Romans 8:5-11 – Flesh & Spirit

Last week as I concluded the sermon, I asked a question but didn’t answer it. The question was, what does it look like to walk according to the Holy Spirit? I asked at this question because our text last week, Romans 8:1-4, took us there. As that text ends we find Paul saying we are…

Romans 8:1-4 – The What, The How, The Why

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching,…

Romans 8:1 – A Most Important Verse

What an honor it has been for me to have led you these past many months through the first seven chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans. We’ve seen much and rejoiced over much in these chapters. But today marks a very special day. Today we arrive at Romans chapter 8. Some have called this…

Romans 7:13-25 – Our Struggle with Sin

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. “And while he thinks that, we  do not have to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully  recognised, sin, but only with his vague,…

Romans 7:7-12 – The Needle and the Thread

As we approach our text today I do wonder whether or not you’ll think it’s relevant to you. Paul has spoken much about the Law of God in this letter to the Romans and now that it’s before us once again in 7:7-12 will you be tempted to check out? Perhaps grow frustrated thinking to…

Romans 7:1-6 – A Truth that Changes Everything

“Death and darkness have now left packing, nothing to man is now lacking. Satan’s triumphs have ended, what Adam marred is now mended.”[1] The fall plunged man into death and pain, but now through Christ, life eternal, we gain! “Pluck the harp and sound the horn, do you not know, tis Easter morn! Crowded may His…

Romans 6:15-23 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 4)

I have a confession to make. When it comes to personality tests, I’m a skeptic. I’m skeptical about these tests because, to me, they don’t seem to tell you very much but instead only seem to affirm what you already believe yourself to be. For example, if you’re one who enjoys quiet and books and…

Romans 6:12-14 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 3)

I’d like to…once again…begin today with the same quote from Charles Spurgeon that we began last week with, “This morning…we come again to the same noble theme. Christ Jesus is today to be set forth. You will not charge me as repeating myself, you will not look up to the pulpit and say, “Pulpits are…

Romans 6:5-11 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 2)

I’d like to begin with a quote from Charles Spurgeon, “This morning…we come again to the same noble theme. Christ Jesus is today to be set forth. You will not charge me as repeating myself, you will not look up to the pulpit and say, “Pulpits are places of repetition.” You will not reply that…

Romans 6:1-4 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 1)

During the Protestant Reformation Martin Luther was accused of many things, but one thing he was accused of perhaps the most was that he was an antinomian.[1] Have you heard this word before? The word antinomian literally means one who is against God’s law; ‘anti’ meaning against and ‘nomos’ meaning law. This was something the Roman Catholic…

Romans 5:20-21 – Law & Grace

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Romans 5:20–21 ESV Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned…

Romans 5:12-19 – The Two Adams

I’ve got a book in my hands here, one my parents read to me as a child and one Holly and I have read to our kids. Harold and the Purple Crayon. Know it? This book is about a young boy who uses a crayon to create a world around him, to go on adventures like…

Romans 5:6-11 – A Tale Older than Time

“One of the world’s favorite types of stories is a good love story.”[1] Maybe that’s because of how captivating and gripping they are. Maybe that’s because every woman wants to be swept off her feet and every man wants to be the hero of a woman’s heart. I think it goes deeper than this. I think…

Romans 5:3-5 – Rejoicing in Suffering

We’ve been in Romans 5 for a couple of weeks now, moving slowly through the wonders of the first few verses. And even though we’ve just been lingering in the opening to this chapter I’m already beginning to feel this first section of Romans 5 is like the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.[1] You see,…

Romans 5:1-2 – The Blessings of Justification (Pt. 2)

Last week we jumped back into our main teaching series in Paul’s letter to the Romans. We retraced some of our steps of where we’d been so far in Romans 1-4 with Paul introducing himself, stating his main theme, going deep into man’s sinful rebel nature, and his careful defining and illustrating justification by faith…

Romans 5:1-2 – The Blessings of Justification (Pt. 1)

Well, you just heard it. After our break for Advent and after a small New Year series on the Church, we’re back in Romans, Paul’s magnum opus, the Mt. Everest of the New Testament. And as we come back into it, remember what we’ve learned in it. Paul begins this great letter by introducing himself…

Matthew 22:34-40 – Embracing the Great Commandment

So, how’s it going? Did you get enough sleep last night? You get out of the house on time? Did you find a good parking spot this morning? Were you welcomed as you came in? Was it clear where to go? Did you think the building was clean? Are the seats comfortable? Can you see…

Hebrews 10:1-10, A Christmas Offering

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Every year the four weeks leading up to Christmas we light the advent candles. Each one brings a little more light to the room, but never…

Hebrews 4:14-16, Christmas Confidence

Over the past two weeks we’ve spent time in two passages in Hebrews which told us much of the glory of the Christmas moment. Specifically we’ve seen how the eternal Son of God ushered all creation into the final act of history by coming to dwell among us in flesh and blood to be our…

Hebrews 2:14-15, Christmas Champion

Last week as we began Advent in the first few verses of Hebrews we saw a grand truth: that the coming of the Son of God not only marked the first Christmas, it marked the beginning of the end, the beginning of the final act of history. For long ages, God spoke to His people…

Hebrews 1:1-4, Christmas Presence

As C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe begins, you find Narnia in a perpetual state of winter. This is because of the evil work of the White Witch that’s infected Narnia and all within it. So when the Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy meet Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (these are some of the main…

Morning = Romans 4:13-25, Faith Over All

Well, 2020 has been and continues to be quite something, right? Just think of all that’s gone on: January: we first hear of Covid19, Australia wildfires begin, Trump gets impeached, Kobe Bryant dies, and Brexit passes in the UK. February & March: Covid goes global, Trump’s impeachment fails, everything shuts down to flatten the curve…

Morning = Romans 4:1-8, By Faith

There once was a frog who fell into a jug of milk. And though the frog tried every way imaginable to jump out, he couldn’t. The sides of the jug were too high, the walls were too slippery, and because he was floating he couldn’t get good footing to jump anyway. So he did the…

Morning= Romans 3:26-31; Questions on Faith & The Law

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Self-Esteem & Confidence The society we have created today in the west is one where pride and confidence are central. We teach our children from a…

Morning = Romans 3:21-26, The Heart of the Gospel

Over the past seven weeks Paul has led us on a treacherous descent down into the vile nature of sinful man. On this descent we learned at the center of every person there’s a thick deadness and darkness. That leads man not only to sin occasionally or even repeatedly, but man’s entire nature is so…

Morning = Romans 3:9-20, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 7)

Well Church, we’ve now come to it. We’ve arrived at the final passage in Paul’s first large section of his letter to the Romans. Today marks 7 weeks that we have followed Paul downward into the depths of our sinful nature, and as we now come to 3:9-20 we finally reach the bottom. Paul began…

Morning = Romans 3:1-8, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 6)

What makes a good teacher? Is a good teacher one who has mastered the content being taught? Or is a good teacher one who engages the students and keeps them eager and attentive? Or is a good teacher one who makes the learning process fun and enjoyable? Or is a good teacher all of these…

Morning = Romans 2:17-29, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 5)

In 1787 Russia was at war. It was a costly war for Russia and they needed allies. So, the Russians invited ambassadors from France, Austria, and England to come on a tour, led by Catherine the Great, to see some of their newly conquered territories in hopes of swaying them to join the cause. The…

Morning = Romans 2:12-16, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 4)

Anyone remember the children’s poem Casey at the Bat? It’s no doubt one of my childhood favorites. It begins like this. “The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day, the score stood four to two with but one more inning to play…” fast-forwarding a bit… “Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a…

Morning = Romans 2:1-11, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 3)

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Good morning SonRise: We are finally now making our move into chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Romans and it is my honor to be…

Morning = Romans 1:21-32, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 2)

Last week we began our descent in Paul’s first large section of his letter to the Romans, looking at 1:18-21. There we saw that God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven. Why? Because His truth, truth about His eternal power and divine nature which is clearly seen in all creation is being suppressed. Who’s suppressing…

Morning = Romans 1:18-21, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 1)

Right outside Nairobi, Kenya there is a park called Hell’s Gate National Park. I’ve had the privilege of visiting this park to do some hiking and climbing, and during my time there I asked one of our guides why it was named Hell’s Gate. He told me it’s named such because there is a hot…

Morning = Romans 1:16-17, The ‘Base Camp’ Thesis

If Paul’s letter to the Romans is indeed the Mt. Everest of the New Testament, it’s fitting to say Romans 1:16-17 should be likened to ‘Base Camp’ on Mt. Everest. If you’re unfamiliar with what a Base Camp on a mountain is, it’s the place where everything happens, it’s the HQ if you will. So,…

Morning = Romans 1:8-15, Gladly Obligated

In 1952 Amy Vanderbilt wrote a book called Etiquette: A Guide to Gracious Living. In it she covers all kinds of situations we could find ourselves in and then goes on to explain the proper way to act in each. The section on public speaking is of particular interest to us today. She says it will…

Morning = Romans 1:1-7, Paul: His Message & Mission

Who are you? At some point in life every single person arrives at this grand question, ‘Who am I?’ Think of this. When you describe yourself to a person you’re meeting for the first time, what do you most want to tell them about who you are? Or after the first five minutes of meeting…

Morning = Introducing Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Well Church, we finished 2 Samuel back in May, we’ve also finished our second Psalm summer, and beginning today we launch into our new sermon series, Paul’s letter to the Romans. For today, as we begin, I’d like to give you an overview of the whole letter. But first, I’d like to begin by taking…

Morning= Psalm 113: Who is Like Our God?

This week we were blessed to have the final sermon in our summer series brought to us by another Elder Sam Knox. Praise the Name of the Lord (1-3) Praise the Lord’s Transcending Majesty (4-6) Praise the Lord’s Condescending Mercy (7-9)

Morning= Psalm 84, Longing for God

This week's message was brought by our newest elder, Joel Quiles. It is always a wonderful experience to hear our elders bring the Word. Text Outline: I. Blessed are those who dwell in the Lord’s house (1-4) II. Blessed are those whose strength is in the Lord (5-8) III. Blessed are those who trust in…

Morning = Psalm 63, My Soul Thirsts

I have a recurring nightmare, and it’s on my mind today because I had it again last night. It’s not too scary or frightening, but it is very alarming. I’m usually here with you guys and the time has come for me to preach. So I walk to the pulpit thinking I’m ready to go,…

Morning = Psalm 62, My Soul Waits

As of this morning we’re now more than halfway through our Psalm summer for this year, so I’d like to do a brief check up on how you’re doing with them. As I look back over the Psalms we’ve covered this summer two large themes seem to be presenting themselves again and again to us.…

Morning = Psalm 34, An Invitation to Feast!

Psalm 34 is an invitation to feast.[1] A happy and exuberant invitation from David to us. You see, he was rescued by God in the past and now he wants us to look, to taste, to see, to enjoy, to fear, and to know this God who rescues too. David wrote many Psalms, but in…

Morning = Psalm 27, The God of Our Confidence

Who would’ve thought 2020 would be such a year? The rise of a virus and it spreading to around the whole planet, our President almost gets impeached, Kim Jong Un disappears for a time and is thought to be dead, the ridiculously strange TV show Tiger King soars in popularity, Murder Hornets, Monkeys steal Covid-19…

Morning = Psalm 19, Words and the Wonder of God

We’ve all heard from many voices in these past weeks. From communities, to movements, to protesters peaceful and violent, to politicians, talk radio, news, various podcasts, even sport stars and celebrities are chiming in. Who would’ve thought? There is no doubt in the midst of all the voices out there today there is one voice…

Morning = Psalm 1, Two Ways to Live

Having now finished our long study through 2 Samuel, summer is upon us! And just as we spent last summer in the Psalms, we’ll do the same this summer. Now, don’t hear me wrong. All of the Psalms are wonderful. All of them teach us much, all of them carry us along various melodies, all…

Morning = 2 Samuel 24, A Three Day Plague

This morning we come to the final chapter in the story of the Samuels, and as we come to the end I’d remind you of the beginning. On Sunday morning, August 4, 2019 I said the following to you, “Today we begin 2 Samuel. While we saw David struggling in 1 Samuel because of the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 23:8-39, Valiant Warriors, (Pt. 2)

If you walked into my office and looked around what would you see? I thought you might say ‘books.’ But while you’re right in one sense you’re wrong in another. As you look around my office you see books yes, but if you look deeper you see a collection of mighty men and women of…

Morning= 2 Samuel 23:1-7, David’s Song (Pt. 2)

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Remember as we first entered this final section of the Samuels, I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, a poetic conclusion to the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 22, David’s Songs (Pt.1)

Remember as we first entered this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another one: A1 – A Three year…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:15-22, Valiant Warriors (Pt. 1)

Remember last week as we first entered into this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, intended to be a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:1-14, A Three Year Famine

Before we get to this text, allow me to briefly discuss the nature of these closing chapters in 2 Samuel to orient us to where we’ve arrived. When one enters chapters 21-24 one enters into a theological battlefield. Here’s the issue. Older scholars and theologians, like the Puritans for example, believe these chapters don’t skip…

Morning = 2 Samuel 20, More of the Same?

David was once a holy man, utterly committed to God’s ways and God’s Word, and when he became king his kingdom was righteous and secure. But it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen that hasn’t it? Sadly, over these past months walking through the concluding chapters of 2 Samuel I speak for many when…

Easter Morning = Matthew 28, Great Things

In our world today religious belief is seen as a matter of preference and opinion. Some people believe all religions, though varying in minutiae, are generally all teaching the same thing. Some believe religion is a crutch for those who can’t get through life on their own, or a crutch for those who are scared…

Morning = 2 Samuel 19:8b-43, The Return of the King

Today is a special day for Christians all around the world, it’s Palm Sunday, the day we remember when Christ the King came into Jerusalem humbly and lowly riding on a donkey. As Jesus made His triumphal entry the people lined the streets to shout “Hosanna, hosanna (meaning ‘Our God Saves’)…blessed is He who comes…

Morning = 2 Samuel 18:19-19:8a, A Grief Observed

The author C.S. Lewis is well-known for writing books such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, or The Chronicles of Narnia. Those are wonderful reads in themselves but one of his most powerful books is a bit lesser known and came from one of his most painful moments. In 1960 his wife Joy died. And Lewis already believing…

Morning= 2 Samuel 18:1-18, The War Ends

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. We live in a complex age where nothing stays the same very long. A month ago, we were packed into our sanctuary with…

Morning = 2 Samuel 17, Rejoice – The Lord is King!

Well, the Coronavirus has gone from a local reality in China to a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization. Because of this nations have closed themselves off, travel bans have begun, universities have sent students home, sports leagues abroad have suspended seasons, and all over the world people have grown concerned. Watching and…

Morning = 2 Samuel 16, Meekness & Weakness

Do some of you wonder why we’ve taken so long in this series to walk through 2 Samuel? I mean, ‘Aren’t we New Covenant Christians?’ This is a very understandable question about the present-day application of the Old Testament that eventually every Christian asks themselves. Perhaps I can settle this for some of you. In…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:13-37, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 2

At the end of C.S. Lewis’ adventurous Narnian tale The Horse and His Boy a king tells his son what it means to be king saying this, “For this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there's hunger in the land (as must be now…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:1-12, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 1

As the events of 2 Samuel 11-14 unfold readers might very easily sympathize with Absalom. He had grown up watching his father as king of Israel. He heard stories of his father’s youth, how he bravely fought Goliath, how he won many victories, how he righteously fled from Saul, and how God had given him…

Morning = 2 Samuel 14:1-33, Back Into the King’s Presence

Throughout this chapter we see a lot of scheming. Joab schemes in v1-20, David schemes in v21-24, and Absalom schemes in v25-33. Joab’s Activity (v1-20) Let’s begin in v1-3, where the scene is set up for us. “Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom. And Joab sent…

Morning = 2 Samuel 13:22-39, The Foul Aftermath

In 1971 the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was filmed. I’m of the opinion that it’s much better than the modern remake, but anywho…do you remember the boat ride scene? As they wind their way through the factory they all get on a boat and two Oompa Loompa’s begin rowing them down stream. As they…

Morning = Colossians 3:12-17, Putting On the New

Over the past two weeks in Colossians 3 we’ve emphasized that by believing in Christ God has done a wonderful thing and united us to Christ. Spiritually speaking then, in Christ’s death we died - in Christ’s resurrection we rose - and in Christ’s ascension we have truly and already been seated with Him in…

Morning = Colossians 3:5-11, Putting Off the Old

If you have not already done so I invite you to turn in your Bibles to Paul’s letter to the Colossians, where today we’re continuing in our beginning of the year sermon series on the Church titled ‘3 Marks.’ As we did last week, let’s once again pray the words on the screen above together,…

Morning = Colossians 3:1-4, The Life Above Lived Below

Pastor Allan Babcock, the previous pastor of SonRise and the man whose shoes I’m now filling, told me many things as I arrived to take up his place and carry on the work. One of those things was this, “As a year ends and a new year begins I need, and my people need, a…

Morning= Isaiah 61: The Proclamation of Hope

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Intro: looking forward into the New year includes what has gone before and all the more is informed by it. As we come to 202 one…

Morning = Psalm 22, From Trouble to Triumph

Sometimes a single line in a movie is so well crafted and so well delivered that to hear it is to experience the whole of that movie all over again.[1] “Go ahead, make my day.” “You can’t handle the truth!” “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” “Bond, James Bond.” And who could forget, “Life is like…

Morning = Psalm 16, Pleasures Forevermore

“God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!”[1] Perhaps you didn’t hear that clearly, let me tell you that again. “God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!” What’s your reaction to that quote? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Does it confuse you? Let’s explore this a…

Morning = Psalm 2, The Son of God

Advent is upon us! Of the many places we could go these few weeks to rejoice over the birth of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we’ll be turning to the Psalms. Now, there are many genres of Psalms throughout the 150 we have: wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential…

Morning = 2 Samuel 12, David Repentant

Today’s text is about repentance. Repentance has been defined as “…a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.”[1] But when it comes down…

Morning = 2 Samuel 11, David the Sinner

2 Samuel 1-10 showed us the glory days of Israel under David’s rule. War, victory, expansion, peace, rest, worship, and triumph characterize the first 10 chapters. But in chapter 11 we see the troubles, the dark days of David’s kingdom beginning. And rather than these dark days beginning with the actions of a foreign pagan…

Morning = 2 Samuel 10, O Church Arise!

Perhaps you remember the story. Two women come to king Solomon, both had a son each but one of their sons had recently died and that mother switched her dead son with the living son in an effort to trick the other woman that it was actually her son that had died. Solomon’s famous wisdom…

Morning = 2 Samuel 9, The Kindness of the King

2 Samuel 9 is no doubt one of the most beautiful chapters in the entire Bible. It is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible for reasons you’ll see today. In fact, it’s so meaningful to me that after moving here to become the next pastor of SonRise Community Church 5 and half years…

Morning = 2 Samuel 8:1-18, Wars of David

“For not with swords loud clashing, or roll of stirring drums; with deeds and love mercy the heavenly kingdom comes.” Those words, written in 1887, are from the hymn ‘Lead On, O King Eternal.’ It really is a great hymn describing the moment when God’s final judgment will be carried out as He ushers in…

Morning = 2 Samuel 7:18-29, David’s Prayer of Gratitude

Today, our passage is going to show us the difference between cats and dogs. Think what cats are like. When you feed a cat, pet a cat, care for a cat, and love a cat the cat concludes that it must be god. Dogs on the other hand are different. When you feed a dog,…

Morning= II Samuel 7:1-17; Our Covenant God

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Seminary: working non-stop for 4 years: 60 hrs a week and school.... coming home afterward and having rest. In rest there is time to think and…

Morning = 2 Samuel 6:1-23, Death – Dancing – Delight – Disgust

In my office I’ve got two small busts, one of John Calvin and the other of Charles Spurgeon. I see them every day and every day they encourage me, not because I’ve got some kind of deep love for historical personages, no. They encourage me because though they were flawed men, they were also faithful…

Morning = 2 Samuel 5:1-25, The Wait is Over!

Today, September 22, Holly and I have been married for 12 years. We were able to get away yesterday, we spent the whole day on the beach and it was a joy reflecting over the eb and flow of these past 12 years together. But going back before we were married I was so struck…

Morning = 2 Samuel 3:22-4:12, Civil War, Pt. 3

Before us this morning, is a large chunk of text that shows the end of the civil war in Israel. It covers two murders that are strangely similar. Both murders occur in secret, both involve deceit, both men die from being struck in the belly, and in both cases murder is carried out by brothers.[1]And…

Morning= 2 Samuel 3:1-21: The Civil War, Pt. 2

This Week's Sermon was preached by one of our Elders, Sam Knox. 2 Samuel 3:1-21 If you should visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, you will find an old, weathered door dating back to the year 1492. In the center of this door, you will notice that a section of the door is missing. One…

Morning = 2 Samuel 2:12-32, Civil War, Pt. 1

What comes to mind when you hear the word politics?[1]Warm, fuzzy, and relaxing feelings right? I mean, isn’t it O’ so nice to come home from a busy day at work and settle down with a nice presidential debate? Would you be surprised that the Bible has an overwhelmingly positive view of politics? God encourages us…

Morning = 2 Samuel 2:1-11, The Already & More to Come

At first glance this passage might just seem to be a moment of Israelite political drama that’s far removed from our current day. But upon further investigation, this passage stands out in the biblical story line, the history of redemption, as a moment of extraordinary significance. For the first time in history God’s kingdom becomes…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:17-27 – The Mightiest Will Never Fall!

Last week as we began our new series through 2 Samuel I told you of the moment when I first received the news that my grandfather had died. As I was going back over the details of this event, though I didn’t intend it to do so, the sting of my grandfather’s death hit me…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:1-16, Endings & Beginnings

The date was April 4, 2010. Holly and I had just left church after a wonderfully powerful Easter service when, on our way to meet family and friends, we received a call from my Mother with news that my Grandfather had just died. It was sobering. Having just rejoiced in Christ’s resurrection might and victory…

Morning=Psalm 29: The Sovereign Voice of Glory

“The Sovereign Voice of Glory” Preached by Michael Joas The voice of the Lord sovereignly reigns that all may cry Glory. This psalm is unlike any other we have gone through in our psalm summer series. Psalm 29 is a victory psalm which gives us vocabulary to worship the God of creation. It was originally…

Morning = Psalm 110, The New Testament’s Psalm

We’ve seen many categories of poetry in the Psalms so far this summer. We’ve seen wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential Psalms, and Psalms of consolation. But there is one category we’ve yet to cover, royal Psalms. As the name reveals, royal Psalms have a kingly tone to them, and are…

Morning = Psalm 91, The Shadow of the Almighty

In our Psalm summer so far we’ve come across many different kinds of Psalms expressly fit for every season of the soul. Today, as Psalm 91 lies open before us, we come to what many call a Psalm of consolation.[1]These Psalms express deep relief and comfort, but because they tend to focus so much on…

Morning= Psalm 88: A Cry in the Dark

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Why the 88th Working with teens and college students for many years the Lamentations of the Psalter were such a help, (I mean they were a…

Morning = Psalm 51, Great Misery & Great Mercy

Psalm 51 brings us to a new category of Psalms in our summer series, penitential Psalms or sometimes called the Psalms of confession. Like the Psalms of lament and the Psalms of confidence, Psalms of confession present the Psalmist in deep distress and in need of immediate help and rescue. But what’s different here in…

Morning = Psalm 46, A Mighty Fortress is Our God

As the fires of the 16thcentury Reformation ebbed and flowed in those first years, Martin Luther often faced hardship, danger, distress, and persecution of all kinds. In his more honest moments he would confess that he feared the cause would die out. On one occasion his confidence broke through his fears in a tide of…

Morning = Psalm 23, From Pasture to Sanctuary

Have you ever wondered why Jesus says what He does in His teaching and preaching? Some believe Jesus gets the content for what He taught from His surroundings. For example, we hear Jesus teach about the wheat and the tares, and we hear Jesus teach about the vine and branches. So naturally, one might conclude,…

Morning = Psalm 13, How Long, O Lord?

I once read a story about a dog named Bailey. Bailey was a two -year old basset hound who had a gentle playful temper, eager to love anyone near him. But though this is true, Bailey has a bit of baggage. You see, Bailey was just a puppy when an F-5 tornado came through his…

Morning = Psalm 1, Into the Psalter (The Songs of the Blessed)

Starting our Summer off with a journey into the vast emotional truth’s that are seen in the Psalter. Week in and week out in both corporate and personal worship we are encouraged to think biblically about the words we sing, and to approach the Lord in proper adoration and thought. Most of the times this…

Morning = John 21:15-25, Final Words

Last week we began the grand finale of our journey through John by entering chapter 21, where Jesus miraculously provided seven of His disciples a surprising super abundance of large fish and invited them to come and eat breakfast. What we come to this morning in John 21:15-25 is part two of this same sea…

Morning = John 21:1-14, Breakfast with Jesus

As a young boy and up through my teenage years our family usually vacationed in Sarasota, FL during the 4th of July weekend. We would eat at the same beachside diner every year, enjoy live music, there’d be a large dance, shoot off our own fireworks, chase tiny crabs by the water with flashlights, and…

Morning = John 20:30-31, A Compelling Content

‘Why the Chronicles of Narnia?’ was the question asked again and again by C.S. Lewis’ colleagues at Magdalene College and friends in the pub. ‘Of all that you could give yourself and all your talents too, why devote such time to a Children’s fantasy novel?’ Such a question was not out of bounds for a…

Morning = John 20:19-29, The First Easter (Pt. 3)

This morning we continue on in our consideration of John’s account of this First Easter. So far we’ve seen Peter and John greatly perplexed and greatly encouraged by seeing the grave clothes in the tomb, we’ve seen Mary turn from deep distress to deep joy with a sight of the Risen Christ, and now in…

Morning = John 20:11-18, The First Easter (Pt. 2)

The Apostle Paul tells us, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). If we were to seek an illustration of Paul’s great love text, it would indeed be Mary Magdalene. She drew the near the tomb on that first Easter morning, and I…

Morning = John 20:1-10, The First Easter

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching…

Morning = John 19:38-42, The Humiliation of the King

Today is Palm Sunday. The day on which we usually look back and remember what we call Jesus’ triumphal entry. When He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people gathered round to shout out praise and hosannas saying as Mark 11 records, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the…

Morning = John 19:31-37, His Pierced Side

*Due to technical difficulties the Audio is unavailable for this week's sermon. The month of April is said to get its name from the Latin word aperio, meaning ‘to open.’ We can understand why it means this. April is a time of budding and blossoming, a time of resurrection and growth, where new life emerges…

Morning = John 19:13-16, Abandon All Hope?

Last week we sat back and watched as the angry mob before Pilate failed in their attempt to get Jesus executed based on charges of insurrection. We also then saw the Jews, in response, seek to get Jesus executed based on charges of making himself a king, saying in 19:12, “If you release this Man,…

Morning = John 19:7-12, Surprised by Christ

For most of his early life C.S. Lewis, being a convinced atheist, rejected Christianity. But slowly but surely he began to convinced otherwise. Through reading G.K. Chesterton and others he began seeing the holes in the atheistic argument. He began reading Scripture and was more and more convinced that Christianity was proving true. Then in…

Morning = John 18:38b-19:6, Behold the Man!

Time and time again the New Testament writers speak of the connection between Jesus’ suffering and death and the Old Testament Passover. That they do this so often carries with it one large implication: as Old Covenant Israel was spared from God’s judgment at midnight on account of the blood of the lamb slain in…

Morning = John 18:28-38a, Christ the King

For almost two thousand years now millions of Christians around the globe have confessed and continue to confess their faith using the Apostles Creed…which contains within it the phrase, “Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.” Why Pilate? Why not mention one…

Morning = John 18:12-27, A Steadfast Determination & A Sorrowful Desertion

Last week as we began John 18 we saw clear contrasts between Judas’ depravity and Jesus deity, and between Peter’s rage and Jesus’ righteousness. Today the beloved apostle John will set before us yet another contrast, and I’m afraid it is Peter once again being contrasted with Jesus. Throughout His first so called ‘trial’ in…

Morning = John 18:1-11, Drinking Damnation Dry

Each of the four gospels all lead to the same dramatic conclusion: the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed without this climax any so called ‘gospel’ would in truth not be a gospel at all![1]But while all four have this grand climactic moment we should remember that each gospel was written by…

Morning = John 17:24-26, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt.5)

 Before us is a text packed so tightly full with deep doctrine, if you prick it anywhere God in His glory bursts forth in wonder. Though doctrinally full and thick, this text does not leave us feeling cold or clinical. No, for many this has been and for many this still is a doorway to…

Morning = John 17:20-23, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 4)

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1831 Robert Murray McCheyne was an active youth who grew into a lively young man. After giving all his time and attention to playing cards, dancing, and music, his older brother’s sudden death awakened in him an earnest desire for the things of God. Converted shortly after he bought the…

Morning = John 17:14-19, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 3)

As the Church has developed and grown throughout history we can see a clearly divided attitude towards the things of the world. On one hand there are Christians who, in wanting to honor God and live holy lives, reject everything that is of the world desiring to never become like the world. For example, some…

Morning = John 17:6-13, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 2)

As we continue on in Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, v6 marks the beginning of the second part of the prayer where He prays for the first group of those the Father had given Him – the disciples. To ask why Jesus prays for them is not out of bounds. Hasn’t He already promised that the…

Morning = John 17:1-5, The High Priestly Prayer, (Pt. 1)

Throughout our history here at SonRise it’s been our custom during the month of January to focus on the doctrine of the Church. In the past few years we’ve looked at everything from the marks of the Church found in the creeds and confessions of Church history to issues present within the modern Church like…

Morning= Joshua 3-4: We have not passed this Way

As we come to the end of 2018 and look forward to 2019 we look this week at the people of Israel as they come to the Jordan river and hopefully await the Work of God. So in this weeks sermon Andrew unwraps the reality of what we as the people of God should be…

Morning = Luke 2:1-21, A Revelation of Glory

(there is no audio this week, we apologize for this, the full manuscript of below) For the past three weeks we’ve lingered over Advent themes in the Old Testament prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. In these prophets of old we saw God promise rescue, redemption, and restoration to His exiled people. A promise that…

Morning = Ezekiel 36:22-23, Proclamation of Joy

Who is Christmas for? It’s a simple question, but one that upon some thought, doesn’t seem so easy to answer. Initially you might respond, ‘Christmas is for us’, or ‘Christmas is for Christians’, ‘Christmas is for the world’, maybe even ‘Christmas is for the kids.’ This question may confuse you as it did the Grinch…

Morning = Isaiah 40:1-11, Preparation of Peace

When you see flowers or smell flowers what do you think of? Most of you will surely think of springtime blossoms, beauty, and warmth. Others of you are more cynical. You won’t see beauty, no, you’ll look around for a coffin because when you see or smell flowers you assume a funeral must be nearby.…

Morning = Jeremiah 33:14-16, Expectation of Hope

Well…it didn’t take long did it? The moment we put down our forks and finished our thanksgiving feasts radio stations began playing Christmas songs, churches began scheduling special services, our neighbors began climbing steep ladders to decorate their homes, and retail stores began pumping up their marketing trying to convince we need everything they’re selling…

Morning = Psalm 138, A Thanksgiving Psalm

To begin our Thanksgiving week this year we looked into Psalm 136 and saw the wonders of God in Himself, as Creator, as Redeemer, and as Defender. Taken together these massive realities led the Psalmist to a gratitude filled praise. We then learned anew that the same gratitude filled praise ought to ever be the…

Morning = Psalm 136, A Thanksgiving Psalm

Today begins a break from John’s gospel as we turn our attention to the Holidays. For the next two weeks we’ll cover two Psalms of Thanksgiving and then for the remainder of the calendar year we’ll enjoy our annual advent celebration. So as Thanksgiving approaches don’t you think there’s something ironic about it? Most people…

Morning: John 16:23-33 “The True Joy in Jesus our Overcomer”

This week we had the privileged of hearing the Word of God declared to us by Stephen Best the President of Bible Basics International, a Local missions agency serving the local church globally. He continued our series throughout the book of John concluding Jesus instruction from the Upper Room. True Joy is received in the…

Morning = John 16:16-22, Invincible Joy in Jesus

In The Biblical Theological Introduction to the New Testament Dr. Bruce Lowe states the following, “In ancient times a responsible leader who knew he might leave his post would stitch stability into the social fabric of his followers in places where he thought tears might occur because of his departure. This meant presenting a farewell speech…

Morning = John 16:12-15, The Ancient Mast (part 3)

When Corrie Ten Boom was a young girl, she overheard a few others at a train station speaking somewhat inappropriately and while puzzled for sure, it raised her curiosity. As she and her father were on the train ride home she asked her father about it and to her surprise he turned to look at…

Morning = John 16:4b-11, The Ancient Mast (part 2)

Being a parent is hard. Partly because it’s in parenting that we learn how to parent, but also because as much as we may encourage, instruct, and disciple our children, sometimes our children won’t learn unless they make mistakes on their own. Mistakes we made when we were their age and mistakes we’ve warned them…

Morning = John 15:26-16:4a, The Ancient Mast (part 1)

Ideas drive history. You ever thought about that? Behind the all the Emperor’s, Generals, politicians, philosophers, thinkers, and theologians throughout history – stands one thing: ideas. Not small ideas or fleeting thoughts but grand ideas that fill out the meaning of their existence, becoming the narrative through which they interpret all of life, driving them…

Morning = John 15:18-25, A Faithful Church In A Fallen World

I still remember the evening. It was November 13, 2003 when, a bit after midnight, I turned to a friend who had been sharing the gospel with me and said, “I want to become a Christian, what do I do?” After repenting of my sins and confessing my new belief in Christ, God accepted me!…

Morning = John 15:12-17, Sovereign Love Producing Sacrificial Love

Many years ago now there was a fad over a particularly popular bracelet among Christians. The WWJD bracelets, standing for WHAT WOULD JESUS DO, were all about boiling down our faith to one simple principle: knowing what to do in any situation by thinking of what Jesus would do in that situation and then doing…

Morning = John 15:1-5, Abiding in the Vine

I’d like to begin today by talking about the meaning of metaphor. Many have defined metaphors like this: truth powerfully presented through an untruth. For example: if a college student says, ‘That class was a breeze’ they do not intend to communicate that the class itself was a light wind, no. They intend to communicate…

Morning = John 14:25-31, Peace I Leave With You

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching…

Morning = John 14:18-24, Resurrection Promises

How goes it with your soul as you sit here today? I mean it when I ask you this, how are you doing? Are any of you anxious, troubled, or ashamed this morning? Maybe you’re anxious because you’re someone who likes to be in control and life currently feels out of control? Maybe you’re troubled…

The Paraclete

This week's sermon was preached by one of our Pastoral Apprentices, Sam Knox. “Love Constrained to Obedience.” (William Cowper) Cooper No strength of nature can suffice To serve the Lord aright: And what she has she misapplies, For want of clearer light. How long beneath the law I lay In bondage and distress; I toll’d…

Morning = John 14:7-14, From Now On

In school you’ll often hear teachers say something like this at the start of every class. ‘Remember students, there is no such as a stupid question. The only stupid question is the question not asked.’ I had a different experience when I began seminary. There, one of my professors began the class by saying this,…

Morning = John 14:4-6, The Way

In the mid 15thcentury Thomas a Kempis wrote the following words, “Follow thou me. I am the way and the truth and the life. Without the way there is no going; without the truth there is no knowing; without the life there is no living. I am the way thou must follow; the truth thou…

Morning = John 14:1-3, Do Not Be Troubled

Having finished a wonderful and much too brief time focusing on Holiness in our summer sermon series we now find ourselves coming back into our regular sermon series in John’s gospel. And as we return to it I am reminded of the troubled world we live in. It is a consequence of living in a…

Morning = Jude 17-25, Building for Holiness

I often wonder what sermons do to those who hear them and those who preach them. I have particularly wondered about this these past few weeks as we’re now wrapping up what has been an encouraging but deeply challenging sermon series on holiness. When I think on how these difficult sermons are impacting you I…

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