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    John 3:22-36
    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John the Baptist makes his final appearance in the Gospel and utters his most significant exhortation to his followers regarding the person of Jesus. He is the Son of God who must increase. Jo...

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Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
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45 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The imagery of Isaiah 54 depicts a state of ruin and perhaps even hopelessness for the people of God. The text uses three main metaphors - that of a barren woman, a broken marriage, and a besieged city. There is almost an exaggerated sense of despair that shrouds the passage. You see, for almost a thousand years God’s people had God’s word and yet they failed to obey it. For almost a thousand years God’s people exchanged pure worship for syncretism and idolatry. So by the time the Prophet Isaiah writes this book, it seems as though it’s all over for the captives in exile. It appears as though they’re doomed to bear the consequences of their rebellion forever. But in the darkness and ruin of life riddled with sin, a ray of hope shines through the Gospel. The sin-bearing Servant of the Lord can change everything. Isaiah 53 speaks of a Promised One who can bare the sin of many and make intercession for transgressors. He can bring peace through his substitutionary suffering. The sin-bearing Servant of God is good news for people who are broken by sin. Where we have failed, He has succeeded. Where we have broken the law, He has kept it. Where we have fallen short of the glory of God, He has embodied the glory of God. He has done what we could not. He has fulfilled what we did not. So, instead of barrenness He offers fruitfulness, instead of alienation He offers reconciliation, and in the place of ruin there can be restoration and beautification for all who believe in Him. This morning we will look at Isaiah 54:6-17, and there we will discover that when our lives seemed ruined by the consequences of sin, God is able to restore and rebuild us.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Apr 03, 2016
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1 hr 5 mins 54 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In his saving work, the Servant of Isaiah 53 has done everything. He has removed transgression, established righteousness, and created a family of redeemed sinners – all this by his death, burial, and resurrection. This good news, this Gospel, is worth savoring. But how do we do that? How do we revel in another’s success or take joy in another’s accomplishments? Isaiah 54 unfolds our necessary response to the Savior’s work. It describes how we must react to the supreme worth of the Gospel. We must respond with joy, expectation, and confidence. We must sing for joy because the Lord will miraculously transform our bleak situation into one of bounty. We must respond with expectation because the Lord will sovereignly increase his people. And we must respond with confidence because the Lord will lovingly rescue us from the past and provide for our future. So, how do we savor the supreme worth of the Gospel? How do we react to the saving work of the Servant? We live with joy, expectation and confidence based on the One who makes those things possible.
Easter at Gospel Grace
Sun, Mar 27, 2016
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47 mins 55 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Evangelicalism is often called a “cross-centered faith.” But as such, the resurrection has been largely regarded as a confirmation of what th e cross achieved, or as proof of life after death. Both are indeed true, but if we regard the resurrection as simply a kind of certificate of authenticity for the atonement, or sterling evidence for life beyond the grave, we have sold the resurrection short. If our gospel begins and ends on Good Friday, it is impoverished. If our gospel reduces the resurrection to a footnote, it is not telling the full story of the Easter message. We must remember that the cross and resurrection form an indissoluble unity, for the cross without the resurrection is just martyrdom. But together, they constitute the message of the gospel and the hope of mankind.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Mar 13, 2016
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55 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Acts 6, the growth of the church and the increasing number of impoverished believers required a restructuring of the community. The apostles gathered the congregation and taught them about a new group of men with distinct servanthood responsibilities. These officers would later be referred to as deacons (1 Tim. 3:8-11; Phil. 1:1). Deacons are needed in the church to provide logistical and material support so that the elders can concentrate their efforts on the Word of God and prayer. Deacons are not responsible to teach or spiritually lead the congregation, but instead provide oversight in the service-oriented functions of the church so that needs are cared for and the gospel can spread.
Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, Mar 06, 2016
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53 mins 40 secs
In today’s passage, “Paul asks four revealing questions and makes four stabilizing declarations: God sticks up for us, provides for us, justifies us, and loves us. God’s love is loyal, generous, just and eternal. God fights for us, God gives to us, God defends us, God cares for us – no matter what happens. God is for us in friendship, God is over us in provision, God is around us in protection, God is with us in preservation. Therefore, we should never feel opposed by God, we should never feel deprived by God, we should never feel condemned by God and we should never feel abandoned by God. May we so believe the gospel that we live in the atmosphere of God’s overcoming partnership, God’s over-compensating generosity, God’s overruling advocacy and God’s overwhelming love.” – Raymond Ortlund, Jr
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Feb 28, 2016
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53 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Isaiah 53 brings to a climax the teaching about God’s Servant. It describes one who would be scarred and mangled, rejected and derided. But he would not be treated that way because of his own iniquities. Instead this Servant would bear the punishment belonging to others. He endured it all without complaint. He endured the death penalty even though he was innocent. All of this fulfilled God’s purpose, making the Servant an offering to cover our guilt. As we learn about the Servant Jesus, let us join those who through the ages that have placed their faith in Him and trusted his sacrifice on their behalf.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Feb 21, 2016
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42 mins 13 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Every church or family of churches should have a strategy for developing and deploying church leaders. Paul’s words to Timothy point us in the right direction, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim. 2:2). Churches need to train ministry leaders as an investment into the future. Now, colleges and seminaries can supplement the training process, but they never replace the local church. Our desire at Gospel Grace is to identify, mentor, and send church leaders for purposeful multiplication in Salt Lake City and beyond. May the Lord help us in this endeavor in the years ahead.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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1 hr 0 mins 22 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Isaiah 49:1-13 is the second of what are called “The Servant Songs.” In the first (Isaiah 42:1-4) the Lord revealed his Servant as the answer to the world problem of not knowing the one and only God. Isaiah became at once aware that Israel as he knew it could not be the Lord’s Servant to the world (Isaiah 42:18-25). This awareness came to a climax in (Isaiah 48:1-22). Israel would return from Babylon but her problem of sin would be unresolved and she would not be a peace with God. In our text this morning, the Servant tells how he has been called and prepared for a double task: to bring Israel back to God, and to be the salvation that reaches to the end of the earth. May the Lord help us to recognize his Servant and share his salvation this morning.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Feb 07, 2016
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57 mins 47 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This section of Isaiah was written for the people of Judah who had been taken captive to Babylon. They were stripped of their possessions, removed from their homeland, and humiliated as captives. After trudging through the dirt of exile, they had to transition into a pagan culture. They moved and were setting up life in a different place. The major problem was that they were relationally distant from their God. The temple had been destroyed and they had long ignored the word of the Lord. I think you get a picture of where the people were at if you look at Isaiah 42. In (v. 18) they are called “deaf” and “blind,” In (v. 22) they are described as “a people plundered and looted… all of them trapped in holes.” The people of Judah were like (v. 18) “plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say ‘Restore!’” Judah was discouraged and beyond that, they felt disenfranchised. Their lives had deteriorated to a pile of smoldering firebrands. They were spent and used with nothing in themselves. They were coals raked over and spread in the dirt, left to dwindle and die out. Many probably wondered if beauty could ever rise from such piles of ash? Into that situation God revealed himself, made promises of goodwill to his people, and clarified their purpose in life.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
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56 mins 17 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Just as prophets, priests, and kings were anointed for service, so Cyrus was anointed by God to perform his special service for Israel’s sake. God called him by name over a century before he was born. God raised up this Persian king to do his specific will and nothing would prevent him from succeeding. Through his control of history, creation, and all the nations of the world, God wants to show us that he alone is the sovereign God. The intended goal is that by knowing, we would look to him and live. May the Lord convince us of his sovereignty this morning and cause us to find our salvation in him alone.