A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

Sermons by Jim Roberts

How Shall We Then Live?

Luke 19:11-27 In this Parable of the Minas, we are reminded that the kingdom in all its fullness is not yet, and that Christ’s followers are to faithfully “invest the gospel” that it might grow until the time he returns. The Nobleman in the parable represents Jesus who is about to go on a long journey in order to receive a kingship.…

Redemption and Transformation

Luke 19:1-10 The account of Zacchaeus and Jesus reminds us that Jesus did indeed come to seek and save the lost. When we meet Zacchaeus he is far from living up to his name, which means “Righteous One.” In reality, Zacchaeus was morally deficient (he loved money while using people); he was spiritually disadvantaged (by his riches – for it is easier…

Open My Eyes, Lord!

Luke 18:31-43 As Jesus continues on his way to Jerusalem, he pulls the apostles aside and tells them what awaits him in Jerusalem. He first states that what was going to happen was to fulfill the prophecies in the Old Testament, and then he tells them some particulars (the Son of Man will be “delivered over to the Gentiles and will be…

How to Have Eternal Life

Our passage today takes us back to the very important and foundational truth that it is not our works that earn our salvation or that keep our salvation – it is not our righteousness that gains us eternal life – it is all about what Christ has done – it is all about his work on our behalf – and this can only be received by faith.

Knowing Our Need for Mercy

Luke 18:9-14 Luke tells us Jesus is speaking in this parable particularly to those who were filled with self-righteousness and who looked on others with contempt. It is a familiar parable to us, and therefore it is easy to see others in this parable, but not ourselves – which is a dreadful thing. Jesus tells us of a Pharisee who goes to the…

The Reason to Persevere in Prayer

Luke 18:1-8 Jesus is a realist – he knows that in this world believers will suffer due to the world, the flesh and the devil. Because of this he tells his disciples “that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” This is great counsel and it is found elsewhere in the Scriptures. We are to persevere in prayer, to be constant…

Being in the Ten Percent

Luke 17:11-19 In the account of the ten lepers we are reminded of a couple of great truths. We are reminded that we are to be grateful to God for his blessings, but even more that we are to have faith in Christ as our Savior. The account illustrates how God shows his common grace to all, but not all are appropriately…

O Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble

Luke 17:1-10 Pride is a danger that even the most mature Christians face. Since this is the case, and because it is so destructive – Jesus teaches his followers to be humble, and he does so without even using the word. First, Jesus teaches that his followers will be humbly aware of giving offence – of causing others to stumble. This is…