At Emmaus Road Church, we preach from the Bible in an expository manner. In other words, we normally preach through a book of the Bible or section of Scripture, and we always seek to make the point of the text become the point of the sermon.
Message DetailsPassage: Mark 10:46-52AudioSpeaker
Message Details Passage: Ephesians 6:10-17Audio Speaker
What does it mean to be great? Jesus teaches his disciples another lesson on discipleship after James and John make a request that has more significance than they realize. If they want to be great in the kingdom, they have to walk the path of humility. A path that leads to the cross.
In Mark 10:13-31, Mark gives us two stories– a story of children and a story about a wealthy and righteous man. Seemingly unrelated, Jesus uses these two encounters to teach his disciples and us once again about His Kingdom. Specifically, in these passages, we see two different postures people display toward the Kingdom of God. One posture ensures the reception of His Kingdom, while the other posture ensures the rejection of His Kingdom.
What does marriage have to do with discipleship? In Mark 10:1-12 Jesus is confronted once again by the Pharisees who are trying to get him killed. They ask him a question about the allowance of divorce in the law. Jesus responds with a question and then eventually gives an answer that they were not expecting. Jesus both exposes the hardness of their hearts and shows that they have completely missed God’s heart in marriage.
As Christians, we experience highs and lows as we seek to faithfully follow Jesus. In Mark 9:14-29, Jesus descends from the heights of the Mount of Transfiguration down into the shadowy valley of ordinary life where He is met by faithless disciples, a desperate father, and a demon-possessed boy. Through it all Jesus teaches His disciples the necessity and power of dependent faith.
Jesus’ Transfiguration is perhaps one of the most well-known stories from the gospels. Yet, its purpose is not always clear. In today’s message, we will consider four purposes for Jesus’ transfiguration.
In the middle of the Gospel of Mark, Peter makes his great confession that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus explains to His disciples what it means for the Son of Man to be the Christ, and His disciples are scandalized. It turns out that Jesus is not the savior they expected, but He is exactly the Savior they needed.
In Mark’s gospel, we are learning about who Jesus is. However, in chapter 8, we see that the Pharisees and the disciples are blind to who Jesus is. They do not understand why he came and what the messiah has to do in order to save his people.
Throughout Mark’s Gospel, the recurrent question is, “Who is Jesus?” Everyone agrees He is unique, but opinions vary widely when it comes to rightly identifying who Jesus is. Who Jesus is, determines how people approach Him. In Mark 7:24-37, we are introduced to two stories of people approaching Jesus. The first is a Syrophoenician woman with a demon-possessed daughter. The second is a deaf-mute man from the Decapolis. Both are Gentiles, and both of them, ironically, approach Jesus rightly.
Religion can’t save us. Religion can’t cleanse us because we have a relational problem. Our hearts are broken, stained, and defiled. What we need is more than quick fixes, laws, and behavior modification. What we need is new hearts.
Jesus in his perfect life, substitutionary death, and glorious resurrection is God as refuge extended to humanity. When we repent and turn to him we are welcomed to experience God as refuge.
Jesus was the whole man we were always meant to be, but in His resurrection, Jesus was raised a new man and New Adam, inaugurating a new lineage through Faith so that we can become sons and daughters of God in our head, who is Christ.
Message Details Passage: Ecclesiastes 7-8:15 Jesus is wisdom incarnate, therefore he shows us how to find meaning in the vanity. Solomon shows us what life is like under the sun. In a world where death, sin, futility, and tyranny are a reality, we have to look to God...
Because of our sin, life “under the sun” is full of uncertainties. Fear of the unknown can paralyze us. But Solomon calls his listeners to wise and faith-filled action based on what they do know while trusting in a sovereign and good God.
The Preacher once again revisits the topic of wisdom and folly, but this time through the lens of chance and probability. Life “under the sun” is full of uncertainties, so how, then, shall we live? The preacher seeks to answer this question.
Message Details Passage: Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10 Audio Speaker
Jesus is wisdom incarnate, therefore he shows us how to find meaning in the vanity.
As we live this life “under the sun,” the temptation is to believe that if we just had enough wealth, enough stuff, then we would be happy and have lasting joy. Solomon dispels this myth by showing us three problems with wealth and the key to enjoying true wealth.
Message Details Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7Audio Speaker
Message Details Passage: Ecclesiastes 4:1-16Audio Speaker
The Lord has put eternity into the heart of man. We were made to long for Him because we are made for Him. How foolish we are to seek finite things to fill our infinite longing! May the Lord sour our taste for lesser things, that we might enjoy the sweetness of Him in the midst of Hevel.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a unique book in the canon of Scripture because of its overt pessimistic perspective. But the preacher is only telling us the harsh truth- we have been exiled from Eden and all of our best attempts to recreate Eden are worthless.
As we go through Ecclesiastes, we are going to consider what it means to find joy in a fallen world. Solomon reveals to us that life is meaningless apart from God. If we try to find meaning in anything else, we will be stuck in a monotonous cycle of vanity until we return to the dust from which we came.
We as human beings foundationally orient ourselves to things we perceive are unchanging. But the only things that truly never change are the things rooted in the nature and character of God. In the Gospel of Jesus Christ God welcomes lost afflicted hopeless slaves of sin to cry out to him in repentance and promises that he will respond on the basis of his unchanging love. In Psalm 107 we see God in love deliver his people. We see God in love providentially determine all our days. and we see that it is that same unchanging love of God that moves us to live lives that reflect that divine love for our neighbors.