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Pastor Lukus Counterman

Pastor Lukus Counterman

Role: Lead for Preaching and Vision

God has uniquely gifted Lukus to articulate and proclaim God's word in our ministry context. Most recently, he pastored Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having completed his doctoral work in expository preaching from Dallas Theological Seminary, he brings fourteen years of preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry experience with him to Salt Lake City. While providing leadership through preaching, teaching, and ministerial team development, he also serves as an industrial chaplain at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. Lukus has been a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for almost six years.

Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
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39 mins 56 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual blessings to believers, marking them as belonging to God and assuring them of their future with him. That is what we discover in Ephesians 1:11-14, the final segment in Paul’s overflowing Trinitarian praise. He has exalted the Father as the planner and initiator of redemption. He has praised the Son as the central figure and securer of redemption. And now, Paul highlights the Holy Spirit as the agent who bestows the blessings of redemption and seals believers to final day of redemption. May all our praise be directed to God for his glorious grace in salvation.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
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50 mins 45 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Ephesians 1 is a run-on sentence of overflowing trinitarian praise. The Father is praised for his electing work in salvation. The Son is praised for his redeeming work in salvation, and the Spirit is praised for his sealing work in salvation. Paul is in awe and wonder at the glorious grace of God. He is captivated and confounded as he considers the spiritual blessings of the past, present and future. In Ephesians 1:7-10, the focus of the text is on the glorious work of the Son. He has redeemed enslaved sinners. He has forgiven all our transgressions. And he is uniting all things in heaven and on earth to the praise of his glory. May the Lord give us the emotional response of praise in response to the abundant outpouring of his grace.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
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59 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The work of the Father in the salvation of sinners should bring us to points of praise. Though human vocabulary is inadequate in its expression of God’s immeasurable and infinite work, Paul identifies three things that we should thank God for – election, predestination, and spiritual blessing. The tone of the opening chapter of Ephesians is one of adoration, thanksgiving, and praise for God’s glorious grace. May our hearts be consumed with the praise because sinners who deserve only wrath become objects of God’s love. Soli Deo Gloria
Resolved Praise
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
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49 mins 25 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - There are no easy answers to be found in Habakkuk. He treats issues that are profound and complex, requiring serious prayer, thoughtful reflection, and persistent faith. The outer world with its evil conduct and wicked affairs remained the same; Habakkuk’s circumstances didn’t change. But the prophet turned to praise the Lord because he had heard God’s voice. He knew the ultimate outcome of history and was determined to rejoice in the saving power and strength of God. In the end God may not change your circumstances, but he can change you to meet the circumstances. Even in the face of relentless pain, you can be resolved to praise God.
Resolved Praise
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
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37 mins 3 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - It seems at last the struggles of Habakkuk have come to some resolution. God has revealed his plan for just judgement and told the prophet to watch and wait. In the end, injustice, evil, Pain in the pollution of society would be stopped by the Lord who is sovereignly into groundIn his holy temple (2:20). Habakkuk has no more questions, no further need to plead his cause, he has no case to make, or compliant to voice. He has learned to keep silent before the Lord whose glory will cover the earth (2:14). The prophet has been hushed, and turns to the Lord with a prayer of praise and worship. It is as though faith has truly triumphed in Habakkuk's perplexing situation. He has embraced the perspective of heaven and has submitted to the Lord's timing and means of intervention. All Habakkuk can do at this juncture is accept the just and merciful dealings of the Lord and cast himself upon God's care. May the Lord teach us to do the same in the midst of our trials and perplexities.
Resolved Praise
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
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1 hr 1 mins 55 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - One of the five rallying cries of the Protestant Reformation was the statement that we are saved by faith alone – sola fide! These words declared that salvation does not come from looking at our own works of righteousness, but from looking outside ourselves to another, to the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Bible is very clear that our own works do not merit salvation or eternal life (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9; Rom. 3:10). This means that no matter how good we are, we can never measure up to God’s standard (Rom. 3:23; Matt. 19:17; Isaiah 64:6). Our salvation depends solely and wholly upon Jesus as our substitute (2Cor. 5:21), and Savior from sin (John 1:29). Faith is the instrument or vessel that joins us to Christ and unites us to his righteousness. This treasured text in (Habakkuk 2:4) is a foundational stone for the biblical doctrine of justification by faith. Some say that the famous phrase is the key to the whole book, and perhaps the central theme of Scripture at large. God tells the prophet that “The righteous shall live by his faith.”
The Church Inside Out
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
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41 mins 48 secs
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Resolved Praise
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
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56 mins 12 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The judgment that the Lord was going to bring upon Judah was somewhat surprising to Habakkuk because it was going to be meted out through the evil, idolatrous Babylonians (1:6). This unjust, brutal nation was going to judge God’s people. But how could this happen, and how long would God allow “the wicked to swallow up the man more righteous than he” (1:13)? That was Habakkuk’s concern. It’s not that he believed Judah was blameless, he just couldn’t understand how an even worse nation could be God’s tool of judgement, and then seemingly just go about their wickedness without divine intervention. What the prophet had to understand is that God’s unconventional means don’t compromise his goodness. Rather, God’s means should engender faith. In Habakkuk 2, God made it clear that he would judge the Babylonians and ultimately he would deliver his people. In other words, God was telling Habakkuk, “Don’t worry about the Babylonians. They will get their just deserves too. Just live by faith and trust my timing and plan.” The Babylonians were going to be a tool in God’s hand, but they would be judged for their sin and wickedness in the end. Through a series of “woe” statements, God indicated the basis for his future judgment of the Chaldeans. When it comes to God’s justice, his judgment is certain. So, if you are suffering you need to wait for God’s judgment (2:3), if you’re sinning, you need run from God’s judgment (2:2) by running with his warning to his Son who was judged for you. Either way, trust God because his work is sure.
The Church Inside Out
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
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26 mins 14 secs
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Resolved Praise
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
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51 mins 17 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - C.S. Lewis famously wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” In Habakkuk 1:5-11 God used his megaphone to talk to the prophet and his people. Great pain and suffering were going to come to Judah in the form of a Babylonian invasion. And through it God would rouse the deaf world. Now, Habakkuk couldn’t understand God’s timing or means, he couldn’t see God’s expansive work beyond his own people, but the prophet had to learn to accept God’s work and word. Habakkuk had to come to the realization that God could bring salvation even through judgment. So in our pain and suffering, may the Lord help us to trust his purpose and plan. May he open our eyes and dig out our ears so that we will stand in wonder and astonishment at his ways.