Monthly Archives: February 2011

Equipped for effective ministry (Hebrews 13:20-21)

We have a vision statement that says Hope in Christ Church exists to equip people for effective ministry and to show God’s love.  Today we are going to explore what effective ministry is.  It is my understanding that the scripture … Continue reading

Posted in Hebrews, Sermons

Heidelberg Catechism Q69

Q.69. How does baptism remind you and assure you that Christ’s one sacrifice on he cross is for you personally? A. In this way: Christ instituted this outward washing and with it gave the promise that, as surely as water … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Heidelberg Catechism

Where’s Jesus? Moses’ ministry will be like Jesus’ (Exodus 6:28-7:7)

In previous posts I have shown how Moses’ ministry was a shadow of the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Everything Jesus did, surpassed Moses’ revelation in quality and degree.  Where Moses was commanded to speak the very words of God and … Continue reading

Posted in Exodus, Where's Jesus

The Replay of Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Encouraging spiritual growth takes two fronts.  Every believer needs to have words of adulation spoken to them.  We need people to come along side us and tell us we are doing a good job, or to tell us we can … Continue reading

Posted in Hebrews, Replay

Spiritual Growth involves Teddy Bears and Cattle prods (Hebrews 5:11-6:12)

When we think of encouraging others we often think of a nice person coming up to us and giving us a good pep talk that leaves us emotionally bolstered and ready to give even more of ourselves to a cause.  … Continue reading

Posted in Hebrews, HICC, Sermons

Heidelberg Catechism Q67 & 68

Q.67. Are both the word and the sacrament then intended to focus our faith on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only ground of our salvation? A. Right!  In the gospel the Holy Spirit teaches us … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Heidelberg Catechism

Nouwen on the Prodigal Son (Luke 15)

I am rereading Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son with a men’s group that meets on Thursday mornings at our church.  Two quotes particularly struck me this week.  The first challenges the often assumed complete interpretation of the … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship, Luke

Where’s Jesus? Moses’ and Aaron’s Genealogy (Exodus 6:13-27)

Genealogies are hard things for the modern reader to engage since they are simply lists of names, which appear to be unrelated to our life situation.  Truthfully, every time I encounter one in the Scriptures, I am tempted to skip … Continue reading

Posted in Exodus, Where's Jesus

Heidelberg Catechism Q66

Q.66. What are sacraments? Aš Sacraments are holy signs and seals for us to see.  They were instituted by God so that by our use of them he might make us understand more clearly the promise of the gospel, and … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Heidelberg Catechism

Where’s Jesus? Making Bricks without Straw (Exodus 5:1-6:12)

If Moses is like Christ, then both men are calling us from slavery into worship.  Moses desires to lead the people away from their hard labor into the desert so they can offer sacrifices to the Lord and enjoy a … Continue reading

Posted in Exodus, Where's Jesus