Sermons by Joe Khan
Peter has spent a good portion of his letter preparing the new believers for the suffering that will come their way because of their faith in Jesus, and the kind of life they will need to live as a result. But now he turns his attention to the kind of leadership the church will need as it embraces the call to suffer. Pastor Joe helps us understand God’s prescription for church leadership.
The suffering of the faith community is supposed to help us in the pursuit of holiness as our faith muscles are worked and we understand the power of God in our weakness. However, this holiness will cause the world to push back against us. We need to understand why this backlash comes if we are to know how to live out faith in spite of it.
Peter has challenged the churches to embrace a posture of submission in their relationships with the authorities in their lives, government and masters. He now challenges them on the most intimate and personal relationship; marriage. Pastor Joe helps us understand what God wants a set apart marriage to look like and how it is vital for communicating Christ to our world.
Christianity is never practiced in a vacuum. Christians live in a real world, with real systems of authority and governance. How should followers of Jesus, liberated from the power of sin, interact with sinful governments and authorities that hold sway over their lives? Pastor Joe helps us wrestle through this difficult issue.
Peter has encouraged the new believers in Asia Minor by unpacking the glorious way in which they were saved… they had been brought into the covenant family of God. But there is a certain way in which the covenant family of God is supposed to live… they are supposed to be holy! Pastor Joe helps us understand what it means to be holy.
In our final sermon in the Battle for the Heart series on idols that captivate our affections, Pastor Joe helps us see how viewing our faith through the lens of religiosity is one of the most common idols that Christians struggle with. We will see how it captivates us and the damage it can do.
16 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices 3 and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. 4 On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. 5 No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do…
Philippians 2:1-11 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one…
1 Samuel 29-30
1 Samuel 28:3-25