Here you will find the most recent sermons preached at Lancaster Presbyterian Church. Click the sermon title to download the sermon. Additional sermons may be obtained by contacting the church office. We hope you are blessed with the listening of the proclimation of The Word of God!
Why does God do anything that He does? If David can ask for deliverance, guidance and forgiveness, what is the reasonable expectation that God will give these gifts? If we need something, anything, why may we be assured that we may ask God for our need? The answer is huge. The answer is at the heart of why God does everything that He does. God does what He does for the sake of His goodness. God does what He does for the sake of His name. In truth, God’s goodness and His name are the ground of all value.
As the very clear affirmation in Psalm 145:18 is to call upon the LORD in truth, it must be possible, by implication, to call upon Him falsely—to imagine that we are calling upon Him when we are really only fixing on a figmentary illusion of an abstract concept of God after our own notions. We are called to obey the God of the Bible, not the popular constructs of a bankrupt culture.
Do you ever feel like the congregation is in a mess? Do you ever feel like you, personally, are in a mess? Well, in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, Paul affirms the truth/reality of the kingdom standing of the Christians in the church at Corinth even when they are in a frightening amount of sin, disorder and confusion. If there is hope for the Corinthian Christians, there’s hope for us!
As believers in Jesus, we want our lives—our contributions in the service of Jesus’ kingdom—to count for all that they can. In 1 Peter 2:4-8, Peter reminds the suffering believers in Asia Minor (and through them, all of us) to keep coming to Jesus in spite of the hardship and, in Jesus, they (and we) will participate in the honor that the Father bestows on Jesus.
In what or in whom do you trust? Are you ever tempted to trust in wisdom or intelligence, perhaps technology? Have you ever found yourself trusting in power, might or strength of arms? Has wealth tempted you to think that things would be better if only you had more money? Today’s word from the LORD in Jeremiah reminds us not to get carried away with the false promises of security in wisdom, power or wealth. Against the judgement that is coming only the LORD will be able to protect us. We will trust in Him.
If anyone ever lived who could have hoped to secure righteousness through legalism, that man was Paul. He tried and found that all efforts to that end were loss/excrement in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus and being found in Him and His righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. There is no other way. Trust or keep trusting in Jesus and be found in His righteousness alone. Listen Here
Not every prize is worthy of the extreme measures expended in pursuit. Certainly, some are. Our military personnel stand ready to pay the last full measure of devotion for the value of the way of life that we hold dear, and we are grateful. While few values rise to this level of sacrifice, the gospel of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus figures prominently in the economy of Scripture. Listen Here
When we trust in Jesus, when we walk with Him and love Him and try to obey Him and know His will and do His will, these realities change us, and the change in our lives by faith in Jesus shows in how we think, and what we say, and what we do. Today’s message from Peter adds one more scriptural voice to the call to holy living. Listen Here
When we worry and suffer anxiety about many things we betray our lack of trust in the sovereignty of our Master. This resurrection day, let’s renew our commitment to Jesus in all things, and, trusting Him, let’s have confidence in His control. He is, after all, RISEN! Listen Here
While Jesus mentions four types of soil in our text today, in the end there are really only two types of soil—soil which receives the word to bear fruit, and soil which does not. Even the ability to receive the word is pronounced a gift. If we have this gift, let us be humble in cherishing it, and bear witness to the things of the Spirit of God at every opportunity. Listen Here
Scripture envisions a clash between the values of the kingdom of light vs. the values of the kingdom of darkness. In Matthew 6:22-23, Jesus makes clear His expectation for us to fix our eyes on Him and be filled with His light. He ends His teaching with the gravest of warnings against darkness. Be encouraged to be filled with Jesus’ light. Listen Here