Why did God exalt Christ? Jesus was not seeking glory for himself. He was already equal to the Father before suffering the humiliation of His incarnation. Instead, everything Christ did was for his people’s benefit. Listen to Pastor Nate Harlan’s encouraging sermon on the glorification of Jesus.
How we live flows directly from how we believe. And one of the most important beliefs we have is the doctrine of Christ: Who is Jesus and what does that mean for us? Pastor Nate Harlan shows how important it is that Christ became a man just like us in every respect.
As we consider the questions in the Heidelberg Catechism that concern the atonement, Pastor Nate Harlan ledas us through a conversation about theories about the atonement: Ransom Theory, Moral Influence Theory, and Penal Substitutional Atonement.
John Calvin said that strife and vain-glory are the “two most dangerous pests for disturbing the peace of the Church.” How does the church battle these sins? By looking to Christ’s example of humility and striving for true unity.
Christians need courage for we live a life of conflict in a cosmic battle against the powers of darkness. But in this message by Pastor Nate Harlan, we hear that the secret to living a fearless life is to stand side by side in one spirit and with one mind with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
No one likes to think about dying. Death is loss and separation. But the Apostle Paul flips the narrative by saying death is gain because through it, he gains Christ. If we also see death as deliverance, we, like Paul, can live lives of fearlessness.
In our politically correct culture, where it is impolite to call out wickedness, Christians are tempted to be shamed into silence about the gospel. But the Apostle Paul says we don’t get to play it safe. We are called to be fearless in speaking the truth.
The study finishes up Question 11 of the Heidelberg Catechism which addresses God’s mercy and justice. But why is there a Hell? As Pastor Nate Harlan says, “There is a direct correllation between our appreciation of the work of Jesus and the severity of the punishment that we deserve.”