Posts by Jon Payne

Posts by Jon Payne

Our Advent: God the Son

Around 30 AD in Galilee, a Middle Eastern province under the dominion of the Roman Empire, there was a religious teacher named Jesus of Nazareth. What was most readily obvious about him was that he was a man. He walked, spoke, ate, drank, slept, woke, grew cold and hot, felt the sun and the rain, dealt with angry people and attended normal cultural activities. He was a…

Our Hope: Christ the Messiah

Every day and every week, every month and every year, Christians worship the Lord Jesus Christ. The focus of our faith is in his person and work as the one Mediator between God and Man, our Savior and King. In the Christmas season we especially celebrate his advent — his entrance into the world as a baby, his holy arrival as the mediator between Heaven and Earth. During…

Five-Year Anniversary Reflections

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!  Psalm 115:1 This Sunday our church celebrates our five-year anniversary. Five years! Five years of growing together as a church, building new friendships, and journeying together across the breadth and into the depths of God’s Word. Five years of singing…

The Trophies of Jesus Christ

“Do you want arguments for soul winning? Look up to Heaven, and ask yourself how sinners can ever reach those harps of gold and learn their everlasting song, unless they have someone to tell them of Jesus, who is mighty to save. But the best argument of all is to be found in the wounds of Jesus. You want to honor Him, you desire to put many crowns upon His head, and this…

The Gift of the Church

The gift of God’s church to the Christian is the family to the orphan, the teacher to the student, the guardrail to the sliding, the hand up to the downcast, the opportunity for the eager, the meal for the hungry, the prayer meeting for the sick, the song for the songless, the shout of triumph for the battle weary, the net for the falling, the warning sign for the…

Only Sinful Parents Parent Well

Ok, ok, I admit, that title could be taken the wrong way.  But every parent knows the doubt and insecurity that avalanches into the soul when we react in anger or selfishness to our children or when we look at our imperfect example of the very character traits we require of them.  Sometimes children even use the sins of their parents as a manipulation leverage, looking…

The Bread of Life

  John 6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Human beings are inescapably hungry.  We cannot go a day without experiencing some desire for something to eat.  Our food preferences are as diverse as kale and birthday cake.  But our hunger marks us all.  Jesus…

R.C. Sproul (1939-2017)

This Wednesday, the passionate theologian and teacher, R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord.  Sproul was a champion for the doctrines of grace and the authority of God’s Word for a generation, and was also a very kind and gracious friend to Sovereign Grace Churches. I cannot improve on the short biographical sketch and tribute by Justin Taylor, found here. …