Sermons by Pastor Nick Esch

From Worldly Hedonism To Christian Hedonism – Ephesians 4:17-21

Ephesians 4:17–21 (ESV) [17] Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. [18] They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. […]

A Call For Bible-Saturated Christians – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

A Call For Bible-Saturated Christians Nick Esch, 9/8/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction William Tyndale lived from 1494 to 1536. He was an English Reformer who gave his life to seeing the Bible translated into English; eventually he literally gave his life for this cause when he was tried as a heretic and then strangled and […]

The God-Centered Gospel – Romans 3:21-26

  Romans 3:21–26 (ESV) [21] But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: [23] for all have sinned and fall short of the […]

Truth, Love, And The Church – Ephesians 4:15-16

Truth, Love, and the Church Nick Esch, 8/25/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction David Livingstone lived from 1813 to 1874; though he was from England he dedicated most of his life to journeying through and exploring Africa for the sake of creating access for the gospel. He went as a trailblazer for missionaries to come and […]

Equipped To Be Disciples Who Make Disciples – Ephesians 4:11-14

Equipped To Be Disciples Who Make Disciples Nick Esch, 8/18/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Ephesians 4:11–14 Our passage beings in verse 11 by telling us that, “he (Jesus) gave (to the church) the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers…” As we began looking at this passage last week we saw that, though this […]

The Free Gift Of Christ And His Gifts To The Church – Ephesians 4:7-12

Ephesians 4:7–12 (ESV) 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 high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” 9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also […]

Unity and the Worth of Jesus – Ephesians 4:1-6

Ephesians 4:1–6 (ESV) [1] I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, [2] with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, [3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. […]

Walking In A Worthy Manner – Ephesians 4:1-2

Walking In A Worthy Manner Nick Esch, 7/21/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction We’ve now made it through half of the book of Ephesians; so today we begin our journey through the back half of the book. The last three chapters are extremely practical—Paul takes the heights of all of the grand theology that he laid […]

The God Who Is Able – Ephesians 3:20-21

The God Who Is Able Nick Esch, 7/14/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction In reference to prayer John Newton once said, “Thou art coming to a King, so with thee large petitions bring! For His grace and power are such, that none can ever ask too much.” And what we have seen in Ephesians is that […]

A Prayer For Gospel-Transformation – Ephesians 3:14-19

A Prayer For Gospel-Transformation Nick Esch, 7/7/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Have you ever tried to help someone who was nearly impossible to help? For instance, let’s say this person’s lifestyle is harming them or making them sick, and if they would take the right medicine, diet properly, and get rid of some of their […]

Partakers Of The Promise, In Christ, For Christ – Ephesians 3:1-13

Partakers Of The Promise, In Christ, For Christ Nick Esch, 6/30/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Ephesians 3:1–13 Before the conference, two Sundays ago, we began looking at this text; so I’m not going to spend a lot of time on the first part of our passage, but instead I’ll just address it by way of summary. […]

Our Hearts Long For The Good Shepherd – Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (ESV) [1] The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. [2] He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. [3] He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. [4] Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of […]

Who The Church Is – Ephesians 2:19-22

Ephesians 2:19–22 (ESV) [19] So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [20] built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, [21] in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a […]

The Hostility Killing Gospel – Ephesians 2:14-18

The Hostility Killing Gospel Nick Esch, 5/26/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Over 6 days the infinitely glorious, sovereign, good God of the universe created all things, and after He created them He saw that what He created was good. But one of His creations stands […]

Sinners Brought Near To God – Ephesians 2:11-13

Ephesians 2:11–13 (ESV) [11] Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—[12] remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having […]

Grace-Driven Good Works For God’s Glory – Ephesians 2:10

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them. https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Good-Works-For-Gods-Glory.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Amazing Grace Leads To Worship – Ephesians 2:8-10

Ephesians 2:8–10 (ESV) [8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that […]

Made Alive With Christ – Ephesians 2:4-6

Ephesians 2:4–6 (ESV) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Made-Alive-With-Christ.mp3Podcast: […]

A Church That Displays The Glory Of God – 1 Corinthians 14:26-33a

1 Corinthians 14:26–33 (ESV) [26] What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. [27] If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let […]

God’s Power Towards God’s People – Ephesians 1:19-23

Ephesians 1:19–23 (ESV) [19] and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might [20] that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, [21] far above all rule and authority […]

The Sign of Tongues and a Bible Saturated Church – 1 Corinthians 14:20-25

1 Corinthians 14:20–25 (ESV) [20] Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. [21] In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, […]

Knowing Jesus and Hope – Ephesians 1:18

Ephesians 1:18 (ESV) having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints… https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/3-31-19-Sermon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Tongues Are A Sign – 1 Corinthians 14:20-25

1 Corinthians 14:20–25 (ESV) [20] Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. [21] In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, […]

Knowing God and the Privilege of Prayer – Ephesians 1:15-17

Ephesians 1:15–17 (ESV) [15] For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, [16] I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, [17] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you […]

The Guarantee Of Our Inheritance – Ephesians 1:13-14

Ephesians 1:13–14 (ESV) [13] In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, [14] who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Eph-1-13-14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window […]

Because We Are His We Live For HIs Glory – Ephesians 1:11-12

Ephesians 1:11–12 (ESV) 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Because-We-Are-His-We-Live-For-His-Glory.mp3Podcast: Play in new window […]

God’s Pleasure In His Son and the Purpose of Our Lives – Ephesians 1:9-10

Ephesians 1:9–10  (ESV) [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Eph-1-9-10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Spiritual Gifts Build Up, Not Puff Up – 1 Corinthians 14:1-5

1 Corinthians 14:1–5 (ESV) [1] Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. [2] For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. [3] On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to […]

The Riches of God’s Grace In Christ – Ephesians 1:7-8

Ephesians 1:7–8 (ESV) [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight…  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/The-Riches-of-Gods-Grace-In-Christ.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Love Never Ends – 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

1 Corinthians 13:8–13 (ESV) [8] Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. [9] For we know in part and we prophesy in part, [10] but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. [11] When I was a child, […]

Predestined In Pleasure For Praise – Ephesians 1:5-6

Ephesians 1:5–6 (ESV) [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Predestined-In-Pleasure-For-Praise.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Without Love We’re Nothing – 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

1 Corinthians 13:1–7 (ESV) [1] If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. [2] And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have […]

Chosen In Christ – Ephesians 1:3-4

Chosen In Christ Nick Esch, 2/10/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Ephesians 1:3-4 (ESV) [3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should […]

Gifts of Love and Service – 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

1 Corinthians 12:27–31 (ESV) [27] Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. [28] And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. [29] Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all […]

Saints In Christ – Ephesians 1:1-2

Saints in Christ Nick Esch, 2/3/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction I entitled this series The Church and the Glory of Christ because that’s what this whole letter is about. Paul begins by going deep into theology and the things of God, and really giving us a beautiful look at the gospel in the first three […]

Jonah’s Anger and God’s Amazing Grace – Jonah 4

Jonah’s Anger and God’s Amazing Grace Nick Esch, 1/27/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context So far we’ve seen God call Jonah, His prophet, to go to Nineveh and proclaim His Word; but instead he tried to run from the Lord, getting on a ship in Joppa, and heading towards Tarshish, the opposite direction of Nineveh. But […]

A Revival In Nineveh – Jonah 3

A Revival In Nineveh Nick Esch, 1/20/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction What is revival? By revival I don’t mean something that we can schedule. As R. C. Sproul once wrote, “I’m always puzzled when I see church billboards announcing a coming revival. They give the times and the dates when the church will be engaged […]

Jonah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving – Jonah 1:17-2:10

Jonah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving Nick Esch, 1/13/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context Jonah is a prophet of God. And God gave Jonah a word to preach to Nineveh, and called him to go and tell—to go to Nineveh and proclaim His Word. But instead Jonah flees from God. The men of Nineveh were enemies of Israel; […]

The Flight of Jonah – Jonah 1:1-16

The Flight of Jonah Nick Esch, 1/6/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Jonah 1:1–16 The book of Jonah was written roughly 700 years before the birth of Christ, yet as we’ll see, Jonah points us to Christ. Jesus Himself said that this book was directly related to His person and work. Now, no doubt, when you think […]

The Grace of God Appeared – Titus 2:11-14

The Grace of God Appeared Nick Esch, 12/23/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction What is Christmas all about? What’s the heart of the very meaning of Christmas? Most people, whether they are Christians or not, associate Christmas with peace on earth and good will towards men, and rightfully so… They may think of the birth of […]

Follow Jesus – John 21:18-25

Follow Jesus Nick Esch, 12/16/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 21:18-25 I want to start today by first drawing your attention to the last two verses of John’s Gospel. In verse 24, John points out that he is the one referred to as the disciple whom Jesus loves throughout the Gospel, and that he’s the one […]

Repentance, Restoration, And True Love For Jesus – John 21:15-17

Repentance, Restoration, And True Love For Jesus Nick Esch, 12/9/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context Remember the context of our passage; Jesus has already lived a perfect life, died a wrath absorbing death, and rose from the grave in glory… And our passage today picks up in the midst of His third resurrection appearance to His […]

The Mission and Our True Home – John 21:1-14

The Mission and Our True Home Nick Esch, 12/2/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction As most of you know I grew up in Atlanta Georgia. And if I’m honest, I still get homesick from time to time. I miss my family and my friends; I even miss all the pine trees out there. But every time […]

Communion and Commission – John 20:19-23

Communion and Commission Nick Esch, 11/18/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction For a little over three years I have given myself to doing four things here: preaching, praying, loving, and staying… I’ve devoted myself to preaching—seeking to preach Christ-centered expositions of God’s Word; I’ve given myself to praying desperately for faithfulness, fruitfulness, for each of you […]

Mary And The Risen Lord – John 20:11-18

Mary And The Risen Lord Nick Esch, 11/11/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction On October 28th, 69 years ago, Jim Elliot wrote those memorable words in his journal: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose…” He believed that with all of his heart, and his life proved […]

A Righteousness That Is Not Our Own – Philippians 3:1-11

Philippians 3:1-11 ESV Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit […]

The King Who Takes Away Our Fear – John 19:38-42

The King Who Takes Away Our Fear Nick Esch, 10/21/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction I love church history… One of the reasons I love it so much is because I love seeing the effects of God’s grace on His people… How He enables saints to boldly live for Him… Think of Peter being transformed from […]

Rock Of Ages Cleft For Me – John 19:31-37

Rock Of Ages Cleft For Me Nick Esch, 10/14/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction This morning as we continue working our way through the narrative of the cross, my desire is for us to bask in the radiance of the glory of Christ; I want you to see Jesus for who He is and what He […]

The Cross – John 19:16b-30

The Cross Nick Esch, 10/7/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction My hope and prayer for us this morning is simple, yet incredibly important… This morning we’re going to look at the cross, and as we do my prayer is that God would so work in us that our hearts would cry out, “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” […]

Behold Your King – John 19:1-16a

Behold Your King Nick Esch, 9/30/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve likely heard about the hearing in Washing D. C. regarding Judge Kavanaugh… Now I don’t want to get into the details regarding that hearing; but one thing has become abundantly clear as this has been going down… […]

The Truth of Jesus Transforms Sinners Into Sons – John 18:28-40

The Truth of Jesus Transforms Sinners Into Sons Nick Esch, 9/23/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context Remember the context of our passage; our passage takes place during the weeklong Jewish celebration of Passover, where the Jews remembered and thanked God for how He passed over them in the 10thplague, and delivered them from slavery. They celebrated […]

The Faithlessness of Man and the Faithfulness of Jesus – John 18:12-27

The Faithlessness of Man and the Faithfulness of Jesus Nick Esch, 9/16/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Intro Do you know anyone who has made shipwreck of their lives? Do you know anyone who has sinned so bad that it traumatically effected their lives? No doubt, we’ve all seen people who we thought were Christians fall away […]

Dark Days and Sovereign Grace – John 18:1-11

Dark Days and Sovereign Grace Nick Esch, 9/9/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction This Tuesday marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11thterrorist’s attacks… This is, by far, one of the darkest days in recent history… We all have dark days, but something like 9-11 really shakes us… It reminds us how much evil is really in […]

The Love of God In And Through Us – John 17:25-26

The Love of God In And Through Us Nick Esch, 9/2/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:25-26 Here we see Jesus closing out His High Priestly prayer for His people… For us… And He does it by summarizing His whole prayer thus far… So far He’s prayed for glory, for holiness, for unity, for knowledge, for […]

Beholding the Glory of Christ Forevermore – John 17:24

Beholding the Glory of Christ Forevermore Nick Esch, 8/26/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction If I were to ask you what it means to be human, you would likely say something like, to be imperfect… We say that, don’t we? When we make a mistake, we say things like, “I’m only human…” And by that we […]

Unity Driven By Love – John 17:20-23

Unity Driven By Love Nick Esch, 8/19/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:20-23 Jesus is just a few hours away from the cross, and in preparation He has been praying to the Father. He began His prayer by praying for His glory, and then for His apostles, and now He shifts to praying for all believers […]

Sanctification and Mission – John 17:14-19

Sanctification and Mission Nick Esch, 8/12/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:14-19 Our passage begins in verse 14, with Jesus saying, “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” Now, this idea of Christians being hated by […]

Glory and Joy – John 17:9-13

Glory and Joy Nick Esch, 8/5/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:9-13 Remember the context of our passage: Jesus has just finished encouraging and equipping His disciples, and now the cross is at hand; in just a few hours He will die for the sins of His people… But before He goes to the cross He […]

God’s Name and God’s People – John 17:6-8

God’s Name and God’s People Nick Esch, 7/29/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:6-8 Remember our context: Jesus is praying to the Father just a few hours before He will go to the cross. He began His prayer praying for glory; that He would be glorified in and through His death, resurrection, and ascension… And now […]

The Glory of Christ and Knowing God – John 17:1-3

The Glory of Christ and Knowing God Nick Esch, 7/15/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction An old Scottish preacher once noted, “The best sermon that was ever preached was followed by the best prayer ever offered up…” He was speaking of Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in John 17… John Knox, the Scottish reformer, would have his […]

Prayer and Joy – John 16:23-24

John 16:23-24 ESV In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Prayer-and-Joy.mp3Podcast: Play […]

A Gospel-Saturated Disciple Making Church – Matthew 28:18-20

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have […]

God’s Spirit, God’s Word, God’s People, God’s Purpose – John 16:12-15

John 16:12-15 (ESV) “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the […]

Spirit-Filled Means Jesus-Centered – John 16:4b-11

Spirit-Filled Means Jesus-Centered Nick Esch, 5/20/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction When I say Spirit-filled life, what comes to your mind? Perhaps you think primarily of charismatics or miraculous spiritual gifts… Perhaps you get a little nervous… We Baptists tend to think of the Trinity more as the Father, Son, and Holy Bible than we do […]

Witnesses for the Sake of the Name – John 15:21-16:4

  Witnesses for the Sake of the Name Nick Esch, 5/13/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction In 1839 John Williams and James Harris, from the London Mission Society, went to the New Hebrides (islands about two-thirds of the way between Australia and Hawaii) with the intent to take the gospel to the people there… But, within […]

The Great Gospel Love Of Christ And Our Call To Love – John 15:12-17

The Great Gospel Love Of Christ And Our Call To Love Nick Esch, 4/22/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context For the last few chapters of John, in what is known as the Upper Room Discourse, Jesus has been addressing His disciples, and seeking to prepare them to live in the world as His disciples after He […]

Abiding In Christ For The Glory Of Christ – John 15:6-11

Abiding In Christ For The Glory Of Christ Nick Esch, 4/8/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction John Wesley was an instrument of God used to bring about the Great Awakening in the 1700s; a great revival, that’s still impacting us today… He boldly preached the gospel and the necessity of being born again. You may recall […]

The Suffering Servant Who Rose In Victory – Isaiah 53

The Suffering Servant Who Rose In Victory Nick Esch, 4/1/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction “This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it” (Psalm 118:24)… This is the Lord’s Day… This is Easter Sunday… This is Resurrection Day… This is a glorious day… Every Sunday we gather in […]

Apart From Jesus We Can Do Nothing – John 15:5

Apart From Jesus We Can Do Nothing Nick Esch, 3/25/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 15:5 Last week we began working our way through John 15:1-11. We made it through the first four verses, and today we’re really just going to focus on one verse—verse 5. There’s so much here that I want us to take […]

Trusting the Vinedresser – John 15:1-4

John 15:1-4 (ESV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. […]

Jesus’ Peace, Our Purpose – John 14:25-31

Jesus’ Peace, Our Purpose Nick Esch, 3/11/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction If I say the words holiness, sanctification, righteousness, or Christ-likeness what comes to your mind? One thing that comes to my mind is my brother; not because he is any of these, but because he’s referred to me before as a holy roller… And […]

Loving Jesus – Living For Jesus – John 14:21-24

Loving Jesus—Living For Jesus Nick Esch, 3/4/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context Our text is a part of the Upper Room Discourse, where Jesus addresses His disciples the night before His crucifixion. Jesus has finished His public earthly ministry, they just had the last supper, Judas has left to betray Jesus, Jesus has just told His […]

Another Helper – John 14:15-24

John 14:15-24 (ESV) “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with […]

True Love Obeys – John 14:15

True Love Obeys Nick Esch, 2/18/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Augustine taught that we are most fundamentally shaped not as much by what we believe, or think, or do, but by what we love… And I think he’s on point in his assessment… We spend most of our time and effort on our family or […]

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled – John 14:1-11

John 14:1-11 (ESV) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come […]

Loved By Jesus To Love Like Jesus – John 13:31-38

Loved By Jesus To Love Like Jesus Nick Esch, 1/28/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Just recently I went to Washington DC for the Evangelicals for Life conference and the March for Life. The point of the conference was to equip Christians, and especially leaders in the church to be pro life holistically—from the womb to […]

The Power of Last Words – John 12:44-50

The Power of Last Words Nick Esch, 1/7/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Last words are powerful, because last words leave a lasting impression. Last words often display a person’s hopes and a person’s heart. Some of my favorite last words come from John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, who just before he died said, […]

Consumed With Glory – John 12:37-43

Consumed With Glory Nick Esch, 12/31/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Here we are on the eve of the New Year. It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts… No doubt many of you have been thinking about resolutions… You’ve been thinking about ways to improve yourself or your life in the upcoming year… And […]

The King of the World, a Treasure Greater Than Life – John 12:12-26

The King of the World, a Treasure Greater Than Life Nick Esch, 12/17/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction One of my favorite teachers and theologians, R. C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this past Thursday. I was struck by the announcement of his death for many reasons; but one thing in particular in […]

The Devotion Of A True Christian And The Glory Of Jesus – John 12:1-11

The Devotion Of A True Christian And The Glory Of Jesus Nick Esch, 12/10/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Our passage picks up just after the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus powerfully raised Lazarus from the grave, but in so doing He stirs the Jewish leaders and authorities to both fear and anger, to the point that they […]

The Gospel And Adoption – Ephesians 1:3-6

The Gospel & Adoption Nick Esch, 11/12/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction This month is national adoption month, and today is Orphan Care Sunday. One of the reasons there is such a thing as Orphan Care Sunday is because there is an orphan crisis. There are around 153 million orphans globally. And here in the states […]

The Gospel And The Church – Ephesians 4:1-16

The Gospel & The Church Nick Esch, 11/5/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction What would you say is central to your life? What’s the central purpose of your life? If someone were to observe your life, what would they say you are focusing on, what would seem truly important to you, what would they see that […]