Sermons on The Gospel

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?…

The Bible Tells Me So

Maybe you grew up in an environment where the answers to all of your hard questions began with the words, “The Bible says . . .” Those answers probably satisfied many of your questions, but perhaps there were other times when you still wondered. It is no surprise that a core value for this and many other churches is a commitment to the reliability and authority of the Bible. Unfortunately that value, apart from an understanding of the Gospel, can lead to legalism and a…
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Counterfeit Religion

History is full of examples of decay and reform; revolution and counter-revolution.  From politics and the economy to morality and religion, humans are in a continual battle for the right to define what is right. Is there an objective standard beyond human control or definition?  If so, who gets to determine what it is? Join us for part two of Jeremiah: A Prophet for the City, where we explore how Jeremiah confronted the counterfeit religious reforms of his day and what the church might learn from them today.  The word that came to…

Building An Enduring Church

The strength of our faith is not determined by how we respond to the victories and successes in life.  Faith can only be made stronger through trials and hardships.  To have an enduring, resilient faith means having a faith that is tested.  What is true for individuals is also true for any church.  An enduring church is a church that has been tested.  Join us for a message exploring how God is using COVID-19 to stretch and strengthen the faith…

Tribal Identities

We all carry many identities: mother, son, doctor, student, American, Refugee, white, black, conservative, progressive, Southern Baptist, Atheist. The list can go on and on. In a culture that is increasingly divided by our identities, we must recognize the need to rest our identity in Christ. Only when our identity is in Christ can we transcend our tribal identities and truly love our neighbors. Join us for part 7 of Losing My Religion where we will look at the problem…

The Holy Hand Grenade

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. It is considered by many to be the foundation of two major world religions. It has been used by all kinds of people to justify all kinds of good and bad things done in the name of religion. But what if the Bible is not primarily a religious text, but a record of the failure of religion? What if the Bible is not the treasure, but merely the map pointing us…

Licking Cups

Recent surveys have revealed that a growing number of people no longer identify with any religion. They do not claim to be protestant or catholic, they are not affiliated with Islam or Hinduism, they simply claim no religious affiliation. They have come to be known as “nons.” If this group were its own religion, it would be the fastest growing in America. Jesus was a friend to the irreligious. He attracted the sinners and the tax collectors while the religious…
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When the City Comes to You

Jesus said to “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers to the field” – the “field” was the mass of humanity – the city – that was coming toward Him. Later, Jesus wept as He overlooked the city of Jerusalem, before issuing His final directive to His disciples to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Join Sunday as Pastor Gary shares three major changes we must make if we are going to be a church that is For…

Hiding in the City

The thought of impacting the city can seem overwhelming. Rather than allowing the size of the task paralyze us, we must recognize that the city begins when we cross the threshold of our house. We change the city by doing for one what we wish we could do for all. The person you stand behind in the line at the coffee shop or the cashier who serves you at the grocery store may be a person in whom God is…