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Be Imitators of God

September 04, 2022 19:44 - 37.4 MB

In this sermon, we looked at Ephesians 5:1-21 to see Paul's description of what it looks like to imitate God as those who are being transformed by the Gospel. Paul uses the metaphor of walking in the light, instead of the darkness, as a picture of the transformative process for those who are in Christ. In Him, we are being transformed back into image bearers of God. In this section of Ephesians, Paul specifically addresses how our words are connected to what's in our hearts and calls the Chu...

Put on Your New Self

August 28, 2022 02:40 - 37 MB

In this sermon, we continued looking in Ephesians 4, where Paul tells the church in Ephesus to put off the old self, from before they heard the Gospel and knew the Lord, and to put on the new self, which is theirs in Christ Jesus. Beginning in verse 25, Paul gives practical advice about how to conduct ourselves as we live everyday life in Christ. When we put on this new self and truly live as His, we honor God and maintain the unity of the Spirit.

Put Off Your Old Self

August 21, 2022 13:57 - 47.4 MB

In this sermon, we looked at Paul's reminder to the Christians in Ephesus to no longer walk as their old selves before they heard the Gospel and learned about Jesus. In Ephesians 4:17-25, Paul teaches us that at the core of the old self is a darkened heart that has become calloused and can no longer feel pain, grief, guilt, or conviction. He also warns that once our hearts become darkened and calloused, we give ourselves over to moral riot. Paul reminds the Ephesians that they are no longer ...

Called by Grace to Serve: Part 2

August 14, 2022 03:31 - 38.1 MB

In this sermon, we continued to look at the gifts of grace Jesus has given to the Church in order to build up the Church and maintain unity. Jesus has called spiritual leaders to equip the members of the Church for ministry so that they may minister to one another in truth and love. Every believer has been equipped and entrusted with a spiritual gift of grace to serve the other members of the Church. When each part is working according to God's design, the Church grows into full maturity, be...

Called by Grace to Serve: Part 1

August 07, 2022 04:23 - 44.6 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how God has given the Church everything it needs to maintain the unity Christ provided. In Ephesians 4:7-12, Paul says that God has given leaders to the church as gifts of grace in order to equip all of the members to fulfill their calling in ministry, thereby leading the whole Church to spiritual growth and unity in Christ.

Walk in Unity

July 31, 2022 20:19 - 41 MB

In this sermon, we looked at Ephesians 4:1-6, where Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus shifts focus. While chapters one through three focus on God's redemptive work of grace and our identity in Christ, this passage begins to focus on how we walk. This walk refers to how we live and conduct ourselves according to the wonderful mercy and calling of God. Paul calls believers to walk in a manner worthy of this calling and says we are to act in humility, gentleness, and patience with one anot...

Strengthened in Christ's Love

July 24, 2022 05:16 - 30.1 MB

In this sermon, we looked at Ephesians 3:14-21 when Paul tells the Ephesians that he prays for God to strengthen them spiritually and grant them understanding of Christ's love. Having already revealed the mystery of the Gospel, in which God ordained Jews and Gentiles to be co-heirs in Christ, Paul knows that this unity will require strength through the Holy Spirit and a foundation in Christ's love. As we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit and truly comprehend His love, our lives become more...

The Mystery of the Gospel (2022)

July 17, 2022 20:13 - 35.5 MB

In this sermon, we looked at Paul's insight into the mystery of the Gospel. In Ephesians 2, Paul explained that Jesus broke down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility between the Jews and the Gentiles, uniting them as one. In Ephesians 3, Paul says that the Gospel is made visible in that the Gentiles are now fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promises of God. Through God's love toward the Jews and Gentiles alike, the mystery of the Gospel is displayed in the i...

The Cornerstone

July 10, 2022 06:58 - 38.1 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how Jesus is the cornerstone who holds all things together. In Ephesians 2:18-22, Paul points to the Trinity as an example and reminder to the Church that we are brought together in unity as members of God's household and citizens of His Kingdom, built upon the truth of Scripture. As the members of God's household trust Jesus in faith, He gives us access to the Father through the Spirit, draws us close to Himself, and binds us to one another in Christian communit...

The Purpose of Freedom

July 03, 2022 03:15 - 31.1 MB

As we celebrate independence and freedom in our nation, it's an important time to reflect on the true, enduring freedom we have in Christ. Jesus' completed work on the cross, His resurrection, and Him imminent return provide us with eternal freedom from sin and death. However, we can be tempted to misuse this freedom, taking advantage of grace and turning to the sin we've been freed from or burdening ourselves with rules and moralism to prove our worth or even viewing our individual freedoms...

The Gospel of Peace (2022)

June 26, 2022 03:12 - 45.6 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the powerful and practical implications of the Gospel for those who are in Christ. In Ephesians 2:11-17, Paul commands the church to remember who they used to be and the hopelessness of their state before they were in Christ. He reminds the Christians in Ephesus that they were spiritual gentiles, born into separation from God and hostility toward one another. Paul emphasizes that Jesus is our peace and only through Him are we reconciled to God and each other.

Made Alive (2022)

June 19, 2022 02:57 - 39.3 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how the Gospel leads to a transformed life in Christ. In Ephesians 2:1-10, Paul reminds the Ephesians that we have a fallen human nature and that God, rich in mercy, love, and kindness, has redeemed us from sons of disobedience to sons of God by making us alive in Christ and adopting us into in His Kingdom. The core truths of the Gospel declare that: (1) All humans are needy and incapable of redeeming themselves, (2) God is merciful, loving, and kind, (3) When we...

Praying to the Glorious Father

June 12, 2022 14:15 - 35.3 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how Paul expresses his gratitude to God for the Ephesian believers. Their faith and their service to one another brings Paul joy that he “do[es] not cease to give thanks” to God on their behalf. We also looked at how Paul prays for them to grow in their knowledge of God and in their awareness of all they have in Christ—who is over all things.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

June 05, 2022 11:57 - 28.9 MB

In the first sermon of our Ephesians: The Mystery of the Gospel series, we looked at one of the key phrases in the book of Ephesians: "in Christ." These words occur over 35 times and communicate the core of the Christian faith. In Ephesians 1:1-14, Paul describes the spiritual blessings we receive because we are in Christ. This passage reveals the incredible grace and salvation that God has so richly lavished upon us and prompts us to give God the praise He rightfully deserves.

Slow to Anger, Abounding in Love

May 29, 2022 18:54 - 36.5 MB

In this final sermon of the Jonah series, we looked at the heart of God. In this series, we've seen how Jonah's pursuit of comfort led to disobedience and his disobedience trapped him in hopelessness. Jonah repeatedly found himself in situations where he was so desperate and without hope of saving himself that he believed death was his only escape. Through Jonah, we see how God sovereignly and miraculously works in the smallest details of our stories to invite us to repent and find mercy and...

The Grace and Compassion of God

May 22, 2022 22:20 - 29.9 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the grace and compassion of God, first for Jonah, then for the people of Nineveh. When God called Jonah to go preach a message of repentance, Jonah went the opposite direction. Through a series of events, including having his life preserved in the belly of a big fish, God showed grace and "came to Jonah a second time." This time, Jonah was obedient to what God called him to do and preached to the Ninevites about repentance. When the Ninevites showed true repentan...

Salvation Belongs to the Lord

May 15, 2022 21:15 - 33.7 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how Jonah's psalm of thanksgiving in Jonah 2 declares that the miracle of salvation belongs to the Lord. Jonah begins by summarizing his experience of salvation and indicating that God is a good God who hears when His people cry out to Him for help. After reaching a place of complete desperation and despair, Jonah is finally awakened to see how the obstacles that God used to stop him from running were actually good gifts meant to lead him back to the Lord's prese...

You Must Dwell as Mine

May 08, 2022 19:14 - 43.5 MB

In this Mother's Day sermon, we looked at God's hope for moms who are shackled by the guilt of feeling like they aren't enough. In the story of Hosea, we get a beautiful picture of how God meets all of us in our failures and inadequacies. Unlike the critical voice in our heads or the harsh judgement we feel from the world, God meets us in our failure with a gentle invitation to let Him guide us to a place where He provides everything we need and restores our relationship. When we see ourselv...

The Prevailing Love of God

May 01, 2022 17:19 - 35.2 MB

In the second sermon of our Jonah series, we looked at how God displayed His sovereign power over creation in order to display His prevailing love for sinners. In a moment of desperation in the middle of a storm, the sailors with Jonah cast lots to determine why the storm was occurring. God's sovereign hand guided the lots to fall on Jonah, revealing his disobedience in running from the Lord to be the cause of the storm. In his guilt and shame, Jonah offered himself as a sacrifice for the sa...

God’s Kindness in the Storm

April 24, 2022 14:09 - 42.2 MB

In this sermon, we kicked off the Jonah series by looking at the power of shame and the power of God's kindness in the storm found in Jonah 1:1-6. The story of Jonah opens with God's calling for Jonah to take the message of repentance to the gentiles in Assyria. Within the first 3 verses, Jonah has already disobeyed God to protect his own comfort and run from God's presence in an attempt to avoid the shame he feels. To keep His plan of redemption on track, God caused a dangerous, life-threat...

The Victory of Jesus

April 17, 2022 15:24

In this final sermon of the Genesis series, we looked at how the resurrection of Jesus restored all that was broken by the Fall. In Genesis 3:14-24, God tells the serpent, Adam, and Eve that, from that point onward, everything that He had created for good would now be broken. In Romans 8, Paul describes the impact of Adam and Eve's decision, connecting our individual suffering to the futility and suffering that all of creation has been experiencing since the Fall. Paul and other Biblical aut...

All is Now Broken

April 10, 2022 21:16

In this sermon, we looked at how Adam and Eve's disobedience introduced brokenness into God's story and produced a need for creation to be redeemed. In Genesis 3, we find Satan masquerading as a serpent, twisting God’s truth into a lie to convince Adam and Eve that they are missing out on something good. When Adam and Eve believe the lie and disobey God, all that God had created for good becomes broken and fallen from His glory. Created for relationship, Adam and Eve are no longer able to wa...

The Knowledge of Good and Evil

April 03, 2022 12:29 - 37.9 MB

In this sermon, we looked at God’s purpose for the Law in Genesis 2 so that we can better understand the purpose of God’s Law in our lives today. After placing Adam in the Garden, God gave Adam a Law to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This Law was meant to keep Adam and Eve in the knowledge of good and protect them from the knowledge of evil. For us today, the Law give us the knowledge of what is good by revealing the character of God and foreshadowing the future rea...

Not Good to Be Alone

March 27, 2022 15:57 - 39.1 MB

In this sermon, we continued the Genesis series by looking at how God created man and woman in His image as relational beings. In Genesis 2, God declares that it is not good for Adam to be by Himself. This doesn't mean that Adam is able to be relational if he wants to; this means that Adam was designed to exist within perpetual intimate relationship. To address this need in Adam's life, God creates Eve as a helper. Before Eve is created, Adam spends time with the animals God had already made...

Stewards of the Garden

March 20, 2022 19:47 - 39.6 MB

In this sermon, we looked in Genesis 1 and 2 at God's design for work and rest. As God told mankind to be fruitful and multiply, He was commissioning us to multiply and fill the kingdom with His image bearers. We were created to be small reflections of His Kingship in the world. God worked for six days and then He rested. We were created to bear this image in the world through our working and resting. Work wasn't created to be a burden and rest wasn't created as a means of temporary recovery...

Image Bearers

March 13, 2022 06:02 - 37.1 MB

In this sermon, we looked at what it means to be created in the image of God. In Genesis 1:26-31, God created mankind with the explicit purpose of bearing His image in the world. God created us like Him in that He gave us minds with which to think, reason, and make decisions. He created us like Him by giving us hearts with a capacity for relationship and a soul that will exist for eternity. God created us like Him in that He gave us the capacity to work and create, bearing His image as sub-c...

The Glory of God in Creation

March 06, 2022 06:03 - 43 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the function and purpose of God's creation. In Genesis, 1:1-25, we saw that all matter, space, and time has been created by God and exists under His rule and reign in order to reveal and glorify Him. God created the world with designed rhythms and divine purpose that are clearly seen in creation. Romans 1 declares that God made His invisible attributes visible through His creation. The immeasurable nature and incomprehensible complexity of the universe bear testi...

The Everyday Mission of the Church

February 27, 2022 06:01 - 37.8 MB

In our final sermon of The Dawn of the Church series, we looked at the everyday mission of the Church. As seen in Acts 2:41-47, the first Christians had an immense joy in Jesus that gave them a passionate love for God and a compassionate love for their neighbors. This immense joy fueled a courageous response to persecution and suffering as well as a deep desire to care for the poor and discarded. Even though the number of Christians was relatively low in these early days, they quickly caught...

The Heart of Biblical Community

February 20, 2022 06:01 - 37 minutes - 34 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the heart of Biblical community. In 1 Corinthians 12, we see that Christian relationships are more than a working partnership for doing ministry; we are called to bear with one another, boasting in our weakness and exposing our neediness to one another. Fear of rejection is one of the most painful things a person can experience because the desire to belong is hardwired into who we are. The Gospel calls and empowers us to take the risk. The Gospel declares that we...

The Rhythm of Biblical Community

February 13, 2022 06:01 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

In today's sermon, we took a deeper look into the Gospel rhythms of everyday life in the early Church. Acts 2:42-47 captures a beautiful and challenging picture of the rhythms necessary to living life with one another in Biblical community. At the dawn of the Church, the believers were devoted to spending time together on a regular basis. They worshipped together weekly and spent time in one another's homes on various days throughout the week. They were able to meet each other's needs becaus...

The Devotion of the Church - Part 4: Communion

February 06, 2022 06:01 - 34.6 MB

In this sermon, we continued The Dawn of the Church sermon series by looking at the early Church's devotion to Communion. In Mark 14, Jesus reveals the full meaning of the Passover meal to His disciples and transitions the Passover meal into the Communion meal we practice today. In the Passover meal, we see that the promises of Exodus 6:6-7 are fulfilled in Jesus. As we take Communion together, we remember and celebrate everything the Passover meal symbolized: Only Jesus can rescue us from o...

The Devotion of the Church - Part 3: Prayer

January 30, 2022 06:01 - 37.6 MB

In this sermon, we continued to look at the early Church's devotion described in Acts 2. This week, we looked at these early Christians' deep devotion to praying together as they passed along what Jesus taught His disciples about prayer. In Luke 11, the disciples asked Jesus how they should pray. He gave them an example prayer before teaching them about the heart behind prayer. Through this passage, we learn that prayer isn't about making transactions between us and God; prayer is a way for ...

The Devotion of the Church - Part 2: The Fellowship

January 23, 2022 06:01 - 36.2 MB

In this sermon, we continued our The Dawn of the Church series by taking a look at the early Church's deep devotion to their fellowship with one another. We learned that, as believers, our fellowship with Jesus is made visible through our fellowship with one another.  To be part of the fellowship of Jesus implies that we are in a partnership with one another in the mission of Jesus as we share our lives in both suffering and blessing. Living as the fellowship of Jesus also includes giving ge...

The Devotion of the Church - Part 1: The Apostles' Teaching

January 16, 2022 06:01 - 31.3 MB

With this sermon, we began the first of four weeks looking at the devotion of the early Church to the Apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer found in Acts 2:42. This week, we focused on the Church's devotion to the Apostles' teaching. This heartfelt dedication was born out of belief in the message of the Church, found in Christ Jesus. As we devote ourselves, both personally and corporately, to the powerful message of the Gospel, we are able to experience true life in H...

The Message of the Church

January 09, 2022 06:01 - 44 minutes - 40.3 MB

For this second week of The Dawn of the Church series, we looked in Acts 2:22-41 at the first sermon of the Church. In this passage, Peter uses the Scriptures to boldly preach that Jesus is the Messiah who was proven by miracles and signs, predicted by the Prophets, delivered up according to the plan and foreknowledge of God, crucified, killed, and raised up by God. Upon hearing his words, the people listening are deeply convicted and ask Peter what to do. Peter’s answer is simple: repent an...

The Power of the Church

January 02, 2022 06:01 - 43.4 MB

With this sermon, we launched The Dawn of the Church: Acts 1-2 series. We looked at Acts 2:1-21, when God uses fallible humans to establish His infallible Church by sending His Spirit to empower the Church and accomplish works that would otherwise be impossible for His people. This significant event marks the dawn of the Church and reveals that the true power of the Church is found in the Holy Spirit of God. God has given the Holy Spirit to the Church to empower believers to deliver the mess...

The Church and the Next Generation

December 26, 2021 06:01 - 30 minutes - 28.2 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the importance of the Church investing in the next generation. In Deuteronomy 6, Moses challenges the Israelites to not only be a people who follow and honor God but to also pass on this charge to their children. In the roughly 936 weeks between a child’s birth and high-school graduation, the Church has the responsibility and privilege to join with parents in raising up kids to know and follow God. This means intentionally investing in kids and students, leading ...

Met with Gladness

December 19, 2021 06:02 - 30.1 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the surprising and glorious angelic announcement of the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:8-21. The angels appear to shepherds watching their flocks at night and proclaim that the Savior, Messiah, and Lord has been born! The joy of heaven overflows into the appearance of an angelic multitude giving glory to God and praising Him for His favor toward mankind. After traveling to see Jesus with their own eyes, the shepherds tell others about the angelic announcement of this n...

The Loneliness of Christmas

December 12, 2021 06:02 - 39.8 MB

In this sermon, we looked at Mary and Joseph's experience of the first Christmas. In Matthew and Luke's accounts of the nativity, we see that Mary and Joseph faced many difficult situations that caused them deep loneliness. We also learned how God gave us the feeling of loneliness to remind us that it’s not good to be alone; we were created to be deeply connected to God and to others. Loneliness allows us to know when that connection is missing and drives us toward real intimacy with God and...

Mary's Fear

December 05, 2021 06:01 - 36 minutes - 33.8 MB

In this sermon, we looked in Luke 1:26-50 at Mary's response to Gabriel's announcement that she was about to become pregnant with the Messiah. When Mary first encounters the angel, she is stricken with fear. Like many of us, she tries to calm her own fears by attempting to control the situation. Instead of giving into Mary's demand for understanding, Gabriel responds to Mary's troubled heart by letting her know that God is bigger than her fear and that He is going to overshadow her with His ...

Elizabeth's Sadness

November 28, 2021 06:01 - 35.6 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the story of Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth. Both were considered righteous before God, yet they lived with deep sadness at never having the child they longed for. The sadness they felt wasn’t a result of personal sin, but the overarching brokenness of this world. It reminds us that even those who are in Christ still have hopes and desires that may never be realized in this life. We see Elizabeth take her sadness and burden to the Lord in prayer while faithful...

Follow Me

November 21, 2021 06:01 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how John ended his Gospel with Jesus' invitation to Peter and John to follow Him and trust Him with the outcomes of their life stories. In this closing scene, Peter asks Jesus what the outcome of John’s life will be and Jesus responds by making it clear that He alone will be the author of John's story. Then Jesus says, “Follow me,” inviting Peter to surrender his life and trust in Him. At the end of his Gospel, John says that there aren't enough books in the worl...

Feed My Sheep

November 14, 2021 06:01 - 39 minutes - 36.5 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how Jesus forgave and restored Peter to his calling as one of Jesus' disciples. In John 21:15-19, Jesus makes Himself known, for the third time since His resurrection, to seven of the disciples on the shore the Sea of Galilee. After a miraculous catch of fish and a gracious meal with the disciples, Jesus addresses Peter in a way that brings to light how Peter denied Jesus three times. Through a series of three questions, one for each of Peter's denials, Jesus dra...

Take and Eat

November 07, 2021 06:02 - 37.7 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how Jesus made Himself known to His disciples at the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were still recovering from the emotionally tumultuous series of events surrounding Jesus' life, death, and resurrection and were now exhausted and discouraged from fishing all night with nothing to show for their efforts. Jesus meets them in their discouragement and exhaustion by miraculously providing for them what they couldn't provide for themselves. This resurrection appearance...

Life in His Name

October 31, 2021 06:01 - 33.6 MB

In this sermon, we looked at John's statement about why he wrote down his account of Jesus' life, ministry, death, and resurrection. John tells us that he selected some of Jesus' miracles to reveal to his readers the identity of Jesus in the hope that we would know Jesus to be the promised Messiah and the Son of God. Earlier in his Gospel, John tells us about how he came to fully believe in Jesus when he saw the empty tomb. It’s John's desire that we, too, would come to believe in Jesus and ...

We Have Seen the Lord

October 24, 2021 09:17 - 31 MB

In this sermon, we looked at Jesus' resurrection appearance in John 20:24-29. The week after the resurrection, rumors and threats were being perpetuated by the Pharisees, which made believing in the resurrection not only difficult but also dangerous. As the disciples hide in fear, the others tell Thomas that they have seen Jesus but Thomas says that he won’t believe unless he can touch Jesus’ physical body. Eight days after the resurrection, Jesus appears again to the disciples and, this tim...

I Am Sending You

October 17, 2021 09:17 - 42 minutes - 38.9 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how Jesus made Himself known to the disciples after the resurrection. In John 20:19-23, Jesus miraculously passes through the locked doors of the upper room in order to be with the disciples. Finding them in fear and turmoil, Jesus shows them His wounds and invites them into the peace of His presence. As Jesus turns the disciples’ fear into gladness and their chaos into peace, He empowers them with the Holy Spirit to go out into the broken world with His message ...

The Resurrection (2021)

October 10, 2021 09:19 - 40.9 MB

In this sermon, we looked at the eternal significance of the resurrection of Jesus. In John 20:1-18, we see Mary Magdalene go to Jesus' tomb on the third day following His death. She didn’t go to see if He had resurrected but to make sure He had been properly buried. Upon seeing the empty tomb, she thought that the tragedy of Jesus’ death was now followed by the additional tragedy of His body being stolen. She quickly went to get Peter and John, who ran into the tomb to see for themselves. J...

The Burial of Jesus

October 03, 2021 09:17 - 36 MB

In this sermon, we looked at how the details of Jesus' burial reveal the depth of His trust in the Father. With more than 90 references to Jesus' relationship with God the Father, John's Gospel account helps us to see how Jesus completely entrusted Himself into the hands of His Father in His darkest hour. In order for Jesus to qualify as our Messiah, He had to obey the law perfectly in life andin death. John19:38-42 reminds us that Jesus laid down His life, fully trusting that His Father wou...

The Scripture is Fulfilled

September 26, 2021 09:17 - 31 minutes - 28.7 MB

In this sermon, we looked at John’s account of the crucifixion of Jesus in John 19:16-37. While John wants us to see the intensity of this moment, he doesn’t want us to lose sight of the bigger picture of God’s unfolding plan to redeem His creation. When Pilate says, “What I have written, I have written,” we can see the finality of what God has written. John includes many prophetic details, connecting Jesus’ death with the rest of the Bible, giving us a beautiful and powerful picture of God’...


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