A Cross-Shaped Faith

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 11:21-33. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By | 2018-02-25T00:17:34+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A Culture-Shaped Faith, Part 2

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 11:5-15. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By | 2018-02-24T15:16:55+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A Culture-Shaped Faith, Part 1

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 11:1-4. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By | 2018-02-24T15:18:33+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Proper Boasting

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 10:12-18. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By | 2018-02-03T11:11:36+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

A New Community

We are grateful to the Lord that Dan Passerelli, pastor to young adults/young families at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, shared God's Word with us today while Dane Lewis is home recovering from his wrist surgery. This sermon is based on Ephesians 2:11-22 and is titled, "A New Community."

By | 2018-01-27T22:19:57+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Categories: Sermon|Tags: , |

Intruder Alert

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 10:1-13. Series Overview: If I was asked for a list of ten things we don’t have enough of, my top three answers would be faith, hope and love, followed by another round of faith, hope and love (and then in seventh place, painless surgeries or doctors with the gift of instant healing). But one of the strengths of Paul’s faith was that it was saturated in weakness. Even when Paul was attacked, as he was in 2 Corinthians, he responded with an incredible weakness and humility. It was what made his faith so unbelievably powerful.  Apparently, there is great strength in being weak. Join us as we explore how weakness ought to shape our faith as we look at the most autobiographical section of all of Paul’s letters, 2 Corinthians 10-13. It’s guaranteed to give you a weaker faith than ever before!

By | 2018-01-17T19:10:05+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Categories: A Weak Faith, Sermon|Tags: , , |

The Hope of Dwelling

This sermon is based on John 1:14-18. Series Overview: Christmasy -- it’s a word. It means “typical of Christmas” or “a special Christmas mood.” Christmas is a word, but it seems to have lost its meaning of late. Once, it meant a day of worship to celebrate God’s redemption of the world through the incarnation of Jesus, the Son. Now, it simply denotes a winter holiday filled with food, family, the airing of grievances and the giving of gifts (but not necessarily in that order). That’s why, this year, I’m choosing to use the word Christmasy more, but I want to mispronounce it. I like “Christmas –why” over “Christmas-ee” because it asks the right question: “Why is there a Christmas?” That’s the question we want to explore this Advent season. And it’s a funny thing, when you are all “Christmas-why,” you end up being all Christmasy because you will find the true meaning of Christmas.

By | 2018-01-17T16:20:48+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Categories: ChristmasY, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

The Hope of Christmas

This sermon is based on Isaiah 9:2-7. Series Overview: Christmasy -- it’s a word. It means “typical of Christmas” or “a special Christmas mood.” Christmas is a word, but it seems to have lost its meaning of late. Once, it meant a day of worship to celebrate God’s redemption of the world through the incarnation of Jesus, the Son. Now, it simply denotes a winter holiday filled with food, family, the airing of grievances and the giving of gifts (but not necessarily in that order). That’s why, this year, I’m choosing to use the word Christmasy more, but I want to mispronounce it. I like “Christmas –why” over “Christmas-ee” because it asks the right question: “Why is there a Christmas?” That’s the question we want to explore this Advent season. And it’s a funny thing, when you are all “Christmas-why,” you end up being all Christmasy because you will find the true meaning of Christmas.

By | 2018-01-17T16:18:40+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Categories: ChristmasY, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

That Mourns in Lonely Exile Here

This sermon is based on Matthew 2:16-18. Series Overview: Christmasy -- it’s a word. It means “typical of Christmas” or “a special Christmas mood.” Christmas is a word, but it seems to have lost its meaning of late. Once, it meant a day of worship to celebrate God’s redemption of the world through the incarnation of Jesus, the Son. Now, it simply denotes a winter holiday filled with food, family, the airing of grievances and the giving of gifts (but not necessarily in that order). That’s why, this year, I’m choosing to use the word Christmasy more, but I want to mispronounce it. I like “Christmas –why” over “Christmas-ee” because it asks the right question: “Why is there a Christmas?” That’s the question we want to explore this Advent season. And it’s a funny thing, when you are all “Christmas-why,” you end up being all Christmasy because you will find the true meaning of Christmas.

By | 2018-01-17T16:14:22+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Categories: ChristmasY, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

The Sin That Longed for Christmas

This sermon is based on Matthew 1:18-21. Series Overview: Christmasy -- it’s a word. It means “typical of Christmas” or “a special Christmas mood.” Christmas is a word, but it seems to have lost its meaning of late. Once, it meant a day of worship to celebrate God’s redemption of the world through the incarnation of Jesus, the Son. Now, it simply denotes a winter holiday filled with food, family, the airing of grievances and the giving of gifts (but not necessarily in that order). That’s why, this year, I’m choosing to use the word Christmasy more, but I want to mispronounce it. I like “Christmas –why” over “Christmas-ee” because it asks the right question: “Why is there a Christmas?” That’s the question we want to explore this Advent season. And it’s a funny thing, when you are all “Christmas-why,” you end up being all Christmasy because you will find the true meaning of Christmas.

By | 2018-01-17T16:15:45+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Categories: ChristmasY, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

The Love of Christmas

This sermon is based on 1 John 4:9-10. Series Overview: Christmasy -- it’s a word. It means “typical of Christmas” or “a special Christmas mood.” Christmas is a word, but it seems to have lost its meaning of late. Once, it meant a day of worship to celebrate God’s redemption of the world through the incarnation of Jesus, the Son. Now, it simply denotes a winter holiday filled with food, family, the airing of grievances and the giving of gifts (but not necessarily in that order). That’s why, this year, I’m choosing to use the word Christmasy more, but I want to mispronounce it. I like “Christmas –why” over “Christmas-ee” because it asks the right question: “Why is there a Christmas?” That’s the question we want to explore this Advent season. And it’s a funny thing, when you are all “Christmas-why,” you end up being all Christmasy because you will find the true meaning of Christmas.

By | 2018-01-17T16:08:00+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: ChristmasY, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

The Peace of Gratitude

This sermon is based on Colossians 3:15-17. Series Overview: Stanley Beamish didn’t have anything going for him. He was weak, afraid and rather pathetic. But all that changed when he took the “power pill” and he became, “Mr. Terrific,” a superhero with the strength of a thousand men (if you don’t remember this show, there may be good reason: it wasn’t so terrific). The Greatest American Hero was basically a nobody until he put on the suit; and then he became, well, the Greatest American Hero (and a great answering machine message). The “Limitless” guy was just plain and ordinary until he gained access to his brain’s full capacity (and semi-superhero status). How? By taking a secret pill. Here’s my question: what could we do to be transformed into something rather extraordinary? The answer is rather startling: It’s gratitude. See, gratitude changes us. It not only gives us a “super” perspective on life, but it also gives us a

The Gratitude Initiative

This sermon is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Series Overview: Stanley Beamish didn’t have anything going for him. He was weak, afraid and rather pathetic. But all that changed when he took the “power pill” and he became, “Mr. Terrific,” a superhero with the strength of a thousand men (if you don’t remember this show, there may be good reason: it wasn’t so terrific). The Greatest American Hero was basically a nobody until he put on the suit; and then he became, well, the Greatest American Hero (and a great answering machine message). The “Limitless” guy was just plain and ordinary until he gained access to his brain’s full capacity (and semi-superhero status). How? By taking a secret pill. Here’s my question: what could we do to be transformed into something rather extraordinary? The answer is rather startling: It’s gratitude. See, gratitude changes us. It not only gives us a “super” perspective on life, but it also gives us

By | 2017-11-26T00:38:59+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: A Peace of Gratitude, Sermon|Tags: , , |

State of the Ministry Message 2017

As we celebrate our church's 15th anniversary, it is a good time to reflect on all that God has done in our midst as well as consider the challenge from God's Word for the year ahead. This sermon is our annual "State of the Ministry Message 2017" based on 1 Corinthians 15:58. Series Overview: Stanley Beamish didn’t have anything going for him. He was weak, afraid and rather pathetic. But all that changed when he took the “power pill” and he became, “Mr. Terrific,” a superhero with the strength of a thousand men (if you don’t remember this show, there may be good reason: it wasn’t so terrific). The Greatest American Hero was basically a nobody until he put on the suit; and then he became, well, the Greatest American Hero (and a great answering machine message). The “Limitless” guy was just plain and ordinary until he gained access to his brain’s full

By | 2017-11-15T23:09:01+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Categories: A Peace of Gratitude, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Gratitude and Peace Together

  This introductory sermon sets the stage for seeing the connection between gratitude and peace based on Philippians 4:6-7. Series Overview: Stanley Beamish didn’t have anything going for him. He was weak, afraid and rather pathetic. But all that changed when he took the “power pill” and he became, “Mr. Terrific,” a superhero with the strength of a thousand men (if you don’t remember this show, there may be good reason: it wasn’t so terrific). The Greatest American Hero was basically a nobody until he put on the suit; and then he became, well, the Greatest American Hero (and a great answering machine message). The “Limitless” guy was just plain and ordinary until he gained access to his brain’s full capacity (and semi-superhero status). How? By taking a secret pill. Here’s my question: what could we do to be transformed into something rather extraordinary? The answer is rather startling: It’s gratitude. See, gratitude changes us. It not only gives us

By | 2017-11-15T22:58:39+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Categories: A Peace of Gratitude, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Always Reforming–The Church

May we commit ourselves to growth and health as a church as we consider together Hebrews 10:19-25. SERIES OVERVIEW: Jodocus van Lodenstein is not a name you hear bantered around at parties a lot, partly because he died in the 1600’s and partly because Jodocus sounds made-up; but he was the first to capture the true calling of the church in every age. After the Reformation, a lifeless faith took hold of most of England and the Netherlands. People loved the teachings of the Reformation (they even named the “Tulip” flower after these teachings), but they had little interest in applying the doctrines of grace to their lives. But Jodocus called the church to an invigorated spirituality rooted in the Word of God. He even created a slogan to remind people of our calling: “The church is Reformed and always in need of being reformed according to the Word of God.” We can also

By | 2017-11-04T11:33:22+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Categories: Always Reforming, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Always Reforming–Culture

This sermon helps us understand a godly perspective on what Jesus meant about being "in the world, but not of it" so that we are engaged in transforming culture for His glory. It is based on 1 Peter 2:11-17. SERIES OVERVIEW: Jodocus van Lodenstein is not a name you hear bantered around at parties a lot, partly because he died in the 1600’s and partly because Jodocus sounds made-up; but he was the first to capture the true calling of the church in every age. After the Reformation, a lifeless faith took hold of most of England and the Netherlands. People loved the teachings of the Reformation (they even named the “Tulip” flower after these teachings), but they had little interest in applying the doctrines of grace to their lives. But Jodocus called the church to an invigorated spirituality rooted in the Word of God. He even created a slogan to remind people of

By | 2017-10-18T10:38:26+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: Always Reforming, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Always Reforming–Ourselves, Part 2

This sermon is based on Luke 9:23-24, 57-62. SERIES OVERVIEW: Jodocus van Lodenstein is not a name you hear bantered around at parties a lot, partly because he died in the 1600’s and partly because Jodocus sounds made-up; but he was the first to capture the true calling of the church in every age. After the Reformation, a lifeless faith took hold of most of England and the Netherlands. People loved the teachings of the Reformation (they even named the “Tulip” flower after these teachings), but they had little interest in applying the doctrines of grace to their lives. But Jodocus called the church to an invigorated spirituality rooted in the Word of God. He even created a slogan to remind people of our calling: “The church is Reformed and always in need of being reformed according to the Word of God.” We can also say it this way (with apologies to Emile Coue):

By | 2017-10-18T10:39:40+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Categories: Always Reforming, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Always Reforming–Ourselves

This first sermon in our series reminds us how important it is to be "always reforming" ourselves into the image of Christ and is based on Philippians 3:12-14. SERIES OVERVIEW: Jodocus van Lodenstein is not a name you hear bantered around at parties a lot, partly because he died in the 1600’s and partly because Jodocus sounds made-up; but he was the first to capture the true calling of the church in every age. After the Reformation, a lifeless faith took hold of most of England and the Netherlands. People loved the teachings of the Reformation (they even named the “Tulip” flower after these teachings), but they had little interest in applying the doctrines of grace to their lives. But Jodocus called the church to an invigorated spirituality rooted in the Word of God. He even created a slogan to remind people of our calling: “The church is Reformed and always in need of

By | 2017-10-18T10:31:13+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: Always Reforming, Sermon|Tags: , , |
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