Sun, Jul 28, 2019
From a young age many of us learn to pray simply as a means of getting things from God or returning thanks to Him. This treats God like a genie in a lamp. What happens when God does not grant our wishes? What happens when we say know? Well, it turns us toward the true purpose of prayer: relationship. This sermon helps us remember the real reason for prayer is connecting to God, even amid our hardest moments.
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Duration: 48 mins 38 secs
Hell sounds scary. Darkness. Isolation. Fire that never stops burning. These are the images Jesus used to describe everlasting life apart from God. Fortunately, there is a better option: everlasting life in Heaven. We have a choice. A memorable scene with Jesus and disciples captures this decision and its eternal consequences. Who do you say Jesus is?
Sun, Jul 14, 2019
Duration: 53 mins 49 secs
The fall affects us all in different ways. Some people are born into generational poverty. Others are born with brain defects. Some people inherit addictive or angry tendencies. Others grow up with same-sex attractions. But all of us is accountable to God for how we steer our lives toward his righteous standard. This sermon will explore our corrupt past, crooked path, complicated period, God's glorious plan to change us, and our need for supports in the meantime.
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Duration: 46 mins 49 secs
Long before we put God on trial for all the world's problems, prophets and psalmists raising similar objections to God. Why do you stand far off? Why do evil people prosper? How long will you reject me? These questions surface our pain, confusion, and doubt amidst suffering. But again and again, God's Word affirms there is purpose in the pain. This sermon will look at the death of Lazarus (John 11) to give insight to God's allowance of suffering. Jesus shows that short-term suffering (no matter how painful) teaches us to seek long-term hope.
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
During our early years of following Jesus, we commonly experience giant leaps in our spiritual growth. We share our faith. We read the Word. Several vices lose their grip on our hearts. These life changes feel so affirming. And then we hit a plateau, dry spell, relapse, or dark phase. Growth stalls. Doubts surface. Old habits die hard. For most of us, spiritual growth is long, hard, and slow to progress. The Corinthian church will help us understand why (and what to do about it).
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 54 secs
God has revealed himself to us through his word. It is the primary way in which he speaks to his people. Sadly, we tend to reduce the Bible to theological textbook, ethical guide, or historical narrative. The Bible includes this elements, but should not be reduced to them. This sermon argues for a relational form of reading the Bible, providing several simple definitions for words related to the Bible and reasons we don't read.