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Why then the law?

February 21, 2014 | ceremonial law, Christ, civil law, Gary Combs, God, gospel, grace, jesus, law, lawful, moral law, Mosaic law, unlawful

“Why then the law?” (Galatians 3:19a ESV). “Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully” (1 Timothy 1:8 ESV). Last week, we started a new sermon series through Paul’s first epistle to Timothy. We encountered a phrase in 1 Timothy 1:8 about the “lawful” use of the law. Apparently, the

Guarding the Gospel

February 16, 2014 | 1 Timothy 1:1-11 | exposition, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new 8-week sermon series entitled: “Entrusted: An Exposition of 1 Timothy.” In this first message he addresses the first 11 verses where the apostle Paul charges Timothy to guard the gospel from false teaching as it was entrusted to him.

The Gospel is About Surrender, not Self-Improvement

April 21, 2013 | Mark 10:17-31 | easter, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs concluded the sermon series EVANGELIUM with this message from Mark 10 about the encounter of the rich young ruler with Jesus. The gospel is not a call to add something on to your life, but a challenge to let go and leave behind. It is a call for your complete and total surrender

The upside-down, inside-out effect of the gospel

April 19, 2013 | eternal life, following, good news, gospel, jesus, self-denial

“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17 ESV). “Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God’” (John 3:3 ESV). “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up

The Gospel is About Receiving, not Earning

April 14, 2013 | Ephesians 2:1-10 | easter, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs continues the EVANGELIUM series with this message from the book of Ephesians about receiving the free gift of God’s grace, which is salvation. This message emphasizes that the receiving of this grace is not just the ABCs of being a Christian, it is the “A to Z” of being a follower of Christ. We never outgrow our need for the gospel. In fact, we can’t continue growing without a deeper and deeper understanding of its message.

Who needs the gospel?

April 12, 2013 | believer, Christ, Christian, earning, gospel, need, receiving

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,  and by which you are being saved” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ESV). “The gospel is not just the ABCs but the A to Z of the Christian life. It is inaccurate to think the gospel is what saves non-Christians, and then Christians

The Gospel is About Relationship, not Religion

April 7, 2013 | John 3:1-21 | easter, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs continues the 4-week series “Evangelium: What the Gospel Is… And Isn’t” with this message from John 3. This message shows how the encounter between the religious Pharisee named Nicodemus and the Lord Jesus reveals the distinctive nature of the gospel contrasted with religion. Because while religion attempts to work from the outside-in, the gospel does its work from the inside out. Or as Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”

Two gospel thieves

April 5, 2013 | Christ, God, gospel, grace, holiness, jesus, legalism, love, relationship, relativism, religion, truth

“Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves,” so the gospel “is ever crucified between two opposite errors” (Tertullian, early church father). “If our gospel message even slightly resembles ‘you must believe and live right to be saved’ or ‘God loves and accepts everyone just as they are,’ we will find our communication is not

The Gospel is Good News, not Good Advice

March 31, 2013 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-22 | easter, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new 4-week sermon series on Easter weekend entitled Evangelium: What the Gospel Is… And What It Isn’t. This message is taken from 1 Corinthians 15 and and discusses the importance of recognizing that the gospel is the good news about Christ’s resurrection for us to believe, not advice for us to follow. The gospel is about what Christ has already done, not what we need to do.

Evangelium: What the gospel is… and isn’t

March 29, 2013 | Christ, easter, evangelism, God, good news, gospel, jesus, news, resurrection

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,  and by which you are being saved” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ESV). We’re starting a new 4-week sermon series this Easter weekend talking about the gospel. As the apostle Paul saw the need to remind the church at Corinth of the