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The Good Shepherd (John 10:1-11)

April 15, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother Michael Leach (Senior Pastor at All Saints Redeemer Church) to bring the Word of God this week. This week’s sermon illustrates the uniqueness of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Pastor Leach makes clear distinctions between the Good Shepherd and renegades (false teachers). The focus of this sermon is on two lessons concerning the Good Shepherd for His sheep, namely, His voice is correctly identified by His Sheep and His validity is clearly intensified to His Sheep.


His Sheep Apprehend: His Voice is Identified

““Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them (John 10:1-6;ESV).

Pastor Leach describes those who reject Jesus as the Messiah as renegades. However, Jesus told them along with His disciples that His sheep do not listen to the voice of renegades, because they correctly identify the voice of their Shepherd through their intimate relationship with Him. In the context of this relationship, the Good Shepherd seeks, gathers, and feeds His sheep (cf. Psalm 23).

His Sheep Appreciate: His Validity is Intensified

So Jesus again said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:7-11; ESV).”

In contrast to good shepherds, the robbers, thieves, renegades come to mislead the sheep, in order to feed on the sheep (cf. Ezekiel 34). Jesus’s validity is displayed in the care He gives in explaining His Words to His sheep, and they feed on them and are aware of imposters who would seek to lead them away from Him. More importantly, not only does the Good Shepherd feed, seek and gather His beloved sheep, He lays down His life for them in order to protect them and give them an abundant life.

Do you know Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd?

The teachers of the Law (i.e. religious leaders: Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees) could not understand Christ, they were blind, and His voice was not recognized by them. We can only hear Christ in a saving relationship, where He changes us from wayward goats that willfully reject His commands to submissive sheep that willfully accept His commands. False teachers give death, but Jesus the Good Shepherd gives abundant life to all who come unto Him (Matthew 11:25-30).

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The Marvel of the Resurrection (Luke 24:1-12)

April 8, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have the privilege of rejoicing at the glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ each week, but this week we focused particularly on the significance of Easter morning. This week’s sermon displays the awe-inspiring Gospel of Christ’s Resurrection. Pastor Duncanson invites us to consider marveling at the Resurrection. The focus of this sermon is on the saving power of the Resurrection and the start of a life.

Easter Sunday HD Wallpaper. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

Easter Sunday HD Wallpaper. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

Resurrection Power: Christ is Risen

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise. And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (Luke 1:1-9; ESV).”

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a glorious event, not simply because Christ was raised from the dead, but also His Resurrection is our motivation for living. He told His disciples the manner in which He would die, and then He told them He would rise on the third. Think about it, if Christ is raised from the dead what did His disciples have to fear, since not even death could keep Him from accomplishing His plan to save sinners?

Resurrection Power: Peter is Revitalized

Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. (Luke 24:10-12; ESV).”

Pastor Duncanson carefully gives attention to the emotional state of the disciples to help capture the overwhelming joy they felt when they learned Christ was no longer in the grave. In particular, Peter was the vehement leader among his fellow disciples, who rightly professed Christ, but denied and abandoned His Lord. Therefore, when Peter heard the Gospel on that Sunday morning, he was revitalized from his deadened state to marveling at the Resurrection of His Lord.

Do you marvel at the Resurrection?

Peter placed his confidence in his own ability instead of humbly listening to the Word of God in Christ. When Peter was given the opportunity to die for Jesus, his flesh failed him, his heart was left exposed and his sin overwhelmed (cf. Matthew 26:41). However, when he heard the Gospel on Sunday morning, he could marvel because he realized that God in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is able to forgive His sin and strengthen his heart to follow Him faithfully (cf. Psalm 73:26; John 21).

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Jesus Will Not Reject His Own (John 6:35-48)

April 1, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother Jim Whittle (Project Director at Equipping Leaders International, Inc.) to bring the Word of God this week. This week’s sermon shows the power of rejection. Rev. Whittle highlights the significance of Christ’s sufficiency. The focus of this sermon is on the power of God’s acceptance in Jesus to overwhelm the enslaving effects of the fear of rejection.


The Fathers Love Gifts to the Son

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:35-40;ESV).

Rev. Whittle emphasizes the importance God the Father giving those who come to Jesus the Son as love gifts. Fear leads to discouragement, but Jesus says He will not lose any nor reject those who come to Him in faith. Moreover, the love of Christ overwhelms and nullifies fear as we draw closer to Him (cf. 1 John 4:18).

The Sons Acceptance

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, I am the bread that came down from heaven. They said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, I have come down from heaven? Jesus answered them, Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life (John 6:41-48; ESV).”

The Father draws us to Himself through Jesus. When God draws those who He choses to Himself, the love of Christ will overwhelm the fear of rejection, since they know Jesus accepts and receives them on behalf of the Father. For example, as we trust Christ instead of fear of rejection, we can imitate Christ by serving others in love; we can forgive freely; we can share the love of Christ through the preaching and teaching of His Word; and above all, we can become more generous with those in need.

Do you believe the Lord is drawing you to Himself?

We try everything in our power to avoid situations where we may experience rejection from others. How much more should we concern ourselves with our state before God? We cannot earn our salvation and unless the Father draws us to His Son, no sense of rejection will be more devastating than hearing Him say to us, “Depart from me” (Luke 13:23-30).

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The Gospel is Unstoppable (Acts 18:1-17)

March 25, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon displays the Power of God in the Gospel. Pastor Duncanson illustrated how the Gospel changes those to whom God choses. The focus of this sermon is on how the Gospel motivates its messengers, moves beyond boundaries, and manifests the power of God and the Grace of God.

The Gospel is Unstoppable: Motivating the Messenger

After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks (Acts 18:1-4;ESV).

Paul, once persecutor of the Church, is now preacher of the One to whom he ran from, namely, Jesus Christ. Although Paul lacked financial support when he first arrived in Corinth, this inconvenience did not prevent him from teaming up with Aquila and Priscilla so that he could continue proclaiming the good news of the Gospel in this city. Perhaps, Paul worked as fellow tent-maker throughout the week, then preached on the weekends.


The Gospel is Unstoppable: Moving beyond Measure

When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles. And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized (Acts 18:5-8; ESV).”

When Paul came to a new city, he went to the synagogue (when possible) to preach the glories of Christ because he had a burden to see the Jews saved (cf. Romans 9-10). However, the Jews were not receptive to the message of Jesus as the Messiah, leaving Paul with no choice but to take this message to those who were outside of his natural heritage (cf. Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5; Romans 10:5-21). While the Jews were slow to believe, the Lord prepared the hearts of two Gentiles named Tititus and Crispus, who were only a few feet from the synagogue.

The Gospel is Unstoppable: Manifestly Merciful

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people. And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, saying, This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law. But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things. And he drove them from the tribunal. And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this (Acts 17:12-15; ESV).”

Pastor Duncanson described how the Lord provides encouragement for those carrying the message of Christ by elaborating on the vision Paul received during his time of need (cf. Hebrews 4:16). First, God reminds Paul in the vision that His plans will always be accomplished, regardless of the apparent opposition (Isaiah 55). Secondly, God encourages Paul with the promise of His presence (cf. Matthew 28:20).

Does the Gospel govern your pursuits?

Whether working a secular job or not, Paul’s message of the Gospel was the same. The Gospel governed all of his pursuits, since he understood that through his preaching some would believe in the Christ he proclaimed. If you believe the God of the Universe is with you, you would live differently.

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A World of Desire (1 John 2:15-17)

March 18, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother Walter Henegar (Senior Pastor of Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church) to bring the Word of God this week. This week’s sermon demonstrates the power of the Gospel to combat worldliness. Pastor Henegar makes clear distinctions between the will of God and the desires of the World. The focus of this sermon is on the problem of worldliness and the promises of God.


The Problem of Worldliness

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world (1 John 2:15, 16;ESV).

Pastor Henegar describes three prominent expressions of worldliness. The things and accolades we use to define ourselves before the Lord usually reveal the pride of life. The restless desire of the eyes and the flesh often lead us to seek for fulfillment in created things rather than the Creator.

The Promises of God

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17; ESV).”

On the other hand, there are two essential promises to quench the desires of this world. First, the world and the desires therein are passing away, which means everything in this life is temporary. Secondly, God promises eternal life to those who abide in Christ (cf. John 3).

Where in your life do your desires draw you away from God rather than toward Him?

The problem is not that we have desires, but our problem stems from insatiable desires that lead us away from God. Our heart naturally opposes the things of God due to the sin we inherited from Adam and not to mention our own sin. Fortunately, Jesus Christ is able to deliver us from the enslavement of sin and even our desires, in order that we may do His will (cf. Galatians 1:3-5).

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Paul in Athens, Part 2 (Acts 17:22-34)

March 11, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon unveils the mystery of God in the Person of Jesus Christ. Pastor Duncanson attests to the sufficiency of the Gospel regardless of the context. The focus of this sermon is on how Paul proclaims the Gospel by sharing the Identity of God, the Imminence of God and the Instruction of God with the Athenians.

The Identity of God: Creator God

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said:Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, To the unknown god. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place (Acts 17:22-26;ESV).

Pastor Duncanson outlines the way Paul went about proclaiming the Gospel to these who were not familiar with the Scriptures. First, Paul explains to his audience that there is only one True God, who is the Creator of all things. As you began understand see God as the Creator, you also began to realize He is does not need anything from us, considering He made all things from nothing (cf. Genesis 1; Psalm 50:7-15; John 1). In other words, life exists because God exists.


The Imminence of God: Personal God

that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being;

as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.

Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man (Acts 17:27-29; ESV).”

Paul also demonstrates how this True God desires to be known by His creation. Here were men and women in Athenians desperately looking for the True God, then Paul shows up to proclaim to them that the One to whom they were looking for has provided the means for them to know Him. They needed to rethink how they thought about God. If He created the world and everything in it, does it really make sense for us to build gods for ourselves using His own creation (cf. Exodus 32; Isaiah 40)?

The Instruction of God: Sovereign God

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead (Acts 17:30-31; ESV).”

More importantly, not only does the True God create and personally reveal Himself, He requires that every man worship Him through the means He prescribes because He is Sovereign. Although Paul does not mention the name of Jesus explicitly in this account, what he does mention demonstrates the love and severity of God (Romans 11:22). The love of God is demonstrated in His patience toward even these people in Athens by sending His Word, instructing them to repent of their ignorance, their evil deeds (i.e. transgressions) and good deeds (i.e. self-righteous, pride, arrogance). On the other hand, unlike the idols they served, the severity of God requires that everyone repents from their sins and believe in the resurrected Man He has appointed, or they shall perish on the Day of Judgment (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:1-5; John 5:21-25; Jude 14-25).

Does my life reflect that there is only One God?

Since God does exist and can be known through the Eternal Son, Jesus Christ, we must repent. We must turn from serving our idols to the Living God. Idols do not mind you having other idols, but the True God demands total allegiance (Matthew 6:24, 22:36-40; Mark 12:29-31; John 12:49).

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Paul in Athens, Part 1 (Acts 17:16-23)

March 4, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon uncovers the subtly of idolatry. Pastor Carter explains why idolatry is so offensive to God. The focus of this sermon is on the discovery idolatry in Athens and the dexterity of the Gospel in Athens.

The Discovery of Idolatry

Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him (Acts 17:16-18a;ESV).

Pastor Carter describes the city of Athens as a seductive place. In other words, there was something for everyone. However, as Paul realized, when the first impression wore off you began to see by God’s grace the wickedness of worshipping anything other than Jesus. In fact, Paul was provoked within his spirit as he saw the Athenians worshipping idols because he had learned to love what God loved and despise what God despised. Therefore, in response, Paul seeks to turn these men and women from idols to serving the true and living God (cf. 1 Thessalonians 1:9).


The Dexterity of the Gospel

And some said, What does this babbler wish to say? Others said, He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean. Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said:Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, To the unknown god. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you (Acts 17:12-15; ESV).”

When God provided Paul with an opportunity to preach Jesus and His resurrection, Paul demonstrated the dexterity of the Gospel. He showed how Gospel is fitting for the synagogue, but he also displayed how the Gospel is just as important in reaching those outside of the synagogue. Surprisingly, Paul explains in the Areopagus that everyone was religious, meaning seeking after truth and life, but he also realized that the way they went about searching was not the True Way (John 14). Thus, Paul understood what it meant to be religious but lost, and he proclaims the Truth to them concerning Jesus the Christ, who is the One they are looking for and the One they need.

Do you know the Resurrected Christ?

Being religious is not enough. We have to know the Living God. He has made Himself known in creation, in the Scriptures, and ultimately, in the Person of Jesus Christ. The faithful Christian is not the one who does not have any idols, but the one who is seeking to replace them with the cross of Christ and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

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