Sermons

Gospel Spreading Joy
Sun, Sep 06, 2020
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. - Philippians 1:12–13 (ESV) What feeling or emotion comes to mind when we start to talk about evangelism? I think for many people it's fear. We are afraid that we won't have the answer to a question. We are afraid of rejection. We are afraid of persecution. We are afraid our lives won't match what we say. There are a lot of fears, but what if one of the ways to discover joy was actually evangelism? This week we are going to explore Philippians 1:12-18. Paul's plans and programs for the advancement of the gospel didn't go as he planned. God had a different plan, a grander plan, a better plan. Watching that plan play out brought joy to the heart of Paul. Take some time to re-read Philippians 1 and see if you can hear the joy of his words over the clink of his chains.
Joy Filled Prayers - Part 2
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9–11 (ESV) Where did you find joy this week? Did you remember that God is not finished with you even when you feel like a failure? Did that bring you joy? This week we will look back at Philippians 1:3-11 to see what brought joy to Paul. We learned last week that Paul found joy in the Philippians partnership. He found joy in the truth that God's work is not finished in him or the Philippians. I want to encourage you to re-read Philippians 1 to prepare your heart and mind to worship together.
Joy Filled Prayers - Part 1
Sun, Aug 23, 2020
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. - Philippians 1:6–7 (ESV) In the Chinese calendar each year is represented by an animal. If I was making the calendar for 2020, I think this years animal should be Eeyore. That's right, the sad donkey from the beloved children's story. I mean that's what 2020 feels like right? It has seemed like an endless string of horible circumstances that only worsen. (You have heard there is a double-hurricane sorta headed our way). So I'm calling it! 2020 is the year of the Eeyore. In the midst of all of this where can we find joy? I'm not talking about slapping on a smiling face and ignoring hard realities. I'm talking about real, true, honest joy. Joy that shines in the middle of gray. Joy that holds even when things get worse. Paul is going to help us discover that in Philippians. He is in chains and may be facing death. But he has joy. Where does it come from? And what is it's source? And what sustains it? This week be begin with Paul's opening prayer in Philippians 1:3-11. Will you take a few minutes and read through Philippians chapter 1? Ask yourself, what is driving his prayers? What is giving him hope?
Finding Joy in Unprecedented Times
Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:1–2 (ESV) You have seen the memes. You probably have talked about it or at least you have felt it. 2020 is weird. It's the oddest collision of circumstances I can remember in my lifetime. A virus, confinement, endless cancellations and re-arrangements, unrest, political conflicts, disconnection and disunity, financial instablity, etc. It will be a year to remember (although we'd like to forget). It might feel like it's so unique that we are on our own to sort it out, but what if there was help to deal with the craziness? What if there was a book written while in lockdown? What if there was a book that addresses the conflicts and divisions we face? What if there was a book that called us not only to survive but see the gospel advance in a time like this? This week we are going to begin studying the book of Philippians. This is an encouraging letter written by Paul while in prision. He wanted the church at Philippi to share his joy. Yep - joy in prision. He wanted them to struggle for unity and he wanted them to do all of this as citizens of a greater kingdom. I'm excited to jump into this book that I believe can help us navigate this odd and awkward time. Take a few minutes to read through Acts 16 and the first chapter of Philippians.
No One Like Him - Creator and Creature
Sun, Aug 09, 2020
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (ESV) - Deuteronomy 29:29 This summer we have been exploring the attributes of God in our series - No One Like. One of the obvious truths to come through in this series is God is not like us. (It was literally in the title of the series!) He is not just a bigger, super powered version of us. He is fundamentally different then us. He is omniscient, omnipresent, holy, just, loving to name just a few attributes. You are probably thinking at this point, 'Of course. We have heard and experienced these truths over and over in our exploration. What's your point?' While this distinction of God as Creator and us as creatures may be apparent it may not be seem obvious there are some important implication and applications you may not have wrestled with. And it's these I want to clarify this week as we close out the series. I want to encourage you to read through Jeremiah 18. As you ask yourself is God's the Divine Potter and I'm the clay, what does that say about our relationship, obligation, and connection. And come with your head and heart ready to receive on Sunday at 10AM. We will be livestreaming on FB and Youtube.
No One Like Him - God's Glory
Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” - Exodus 33:18–20 (ESV) In the passage above something strange happens. Moses has been leading the new nation of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness. This has been a crazy journey filled with miracles and demonstrations of the presence of God, but Moses wants more. He wants to know and see his God. It's an amazing and bold request. In an even more amazing twist, God grants Moses' request - sorta. God will display himself to Moses but not fully. He will only see a veiled vision of God for Moses' protection. This bring up a great question - what is the glory of God? It's an attribute of God. It is found in many places in scripture. This week we continue our series on the attributes of God - No One Like Him - by looking at the Glory of God. Mickey will be opening up God's word to us.
No One Like Him - God is Redeemer
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. - Galatians 3:13–14 (ESV) Legalese is always funny to me. I'm always wondering why and how it came to be. One that always makes me smile is the disclosure on a coupon. If you look at the top it usually says something like 'Actual Cash Value 1/10 Cent'. It doesn't matter if the redemption value is 5 cents or 500 dollars, it always says that. I guess in one sense it's not worth the paper it's printed on. Redemption in scripture is different. It is both costly and valuable. In fact, redemption is something that not only what God does but who He is - a redeemer God. This week Carson is going to open up God's word for us in our series - No One Like You - to consider this important aspect of God's nature. I want to encourage you to read through Galatians 3 to prepare your heart and minds to worship.
No One Like Him - God is Omniscient
Sun, Jul 19, 2020
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. - Matthew 10:29-30 I wish there was a way to send my younger self an email or a letter or a voicemail. I'm not looking to cause some crazy time travel disaster. I just wish I knew then what I know now. I'm grateful for the growth and expanded understanding of the world, theology, and myself but sometimes I wish it came without the scars of learning the hard way. When we consider God's nature, His knowledge is one way that God is different than us. He doesn't learn. He doesn't need to. He has perfect knowledge and always has. And not only is his knowledge vast but it's also deep. The verse above demonstrates that depth in hairs and sparrows. Those are pretty trival pieces of info but God knows them. This week in our ongoing series - No One Like You - we will be opening up the idea of God's Omniscience. Before you get overwhelmed by a BIG theology word - it just means God knows everything. I'm looking forward to hearing Jim Maynard describe this important attribute and how it is a comfort to us.
No One Like Him - God is Sovereign
Sun, Jul 12, 2020
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” - Psalm 2:1–6 (ESV) Charles Spurgeon wrote: “There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to contend than the doctrine of their Master over all creation–the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands–the throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne. “On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings, no truth of which they have made such a football, as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah. Men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne. They will allow Him to be in His workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow His bounties. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends His throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth. “And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust.”
No One Like You - God is Triune
Sun, Jul 05, 2020
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV) The Trinity is a mysterious and difficult idea to understand. No analogy does it justice (in fact most of them lead into or are at the edge of a heresy). Yet it is true that we worship One God in Three Person - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This week we continue our series of No One Like You as Mickey Counter opens up God's word to us.
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