Sermons

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Miscellaneous
Sep 2013 - Apr 2019

Sermons in this series

Enter the King
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” - Matthew 21:9–11 (ESV) Our world and the Biblical world are separated by time, geography, and culture. It's hard for us to read our Bibles and understand them sometimes because of the distance. We have tried at times to bridge that gap with flannel graphs, pictures, and movies, but to be honest often those obscure more than they clarify. This distance from the Biblical world comes into focus when we think about leaders and governments. Democracy has ruined us. We choose our leaders, but we set limits on their power. We remove those we don't like for better options. Even today in other places, that isn't the case. In other places your position is in your birthright. Power is clustered in families. At the death of a monarch another is crowned, but is that the worst thing? This week we look at the events of Palm Sunday. To set these in context we will see God's purpose and plans and man's failure throughout the ages. I'd encourage you to read through Matthew 21:1-11 to set the stage for the events we will talk about. We have the privilege to have Maggie Lovell, a professional harpist and Bruce & Pamela Grove's daughter with us. (She will be playing a recital @ Hope in April) Maggie will be playing several pieces and playing with our team. Plan to be there (even a little early!)
Lessons from a Broken Heart
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.- Psalm 73:1–3 (ESV) Is there really any profit to being good? Following God seems like a thankless, difficult, unprofitable path sometimes. It seems easier, less painful, and frankly more fun to be bad. Especially in difficult times it's easy to feel this way. This Sunday our friend, Byron Yawn from CBC Nashville will be in town to teach us about suffering through looking at Psalm 73. He can teach us this not just from scripture but from his own experience.
No Other Gospel
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.Galatians 1:6-7 (ESV) If you were to pick one book of the Bible that propelled the Reformation forward it would be Galatians. It was a lighting bolt that shot through Martin Luther and the thunder that resulted echoed across Europe. Next week we will begin our series looking into Luther's teachings, but this week you get a preview. We will be joined by a friend, Ryan Haskins. He is the youth pastor at Community Bible Church in Nashville. He along with the other church staff podcast and write for Theocast. I want to encourage you to read through the opening chapter of Galatians to prepare your heart and mind.
What if Death and Taxes weren't Certainties
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
No one escapes death. No one. But what if some one did. The question would be numerous. How? Why them? What about everyone else? Join us this Easter as we consider the One who came and beat death.
Tenebrae Service
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Tenebrae Service --- this worship service is filled with scripture, songs, and symbols. We will be examining the last seven words of Christ. We will celebrate communion. And we will picturing the impending death of Christ by extinguishing a candle after we look at each saying of Christ. Please join us and invite a friend.
A Theology of Crappy Things
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. - James 1:17-18 (ESV) The grace of God is a beautiful truth. When we realize what God has done for us it can be overwhelming. But when we encounter difficulty and tragedy, our rest and awe of the grace of God can grow dim. How do we continue to see God’s grace even in the difficulties of life? As we come together this week we will consider God’s good gifts to us by looking at James 1. I’m excited to have Jon Wymer open up God’s word to us. Jon has joined us for the last few months. He is here on temporary assignment to the Redstone Arsenal. But in civilian life he is the pastor of York EV Free Church in York, Nebraska. It's been great to get to know him. I’m looking forward to what he shares with us.
How to finish well
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Duration:49 mins
How to finish well - a study of Habakkuk.
Rest: More Than a Feeling
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Duration:47 mins
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:11 ESV) Exhausted. Tired. Dragging. Need Coffee. In the midst of all of our jokes about the pace of life and the weariness of our minds and bodies, there is a truth that we often ignore. We need rest. Unfortunately, when we think of rest, we are stretched and tired even considering it. We might feel we can’t afford it. Or we might run the to-do-list both at home and at work that would never allow us to step away. Many times, what adds to our busyness is our spiritual lives. We add things like prayer or bible study to the list and our sense of frustration grows. In Hebrews 4:1, we get an almost paradoxical command about rest. You must struggle, work, and strive to rest. Wait, what? Wouldn’t that make rest work? This Sunday, my friend Ryan Haskins will be unpacking this idea of Rest. I will be gone, participating in a local race (Not a lot of rest there!). I encourage you to read through Hebrews 4 to get the context of this important command.
Role of Christ's Resurrection in our Sanctification and Future Glorification
Sun, May 01, 2016
Duration:47 mins
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV) Life seems to move so quickly. Once an event passes, it seems to also fade quickly from memory. My wife reminded me this week that Easter was a month ago. It would be easy to think that we gave the resurrection its deserved passing thought and that it can now be filed until next year. But for Christians, the resurrection is at least a weekly reality. We should gather each Sunday intentionally to point us back to the day that death died. This week I will be preaching out of town. But Kevin will be opening up the significance of the resurrection, not just to seminary professors and theologians, but to every believer. Take some time before Sunday to read through Colossians 3 which connects resurrection and its power to our everyday Christian walk. Plan to be there.
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