Why does the empty tomb still matter? With wars inEastern Europe, soaring inflation, fear of sickness, frustration with government, rampant deception and constant distractions... why is it important to gather on Resurrection Sunday and remember the empty tomb? The simple truth is this: without the resurrection, there is no hope. Without the resurrection,...Keep Reading
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This has been transferred from a PowerPoint Presentation Pastor Chris Durkin gave at Colts Neck Community Church. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the presentation, please email Chris@coltsneckchurch.com. Thank you! ...
Summary Notes from Pastor Chris' sermon, "Its Time to Get Out of the Judge's Chair," Romans 2:1-11....
What is Peace? "What does the gospel of God offer us? If we say “the peace of God,” none will demur - but will everyone understand? The use of right words does not guarantee right thoughts. Too often the peace of God is thought of as if it were essentially a feeling of inner tranquility, happy and carefree, springing from knowledge that God will shield one from life’s hardest knocks. But this is a misrepresentation, for, on the one hand, God does not featherbed his children in this way, and anyone who thinks he does is in for a shock, and, on the other hand, that which is basic and essential to the real peace of God does not come into this concept at all. The truth is... that God’s peace brings us two things: both power to face and live with our own badness and failings, and also contentment under “the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune"... The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God; it is the state of affairs in which God, instead of being against us, is for us... The peace of God, then, primarily and fundamentally, is a new relationship of forgiveness and acceptance - and the source from which it flows is propitiation. When Jesus came to his disciples in the upper room at evening on his resurrection day, he said, “Peace be with you”; and when he had said that, “he showed unto them his hands and side” (John 20:19-20). Why did he do that? Not just to establish his identity, but to remind them of the propitiatory death on the cross whereby he had made peace with his Father for them. Having suffered in their place, as their substitute, to make peace for them, he now came in his risen power to bring that peace to them. “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). It is here, in the recognition that, whereas we are by nature at odds with God, and God with us, Jesus has made “peace through his blood shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20), that is where true knowledge of the peace of God begins." *Excerpt taken from J.I. Packer & Mark Dever “In my place condemned He stood” pages 48-49 ...
WHO’S TO BLAME? "It would be a mistake to blame the Jews alone for the crucifixion. Much evil has come from the idea that “the Jews killed Jesus,” not least in Nazi Germany. Therefore, it is important to see how many other people were implicated in this conspiracy. An Idumean king named Herod handed Jesus over to the Romans. A Roman governor named Pontius Pilate ordered Jesus to be crucified. Roman soldiers carried out Pilate’s orders, nailing Jesus to a wooded cross and hanging him up to die. The Jews brought Jesus to trial, but in the end the Gentiles killed him. These facts are significant because they show how the whole human race was implicated in the conspiracy against God’s one and only Son. The Jews could not have killed Jesus without the Gentiles, for they did not have the right under Roman law to execute capital punishment, even though their religious law could punish blasphemy with death. Nor would the Gentiles have considered killing him without the Jews, for they had no real quarrel with Jesus. From the conspiracy to the execution, the trial of Jesus depended on an unlikely coalition of Jews and Gentiles. In the words of Vinoth Ramachandra, “Jesus was condemned to death, not by the irreligious and the uncivilized, but by the highest representatives of Jewish religion and Roman law.” This shows that every one of us belongs to a sinful race. Are we any better than the men who put Jesus to death? Not at all!” the Bible says. “Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; There is no one who does good, not even one’” (Rom. 3:9-12). If no one is righteous (not even one!) then we too are among the accused. One man who understood his own personal rebellion against Christ was the composer Johann Sebastian Back. In a dramatic moment in Bach’s St. John Passion, Jesus is struck by the servants of the high priest. This episode is recorded in the Bible: “They spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, ‘Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?’” (Matt. 26:67-68). At this point it would have been customary for a composer-especially a German one-to blame the whole scene on the Jews. But Bach gave a different answer. He identified himself with sinful humanity. “Who is it that has hit you?” the choir asks. “I, I and my sins,” is the response. Bach understood that, in a very real sense, it was his own sins that led Christ to suffer and to die." *Excerpt taken from James Montgomery Boice & Philip Graham Ryken, “Jesus on Trial” pages 25-28. ...
2 CORINTHIANS 4:7 We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in...Keep Reading
Imagine yourself on the bank of the Red Sea in Egypt. Your people have been enslaved to an evil tyrant for centuries. Your family has lived in a foreign and hostile land for generations. You have dealt with oppressive labor and the destruction of your children. Now, after centuries of perceived silence, God miraculously delivers through TEN supernatural signs and wonde...Keep Reading
MATTHEW 27:45-46 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" At the beginning of Jesus' public ministry in the Gospel of Matthew we behold God the Father's affection for Jesus in his b...Keep Reading
*Transcript of the Sermon Pastor Chris preached on John 19:25-30...Keep Reading
Everyone deals with guilt. Why? When is guilt healthy and when is guilt harmful? Here is a Bible Study on the issue:...Keep Reading
This has been transferred from a PowerPoint Presentation Pastor Chris Durkin gave at Colts Neck Community Church. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the presentation, please email Chris@coltsneckchurch.com. Thank you! ...Keep Reading
The first of eight devotionals on Jesus' prayer in Matthew 6:9-13...Keep Reading
What is Peace? "What does the gospel of God offer us? If we say “the peace of God,” none will demur - but will everyone understand? The use of right words does not guarantee right thoughts. Too often the peace of God is thought of as if it were essentially a feeling of inner tranquility, happy and carefree, springing from knowledge that God will shield one f...Keep Reading