"April" Tagged Sermons

“The Gift of the Holy Spirit”

One of the many conflicts in the church at Corinth was over spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are abilities the Holy Spirit gives believers when they believe in Jesus Christ. In this controversy, people who had certain gifts were treated as more spiritual than others and those without were treated like a spiritual underclass. Our passage today shows us that there is no spiritual underclass among God’s people, but God has poured out His grace by giving the Holy Spirit to every believing Christian in the church. Through this, He has made unspiritual people spiritual. Where do we see the Holy Spirit active in our lives?

“The Lord’s Supper: Eat Together, Stay Together”

The thing that was supposed to bring the Corinthian church together was splitting them apart – the Lord’s Supper. Instead of worship and care for each other, they were so absorbed in themselves people were starving around them and they didn’t seem to care! In fact, their practice was so contrary to Jesus’ intentions (John 13:2-5, 34-35), they couldn’t even truly call it the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20). The Lord’s Supper is a gift to the church to show that Jesus gave His life for His people and brings them into one united body. Because it is so precious a gift, we need to practice it rightly.

“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.

“Out of the Quarantine He Emerged”

Luke 24:1-12 (ESV) The Resurrection 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by…

“When I Am Afraid”

Psalm 56 (NKJV) Prayer for Relief from Tormentors To the Chief Musician. Set to [a“The Silent Dove in Distant Lands.” A Michtam of David when the Philistines captured him in Gath. 56 Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;Fighting all day he oppresses me.2 My enemies would hound me all day,For there are many who fight against me, O Most…

“How do You Define Your Life?”

Psalm 49 (NKJV) The Confidence of the Foolish To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. 49 Hear this, all peoples;Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,2 Both low and high,Rich and poor together.3 My mouth shall speak wisdom,And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;I will disclose my [adark…

“The Triumphal Entry”

Psalm 118:10-19 (NKJV) 10 All nations surrounded me,But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.11 They surrounded me,Yes, they surrounded me;But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.12 They surrounded me like bees;They were quenched like a fire of thorns;For in the name of the Lord I will [adestroy them.13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall,But the Lord helped me.14 The Lord is my strength and song,And…