Archive (Sermons)

Did the resurrection really happen? Explaining and defending our foundational belief

Category: belief, resurrection / Speaker: Matthew Ruttan
April 07, 2024

The resurrection of Christ is paramount. Without it our faith is “futile,” says Paul. It is vindication and victory, triumph over tribulation, the defeat of sin, Satan, death and darkness, and help and hope for...

“Is everything sad going to come untrue?”
The Perfect Blood of the Lamb

Category: Good Friday, hope, resurrection / Speaker: Matthew Ruttan
March 29, 2024

The imagery is kind of harsh. Blood? In fact, some people try to avoid talking about it. But Good Friday is not a time for closing our eyes to the reality of sin, suffering and...

The Triumphal Entry – Palm Sunday
Crooked Sticks Draw Straight Lines – Esther, Part 5

Category: providence, worship / Speaker: Matthew Ruttan
March 11, 2024

Things are turning into a bloody mess. And yet, there is joy. The Jews of ancient Persia stand under an annihilation order. But now they are allowed to defend themselves. All of it occurs under...

Pride goes before destruction – Esther, Part 3

Category: humility, pride, providence / Speaker: Matthew Ruttan
February 25, 2024

Proverbs 16:18 is a famous warning: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” In this sermon on Esther 5-7, we see this proverb illustrated perfectly in the rise (and fall) of...

For such a time as this – Esther Part 2

Category: courage, providence / Speaker: Matthew Ruttan
February 19, 2024

Perhaps Esther had come to her royal position “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). She had risen quickly to become queen, but now her people were faced with annihilation at the hands of...

Where is God? – Esther, Part 1

Category: providence, sovereignty of God, trusting God / Speaker: Matthew Ruttan
February 11, 2024

The young Esther rises to become Queen, confronts the misguided King, and saves her people in a great act of courage. Yes, that’s a big part of the story. But, as we will find, there...