Mar 4, 2018
WE ARE THE CHURCH |Marks of a Healthy Church | DESPERATE PRAYER
All Christians know that they should pray, and even non-Christians often find some comfort or significance in prayer. But all prayer is not the same, and prayer is certainly more than good wishes. In fact, Jesus provides a model prayer that gives us great insight and help for our own prayer. In this message, we shall investigate the Lord’s prayer, and we shall take special note of the desperation in prayer that is so common among those who seem to most powerfully enjoy the presence and provision of God. "WE ARE THE CHURCH | Marks of a Healthy Church | DESPERATE PRAYER".
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  • Mar 4, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH |Marks of a Healthy Church | DESPERATE PRAYER
    Mar 4, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH |Marks of a Healthy Church | DESPERATE PRAYER
    All Christians know that they should pray, and even non-Christians often find some comfort or significance in prayer. But all prayer is not the same, and prayer is certainly more than good wishes. In fact, Jesus provides a model prayer that gives us great insight and help for our own prayer. In this message, we shall investigate the Lord’s prayer, and we shall take special note of the desperation in prayer that is so common among those who seem to most powerfully enjoy the presence and provision of God. "WE ARE THE CHURCH | Marks of a Healthy Church | DESPERATE PRAYER".
  • Feb 25, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH |Marks of a Healthy Church | SELFLESS MISSIONAL INVESTMENT
    Feb 25, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH |Marks of a Healthy Church | SELFLESS MISSIONAL INVESTMENT
    Jesus unmistakably calls people to die. In His paradoxical call, Christ beckons sinners to lose something lesser in order to gain something greater. The life lived apart from Christ is death unto death. Sinners reap the bitter fruit of their wickedness in this life and in the life to come. But, the life given over to Christ is life unto life. The sinner who dies with Christ shall be raised with Him; and the one who lives on mission with Christ shall reap the savory rewards of a life well lived. In this message, we shall consider this call in light of the Great Commission and our selfless investment in the mission of the local and global church."WE ARE THE CHURCH |Marks of a Healthy Church | SELFLESS MISSIONAL INVESTMENT".
  • Feb 11, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH |MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH |AN EXPECTATION OF DISCIPLING
    Feb 11, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH |MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH |AN EXPECTATION OF DISCIPLING
    It has become common to describe American Evangelicalism as “easy believism.” This phrase points to the often thin and nebulous beliefs of today’s Evangelicals. Many of those who claim Christianity in America today have little knowledge of biblical teaching and frequently live out of step with a biblical worldview. And yet, Christ has commissioned all Christians everywhere to be about the task of making disciples! In this message, we shall consider this commission and why it is essential to the good health of any local church."WE ARE THE CHURCH | MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | AN EXPECTATION OF DISCIPLING".
  • Feb 4, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | SOWING SEED & BEARING FRUIT
    Feb 4, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | SOWING SEED & BEARING FRUIT
    Healthy churches may be marked by many distinguishing features. This message focuses on the essential function of disseminating God’s word and being transformed by it. While many professing Christians in the western world seem to imagine that Christians can often look and talk and live exactly like non- Christians, the Scripture clearly teaches otherwise. May God help us all to be fruitful hearers and prolific distributors of His word."WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | SOWING SEED & BEARING FRUIT".
  • Jan 28, 2018God is for Us…
    Jan 28, 2018
    God is for Us…
    The letter to the churches of Rome stands unique among most of Paul’s writing. Unlike his other letters which are often written to address situations in the church and most often to churches that Paul has personal experience with; Romans is written to people who are largely unfamiliar with Paul. Now we need not think that the churches in Rome had never heard of Paul, but Paul had no physical connection with the believers in Rome. He did not plant a church there, nor was he the first to take the gospel to the city. Yet Paul is writing to these believers at least in part because he desires their help for further ministry. Therefore, the letter becomes a way for Paul to introduce himself as well as the gospel he has been proclaiming throughout the churches. So, as we read Romans there is a very good possibility that are reading a manuscript of sorts of Paul's gospel proclamation. And in fact, looking through the letter, Romans clearly declares the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul's sermon begins with a proclamation of the power of the gospel (1:16-17) Then from 1:18-3:20, Paul outlines the sinfulness of all mankind as well as their inability to save themselves. (3:20): “For by works of the Law, no flesh will be justified” Paul then states the wonderful truth of justification through faith in Christ (3:21-4) And then from chapters 5-8 Paul describes the tremendous outcomes of being justified through faith in Christ, and it truly hits a crescendo in chapter 8 which opens with the magisterial declaration, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 ESV)"God is for Us...".
  • Jan 21, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | GOSPEL CLARITY
    Jan 21, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | GOSPEL CLARITY
    “Gospel” is a word frequently used in our day. Someone might speak of “gospel truth” or sing “gospel music,” and many Evangelical churches are placing a heavy emphasis on “gospel-centered” or “gospel-focused” ministries. However, it is clear that all of this talk about the “gospel” has not done much to proclaim or illuminate the actual content or implications of the Gospel. However, Gospel clarity is an essential mark of a healthy local church. In this message, we shall articulate what the Gospel is, and we shall consider several diagnostic questions to assess whether we (both as individuals and as a church family) are clear on the Gospel. "WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | GOSPEL CLARITY".
  • Jan 14, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | BIBLE-SHAPED THINKING
    Jan 14, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | BIBLE-SHAPED THINKING
    Don’t you love Christian doctrine? What?! You don’t get excited about doctrine? If you are like most Christians in the Western world, then you probably don’t have a high or adoring view of doctrine. But doctrine is the life-blood of a healthy local church, and thus it is the substance of every healthy Christian. Doctrine, when it is sound, is stabilizing, invigorating, and nourishing. In this message, we shall consider sound doctrine as a mark or feature of a healthy local church. May God help us be healthier and more faithful as we seek to love and know Him well."WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | BIBLE-SHAPED THINKING".
  • Jan 7, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING
    Jan 7, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING
    Is preaching outmoded and outdated, or is there some value left in preaching still? Pastor Marc argues that preaching has more than just some value. In this message, we shall begin a new series on the marks or features of a healthy church. The first and most important of these is Expositional Preaching. In fact, healthy churches delight in expositional preaching, because healthy churches delight in God and His Word."WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING".
  • Dec 31, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | INTOLERANT JESUS
    Dec 31, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | INTOLERANT JESUS
    While the Bible is full of savory promises and comforting affirmations, it also contains unpalatable and pain-inducing things. In this message, we shall consider Jesus’ warning and entreaty regarding His own promise of life and freedom. His exclusivity is in stark contrast to the ideology of tolerance in our day, but His logic is persuasive and His promise of grace is supremely desirable. May God help us to humbly heed His warning and affectionately follow His lead."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | INTOLERANT JESUS".
  • Dec 24, 2017ADVENT | CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SERVICE
    Dec 24, 2017
    ADVENT | CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SERVICE
    Series: Advent
    The story of Christmas is profound. This narrative is not just seasonally significant, it is life-transforming all year round. In this sermon audio, we will tell the story of Christmas in the context of Christ’s ultimate work upon the cross. Because this Savior came to die, guilty sinners like us have hope that we may live. Selected readings from Scripture, several quotes from insightful theologians, and Pastor Marc’s own commentary provide the content of this joy-filled telling of the Christmas story. May the light of Christ shine through those who see and love Him today."ADVENT | CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SERVICE".