, Transformation - 9am Sermon

"Out triune God really has given us the possibility of His Kingdom experienced here and now. Not just in salvation by the Cross of Jesus, or liberation from our slavery to sin by the will of the Father, but also in the reality of personal transformation by the work of the Holy Spirit within us – enabling us to walk by the spirit without gratifying the desires of the flesh."

When Two Worlds Collide - 11:15am Service

When Two Worlds Collide - 11:15am Service

"The collision of two worlds - the unveiling of the Kingdom that came in full force at Pentecost - is more than our own personal intimacy with the great counselor. Remember, it's when the fire jumped from the hearth and began burning throughout the entire house. God is pouring out His spirit on all flesh and has come for the whole world and he has chosen His people, you and I, to be His messengers.""

Sermon When Two Worlds Collide by the Rev'd William Krizner | June 9, 2019 - The Day of Pentecost, 11:15am Service