Matthew 9:9-13. What should our motivation be in fulfilling the Great Commission? Obedience simply for obedience is insufficient to satisfy our Lord’s directive. No, we must have the right motivation, we must view people as Jesus viewed them. We must love them as Jesus loved them. We must be a friend of sinners just as Jesus was a Friend of sinners.
Philippians 3:12-16. Identity is core of who we are, the foundation for how we act and feel. An identity rooted in the wrong things can lead to all sorts of suffering and depression. Paul tells us what we should be rooting our identity in as Christians. Our identity is in Jesus which enables us to move to Jesus through Jesus.
Revelation 5. We all love a good story. A common theme runs through many of the stories we love – redemption. These redemption stories remind us of what Christ did in order to accomplish salvation and redemption for His people. Revelation 5 is about the climax of this story of redemption and the focus is all on Jesus. Why? Because He alone is worthy.
Psalm 32. David is known as hero of the faith, but this hero did some pretty evil things. Much like many of us, David didn’t want anyone including God to know about his failures. So what did he do? He kept it all inside and did whatever it took to keep his sin from being found out. The guilt of his sin caused David extreme pain. We too have sin in our hearts so how can we be free from the guilt and pain of sin? David shows us in this Psalm.
Acts 1:12-26. Have you ever been betrayed by someone you considered a friend? It happens in our personal lives, but it also happens in the local church. We all have had friends at church who seemingly believed as we do, but ended up abandoning the faith. Historically, we call these individuals “apostates.” What are we to do about these apostates? Is there hope for reconciliation?
Acts 1:9-11. While many Christians love Christmas and Easter due to a focus on the incarnation or resurrection, many forget the crowning moment of Jesus’ ministry - His Ascension. In this sermon we tackle three big questions: 1. What is the Ascension? 2. How did the Ascension affect the Apostles? 3. Why does the Ascension matter to us?
Acts 1:6-8. The time has come for Jesus to ascend to His Heavenly throne and leave His Apostles on earth. The Apostles ask one last pressing question on their hearts. Jesus’ answer to their question describes the timing, message, and scope of His Kingdom.
Acts 1:4-5. It’s often been said that the Book of Acts is really the story of the Holy Spirit. So it is interesting that He is introduced through the important term “baptism of the Holy Spirit.” But what exactly is this baptism? Is it a secondary experience to salvation or something else?
I Corinthians 1:26-31. We all know weird Christians. We all know needy Christians. When we look around the church, it becomes clear that the vast majority of Christians would fit into these categories. Why is this? Is Christianity a crutch for the weak or does God have a purpose in how He has composed the church? And should Christiniaty be rid of the weird aspects of our faith in order to get more people in the doors?
Corinthians 9:19-23. What does it mean to live on mission? We know the mission is to make disciples from Matthew 28, but how do we make that a priority in our lives? Paul shows us in I Corinthians 9 that the mission was the reason for his many sacrifices.
Psalm 42. Spiritual depression might not be talked about among Christians, but it is a major problem in our churches. So many Christians silently struggle with spiritual depression due to being fearful or embarrassed about their emotional state. Yet, David writes about his depression in Psalm 42 and gives us much insight into how a Christian is to battle their spiritual depression.
Philippians 2:3-4. We all need community. We were created with that deep need to be in relationship with other people. The local church is supposed to be where we can find healthy community. Many churches are far from it though, so how can we help our church be a healthy community?
James 1:22-25. There are two types of Bible readers in the world: 1. That that only read the Bible 2. Those who read and do the Bible. James calls us to put our faith into practice by actually living what we read and not being a hypocritical observer of the Word.
James 1:19-21. Do you struggle with anger? Sometimes we can write off anger as just part of our personality, but James teaches us that anger is much more than a character fault, rather it is abominable to God and must be put away from us just as any other sin.