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Alex Kremer 04-18-2021 // You Are the Man; An Introduction to Psalm 51

When David wrote Psalm 51, he did so with the following introduction, "For the choir director.  A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. (NASB)"  As a psalm of contrition, seeking the Lord's pardon, Psalm 51 touches the sinner to our very core, because Psalm 51 sees us at the depth of our sin, but it also sees God at the heights of His mercy.

To get a full grasp of this Psalm, we must first look into the historical background that led David to write it.  In today's lesson, we conduct a quick examination of the rise, and downfall of King David.  We see him at his best; favored by God, receiving blessings from the Lord and showing great faithfulness to the Lord.  But we see him at his worst; the 'Man after God's own heart,' tempted to and caught up in sins of adultery and murder.

But at his lowest point, David turns to the only place he can go; into the extended arms of the Lord's mercy.  And it is there that we find our forgiveness.

As you listen to today's lesson, may you be struck not just by the depth of our own sin, but by the great heights of God's mercy toward undeserving sinners.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.

Alex Kremer 04-11-2021 // The Threat of Disunity Within the Body; Acts 6:1-7

It has been approximately five years since the birth of the church at Pentecost.  The church continues to see phenomenal growth.  As noted in Acts 4, the generosity within the church was unique as the members of the body in Jerusalem did not consider anything to be their own, but shared it with each other, having all things in common.

But this growth also brought some administrative issues.  The Hellenistic Jews felt their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.  These were Jews who, as descendants of the dispersion, grew up outside Israel and therefore spoke Greek and grew in a Greek culture.

This was an issue which, if left unchecked, could threaten the unity of the the still young church.  How the Apostles dealt with this issue serves as an example for us and drives home the primacy of the Gospel in the life of the Church.

Thank you for listening to today's message.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 03-28-2021 // The Early Church - Growth, Resistance and Persecution; Acts 5:12-42

As the place of worship for the nation of Israel, the temple became the place where the Apostles would gather to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  But doing so also brought resistance and persecution from the Jewish religious leaders.

Ordered to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, Peter, speaking for the rest of the Apostles made the choice clear; they had to obey God rather than men.  The question for us becomes, when face by persecution, which will inevitably come, how will we respond?

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 03-114-21 // No Trivial Sin; Acts 4:32-5:11

The Bible frequently calls to mind the faults and failures of Biblical heroes.  We remember Noah growing a vineyard and getting drunk on the wine produced from its fruit.  And there is Moses who, against God's command, struck the rock to bring forth water.  Samson is noted for, among other things, fornication.  David committed adultery followed by murder to cover his sin.

We may think it exciting to see God pouring out judgment upon His enemies, but how do we respond when His anger is poured out upon His own people.

In Acts, we see a church marked with love and compassion for its own; Scripture recording that there were no needy among them for those who possessed property sold it and gave the proceeds for the apostles to distribute among those with need (Acts 4:34).

But this also brought temptation and sin.  In the opening verses of Acts 5, we are told of Ananias and Sapphira.  As believers, this husband and wife were caught up in sin which, if not dealt with, would threaten the nature of the new church.

As you listen to today's lesson, may we be reminded of the serious nature of sin, even within the hearts, minds and lives of believers.  But may we also be reminded of the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior.

Thank you for listening.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 02-28-2021 // Comfort in the Face of Persecution - Acts 4:23-31

From her very beginning, the church has faced persecution in various forms and through various means.  In our modern times, the church in China meets in secret.  Elsewhere, in opposition to government demands to stop meeting during COVID, some pastors have been jailed, with freedom offered if they agree to stop preaching.

In Acts we read about the earliest persecution against the church.  Fresh from being arrested for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Peter and John are released with orders to stop speaking in the name of this Jesus.  But rather than sink into despair, Peter and John returned to the church, turning instead to the Lord in prayer.

The message for the church today is the same.  In times of persecution, we find comfort, together with the church, calling upon the Lord in prayer.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May the Lord bless you and comfort you through His Word.

Alex Kremer 01-31-2021 // Responding to Opposition; Acts 4:1-22

Whenever and wherever the Gospel is proclaimed, God's people face the potential for opposition.  Some opposition is in the form of verbal and societal ostracism.  In others, this opposition takes on a form threatening the very lives of the believer.

After healing a man lame from birth, Peter preaches the Gospel to the crowd present.  His message, however, was interrupted by the Jewish authorities as they arrested not only Peter and James, but the recipient of this miraculous sign.

In studying Peter's and John's response to this opposition we find a model for how we can respond to such opposition; a response that is centered upon the Gospel message that resulted in his arrest in the first place.

Thank you for listening to today's message.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 01-17-2021 // Persecution Comes to the Church; Acts 4:1-22

Following explosive growth, the early church very quickly experienced persecution.  This would have come as no surprise to the Apostles, as the Lord Himself warned them that the world would hate them because it hated Him first.  This same resistance to the early church continues today, as the people of God will always face some type of opposition and persecution.

In Acts 4, following the miraculous healing of the lame man in the temple thousands were added to the church.  Jealous of such response, the Jewish leaders arrested, not only Peter and John, but the man that was healed.  Given that persecution is inevitable for the people of God, Peter's response becomes a model for how to respond to persecution.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May the Lord bless you through the teaching of God's Word.

 

Alex Kremer 01-10-2021 // Good News for the Ignorant; Acts3:17-26

As Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they had an encounter with a man lame from birth.  Looking for alms, Peter instead gave him something of infinitely greater value; healing his infirmity and offering to him eternal life; all through the power of Christ.

Seeing this miracle, the people marveled at what happened.  Peter immediately drew the attention of the crowd to the person of Jesus Christ; the Messiah promised to them through Moses and the prophets.  But rather than accept Him, they instead handed Him over to be crucified.  They had rejected the Son of God.  This was the bad news.

But Peter also delivered to them the Good News.  Although they had acted in ignorance, they were responsible for their deeds.  The good news for the sinner is that God's grace is not closed off to you.  Therefore, repent and return to the Lord.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 12-20-20 // Confirming the Word; Acts 3:11-18

Throughout Scripture, God has used miraculous signs and wonders to confirm His Word.  In Egypt, God confirmed His promises to the children of Israel.  In the wilderness, He continued to confirm His Word through signs and wonders.  Jesus said of His own works that they confirm who He is.

When Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they met a man lame from birth at the Beautiful Gate.  The miracle that gave this man his legs amazed the onlookers in the temple.  Peter, seizing upon their amazement, points to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who glorified His Servant, Jesus Christ.  It was this same Servant whom the Jewish leaders disavowed and asked for a murderer to be released instead (Acts 3:14).  But more amazing than giving a lame man working legs, Jesus gives those who believe in Him eternal life.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May God bless you through His Word.

Alex Kremer 12-06-20 // Peter and John Went to Pray; Acts 3:1-11

We go through our lives day in and day out, encountering the same people; often times not paying them any attention.  But what if we stopped and truly saw the needs of those around us?  What if we truly saw their greatest need was to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Today, we look at Peter and John, Apostles together sent out by the Lord Himself to preach the Gospel.  After Peter's sermon on Pentecost, and the explosive growth of the church, we see Peter and John returning to their day-to-day routines, but now with a new focus.  Entering the temple at the ninth hour to pray, as they did regularly, they now see those whom, perhaps, they hadn't noticed before.  This includes a lame man, begging for alms of all the faithful Jews carrying out their ritual.  But this time, this lame beggar received far more than the silver and gold he asked; he has an encounter with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which radically transforms him, and all who accept it.

Thank you to listening to today's lesson.  May the Word of God richly bless you.

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