Category Archives: Sunday Morning Worship

A Holy Sabbath to the LORD (Worship Service, December 10th, 2017)

Title: A Holy Sabbath to the LORD

Passage: Exodus 16:21-36

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: December 10th, 2017

The rest of Exodus 16 deals with the institution of a pre-Sinai Sabbath and the people’s response to this. I believe that the same theme of first half of the chapter can be easily brought over and extended into the focus on the manna and Sabbath. That is, we still learn here that true saints believe that God alone can satisfy their greatest desires

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Bread From Heaven (Worship Service, December 3rd, 2017)

Title: Bread From Heaven

Passage: Exodus 16:1-21

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: December 3rd, 2017

The provision of food is the demonstration of the LORD’s covenantal presence and glory. It is to be a manifestation of God’s care for his people. It is the LORD who gives this food to his people, and the gift of food from God is intended to reiterate his love for them. The bread comes from God. It comes from heaven. The message of this story, the Lord’s message in the miracle of the manna is, “I am with you. You can trust me. Rely on me. Lean into me. I will sustain you. You can know that I will never let you down. I will keep my promises to you. You can be assured that I am your God and you are my people.” That is, true saints believe that God alone can satisfy their greatest desires.

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Into the Wilderness (Worship Service, November 26th, 2017)

Title: Into The Wilderness

Passage:  Exodus 15:22-27

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: November 26th, 2017

The real force of the story is unveiled in the second part of v 25: There the LORD made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them. The LORD was leading his people. He was the one who led them to Marah. The LORD was the one who, in their desperate need for water, brought them first to the bitter waters. But v 25 is the divine perspective on these earthly affairs. Marah was a test. The Lord was trying his people to see if they would trust him. Thus the lesson from God’s Word is, in times of great difficulty, we must trust the Lord.

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Sing To The LORD! (Worship Service, November 19th, 2017)

Title: Sing to the LORD!

Passage:  Exodus 15:1-21

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: November 19th, 2017

What do you do when you realize that God has saved you? You sing. Brothers, God’s people sing. In Gen 4, we learn that Jubal made musical instruments. Job mentions singing a handful of times. But this is the first time that singing appears canonically in the Scriptures. How appropriate that, after such a monumental event displaying God’s covenant love, that it is here that we see his people joining in song. The central point from this text for us is simply this: Sing to the LORD. But when I say that this passage urges us to sing to the LORD, I am getting after something more fundamental than mere singing. Indeed, I want us to have the heart to sing to God. My concern is that there is in each of our hearts joyful affections in Christ our Savior.  

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Christian’s Character (Worship Service, November 12th, 2017)

Title: Christian’s Character

Passage:  Philippians 4:4-7

Speaker: Dr. Eric White

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: November 12th, 2017

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Washing Sin from the Soul (Worship Service, November 5th, 2017)

Title: Cleansing From Sin

Passage:  Hebrews 10:1-22

Speaker: Dr. Kevin T. Bauder

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: November 5th, 2017

 

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Glory to God Alone (Worship Service, October 29th, 2017)

Title:  Glory to God Alone

Passage:  1st Timothy 1:17

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 29th, 2017

While the medieval church was never so ignorant to say out loud that they did not want to give glory to God alone, the facts betrayed a different reality. I do not mention the widespread immorality and sin that spread throughout the church. By holding that Christ cooperated us to make us righteous to pacify God’s wrath, that we might rest in some way on our merits before God, that we must submit to human authority on matters of faith and practice, by the practice of indulgences, the medieval church undermined the glory of God. I want us to consider soli Deo gloria, that we would be a people who give glory to God in our salvation and in our lives.

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Grace Alone (Worship Service, October 22th, 2017)

Title: Grace Alone

Passage:  Ephesians 2:4-10

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 22th, 2017.

The passage I have selected for today’s message on grace is from one of the most well-known and clear attestations of the riches of Christ’s grace to us in all of holy Scripture. To help them sense the spiritual beauty of what has happened to them in Christ, he breaks open the chapter with a frank yet profound description of their condition apart from Christ. Yet we begin to feel the good news of God’s grace right away in this passage with the opening two words of v 4: But God. For there is no good news, no grace, no glorious but God, until we have come to terms with who we are apart from him. Altogether, I hope to show that no man is saved but by grace alone. 

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Christ Alone (Worship Service, October 15th, 2017)

Title: Christ Alone

Passage:  John 14:1-7

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 15th, 2017

Indulgences led to confidence in a merit apart from Christ. In his classic the Institutes of the Christian ReligionJohn Calvin critiqued the Catholic doctrine of penance. He said Catholics held ‘that there are many helps by which we may redeem sins: tears, fasting, offerings, and works of charity. With these we must propitiate the Lord. … With these we must merit his pardon. For although he has forgiven the guilt through the largeness of his mercy, yet by the discipline of his justice we retains punishment. … When the Scripture says, ‘by the name of Christ,’ it means that we bring nothing, we claim nothing of our own, but rely solely upon the commendation of Christ” (3.4.25). This is a crucial Reformation doctrine. We claim nothing of our own, but rely solely upon the commendation of Christ. This is the matter of today’s sermon. Our whole salvation rests on Jesus Christ and him alone. 

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Scripture Alone (Worship Service, October 8th, 2017)

Title: Scripture Alone

Passage:  Ephesians 2:19-22

Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin

Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service

Date: October 8th, 2017

For Luther, the authority for the church was Scripture alone. This became a very important matter in the Reformation. It is not without accident that our second catechism question is What rule has God given whereby we may glorify him? The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, is the only rule to glorify God and enjoy him. This simple answer was not in any way self-evident in the medieval church. But medieval Christianity not only denied that Scripture was the final authority in matters of doctrine and practice, it also kept the Bible from the people. To argue for the doctrine of sola Scriptura, I want to look at three books in particular. It’s not that the teaching isn’t found elsewhere, but I trust this will nevertheless illustrate that the Scriptures do, in fact, espouse that Scripture and especially the New Testament is our ultimate authority. 

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