"evangelism" Tagged Sermons

Two Undercover Disciples and a Funeral

The Christian faith is based entirely on a single event in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what if no one had ever known about that event? What if the circumstances of Jesus’ burial had been different? What if His body hadn’t been laid in a tomb, but rather tossed in the city dump like so many other executed criminals? If there had been no tomb, no one could have known that a tomb was empty.  Join us for the final message…

Bad Religion

The word “religion” stirs all kinds of emotions in us. They may be positive emotions associated with faith, traditions, and our connection with God. Or, they could be negative memories of manipulation, hypocrisy, or abuse. You might expect the Bible to offer a purely positive definition of “religion,” but in reality, the Bible offers more warnings about the dangers of religion than a positive defense of it. Join us for part three of Losing My Religion where we explore the…

Andy Brings a Crowd

A crowd of gentiles wanted to approach Jesus but were not sure if they could since they were not Jewish. Cultural and social barriers still get in the way of the message of the Gospel today. Join us for part four of Go Fish! and see how Andrew responded to the crowds’ request to see Jesus.  The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear…

Andy Finds Lunch

When we think about becoming fishers of people, we can become overwhelmed by the need. There are literally billions of people on the planet and the task of sharing the good news with all of them seems impossible. Jesus’ first disciples faced a similarly overwhelming situation when Jesus told them to feed a crowd of more than 5,000 people. Philip became overwhelmed, but Andrew focused on one small child and through that child, Jesus provided for everyone. Join us for…

Andy Goes Fishing

Talking to other people about faith is a scary thought. The fear of rejection and damaged relationships often keeps us silent on issues of faith and our deepest held beliefs about God. Join us for part two of “Go Fish!” where we see how two of Jesus’ lesser-known disciples boldly shared their new found faith in Jesus and those acts of courage changed the course of eternity. One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon…

The Invitation

Jesus’ call to discipleship includes the promise of a career change. His first disciples all left their jobs when they answered Jesus’ call. Some left their tax booths, others left their fishing nets, but everyone who followed Jesus gave up one job for something new. What kind of career offer did Jesus make these guys? Did He call them to become great theologians, or teachers, or Military leaders? No. Instead, Jesus simply said, “Follow me and I will make you…

Our Response to the City

When the Apostle Paul went to Athens, he was entering one of the largest most influential cities of his time. As he looked around that impressive city, his heart was broken by the lostness of the people. But believing God had called him there to share the gospel, Paul engaged the philosophers and city leaders, challenging their world view and inviting them to rethink their concept of God. As our own city grows and changes, we must ask ourselves if we are prepared to approach Jacksonville the way Paul approached Athens. We…

So We Can Share in God’s Life

Thousands of evangelistic conversations have started with the question, “If you were to die tonight, do you know for certain you would go to heaven?” While this question has been effective for many, for others it has made the Gospel sound less like good news and more like a life insurance plan. Jesus said He came to give life and give it abundantly. While we all need life insurance, we want abundant life. Join us for the final message in…

Come to Shut Down Religion

At its best, religion is our attempt to get to God. At its worst, it is an effort to hide from God while attempting to manipulate and control others. Jesus did not come to give us a new religious system. He came to end religion by offering us a relationship with God that is not dependent on temples, priests, or sacrifices, but on God’s abundant grace and our faith in Him. Join us for part six of 30 Words, where…

Come to Set Up God’s Kingdom

For some, the Gospel message is primarily about going to heaven when we die. While that is good news, it is not the best news. Jesus came to do much more than take us to heaven when we die; He came to set up God’s kingdom here and now. Join us for part five of 30 Words where we will learn about God’s Kingdom and how it gives us hope now and forever.

Come to Show Us God’s Love

God is love. There are very few people who would disagree with that statement, and even fewer who wouldn’t at least say they hope that is the case. But how do we know for sure? In part three of 30 Words, we will consider what it means that God is love and how Jesus came to prove it to us once and for all.

Jesus Is God with Us

You cannot understand the Gospel as “good news” until you understand who Jesus is. And once you truly understand who Jesus is, there is no way you will ever understand the Gospel as anything other than good news! Jesus is not just a great teacher who established a world religion. He is God with skin on – God with us – God for us, not against us. Join us for part two of 30 Words where Pastor Gary will share…
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