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  • God's Servant, The Justice-Bringer (Isaiah 42:1-9) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Mar 28, 2024

    God commissions and empowers his servant to produce "justice" for the nations. "Justice" here= "God's desired way of life." It's done, through gentle, careful teaching. The servant is Israel, Jesus, and the church.

    This is going to be a pretty ambitious sermon today, so let's dive right in. Isaiah 42:1: (1) LOOK! My servant, [Isaiah 41:8, 9; 34:10; 44:1, 2; 45:4], I am upholding him, [Isaiah 41:10] my chosen one [Isaiah 41:8, 9; 43:10; 44:1, 2; 45:4], my soul/inner being has delighted in [or: more

  • Hosting Jesus, The Vip (Luke 7:36-50) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Mar 28, 2024

    One host fails, but another rises up, and gives Jesus the welcome he deserves. The passage is an illustration of how and why people tripped on Jesus (Luke 7:31-35).

    One of the things we've talked about several times in the gospel of Luke, is the idea of God "visiting" his people. That's a big part of today's message, so let's read Luke 1:68, to get us off on the right foot: I'll read from the RSV (and here, the translation more

  • God Takes The Nations/Idols To Court (Isaiah 41:1-29) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Mar 18, 2024

    God makes his case that He, not idols, are running the world. Mystery dude from the east, is God's servant sent to bring his people home.

    In my introduction to Isaiah 40-55, I talked about how one of the challenges to teaching on this part of the Bible, is that these chapters divide up into bigger chunks of material than we can comfortably handle all at once. And honestly, I find that kind of stressful. I can feel myself getting more

  • Tripping On Jesus (Luke 7:17-35) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Mar 7, 2024

    In one key way, Jesus isn't the Messiah people (including John) expected. Are we ok that this piece is missing, or does it make us trip on the idea that Jesus is Messiah, and thus trip on God? A narrative/literary approach to Luke.

    Today, I'm going to try to tackle a few interconnected episodes. It's kind of a lot, but this whole section teaches one main thing, and if we want to hear that one thing, we need to grab it all at once. The simplest onramp to today's verses is to begin, simply, by rereading last more

  • Questions That Need An Answer (Isaiah 40:12-31) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Mar 7, 2024

    The questions push people to believe what they know: God is great; problems (and human empires like Babylon) are small.

    Our passage today is built around a series of questions. You might find these questions comically easy to answer. Parts of this might feel a bit like Sunday school when you were very little. But work with me this morning. Multiple times, I'm going to ask you the question the prophet asks. more

  • Jesus, The Great Prophet (Luke 7:11-16) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Feb 27, 2024

    Jesus as the prophet like Moses (Deut. 18:18) is more important to Luke than most modern Christians. But Jesus as a prophet, sent by God, speaking God's words, is key to Luke-Acts. A narrative reading.

    One of the kind of delightful things about the Bible, if you are a bit of a nerd, is the way that it echoes. Newer parts of the Bible-- the later biblical authors-- will often find themselves describing their own situations in ways that deliberately echo older biblical language. Or, that language more

  • What Will Jesus Do For Those Who Ask? (Luke 7:1-10) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Feb 17, 2024

    A narrative/literary approach to Luke. Focus of this story is on the centurion's faith.

    The last few weeks, we've been working our way through what is possibly Jesus' second most famous sermon of all time, which in Luke is usually called "The Sermon on the Plain." This message, is one that Jesus gave to his disciples (Luke 6:17-20, verse 20 in particular). They are more

  • The Return Of Our God (Isaiah 40:1-11) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Jan 24, 2024

    God calls on his divine council (simplified: angels) to build a road for Him, because He is very shortly returning to Jerusalem, leading/carrying his exiled people. All Israel is invited to keep their eyes open for God's return.

    Last week, I introduced a new series we are beginning that covers Isaiah 40-55. If you missed last week, I think today will still mostly make sense, but you might want to get a copy of last week's sermon from me. Today, then, we are just going to dive in to Isaiah 40. This chapter opens by more

  • Who Are The True Jews? (Revelation 2:8-11, Romans 2:28-29, Romans 10:1-13) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Dec 11, 2023

    Jesus encourages the church for its faithfulness in the face of persecution from the "ones calling themselves Jews, but aren't, but are a synagogue of Satan."

    There was a time in the U.S. (and Canada) when white people could put on blackface, and people thought it was amusing. You could pretend to be Denzel Washington, or Will Smith, and people would laugh. There was a time when you could wear traditional Native American clothing on Halloween, and more

  • How Jesus Loves An Unloving Church (Revelation 2:1-7) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Dec 6, 2023

    Answer: By "revealing" how he views them, and warning them, and giving them time to repent.

    Let's start today by reading last week's passage, Revelation 1:9-20: (9) I, John-- your brother and partner in the affliction and in the kingdom and in the steadfastness in Jesus-- I was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about more

  • A Picture Of Jesus, Our Champion (Revelation 1:9-20) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Dec 5, 2023

    Jesus is heavily armed. He's present with the churches. And the fate of the churches, for good or bad, is in Jesus' hands. Plus, discussion of being "in the Spirit."

    Everything we have in life, as Christians, we have in and through Jesus. Jesus is the one who rescued us from death, and sin, and slavery. Our sins are forgiven through his blood. Through him, we become part of God's family, and have access to God. Through him, we receive the Holy Spirit. more

  • The Revelation From Jesus And God (Revelation 1:1-8) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Nov 29, 2023

    A practical, academically rigorous, no-rapture reading of Revelation. Here, John receives a revelation from Jesus, passed from God, to Jesus, to Jesus' angel, to John, for 7 seven churches. To what end?

    Last week, I introduced our new series on the book of Revelation. Really, I didn't explain much about the book at all. My focus was more on how I think the book should be read. If you missed that, you're going to want a copy of my sermon. This week, I want to begin by simply reading the more

  • Revelation: An Introduction (Revelation 1:1-4) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Nov 28, 2023

    An introduction to Revelation. Not so much a summary of the book, but more an explanation for how I'm planning to read it.

    Several months ago, I was having a conversation with my dad about what we should study next. I was debating between several books, and not sure of what I should do next. He encouraged me to pick the study that I thought would be most useful to the church. He has also told me that he would avoid more

  • In The New Jerusalem, You're Either In Or Out (Rev. 21:6-22:21) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Nov 21, 2023

    The new Jerusalem is both a place we enter, and the church itself. The new Jerusalem=the bride=the church. The focus is on living faithfully-- conquering-- so that we are allowed in.

    I'd like to start this morning by simply rereading our verses from last week, Revelation 21:1-8. They start, with what John "sees": (1) and I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth departed, and the sea wasn't in it any longer, (2) and the more

  • God's Fresh Start (Revelation 21:1-8) Series

    Contributed by Garrett Tyson on Nov 15, 2023

    A practical, no-rapture, academically rigorous reading of Revelation. One day heaven and earth will be merged, and God will fully, entirely, dwell with his people.

    At one point or another, most of us have felt the need for a fresh start in life. One Friday night, we finished our work, and looked at our paycheck, and decided that it wasn't worth it. We were tired of difficult bosses, or rude customers, or just the work itself. We looked at our job, and more