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    October 15, 2017
    John - That You May Believe Scripture:
    John 6:33-59
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    John 6 beautifully illustrates a very typical pattern in the Fourth Gospel. After a significant event is narrated, discussion with either the Jews or the would-be disciples follows. Their misunderstanding opens the way f...
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Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Sun, May 05, 2013
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52 mins 3 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Genesis 9:18-29 we encounter a strange story about Noah.  It’s a story that could give us a jaded opinion of him.  Up until this point, what we know of the man is that he’s been obedient, faithful, and he’s found favor in the eyes of the Lord.  But in chapter nine something goes wrong.  Noah ends up drunk and naked, his son proves to be perverted, and Canaan winds up being cursed. Finding Noah in a bad light almost shocks us.  Isn’t this the man that was characterized as “righteous” and “blameless?”  Isn’t this the man that “walked with God?”  What happened to him?  Well, a lot of things drowned in the flood, but sin didn’t.  It stowed away on the ark deep in the hearts of Noah and his family.  So even in a new earth there was still the same old humanity.  Sin was rising to the surface and it was tainting even the last days of Noah’s life. So when sin bubbles up in society we shouldn’t be surprised, instead we should learn how to respond to it.  God’s people should respond to depravity with moral purity instead of moral abandonment.  Such a response is so important because divine blessing or cursing lay in the balance. 
Gospel Defined
Sun, May 05, 2013
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23 mins 38 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Do you remember the feelings you had as a child when you had been caught doing something wrong? Maybe you had to wait in a chair or sit on your bed. What went through your mind while you were waiting for your impending trial with your parents? If you were anything like me, you worked up your case. When your parents came in, you wanted to justify yourself. To justify is often used when we try to show that we aren’t guilty. We don’t want to face a penalty for our actions, so we justify ourselves. God’s word says that we are all guilty before God’s law, and in and of ourselves we can do nothing to change that. But, the gospel defined shows us an amazing truth from God. He offers justification for the guilty. But, what does that mean?
Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Sun, Apr 28, 2013
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49 mins 53 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - After the great judgment and destruction involved in the flood, some people might think that life is worthless to God.  But God’s commandments to and covenant with Noah in (Genesis 9:1-17) show that the contrary is true.  God has a high regard for life. After the flood he established a new order with the blessing of fruitfulness and the prohibition of taking another person’s life.  He promised never to destroy every living creature again by such a flood and he gave the rainbow as a sign and reminder of this gracious covenant. God holds life as sacred and valuable.  He commands mankind not to abuse it, and he personally promises to protect it.  A covenant of peace reigns over this new era in which humanity has the responsibility to take life seriously.  The overarching message is one of peace and preservation – mankind must perpetuate and protect life because it is precious to God.
Gospel Defined
Sun, Apr 28, 2013
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24 mins 34 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - A ransom must to be paid for you. Your first thought when hearing that probably has something to do with a note left behind by a kidnapper. “Pay up or else.” So, have you been kidnapped? Not really. Ransom and kidnapping have actually only been associated with one other in recent times. Historically, the idea of ransom meant the price to purchase back someone who was held in bondage or slavery. Because we haven’t kept God’s law, a ransom is required. We are in bondage because of the law’s demands, and our only hope for freedom is if our ransom is paid! The gospel defined says that Jesus Himself is that redemption. Redemption means that Jesus secures our release from bondage by the paying our ransom with His blood. The ransom has been paid!
Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Sun, Apr 21, 2013
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56 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - God’s wrath toward sin and the sinner is a concept that we would often rather ignore than think through its consequences. Most would rather talk only about love and grace, but, God’s wrath and justice are as real as His love and grace. In fact, the biggest problem that every human faces is that the wrath of an all-powerful, holy God is against them because of their sin. Our choice to disobey God earns us the just wrath of God! But, the gospel says that God poured His wrath somewhere else, and that is called propitiation. Propitiation is a sacrifice that bears God’s wrath completely so that it isn’t just removed, it is also replaced with love and favor.
Gospel Defined
Sun, Apr 21, 2013
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25 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - God’s wrath toward sin and the sinner is a concept that we would often rather ignore than think through its consequences. Most would rather talk only about love and grace, but, God’s wrath and justice are as real as His love and grace. In fact, the biggest problem that every human faces is that the wrath of an all-powerful, holy God is against them because of their sin. Our choice to disobey God earns us the just wrath of God! But, the gospel says that God poured His wrath somewhere else, and that is called propitiation. Propitiation is a sacrifice that bears God’s wrath completely so that it isn’t just removed, it is also replaced with love and favor.
Beginning - Genesis 1-12
Sun, Apr 14, 2013
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53 mins 6 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This morning, we are jumping back into our series through the first twelve chapters of Genesis. Adam and Eve had many children (Gen. 5:4), and after centuries passed by, their descendants were numerous (Gen. 6:1). But most of them resembled the heirs of Cain in their sin and deep depravity. The only spark of hope was the remnant of Seth’s line that remained in a man named Noah and his family. Amidst the world’s population, he alone “walked with God.” The passage under consideration this morning portrays how wicked the human race had become, and indicates that death would be the punishment. It is a continuation of the toledot which began in (Gen. 5:1). What would God do with the crisis of rampant sin on earth? How would human degeneration and depravity fare in the presence of God’s judgment? And what about grace? (Romans 5:20) “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more!”
Gospel Defined
Sun, Apr 14, 2013
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23 mins 27 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Something is wrong in man’s relationship to God. We may ignore it or try to fix it in many different ways, but ultimately our rebellion and idolatry has shattered our relationship with our Creator. We are God’s enemy...and the Bible even says that God is ours. Something needs to be done! Well, the gospel says something has been done! Reconciliation is the good news that in Christ God brings man back into fellowship with Himself. The broken relationship is repaired as Jesus makes peace between us and God with His blood.
Community
Sun, Apr 07, 2013
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54 mins 24 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - This morning, we continue our series looking into the relationships that believers have with one another. The community life that we hope is a mark of Gospel Grace Church. Community is the simple word that we use to describe the way we live together. It is something that we all desire, but often cannot find. We all long for true relationships where we know and are known by others--the kind of friend that would die for you. Throughout the New Testament, we see that the gospel of Jesus does a work of making us His people. We are God’s family, and if we are to be at home with Him, we must know His house rules. The awesome thing about God’s house rules is that the more we understand them and live in them, the more we find that this is where we are most whole and at home. Life-touching-life community is God’s intention for us! And it all flows out from Jesus. Everything we do as believers is a reflection of Jesus and His work for us on the cross, and community is no exception. This morning in 2 Corinthians 5, we will see another dimension of living together in light of who Jesus is and what He has done. Community is death and life. So, How does the cross and resurrection of Jesus affect our relationships with others? Paul says that we are compelled to die and live for God and like God.
Gospel Defined
Sun, Apr 07, 2013
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23 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - Essential to the message of the cross is the teaching of Substitutionary Atonement. In essence, it is the voluntary work of God in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection accomplished in our place to secure our pardon and salvation. God must and will punish all wrong-doing, and the captivating truth of the gospel is that Jesus died for our wrong-doing — a shameful death, bearing our curse, enduring our pain, suffering the wrath of his own Father in our place. So, the answer to the questions “How can God love sinners without destroying justice?” and “How can the unrighteous be found righteous?” are found right here. Every other aspect of the gospel hinges on this point.