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A Time for Justice

In this sermon, Pastor Dave Capoccia continues to investigate Solomon’s teaching on how to respond wisely to life’s great frustrations. In Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, Solomon considers the frustration of life’s unresolvable injustice and gives three wise ways to respond: 1. Rest in God’s Justice (v. 17) 2. Remember Your Humble Position (vv. 18-21) 3. Rejoice in…

The Tyranny of Times

In this sermon, Pastor Dave Capoccia examines Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 and Solomon’s teaching about the different times or seasons of life. Pastor Dave explains that, rather than romantically musing about life’s different times, Solomon shows how people ultimately have no control over their times. Solomon then presents how to respond wisely to the frustratingly uncontrollable times…

The Secrets of a Productive Christian (Part 2)

In this sermon, Pastor Joe Babij continues looking at the teaching of Jesus in John 15 about becoming a spiritually productive Christian. Pastor Babij explores further the nature of God’s disciplinary pruning in John 15:1-6 by comparing what God also says in the book of Proverbs and in Hebrews 12:1-11. Specifically, Pastor Babij explains the…

Yahweh, the Center of Joy

In this sermon, David Capoccia examines a psalm all about joy in the one true and covenant-keeping God, Yahweh. From Psalm 16, David Capoccia explains five reasons believers should have joy in Yahweh—who is the Lord Jesus Christ—amid troubles. 1. Yahweh is our exclusive refuge 2. Yahweh is our communal delight 3. Yahweh is our…

God Is Working in the Silence

In this sermon, David Capoccia examines the prophet Elijah’s descent into despair in 1 Kings 19 and how God ministered to Elijah and restored Elijah to service. The account not only demonstrates how God is working good even through difficult circumstances but also how believers can practically move from depressed doubt to obedient faith. 1.…

David Sings during Trials

Answers Bible Curriculum 2nd Edition Unit 8 Lesson 80 This week in Sunday school, we take some time to briefly review what we’ve seen over the last nine lessons but also address a topic we did not have time to cover previously: psalms that David wrote while running from Saul. We look at two such…

Job’s Suffering

Answers Bible Curriculum Second Edition Unit 4 Lesson 32 This week in Sunday school, we briefly leave Genesis to consider the life of Job. Why did God bring such suffering on righteous Job? What is the main lesson of the book? And how should we respond to those who suggest that trials and even illnesses…

Effects of the Fall

Answers Bible Curriculum Second Edition Unit 3 Lesson 21 We return this week in Sunday school to our study of the Fall of man, this time focusing on the effects of the fall. How was man changed as a result of sin? What curses did God announce on the serpent, on the woman, and on…

Concluding Remarks to “Stand Firm”

In this sermon, Pastor Babij concludes the teaching through 1 Peter by drawing out numerous reasons why suffering is allowed in a Christian’s life and what benefits result from suffering. Pastor Babij then exhorts Christians to stand firm in the faith. Full Transcript: Okay, let’s take our Bibles this morning and turn to First Peter.…

The Christian’s Obligation for Resistance, Part 8

In this sermon Pastor Babij teaches on the eighth way to resist the enemy: believe in and hold to the promises of God. Pastor encourages Christians not to live by sight but by faith since living by sight blinds Christians to eternal realities. Full Transcript: Let’s read 1 Peter 5:6-11: Therefore humble yourselves under the…