Jul 9, 2023
Sermon: Becoming Lesser
John 3.22-36: We begin an extended look at the ministry of John the Baptist. Today, one of the phrases that defines him in contrast to Jesus, "He must become greater, I must become lesser." Like John, we are to live our lives in pursuit of Christ receiving glory, not ourselves. Our lives become a service to his glory as he has given us everlasting life.
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  • Jul 9, 2023Sermon: Becoming Lesser
    Jul 9, 2023
    Sermon: Becoming Lesser
    John 3.22-36: We begin an extended look at the ministry of John the Baptist. Today, one of the phrases that defines him in contrast to Jesus, "He must become greater, I must become lesser." Like John, we are to live our lives in pursuit of Christ receiving glory, not ourselves. Our lives become a service to his glory as he has given us everlasting life.
  • Jul 2, 2023Sermon: Plant Your Hope with Good Seeds
    Jul 2, 2023
    Sermon: Plant Your Hope with Good Seeds
    Luke 6.43-45: Jesus gives us a convicting teaching about watching the seed souls we plant and the fruit born in our lives. Bad trees don't produce good fruit. The call is to inspect ourselves and seek to be those who are bearing good fruit as disciples of Christ.
  • Jun 25, 2023Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus: Part 4
    Jun 25, 2023
    Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus: Part 4
    Matthew 4.1-11: In this fourth part of the series on Jesus' temptation, we see Jesus being offered the glories of the world. The devil offers it for worshiping him - a simple process on the outside and for short-term gain, but a destruction within and for long-term destruction. Jesus has other goals, with using his attention to be focused on God the Father and not the father of lies. Praise God for his victory and thus his coming eternal kingdom!
  • Jun 18, 2023Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus: Part 3
    Jun 18, 2023
    Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus: Part 3
    Matthew 4.1-11: In this second test, the devil tempts Jesus to test the Father. Is he trustworthy, is the challenge? Jesus resists, displaying a complete trust in the Father and the word that holds promises to him. He endures because of trust in the long-term fulfillment of God and his promises. Praise God for Jesus' triumph, for it is our victory as well and gives us strength to resist the devil's taunts in our own lives.
  • Jun 11, 2023Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus – Part 2
    Jun 11, 2023
    Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus – Part 2
    Matthew 4.1-11: In this second of our four-part look at Jesus' testing, we consider the devil's first challenge - turning stones to bread. Jesus shows his spiritual hunger is greater than his physical hunger. He seeks the heavenly food of God's provision rather than using his power for securing self-sufficiency. In this he shows his purpose to overcome Satan on our behalf. Praise God!
  • Jun 4, 2023Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus: Part 1
    Jun 4, 2023
    Sermon: The Devil Went Down to Jesus: Part 1
    Matthew 4.1-11: We start a four-week look at Jesus' testing in the wilderness and confrontation with the devil. Today, we look at the background context of this story. The next three weeks, we'll look at each testing in particular each week.
  • May 21, 2023Sermon: The Home He Makes In Us
    May 21, 2023
    Sermon: The Home He Makes In Us
    John 14.15-31: Jesus tells us that we will deal with trouble in this world, but take heart because he has overcome the world. The gift of the Spirit is to help us navigate this trouble and the Spirit serves as a spiritual suspension system that allows us to find peace in the midst of the challenges. We often forget the presence of the Spirit, but he is there to smooth our road and to guide us with peace through bumpy spots.
  • May 14, 2023Sermon: A Peace Unlike Any Other
    May 14, 2023
    Sermon: A Peace Unlike Any Other
    John 14.15-31: In preparation for Pentecost, we consider the gift of the Spirit as Jesus teaches us in John 14. Against the spirits of this age, the Holy Spirit offers peace, hope, and the promises of everlasting life. With the Spirit, we are not left alone, but are given the presence of God as a confidence in this challenging world.
  • May 7, 2023Sermon: Who Images Whom?
    May 7, 2023
    Sermon: Who Images Whom?
    Psalm 50: We engage the second part of God's accusation found in Psalm 50. This issue is an insidious twisting of the mind and heart. It is a deceptive shift in thought that fails to contemplate the holiness of God and following his path. It leads to a divided self that only Christ can bring back together. This text calls us to humility, to remember our sin, but moreso to relish God's grace to lift us up to his glory.
  • Apr 30, 2023Sermon: God’s Hunger for Fellowship
    Apr 30, 2023
    Sermon: God’s Hunger for Fellowship
    Psalm 50: God's ultimate desire is to restore fellowship with his people. He will die for this. But sometimes we forget this and see our connection with God as first not about fellowship with him, but about him providing for our desires. He is gracious to provide for us, but he doesn't want us to forget the end goal - connection with God. Without that, we lose everything no matter how much we gain in this life. We must have an attitude of thanks, of contentment and not of discontent to recognize all that we have been given and to rest in him.