Sermons on Obedience

“It’s Hammer Time” (Judges 4:1-24)

Introduction The 49ers had a motto they pumped themselves up with before and after each game in 2011-2012. Jim Harbaugh shouted: “Who’s got it better than us?” Team responded: “Nobody!” Our next section of Judges, begins with the repeated refrain (1). Why did they do it? Psalm 73:1-10. However, notice where Asaph ends in vv.23-26. There’s the key difference between the Israelites in Judges and Asaph! Ch.1 – Political failure. Ch.2 – Spiritual failure. Ch.3 – Deliverance! Yet, take away…

Sound Living (Titus 2:1-10)

Introduction About ten years ago the White Horse Inn interviewed pastors at a conference. The pastors were asked to explain a few basic Christian doctrines: What is the gospel? What is justification? What is sanctification? Their answers were consistently depressing. The typical rebuttal goes something like this: People are tired of hearing divisive doctrine. What they really need is something relevant and instructive about loving others. Rick Warren said it like this: The first Reformation was about doctrine; the second…

Resolved By God’s Grace Psalm 119:1-8

Introduction If you’re anything like me, you do a better job making New Year’s resolutions than keeping them. Have you become completely cynical about New Year’s resolutions? This passage concludes with a joyful resolution, expressed from a dependent heart. Read Psalm 119:1-8 The psalmist is explaining how to get what all of us are after, happiness. The gospel doesn’t lead us to make excuses for our sin, but to delight in obedience. Joyful obedience requires dependence. Augustine, “Give what Thou commandest; command what…