Tim Sprankle has served as pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church since 2007. He loves to preacher, teach, instigate, and innovate. He earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Grace College (2001) and M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from Grace Seminary (2004). He is married to Liz, his encouraging and lovely bride; they parent two daughters, Claire and Margot, and someday will bring home a son from Ethiopia. In addition to pastoral ministires, Tim serves on the boards of GraceConnect/BMH and CyberCenter for Biblical Studies. He is an associate member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is also known to throw a mean drive in disc golf.
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Saul was breathing threats and murder against Christians. Little did he know, we would soon join them as one of their chief spokespeople. Jesus stopped him on the way to Damascus, called his name, stole his sight, and gave him a new mission. Saul, who became Paul, converted, received his commission, and the rest, as they say, is history. His story is an example of Jesus taking the most odious breath and refreshing it. He did it with Paul; he does it with us.
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
Duration: 45 mins 29 secs
God made human beings special. We were for relationship and reflecting him in the world. The creation story in Genesis provides the backdrop for our origin. We bear God's image--male and female. He breathed life into us. This sermon celebrates our divine design and gives us a practice to keep the truth on our minds during the week.
Sun, May 24, 2020
Duration: 41 mins 39 secs
Our love for others -- church members, family, neighbor, and coworkers -- will never be perfect. We will be deficient in our care. Fortunately, if we are consistent in our care, it covers a multitude of failures and missteps. The apostle Paul closes out his lovely exhortation about love, speaking of its consistent nature: bearing, trusting, hoping, and enduring all things, always. As the message will illustrate, this is easier said than done.
Sun, May 17, 2020
Duration: 23 mins 56 secs
Jesus set aside his grief and followed his gut. A crowd had amassed, wanting his healing touch. Crowds can be demanding, feisty, fearful gatherings. This did not deter Jesus. Moved by pity, he tended their needs like a good shepherd. He provided food to feed 5000+. This miracle shows his pity moves him. It still does. He has compassion on you.
Sun, May 10, 2020
Duration: 44 mins 25 secs
Something pitiful in us likes to close our fist, fight, and own others. Our fear of shame and fiery anger motivate us to hurt them. The detailed tabs we keep--what others owe us and how they've hurt us --feed our bitterness. Sadly, sometimes we delight in news of another's demise. Paul observed such defective, self-protective love in Corinth. He called for it to stop. Love protects others, he wrote. The principle applies today.
Sun, May 03, 2020
We tend to bend inward. Our hearts envy others, inflate our egos, and look for our own interests. This was the case in Corinth. Spiritual gifts and social groups bent the church inward. Rather than building one another up in love, they lived as rivals. We can suffer the same inward bent. Thus, Paul continues his masterpiece on love, encouraging his readers to look out for others. Love looks out for the inward bent and look outward to build up others.
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
Duration: 43 mins 12 secs
Love calls us to UP our game. We may put UP and shut UP in order to build UP others. These actions are expressions of patience and kindness, two positive aspects of love expressed by the apostle Paul in his magisterial chapter on love. Moreover, these aspects of love are essential to God, modeled by Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Duration: 42 mins 46 secs
In his first recorded letter to the Corinthians, Paul addresses various issues with a fractured church. One of their great battles surrounds the misuse of spiritual gifts. Rather than building up the body of Christ, they're using them to build up their reputation. Paul interrupts his discussion on spiritual gifts to get to the heart of the matter: love. This opening sermon in the series looks at love as the mortar to make any gift or effort have lasting impact. Love is leverage.
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Duration: 36 mins 44 secs
Everywhere you go these days you hear the phrases, "Stay healthy" or "Be safe." I started tacking on the exhortation, "Stay hopeful." Then I realized, hope is not an afterthought but the core to Christian living in critical times. This sermon traces the theme of hope -- a fixed past, promised future, and God's faithfulness amid present fears -- through the book of Romans. It encourages us to refocus.
Sun, Mar 29, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 44 secs
The Book of James touches on some timely themes about caring for others. The brother of Jesus writes a scattered church facing hardship. He implores them to put their faith into action by showing love to the most endangered among them. Faith is not merely self-reflection, but godly action, necessary in times of need.