Sermons by Erik Raymond

Congregationalism Part 3 – Leadership

We must give careful consideration to biblical leadership because God has structured His church in such a way that He receives the most glory, the gospel advances the most efficiently, and His people are the most well-cared for. 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Ephesians 4:11-16, Acts 6:1-7 The Bible gives two offices of leadership in the church: 1. Elders…

The Folly of Trusting in Counterfeit Gods

We must find our significance from God alone because pursuing it anywhere else will not work, and often, is very destructive. Genesis 29:31-30:24 What is the problem? How do they try to fix it? What is the only real solution? Jacob’s children: Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dinah. Gad & Asher (via Zilpah). Rachel: Dan & Naphtali (via Bilhah). Joseph.

The Life We Never Expected

You can begin and end each day trusting God because while His providence may take unexpected turns it is never accidental; God steers the ship with a steady hand. Genesis 29:1-20 Rejoice when blessings fall in your lap (29:1-20) Learn when discipline stings (29:21-25a) Look at the big picture when life doesn’t make sense (29:25b-30)

A Dream Come True

God’s promises are more humbling and useful than you think Genesis 28:10-21 Four ways God’s promises prove valuable By revealing the source of the promise By reminding us we are undeserving By recognizing our deepest needs By relativizing our lives in light of the big picture

The Stolen Blessing and a Sovereign Will

Reliance upon our natural impulses, rather than God’s Word, for spiritual direction is insufficient and often brings big problems. A. Deception within the family  27:1-29 Scene 1: Isaac and Esau’s plan — 1-4 Scene 2: Rebekah and Jacob’s plan — 5-17 Scene 3: Jacob’s execution of the deceptive plan — 18-29 B. Distress within the family 27:30-46 Scene 4: The anguish of…