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1 Timothy 2:1-7 – Jesus is the Mediator

In my Sunday evening preaching series I am now three quarters of the way through preaching on the person and work of Jesus.

  1. Jesus is the Revelation of God
  2. Jesus is God and Man
  3. Jesus is the Mediator
  4. Jesus is the King of the World

This past week was on Jesus as the mediator.  The mediator of what?  Well, he is the mediator of the covenant of grace.  I am a firm believer in covenant theology–that the main, overarching meta-narrative of the Bible is summarized by the covenant of redemption as it unfolds in time as the covenant of works and the covenant of grace.  Whew, that is a mouthful.  And with that you see how difficult it was for me to preach a simple sermon on Jesus as the mediator.  In the end I decided to take a note from CH Spurgeon’s preaching manual.  I gave a brief explanation of the text and then tried to frame it in four illustrative scenes.

  1. The Mediator before Time
  2. The Mediator in time at the Cross
  3. The Mediator and the Sinner in the Courtroom
  4. The Mediator, the Mediated, and Accusers

I enjoyed a change in pace in preaching style.  But more than that, I enjoyed preaching the matchless grace of Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2:1-7 – Jesus the Mediator

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Written by Joe Holland

November 8, 2008 at 5:00 am

CS Lewis Lectures

Here is a list of all six of our CS Lewis Lectures delivered this Fall by Rev Brad Mercer.

  1. The Life and Work of CS Lewis
  2. The Weight of Glory
  3. Learning in Wartime
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia
  5. The Four Loves
  6. Suffering (The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed)

Written by Joe Holland

October 22, 2008 at 10:17 am

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CS Lewis Lectures 5 and 6

Its time to catch up on posting the links to the last two CS Lewis lectures held at our church this Fall.  Brad did a great job on the whole series.  My only frustration with the lectures was that we didn’t have more time to explore Lewis’s works.  If you have any affinity to CS Lewis I heartily recommend all six lectures.

Here are the last two of the series.

Lecture 5 – The Four Loves

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Lecture 6 – Suffering (The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed)

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Written by Joe Holland

October 22, 2008 at 9:56 am

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CS Lewis Lecture 4

Brad gave his fourth lecture last night on the works of CS Lewis.  He had planned to go over The Screwtape Letters but decided to call up The Chronicles of Narnia from the bullpen.  I have to say that I was highly impressed with the material he presented.  Of all of CS Lewis’s works I am most familiar with Narnia.  But as this series progresses, Brad is showing me that there is so much more depth to Lewis’s works than I had thought.

The two most interesting questions that Brad tackled in this lecture were:

  1. Why would a famous 50 year old scholar and professor begin writing children’s fairy tales?
  2. Why are there seven books in the Narnia series and what does that have to do with the themes of each?  (hint: it apparently has to do with Medieval Cosmology)

Listen and learn.

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Written by Joe Holland

September 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm

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CS Lewis Lecture 3

Brad did another fantastic job last Thursday night.  He focuses each lecture on a different selection from Lewis’s works.  This past lecture focused in on “Learning in War Time” which is a lecture included in The Weight of Glory.  Brad pointed out that we often miss that Lewis’s life and works were drastically affected by two world wars.

Listen and learn.

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Written by Joe Holland

September 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm

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CS Lewis Lecture 2

Brad did a great job last night lecturing on CS Lewis’s work, The Weight of Glory.  I’m really enjoying this series.

Brad split his lecture up into two parts examining the prevailing themes of The Weight of Glory: joy and heaven.

CS Lewis Lecture 2

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Written by Joe Holland

September 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 – The Message of Reconciliation

Last Sunday night marked the five year mark for my ordination.  It being a Sunday that I was asked to preach on I decided to pick a verse that summed up what I wanted to be as a pastor.  I chose 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

My main point was that pastoral ministry is primarily concerned with preaching the message of reconciliation.  Pastors can do many good things but if they are not primarily telling people–lost and saved alike–the message of reconciliation then they aren’t doing the main thing.  No truth has humbled me over the past five years than this one.  This glorious message of reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ is what I want to mark my ministry until the Lord should return or take me in death.

In explaining the passage I wanted to show five parts of the message of reconciliation.

  1. The message of reconciliation is centered on Christ
  2. The message of reconciliation is for the world
  3. The message of reconciliation deals with sin
  4. The message of reconciliation is God’s appeal through pastors
  5. The message of reconciliation is about double imputation.

However, when I got up to preach I had less time than I had thought.  We had a superb mission report on the front end of the service for which I did not adequately allot time.  So I had about 20 minutes to preach a 40 minute sermon.  It was at that point I was glad that I work from a simple outline rather than a manuscript.  In the end I think I should have cut more content rather than illustrations.  But the Lord is sovereign over my preaching whether I think it was good or bad, long or short.

I leave you with John Calvin’s thoughts on the passage.

Ministers are furnished with this commission, that they may bring us intelligence of so great a benefit, nay more, may assure us of God’s fatherly love towards us.  Any other person, it is true, might also be a witness to us of the grace of God, but Paul teaches, that this office is specially intrusted to ministers.  When, therefore, a duly ordained minister proclaims in the gospel, that God has been made propitious to us, he is to be listened to just as an ambassador of God, and sustaining, as they speak, a public character, and furnished with rightful authority for assuring us of this.

– John Calvin, Commentary on 2 Corinthians, 236.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 – The Message of Reconciliation

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Written by Joe Holland

July 17, 2008 at 9:29 am

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