Posts in Lent
O Death, Where Is Your Victory?

April 14, 2019

Rev. Bruce Brown

I Corinthians 15:50-58

  1. What Is Death? (verses 50-53; Genesis 3:17-19; Revelation 20:11-15)

  2. What Does Jesus’ Death Mean for Death? (verses 54-57; 2 Tim. 1:10; Ro. 6:5-10)

  3. Where Is Your Victory? (verse 58; John 11:25; Romans 4:25)

“The constantly recurring theme and the grand climax in the great symphony of the gospel is the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ… His triumph becomes our only hope of victory.  If we subtract this from our message of love and hope, then we really have nothing to say, for it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that assures us of our own personal salvation.”  ~ Charles Swindoll

Surely Not I, Lord?

Rev. Bruce Brown

April 7, 2019

Matthew 26:17-30

I. Before the Cross the Disciples See Jesus’ Self Control (verses 17-19, 30)

II. Before the Cross the Disciples Hear of Their Own Treachery (verses 20-25)

III. Before the Cross the Disciples Taste of It’s Coming Blessings (verses 26-29)

“But God did not abandon his people.  Instead, he commissioned his prophets to promise a new covenant (Jer. 31:31; Ezek. 36) which Jesus inaugurated.  The new covenant still involved blood, but it was Jesus’ blood – not the blood of a lamb and not the blood of guilty men and women.  Jesus paid the debt we owed God.  We owed him our life blood and he gave his blood as a substitute for ours.  By this act he atoned for our sins, so that we have peace with God.”  ~ Daniel M. Doriani

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Pastor Bruce Brown

Matthew 27:45-54

I.      At the Cross Jesus Experiences Social Rejection (Vss. 27-31; 35-37; 39-43)        

II.    At the Cross Jesus Suffers Emotional Desertion (Psalm 22)

III.   At the Cross Jesus Enters into Spiritual Abandonment (Psalm 27; 2 Cor. 5:21)

“The pain that Jesus endured went beyond the pain that any other human being has ever endured. It may be that others have experienced equal or greater physical pain. But no other human being has ever been sinless like Jesus was. No other human being has ever known the fellowship that Jesus had with His Father in heaven before He came to this earth. So, no one else has ever felt the shock that Jesus felt, in His innocence, when He was forsaken by God.” ~ Phil Ryken

Who Has Believed Our Message?

Pastor Bruce Brown

Isaiah 53:1-12

I.      The Cross is Shocking Because of Who is Suffering (Vss. 1-3)        

II.    The Cross is Shocking Because of Why He Suffers (Vss. 4-6, 10)

III.   The Cross is Shocking Because of How He Suffers (Vss. 7-9)

“Why did God bruise His Son and bring Him to grief? … It was not for His own sin that the Father bruised him. I was becuase he wanted to show us mercy. He wanted to forgive and heal and save and rejoice over us with loud singing. But he was righteous. That means His heart was filled with a love for the infinite worth of His own glory. And we were sinners, and that means that our hearts were filled with God-belittling affections. And so to save sinners and at the same time magnify the worth of His glory God lays our sin on Jesus and abandons Him to the shame and slaughter of the cross.” ~ John Piper