Luke is the only Gospel that contains the story of a 12-year-old Jesus at the temple. What do we learn from this story. We learn more about who Jesus is (Son of the Father and also a human being) and why he came (to do the will of the Father, in this case by learning and explaining the Scriptures). Pastor Brian Watson explains Luke 2:41-52 in this sermon.
After Jesus is born, his parents bring him to the temple to fulfill the law. There, two older Jewish people meet Jesus and praise God for what they have seen. It seems they waited their whole lives to see Jesus. What are you waiting for?
Pastor Brian Watson preaches a message on Luke 2:1-7. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the most humble--and filthy!--circumstances. Jesus, the true King, is contrasted with the ruler of the Roman Empire, Caesar Augustus. Jesus came humbly into this world, stepping into our filth to rescue us from our sins.
Brian Watson preaches a message on Luke 1:57-80. John the Baptist is born, and after he is named, his father Zechariah praises God. Find out how God always keeps his promises and, in his mercy, saves his people through the one John pointed to: Jesus.
Pastor Brian Watson preached this message on December 21, 2014. He discusses the virgin conception and birth of Jesus, objections to this miracle, and reasons to believe it. Also included is a discussion of Mary.
Brian Watson preaches a message on Luke 1:26-56, which includes the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she will have a child named Jesus who is "Son of the Most High." Mary was just an ordinary woman whom God chose for a special purpose. Her acceptance of this role is a great example of faith. Also considered are reason why we should believe that the virgin conception/birth is true.
Pastor Brian Watson begins preaching through the Gospel of Luke by showing that it is a book of history. This history begins with an old couple, Zechariah and Elizabeth, who were unable to have children. God's plan to restore the world began with another old couple unable to have children, Abraham and Sarah. Luke shows us that God's plan was coming to fruition.
Brian Watson preached this message on December 14, 2014. How can we know the real Jesus? To know who Jesus was (and is) and what he did, we have to look at the evidence. Pastor Brian examines the evidence for Jesus in this sermon.
Brian Watson preaches a sermon on the Protestant Reformation principle Soli Deo Gloria, "To God Alone Be the Glory." The reason the universe and human beings exist is for God's glory. The primary reason Jesus came to save us is for God's glory. Our motivation should be to glorify God in all that we do. The primary text for the sermon is John 17.
When is it permissible to divorce? If someone gets a divorce, will that separate that person from the love of God? Pastor Brian Watson teaches what the Bible has to say about marriage, divorce, and remarriage.
Pastor Brian Watson preaches a message answering the question, "Is the devil real?" He provides an overview of what the Bible says about Satan, focusing on who he is and what he does. He also tells us the good news of how Jesus conquers Satan and evil and how Christians can guard themselves against the devil.
Pastor Brian Watson answers the question, "Why do bad things happen?" by preaching a message on John 11:1-44, the famous story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus deliberately lets Lazarus die in order to heal him. He does this so that God would be glorified and people would believe. Perhaps this is why God allows any evil to occur at all.
Pastor Brian Watson preached a sermon on Galatians 5:16-26 on August 30, 2015. In this passage, the apostle Paul tells us that the Christian must walk by the Spirit, who produces righteous fruit within us. Yet we still battle against the "flesh," our old, sinful nature. Listen to find out how walking by the Spirit enables us to be like Jesus, whose life was full of the fruit of righteousness.
Pastor Brian Watson preaches a message on the so-called problem of evil. He examines the issue of how there can be pain, suffering, and evil if God is good and is omnipotent. Some people think this is an argument against the existence of God. But perhaps evil is actually evidence for the existence of God and the truth of the Bible. After all, some religions and worldviews tell us that evil isn't real or so evil. However, all experience tells us that evil is real and is an outrage....