Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.24.18

Who will you serve today? Have you ever made an explicit commitment to Christ? Is God calling you to renew your commitment to Him? Are you ready to make an informed, total, and eternal commitment to God? Has your heart for God gone dry? How do our hearts dry up? How do we keep them […]

Preparing for Worship // June 24, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 24, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Of all the rituals and festivities that go on in a year, New Year’s Resolutions are one of my favorites. Collectively, the world unites on one night and resolves in a unified triumphant voice, “We will be better than we were last year!” For a […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.17.18

Do you take your sin as seriously as God takes it? Why does God take it so seriously? Why do you think we tend to overlook our sins? Are there any sins in your life that still need to be repented of? Reread the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-21) remembering their exposition through the book of […]

Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In 2013, Matt Maher released a song titled, “All The People Said Amen.” It is a happy, uplifting tune about how we all need Jesus regardless of our backgrounds, and “giving thanks to the Lord for his love never ends.” It is one of those […]

It Takes a Church

Recently, at a dinner for RTS graduates, we were all asked to share reflections on our time in seminary. I had nothing to say. There were a couple factors at work, one being that I was the first person to go. But part of it was that I honestly hadn’t taken any time to reflect […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.10.18

Are there ways you have been grumbling against God? How is God calling you to respond to these things? How can you orient your heart to gladness? List some specific ways God has made you thankful. What has he delivered you from? What is he teaching you right now? Are you giving back to God […]

Preparing for Worship // June 10, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Count your blessings” is a phrase I often misuse. It is supposed to mean something along the lines of “stop and consider all the good things going on in your life,” or, “remember all the things that are going well for you right now.” I […]

Is Behavior More Important than Theology?

Is Behavior More Important than Theology?

In the book by Philip Gulley, we are given a common maxim in our world today: “Gracious behavior is more important than right belief.” Upon a first reading, there is room here for some common ground.  We certainly would agree that gracious behavior is something that should characterize the church (though there may be disagreement […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.03.18

Who are the weak in your life that God is calling you to protect (if you can’t think of any, consider Luke 10:25-37)? Why does God call his covenant people to protect the weak? What are some practical steps you can take this week to protect the weak? In what ways does our culture try […]

Preparing for Worship // June 03, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 03, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Based on personal experience, I would say that theme parks do not bring out the best of people. I remember a particular promotion at Legoland when every child wanted a foam sword and shield so they could all be knights and slay the evil dragon. […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.27.18

What areas of your life are you not trusting in Christ to make you holy, either by not pursuing holiness or by looking to yourself to be holy? How do you need to pursue holiness in economic matters? Do you need to evaluate how you give? How you conduct business? How you loan money? How […]

Preparing for Worship // May 27, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 27, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Hi Uptown Church. I am Connor Fredrickson, and I will be taking over for Barr as the Uptown Worship Intern. I spent the past few years doing campus ministry overseas and just finished my first year at RTS. I moved from San Diego to Charlotte […]

Join the Bible-in-a-Year Posse!

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12 The Bible is: The very word of God Living, active and powerful Inspired, infallible and inerrant The Bible does: Help […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.20.18

Is there anyone in your life whose sin you are ignoring that you need to confront for their own good? Is there anyone whose sin you are unwilling to forgive, choosing instead to gossip and publicly shame them? What is your normal tendency in responding to people’s sin, ignoring it or overreacting to it? How […]

Preparing for Worship // May 20, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 20, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Our Scripture passage this Sunday covers a whopping two chapters. On top of that, there are a fair number of things in the text that are confusing for modern-day readers, especially in the first half of chapter 22. Deuteronomy 22:1-12 is a series of laws […]

Are We Pretty Good People or Sinners in Need of Salvation?

  “At the very root of the modern liberal movement is the loss of the consciousness of sin.”  –J. Gresham Machen (p.64) In the book by Philip Gulley, there is a popular tenet of progressive Christianity: “Affirming people’s potential is more important than reminding them of their brokenness.” The core issue in this tenet is […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.13.18

Where is God calling you to fight the world? Where has God gifted you in ways that are different from others that allow you to fight as God calls you? Who do you know that needs to be rescued from being an enemy of Christ by sharing the gospel with them? Where in your life […]

Preparing for Worship // May 13, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 13, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) When I was in high school, I did a weekend retreat at a local church. I don’t remember a lot about the weekend, but what I do remember was a little bit biblical and a little bit cultish (The climax of the retreat was on […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.06.18

Who are you harboring anger against that you need to repent of? Where do you see corruption or the taking of innocent lives where you can step in and protect the sanctity of life?

Preparing for Worship // May 6, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 6, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) David Powlison refers to anger as “the dark, turbulent emotion of destruction.” Anger comes in many forms. There’s the explosive anger of a parent who has finally had enough of their child’s stubborn rebellion. There’s the seething anger of the man or woman whose roommate […]