Category Archives: Old Testament

Slaves, Murder, and The Covenant, Part 2 (Worship Service, June 17th, 2018)

Title: Slaves, Murder, and The Covenant, Part 2

Passage: Exodus 21:1-32 Part II

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: June 17th, 2018

It is fitting that the Lord begins his rules in the Law with slavery and then murder. He wants Israel not to be like Egypt, a nation that brutally enslaves and murders, but like himself, a God who protects human dignity and life. That’s the main point of chapter 21. God’s people must preserve dignity and life as God does.

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Slaves, Murder, and The Covenant, Part 1 (Worship Service, June 10th, 2018)

Title: Slaves, Murder, and The Covenant, Part 1

Passage: Exodus 21:1-32

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: June 10th, 2018

Given how lowly people viewed slaves, it’s remarkable how God’s Law begins speaking to this issue. By introducing his Law with remarks about slaves, God reminds his people that he is a God who hears the cry of those oppressed by slavery. He rescued them from slavery. He begins with laws about slavery to bring glory to himself before Israel in reminding them of his great act of redemption. And he begins with slavery so that Israel’s own treatment of slaves will be Yahweh-like rather than Egypt like. Similarly, with the laws about murder, we recall Egypt’s blood-thirsty murder of the Hebrews. The point of ch 21 is this: God’s people must preserve dignity and life as God does. 

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The People Stood Far Off (Worship Service, June 3rd, 2018)

Title: The People Stood Far Off

Passage: Exodus 20:18-26

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: June 3rd, 2018

As we went through the commandments, we found again and again our need of forgiveness. God’s standards are high and holy. When we measure ourselves against God’s standard, we find that we have missed the mark. We are sinners. The Israelites knew this as well, so they drew away and stood far off. If you have ever felt unworthy to draw near to God, this passage is for you. We sinners must draw near to God. But how?

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Covetousness (Worship Service, May 20th, 2018)

Title: Covetousness

Passage: Exodus 20:17

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: May 20th, 2018

The final commandment is unique. We can find that other ancient cultures echoed many of the precepts of the moral code God reveals here for Israel in the Ten Commandments. But the commandment not to covet is unique. It cannot be found anywhere else. Here the tenth command turns inward. 

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Sins Against the Truth (Worship Service, May 13th, 2018)

Title: Sins Against the Truth

Passage: Exodus 20:16

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: May 13th, 2018

One of the great intellectual plagues of modernity and postmodernity is the idea that truth does not exist. Truth is relative, they say. In one respect, this is the natural conclusion of those who adopt hard materialism. And with God absent, there is no one being who sees everything as it really is. These are more than philosophical problems. These are spiritual problems. This morning we turn to the 9th commandmentYou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 

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Steal No More (Worship Service, May 6th, 2018)

Title: Steal No More

Passage: Exodus 20:15

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: May 6th, 2018

As we meditate on the 8 C, we find that it actually speaks to more than simply bare theft and robbery. Once again, God’s word bids us go further and deeper. 

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No Adultery (Worship Service, April 29th, 2018)

Title: No Adultery

Passage: Exodus 20:14

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: April 29th, 2018

As I stand here, it’s hard to sense the great importance that this message could have for us as a church of Jesus Christ. Some of you have been or will be tempted to commit adultery in its various forms. The sick state of our present age, ranging from rampant divorce, atheism, pornography, homosexuality, and the transgender insanity, can be traced to the cold disregard for this one command of God. Yet this command remains as true today as it did 3400 years ago.

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Murder, Or Whatever Tends To It (Worship Service, April 22nd, 2018)

Title: Murder, Or Whatever Tends To It

Passage: Exodus 20:12

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: April 22nd, 2018

The sixth commandment seems like a strange, far-off thing to most of us. Few if any of us, have ever taken another man’s life. And yet, even here, with the sixth commandment, there is more here than meets the eye. May the Lord open to his holy demands this morning.

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Honor and the Honored (Worship Service, April 8th, 2018)

Title: Honor and the Honored

Passage: Exodus 20:11

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: April 8th, 2018

The 5th Commandment may be the one we have heard the most over the course of our lives. We were told it when we were children, even babies. But there is more here than a word about how little children should behave. Indeed, this fifth word is filled with significance.  

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The Triumphal Entry (Worship Service, March 25th, 2018)

Title: The Triumphal Entry

Passage: Luke 19:28-40

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: March 25th, 2018

The focus of this passage is on the Lord Jesus Christ. The disciples’ response is important. Their words of praise, echoing Psalm 118, is clearly given to us as a positive example. Jesus clearly thinks the praise is a good thing. One point of the story of the Triumphal Entry is that we should respond to these events the same way Jesus’ disciples did. Luke’s account of the triumphal entry suggests at least three distinct reasons for us to rejoice in Christ. 

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