Church of the Open Door

Sermons 2014

  • April 20, 2014

    The Impact of the Resurrection

    by COD

    The resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s affirmation of total acceptance for His payment against the penalty and power of our sin. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s guarantee that Christ’s sacrifice for sin was accepted. The death of Christ would mean absolutely nothing, if He remained in the tomb. The penalty and power of sin would continue to be our greatest dilemma, if the bones of Jesus still remain in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb. But fear not, He is risen! As a result, the penalty of sin has been paid and the power of sin has been defeated for all those who believe in Jesus Christ alone. Today, I want you to think with me concerning the outcome of our life if the resurrection never happened; but you also need to think with me the outcome if the resurrection did happen. It is important for you to decide who you will follow; Jesus or your skeptical unbelief.

  • April 13, 2014

    Christ’s Power Source for Life and Ministry

    by COD

    One temptation confronting the believer, living in a pluralistic society, is to look for the most pragmatic path for success and pursue it at all cost, even if it is not biblical. Similarly, the most pragmatic path for Jesus would have been His adopting the cultural overemphasis on achieving righteousness by the Law; fortunately, Jesus was not pursuing cultural acceptance but rather acceptance of God’s truth. In this section, we see Luke brilliantly placing several narratives together, intending to teach the importance of Jesus Christ’s power source.

  • April 6, 2014

    What is this child Jesus?

    by COD

    Luke 2:41-52

  • March 30, 2014

    Extravagant Devotion

    by COD

    What makes a good follower? Extravagant devotion. What is an option to extravagant devotion? Half-hearted devotion. The end results of both kinds of devotion are completely different. Where does extravagant devotion come from? The love of Jesus.

  • March 23, 2014

    The Greatest Commandment

    by COD

    Scholar, agnostic, skeptic, and cultural “ventriloquist,” Dr. Bart Ehrman makes this dangerous impersonation of the culture’s mindset by lip-synching, “I suppose at the end of the day I simply trust human intelligence. Anyone should be able to see whether a point of view is plausible or absurd.” Skeptics are as old as Satan in the Garden of Eden, but the skeptic can be a powerful opponent with the potential to manipulate the believer’s exclusive commitment to Jesus Christ and the Gospel. In this short but hard hitting narrative, Mark follows Jesus’ powerful correction of the skeptic through four steps; he concludes demonstrating Jesus’ preservation of the true Gospel.