Church of the Open Door

Sermons 2015

  • August 9, 2015

    The Gospel’s Protection: Freedom by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Abram and Sarai had a problem that demanded a solution. They had received a revelation from God promising them a son; yet after many years, Sarai was still childless. So, in order to fix the problem, they strategized and worked until they could come up with a solution. Consequently, through their effort, they were able to have a son. However, it was not by the means of God’s promise, but rather through the means of the slave woman named Hagar. Paul then takes this illustration and exposes the error of anyone seeking salvation through their own effort.

  • August 2, 2015

    The Gospel’s Protection: Stability by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Galatians 4:8-20 In the face of a struggle, or in the moment of disillusionment, or at the time of an intense temptation, it becomes very easy for us to fall back on those weak and worthless elements that formerly guided and controlled our lives. Likewise, in the face of watching another believer falling back to […]

  • July 26, 2015

    The Gospel’s Presentation: New Identity by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Yes, believers are on a spiritual pilgrimage reflecting an identity that is distinct from this world. But this identity, however, is not received by the means of anything within this world, but is the result of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who was sacrificed for our sin. This pilgrimage began with a stark awareness of our own death in trespasses and sins, but could not be realized until the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Notably, this new life did not come as a result of obedience to the law, but rather through faith in Jesus Christ. Critical to this truth is the fact that the law could not restore life, no matter how hard one worked, but could only condemn and increase sin. In the words of warning from John Stott, “Some try to go to Jesus without first meeting Moses and the prior pain of condemnation by the law.” He then contrasts, “Others go to Moses and the law to be condemned, but they stay in this unhappy bondage.” Neither will ever resolve the sin issue nor represent the truth of Scripture.

  • July 19, 2015

    The Gospel’s Guardian: The Purpose of the Law by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    Strangely, one of the greatest battles within Christendom has and continues to be over the purpose of the law. Does obedience to the Mosaic Law become the good news for securing a person’s right standing before God or does it come by faith in God’s promise given to Abraham? Or, was the law the means for salvation to the Jew but grace the means for us today? Too often, regrettably, the believer’s view of the Old Testament law is either too strong or too weak; somewhere there has to be a balance.

  • July 12, 2015

    The Gospel’s Unified Message of Hope by Dr. Glenn Jago

    by COD

    The reality of actually living deeply rooted in the Gospel is not determined by obedience to the Old Testament law but rather by means of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This sacrifice results in believers, through faith in Christ, being declared righteous by God. These believers are no longer under the curse of the law, but are dramatically transformed from the inside out; consequently, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in them and their new identity is in Jesus Christ. No wonder Satan attacks the messenger and the message of the Gospel with deceptions and false ideologies.