Pastor’s Study Notes

False Teachers Follow the Way of Cain

False Teachers Follow the Way of Cain

“Unbelief is the root of rebellion and apostasy.” –John Trapp Last Sunday we explored the biblical examples that Jude employed when communicating to the church not only the danger of false teachers but also their destructive influence. Jude’s examples were Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Cain is primarily remembered for the murder of his brother Abel. It was Abel who “by…

The False and Corrupt Teachers in Jude

The False and Corrupt Teachers in Jude

“They have butter in their mouths, but swords in their hearts.” –Samuel Otes (commenting on the corrupt teachers in Jude) Dear church family, For the next few weeks, we will be in the book of Jude. Please read and reread the book, meditate on it, and the sermons will be more meaningful for the work you have done beforehand. Last Sunday,…

Micah’s Vision of The Church

“Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man.” (Mic. 5:7) After the book of Micah envisions the coming King, Micah goes on in 5:7 to paint a visionary picture of the remnant…

Walking in Light of the Light

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5) Last Sunday we spend some time meditating on 1 John together. The focus of the message was on the light that God shines on our lives. In the light of God, we see…

The Necessity of Preaching and Hearing

“Preach one Christ, by Christ, to the praise of Christ.” –William Perkins   Jesus described his ministry as one of service, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) For Jesus, serving meant, healing the sick, washing the feet of his disciples, feeding the multitudes,…

What makes life Life?

“Life is an excellency added to being.” –Thomas Goodwin If you could ask God for anything at all, what would it be? David asked God for a long life and the Lord answered his request:   O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults! 2 You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the…

The Power of Friendship, Part Two

“The best mirror is an old friend.” –George Herbert Amid increasing anxiety and approaching suffering, Jesus called his disciples by a new name, “friend.” (Luke 22:41-45; John 13:21; 15:12-15) The word signaled intimacy, sacrifice, and an understanding that the secret counsels of God would not be hidden from them. (Exodus 33:11; Job 29:4; John 15:15-16) The Puritans understood the power…

The Spiritual Benefit of Friendship

“Godly friends are walking sermons.” –Richard Sibbes Do you desire to be strengthened in your Christian walk? Do you want to grow in your ability to discern the attacks of our prowling enemy? Do you need an additional aid in the process of sanctification? Then find, maintain, and cultivate a Christian friendship. God uses our  believing friends to strengthen us.…