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Three Tenses of Salvation – Part 1

Salvation is a blessing to each believer and should lead us to eternal praise and thanksgiving.  The term “salvation” is often used by Christians, but what does it mean?  Most of us typically think of it only related to becoming a Christian.  While this is obviously an important aspect of salvation, the biblical idea is much more. 

The word salvation comes from the Greek word “sōtēria” and refers to deliverance.  As a result, spiritual salvation is primarily referring to deliverance from sin.  For example, when the angel tells Joseph to name the baby Jesus, the reason for this is because “He will save His people from their sins (Matt.1:21).”  This is like other passages such as Acts 4:12.

So, while the New Testament speaks of salvation related to becoming a Christian, it also mentions having two other aspects.  Over the next few posts, we will be looking at what is often referred to as the “three tenses of salvation.”  Salvation, we will learn, has past, present, and future aspects to it.   


Pastor Steven

Sea of Galilee – Lake of Tiberias (Video)

Last Sunday (01/03/2021) we resumed our study in the Gospel of Matthew.  We are currently in the section that I’ve entitled “The Revealing and Opposition of the King” (Matt. 8:1-13:53).  Jesus is being revealed to the nation of Israel as the long-awaited Davidic King although there is growing opposition by the religious leaders. 

This section is often referred to as Jesus’ Galilean Ministry.  While Jesus is often seen in Jerusalem, much of his ministry was in the region of Galilee.  Below is a video that gives a good visual tour of Galilee that you might find helpful in our study.


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The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus Christ

This Sunday evening we will begin a new sermon series in the book of Colossians.  The title of the series reflects the theme of the book – “The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Jesus Christ.”  We will learn that, in Christ, the believer has everything they need for salvation, sanctification, and daily living.

Below are some resources that you might find helpful in our study of Colossians.

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“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Col. 1:18 NASB95)


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The Incarnation – Part 2

In part 1, we looked at how the word “incarnation” is not specifically used in the Bible, but that the concept and teaching clearly is.  Essentially the doctrine of the incarnation states that Jesus, as the Second Person of the Trinity, took on humanity Himself when He was born.  The teaching of Jesus’ incarnation comes from various verses that use the words “flesh” and “in.” 

Now, we will consider some of the purposes of Jesus’ incarnation.  In other words, why did God send His Son in the flesh? 

The first reason is that Jesus reveals God to us (John 1:18).  If you want to know what God is like look at Jesus (John 14:7-11).  Second, He came to provide salvation to all who would believe in Him (1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 10:1-10).  A third reason is related to the promise of the Davidic Covenant.  God had made this promise (covenant) many years earlier in 2 Samuel 7:4-17.  The angel Gabriel told Mary that her son would inherit the throne of David (Luke 1:31-33). 

Jesus’ birth was not accidental but served many purposes.  Therefore, the incarnation has many implications for our lives especially as we consider the birth of Jesus this Christmas.


Pastor Steven

The Incarnation – Part 1

The word “incarnation” is not specifically used in the Bible, but the concept and teaching clearly is.  This is similar to other doctrines such as the Trinity.  The word “trinity” is not used in the Bible although the teaching clearly is (Ex. Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7).

The teaching of Jesus’ incarnation comes from various verses that use the words “flesh” and “in”.  Perhaps the best known is John 1:14 that says “And the word became flesh…”  Here are a few more to read through (Rom. 1:3; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:7f; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 1:1f; 4:2; 2 John 7).

Essentially the doctrine of the incarnation states that Jesus, as the Second Person of the Trinity, took on humanity Himself when He was born.  It is important to remember with the incarnation that Jesus did not come into existence at birth, but rather existed eternally before the incarnation (see John 8:58; 17:5).

In part 2, we will consider the purposes of Jesus’ incarnation.


Pastor Steven

And His Name Shall Be Called

King Ahaz was one of the evil kings of Judah who did evil in the sight of the Lord and did not walk in the ways of King David (2 Kings 16:2).  Many of his actions, such as idol worship, would lead to the fall of Judah in 586 B.C.  The prophet Isaiah describes the tragic consequences of his reign in Isaiah 7-10.

This Sunday evening, we will begin a two-part study of Isaiah 9:6.  In Isaiah 8, King Ahaz looked to the Assyrians for protection rather than the Lord.  In contrast to Ahaz, who would not listen to or obey the Lord, the prophet Isaiah tells of a future Davidic king that would.  This prophecy looks to Jesus Christ who would be a faithful king.  Isaiah 9:6 describes the Messiah using four titles/names.

Below are some additional resources that you might enjoy to supplement this study.

Warren Wiersbe – The Names of Jesus

Today in the Word – Warren Wiersbe’s radio messages on the names of Jesus in Isaiah 9:6


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The Lord’s Supper

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper this Sunday (11/29).  This is always a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice as we await His return in glory.  Below are a few scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments you can use to read and pray to prepare your hearts. 

Old Testament Scriptures

Exodus 12 – The Israelites sacrificed a lamb and placed the blood on their door so that the angel of death would pass by their doors.  Jesus Christ would be the ultimate sacrificial lamb, and this time God would provide the lamb. 

Isaiah 53:10 – Jesus’ death would fulfill the Father’s will.  Through this, many would be counted righteous (53:11).

New Testament Scriptures

Luke 22:14-23 – Jesus and his disciples observe the Passover meal and the institution of the Lord’s Supper occurs.

Colossians 2:13-15 – Jesus’ death on the cross canceled the record of debt against us.

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – Provides the basic themes, instructions, and warnings concerning the Lord’s Supper.

May the Lord bless you as you prepare your hearts to observe the Lord’s Supper.

Pastor Steven

Christmas Devotion

If you are like me, I love Christmas for a variety of reasons.  Some of those reasons are spending time with family and hearing many beloved Christmas hymns.  However, one thing that can happen during this time of year is to become extremely busy.  Often if we are not careful, the Christmas season will pass before we even know it.  As a result, we will have overlooked the real reason for Christmas.

Below is a list of suggested resources that will help you daily reflect on the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Christmas Related Books

Hymns of Christ’s Birth


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Not Counting It

Under Roman law, prisoners who were accused of crimes would first undergo what we would call today a “preliminary hearing.”  This would allow for evidence and witnesses to help the accused before the trial began.  In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul found himself in a similar situation in Roman imprisonment after his initial hearing and as he awaited his trial.  

Paul states that at his first defense all “deserted him.”  At first glance, this appears sad to think of Paul being deserted by the many he had ministered to and served with.  This was, of course, during the days of Nero’s persecution.  Had someone spoken on his behalf, they would have likely been arrested.   

We should take note of the remainder of the verse.  Paul does not have any bitterness towards them, but rather displays grace and love.  He asked that their failure “not be counted against them.”*  Paul is putting into practice what he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:5 where he says that love “does not take into account a wrong suffered.” 

When you feel betrayed or wronged, how do you respond?  Do you allow bitterness to take root?  Or do you respond like Paul?


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*For similar responses see Ps. 32:2; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60

The Twelve

This Sunday morning we will continue our look at Matthew’s gospel as we begin chapter 10.  In chapters 8-9, Matthew has shown Jesus’ power over defilement, nature, demons, sins, and his compassion for the lost.  In Chapter 10, the focus changes from miracles to discipleship.  The first two messages in Matthew 10 will be a study of the Twelve Disciples (Apostles) of Jesus.

Below are some resources that you might find helpful.


Pastor Steven