All sermons are from Richfield Community Church located in Orange County CA where I am one of the pastors on staff.
The Savior is Alive
JULY 23, 2017
The good news of Jesus is that He didn’t stay in the grave; Jesus’ resurrection confirms that He overcame our final enemy and invites us to experience life transforming happiness that comes from being raised with Him.
Gen. 3:14-15; 12:3; Micah 5:2-4;
The Prophets Point to a Savior
JUNE 18, 2017
God keeps his promises. As we look back, we can marvel at God’s unfolding plan to reconcile us to himself through the anticipated Messiah, leading us to celebrate, and despite the unfolding plan, most still missed him. We don’t want to miss Him.
We Are Like Him
APRIL 30, 2017
God created us in His image that we might experience the pleasure and delight that comes from being connected to the Almighty Creator.
Are You Calling Me A Liar?
FEBRUARY 19, 2017
Peter wants to increase our hope in the certainty of Jesus return. And so Peter reminds his audience (and us) of God’s undeniable testimony through what he saw, through what he heard, and through what the prophets had said for generations.
SUMMER Series: Embracing Inevitable Tensions.
God’s Justice and mercy Collide at the Cross
HEBREWS 10:30-31; PSALM 145:8-9
AUGUST 28, 2016
1. When we don’t embrace the tension of God’s justice and mercy
A. Imbalance towards God’s Justice
B. Imbalance towards God’s Mercy
2. When we embrace the tension of God’s justice and merc
SUMMER Series: Embracing Inevitable Tensions.
Where is God in the Tough Times?
– JULY 24, 2016
When we embrace that God is eternal, separate and independent from His creation, and yet intimately involved in it, we begin to live with greater awareness in the mundane and confidence in the uncertain.
- God is Eternal
- God is Present
WHAT’S MY ADVANTAGE?
NOVEMBER 27, 2016
Hebrews 13:17-19 ESV:  Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.  Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.  I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
The author reiterates his consistent concern, which is to help us be certain we have enduring faith. The author points out an advantage that God has given us toward achieving the salvation of our souls: submitting to watchful, joy-filled leaders.
· Leaders responsibly challenge their people to be faithful.
· Leaders rejoice in the joy of people’s enduring faith.
· Leaders want prayer to pursue God til the end.
HEBREWS 11:5-6; GENESIS 5:18-24
MAY 15, 2016
The author of Hebrews gives us Enoch to show us that the pursuit of happiness in God is not optional in genuine faith. Genuine faith is the belief that God not only is reliable, but desirable.
- One True End: Glorify God.
- One True Means: Faith.
- One True Motivator: The Reward.
THERE IS BUT ONE WAY
The author of Hebrews repeatedly shows that Jesus brings a radically new way of relating to God and emphasizes the absolute necessity of Jesus’ blood if we are to enjoy walking with Him in this life and see Him in the next.
- Jesus’ death pays for all sins
- Death has always been needed to pay for sins
- There is no other way to Eternal Inheritance
+ (JESUS +NOTHING=EVERYTHING)
After giving us a most forceful warning to not be bored with spiritually solid food, the author returns to challenge us to chew on the reality that Jesus is the ultimate High Priest in order to deepen our faith in Him.
JESUS IS LIKE MELCHIZEDEK
Melchizedek is better than Abraham and his descendants
If Abraham’s descendants (Levitical priesthood) could have forgiven sins and provided access to God, there’d been no need for Jesus.
Jesus’ indestructible life, not his genealogy, validates His priesthood.
Gods promise secures the permanence and significance of Jesus priesthood.
The Exclusivity of the Source
In order for us to hold as tightly as we possibly can to Jesus the author compares and contrasts the Old Testament Priests with the ultimate High Priest.
Old Testament High Priests had a special role in the sacrificial system.
Jesus, the Great High Priest, has a completely unique role in providing salvation for us.
Hebrews 2:5-9…One of Us.
5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, 8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
We have a special place in God’s economy, and Jesus became one of us.
We will eventually reign with Christ.
We are obviously not reigning now.
But we see Jesus…
- …who became one of us.
- …who was crowned at death.
- …who tasted death for everyone.
John 7:37-38- July 5, 2015
Jesus offers Himself as the only solution to our soul’s deepest need.
Don’t Make God Trivial in…
- The way we talk TO God
- The way we talk ABOUT God
Be Ready of Else: February 23, 2014
- Being Ready for Jesus’ return is the best thing.
- Not being ready for Jesus’ return is the worst thing.
Big Idea: Luke writes this to give us certainty that Jesus is THE guy, the last Adam, who overcomes the temptations of the devil. This reality leads us to look to Jesus as our sacrifice for sins and example in life.
1. We rely on Jesus to accomplish what the first Adam was unable to accomplish- live the perfect life.
2. The devil tempts Jesus to compromise his role, but Jesus overcomes temptations and foreshadows the ultimate disarming and defeat of the devil.
3. Application: we look to Jesus.