Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | November 16, 2014
The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | November 2, 2014 | Based on a sermon by the same title by Pastor Kevin DeYoung, Lansing, MI.
Now these are the words of the letter which Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the rest of the elders of the exile, the priests, the prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 19, 2014 | Based on the writings of Dr. Ken Priddy
Rev. 7:9-10After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 26, 2014 | Based on the writings of Dr. Ken Priddy
And Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He answered and said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here shall be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” Continue reading →
Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 5, 2014
For you have not come to a mountain that may be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word should be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 28, 2014
1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;2 this man came to Him by night, and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 21, 2014
28 And one of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; [Deut. 6.4] 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength’ [Deut. 6:5]. Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 14, 2014
17 And as He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and began asking Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 7, 2014
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Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Continue reading →
57 And as they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Continue reading →
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 I exhort you therefore, be imitators of me. Continue reading →
“Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. Continue reading →
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 And He answered and said to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 “For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Continue reading →
13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this– not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Continue reading →
Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Lk. 17:20-21)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Continue reading →
And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Theme: Those to whom the truth about Jesus has been revealed are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of being his followers.
In Jr. High, I was a clumsy boy
And to make it worse, the steps of the stairways in our school had front edges made of steel which made them strong but slippery.
So I frequently slipped on them going up the stairs. When I did, because I was holding my books in my arms, they went flying everywhere.
It was embarrassing.
The cool kids looking on did nothing to help, they just laughed at how clumsy and uncool I was.
Jesus had been preaching the good news of the coming kingdom of God, but some were acting like spoiled children saying, “We played the flute for you and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.”
This sermon is based on a sermon by Derek Thomas, entitled “Pentecostal Fire!”
Pentecost is one of those pivotal moments in history, along with creation, the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, ascension, and the second coming of Christ.
Its connection with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ is crucial if we are to understand its significance and uniqueness.
What happened at Pentecost happened in direct relationship to the ascension of Jesus into heaven (Acts 1:11).
Jesus’ ascension signaled a series of significant events:
signaled the glorification of Jesus’ body from its previous condition of both humiliation and resurrection;
signaled his entrance into the exalted position promised by his Father – “Therefore God has highly exalted him (Philippians 2:9); from which he now
distributes gifts to the church– Eph 4; and
intercedes on our behalf – Hebrews 4:14.
Jesus’ going away to a particular place indicates where his people will eventually be taken.
The Ascension shows that this existence on earth is temporary and that his redemptive work on the cross promises a new physical order of existence at his coming again at the end of the age – Acts 1:11.
Thus, Pentecost was an important milepost in biblical history.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
The next few weeks we will be looking at how Jesus prepared his disciples for his departure – in his death and his ascension first by assuring them that their separation from him was only temporary, that they would be together again one day. And second, by assuring them that, in fact, it was even better that he should go away, so that a new stage of his redemptive plan – his world-wide work of redemption – might begin through the coming of the Holy Spirit. We will look at Jesus’ promise here to go and prepare a place for them, his promise to send the Spirit later in John 14, his high priestly prayer for them in John 17 and Jesus’ sending the Spirit and Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. This sermon is based in large part on a sermon by James Boice entitled, “Calm Words for Troubled Hearts,” but adapted to our situation here today. Continue reading →
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”Continue reading →
Mat 17:1-8 1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | February 23, 2014
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:38-48
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | February 16, 2014
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother[a] will be liable to judgment; whoever insults[b]his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell[c] of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.[d]
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Continue reading →
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Continue reading →
Sermon by Daniel L. Sonnenberg | February, 2, 2014
The Sermon on the Mount
In this season, we are celebrating the manifestation or revelation of Jesus as the Christ to the world, especially in his preaching and miracles, his words and works.
At the end of Matt 4, we’re told Jesus went about all Galilee preaching “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The message of sermon on the mount is what it means to repent and to belong to the kingdom of heaven.
The sermon is a description of the lifestyle of those who belong to that kingdom.
To belong to the kingdom of God is to belong to the people among whom the reign of God has already begun.
Jesus himself is the king in God’s kingdom.
Where he reigns, there the kingdom of heaven is already present.
Jesus’ sermon is intended to give you a vision of what the Lord intends your life to become.
He describes a lifestyle patterned after his own, empowered by the Spirit of Christ, living in you by regeneration.
The problem is, you live in a fallen world.
The new lifestyle of the kingdom is to be lived out where you’re opposed by the world, the flesh, and the devil.
That battle will be finally won, the promised rewards will be finally received, the kingdom will be finally consummated when Christ returns and puts everything under his authority in the new heavens and the new earth.
But until that time, you’re in a spiritual battle.
In the beatitudes Jesus announces the principles that govern the citizens in the new community he has come to establish.
The beatitudes are not not to be taken individually, but together, like the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5.
They are not merely individual evidences, but mutual evidences of God grace in your life.
You may be weaker in one area than another.
But taken together, they view various aspects of Christlike character.
The kind of life, the quality of life, that Jesus brings into his kingdom is his own life, his own character, his own values, his own ethics.
Transformation or sanctification is a process.
Kingdom life is Jesus’ life lived out in you as his redeemed subject.
As J.I. Packer says, Regeneration is birth; sanctification is growth.
God implants desires that were not there before.
The HS “works in you to will and to act according to God’s purpose.”
And he prompts you to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2.12-13).”
That’s what Jesus was doing when he went up into the hill country, sat down and taught his disciples that day.
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: