Sermons by Ben Marsh

Sermons by Ben Marsh

Sola Fide - Faith Alone

Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

Faith alone is the key to forgiveness and salvation. We all know and feel our guilt and brokenness before a holy God. Jesus Christ alone must be the object of our faith that brings justification and peace with God. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, not a feeling. It can be increased through prayer and the study scripture. Faith is not a work, but spurs us on to good works as we serve as the representatives of Christ.

Fear of Man

“I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, and have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you fear continually all the day because of the wrath of the oppressor, when he sets himself to destroy? And where is the wrath of the oppressor? Isaiah 51:12-13 (ESV) Isaiah 51:12-13…

The Fear of Failure

People fear that they will not achieve success, that their needs and wants will be unmet. Some respond with worry, while others take up a lifestyle of greed or give up trying. But success in God’s economy comes through fidelity to Christ. As we experience God’s salvation and pledge ourselves to be used by God, we find true victory and success.

The Fear Above All Other Fears

The fear of death, fear of failure, and the fear of others all affect how we live our lives, but the fear of the Lord overcomes all three. The fear of the Lord is a reverence and awe that comes from knowing God in an ever-increasing way and behaving in accordance with that knowledge. People in the Bible feared God when they witnessed His power in nature and as they experienced His wrath in the protection an purification of His people. When God demonstrates His holiness, we see our own unholiness. God’s message to mankind in sending His Son to die on our behalf is that the wrath of God must be satisfied. Look to God in reverence and trust in Christ to forgive you sins.

Free from the Fear of Death

Without hope in Christ, the fear and denial of death are very real. 1 Corinthians 15 tells us that the Gospel frees us from the fear of death. When the disciples and over 500 others saw the resurrection of Jesus, they believed that He was the Messiah. When we believe the truth of the Gospel, we experience salvation. We also can agree with the writer, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 (ESV)

The First Gospel

Genesis 3 chronicles Adam and Eve’s disobedience, guilt, and punishment. All of mankind’s enmity (opposition) to the serpent (Satan) is predicted. God also promises the eventual crushing of Satan through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. Believers in Christ today can resist temptation—we are no longer slaves to sin. In the future Satan will be completely and ultimately destroyed. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said…

The Light of Christmas

2016 has been a year that many of us wish could be “reset” and started over. We surely need the Light of the World, Jesus. The years between the end of the Old Testament and the birth of Christ were also a very dark and violent period in history. When Christ arrived, his message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is near.” Hope for our world can only come through Christ’s transformation of individual hearts and lives. Now when…

Praise at Midnight

Are we living out our faith in such a way that we bear the repercussions of living and sharing the Gospel? Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail, but they were able to worship and praise God because they expected to suffer persecution, and they knew that their situation and served to advance the cause of Christ. Their concern for the new believers at Philippi and their commitment to the advance of the Gospel was the outpouring of a life tuned to the will of Christ.

The Good Samaritan

Isn’t it easy to justify ourselves and our lack of compassion for others? The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke chapter 10 challenges us to demonstrate the love of Christ when it is not convenient and when it requires sacrifice. As we grow to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, we will also love our neighbors as ourself.

Rejoice in the Lord

Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. (ESV)

Living the Baptized Life

Galatians 3:23-29 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There…

Grace in Despair

2 Kings 6:24-7:16 Afterward Ben-hadad king of Syria mustered his entire army and went up and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria, as they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver. Now as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!”…