Nov 08 Luke 16:1-13 The Unjust Steward Dec 06 Dec 20 Isaiah 9:6-7 Government and Peace Jan 03 Luke 2:1-7 The Center of the Universe Feb 07 Matthew 25:14-30 Enabling A Response Feb 14 Isaiah 61:5-9 Blessed With A Double Portion Feb 21 Exodus 29:38-46 God’s Desire Feb 28 John 3:1-15 Stories of Faith Mar…Read More
Father and Son Together Again Reverend Anthony R. Locke June 20th, 2010 (Father’s Day) at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Hebrews 1:1-12 Apostle’s Creed Series 09 English Standard Version 1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he…Read More
Reverend Anthony R. Locke at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker John 3:34 Apostle’s Creed Series 07 English Standard Version 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. Jesus was sent from the Father to utter eternal words of life. The Father anointed the…Read More
To believe in Jesus as the Son of God and to confess Him as such before men is the distinguishing mark of a Christian. Believing Him to be the Son of God means that we confess that Jesus is equal with God. The nation of Israel and the people in Jerusalem had Jesus killed for this solitary claim.
Defining what this title means gets a little complicated. Especially when the Bible adds that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Most Christians have no idea what these terms mean.
The title Son of God is used twenty-six times in the Gospels alone referring to Jesus. He is called Son of God by Satan (Matt. 4:3, 6; Luke 4:3, 9), by demons (Matt. 8:29; Mark 3:11; Luke 4:41), by John the Baptist (John 1:34), by his followers (Matt. 14:23; John 1:49; 11:27; 20:31), by angels (Luke 1:35), and by a Roman centurion (Matt. 27:54; Mark 15:39).
This title is so significant that God the Father broke through the heavens twice to declare it to the world. In Matthew 3:17 and Matthew 17:5 God thunders from heaven, “and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus says that our acceptance and understanding of this title will determine our destiny. Matthew 16:13-17 says, Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.Read More
What Does the Ascension Accomplish? Reverend Anthony R. Locke May 16th, 2010 Ascension Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Ephesians 4:7-10 Apostle’s Creed Series 05 English Standard Version 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on…Read More
Considering My Treasure Reverend Anthony R. Locke May 9th, 2010 Mother’s Day at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Luke 2:41-52 Apostle’s Creed Series 04 English Standard Version 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according…Read More
All Things Reverend Anthony R. Locke May 2nd, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Colossians 1:15-20 Apostle’s Creed Series 03 English Standard Version 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,…Read More
The Staff in Their Hands Reverend Anthony R. Locke April 25th, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Isaiah 10:1-23 Apostle’s Creed Series 02 English Standard Version 1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the…Read More
Everyone has an inner desire to draw near to God, but not everyone is drawn by faith. The people in our passage were drawing near to Jesus to get food for their stomachs. Like Simon the magician in Acts 8, they wanted to be a part of the spectacle. John 6:26 Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
Why do we draw near to God? Is it because we think church attendance will magically make our life better? Many people who used to go to church can tell you that isn’t true.
Do we seek God so He will bless our business, our family, our marriage, and our life? Are we seeking the blessing or are we seeking to draw near to Jesus?
Going to church to seek a better life for yourself will leave you empty and cynical. I know this from personal experience while in college. John 6:27 Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.
Jesus is stamped with the Father’s own divine seal of approval. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Believing and living for Jesus constitutes doing the work of God.
This is a broad definition and very liberating. Everyone can do God’s work wherever they find themselves. We seek Jesus first, and then in faith we do our labors in this world as unto the Lord and not unto men. Our own talents and interests lead us into our hobbies and employment, but our faith in Jesus enables us to do these things for God’s glory and not our own.
My dad used to tell his three sons, “find what you love and learn to make a living at it.”
Jesus would say, “find what you love and by faith glorify and enjoy God with it.”Read More
Jesus cried out “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me?” And in those three hours of total darkness on the cross Jesus went through what we would have suffered if we had gone to Hell.
He is the only person to ever go through Hell on earth. We must believe this or we miss the message of the Gospel. If Jesus didn’t go through Hell for us then our Hell remains unpaid.
The Gospel says that there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus – for Jesus took it all. There is no wrath remaining – for Jesus drank it all.
The Apostle’s Creed includes this theological statement to explain what really happened just before Jesus dismissed His spirit. If it speaks to nothing more than His death and burial then it is redundant. This is the position of John Calvin and the church since the Reformation.
Confessing that Jesus descended into Hell tells us what really happened in the darkness. It is the real story told from God’s perspective. We will never be allowed to peer into this mystery of our salvation because Hell is not for us if we are in Christ.
In Jesus the darkness has lifted. The curse is gone. Death’s stinger broke off inside the flesh of Jesus. The grave holds no victory dance over the dead body of a saint. Hell is not for us.
For on the cross Jesus descended into Hell. Praise His name forever.Read More
The Bible is filled with people who are apart of God’s redemptive story. What is your story? Do you see yourself in this book? Are you born into God’s family? Are you part of His new creation that He began in the resurrection?
Maybe you have been churched your whole life but never repented and trusted Jesus to save you. Maybe you harbor self-reliance in your heart because of your own good works or religious activities that you hope will be enough to get you into heaven. This false security is no security at all, but rather religious pride. How would you know if you are good enough to see God? When is being good, good enough? When will you be as good as God? Never.
Stop trusting yourself. Jesus has done enough for you to be forgiven. Trust His redemptive work alone.
You don’t need to remain unsure today about your eternal destiny. John the Apostle says that the Bible was written that we might know that we have eternal life. God wants you to know.
Begin your life of faith right now. Say, “Lord, I believe! Help me to believe more.” Chose today to trust the work of Christ to make you ready to live in His heaven forever more. This will be the beginning of your faith story as your life is united with God’s story of redemption.Read More
Do You Believe This? John 11:17-27 Reverend Anthony R. Locke March 7th, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker John 11:17-27 English Standard Version 17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of…Read More
In Isaiah 56:7 God says that He will use our prayers to bring in the unchurched. these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Our world is in desperate need to be connected to God. Our effectiveness to connect others to God will only happen when we are fervent in our prayers.
We cannot reach out redemptively without the anointing of God’s Spirit which comes through prayer. We must pursue the Father’s business using the Father’s ordained and blessed methods.
God says in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 that though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
If by faith we will pick up prayer as one of our chief activities as a church, then God promises divine power to pull down strongholds and establish His kingdom.Read More
Reckless Adoration John 12:1-11 Reverend Anthony R. Locke March 21st, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker John 12:1-11 English Standard Version 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served,…Read More
The Appeal of the King John 12:12-19 Reverend Anthony R. Locke March 28th, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Psalm 118:26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! John 12:12-19 English Standard Version 12 The next day the large crowd that had come to…Read More
Removing the Shroud of Unbelief April 4th, 2010 (Easter) at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Reverend Anthony R. Locke John 20:1-8 Matthew 27:57-60 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then…Read More
Belief & Practice The Standards of the ARP Church (PDF) – Our Constitution Confession of Faith – PDF Larger Catechism – PDF Shorter Catechism – PDF Form of Government – PDF Book of Discipline – PDF Directory of Public Worship – PDF Position Statements Statements on Stewardship Abortion Homosexuality Scripture Women in the Life of…Read More
. Purpose Statement: Who We are in Christ, Facing the 21st Century . …..We, the members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, in order to carry out God’s mission and move forward together into the next century, profess our life together in Christ and our desire to set forth a united strategy for the work of…Read More
. …..The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as we know it today comes to us across a lengthy history of service in two lands, the British Isles and North America. It had its beginnings in the preaching of John Knox in Scotland when the Scottish Church became the official church of Scotland in 1560 A.D. As…Read More