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Sermons by Philip Bovenkamp

A Tale of Two Cities

Throughout Paul’s ministry, there were many times where he was either accepted or rejected as he entered cities. In Acts 17, Paul went to Thessolonica, where he was not warmly welcomed by the Jews. A mob was formed and they had him removed from the city. They then went to Berea, where Paul went and taught in the synagogue. The Jews of Berea “received the word with all eagerness”, and examined the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul taught was true. Many believed because of these things. We can compare these two cities and gain valuable information. The Bereans received the word with all eagerness and continually searched the scriptures for wisdom, where the Thessalonians did not like the message that Paul taught and rather hated them. The Bereans set a good example before us in how re can better understand the Word of God, and gain wisdom from reading His Word.

The Philippian Jailer

After Paul and Silas’ encounter with the slave girl earlier on, they get imprisoned in Philippi. While in prison, there was a great earthquake that shook the doors open, which allowed Paul and Silas to escape. The jailer saw that the doors were wide open and was about to kill himself, when Paul cried out to him and showed the jailer that they were still there. After that, the jailer asked what he had to do to be saved. Paul told the jailer that he had to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and he and his household would be saved. In today’s sermon, we look at the conversion of the jailer, and what we can take from this message and how it can to apply to our own conversion and our own lives after we are saved.

The Slave Girl

Today we take a look at Acts 16:16-24, where Paul and Silas encounters the slave girl in Philippi. The slave girl followed both Paul and Silas for many days, proclaiming that they were servants of the Most High God, proclaiming the way to salvation. Paul became annoyed and commanded the spirit to come out of the slave girl. This, then led the slave owners to get angry at Paul which then led to them being sent to prison. In this passage, we look at Paul’s response to the girl’s condition and what it means, as well as what else we can take from this encounter in how we associate with others, even if they profess Christ, but don’t walk in the ways of Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria

Or, “Glory to God Alone”. We read out of Romans 11:33-36, and in this passage study the some of the attributes of God that are written about, both by Paul and in the Old Testament passages he quotes. We also see the work God has done throughout history to redeem mankind of our transgressions against a holy God, and how all that he has done has been to His glory alone as he put on display his loving characteristics, his righteousness, and goodness.

Solus Christus

Notice: due to a technological error, the last half of this sermon hasn’t been recorded, however, you can still listen to the first portion of John 14:6 on the topic of Solus Christus. In the sermon we learn what Jesus meant by saying he is the way, the truth, and the life. In the audio, we hear about Jesus being the ONLY way to the father, and how fellowship with God is secured in the work of Jesus Christ.

Sola Fide

In our study of the Five Solas, we take a look now at Sola Fide, or Faith Alone. Our passage this week was Romans 1:17, which says “the righteous man shall live by faith.” We see how it is our faith alone saves us. Roman 5:1 teaches that we are justified by faith. In this sermon, we break down this passage of scripture and see what it means that the righteous man shall live by faith, and what that also looks like in our sanctification.

Sola Gratia

Today we take a look at what the scripture says about grace by looking at Ephesians 2:1-10. We see what the Roman Catholic Church definition is by looking at their catechism, and comparing it to what scripture says. Scripture is very clear about how our salvation is based entirely on the grace of God alone, and there isn’t a single thing that we can do to merit or earn our salvation. In our sinful state apart from the grace of God, we are well deserving of the wrath that is to come, and we will be held accountable for our wicked deeds. However, God by his love and mercy provided us a way to escape his wrath, and have our sins, past, present, and future be paid in full. All of which was paid for on the cross by Jesus Christ. And it is only by grace through faith that we are saved. And the good works that we do after we are saved are only possible because of God’s grace at work in us. We must be diligent to remember that even the smallest claim of merit robs God of some of His glory.

Sola Scriptura (Part II)

This week, we continue our study of the 5 solas with the second part of Sola Scriptura. We take a deeper look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and break it down to understand the attributes of the scriptures such as it being breathed out by God, and understanding how we can tell how a book of the bible is the inspired Word of God. With the understanding of what the Word of God is, we can see what authority the Word has and its sufficiency in it being all we need to equip us for everything worth doing in any area of our lives.

Sola Scriptura (Part 1)

As we approach the coming of the 500th year anniversary of the reformation, we are taking a break from Acts to study the Five Solas of reformed theology, starting in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. We look at the first Sola, Sola Scriptura, or “Scripture Alone”, what that means, and what it meant for the reformers as they broke off from the Roman Catholic church.

The Salvation of Lydia

In this part of the book of Acts 16 we look at the individual life of a woman named Lydia. We see who she was and where she was spiritually, and how she was a worshiper of God. As she listened to Paul speak, God opened her heart to listen to his words. She then believed and was baptized, and right away started to bear fruit. We see that Lydia was not far from the kingdom of God, similar to what is said in Mark 12 up until Paul came and spoke, and as we study this passage also see how it is effective for us.