A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

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A Fool and His Money

“I am rich toward God when his glory is my highest goal, when his worship is my deepest joy., and when his fellowship is my deepest satisfaction. I am rich toward God when I offer all my abilities for his work, without reserve. I am rich toward God when I take the time to serve people in need and give the first portion of everything I get to Christian ministry. I am rich toward God when I make the needs of the poor a priority in my financial giving and embrace a simple lifestyle that gives me more freedom for ministry…I am rich toward God when I give and give until all I am and all I have is dedicated to his glory.” (Philip Ryken)

Good and Bad Fears – Part 2

Luke 12:1-12 In this sermon we finish looking at what the Lord says about what we should fear – and what we should not. In part one we looked at his command to fear being a hypocrite, followed by his command not to fear men. We then began our look at our need to properly fear God. This sermon picks up with…

Good and Bad Fears

Luke 12:1-12 In this passage Jesus gives instructs his disciples about what to fear and what not to fear. He begins by warning his followers not to be hypocrites, as were the Pharisees. Hypocrisy is sin and so they must be on their guard against it creeping into and permeating their souls (as does leaven). In addition to being sin, hypocrisy is…

The Hypocrisy Test – Part 1

Luke 11:37-44 Jesus uses the opportunity of a meal at a Pharisee’s house to expose the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and scribes – in essence warning them of their need to repent and of the judgment that awaits of they do not. He first lays out the foundation of hypocrisy – a wicked heart in verses 37-41. The Pharisees simply were not…

Time for an Eye Exam

Luke 11:33-36 In this passage Jesus reminds us that the problem with mankind’s unbelief is not that they do not have enough light. Jesus has come and shined his light into the world, but the world refused to believe because their spiritual eyes were darkened by sin. We must open our eyes to the truth so that his light might shine into…

True Blessedness

Luke 11:24-28 In this passage we are reminded that it is not enough to be moral – one needs to be transformed by the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit. This is seen first in the illustration Jesus gives warning us about The Dangers of Reformation without Transformation. He tells of a demon who leaves a man for a time.…

What Will You Do With Jesus – Part 2

Luke 11:12-14, 29-32 Last week we saw how having driven out a demon, two groups of people stood opposed to Jesus. First are the antagonists who say he did it by the power of Satan. In response Jesus said that they were illogical and inconsistent – and that rather than doing it by the power of Satan he did it by the…

What Will You Do with Jesus – Part 1

Luke 11:14-23 In response to Jesus driving a demon out of a man and healing him of being mute and blind, some people marvel, But others are filled with unbelief. These come in two categories. First there are the Antagonists who say that Jesus only drives out demons by the prince of demons, Beelzebul. The hearts of these antagonists are so hard…

The Pattern for Prayer: Persevering Boldness

Luke 11:5-13 Having set the foundation by helping us know who we are to pray to – the Father, and what we are to pray for – God’s Priorities (for his name to be hallowed and his kingdom to come) and Our Needs (provision, pardon and protection) – Jesus goes on to illustrate and instruct us that God’s children are to pray…

The Pattern for Prayer: The Horizontal Focus

Luke 11:3-4 Having set the foundation for prayer by coming to the Father with the priorities of seeing his name being hallowed and his kingdom come, we are now in a position to ask the Father to provide for the needs of his people (not just our personal needs – although we should pray for those as well. We are to pray…