Sermons by Gary Lee Webber (Page 2)

Battle Lines

Few people like to be presented with an ultimatum. In a culture that resists the idea of absolute truth, the idea that something is either “true or false” is increasingly unpopular. But even a brief survey of the Bible reminds us that God often presents us with ultimatums. Join us for part 3 of Revolution where we will explore the battle lines between good and evil and the choice we all must make. Passage: Luke 11:14-28 Principles: There is no…

The Incursion

The cosmic battle to save human souls and restore God’s creation took a significant turn at the manger in Bethlehem. It was there that God secretly invaded the enemy’s territory and began the revolution. Jesus assembled a team of followers who began claiming territory for the Kingdom and casting out the enemy. Join us for part 2 of Revolution where we explore the incursion of earth by the forces of heaven and what that means for those of us who…

Cross Perspectives

The crucifixion of Jesus is the pivotal event in history. But what exactly happened on the cross that day?  Why does the death of one man, nearly two thousand years ago, still elicit complete devotion from some and derision from others? How did an instrument of torture and death become the single most popular icon in architecture, jewelry, and art? Join us for a series exploring the crucifixion of Jesus and the revolution it began.  For the word of the…

Praying With Jesus

The words of the Lord’s Prayer are perhaps the most recited in all of human history. But what exactly is the Lord’s Prayer? Jesus offered these words as a template for prayer and a pattern for understanding our relationship with God. Join us for the final message in Fully Devoted as we learn to pray like Jesus.  Passage: Luke 11:1-13 Principle: To live like Jesus lived, we must pray like Jesus. Practice: Know God Our Hallowed Father More reliable than our closest…

Failing Forward

“Failure is not an option!” That may be true in certain circumstances, but it is NEVER true when it comes to our spiritual growth. Failure is a certainty and perfection is the enemy of progress. The Bible doesn’t hide the failures of the “heroes of the faith.” Men and women who tried to follow God but frequently found themselves straying. Jesus’ own disciples failed over and over again, but 11 of the 12 just kept stumbling toward Jesus anyway. Join…

Hills and Valleys

Jesus’ call to follow Him means we cannot stay where we are. The disciples experienced this first hand as they left behind their jobs, families, and community to go with Jesus. But even as they sacrificed much to follow Jesus, they were still enticed to hold onto the past. They frequently failed to fully embrace Jesus’ presence among them, and they were afraid to follow Him into an uncertain future. Join us for part 5 of Fully Devoted as we…

Food in the Desert

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, but it is also the breeding ground of faith. We are never more aware of our dependency on God than when we’ve come to the end of our own ability and resources. As western society has become wealthier and more dependent on technology, we seem to be less aware of our need for God. Join us for part 4 of Fully Devoted as we explore how Jesus reminds us that…

Still Like Jesus

Wake to an alarm (if the kids haven’t already gotten you out of bed). Get yourself and everyone else ready and out the door. Get to work to discover your email inbox is full. Before lunch you have 9 texts and 4 voice mails. Get as much done as you can, but finally leave at the end of the day because Jr. has baseball practice, and you haven’t even thought about dinner. Get home, help with homework, and veg out…

The Cost of Discipleship

Just because someone gives you a free piano does not mean that you will ever learn to play it. The free piano is a gift, the cost of becoming a pianist is hours and hours of practice. Salvation is the free gift of God, but like learning to play the piano, discipleship takes time and effort. Many Christians have failed to experience the full and abundant life of Jesus because, while they have received the gift of salvation, they have…

Scattering Seeds

Following Jesus is not a once-a-week proposition, but a daily pursuit. When Jesus invites us to “follow Him,” He is not inviting us on a walk, but into the sacred rhythms and patterns of discipleship. Join us for a series from Luke 8-11 where we will learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  Passage: Luke 8:4-15 Principle: God sows the seed generously, but we must faithfully cultivate the soil of our hearts if we are to bear the fruit of the Gospel…

Out of Southside

Passage: Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:11-12; John 15:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Principle: We are called to live as foreigners and exiles in this world We are Christ’s ambassadors in this world Practice: Pray for God to give you the heart of an ambassador Make time with Jesus your first and highest priority every day. Take the next step in your journey with Jesus. Daily Readings: Day 1: 1 Peter 1Day 2: 1 Peter 2Day 3: Philippians 3Day 4: Ephesians 4Day…

Out of Place

God entered the world in the distressing disguise of a baby born to a refugee couple with no place to lay their heads. Most people in Jesus’ day missed Him. They couldn’t see Him for His distressing disguise. They expected a king with all the wealth and power of David, or a prophet who would come with the grandeur of Moses, or a priest who would practice all the religious eccentricities of Aaron. What they got instead was God on…