Sermons on Faith

The Pursuit of Happiness

While we can never achieve holiness in our own power, the way we choose to live and interact with the world is a powerful witness to what we truly believe about Jesus and His Kingdom.  Passage: Matthew 5:3-14 Principle: Embrace your emptiness and experience God’s sufficiency (Matthew 5:3-6) Live sacrificially for the sake of loving others (Matthew 5:7-12) Practice: Be an agent for healing (Matthew 5:13) Be a source of light (Matthew 5:14-16) Daily Readings: Day 1: Matthew 5Day 2: 1…

Give Me Liberty

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” The Declaration of Independence is based on the understanding that our rights and freedoms come from God. That idea was revolutionary, but it wasn’t original to Thomas Jefferson, it came from Jesus. Long before the establishment of the modern democracy, Jesus’ followers were champions of a freedom that no government can give or take away. Join us online or on campus for part three of Jesus 2020, as we…

Life, Wolves, and Contract Labor

Many campaigns in America have degenerated into contests to see which candidate can make more people afraid of his or her opponent. They do all they can to portray “the other guy” as evil, unfit, and bent on destroying life as we know it. Jesus warned His followers not to be deceived by “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Join us for part two of Jesus 2020 as we uncover the real enemy of American, why politicians are powerless to save us,…

Making the Kingdom Great Again

Jesus assembled a politically diverse group of followers to serve as His first disciples. Not only did He call Matthew — a Roman tax collector and sympathizer — but He also called Simon the Zealot — a hard core Jewish nationalist and revolutionary. These two men had about as much in common as Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump! How was it possible that two people with starkly different ideas both followed Jesus and even gave their lives for His cause?…

Unlimited

When we think about boundaries it is easy to think only about those boundaries God has set for us, but it is also important to consider how God Himself has chosen to work and relate to us within certain boundaries. Why would an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God restrict Himself to the boundaries of time, space, temptation, and suffering? Join us for the conclusion of the Boundaries series to learn the answer and to discover the secret to living the unlimited…

The Prison of Pain

There has never been a society more averse to suffering than ours. We have perfected the art of reducing, eliminating, medicating – and if all else fails – hiding pain and suffering. But pain and suffering are an inescapable part of the human condition. The question is, to what end? Do the boundaries created by our frail bodies and the pain and suffering we endure in this life tell us anything about God? Join us for the next installment of…

Sex and Marriage

Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, it might appear as if our society has become more and more sexually promiscuous. In reality, however, we’ve probably just become more open about the promiscuity that has always existed. The early church faced a culture that had very destructive beliefs and practices related to human sexuality. One of the things that set early Christians apart was their understanding of the beauty and sacredness of human sexuality as designed by God.…

The End of the Beginning

When asked if the end of World War II was near, Winston Churchill famously replied, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” As we conclude our look at the life of the Apostle Paul and our Journey through the book of Acts, join Pastor Gary Webber as we consider how the unfinished story of Acts 28 invites us to continue Christ’s mission to…

Current Location

When you put an address into your favorite mapping software, you should get a clear picture of your desired destination, but if you want to go there, you’ll need to provide your current location. Fortunately (or maybe not), our “smart” devices frequently know where we are even when we do not! It’s difficult to chart a course if you do not know where you are beginning the journey. A journey to intimacy with God begins with an awareness of our…

Discarded Crowns

Passage: Revelation 4 Principles: A Door (see: Phil. 2:6-8; John 1:10-11; Rev. 3:20; Luke 2:7) A Throne (see: Luke 1:30-33) Crowns (see: Psalm 72:9-14; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 1:15-17) Practice: Take time to reflect on the following questions this week. Discuss them with your small group or an accountability partner: Is there a door in your heart that is not open to Jesus Christ? Is there a throne in your life that has not been relinquished to Him? Is there a…

The Love of Kings

Passage: Matthew 2:1-12 Principles: Herod: Self-Serving (see Mark 8:36; Matthew 6:1 & 24) Wise Men: Significant (see Luke 20:25; Matthew 6:19) Jesus: Sacrificial (see John 3:16; Romans 5:8) Practice: Take some time before Christmas to answer these questions: Which king represents the condition of your heart this Christmas? This Christmas are you paying homage to the Kingdom of Herod or the Kingdom of Jesus? How does the time you’ve spent shopping compare to the time you’ve spent in personal and…

The Struggle is Real

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you…