Sermons of 2016

The following sermons are from 2016 and available for you to listen to on your computer at home. They begin with the most recent and move to older sermons. Check out our other sermon pages to find other sermon series and sermons of special interest. Please comment or ask questions below in the comment section!

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December 25 – Opening the Gifts of Jesus

Scripture(s): Mathew 2:1-12

If we walk with the wise men, what will we learn?  They were seeking a King who was not theirs.  They found Him.  What will we find?

December 18 – Why Is Christmas Important?

Scripture(s): Mark 13:24-37

Life can lull us into a sense of complacency.  Instead of living a prepared life, we are tempted to live a sleepy one.  What life will you live.

December 11 – Be Ready

Scripture(s): Mark 13:24-37

Life can lull us into a sense of complacency.  Instead of living a prepared life, we are tempted to live a sleepy one.  What life will you live.

December 4 – Watch!

Scripture(s): Mark 13:14-23

The warnings of Jesus are for a purpose. Will we do anything with them?

November 27 – Preparing to Witness

Scripture(s): Mark 13:9-13

Getting ready to share Christ is about more than just knowing how to get saved. Being ready to share Jesus is also about accepting what sharing might cost.

November 20 – Seduced by Counterfeits

Scripture: Mark 13:1-8

When we think about the end times we tend to think about the explosive stuff.  We think of angels in the skies or the bowls and judgments of God’s wrath. Jesus warns that these things can be more distracting than helpful.  If we are going to really be ready for His return we must listen to Him.

November 13 – Youth Sunday

In our day to day living we can struggle with remembering what life is all about.  Our students remind us of God’s great plan.

November 6 – Shining for Jesus

Scripture(s): Colossians 4:2-18

Paul finishes this letter with a final challenge. He wants them to embrace the daily difference of setting apart Jesus as Lord. Will we?

October 30 – Christ in the Workplace

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:22-4:1

How can we approach our work in a way that is truly good for us? How can our work thoughts and actions please Jesus? The key is to stop believing that there is a sacred and a secular.

October 23 – Christ in the Home

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:18-21

What does your belief in Jesus change? If it is real, it will change the relationships that are closest to you.

October 16 – Chosen for A Calling

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:12-17

When God told us that we are not made right with Him by following rules, we might have felt adrift. However, God has given us a blueprint for cultivating this new life He has given us.

October 9 – Look forward to Christ’s return 

A change!  This short devotional encourages us to look forward with joy to the return of our Lord Jesus.

October 2 – Chosen for A Calling

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:12-17

When God told us that we are not made right with Him by following rules, we might have felt adrift. However, God has given us a blueprint for cultivating this new life He has given us.

September 25 – Target: Transformation

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:1-11

We sometimes think of knowing Jesus as in what we do. Sometimes we even think of it in terms of what we don’t do. Jesus is not just trying to get rid of a few things in our lives. He is transforming us.

September 18 – Stand In Confidence

Scripture(s): Colossians 2:16-23

It isn’t often that God tells us something we should ignore. But, when it comes to expressing our confidence in Him, there are some things that we should feel free to ignore. In fact, if we don’t ignore them, they will shake and destroy our confidence.

September 11 – Don’t Get Distracted From Jesus

Sometimes we ignore what we’ve been told is good for us.  When we do it causes problems.  It stunts our growth.  It shakes our confidence.  Jesus is the One who is good for us.

Scripture(s): Colossians 2:8-15

September 4 – Why is Doctrine Important? (part 2)

Sunday, August 21 – Why is Doctrine Important?

Scripture(s): Colossians 2:1-7

We all hate when we teach something and then see the student abandon our lessons.  With Jesus, however, the stakes are much higher. We need to follow the true Jesus and Him alone.

Sunday, August 14 – Invited to Minister With Christ

Scripture(s): Colossians 1:24-29

Paul rejoiced over his struggles because they showed him that he was following Jesus faithfully.  He wasn’t happy for the pain.  He was rejoicing that he has joined the glorious journey. Faithfully following Jesus leads us to a life filled with purpose.

Sunday, August 7 – Lessons learned on a mission trip…

Scripture(s): John 13:12-17; Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:16-18

When you go on a mission trip you think that you are going to share your expertise and knowledge with someone else.  You don’t realize how much God will teach you.

Sunday, July 17 – What Jesus Has Done for Me

Scripture(s): Colossians 1:21-23

We think of things like a sunset over a mountain or a canyon stretching as far as the eye as a wondrous beauty.  But what moves our heart even more is a life that touches us.  The same is true for Jesus.

Sunday, July 10 – Our Glorious Jesus

Scripture(s): Colossians 1:15-20

What makes something glorious to you? Is it its greatness or bigness or power?  Paul challenges us to see Jesus any way other than glorious.

Sunday, July 3 – The Superiority of Jesus

Scripture(s): Colossians 1:1-14

When we think about following Jesus, we must admit that we aren’t just talking about assenting to facts. We are talking about changing countries. We are moving from what we know to the unknown. Why should we do that?

Sunday, June 26 – Christ Is Our Life

Scripture(s): Colossians 3:1-4

We try so hard to be godly by NOT doing things. Paul’s letter to the Colossians attacks the shaky foundation of being right by effort. He replaces it with Someone better.

Sunday, June 19 – Prayer, an Act of Love

Scripture(s): 2 Corinthians 5:14-20

This passage begins by marveling in why Jesus came to die. Yet, the question then comes to us, “What am I willing to do because I have been so loved? Does it move me to love in return?”

Sunday, June 12 – Sharing Through Prayer

Prayer is universal.  We receive it.  We accept it.  When we pray for another, they let us share in their lives.  As they do, let us share with them the One who can save them.

Sunday, June 12 – The Practice of Prayer

Scripture(s): Daniel 6:6-10; Matthew 14:13; Mark 1:35; Luke 22:39; Ephesians 6:18-19; Colossians 1:3-12 (9-12); 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Matthew 6:5-8

Practice is what moves a hit and miss prayer life into a pattern of life.  Yet, how do we practice prayer so that it becomes our pattern?

Sunday, June 5 – Becoming a Person of Prayer

Scripture(s): Genesis 22:1-12; 1 John 5:14-15; John 14:12-15; Deuteronomy 18:19-20; Mark 9:35-41; James 4:3

Sunday, May 29 – The Power of Prayer

Scripture(s): James 5:14-16; Psalms 145:18-19; Ephesians 1:18-19; Luke 10:2; Philippians 1:9-11; James 1:5; 2 Kings 6:15-17; Matthew 6:25-29

God hasn’t just invited us to talk with Him as a friend.  He hasn’t just told us that He cares enough to listen to our problems.  He has told us that He will work in those problems.

Sunday, May 22 – Why Pray?

Scripture(s): 2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Luke 11:9-10; James 4:1-3; Luke 18:1-8; 1 Peter 5:5-7

If what we do in the service of God is about what we get out of Him, it becomes cheap and shallow.  We have not come to God because of us but because of Him. (His goodness, glory, honor, worth) When prayer becomes about God, why it is important becomes clear.

Sunday, May 15 – Faith, Our Savior Shows the Way

Scripture: Luke 2:41-50; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 14:13-14; Philippians 4:19; Luke 13:11-14; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 4:19

As we think about walking by faith, we may think that because He is fully God Jesus couldn’t relate to us.  However, because He is fully human Jesus is just the example we need.

Sunday, May 8 – Faith, When Disappointment Comes

Scripture: Hosea 1 & 3

We like words of wisdom.  We listen to encouraging speakers. We applaud their declarations.  We laugh at their stories.  We weep at the heart warming anecdotes.  Yet, it is easy to forget that, for those who are speaking, those stories came at a price.  They lived it.  The call of faith when disappointment comes will be a great story tomorrow.  Today it hurts and we have to live it.  How can we live with it God’s way? What does walking by faith look like when people or circumstances disappoint us?

Sunday, May 1 – Youth Sunday

Celebrate what God does in the life of his children.  Our young people encourage us to pay attention to what God is doing.

Sunday, April 24 – When God Surprises Us

Scripture: Habakkuk 1:2-3, 5-7, 12-14, 17; 2:1, 4; 3:17-18; Psalm 73:2-5, 17

We struggle and hurt and even are asked to go through things we think we do not deserve. Then, out of the blue, we read a curve ball that challenges our thinking.  We read Jesus declaring that, “in this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  What a curve ball! We think that God works one way and He shows us that He can (and does!) work in quite another.

Sunday, April 17 – Abandonment is Something God Does Not Do

Scriptures: Judges 13 & 16; 1 John 1:9-10; Ephesians 1:13-14, 18-19; Jeremiah 31:3

What happens when we believe that we truly deserve God’s judgment?  How do we respond?  What do we do?  Don’t we struggle to forgive ourselves?  We see ourselves as unforgiveable.  We no longer give grace to ourselves.  We doubt that grace can even reach us at that point, don’t we?  Isn’t it then that we need the truth of grace all the more?

Sunday, April 10 – Faith, the Profound Call to Live By Grace

Scriptures: Acts 13:13; 15:36-40; Galatians 2:11-14, 21; Matthew 6:9-15; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 17:1-5

Ephesians 4:31-32, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

Sunday, April 3 – Faith, When It Challenges Something I Care About

Scripture(s): Romans 12:1-5, Luke 10:38-42; John 11:20-27; John 12:1-3

My cheeseburgers would be easy to give up if I liked Brussels’ sprouts instead.  Likewise, walking by faith wouldn’t be such a struggle if God didn’t ask us to walk in faith in the areas where we love to walk by sight.

Sunday, March 27 – Why the Resurrection Matters

Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Sunday, March 20 – Faith, When My Heart Hurts

Scripture(s): James 5:13-20; 1 Kings 17-19

Sunday, March 13 – Faith, When You Feel Small

Scripture(s): Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:9-11; Exodus 3-4

Sunday, March 6 – When Your Faith Falters

Scripture(s): 2 Peter 1:5-9; Psalm 138; Psalm 23; Psalm 6; Psalm 51

Sunday, February 28 – The Challenge to Walk by Faith, Not By Sight

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (focus on verse 7)

Sunday, February 21 – America’s Cracked Foundation

Special guest speaker John Shaull

Sunday, February 14 – Why Do We Seek Contentment

Scripture(s): 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Sunday, February 7 – Woe, When We Let Opportunities Go By

Scripture(s): Luke 6:24-26; Luke 10:13

Sunday, January 31 – Woe, When Repentance Isn’t Repentance

Scripture(s): Matthew 23:29-31 (through 36) (Lk 11:47); Matthew 18:7-9

Sunday, January 24 – Woe, When Faith Isn’t Faith

Scripture(s): Matthew 23:14; 16; 23-25

Sunday, January 17 – Woe, When We Get In The Way

Scripture(s): Matthew 23:13-27

Sunday, January 10 – The Secret of Joy

Scripture(s): Luke 10:17-20; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Philippians 4:4-7, 11-13

Sunday, January 3 – How Can I Study

Scripture(s): Psalm 119:17-18; Isaiah 8:20; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:130 & 105; 2 Corinthians 3:14-17

 

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