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!
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
Through every life our Lord pours goodness, grace, gifts, mercy and love. Today we give thanks for these blessings in the lives of our loved ones who were called home to glory in the past year. As we see His hand of blessing in our past, we look with confident trust to His loving hand in our future.
The Law and the Prophets are good. They point to Jesus for their fulfillment. The Law is good. Just because we can’t keep the Law doesn’t make it bad. Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Prophets to win through the right to identify with us in our sin under the curse of the Law, so that we might identify with Him in His righteousness in fulfillment of the Law.
Salt and Light stand in relation to orders of kingdom being. Everything we are in the beatitudes is the ground of myriad implications and applications beginning with the primary illustrations of salt and light. We are salt because we are poor in spirit, sorrowing for our sins, trusting confidently in God’s control and goodness, so that we are able to hang in there gently in tension and conflict, etc. We are light in the same connection. Salt is stable, an enduring picture of eternal/everlasting kingdom realities. Light is public, highly visible, concealed only with great effort. And so it is with the orders of kingdom being. They are high profile, stabilizing realities from which grow the blessings of kingdom life.
What we do is important, and it is not the intention of today’s discourse to undermine action in any way. That being said, it is the intention of this message to affirm the primacy of being. Action comes from being, and is grounded in identity. We act out of our being/identity. It is essential, then, that we be clear about who we are in Christ Jesus.
The Christian life is not so much about a progression of grandiose, miraculous, exciting discoveries and experiences as it is a steady exercise in disciplined application in God’s ways through prayer, study of God’s word, and obedience. This emphasis is clearly born out in Jesus’ example in Mark 1:35-39.
Jesus pre-exists all things. The whole of creation comes into being through Him. He is the Life, the Light, the only One of the Same Kind God. Worship Him, Christ the Lord. Listen Here
Bad things happen. Sometimes fault can be assigned, sometimes not. Fault may be within the church or without. James applies the teaching of his Brother in a prescription relevant to all believers: endure trials patiently, because the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful, and the final word is not yet. The Lord is coming. Listen Here
There are always temptations in life, in every generation. Our fathers fell to temptation in the wilderness after their glorious deliverance from Egypt. Can we learn from their dreadful mistakes to be humble in the face of the test and trust in God for His deliverance? Listen Here