Sermons on Authority

God Had Spoken By His Son

Athanasius: Constantine Augustus and his sons wrote letters to St. Anthony seeking divine wisdom. Anthony told his disciples: “Do not be astonished if an emperor writes to us, for he is a man. Wonder rather that God wrote the law for man and has spoken to us through his own Son.” The first coming of Jesus was the climax of redemptive history and his second coming marks its culmination. This hybrid sermon-letter opens with a comparison between Christ and the…

God Spoke By The Prophets

Hellen Keller lost her ability to see and hear at 19 months (scarlet fever?). She learned about 50 signs in order to communicate with her family. When she was six-years-old, the family hired a visually impaired instructor named Anne Sullivan. The first thing she taught her was how to spell words. She gave her a doll spelling “d-o-l-l” into the palm of Keller’s hand. Keller didn’t realize that a different word was used to identify each object. After a month…

“Our Glorious Judge” (Revelation 1:12-20)

Our Glorious Judge Our Glorious Judge Brad Mills / General Son Of Man / Revelation 1:12–20   In the prologue (1-3) John informed us about how the revelation came to him by an angel sent by Jesus. The Triune God has greeted his redeemed Church with grace and peace reminding us that we are a kingdom of priests (4-8). Then Christ commissioned John to write a book and send it to the seven churches in Asia Minor (9-11). John addressed…

“Jesus Calms the Storm” (Luke 8:22-25)

Jesus Calms the Storm (Luke 8:22-25) We allow our circumstances to dictate the state of our faith rather than trusting in the person and work of our Savior. Similar to the scene in Jonah, but the parallels are probably little more than coincidental with accounts of a stormy sea. Jesus has been teaching in parables about the importance of how we hear and respond to God’s Word. Read Luke 8:22-25. I. The Fear of the Disciples The “Mills Fire” –…

Justified by Grace (Titus 3:1-8)

Introduction WCF 9.3 Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation… Accepting this “bondage of the will” is prerequisite for understanding Effectual Calling (WCF 10) and Justification (WCF 11). The Cretans had a reputation for being morally corrupt (1:11). Paul has instructed Titus to establish elders to teach sound doctrine that accords with sound living. In the previous passage we learned that Jesus Christ, not Caesar,…

The Authority of Jesus (Luke 4:31-37)

Introduction Jesus began his ministry with high praise, but his rejection in his hometown is where we left off last week. Here we see the recognition of his authority. Read Luke 4:31-37 This is the first of five accounts Luke provides of Christ healing on the Sabbath. It is significant that the day of rest and worship included great acts of mercy and compassion. This was radically different from the religious norm. When we picture authority today, it is often…