Sermons (Page 2)

“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.

“Prayer for Insight”

Ephesians 1:15-23  (NASB) 15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge…

“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.

“Holding Fast to the Head of the Whole Body”

Colossians 2:18-19 English Standard Version (ESV) 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

“God So Loved the World” 2nd 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?

“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?