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One Thing is Necessary (Luke 10:38-42)

May 27, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

This week’s sermon considers the seriousness of Jesus’s ministry to save, sanctify, and secure sinners. Pastor Carter magnifies the Lord in showing the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ. The focus of this sermon is on the remarkable account of Jesus stopping by Martha and Mary’s house to show them, God cares and He is enough, as He heads to Jerusalem.


God Cares

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me (Luke 10:38-40;ESV).

Martha was busy, a most accompanying host, who probably had the gift of hospitality. Therefore, when she learned that Jesus would be visiting her and her sister, she wanted Him to feel more than welcomed with her serving (cf. Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9). However, Pastor Carter explains that because of our hearts, even the good we do can become the source of sin, as shown in Martha’s resentment toward Mary for her lack of serving and Jesus for not reproving Mary (cf. Jeremiah 17:9-10).

Jesus is Enough

But the Lord answered her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10: 41-42; ESV).”

Despite Martha’s resentment, Jesus reminds her not only does He care about her labors, but also He is enough (cf. Mark 4:35-41). While Martha began to question the compassion and care of God, Mary chose the one needful thing, which was to cast her cares upon the Lord and learn humbly at His feet (cf. Psalm 16:5, 73:25-26; 1 Peter 5:6-7). Jesus Christ demonstrated both the compassion and care of God by commending Mary and encouraging Martha to see that He is sufficient, for He had them both in mind as He made His way to the place where He would take on the sins of the world.

Have you really considered what Jesus is saying here?

We become easily distracted and consumed by the cares of this world. Jesus says only one thing is necessary. The one and only necessary thing is to know Jesus Christ and His eternal care for us, because everything in this life can and will be lost (cf. Philippians 3; 1 John 2:17).

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Laborers Added to the Mission (Acts 18:18-28)

May 20, 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 considers the collective work of advancing the Kingdom of God in the world and building up His Church. Pastor Duncanson illustrates why the Gospel changes everything. The focus of this sermon is on the Gospel creates Christ-motivated laborers with a Christ-centered mentality.

Christ-Motivated Laborers

After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. But on taking leave of them he said, I will return to you if God wills, and he set sail from Ephesus. When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples (Acts 18:18-23;ESV).

Pastor Duncanson gives us two reasons why Priscilla and Aquilla chose to accompany the Apostle Paul. First, they believed the Gospel was true, so much so they we were willing to uproot their lives to go across land and sea, for the mission of Christ. Secondly, they recognized that their giftedness was to serve the Kingdom of God, not their own interests (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:1-9).


Christ-Centered Mentality

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus (Acts 18:24-28; ESV).”

Since Aquilla and Priscilla were Christ-motivated laborers, when they saw a fellow believer teaching in error, they corrected him with a Christ-centered mentality. This is instructive on Aquilla and Priscilla’s part and on Apollos’ part, because while they were courageous and gracious in their approach to teaching Apollos the whole counsel of God, he was willing to receive their teaching without offense. In fact, Apollos left this encounter with this couple with greater insight and eagerness to powerfully proclaim Christ among the Jews.

Do you know your role in the Kingdom of God?

Scripture trumps our experiences and about God. The gifts God gives are to be used to advance His Kingdom and build up His Church (Acts 20:32; Romans 15:1-7; Philippians 1:12-18). The Gospel must inform the way we live.

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Devotion to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:25-31)

May 13, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

This week’s sermon reveals the necessity and sufficiency of Christ in the midst of hardship. Elder Woodard expounds on the richness and relevance of the Gospel to address the difficulties of life in a sinful world. The focus of this sermon is on the proper response to lifes fatiguing, times fleeting, and Christs forthcoming.


Life is Fatiguing

Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that (1 Corinthians 7:25-28;ESV).

Paul is not so much concerned with marriage in the passage as he is with comforting believers who were suffering in Corinth during the time of his writing. Perhaps these believers were facing a famine, persecution, or both. Thus, Paul encourages them to consider their present distress or hardship before taking on more responsibility.

Time is Fleeting

This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away (1 Corinthians 7:29-31a; ESV).”

Elder Woodard reminds us that time is fleeting in two aspects of life, human life and the return of Jesus Christ. First, everything in the human life is subject to time, from the time in the womb to the time of death (cf. Ecclesiastes 3). More importantly, since Christ was raised from the dead as promised, He will certainly return to make all things new by allowing this world to pass away (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; 2 Peter 3:10; 1 John 2:15-17; Revelation 21:1, 4).

Christ is Coming

For the present form of this world is passing away (1 Corinthians 7:31b; ESV).”

Meanwhile, what should we do with the time we have until Christ returns? We should put ourselves in the best position to devote ourselves to the Lord Jesus by repenting and believing the Gospel. Jesus Christ endured the hardships of life, giving himself to doing the will of His Father (even unto death). Consequently, God the Father has exalted Him to a position of authority (Luke 2:29; Philippians 2:1-12; Hebrews 12:2).

Are you being unwise in the time God is giving to you?

Life is short and death is all around us and in us (Romans 6:23, 7:24-25). Time is a limited resource, we can reallocate it, but we cannot recreate it. Do not cling to this world. Cling to the Risen Christ who is coming again to judge the world and gather to Himself those whom He has acquitted (Romans 5; 1 John 2:1-6).

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The Commands of Love (1 John 3:16-18)

May 6, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother Trip Lee (Assistant Pastor at Cornerstone Church) to bring the Word of God this week. This week’s sermon shows the power of the Gospel to cultivate genuine love among an unlovable people. Pastor Lee exhorts with a hearty reminder of the sacrificial love Christ displayed at the cross, for those He loved. The focus of this sermon is on the commands of love based on the example Christ left for His Church, namely, love is active and attentive.


Genuine Love is Active: Self-Sacrificing

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers (1 John 3:16;ESV).

Pastor Lee opens with an exhortation to look at the cross of Christ as a vivid expression of genuine love. Jesus Christ laid down His life for His sheep. Thus, those who follow Christ ought to have this same mind and love for others, especially with those who too bear His Name (Galatians 6:10; Philippians 2:1-21). Some are willing to die for a cause, but how many are willing to live to meet the needs of others (cf. Romans 5; Philippians 1:20-26)?

Genuine Love is Attentive: In Word and Deed

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:17-18; ESV).”

The world views their possessions differently than the way God says we should (cf. Luke 12:13-21). Genuine love requires that we are attentive to the needs of others; this not mean they should be eased and we burdened, but we certainly should tend to what is needful for the body (cf. 2 Corinthians 8; 2 Thessalonians 3). Genuine love also requires a willingness to be transparent to those who are willing to assist, which provides both parties with an opportunity to serve one another as the Body of Christ (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27). If we want to grow in our love for one another, then we must continue to mediate on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Do we really love one another?

Love shows up in our actions. If you do not know Jesus, you may do some loving things, yet without Him your love is shallow at best. Genuine love requires us to live not for ourselves, but for the glory of God by being attentive to the needs of others and being willing to share what God has given us. Jesus Christ sought us out and met our needs with love, when we were unlovable, so that we, who are in Christ, would live according to His example (Romans 7:4; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

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The Workmanship of God (Ephesians 2:1-10)

April 29, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

This week’s sermon displays the power of God in His creation. Deacon Johnson exalts the beauty of God’s invitation and rich mercy towards His creation. The focus of this sermon is on the execution of God’s masterpiece in the way He dealt with our crucial conflict by sending a Conquering Christ to solidify the continuity of the family.


God Dealt with a Crucial Conflict

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind (Ephesians 2:1-3;ESV).

Why is there a conflict between mankind and God? Due to Adam’s sin in the garden, mankind inherited his punishment, which includes broken relationships, burdensome labor, death (both physically and spiritually), and the wrath of God (cf. Romans 5). Being sons and daughters of disobedience, we believe that we can add something to our salvation, so we seek to find alternate ways to justify our lives before God and others. Deacon Johnson describes our universal condition as being destitute of the abundant life that flows from a surrendered and devoted will to God (Isaiah 53:6).

God Dispatched the Conquering Christ

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7; ESV).”

The error of our ways increases when we are far off from God (Acts 17:22-34). We were created for fellowship and worship, to be near to God. How is this resolved? God the Father, being rich in mercy and love, choose to send His Son, the Conquering Christ, to rescue us out of our hopeless condition and restore our relationship with God the Father.

God Dedicates Himself to the Continuity of the Family

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10; ESV).”

More importantly, as we began to really understand how precious the Conquering Christ is in the sight of the Father, we also see the dedication of the Son to reconcile His people to one another (Daniel 7:9-14, 10:5-6; Matthew 17:5; Luke 3:22; Revelation 9:9-18). Jesus Christ is the key to receiving all the promises and privileges God has made available to His people. One of those promises is an outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon the people Christ purchased with His blood, in order that they may live harmoniously among one another, despite their previous conflicts and distinctions, as one true family (Acts 2:16-47; Ephesians 1, 2:12-22, 3; Philippians 2:1; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 1:7). Once we realize salvation is a gift, not a work done by us, but one achieved by Christ on our behalf, then we can share the Father’s dedication in building lasting relationships within the Body of Christ with gratitude (Titus 3:4-8).

What does it mean to be without God in this world?

A dreadful thought. If we believe there is no God, then we must assume the role of God, which puts an unbearable weight on our shoulders requiring us to try to control every circumstance, situation, and relationship. Fortunately, God has invited us into His rich mercy and His mercy-filled family made available in Christ and through Christ. Apart from Him, there is nothing but wrath and hopelessness.

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Warning Against Seduction (Proverbs 7)

April 22, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

This week’s sermon demonstrates the deceitfulness of sin. Elder Woodard explains the need of wisdom to combat seduction. The focus of this sermon is on the characteristics of the simple, the seductress, the seduction and the sagacious.


Characteristics of the Simple: Naïve, Seducible, Foolish

For at the window of my house

     I have looked out through my lattice,

and I have seen among the simple,

     I have perceived among the youths,

     a young man lacking sense,

passing along the street near her corner,

     taking the road to her house

in the twilight, in the evening,

     at the time of night and darkness (Proverbs 7:6-9;ESV).

Elder Woodard describes the young man in this proverb as ignorant or unaware of the Lord’s watchfulness. He was devoid of wisdom and understanding. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, because he was headed in the wrong direction. Moreover, he did not seek the wisdom of his father or keep his commands. Therefore, this foolish young man was susceptible to the seduction of the seductress.

Characteristics of the Seductress: Sophisticated, Unruly, Shrewd

And behold, the woman meets him,

     dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.

She is loud and wayward;

    her feet do not stay at home;

now in the street, now in the market,

     and at every corner she lies in wait (Proverbs 7:10-12; ESV).”

The seductress is crafty and cunning, unlike the foolish young man. In fact, Elder Woodard rightly likens her characteristics to those of the devil and sin, which constantly seeks to destroy, to dishonor, and deceive as many as possible. She had the appearance of godliness, but her heart did not truly desire the things of God (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). She sought to satisfy the lust of her flesh (Matthew 16:23; Luke 4:1-13).

Characteristics of the Seduction: Temptation, Allurement, Death

She seizes him and kisses him,

     and with bold face she says to him,

I had to offer sacrifices,

     and today I have paid my vows;

so now I have come out to meet you,

     to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.

I have spread my couch with coverings,

     colored linens from Egyptian linen;

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,

     aloes, and cinnamon.

Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;

     let us delight ourselves with love.

For my husband is not at home;

     he has gone on a long journey;

he took a bag of money with him;

     at full moon he will come home.


With much seductive speech she persuades him;

     with her smooth talk she compels him.

All at once he follows her,

     as an ox goes to the slaughter,

or as a stag is caught fast

    till an arrow pierces its liver;

as a bird rushes into a snare;

     he does not know that it will cost him his life (Proverbs 7:13-23; ESV).”

Henceforth, the seductress moves quickly by engaging all of the senses of the foolish young man. First, she appeals to his flesh by touch. Then, she flatters him with her words (appealing to his hearing; cf. Judges 14). Next, she prepares a meal (from the meat she was supposed to sacrifice unto God) and her bedding with colored linings and perfume to entice him (appealing to his taste, sight, and smell; cf. Judges 5:24-26). This young man was fully engaged in her seduction, because sin seeks to take captive the whole person, and then suffocates the victim to death (heart, mind and soul) [cf. Judges 16; 2 Samuel 11; 1 Kings 11:1-3; James 1:14-15].

Characteristics of the Sagacious: Attentive, Trustworthy, Life

My son, keep my words

and treasure up my commandments with you;

keep my commandments and live;

     keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;

bind them on your fingers;

    write them on the tablet of your heart.

Say to wisdom, You are my sister,

     and call insight your intimate friend,

to keep you from the forbidden woman,

     from the adulteress with her smooth words

And now, O sons, listen to me,

     and be attentive to the words of my mouth.

Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;

     do not stray into her paths,

for many a victim has she laid low,

     and all her slain are a mighty throng.

Her house is the way to Sheol,

     going down to the chambers of death (Proverbs 7:1-5, 24-27; ESV).”

Wisdom understands the repercussions and consequences of sin. Wisdom calls sin what it is, rebellion and an offense to the holiness of God. Wisdom will help us anticipate and avoid sin. Ultimately, Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God, who sagaciously lived to please the Father by keeping His word even to the point of death (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30; Philippians 2:1-16). He gave Himself, not for His own sin, but to save the foolish, the seductress and as many who would come to Him (Isaiah 53; Matthew 11:25-30; John 8:12-46; Hebrews 4:15, 9:28).

How can I avoid being seduced?

First, we have to understand the seriousness of sin. God sees all of our actions, motives and thoughts, and He will require all these things and our unrepentant souls, to be subject to Him (cf. Ecclesiastes 12:14). However, as the father in this proverb gives his son a way to live and avoid death, God the Father gives His Son as the only Way to live and avoid eternal death (John 14:1-12). We must count the cost of seduction, lest we find us ourselves more speechless than this young foolish man, when the wrath of God is revealed on the Last Day (Romans 3; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).

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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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