Church in the Canyon

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

” A Friend Who Will Not Fail “

March 4th, 2020

" A Friend Who Will Not Fail "

Job 16:1-22

March 1, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1.  Though friends should all fail us… 1-6
       a. Miserable comforters
       b. They are angered by Job’s words
       c. Job would have done better!
       d. Job’s lose/lose situation

2.  …And foes all unite… 7-17
       a. God himself 7-9
       b. Ungodly men 10-11
       c. God himself 12-14
       d. Despite Job’s innocence 15-17; Ps. 24.4

3.  …Yet one thing secures us… 18-22
       a. Job’s cry will be heard!
       b. There is One who is…
              i. Witness Gen. 31:50
             ii. Advocate Gen. 31:47
            iii. Intercessor Gen. 42:23; Job 33:23
            iv. Arbitrator Job 9:33
       c. …a true friend

Do you have a sense of urgency when you contemplate your spiritual existence? Your guilt or innocence before God?
Do you have a friend who will never fail you?

” The Trouble with Oversimplification “

February 23rd, 2020

" The Trouble with Oversimplification "

Job 15:1-35

February 23, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

1.  Codebreaking and Human Nature
        a.  “What must I do…?”
        b.  The big “I”
        c.  A personal, practical plan offers you control

2.  The Practical Edomite Theology
        a.  “Retributive Theology” – quid pro quo
        b.  We all sin – God punishes sin – punishment brings suffering – therefore those who suffer are being punished for some sin they have committed
        c.  PROBLEMS: there is no accounting for any other cause or use for suffering in the believer’s life!

3.  The Edomite Temptation
        a.  Pride – doubling down on your tradition
        b.  Cruelty – You will force others into your preconceived molds
        c.  Ignorance – you will always be limited in your knowledge

Are you stuck in a cycle of pride, cruelty and ignorance? Or do you have a friend who is humble, gracious, and true?
Are you listening to an Edomite or to Jesus Christ?

” Belief in Him Who Raises Unto Life “

February 17th, 2020

" Belief in Him Who Raises Unto Life "

John 11:25-27

February 16, 2020

Pastor Jerrard Heard

” Job’s Third Prayer: A Prayer for Hope “

February 11th, 2020

" Job's Third Prayer: 

A Prayer for Hope "

Job 13:20-14:22

February 9, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1.  Job’s Denied Requests 13:20-21
        a.  Leave me alone
        b.  Stop scaring me

2.  The Conversation Job Wants 13:22-28
        a.  What is my sin?
        b.  Why are you punishing me?

3.  Job’s Problem 14:1-22
        a.  Life is short and we are all guilty 1-6
        b.  We die and are gone forever 7-22

4.  Job’s Deepest Longing 14:13-17
        a.  A prayer to be hidden from God’s wrath
        b.  A prayer to be renewed after death
        c.  A prayer to have all his sins permanently covered

Do you see how Jesus is the answer to Job’s prayer?
Are you sins removed from you “as far as the east is from the west?” Psalm 103:12
Will you join Job in his prayer and have hope?

” The Hard work of Faith “

February 6th, 2020

" The Hard work of Faith "

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

February 2, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1.  What We Know About God
     a.  He is powerful
     b.  He is good
     c.  He makes all things “beautiful”
2.  What We Know About Life
     a.  “Eternity” has been set in our “hearts”
     b.  God has given the inner sense of how things ought to be forever!
3.  The Problem for Us: What Is God Doing?
     a.  His plan spans eternity
     b.  We cannot know everything
4.  Being About Our Business
     a.  LIVE in light of God’s blessed provisions
     b.  Fear God and serve him well
     c.  Trust that one day God will make these mysteries plain


  • Where do you struggle to see beauty in your biography?  In the stories of other people? 
  • Where is the business of living by faith most difficult for you?
  • Do you hear God calling you to trust him in whatever difficulties you are currently experiencing?
  • Do you see how Christ himself modelled this trust for us?


” The Supremacy of God “

January 27th, 2020

" The Supremacy of God "

Job 12:1-13:19

January 26, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

All of the speakers in Job are agreed on the substance of Job 12:13 – “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.” But in Job’s longest speech, he insists that his friends qualify God’s supremacy.

1.  The supremacy of God must not be _________________ by __________________
         a.  Job’s complaint: I have wisdom too 12:1-3
         b.  Outcomes are not predictable 12:4-12
         c.  God is also a destroyer 12:13-25
                  i.  Job’s friends did not account for this
                 ii.  In his state, Job could think of nothing else.

2.  The supremacy of God must not be __________________ by _________________
        a.  Job’s complaint: You are liars 13:1-7
        b.  God will not be pleased with caricatures of himself               13:5-12
        c.  I will argue my case with God 13:13-19
                 i.  “Though he slay me, I will hope in him”
                ii.  “This will be my salvation, that the godless                         shall not come before him.”


Is your understanding of who God is and how he acts in our world big enough? Or have you settled for a watered-down, tamed version of God that you can “bring in your hand?”

Are there attributes of God that he has revealed or areas of your life that he has addressed that you ignore? Or in which you have a cultivated ignorance?

Do you have any hope of salvation when you face God?

” Almost Right! “

January 19th, 2020

" Almost Right! "

Job 11:1-20

January 19, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1. Almost right about Job Job 11:2-6
        a. The dangers of deductive judgments!

            Inductive and Deductive reasoning both
             strive to construct a valid argument.
             Inductive reasoning moves from specific
             instances into a generalized conclusion.
             Deductive reasoning moves from
             generalized principles that are known to be
             true to a specific conclusion.

        b. Generalized principles:
               i. Suffering is always a punishment for a                                  particular sin.
              ii. Much talk = unavoidable sin Job 11:2b;                               Proverbs  10:19 and 17:27                                         c. Necessary conclusions:
              i. Job is suffering, therefore he sinned
             ii. Job is talking a lot, therefore he sinned
            iii. Job has even sinned more than his suffering                        suggests! 

        d. Doing violence to the data!
               i. Job never said “My doctrine is pure”
              ii. Job never said “I am clean”
        e. Mocking Job Job 11:12

2. Almost rights about God Job 11:7-12
        a. God does “exact less than our sins deserve” Ezra                 9:13

        b. God is indeed incomprehensible!
        c. God is indeed sovereign in justice!
        d. BUT Zophar does not know that God uses suffering                in the lives of his people for more than mere                        punishment! Job 1-2                 

3.Almost right about Job’s remedy Job 11:13-20
        a. True repentance is always a good thing.
        b. But the blessedness of your life with God will always           be an already/not yet experience until heaven.                                                                                               Application
1. Are there any people in your life that you must set free from your deductive judgments?
2. Zophar was limited by thinking exclusively in terms of this life. Are you living your life and thinking about your good and bad times in light of eternity?
3. Do you have hope in your suffering?
4. Are you almost right?


” Job’s Second Prayer “

January 12th, 2020

" Job’s Second Prayer "

Job 10:1-22

January 12, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1. Job’s Plight
        a. God is almighty, Job is weak
        b. God is holy, Job is sinful
        c. Job knows that he cannot answer God
2. Job’s Lament
        a. Are your judgments like ours? 1-7
        b. Will you destroy the work of your hands? 8-12
        c. I am in a lose/lose situation! 13-17
        d. Let me die in peace. 18-22

3. A Prayer Like Job’s?
        a. Insecure/Indirect
        b. Honest
        c. Clear
        d. Sad

       How do we “apply” a passage like this one? Should we pray this way?
       Hope for our imperfect prayers! Romans 8:26-27
       What will you pray?

” Job’s Desire “

January 12th, 2020

" Job's Desire "

Job 8-9

January 5, 2020

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas


1. Bildad’s Accusation 8
      a. Bildad’s Logic 8:1-7
             i. Suffering is punishment for sin
            ii. Job should repent
           iii. Then God will restore him
      b. Bildad’s Authority 8:8-22
             i. “The fathers’ learning”
            ii. The predictability of the world

2. Job’s Response 9
       a. Job’s Agreement 9:1-12
              i. Yes, we are all sinners
             ii. Yes, God is almighty
       b. Job’s Dilemma
              i. “One could not answer God 9:3
             ii. “How can I answer him?” 9:14
            iii. He is not like me… “that I might answer him.” 9:32
       c. Job’s Desire

      How are your talks with God?
      Do you have a mediator?

” The Unlikeliest Witnesses? “

December 29th, 2019

" The Unlikeliest Witnesses? "

Luke 2:1-21

December 29, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

1. The Shepherds in their World
       a. Qualifications?
       b. Preparation?
       c. Risks?
       d. Results?

2. You in Yours…
      a. Qualifications?
      b. Preparation?
      c. Risks?
      d. Results?

Will you make known the saying that has been told you?