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As we sense our society going in some scary directions, how are we supposed to process this? Jesus' power and authority over 6,000 demons in one man has huge lessons for the believer facing evil today, and overcoming. Sermons Archive RSS Matthew 8:28-34 Ephesians 6:10-20 Revelation 20:10 Revelation 9:4-5 1 Timothy 4:1 1 Timothy 4:6 Romans 16:20 Rom…
 
What does it mean to be a true follower of Jesus? He alone has the right to answer that question. And He does in this passage. We are also challenged to ask a question: Who is this that even the wind and the waves obey Him? Sermons Archive RSS 2 Corinthians 11 2 Timothy 2:3 2 Timothy 3:12 John 1:1-3 Sermon Discussion Questions: Who were the "Applic…
 
How is your faith? Strong? Up to any challenge? Weak, especially when you need it to be strong? This message looks at some faith responses to God. One of the challenges we face is not feeling “worthy”… an interesting theme in this text. Sermons Archive RSS Matthew 8:1-17 Leviticus 13:45 Matthew 26:28-29 Mark 6:6 Sermon Discussion Questions: How wou…
 
During uncertainties, fears, and anxieties we must be clear about and committed to believing the things God proclaims are "Certainties". Trusting in God and resting in His "Certainties" should fill us with peace and even joy. Sermons Archive RSS Ephesians 1 Daniel 4:34b-35 Psalm 115:3 Romans 11:33-36 Isaiah 42:8 Isaiah 48:11 Isaiah 43:10-13 Romans …
 
Many people are gripped with fears today. They have little coping mechanisms for the storms that have broken in our society recently. They are fragile. Jesus speaks of houses built on sand (and therefore fragile) and houses built on rock (which can weather the toughest storms). What are you building on? Who are you building on? Sermons Archive RSS …
 
As Jesus teaches His Kingdom members what life in the Kingdom is to be like, He talks consistently of God as our "Father". We will look more closely at this rich privilege which all Christians enjoy. Sermons Archive RSS Proverbs 9:7-9 7 “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. 8 Do not c…
 
Money, investments, food, clothing, anxiety, purpose, ultimate meaning: all of these are in this text. Let us never wonder if Christianity is "relevant" again!!! Sermons Archive RSS Luke 10:38-42 Matthew 6:19-34 Sermon Discussion Questions: Jesus' Kingdom is based on a "radical" faith...what are aspects of this faith? Why would Jesus not think this…
 
Jesus asks us to do some real hard things. Our first impression often is "I can't do that...don't have it in me." But Jesus and the rest of Scripture gives us hope that we can...if we have a real faith in the Living God. Sermons Archive RSS 1 Samuel 26 2 Timothy 4:14 Hebrews 10:30-31 1 Samuel 26:9-11 James 5:7-8…
 
Jesus Kingdom is a Kingdom of love...radical love...even for enemies. This is hard to do, especially in such a hate filled time. But in this message we explore how this is possible for people who have experienced God's love for themselves in a radical way. Sermons Archive RSS Luke 6:27-36 James 4:1-12 Revelation 11:15 1 Corinthians 15:24 Colossians…
 
Jesus' mission is to invade and retake the world...redeeming it and re-establishing His rule and Kingdom. He is doing that through some very unlikely people. He gives them the honorable titles of being both "Salt" and "Light" of the world. Then He warns them not to lose their saltiness or to hide their light. Sermons Archive RSS Psalm 112 Matthew 5…
 
As the storm clouds of Christian persecution seem to be gathering in our society...Believers struggle with trepidation. Although that is understandable because no one wants to suffer persecution, Jesus' teaching seems jarring.... "Blessed are you...rejoice...leap for joy". This message will explore Jesus teaching and the reasons He gives for this t…
 
Jesus launches a radically new Kingdom and it's citizens are incredibly counter-cultural. They are to be different; more so than the world has ever seen. When they are poor in spirit, mourn, hunger and thirst, and are even insulted and persecuted they are "Blessed"...How? and Why??? Sermons Archive RSS Psalm 37 Numbers 12:3 ESV Now the man Moses wa…
 
Jesus launches a powerful and aggressive Kingdom...how does this speak the present malaise so many feel today? Sermons Archive RSS Revelation 2:4-5 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove yo…
 
This sermon is a challenge to all believers. A challenge to believe what we claim to (and do) believe in such a way that it has a real impact on out lives, attitude, outlook and even our emotions. It is a call to have our "Beliefs" move into "Trust"...and all that that entails, to the glory of our Father! Sermons Archive RSS Mark 11:23-24 23 For as…
 
If Satan couldn't get Jesus to sin by acting autonomously from His Father (the 1st temptation), he will now get Him to foolishly "trust" God by testing God's love and care. Many, sadly, follow Satan's devices today and are confused about the nature of real trust. Sermons Archive RSS 2 Cor. 2:11 “… lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are …
 
Satan tempted and gained a victory over the first Adam...resulting in our (the human race) misery and bondage to sin and death. When the Last Adam appeared he tries to derail the plan of redemption as well...but this Adam foils his attempts with glorious power!!! He has the power (and willingness) to enable us to foil Satan's attempts as well. Serm…
 
Who is Jesus Christ? Be careful how you answer this question because it is the most important answer you will ever give and your eternal happiness will depend on the answer. Thankfully Matthew has written a gospel to reveal the real answer to this question...and to show us, up close as an eyewitness, the glory of Jesus! Sermons Archive RSS Matthew …
 
When talking about the 2nd coming of Christ there is always the tension of excitement and yet this long delay. This brings challenges. But Jesus (and consequently Paul and Peter) teaches a "theology of Delay" that has some valuable lessons for us now. Sermons Archive RSS Matthew 24:36-25:30 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5…
 
It is very easy to get depressed as we look out on this world...pandemics, fights, meanness, pollution. But there are supposed to be some optimistic people, in all ages, who are eager and waiting for a fresh, new, transformed world...us!!!! Sermons Archive RSS Romans 8:18-25 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy …
 
We all have unique relationships with our bodies....sometimes thats, good some times frustrating, sometimes painful. Part of the hope of the Christian is a transformed and glorified body...and rather than just a future dream it has a present impact on struggles we have now. Sermons Archive RSS 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with…
 
Have you ever been unjustly treated? Did the person "get away with it"? Do you still taste the bitterness and wrestle with anger? Do you get treated unfairly because you are a Christian? Judged unfairly? Well the apostles comforted the early Christians with the thought "Jesus is Coming Back" and He will bring justice and make all right...forever!! …
 
Have you ever had to wait for something your really, really want to happen. You have to force yourself to wait and be patient. For the folks in the New Testament that was their attitude toward the Second Coming of Christ!! In this sermon we hope to capture their excitement so we can "eagerly wait" with hope and excited anticipation. This helps beli…
 
The fear of death can be haunting and crippling...the Bible calls it a "lifetime bondage". But it is a bondage Jesus came to deliver us from...and He Has!!! This message will focus on how to overcome the fear of death through Christ. Sermons Archive RSS Hebrews 2:14-15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likew…
 
Sermons Archive RSS Luke 21:17-19 You will be hated by all for my name's sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives. ( ESV ) Matthew 10:22 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. Hebrews 12:2 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of…
 
You have a really great thing if you have a "Promise" from the True and Living God! And then you have more than one...you have many!!! All true, all sure, all will be fulfilled because of His greatness! Sermons Archive RSS Galatians 3:29 Genesis 22:15-19 Genesis 14:22-23 Genesis 21:23 Titus 1:2 John 3:16 2 Corinthians 1:20 ““All the promises.” Why,…
 
Christians today tend to focus their concerns on experiencing God here and now and someday dying and going to heaven. In the Bible those concerns were real but they had another dominant focus: an excited anticipation of the return of Jesus to rule, reign, judge and bring the consummation of the Kingdom. This "Blessed Hope" (as they called it) broug…
 
There is a complex interplay between our bodies and our souls: we are "fearfully and wonderfully made". This interplay affects our struggles with worry and anxiety. We will explore what the Bible teaches about this and conclude our study of Warring Against Worry. Sermons Archive RSS Psalm 139 1 Corinthians 6:19 1 Timothy 4:8 1 Timothy 5:23 2 Thessa…
 
Are you a victim to your emotions? Do you just have to live with anxiety because you feel anxiety? Many believe they are helpless. But God doesn't and He speaks to this in His word. This message will focus on how to fight back and win over our anxieties and worries. Sermons Archive RSS Mark 5:21-43 Psalm 42 Proverbs 16:32 Proverbs 25:28 Jonah 4:4 J…
 
God tells us to not be anxious about anything, but to let our requests be known, and that this amazing peace will come. But some confess: "I try this and it doesn't seem to work for me." Perhaps you have felt this as well. This message will continue the series on overcoming Anxiety, and will explore what is wrong when a promise of God doesn't seem …
 
We life in the "Age of Anxiety", but why? We are the wealthiest, healthiest and safest society ever...but some signs point to the fact that we may be the most worried as well. Anxiety affects all and cripples many. This series will look at the Word of God and help us win the War Against Worry. This message will look at Jesus teaching in one passage…
 
People who are "Graced" are supposed to be people who ooze grace to others. But "supposed to be" didn't happen in Matthew 18 and sometimes doesn't happen in our lives. How can we be a grace filled, grace oozing person? This is what we will explore in this message. Sermons Archive RSS Matthew 18:21-35 Luke 7:36-50 Colossians 4:6 Romans 11:5 Romans 1…
 
Grace is ancient (older than the foundation of the world). And those who experience God's grace come to realize they have been loved for a long, long time. They were chosen by Grace, and called by Grace! Therefore lots of practical realities should flow from these facts. In this message, we will look at some of the richest blessings God has blessed…
 
God in His Grace has given us the Holy Spirit! His presence in us is to have a definitive impact in our spiritual life, growth, victory over sin and conformity to Christ. He brings life and righteousness to the believer. He puts to death our sinful "deeds". We should be experiencing this dynamic of Grace in our lives in a very real way. Sermons Arc…
 
We are told in Scripture to not "present" ourselves to Sin to be brought back under its lordship but to "present" ourselves to God. It also says that to whomever we present ourselves that act becomes transforming...either for good or bad. This is an important daily reality for Christians...but "thanks be to God" that we are under the "reign of Grac…
 
Sermons Archive RSS Philippians 3 1 Corinthians 4:16 1 Corinthians 11:1 Matthew 5:48 John 13:15 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 1 Timothy 1:15-16 John 11:33-35 Psalm 119:136 Luke 19:41 James 4:4 Luke 9:23 Acts 20:31 Sermon Discussion Questions: Why was Paul so passionate about the brethren? Who do you imitate and why? What are the signs of a true believer? W…
 
Salvation is so much more than we often imagine. Paul describes it as a "Realm Transfer" from one kingdom to another; from one rulership to another; from Adam to Christ. It also involves our death and resurrection with Christ and present walking in "newness of life". Sermons Archive RSS Romans 6 Colossians 1:13 Sermon Discussion Questions: Why were…
 
When Paul compares the destruction brought about be Adam with the redemption brought about by God's grace in Jesus Christ he emphasizes the greatness of grace by using superlatives...much more, super abundance. He can't help himself! And in this passage he focuses on the superiority of grace over the fall; Christ's work over Adam's. Sermons Archive…
 
Jesus is fully God and fully human in one Person. This message will focus on His humanity and on the rich blessing that our Savior is "one of us" and yet a sinless and perfect sacrifice and sympathetic High Priest. Sermons Archive RSS Matthew 1:18 - 2:18 Matthew 26:64 Philippians 2:7 Philippians 2:8 “Common experiences But we stress that Christ’s h…
 
Jesus is a complex and glorious person: Son of Mary, Son of David, Son of God. We will study in awe the majesty of His person and His giving up so much to rescue us!! Sermons Archive RSS Luke 1:26-45 Hebrews 1:3 Philippians 2:5-8 John 6:38 John 1:1-4 Romans 9:5 Colossians 2:9 John 20:28-29 John 17:4-5 “ In every heart in heaven, love dwells and rei…
 
When we look hard into Grace it brings wonder and amazement. In this passage we will see the wonders of God's grace in reconciling with enemies through the death of His Son and how now that brings "Much More"! Sermons Archive RSS Romans 5:1-11 New King James Version (NKJV) Faith Triumphs in Trouble 5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we…
 
God acted in Grace and brought about our Justification. Justification then leads to 3 great blessings: Peace, Access, Standing. In this message, we will explore those blessings. Sermons Archive RSS Sermon Discussion Questions: Define with your own words what Grace is; what Justification is. Why is faith the only way to experience grace? Why not wor…
 
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