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Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames 1:1-4July 19, 2015Download PDF “At the heart of why people disbelieve and believe in God, of why people decline and grow in character, of how God becomes less real and more real to us – is suffering” (Tim Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, 6) You may not have given this much thought, but in two years (2017) the world will celebrate (although some will bemoan!) the 500th anniversary of the start of the...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #1 - Jesus is Better!Hebrews 1:1-2aDownload PDF Supposing, just for the sake of illustration, that you come across an envelope in which there is a lengthy letter. It doesn’t belong to you but you are determined that it be delivered to its rightful destination. More than likely the first order of business would be to examine the front of the envelope to discover the individual or individuals to whom the letter is addressed. Bu...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames 1:5-8July 26, 2015Download PDF Last week in our inaugural study in the book of James I briefly suggested that the primary theme of this epistle is that Christianity is not just a body of doctrines to believe but also a life to be pursued in the power of a living faith. In other words, James, perhaps more so than any other NT book, calls on us to put into practice on a daily basis what we profess to believe. In fact, James will go so far a...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #2 - Why is Jesus Better? Seven Reasons Hebrews 1:1-4Download PDF If you’ve ever wondered why Bridgeway Church exists, it isn’t so that those who don’t play golf might have something to occupy their time on a Sunday morning. Our mission statement is clear and to the point: We exist to exalt Christ in the City, through Gospel-centered Worship, Discipleship, Community, and Mission. But why? Why is it our individual and c...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #3 - Jesus, Better than the AngelsHebrews 1:4-14Download PDF Jesus, Better than the Angels Hebrews 1:4-14 When we began our series in the book of Hebrews I mentioned several things about which we remain in ignorance. For example, we don’t know who wrote the book or when it was composed or where the author was located or who the people were to whom it was addressed. However, I think we can reasonably conclude one thing about...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #3August 2, 2015Download PDF My dad was a banker for most of his professional working life. He was also a remarkable judge of character. I think this came from at least two sources. One was certainly the Holy Spirit. In other words, I think God uniquely gifted my dad with powers of discernment. He could see through the false fronts that people put up and was remarkably accurate when it came to looking beyond and behind actions to the moti...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #4 - Such a Great Salvation!Hebrews 2:1-4Download PDF Such a Great Salvation! Hebrews 2:1-4 Jesus is better, or so the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews would have us believe. As good and great as was everything that preceded him during the time of the Old Covenant under Moses, Jesus is better. Jesus is immeasurably superior to anything your heart can conceive or your mind can imagine. Jesus Christ is God’s full and fina...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #4August 9, 2015Download PDF It’s a refrain we’ve all heard countless times.  “Officer, it wasn’t my fault. That idiot behind me was following too closely and if I hadn’t broken the speed limit he would probably have hit me from behind.”  “Well, if I wasn’t supposed to fornicate, why did God give me sexual urges?”  “Honey, I’m telling you that I would ne...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #5 - Pollyanna vs. Christian Hope: Discerning the DifferenceHebrews 2:5-9Download PDF Pollyanna vs. Christian Hope:Discerning the Difference Hebrews 2:5-9 [“The introductory formula [in v. 6a] is interesting. At first glance the wording seems cavalier, ‘But one has somewhere testified.’ The author is not betraying ignorance, as if he doesn’t know the text which he cites. The letter as a whole demonstr...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #5August 23, 2015Download PDF Now here’s a question for you, and yes it does have a purpose and it does have a direct relation to our passage this morning. What issue or doctrine or perspective on Christianity is the most divisive in the church today? Could it be the charismatic question? Is it the debate between continuationists, who believe all spiritual gifts are valid today, and cessationists, who argue that the so-called mirac...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #6 - Jesus, the “Pioneer” Man, made “Perfect” through SufferingHebrews 2:10-13Download PDF Jesus, the “Pioneer” Man, made “Perfect” through Suffering Hebrews 2:10-13 Let me be entirely honest with you this morning. My guess is that most of you think I never have doubts about my faith in Christ or that everything in Christianity makes perfectly good sense to me. Quite honestly, that&...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #6August 30, 2015Download PDF My guess is that the majority of people here today have at one time or another throughout their educational experience audited a class or course, whether in high school or more likely in college. I certainly have. I loved the courses I audited. After I had graduated from Dallas Seminary in 1977 I returned a couple of years later and audited beginning Hebrew which was being taught by my good friend Jack Deere....Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #7 - The Death of Death in the Death of the Risen ChristHebrews 2:14-18Download PDF The Death of Death in the Death of the Risen Christ Hebrews 2:14-18 Today, traditionally known as Easter Sunday, more biblically known as Resurrection Sunday, is all about one theme and one theme only: Jesus of Nazareth, the God-man, following a sinless and altogether virtuous and obedient life, died a substitutionary and altogether sufficient and...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #8 - Jesus, Our Merciful and Faithful High PriestHebrews 2:14-18Download PDF Jesus, Our Merciful and Faithful High Priest Hebrews 2:14-18 Last week our time in this passage was devoted to exploring what it means to say that God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, became a human being in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, and how he, by dying and rising from the grave, was able to defeat and destroy Satan and to deliver men a...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #7September 6, 2015Download PDF Let me come straight to the point. Our world, and sadly that often times includes the professing Christian church, is, contrary to James’ counsel, slow to hear, quick to speak, and has a hair trigger when it comes to anger. You can almost hear people justifying each of these:  “Why should I be quick to hear? I don’t know anyone who has anything of value to say. And if they do have so...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #9 - Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our ConfessionHebrews 3:1-6Download PDF Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our Confession Hebrews 3:1-6 I had an interesting experience in studying this passage in Hebrews 3 and in my preparation for this message. I got massively distracted! But in a good way! And I hope you will be happy and pleased that I was. So let me explain. As we’ve already seen in our study of Hebrews, ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #8September 13, 2015Download PDF All of us know that some sins are more conspicuous and overt than others. Public drunkenness, for example, or profane speech are readily identifiable. It’s obvious to even the casual observer if someone is intoxicated. The same is true of obscene or profane speech. If you have eyes and ears you can know instantly whether such sins are being committed. Other sins, however, are more covert and secret....Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #10 - Perseverance is a Community ProjectHebrews 3:7-19Download PDF Perseverance is a Community Project Hebrews 3:7-19 I’d be curious to know what many of you think about your salvation and what God has done through Christ to reconcile you to himself. My guess is that most Christians today would respond by talking of personal faith in Jesus and repentance from sin, of being forgiven and becoming a child of God. A few of you...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #9October 4, 2015Download PDF There simply is no more eternally important question that any man or woman can ask and then answer than this: “How might I, a hell-deserving sinner, be reconciled to God and made acceptable in his sight?” Or we might pose the question in yet another way: “How might I, a man/woman who is undeniably unrighteous and thus deserving of eternal judgment, be made righteous in the sight of God?&rdqu...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #11 - Rest!Hebrews 4:1-11Download PDF Rest! Hebrews 4:1-11 Back in Hebrews 2:4 our author encouraged us not to neglect this “great salvation” that we have in Jesus Christ. Do you know why your salvation is great? Do you think often of it? Have you exerted the mental and spiritual energy to meditate on the multi-faceted, multi-dimensional nature of what it means to be “saved” from sin and death and condemna...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #10October 11, 2015Download PDF I’m sorry for having to begin on something of a downer, but I want to draw your attention today to the many ways that human beings have distorted some of the most precious of God’s gifts to us. Take, for example, our minds. God has given us brains and minds that we might understand him and grasp his truth and delight in his greatness. And what have we done with this glorious gift? Paul says in ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #12 - The Sharp, Two-Edged Sword of the SpiritHebrews 4:12-13Download PDF The Sharp, Two-Edged Sword of the Spirit Hebrews 4:12-13 Today, in our study of these two verses in Hebrews 4, you are going to hear something about Bridgeway Church and our philosophy of ministry that you may never have seriously considered before. You are also going to learn something about me, although I trust that those of you who’ve been here for...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #11October 25, 2015Download PDF I think all of you are familiar with the oft-heard statement that Christians are people who are “in” the world but not “of” the world. There isn’t a specific biblical text that says it in precisely those terms, but James 4:4 does describe followers of Jesus as people who should avoid developing a “friendship with the world.” In fact, James says that to be a “f...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #13 - When Young Ravens CryHebrews 4:14-16Download PDF When Young Ravens Cry Hebrews 4:14-16 Allow me to set the stage, so to speak, for what we read here in Hebrews 4:14-16, especially v. 16 on which we will focus most of our attention.  All of us are in need. All of us face situations with other people that stretch our wisdom to the limit. All of us encounter struggles and obstacles and roadblocks and landmines in life th...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #12November 1, 2015Download PDF I don’t like oversimplification. I don’t typically give much credence to those who try to reduce complex problems to a single cause. But I’m going to make an exception to that this morning. And I’m making an exception because James does. Or I should say, God does through the writing of James.  Now, before I explain more what I mean, let’s be honest and acknowledge that si...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #14 - Celebrating Christ as the Source of SalvationHebrews 4:14-5:10Download PDF Celebrating Christ as the Source of Salvation Hebrews 4:14-5:10 If you were to ask the average Christian to quote one verse in the Bible that best summarizes what we call the gospel, most would instinctively turn to John 3:16. And that’s ok. It is stunning to think that because God loved this world of fallen sinners he sent his only Son, Jesus,...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #13November 8, 2015Download PDF There is a radio commercial that I hear several times a week here in OKC. If you don’t listen regularly to sports talk radio you probably aren’t aware of it. Quite honestly, I can’t even tell you what product or service is being promoted, but I do vividly remember the opening comments that are designed to grab the listener’s attention. The spokesman says something along the lines of:...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #15 - Can You Hear Me Now?Hebrews 5:11-6:3Download PDF Can You Hear Me Now? Hebrews 5:11-6:3 I have to suppress the urge to laugh out loud when I hear Christians tell me how great it would be if we could only return to the glory days of the early church. They appear to believe that in the first century the church was far better off than it is today, that it knew little of division or false teaching and knew a lot of power and pur...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #14November 15, 2015Download PDF Perhaps the greatest sound and light show in the history of God’s people took place in conjunction with the giving of the Ten Commandments. We are told in Exodus 20:18ff. that after God had spoken what are known as the Ten Words that “all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking” (Exod. 20:18a). Their response was anythi...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #16 - Unsaved “Believers”Hebrews 6:4-9Download PDF Unsaved “Believers” Hebrews 6:4-9 It has been slightly more than a year and a half since we concluded a brief series of sermons on the question of whether or not born-again believers in Jesus Christ can lose or forfeit their salvation. We looked at virtually all the passages in the NT to determine if a person who has been justified by faith in Jesus Christ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #15December 6, 2015Download PDF Is it possible for a Christian to live like an atheist? I don’t mean “live like an atheist” in the sense that one actually denies the existence of God or commits sin repeatedly and feels no conviction or experiences no repentance. That person would have no basis for claiming to be a Christian in the first place. What I have in mind is a person who is born again going about his or her busin...Read More