Church in the Canyon

Sermons from Church in the Canyon, a PCA church in Calabasas, CA

” The Path to Gratitude: Three Diagnostic Questions “

November 17th, 2019

" The Path to Gratitude: Three Diagnostic Questions "

1 Corinthians 4:7

November 17, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1.  Who sees anything different in you?  

2.  What do you have that you did not receive?

3.  Why then do you boast


In what areas of your life are you tempted to boast?

Are there things that you have received that you need to be grateful for?

What does God see in you?

” Job’s First Prayer “

November 10th, 2019

" Job's First Prayer "

Job 7

November 10, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1.  The Difficulty of Life 7:1-10 

       a.  Life is hard

       b.  Life is short


2.  Why Do I Matter to You? 7:11-19

       a.  I hate my life!

       b.  What is man? 

               i.  Why do you care?

              ii.  Leave me alone! 


3.  Show Me My Sin 7:20-21

       a.  What have I done?

       b.  Why won’t you forgive it?

       c.  Tell me before it is too late 


  • You matter.
  • Your suffering is not always punishment for some specific sin.
  • Are your sins forgiven?

” Feeling Betrayed “

November 3rd, 2019

" Feeling Betrayed "

Job 6

November 3, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1.  Job Defends His Complaint 6:1-7
     a.  The weight of Job’s suffering is a reasonable cause for the depth of his sorrow
     b.  His complaining is as natural as a hungry animal making noise
     c.  His complaining is as understandable as the rejection of tasteless food

2.  Job Repeats his Complaint
     a.  Job reiterates that he wishes life would end
     b.  He is certain of two things:
          i.  He has kept the faith
         ii.  He cannot endure any more suffering

3.  Job Condemns his Friends
     a. They have withheld kindness
     b. They have counseled from a place of fear
     c.  Despite Job asking nothing from them!

4.  Job Appeals to his Friends
     a.  Tell me what my sin is
     b.  Stop being piously self-interested
     c.  Repent – and be specific if you think some sin has caused my calamity


  • What kind of counselor are you?
  • Do you need to repent of having been or done the same things that Job’s friends are guilty of?
  • Have a you responded to the friendship of God?

” A Reckless Counselor “

October 27th, 2019

" A Reckless Counselor "

Job 4-5

October 27, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

  1. The Logical Advice of Eliphaz 
    1. Since godly people are always healthy and wealthy…  4:7-17
    2. Your suffering means that you have sinned… 4:18-5:7
    3. Therefore, repent of your sins5:8,17-19
    4. And you will be healthy and wealthy again 5:19-25
  2. Where did Eliphaz Fail?
    1. He does not know that sometimes bad things happen without a person’s sin being the cause: John 9:1-3
    2. He does not know that sometimes God causes good people to suffer in order to strengthen them – not to punish them: John 15:2
    3. Eliphaz fails because he knows some things but presumes to see the whole picture!
  3. Be Careful in Counseling Others!  You can utterly fail despite:
    1. Humble compliments 4:1-6
    2. Careful observations 4:7-11 
    3. Spiritual experiences 4:12-17
    4. Theological sophistication 4:18-21
    5. Doctrinal orthodoxy 5:1-7
    6. Personal piety 5:8-16
    7. Good intentions 5:17-27


  • Do not suppose that anyone’s health or wealth is an indicator of the nature of their relationship with God
  • Never presume to speak as an expert about someone else’s circumstances and walk with God in this world.
  • In all of life, both good times and bad, seek God!

” Job’s Lament “

October 20th, 2019

" Job's Lament "

Job 3:1-26

October 10, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

1.   Three Dark Stanzas 

      a.  I wish I had never been born  v.1-10

      b.  I wish I had died at birth  v.11-19

      c.  I wish I could die right now  v.20-26


2.   Truths to Acknowledge

      a.  Christians sometimes suffer deeply

      b.  Christians sometimes become depressed

      c.  Christians sometimes have suicidal thoughts


3.   What Job did not understand

      a.  He did not understand what God is doing   Ecc. 3

      b.  He did not understand the value of life

      c.  He did not understand the life to come



  • Do you grieve without guilt when it is “time to weep?”
  • Do you have faith that God knows what he is doing in both he delights and the tragedies this world and life offer?
  • Do you understand the value of this life – and the next?

” Job’s Friends “

October 15th, 2019

              " Job's Friends "          

Job 2:11-13

October 13, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

1.   Who are these guys?

      a.  They are friends 

      b.  They share the same language/culture: Edom/Abrahamic 

      c.  They are in communication with each other

      d.  They determine to act in unison


2.   What do they do?

      a.  They come

      b.  They sympathize

      c.  They comfort


3.   What should we learn?

      a.  Be present with those who suffer 

      b.  Be sacrificial with those who suffer 

      c.  Be humble with those who suffer



  • Do you have a friend who is faithfully there, sympathetic, and comforting?

” The Integrity of Job “

October 6th, 2019

" The Integrity of Job "

Job 2:1-10

October 6, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

1.  A Persistent Enemy v.1-8

     a.  Job’s Suffering

             a.  It is continued

             b.  It is increased

     b.  Satan’s Psychology

             a.  He will not accept contrary evidence

             b.  He will imagine the worst of you: “Skin for skin!”

             c.  His great interest is to separate you from God


2.  A Final Indignity v.9

     a.  What do we know about Job’s wife?

     b.  The “bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh” truly failed him

             a.  She notes his integrity

             b.  Instructs him to ‘curse’ God

             c.  Instructs him to end his own life

     c.  She is rebuked for speaking foolishly

     d.  Job is now truly alone


3.  A Refusal to Sin v.10

     a.  Shunning evil means refusing to abide folly and mockery. See Psalm 1:1 

     b.  Job will accept both the good and the bad from God   See Lamentations 3:38; Isaiah 45:9;              2 Cor. 4:17



  • Will you persistently “shun evil” – especially when your suffering continues and deepens?
  • On whose behalf will you speak to those who suffer – will you speak for God or speak for Satan?
  • Do you experience your life – its celebrations and its tragedies, as something that God has ordained for you?

” The Trials of Job: A Faithful Response to Personal Tragedy “

September 30th, 2019

" The Trials of Job: A Faithful Responce to Personal Tragedy "

Job 1:13-22

September 29, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

    1.  A Tragic Day v.13-19

         a.  A day that should have been joyous

         b.  Attacked from all sides

         c.  Attacked by man and nature

         d.  Completely destroyed: “And I have escaped!  Only me! I alone to tell you!”

    2.  A Righteous Man v.20

         a.  He Arose – he stops what he is doing

         b.  He Tore – he responds with grief

         c.  He Shaved – he responds with grief

         d.  He Fell – he acknowledges his dependence

         e.  He Worshipped – he goes to God with his grief

    3.  A Faithful Confession v.21-22

         a.  All material, worldly things are temporary

         b.  Everything we have, we have because God has entrusted things to our temporary care

         c.  God is always to be praised Psalm 73:25


  • Do I acknowledge the tragedies in my life – the areas of loss and suffering?
  • Do I humbly grieve the effects of the Fall in my life?
  • Will I worship God even now?

” The Devil in Heaven?! “

September 22nd, 2019

" The Devil in Heaven?! "

Job 1:6-12

September 22, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

1.   The Courtroom of God 

      a.  The cultural background

      b.  The biblical corrective:    See Psalm 82; 89:5-8; 1 Kings 22:19-23

2.   The Big Idea: the LORD is sovereign

      a.   He has the initiative

      b.   He authorizes action

      c.   He sets limits

3.   Theological truths to live by:

      a.   The Causes and Intentions of specific events and circumstances in our life can be complex.  Consider Gen. 50:20 and Acts 2:23

      b.   God is never absent or uninvolved in our suffering.  Lam. 3:37-38; Rom. 8:28

      c.   God continues to “set hedges” around his people: 1 Cor. 10:13


  • Do I see God as being sovereign in the struggles I experience?
  • Can I trust God in my suffering?
  • Do I recognize God’s authority in his world and in my life?

” Portrait of a Godly Man “

September 15th, 2019

" Portrait of a Godly Man "

Job 1:1-5

September 15, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

  1. Who Is Job?

        a.  An ancient and “eastern” man

        b.  A wealthy and godly man

  1. Job’s Personal Piety Proverbs 3:7-8

        a.  He fears the Lord

        b.  He shuns evil

  1. Job’s Material Blessedness

        a.  A large and happy family

        b.  A prosperous landowner and shepherd

  1. Job’s Priestly Faithfulness

        a.  He leads his family in worship

        b.  He offers sacrifices – even for “unknown sins” Psalm 19:12

        c.  His great over-riding concern in life: the salvation of others – his kids in particular


  • What part of Job’s life do you most wish for yourself?  The material blessings or the spiritual virtues?
  • How can you be growing in your concern for your own godliness and in your sacrificial desire to “present others perfect in Christ.”  Colossians 1:28
  • Are your sins atoned for?