If You Love Jesus You’ll Love His Church | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets
This an topical sermon rooted in Hebrews 10:23-27 addressing the need, importance and centrality of the local church. It looks at what the church is, who the church is, how a church works and why the church exists. In addition, it provides some biblical basis and background for the installation of a new elder, two new deacons and the move to two Sunday morning services. This sermon was originally preached on August 28th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
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After reading and seeing various quotes and blogs from my mommy friends on the book
With both of these things going on, I was blown away. There were definitely points that I was floored and humbled as a mom. First, floored that God in His graciousness has even allowed me to be a mom, and second humbled that I had been thinking I knew what I was doing as that mom. And then I started to notice my language and attitude in the way I parent.
Discipleship: The Sermon | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets
This sermon looks at what discipleship is, what it isn’t, why it’s important and what it looks like in practice. Particular attention is paid to the historical and cultural backgrounds of discipleship, modern day forms, and how discipleship is what undergirds the way the Christian life is meant to be lived. This sermon was originally preached May 29th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
Article | Guest Writer: Molly Reitsema, MD
My husband and I took nearly a year regarding our decision for me to leave medicine. It has been quite a long and emotional, though in the end very joyful, process for Jeff and I. We took that amount of time to decide because we wanted to give it the time and thought it deserved, wanted to look at things from every conceivable angle. Most importantly, we did not make this decision based upon assumptions for our future. We do not assume we’ll be able to have children, live long lives, or remain in good health. We pray for all of these things, but know that life often brings the unexpected. Instead of basing our decision upon assumptions, we made this decision through the influence of God’s Spirit and Scriptures. His Spirit has changed our passions and his Scriptures have affirmed our instincts toward making this change.
It is easiest and most helpful for me to organize my/our thoughts in regards to the questions we asked God and asked ourselves throughout this process. Since announcing our decision, many people have asked us a lot of questions. There are seven questions in particular people regularly ask me.
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Cities are important to God. In the book of Jonah God challenges him about his lack of love for the city and reasons that the people there are important to God. In his book,
Urbanologists say 50% of the world’s population lives in cities and by 2050 that will be nearly 75%. Cities are important. In order to develop a love or more than a selfish love for our city (San Diego) we must first catch God’s vision for cities.
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The pornography industry is one of the most successful businesses on the planet pulling in nearly $5 billion dollars a year. Statistics concerning pornography are staggering: There are 25,000 pornographic internet sites. Every second 30,000 people are viewing porn and over $3000 dollars is spent on it. 40 million Americans are regular visitors to porn sites. 2.5 billion pornographic emails are sent each day. Pornography is sought after over 68 million times on search engines each day and the most popular day for porn is Sunday (even more stats here:
As a pastor I get a lot of dudes coming to me asking for help in dealing with an addiction to porn. The confirm the statistics above. It’s clear, we’ve got a porndemic on our hands. But porn isn’t the problem…the heart is.
Easter Sunday 2011 | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets
This year’s Easter sermon follows the life and experience of Peter from the time he first encountered Jesus, became a believer, bailed on Jesus and then saw him risen from the dead and changed him. This sermon was originally preached April 24th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
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Family is a big deal to God. God himself is the great and perfect father who handles a lot of responsibility in ruling over and caring for all of his creation. God has a son named Jesus whom he has forever been in healthy and happy relationship with. God sacrificially gives away his son Jesus to come to earth where he lives and dies in order to save God’s wayward human children. God then allows these wayward children to be adopted into the holy family through belief in the person and work of his son. Family is definitely a big deal to God. In many ways you might even be able to say the whole story of the Bible is about the story of God’s family.
For those who have experienced the pain of broken or lost relationships in their family, knowing God’s so big on family can have one of two effects. It can either create great difficulty since family is a sore subject and the result is a person distances themselves from God. Or it can create great hope and healing since we are designed for family and can experience redemption and grace by belonging to God’s special family through his son Jesus.
Not surprisingly, the Bible also has a lot of practical instruction on family. For many who are new to family or come from a family who did not know or exhibit the loving principles of God’s family the Bible is a great aid and resource to turn to for instructions on how to do family well. Below is a list of resources (books, articles, sermons & key Bible passages to study) I highly recommend for learning about family from God’s perspective as he has revealed in the Bible.
Practical Ecclesiology Series | Selected Texts | James Martin
This week is an systematic theology sermon on the topic of family. Genesis 1:26-31, Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and Ephesians 6:1 are looked at for the exegetical insight on the reason and source for ministry. Special attention is given to God’s creation of family, the roles of family and the carry over of those roles in how the church is set up to function. This sermon was originally preached on February 6th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
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The Bible starts off explosively in a pure demonstration of super power and intelligence…God creates! His creative eruption climaxes in the formation of humanity, who become the ensuing focus with their life in the garden. Many have recognized this is not unintentional. Much of God’s creative purposes for his world is tied up in his institution of marriage. There is perhaps no more fundamental and important relationship one can form in adulthood than marriage.
In addition to recognizing the high level of esteem God places on marriage in the Bible, many have also noted the parallels at work in conceiving of marriage like a garden which needs care. The first garden Eden may not only be the geographical locale of the first marriage but also an allusion to the ongoing nature of marriage which needs regular attention. Like a garden, a marriage must be watered, weeded and enjoyed. To husbands and wives: work on your marriage! Below are some of the best resources our there which may help you in the goal and calling.