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    December 10, 2017
    Advent Scripture:
    Isaiah 40:1-11
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    In Isaiah's time, Israel had a long, persistent history rebellion, immorality, cruelty to the poor, and idolatry. By the time we get to Isaiah 40, Israel was about to be destroyed as a nation. Life was insecure, with maj...
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Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, May 08, 2016
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48 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Before we ever went, God called us to “Come.” Before we ever sought, God revealed himself and said, “Behold Me.” When the gulf between us and God was as far as the heavens from the earth, God displayed his love to span the distance. He sent his inspired and incarnate Word like rain to quench the thirst of our parched souls. In Isaiah 55:10-13 we find that God’s Word, like rain, will fulfill it’s purpose, fundamentally change us, and in the end bring Him glory. Even before we study the text together this morning, would you pray and ask God to cause hearts that are like the desert to bloom and souls that are like the barren heights to sprout. Would you pray and ask God to send His Word like rain.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, May 01, 2016
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51 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - We are often tempted to think we must clean ourselves up to be worthy of God’s concern. But that is to misunderstand God and his saving grace. In our desperate thirst and poverty God says, “Come, buy and eat!” His love and grace come to us not because we have been so good but because he has been so gracious. In light of the mercy secured for God’s people by the “arm of the Lord (Is. 53:1), the call for repentance goes out. God’s invitation echoes through creation calling us to seek, hear, and come to the Lord. As we behold God’s righteousness and are honest about our sin, we become able to experience his saving forgiveness. We turn to the Lord and forsake our unrighteous ways. Then we enter into the movement of divine generosity, proclaiming his grace and caring for others in need.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Apr 24, 2016
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50 mins 56 secs
Speaker: Jonathan Albright - We live in a day when it seems that you can find a worship service that meets the expectations of almost anyone, no matter what those expectations are. Should the service include a large choir, no choir, worship band? Is the format to reflect strict formal liturgy that is highly structured, or free flowing and spontaneous? Does the music have to represent a particular style? - loud music, soft music, mainly singing worship choruses, or should it mainly be hymns? Such considerations surface an important question. What are the characteristics of healthy church worship? Our text this morning provides us with an illuminating glimpse into the Apostle Paul’s understanding of the corporate worship of the early church and highlights for us three characteristics by which we should measure the health of our church worship.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Apr 17, 2016
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42 mins 37 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - If it were not for the truth unfolded in Isaiah 53, there would be no possibility for the gracious invitation set forth in Isaiah 55. Throughout this entire section (chapters 49-57), God is presenting His chosen Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer of Israel and the whole world. Jesus’ rejection at his first coming was foreknown and plainly predicted. It would be through His suffering and satisfying work on the cross that guilty sinners like us could find peace with God and pardon for all of our transgressions. Because of Jesus’ saving work, God can offer the gracious invitation for all men everywhere to partake of His salvation. You see, only in Christ can bankrupt and destitute humanity find satisfaction and fulfillment. There is a longing in every heart that only Jesus can satisfy. So he calls to us this morning, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live!”
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.