Carson Long

Carson Long
Role: Pastoral Resident

Latest sermons by this teacher

God's Peace
Sun, Dec 06, 2020
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” -- Luke 2:13–15 (ESV) 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day' is a song adapted from a Henry Longfellow poem. The poem tells of Longfellow's struggles over the death of his wife and war injury of his son. As he sadly ponders those realities, the Christmas bells of the local church ring and remind him of the true peace found at Christmas. What is the source and basis of that peace? Is it just a ceasing of conflict? Is it just a reminder for us to get along with each other? This week we continue our celebration of Advent by considering these angels and the Peace they announce. We will celebrate together around the advent wreath and will sing of the One who is to come.
Continue in the Way of the Lord
Sun, Nov 08, 2020
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. - Philippians 4:8–9 (ESV) Proverbs 14:12 tells us, "There's a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." This proverb is so striking because it shows how deceptive our perceptions of reality can be. Before believing in Christ, our ways of living led to death and we believed they were life. God is gracious to not only give us eternal life, but he shows us how we are to continue living as we wait for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we continue in the way of the Lord, there are various ruts along the way that can keep us joyless, ineffective, and lacking peace. What are the ruts that derail you from continuing in the Lord? Rather than do what seems best to us, we can continue in what we've been told and what we've seen modeled. Paul knows that we will face disunity, disagreements, difficulties, temptations, and worries. He also knows God desires to reform our hearts and minds to make us more like his son. He admonishes us to continue walking in the way of the Lord, instructing us how to relate to one another, what sort of disposition to have, and what life of the mind we should cultivate, so that we live in the abundance of joy and peace that Christ provides for us in his glorious gospel. Will you take a few moments to read Philippians 4:2-9?
Examples of Christ's Humility
Sun, Oct 11, 2020
I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. - Philippians 2:25–26 (ESV) I recently learned a new skill. It's one that I have wanted to try for some time, but I've never had the occasion, equipment, and most importantly a teacher. A few weeks ago I tried welding for the first time. I'm not 'laying down dimes' as they say, but I can now stick a couple pieces of metal together in a pretty permanent way. Its fun and a little scary and I won't be leaving the pastorate for a career in fabrication anytime soon, but I would not have even attempted it without teacher (HT: to Ken S!) The Christian life is sort of like welding. You need to get the theology and you need to have some equipment. You also need people that will walk alongside you as you grow. This week in Philippians, we meet a few of those examples for the church at Phillipi - Timothy and Epaphroditus. These men were selflessly serving Paul and ultimately Christ. They were providing flesh and blood examples of what that looked like. This week Carson is opening up Philippians 2:19-30 to us. Will you take a few minutes and read it? Consider those that have provided not only instruction but example to you in your Christian life. What have you learned from them? How have they helped shape your journey?
To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain
Sun, Sep 13, 2020
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. - Philippians 1:21–22 (ESV) Imprisoned. Silenced from preaching and planting churches. Restrained from traveling. The real possiblity of execution looming. How would you respond? Hopelessness? Despair? This was the plight of the Apostle Paul. What would happen next was unknown. With all of this, Paul's mindset was different. He wanted to help both the Philippians and us to consider what that mindset looks like and where it comes from. This week Carson opens Philippians 1:18-30 to us. I want to encourage you to take some time to read through this passage. It might be familiar, but read with fresh eyes. Maybe even in a different translation. What is he saying? How does he want us to think? How does the gospel change our thinking?
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.
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