Scripture Alone

This sermon examines the third of the Five Solas: Scripture Alone (based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17). Knowing what Paul meant when he states that all Scripture is "God-breathed" gives us confidence that God's Word is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

By | 2017-04-08T11:58:38+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

By Faith Alone

By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin).  Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only."  Herein lies the glory of the Reformation.  They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements.  And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This sermon examines the second of these "solas": By Faith Alone (based on Romans 1:17 and James 2:14-19).

By | 2017-04-08T11:58:24+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

By Grace Alone

By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin).  Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only."  Herein lies the glory of the Reformation.  They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements.  And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This introductory sermon in our series examines the first of these "solas": By Grace Alone (based on Ephesians 2:1-10).

By | 2017-03-15T16:09:23+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Categories: 5 Solas, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

Love and the Gift of Forgiveness

Based on Colossians 3:12-14, consider how we can build up stronger relationships by forgiving one another as a conclusion to our series, The Other Approach.

Love and the Removal of Fear

Since God teaches that "perfect love drives out fear," it stands to reason that we are also called to serve others by helping to "remove or minimize" the fears they carry in their hearts. Based on 1 John 4:15-18, consider how we can build up stronger relationships by this aspect of The Other Approach.

Meeting the Needs of the Other

God calls us to "serve one another"; therefore, this sermon takes a closer look at what it means to Meet the Needs of the Other based on Galatians 5:13-15 in order to embrace The Other Approach. To hear the accompanying “Out on a Limn” and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here.

By | 2017-02-25T09:49:36+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , , |

Out on a Limn, February 19, 2017

This portion of our worship service called “Out on a Limn*” is designed to give a “visual or practical application” of our main theme for a particular worship service. This “Limn” was part of our series, The Other Approach, and you can listen to the accompanying sermon, "Meeting the Needs of the Other," by clicking here.   *limn–to depict or illustrate visually or in words

By | 2017-02-25T10:04:34+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Categories: Limn, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Listening to the Other

Ephesians 4:29 gives us great guidelines for when to speak and when to listen, as well as a solid treatment of the often-misunderstood concept of what is meant by "wholesome talk" as opposed to "unwholesome talk." It's all part of learning to embrace The Other Approach. To hear the accompanying “Out on a Limn” and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here.

By | 2017-02-25T10:02:37+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , , , |

Out on a Limn, February 5, 2017

This portion of our worship service called “Out on a Limn*” is designed to give a “visual or practical application” of our main theme for a particular worship service. This “Limn” was part of our series, The Other Approach, and you can listen to the accompanying sermon, “Listening to the Other,” by clicking here.   *limn–to depict or illustrate visually or in words

By | 2017-02-25T10:04:05+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Categories: Limn, Sermon|Tags: , , |

The Other Approach

Based on Romans 13:8-10, this sermon begins to explore an other-centered approach to relationships in light of God's command to "love one another" and to "love your neighbor as yourself."

By | 2017-01-30T14:14:19+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , , , |

The Selfish Approach, Part 2

This sermon continues the study of how a selfish approach to relationships violates 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and leads to difficult relationships that are not based on love.

By | 2017-01-30T14:11:10+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Sermon, The Other Approach|Tags: , |

The Selfish Approach, Part 1

When we look at our strained relationships, we ought to be able to identify where the train went off the tracks.  And we can.  It's our approach.  We love the self-centered approach, but love demands that we use the "other" approach. This first sermon in the series contrasts our "selfish approach" to relationships with Paul's description of "the other approach" found in 1 Corinthians 13.

A House Filled with Glory

The New Year is an opportunity. Our hearts and minds are pointed towards the future, and we have a chance to set goals that are good and wise. 2,500 years ago, the nation of Judah had an opportunity, an opportunity to start anew after the walls of Jerusalem had been torn to the ground, the grand temple of God had been ravished, and they had been carried away into exile in Babylon. It was an opportunity to trust the Lord like they had not had since the time of King David. They were coming home. The prophet Haggai is the first person to speak with God's voice to the nation since their return home, and his message about the misplaced priorities of the people is a vital one for the Church today as we evaluate our own priorities and the desires of our hearts. We are pleased to have our

By | 2017-03-04T11:40:32+00:00 January 8th, 2017|Categories: Sermon|Tags: , , , |

“The Coming of One a Little Lower than the Angels” based on Psalm 8

This sermon helps us understand the Psalms' prophecy of Jesus' birth more clearly.

By | 2017-01-21T23:01:26+00:00 December 18th, 2016|Categories: Sermon, The Psalms of Christmas|Tags: , , |

The Coming King

You can't really understand Christmas without understanding the Old Testament.  And that means you can't truly sing about Christmas without first singing the songs of the Old Testament, the Psalms.  And at Christmas time, you've got to sing!  This is the first of four sermons based on four different psalms that speak powerfully about the promise and hope of Christmas in a series we've entitled, The Psalms of Christmas. This sermon examines Psalm 2.

By | 2017-03-04T11:40:32+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Sermon, The Psalms of Christmas|Tags: , , |

The Birth of the Messiah King

As we move fully into the Advent season, this is a fitting conclusion to our series on the Minor Prophets as we explore their understanding of the coming Messiah, based on Micah 5:1-9.

By | 2016-12-09T10:07:52+00:00 December 4th, 2016|Categories: Major Hits of the Minor Prophets, Sermon|Tags: , , |

Out on a Limn 161113

This portion of our worship service called “Out on a Limn*” is designed to give a “visual or practical application” of our main theme for a particular worship service. This “Limn” was part of our series, Major Hits of the Minor Prophets, and you can listen to the accompanying sermon, "Just Believing," by clicking here.   *limn–to depict or illustrate visually or in words

By | 2016-11-14T11:15:18+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Categories: Limn, Sermon|Tags: |

Just Believing

Sermon that passionately reminds us that God is a God of justice and desires that His followers fight for social justice, too. Based on Amos 5:10-15, 21-24. To hear the accompanying “Out on a Limn” and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here.

By | 2016-11-14T11:33:26+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Categories: Major Hits of the Minor Prophets, Sermon|Tags: , , , |

State of the Ministry 2016

As we celebrate the 14th anniversary of our church, it is a good time to reflect on God's blessings of where we've been, where we are and also to consider the challenge from God's Word (Galatians 6:9-10) for where we are going in the year ahead. To hear the accompanying "Out on a Limn" and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here:  

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