Church of the Open Door

Sermons 2014

  • June 29, 2014

    Heaven’s Certainty, But for Whom?

    by COD

    The disciples learned, and so should you, that Jesus alone provides the authoritative answer for all of life and godliness. So, whenever you face any assortment of struggles, knowing and trusting in Jesus Christ is singularly your ultimate solution.
    Be aware that in the time of struggle, your Christology (understanding and application of teachings about Christ) will become exposed and will either leave you empty or standing strong. Deep inside the terabytes of information within our grasp, there are very few whose theology is appropriately anchored in God’s Revelation, so be discerning.

  • June 22, 2014

    Jesus’ Reign Over Death

    by COD

    It is puzzling to read this amazing account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead, especially in view of its surrounding drama and diverse range of responses. It is not surprising that many believed, but why did many react with blatant hostility toward Jesus?

  • June 15, 2014

    Jesus’ Triumph Over Blindness

    by COD

    The greatest tragedy known to mankind was when Satan, the serpent, was able to hide his true intention from Adam and Eve and cast all humanity into sin. Since that time, Satan continues to blind the minds of those who do not believe while attempting to also blind those who do believe. Remember, Satan blinded God’s chosen nation as they crucified their redeemer; blinded Judas, who acted on behalf of Satan and not God; and blinded Peter so that Jesus called him Satan. But the question remains, what resource do we have to help us triumph over blindness and avoid being blinded by the deceitfulness and destruction of sin?

  • June 8, 2014

    Jesus and the Impossible

    by COD

    In the midst of some of life’s greatest pressures, arises the greatest and deepest spiritual insights. These insights do not come by virtue of our academic training, but from the Holy Spirit and the direct result of God’s intended purpose. This story of the lame man, is an attestation sign presented by John to point us beyond the healing and to direct our attention to the power and compassion of Jesus Christ.

  • June 1, 2014

    Jesus, the Lamb of God

    by COD

    Imagine a large group gathering to celebrate your birthday and, while you anticipate being the center of attention, you observe everyone gathered around your best friend instead. How would that make you feel? What becomes of your perspective when you are dominated by an inflated view of self and what you deserve?

    John the Baptist lived among a group of people seeking to raise him to celebrity status. Fortunately, John did not want any part of that. Why not? Because John’s whole focus was not on himself, but was consumed with the glory of Christ. In what ways did that focus change his thinking and living?

    In the words of Puritan, John Owen, “On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world.”