Monday, November 23, 2015

The Story: Hang out the Scarlet Thread of Faith

Joshua 2:21  And she said, "According to your words, so be it." Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
For the last couple hundred years there has been a tension felt in the Church between Faith and Works. On the surface the Apostle Paul seems to say that we are saved by Faith alone, while the Apostle James seems to say we are not saved by faith alone. So who's right? Both of course as we'll see in the life of Rahab the prostitute who hung the scarlet thread of faith in the window of her life. And you should too.
Sermon delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday November 22nd 2015 by Pastor Chris Kopp.

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Story: God fights for Us

1Samuel 17:45-47  Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand.....that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,  and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hand."

David fought the fight, but the battle belonged to the Lord. Keep struggling in your fight against your sin and flesh. It is God who fights for you. And wins!

Sermon delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday November 8th, 2015 by pastor Chris Kopp.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Story: Grace to the Undeserving

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me." But Jonah rose to flee... Jonah 1:1-3a 

Jonah didn't believe that the Assyrians in Nineveh deserved grace from God. What he didn't understand was that he didn't either. And neither do you. That's what makes it Grace. The story of Jonah is the story of God's relentless pursuit of an undeserving people. And it's still the story of God today.
Sermon delivered to the Galena Bible Church, Sunday November 1st, 2015 by pastor Chris Kopp.