Faith Community Bible Church Sermons


The weekly sermon from Faith Community Bible Church in Boise, Idaho. Reformed, evangelical, and exegetical.


  • Why God Gives Us Commands

    Why God Gives Us Commands


    ## Introduction Well, today we begin a new 7-week summer series that both connects to the book of Ecclesiastes and our theme for the year and we are titling this series "Love the Commandment." Today is an introduction message to the series so it's more conceptual in nature. Here's how our new summer series ties into the book of Ecclesiastes. If you back out and just look at the man Solomon, you really have to admire him. He was serious about being happy. He was willing to work to be happy. I mean, he wanted it! He was on a quest. And you read the book of Ecclesiastes and you realize, this guy tried everything. He spends his entire life pursuing wisdom and knowledge, women and sexual experience, money and power, parties and feasting, music, buildings, and projects. He tried it all. And all along the way, he's journaling, meticulously and honestly observing the impact of his decisions. He's letting us know the results of his happiness experimentation. And the reason this is so incredibly helpful for us 3

  • Ecclesiastes 12:9-17

    Ecclesiastes 12:9-17

  • Remember God To Enjoy Your Life and Your Death

    Remember God To Enjoy Your Life and Your Death


    Remember God to Enjoy Your Life and Your Death I don’t know about you, but Ecclesiastes has proven to be even more of a blessing than I had anticipated when we first dove into this book. First of all, let’s just stop for a minute and see the goodness of God’s providence in bringing this book to us to be explored, read, studied, and applied during this uncertain season. Think about it, none of us could have predicted what 2020 had in store for us with the COVID-19 pandemic. In an instance we had our ability to meet stripped away, our favorite stores and shops closed down, an economic downfall was on our hands, and at the beginning of all this was a fairly ludacris shortage of toilet paper that I’m still trying to process. It has undoubtedly brought more uncertainty and unprecedented polarization within our nation that we frankly weren’t prepared for, whether physically, emotionally, relationally, or spiritually. Ultimately, we saw how quickly all that we trust to make our lives function properly and go off

  • Stability in the Unknown

    Stability in the Unknown


    We are in the penultimate chapter of Ecclesiastes and man, it’s been a ride. What an amazing book God has preserved for us! Solomon has given us a lot of help in this book. He’s helped us come to grips with the vapor-like nature of life. He’s helped us to see that God’s gifts are meant to be enjoyed but were never designed to ultimately fulfill He’s helped us appreciate the value of wisdom. The book of Ecclesiastes has functioned as a mirror to help us see God, ourselves and reality more clearly. All of his insights might come under the heading of perspective. The wisdom of Ecclesiastes has changed us by giving us a new perspective. Perspective changes everything. Depending on your perspective, the exact same circumstance can elicit opposite responses in people. To illustrate this, I worked three seasons for an initial attack crew fighting wildfires in Idaho. The goal of firefighers of course is to put out fires because they are incredibly destructive. But I very quickly realized there is a secondar

  • How Will You Lead

    How Will You Lead


    Introduction Okay, so we return to our study in Ecclesiastes, and today we tackle the second part of chapter 10 so jump in your Bible to Ecclesiastes 10. I'm hoping that even though we are still not able to meet together corporately, many of you are gathering in homes, with another family or two. Today, there are a few human beings in the room with me. I can't tell you how cool that is! So let's get after it. Get your eyes on the pages of your Bible so you can see it for yourself. Here's an encouragement for you to not just listen to, but interact with Solomon in the text he wrote and God preserved. Now chapter 10 reads a lot like the book of Proverbs. When you read the proverbs you have some proverbs that are standalone verses. They aren't connected to anything before or after. Other proverbs are couplets. Still others are whole paragraphs or chapters that are a clearly connected thought, like the adulterous woman in chapter 7 or the virtuous woman in chapter 31. The second part of Ecclesiastes chapter 1

  • You Can’t Win But You Can Be Wise

    You Can’t Win But You Can Be Wise


    Welcome to our Livestream service. I wanted to give you an update on our phased approach to reopening. As was mentioned in our newsletter, starting Monday we will have sign-ups for live services in very limited numbers that will slowly open up as the city lifts restrictions. More on that later but for now I wanted to give a pastoral word regarding our plan to meet. There are two extreme polar positions represented in our society right now. On the one hand, you have those who interpret any behavior other than complete isolation as dangerous, uncaring, and disregarding of scientific authorities. On the other hand, you have those who think this whole thing is a hoax, a power play by the bureaucratic elite, and all about the money. Both of these are tools used to create fear. Either fear of a virus or fear of a corrupt elite. These are powerful fears because massively influential forces are acting upon us that are completely outside our control. I’m here this morning to remind us of who is in control. The virus

  • Reasons to Enjoy Life

    Reasons to Enjoy Life


    Introduction Reasons to Enjoy Life Well, good morning, my name is Jason Wolin and I’m one of the pastors on staff here and it’s great to be with you again today. We begin with this video on biblical joy to set the joy of Ecclesiastes in its proper context. Today we continue where we left off last week. We saw Solomon commending joy to us. He’s commending to us a simple formula of how to enjoy life. Enjoy what you understand. Trust when you don’t. In order for us to really enjoy the good simple gifts of food, a spring day, a camping trip we have to release to God the parts that don’t make sense. Why do good things happen to evil people? Why is it that death sweeps away the evil and the righteous? And when we entrust our good Father with complexities above our paygrade, we are then free to enjoy life. This isn’t the carpe diem (seize-the-day-joy) that comes out of a worldview of fatalism. It’s all headed down sewer anyway so here’s a piece of happiness to numb me along the way. This is a joy that comes out o

  • The Blind Joy

    The Blind Joy


    Well, thanks for watching this morning. I’m sure many of you are wondering when we will be able to gather together corporately. Well, we do as well! There has been some communication from the governor that indicates that some of the gathering restrictions might lift as soon as next week. So please stay tuned via our newsletter and website to find out the most recent plan. For now, we are back in the book of Ecclesiastes. Now last week we talked about the danger of saying to yourself, “If only…” If only this thing were in place, then I’d be happy, or content, or satisfied. And the text itself illustrated four of these: We tried to contrast the death trap of those who play the ‘if only…’ game with those who fear God. Now before we leave the “if onlys” we need to make one final observation. Here’s what’s interesting about every one of these if only statements. Categorically, they are all really good things. It’s not like we are saying, “If only I could smoke weed and rob a bank.” I mean

  • Time Lapse Theory

    Time Lapse Theory


    Introduction Welcome to our prerecorded livestream. We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times, in fact so much so that people are getting really tired of hearing the words uncertain and unprecedented! All of us are asking the same question? How long will it be before we can gather again? How long will it be before we open up the economy? What are some metrics we can use where we can safely say, “Things are good.” We are all tired of relating to one another through screens. We are tired of isolation. We are tired of the insecurity When can things just get back to normal? Now I think Solomon would hear that question and smile. I think he would say, “What is normal? Normal doesn’t happen under the sun. Nothing is normal. Normal is nothing more than constantly, ever changing. Normal is broken. Normal is corrupt. Normal is imperfect” There’s no such thing as Normal. Stop living your life as if a normal can be attained. That question is an absolute death trap. Life will never be normal. All the

  • What Life Does to You

    What Life Does to You


    Introduction He is risen. He is risen indeed. It was so good to see all your faces this Sunday in that video and I just want to celebrate Jesus Christ today. What a Savior we have! Friday we remembered the death of Jesus Christ on a cross and while tragic it would be no different than any of the hundreds of thousands, even millions of other unjust torturous deaths in the history of the world were in not for what we are celebrating this morning. JESUS CHRIST, yes died…. BUT….. has risen from the dead. And that, my friends, changes EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING is different because of that. Now to get at why that changes everything and why everything is so different we are actually going to start by look at the resurrection through a text that was written roughly a 1000 years before Jesus was born. We are going to grab this unique perspective that Solomon has given us in the book of Ecclesiastes. The Limitations of Wisdom On Palm Sunday we looked at Wisdom as described in Ecclesiastes 7. And here’s what Solomon say