Sermons on Christian Hedonism

A Church That’s Amazed By Grace – Colossians 3:12-17

Colossians 3:12–17 (ESV) [12] Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, [13] bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. [14] And above all these put on […]

Sovereign Grace and a Life of Praise – Ephesians 1:3-14

Ephesians 1:3–14 (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 be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] […]

The Life That Accompanies Salvation – Hebrews 6:9-12

Hebrews 6:9–12 (ESV) [9] Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. [10] For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. […]

Our Great High Priest And The Grace Of God – Hebrews 4:14-16

Hebrews 4:14–16 (ESV) [14] Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. [15] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted […]

Fear and Rest – Hebrews 4:1-5

Fear and Rest ~ Hebrews 4:1-5 Nick Esch, Cornerstone Baptist Church 3/21/2021 In verse 1 we read, “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” This therefore ties us back to all that has gone before, where the […]

Do Not Harden Your Heart – Hebrews 3:7-19

Hebrews 3:7–19 (ESV)   [7] Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,   “Today, if you hear his voice, [8] do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, [9] where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. [10] Therefore I […]

The Church Is Salt And Light – Matthew 5:3-16

Matthew 5:3–16 (ESV) [3] “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [4] “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. [5] “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. [6] “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. [7] […]

Our Gracious Elder Brother and the Christian Brotherhood – Hebrews 2:11-13

Hebrews 2:11-13 (ESV)  11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,      “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 And again,      “I will put […]

The Heart Of Christ – Matthew 11:25-30

The Heart of Christ Nick Esch, 1/3/2021 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction This is the time of year for resolutions and goals, and I shared in a church email the other day that my great goal for 2021 is simple faithfulness. And I said that in part because at New Years in 2020 I had all these […]

The Danger Of Drifting And The Anchor Of Grace – Hebrews 2:1-4

Hebrews 2:1–4 (ESV) [1] Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. [2] For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, [3] how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It […]

Our Unchanging Hope – Hebrews 1:10-14

Hebrews 1:10–14 (ESV) [10] And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; [11] they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, [12] like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. […]

The Supreme Prophet, Priest, And King – Hebrews 1:1-3

Hebrews 1:1–3 (ESV) [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 has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. [3] He is the radiance […]

Scripture Alone – 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:7

2 Corinthians 3:17–4:7 (ESV) [17] Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [18] And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord […]

The Glory Of Christ Is The Goal – John 17:24

John 17:24 (ESV) Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/The-Glory-Of-Christ-Is-The-Goal.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

The New Commandment of Gospel Love – John 13:34-35

John 13:34–35 (ESV) [34] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/A-New-Covenant-People-Obeying-The-New-Commandment-Of-Gospel-Love.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

A Gospel Created Church And Its Mission – 1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2:9–10 (ESV) [9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you […]

Joyful Glad-Hearted Worship And The Glory Of God – Psalm 100

Psalm 100 (ESV) [1] Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! [2] Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! [3] Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. [4] Enter […]

The Christian Mission And Our Heavenly Account – Philippians 4:14-23

Philippians 4:14-23 (ESV) 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and […]

The Secret To Christian Contentment – Philippians 4:10-13

Philippians 4:10–13 (ESV) 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I […]

Rejoice In The Lord – Philippians 4:2-7

Rejoice In The Lord Nick Esch, 8/2/2020 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction There’s a story of an unnamed martyr, who during the English Reformation was sentenced to death for preaching the gospel. He was to be put to death by fire, all for his faithfulness to Jesus. When the executioner was about to carry out his […]

Eternal Destruction or Eternal Joy – Philippians 3:17-4:1

Eternal Destruction or Eternal Joy Nick Esch, 7/26/2020 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Thirty-nine years ago, on July 26, 1981, in God’s providence, a small group of people banded together and planted what is now known as Cornerstone Baptist Church. For thirty-nine years there has been a body of believers here who loved the Lord and […]

Wednesday Bible Study – 7-22-2020

1 Peter 3:13–15 (ESV) [13] Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? [14] But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, [15] but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared […]

Paul’s Conversion – Philippians 3:1-14

Philippians 3:1–14 (ESV) [1] Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. [2] Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. [3] For we are the circumcision, who worship […]

The Interests of Christ – Philippians 2:19-30

The Interests Of Christ Nick Esch, 6/28/2020 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context Thus far in Philippians we have seen that God’s calling on all Christians is to be content and joyful in Christ. Our lives are to display that knowing Jesus is of surpassing worth; Jesus is better than anything life can give us or death […]

Gospel Promise, Gospel Pursuit, Gospel Power, and Gospel Purpose – Philippians 2:12-13

Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV) 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Gospel-Promise-Pursuit-Power-and-Purpose-4.mp3Podcast: Play […]

A Life Lived In Line With The Good News Of Christ Points To The Goodness Of Christ – Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 1:27–30 (ESV) [27] Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, [28] and […]

The Secret To Joy – Philippians 1:18b-26

Philippians 1:18–26 (ESV) 18b Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as […]

Suffering, God’s Good Sovereignty, And The Glory Of Christ – Philippians 1:12-14

Suffering, God’s Good Sovereignty, and the Glory of Christ Nick Esch, 4/5/2020 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction John Bunyan was an English Puritan who lived from 1628-1688. He devoted his life to the glory of Christ and the advancement of the gospel of Christ. In fact, he spent 12 years of his life in prison for preaching […]

A Christ-Centered Benediction – Ephesians 6:21-24

Ephesians 6:21–24 (ESV) [21] So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. [22] I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your […]

Resolved to Glorify Christ – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Resolved to Glorify Christ Nick Esch, 12/29/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction New Years is upon us, which means the time of New Year’s Resolutions is upon us. My family and I were discussing this in the car the other day, and my oldest son, Jonah, was being a bit of a pessimist, or perhaps I […]

Christmas Is For Freedom – Hebrews 2:14-16

Hebrews 2:14–16 (ESV) [14] Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, [15] and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. [16] For […]

Gratitude Driven Holiness – Ephesians 5:3-14

Ephesians 5:3–14 (ESV)   [3] But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. [4] Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. [5] For you may be sure of this, […]

The Lie vs. The Truth – Ephesians 4:25

Ephesians 4:25 (ESV) Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-Lie-vs.-The-Truth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Putting Off The Old And Putting On The New Self – Ephesians 4:20-24

Ephesians 4:20–24 (ESV) [20] But that is not the way you learned Christ!—[21] assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be […]

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. […]