Listed below are different sermon series from Pastor Kevin Williams. Sermons for each series are offered on Sermon Audio.
EXODUS: Rescued for Worship (Sermon Audio Link)
Hollywood has recognized the dramatic appeal of the second book of the Bible. The 1956 blockbuster, The Ten Commandments, is the eighth most successful film of all time when adjusting for inflation, according to Guinness World Records. The animated musical drama, The Prince of Egypt by DreamWorks in 1998, was also extremely profitable. The story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt is certainly a thrilling rescue. It involves a baby in a basket floating down the Nile River who would eventually liberate the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. There’s a voice from a burning bush and ten miraculous plagues. And there’s the parting of the sea, where the entire nation of Israel crosses on dry ground, and then the Egyptian armies drown. It’s a dramatic rescue!
But the biblical account not only records this rescue, but it tells us why. The Lord delivered these people so they could worship Him. The Book of Exodus is so much more than a nation redeemed from slavery. It is about God’s faithfulness and His worthiness to be trusted and worshipped. As we study Exodus on Sunday mornings, we will see many parallels to God’s purpose for rescuing us. He saved us to worship Him. And this book reveals why He is worthy of our worship.
In the early 16th century, the Reformers emphasized a phrase that awakened the masses who were trusting their merits would earn God’s favour. Sola Fide—We are justified by “faith alone.” Romans 3:28 is clear that “a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” This is an essential truth of the Gospel, but it must not be misunderstood to think that good works are unimportant. In the Epistle of James, we discover a healthy understanding of how the believer’s faith works. Faith without action is “useless religion” (1:26) and a “dead faith” (2:17). James says, “I’ll show you my faith by my works” (2:18). As the Reformers would say, “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.”
What does genuine faith look like? How is it expressed in everyday life? James discusses the practical outworking of faith by addressing trials, temptations, prejudice, conflict, conversation, wealth, planning, and prayer. Join us on Sunday mornings this fall to hear what God has to say about these important issues. And by God’s grace, we will receive His promised blessing by being “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (1:22, 25).
The Book of Jonah: A Glorious Display of God’s Grace: June 27-July 2021 (Sermon Audio Link)
Many people know about Jonah and the whale, but they don’t understand the message of this book. The main character isn’t really Jonah, and it certainly isn’t the great fish. The main character is God. On full display is God’s heart for people. He demonstrates His grace to the wicked and the wayward. Jonah disobeyed the will of God and resented the works of God because he didn’t share the heart of God. As we discover the heart of God revealed in the Book of Jonah, we will see if our hearts align with His.
The first sentence of the Book of Ruth identifies the time period: “in the days when the judges ruled” (Ruth 1:1). This was a dark time in Israel’s history when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 21:25). “The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals; and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger” (Judges 2:11-12). This was a generation “who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10). Instead of being a light shining in darkness, the darkness extinguished the light.
But there was a glimmer of light, however, in some ordinary people from the obscure town of Bethlehem. And although the vast majority of people were faithless, God remained faithful. By His providential hand, the Lord redeemed a barren widow who provided a king to lead His people back to Him. And ultimately, what the Lord did in Ruth’s family prepared the way for the Saviour of the world!
As we observe the chaos of tragedy in Ruth’s family and the moral chaos of that society, we discover hope in the providence of God. This heart-warming story gives encouragement to us as we travel the uncertain road of life with its ups and downs. Your circumstances may feel like chaos right now, and moral confusion certainly describes our society. But in the midst of it all, our gracious Saviour is working out His plan for you and the entire world. With God on the throne, we are never without hope.
Most people in our society have heard of Jesus Christ. Some recognize Him as a historical figure, but they know very little about Him. For some, He was a famous leader, a gifted teacher, a sacrificial martyr, or a religious hero. Others don’t even think of Jesus as a person, to them He is more of a symbol; He represents hope and love. He is an example of the Golden Rule. He is whatever I need Him to be: a friend, a guide, a helper, a healer.
The Bible, however, presents the person and work of Jesus very clearly. We are not left to ourselves to wonder who He is or to shape Him according to our liking. Jesus lived for 33 years on this earth, and the apostle John has left us an accurate eye-witness account of His words and actions. The Gospel of John is more than an accurate history of Jesus; it is a message of good news for the whole world!
AW Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” This is true because our view of God shapes how we see everything else. A person that doesn’t know the Creator will have a distorted view of creation. A society without a proper knowledge of God will be incapable of living in the way they were designed to live. And if a church surrenders a biblical view of God for something more popular, those people will be weak and spiritually ineffective. Your view sets your direction and determines your destiny.
On Sunday mornings this fall, we will be exploring what God’s Word reveals about Himself. There is nothing in all the world that should grab our attention above the God who made us and everything in it. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord (Jer 9:23-24).
There has never been a time in history where knowledge has been so easily accessible. Do you even remember what life was like before Google? The digital revolution of the last few decades has transformed our modern society into what is commonly called “the information age.” We have more information than ever before. But has that made us any wiser? Does all of this data help us to have more fulfilled lives?
What we need more than information and knowledge is wisdom, and that is what our society is seriously lacking. God has inspired an entire book designed to train us in wisdom. The Book of Proverbs teaches us how to apply God’s wisdom in everyday life. We are given guidance about our work, business, friendships, money, marriage, parenting, and much more.
There is much confusion today in our society’s understanding of history’s oldest institution. Many view marriage as a contractual agreement that can be easily broken. Some look at marriage as a confining prison. Others see it as completely unnecessary, believing that cohabitating and having children do not require marriage. As government courts continue to change the definition, some people are confused as to what marriage really is. You can walk into any bookstore and find a plethora of books that deal with marriage, divorce, and relationships; but how can you know what is right
In the midst of cultural confusion, we can gain a clear understanding of marriage from the Creator Himself. God has given us everything we need to know about marriage in His Word. These messages are for the whole family as we focus on our great God and His design for marriage.