Why Do Bad Things Happen? (The Problem of Evil and Suffering)
February 11, 2024

Why Do Bad Things Happen? (The Problem of Evil and Suffering)  Romans 8:18-25 The question can be asked in many different ways. Why do bad things happen is usually followed by the phrase “to good people.” Why do bad things happen to good people?  We have to answer that question biblically. That has …

Did Jesus Realy Rise from the Grave?
February 4, 2024

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Grave?  1 Cor. 15: 1-8, 17-20, 50-58 The resurrection of Christ is fundamental to our faith. The cross paid the price for our sins, the resurrection took away the penalty.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ and Christianity stand or fall together. You cannot refute Chri …

Why Am I Here?
January 28, 2024

Why am I Here?  Psalm 145, 1 Cor. 10:31 If God created us with such care and detail, breathed life into our lungs and made us in His image, we must have a magnificent purpose.  One of greatest questions of life is “why am I here?” “What is my purpose?”  And embedded in that question is the quest for …

What is His Name?
September 3, 2023

What is His Name?  Exodus 3:1-15 Common names for God in the Old Testament    El- simply God. The same word was used in Hebrew when referring to other gods, false Gods. Little g gods. So when El is used to refer to our God it is almost always combined with qualifying words that distinguish him …

For His Name’s Sake
August 20, 2023

For His Name’s Sake  Sermon Series Introduction  Today we begin a sermon series entitled Names. Beginning today we will look at the names of God.  We can know God. Isn’t that an incredible statement?  We can only know God in the ways that he declares himself. We do not have the right (and in fact it …

More Qualities of the New Life
August 13, 2023

More Qualities of the New Life  Colossians 3:18-4:6   Does our faith really matter in real life? Is our faith just something we talk about and participate in for a couple of hours on the weekend? Or is it truly transformational?    True, biblical faith is transformational.  But how so? What doe …

Comfort for God’s People
August 6, 2023

Comfort for God’s People Isaiah 40 1.  The Perceived Neglect I don’t even know what to pray!  (v. 6) Has God forgotten me?!   (v. 27)   2.  The Promised Deliverance   -The best is yet to come          (v. 2) -God will prepare the way      (v. 3-4) -God’s glory will be revealed      (v.5) …

Qualities of the New Life
July 30, 2023

Qualities of the New Life  Colossians 3:12-17    Embodying the Character of Christ  Put on literally refers to getting dressed. Wearing clothes. So this is a description of a child of God’s spiritual wardrobe.  As I go through this list of characteristics, I want you to examine your own life. A …

Renewed to Life
July 16, 2023

Renewed to Life Colossians 3:1-11   Our daily goal: Love God more deeply than I ever have, pursue Him more passionately than I ever have.    Our Status Changes our Focus a. We’ve been raised, so we seek Him. -To seek Him is to be preoccupied with Him and His purposes, plans, provisions, an …

Truth and Freedom in Christ
July 9, 2023

Truth and Freedom in Christ  Colossians 2:8-23 Paul’s Warning Against False Doctrine  2 Timothy 4 2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but accor …

The Mystery of the Gospel
June 25, 2023

The Mystery of the Gospel  Colossians 1:24-2:7   The Burden of the Gospel  a.  Suffering for the gospel b.  Serving the church    2. The Mystery of the Gospel    3. The Power of the Gospel  Paul’s desire for those he preached to: To be encouraged.  To love one another.  To have the kn …

Raising up Valiant Warriors
June 18, 2023

Raising up Valiant Warriors  Judges 6, 7, 8 Gideon’s Hiding  Threshing wheat in the winepress.  Gideon hid physically. We probably are not guilty of that. Physically we are there for our children. We would die in order to protect them physically.  But too many men hide emotionally.  Too many men are …

Higher than the Mountains
June 11, 2023

Higher than the Mountains Psalm 121 A Right Perspective on Trouble  When you face the troubles of this life, from what perspective do you view them?  -Random bad luck (or evil people, an attack of the devil, etc.) or allowed and purposed by Sovereign God.  -Destroying fire, or refining fire.  -Perma …

The Life Changing Power of the Gospel
May 28, 2023

The Life Changing Power of the Gospel  Colossians 1:3-14 The gospel gives us a new family with a new mission (3-8) a. A love for the church  b. A love for your brothers and sisters in Christ  c. A passion for the mission    2. The gospel in the here and now  a. A worthy walk  (10a) b. A fruitfu …

The Secret of Contentment
May 21, 2023

The Secret of Contentment Philippians 4:10-19   1.     We must be confident in God’s providence. To really be content, we have to know that God is going to provide everything we need.     Matthew 6:25-34 25″This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you …

The Three Strands of a Healthy Family
May 14, 2023

The Three Strands of a Healthy Family  Ecclesiastes 4:12 The three strands of a healthy family: Unconditional love Love is a verb. It is action.           2. Unwavering support Because I believe in what you can become.           3. Compassionate accountability  Four categories of growth:  Mental Phy …

A Shaky Kingdom
May 7, 2023

A Shaky Kingdom Daniel 5    Belshazzar’s Misunderstanding -Disrespect for the things of God- 1-4 Application:  God’s name  God’s house (and the church)  God’s day    -Dependance on ungodly things- 5-9 -Misunderstanding of God’s power   2.  Daniel’s Understanding 3.  Daniel’s Rebuke 4. …

In the Fire
April 30, 2023

In the Fire  Daniel 3  There will always be the pressure, and even the expectation of idol worship.  Not a golden statue…but idols nonetheless.  Culture  Pleasure Power  Money and Possessions  Addiction  Job or career  Success  Spouse or kids  Anything in your life you set above God is an idol.  2 C …

Getting Your Mind Right
April 23, 2023

Getting your Mind Right  Philippians 4:8-9   Remember from last week:  The gospel gives us matchless joy, and joy decreases depression and increases happiness. (Rejoice in the Lord always)  The gospel can give us a humble gentleness. Gentleness decreases drama.  (Let your graciousness be known …

What Now?
April 16, 2023

The gospel guarantees eternal life. But what about now? What does the gospel do for us now?  Matchless Joy  What brings true joy? -Redemption -Obedience -Evangelism -Service   2. Humble Gentleness    3. Indescribable Peace   

The Journey to the Cross
April 2, 2023

The Journey to the Cross Colossians 2:13-15 The Reason for the Cross   2. The Result of the Cross a. Gives us life b. Every sin can be forgiven c. Our sin debt is erased d. Satan is defeated   3. The Journey to the Cross   We have started our journey in Col. 2 today. But how did we ge …

Bringing Your One to Christ
March 26, 2023

Bringing Your One to Christ Luke 5:17-26 It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of missions without realizing our personal role in the mission.    1. These men had a mission QUESTIONS TO PONDER: • What drives you? • What things, spiritually, has God put on your heart that you long to see come t …

Follow Me
March 19, 2023

Follow Me Matthew 4:18-22 Jesus doesn’t choose the best, he chooses the willing         2.  He chose us, we didn’t choose him         3. Our primary calling is to be with Him         4. To follow him, we have to surrender everything  • Boat: Our careers • Father: Our most significant relationships  …

Reaching the Pinnacle Part 2
March 5, 2023

Reaching the Pinnacle Part 2 Phil. 3: 15-21 1. Signs of a Believer’s Maturity From the previous verses (review of previous weeks) -Do not live in the past -Do not be content with where you are.  -Look forward to the future when God will finish the work He started in you. From the current text… Tru …

Reaching The Pinnacle
February 26, 2023

Reaching the Pinnacle Philippians 3:12-14 The Proper    The Proper  -We can’t rely on past  -We can’t dwell on past  -We must have a singular    The Proper  -To be  to God -Heavenly  -Our promised 

Found in Christ
February 19, 2023

Found in Christ Philippians 3:1-11 The Danger of a False Gospel There are many false teachings to watch out for…I will focus on two. a. Anything that adds to or takes away from the gospel. -Faith in Christ, his death, burial and resurrection. -Repentance Second false teaching to watch out for… b. An …