Dec 11, 2016
Advent | TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY
Series: Advent
Many Americans seem to be depressed, fearful, anxious, and pessimistic about their future. The hardships we face are certainly to be considered, but it is worth our attention to study these in light of the hardships others have faced before us (and the atrocities some are facing even today). Upon an honest reflection, one may come to realize that the world is a place of constant adversity – for everyone. Can there be joy amid all of this? If so, where is joy to be found? In this message, we will consider the tidings of great joy, which Christ embodied at His coming as the infant King.
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  • Dec 11, 2016Advent | TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY
    Dec 11, 2016
    Advent | TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY
    Series: Advent
    Many Americans seem to be depressed, fearful, anxious, and pessimistic about their future. The hardships we face are certainly to be considered, but it is worth our attention to study these in light of the hardships others have faced before us (and the atrocities some are facing even today). Upon an honest reflection, one may come to realize that the world is a place of constant adversity – for everyone. Can there be joy amid all of this? If so, where is joy to be found? In this message, we will consider the tidings of great joy, which Christ embodied at His coming as the infant King.
  • Dec 4, 2016Advent | THE STEADFAST LOVE OF GOD
    Dec 4, 2016
    Advent | THE STEADFAST LOVE OF GOD
    Series: Advent
    The Psalms sing of God’s love throughout. Psalms 107, 109, and 118 all repeat the loving refrain, but none compares with the steady rhythm of Psalm 136. In 26 verses, the “steadfast love” of God is emphatically proclaimed 26 times. The steadfast love of God is what this Psalm is all about, and it reminds us of the substance of such love. God’s love is no flippant thing; He loves purposefully, profoundly, and powerfully. We shall explore the steadfast love of God from this Psalm with a special focus on the season of Advent. God’s love is most notable in the coming of Christ.
  • Nov 27, 2016Advent | Approaching Advent
    Nov 27, 2016
    Advent | Approaching Advent
    Series: Advent
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  • Nov 20, 2016Genesis | PATIENTLY EXPECTING THE KING
    Nov 20, 2016
    Genesis | PATIENTLY EXPECTING THE KING
    Both Jacob and Joseph died in Egypt. The promise they had from God was a great inheritance, but their earthly lives did not last long enough to see it. Strangers in the land of promise had become pilgrims in a foreign kingdom, and yet they heard and believed the promises of God. “There is coming a King! His kingdom shall never end, and He will come from Israel.” This promise rings out at the close of Genesis, and it is a reiteration of the promise God made at the very beginning (Gen. 3:15). The conquering King, who would make all things new by bruising the head of that ancient serpent, was the hope of all those who believed and feared God. The same is true today, but we have the marvelous benefit of looking back to the King who did actually conquer. Jesus Christ is now making all things new, and those who believe and fear God are patiently expecting this coming King.
  • Nov 13, 2016Genesis | An Allegorical Gospel
    Nov 13, 2016
    Genesis | An Allegorical Gospel
    There are many stories in the Bible. All of the historical accounts of other people who have gone on before provide us with much to consider. We may learn lessons from their victories and their defeats; and we may learn much about the nature of life under the sun. However, in the story of Joseph and his brothers, we may learn more than simple life-lessons. In this story we see a picture of the Gospel and the sinner’s response to it. Here we have a real-life allegory for better understanding what it means that God offers grace and mercy to sinners in need. Let us watch the story unfold, and may God help us find ourselves in it.
  • Nov 6, 2016Genesis | The God Who Demotes And Promotes
    Nov 6, 2016
    Genesis | The God Who Demotes And Promotes
    The United States presidential election has cause no small amount of discomfort in America. Among many American evangelicals, the discomfort has turned to anxiety and then to panic. This is true for voters of all kinds. In this timely message, we will observe God’s providence in Joseph’s life, and we will seek to apply biblical truth to our lives today. No matter how the election turns out this week, if we look to the Scriptures and the providential God of all creation, then we can find great hope and rest.
  • Oct 30, 2016Team Impact | The Gospel & Its Consequences
    Oct 30, 2016
    Team Impact | The Gospel & Its Consequences
    According to Scripture, there is nothing more critical for humans to comprehend, nothing more invigorating for sinners to believe, and nothing more compelling for Christians to study. The Gospel is the saving message of Jesus Christ, and it is the eternal bond of all Christ-followers. It is also the captivating reason we gather as a church family each Sunday morning. But, I wonder how many Christians would be able to briefly, accurately, and passionately articulate the Gospel. Christians ought to have more than an introductory knowledge of the Gospel. Christians ought to recognize the difference between the “Jesus action figure” and the real thing. In this message we will take a close look at the Gospel message and some of its significant consequences.
  • Oct 23, 2016Genesis | An Unlikely Savior
    Oct 23, 2016
    Genesis | An Unlikely Savior
    In Genesis 37 we dive into the story of Joseph. Joseph is an interesting character in his own right, but he is exceptionally interesting as we begin to understand that Joseph is also meant to throw our eyes upward towards Christ. Joseph suffers great defeat and wins victory through the most unlikely set of circumstances. As we see the events of Joseph’s life unfold, we are also able to see incredible parallels to the life of Christ. Jesus Christ is the ultimate victorious sufferer, and He conquers death by dying. We learn here that God is telling the story of Jesus, long before He actually reveals the fullness of the unlikely Savior.
  • Oct 16, 2016Genesis | A Tragic Legacy
    Oct 16, 2016
    Genesis | A Tragic Legacy
    In every sermon, we try to ask and answer the question, "What does God intend to teach us by including this passage in sacred Scripture?” In some passages this question is easy to answer, and in others it is a not quite so simple. Sometimes, the answer to such a question is very difficult. Genesis Chapter 36 is probably not widely read among most Christians, and it is even less widely understood. However, there is actually a very profound and thoroughly biblical message here for those who will hear it. First, there is an obvious (at least once you slow down enough to consider it) contrast between Esau’s worldly success and Jacob’s lack thereof. And second, the contrast between worldly power and God’s rule that far exceeds it is a major theme throughout the Bible. In this message we will discuss Esau’s example and the implications of it on our lives.
  • Oct 9, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Your Friends & Family Need You
    Oct 9, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Your Friends & Family Need You
    The “Culture War” is over… and conventional moralistic values did not win. While you may certainly still find like-minded friends who affirm your view of morality, this group is smaller today; and it will be smaller tomorrow. Your children and grandchildren, their friends and their heroes, are now (or soon will be) totally out of step with your views of the world, humanity, and a whole host of other things. Are you ready to face this new world? Are you panicking? Well, this is no time for Christians to panic… or to be depressed. Nor should Christians ever live in denial about the world around us. We have the ultimate hope, the best promise, and the most steadying truth! Christ is King! God is sovereign! The Gospel is true! And eternal glory is certain for all those who love and trust Christ!