Sermons by Sean Whitenack

“The Other-Centeredness of Worship”

What is worship all about? If we listen to many churches and churchgoers, we might be led to think it is about “YOU”. Were you inspired? Were
you entertained? Did you have a good experience? Did you feel comfortable? With our culture of individualism, it is easy to forget that 1) God is
the audience of worship (not “you”) and 2) we worship together in community with others. This brings us to the issue of head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11. In a topic like this, we must separate timeless biblical principle from cultural artifact. While head coverings are not a universal and
timeless requirement, the practice of humility in worship (before God and
others) continues through eternity. This passage helps us set proper expectations in worship, properly prepare for it, and to actually worship in a
way that glorifies God and assists our neighbor.

“Living a Resurrected Life”

We can’t talk about Easter without talking about death. The disciples
went to Jesus’ grave, expecting to find him dead in His grave. The day
started in the dread of death, but resurrection brought about the surprise
of life. What if we were more aware that we will one day live? How would
that affect the way we live? Today, we want to connect the promise of
resurrection with the hope of a full, courageous, and loving life. Once we
have the assurance of our future, we will be ready to live how God wants
us to live now.

“God So Loved the World” 1st Service

Although most Christians consider John 3:16 their favorite verse, they do not think about its message very deeply. The perplexity of the verse is demonstrated in 1 Timothy 4:10. How can God be the Savior of all men, but eternal salvation is distinct from temporal salvation? God giving His Son as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) does not mean all are saved. Not all have faith (2 Thessalonians 3:1) and Jesus is a stone of stumbling (1 Peter 2:8; Isaiah 8:14). How does God love the world?

“Christian Liberty”

If you believe in Jesus Christ, you have liberty in the decisions you make. There are two errors that can hurt us spiritually: legalism and licentiousness (1 Corinthians 10:23-24). Legalism adds to the commandments of God, making us judgmental and leaving outside many blessings of God in creation. License ignores the relational laws that help us walk in covenant faithfulness with our Heavenly Father. In our passage today, we want to see how Christian liberty helps us make decisions that honor God, help others, and allow us to enjoy the good things God has given in this life.

“Overcoming Sin and Temptation”

Have you ever been in a burning building or a house fire? It’s a time for action, not complacency, it’s a time to escape or you could die or be seriously injured. The Bible is clear about the danger of sin to our soul, and yet many people treat sin as a light thing. They are complacent in the face of temptation and find themselves stung by its consequences. It’s been said, “You are either killing sin or it’s killing you.” Today’s passage speaks to the danger of sin and provides us with some helpful reminders when it comes to the dangers of sin in our lives. It reminds us that we are in a spiritual battle and our greatest threat is our own flesh. How do we fight in this spiritual battle?

“Running to Win”

Athletes are truly inspiring to watch in action. They have trained to be the best at what they do. Natural talent is not everything, their ability had to be developed through a rigorous training plan which encompassed every area of their lives. Our passage today compares the Christian life to an athletic event. Some who at first profess faith in Christ end up giving up on Christ to go after sin. Others fail to live in Christ and end up in guilt and shame for their decisions (Mark 14:27-30). Our passage today reminds us that the key to Christian living is devotion, and we discipline ourselves for the things we love. What kind of discipline helps us grow in devotion?

“Exceeding Expectations and Ending Entitlements”

What makes a truly unique person? The people we tend to admire the most are people who march to the beat of a different drummer and, at the same time, show more concern about others than themselves. You know you can’t control them, but on the other side, there is no reason we would want to control them. In our passage this morning, we will see how the Apostle Paul could not be controlled by anyone, other than God, and how he used that freedom to love the people around him.

“A Light at the End of the Tunnel”

Times of difficulty can feel very long, like a long darkness. When we see a breakthrough, or upcoming help, we can feel a surge of hope within us. Sin has left the world in darkness and in gloom, but God promised light to breakthrough that darkness. This is our Christmas hope (Matthew 4:13–16). God promised to send His Son into the world and to defeat sin and evil. Jesus is the light who casts away the darkness.