"Making Christ Known" is a podcast from Adairsville Baptist Church in Adairsville, Georgia. This podcast features Senior Pastor Eric Sorrell and his sermons designed to make Christ known in Adairsville and beyond.
In this episode, Pastor Eric begins a new series in the book of John about Jesus' prayer to His Heavenly Father. Considered by many to be Jesus' greatest prayer, this passage preceding His betrayal displays both Jesus' glory and salvation in His name. Jesus models dependence on God, obedience to the Father's will, generosity through grace, and glorification through His life. What do you highlight or glorify in your life?
In this episode, Pastor Eric finishes his sermon series about Jesus' temptation in Matthew 4. Jesus faces the final temptation from Satan, and He triumphs victoriously. Satan's temptations were vicious, but Jesus resisted powerfully. Jesus showed us that worship and service are linked together. He worshipped and served God Almighty, gaining His strength from the Father. What do you worship? What do you turn to? What is better than God?
In this episode, Pastor Eric continues in his sermon series about the temptation of Jesus from Matthew 4. Just like Jesus, our spiritual adversary is the devil, and he works against us. Satan uses different tactics to tempt us, a lesson learned from this passage. Though the devil may try to twist the Scripture and masquerade himself to us, God equips us with strength and discernment. Let us swallow our pride and allow God to move in us. Listen and learn to rely on Him in trails and temptations.
In this episode, Pastor Eric begins a series about the temptation of Jesus from Matthew 4. Following Jesus' "spiritual high" of His anointing by God in chapter three, Jesus is burdened by hardships and spiritual warfare. Jesus persevered in righteousness while resisting temptation. Satan tried to discredit Jesus, and he will attempt to for us. But as Christians, we are children of God, valued by God, redeemed by God, secure in God. Do you rest in this identity when facing temptations?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from the book of 2 Chronicles about an Old Testament King of Israel, Hezekiah. Pastor Eric preaches a message of renewal for the Israelites and our call to worship and renewal as Christians. Restoration begins with dedication and consecration, setting apart oneself to follow God's holy desires. It requires a total transformation, made possible by the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Will you return to the genuine heart of worship?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from the book of 2 Samuel about courageous confidence in the Lord and His calling. We'll look at the battle between King David and the Ammonites to see that God is faithful to His people. In the battles of this life, we need to display faithfulness toward God and our fellow Christians. Today is the day for courage. Will you demonstrate that in your walk through the strength of the Lord? In what ways can you grow in your courage?
Happy Mother's Day from Adairsville Baptist Church! In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from Proverbs and Matthew about Biblical womanhood and the role mothers play in the family. We'll look at the words of King Lemuel and Jesus to understand the Biblical portrayal of women.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from the book of Luke about the parable of the ten minas. Have you ever asked yourself: "What is the responsibility of Christians until Jesus returns?" He will return one day: until then, He has commanded us to pursue equal responsibilities that further the Gospel. Reward, rebuke, or retribution will be given based on how we steward all of God's blessings in our lives. While on the earth, we are to be ready for the return while remaining faithful to our calling to preach the Gospel to all people.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from the book of Jude about devoting yourself fully to the Christian life. The world will try to distort and pervert the faith, but Jude encourages Christians to contend for the faith. By keeping ourselves in the love of God without pulling back, we can receive and share the grace of God. Our christian life is bigger than ourselves: we must reach out to those who doubt the Gospel. By contending for the faith and proclaiming the Gospel, we will grow in sanctification.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from various passages in the book of Deuteronomy that describe "the LORD our God." He is our salvation, identity, purpose, and inheritance. God has chosen His people as a treasured possession for His purpose. The way we live our lives reflects who or what has lordship over our lives. Our salvation through Jesus is the stepping-off point for the Christian life. God is the King of kings. Is He your King?
In this final episode of "Words of the Cross," Pastor Eric preaches a message about one of the most compelling and mysterious sayings of Jesus: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" The sayings of the cross were spoken for us, to satisfy the penalty of sin. We are forgiven because He was forsaken, and we are accepted because He was condemned. How does this expression of grace change the way you live? If it doesn't, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today!
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches a message of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Eric invites us to celebrate the Savior every day, giving all praise to Christ our King. Easter—and the Christian life—is about a heart that is changed by Jesus. We come to Christ as sinful people, but we can leave as new creatures in Him because of His victory over the grave. Where are you turning? Are you turning from the grave to grace? Are you turning to the resurrected Christ?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches another message about Jesus' words on the cross. Jesus' death fulfilled many prophetic Scriptures and demonstrated God's eternal plan of salvation for those who believe. Christ's crucifixion also revealed His Godship and humanity. As Isaiah 53 says, "the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." Let us learn to drink deeply from Christ our Savior.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches about Jesus' words from the cross. Though Jesus took on the sins of the entire world—past, present, and future—He addressed others while facing and experiencing His crucifixion. Jesus presents words of comfort, compassion, and warning as He urges those He loved to seek forgiveness. Have you sought forgiveness from God? Have you accepted Jesus' gift of salvation, given freely to those who believe? Jesus is the only merciful and forgiving Messiah; trust Him today.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from Psalms 61 and 62 about finding relief in the Lord. Often times, we are quick to place hope in finding relief from other sources: health, money, power, addictions...sources that will fall short of satisfaction. Do you find refuge in the strength and supremacy of God? We will be shaken in life, but the Lord strengthens us so that we are not greatly shaken. Listen and ponder as Eric preaches of trusting in the Lord for relief at all times in your life.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from Philippians 1 about the purpose of the believer's walk and the message of the Christian life: Christ, community, and courage. During difficult times, it can be easy to fall away from the principles of our faith. We are called as servants and saints of Christ Jesus, set apart for His works. What else matters? What idols can we remove from our lives to magnify Christ more? Make Christ central in your life!
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from multiple passages about the signs of redemption through the miracles of Christ. While these miracles blessed people's lives then, their purpose was to point to Jesus as Messiah. What do the miracles mean to us? Do they tell us something more? Join us as we examine the purpose of Jesus' miracles and their foreshadowing of God's Kingdom to come.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from John 13-16 about the Holy Spirit as our Counsellor, Comforter, and Instructor. Since the Holy Spirit is always centered on Christ and Scripture, if you are truly filled with the Spirit, you should be also. Are you reflecting those attributes? Have you experienced the convicting and convincing power of the Holy Spirit? In times of fear and anxiety, we pray that you can find peace by submitting to the Spirit of Truth.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from Matthew 15 about the faith of the Canaanite Woman. Jesus honors persistent faith. Do we seek Christ diligently, no matter what obstacles stand in our way? His love toward us is persistent, and our faith toward Him should be also. Times of difficulty may prove us weak in our persistence. However, let us use trials to push forward in our faith, following Christ with steadfastness.
In this episode, we look at Luke 10 about the seventy-two ambassadors Jesus sent out to complete His mission and discipleship. Why do we exist as people set apart? Pastor Eric lays out seven attributes Christians should have as disciple-makers. Above all, let us honor God with our lives, always being ready to follow where God leads.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from the book of James about the snares of the devil. Religious pride boasts Christian self-righteousness and the judgement of others, while worldly pride boasts entitlement and self-sufficiency. While listening, consider this quote by Christian theologian C.S. Lewis: "A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you."
In this episode, Adairsville Baptist Church welcomes Pastor Brian Stevenson of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Adairsville to the pulpit. Preaching from Luke 5, Pastor Brian delivered a compelling message for Christians to answer the Lord's call with humility and excitement. God may call us to do things outside of our understanding. If He does, how will you respond? Will you say, "Nevertheless, at Your Word, I will"?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches about the perseverance of the saints. How do we persevere through hardships, temptations, and spiritual attacks? Can we do this alone? We can only find victory in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. His position of power makes the enemies of this world powerless. Christians are privileged to have life in Him. Is He your Lord?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches a timely message from the book of 1 Thessalonians. As we begin this year and look toward Easter, what can we do as Christians? How do we worship the Lord with our lives? Pastor Eric shares ten things that we can do to grow closer to God, grow in our ministry, and honor the Lord with our lives. As a child of God, the Lord is at work in you. Will you diligently follow Him daily?
In this first episode of the new year, Pastor Eric preaches a message from 1 Timothy 4 about sliding or striving. Our natural tendency is to drift away or backslide. We are either sliding away or striving forward, not simply standing still. Striving for godliness requires that we place our hope in Jesus. We must make every effort to remain steadfast in the things of God, just as His love toward us does. In 2021, will you slide away from God or strive to follow His will?
In this final episode of 2020, Pastor Eric preaches of the urgency of proclaiming Christ in a world that desires to silence His message. We'll look at a few instances of those trying to silence the work of the Lord in the book of John. Our society grows increasingly hostile to Jesus. As witnesses of Christ, how can we keep from being silenced?
In this final episode of 2020 Advent, Pastor Eric preaches about overcoming fears: the "fear nots" of the Christmas story. Fears of the past and future—regrets or anxieties—can cripple us in our Christian walk. The goal of our lives is not to eliminate fear but to overcome it by faith in the power of God. Will you choose panic or peace? Let God move in your heart as we approach Christmas and the upcoming year.
In this third episode of 2020 Advent, Pastor Eric preaches a message of joy. We as the church need to go back to the basics of faith and the Bible. The account, the announcement, and the arrival of Christ portrayed in Luke 1-2 is the basis of the Gospel—the good news. God gives peace to those who receive salvation from Him. What a joyous message at the foundation of our faith!
In this second episode of the 2020 Advent season, Pastor Eric preaches about love from 1 John 4. He reminds us that in matters of love, you go yourself, just as Jesus Christ did. As Christians, God instructs us to love as it is from Him. Do you show love to those around you, regardless of the season or circumstance? God's love is not based on our performance, but on His grace. Let us readily share that love with others.
In this first episode of the Advent season, Pastor Eric preaches from Luke about Jesus' first recorded words. Not much is said about Jesus' life before His ministry, but one story from Jesus' "hidden years" shows us His humanity and deity. Are you growing and maturing in your Christian walk? Do you have holy habits and passions? Jesus knew the identity, activity, and destiny God called Him to, and He acted on it. Do you?
In this episode, we are reminded of the importance of love and truth. With the absence of active love and absolute truth, how can we expect the state of our world to improve? Or the state of our individual lives? Pastor Eric preaches from 2 John and 3 John about being obedient to God's desires and commands. While listening, consider the connection between truth and love. Are you walking in truth?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches about thankfulness. He shares a variety of Biblical stories in which people chose to be thankful and faithful amidst hardship and tragedy. While we do not have to be thankful for all circumstances, we must be thankful in all circumstances. Trouble should not stop gratitude. As you listen, reflect on these questions: What is the foundation of your thankfulness? Do you give thanks in all circumstances?
In this episode, we listen to the prophet Daniel's prayer in Daniel 9. As we learn to pray better in trying times, let us refer to the truths in Scripture for encouragement and direction. Pastor Eric preaches that the purpose of prayer is exaltation of and petition to our Lord. Prayers of confession and repentance lead to deliverance. Sincere prayers of mercy will be answered by Jesus, and we can find salvation in Him.
In this episode of the "Revolt" series, Pastor Eric preaches from Daniel 6. Through this passage, we are reminded that when everything around us changes, everything inside of us shouldn't. Do you have a foundation of excellence in Christ? What does it mean to prioritize God? Do not let culture compromise your beliefs as you stand firm in the will of God.
In this episode, we learn about the pride of man as the root of most sinful attitudes and actions. Pastor Eric preaches from Daniel 4 and 5, covering the two prideful leaders, Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar. Yahweh is the only powerful, worthy King. As we study these chapters , ask yourself these questions: Are you walking humbly under His direction? Are you honoring God with your decisions?
In Daniel 3, we learn about how to act in a hostile culture that minimizes and persecutes Christianity. Pastor Eric reminds us to not expect the world to act like Christians. We're to become holy: set apart from the ways of the world. How committed are you to following God's will? Do you place Him above all else, regardless of the cost? We will always be tempted to bow down to other gods. Let us resist and revolt!
In this second episode of the "Revolt" series, we learn that we'll certainly face problems while in our own "Babylons." How do we revolt? When under attack, let us remember to petition and pray for God's mercy. Listen as Pastor Eric covers some of the historical context behind the book of Daniel that lays the foundation for future sermons in this series.
In this episode, Pastor Eric introduces a series in the book of Daniel titled, "Revolt: Which Kingdom Do You Serve?" In the opening chapter, we see that the Israelites lived in Babylon, a place with a corrupt system. In our own lives, evil systems want to capture our hearts, also. Will we bow down, or will we rise up? Do our core convictions align with Scripture? Let the revolution in your heart begin today.
In this episode, we look in Luke 21 at the redemption we have in Christ's death and sacrifice. Pastor Eric reminds us that circumstances may be difficult and trying, but we must remember to raise our heads, lifting our gaze up to Christ. Let us pray, "Come quickly, Lord Jesus."
In this episode, we focus on six images of the church: the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the building of God, the priesthood of God, the flock of Christ, and the branches of Christ. Throughout Scripture, the church has different roles and responsibilities made possible by our reliance on and allegiance to Jesus Christ. Pastor Eric challenges us to live according to the call of the royal priesthood of God and the mission within and outside of the church.
In this timely sermon, Pastor Eric preaches from the book of Revelation about the sovereignty of God. We are reminded that all government is upon Christ's shoulders—His kingdom is eternal. Our king will never be up for election and is chosen for eternity. Who does your allegiance belong to? Who do you exalt in your heart?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from Luke 10 about idols of the heart. There is only room for one lord in our lives. Is Jesus invited into the house of our hearts? Christ asks us to come, be still, and listen. What should come first: worship or service? Our hearts or our hands? Let God move and speak to you in this message from the life of Jesus.
In this episode, Pastor Eric brings a sermon centered around the Gospel of Christ. He preaches from Galatians and Philippians about the Biblical truth that salvation is by grace alone, with no addition of human merit. Salvation is centered on God alone, produced by Christ alone, gained through faith alone, and for God's glory. Let us be mindful to put our confidence in Jesus rather than our works as we know, follow, defend, and share the one true Gospel of Christ.
In this episode, Pastor Eric brings a message of the greatness, faithfulness, and trustworthiness of our God. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-sufficient....therefore, we can trust Him. This message covers multiple passages in the book of Psalms that praise the sovereign works of the Lord, revealing multiple reasons for us to commit ourselves to Him. Let us devote ourselves fully to our great God.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from the book of Luke about the reality of both Heaven and Hell. He discusses Biblical truths about the afterlife and the importance of not minimizing evangelism in our Christian walks. Though worldly pleasures—health and wealth—are gifts from God, we must be good stewards of those while valuing our Lord above all. As you listen to this sermon, ponder the questions: Are you ready for death? Are you living for this world or the next?
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from the sermon on the mount in Matthew 6. We'll learn some of the worries we face in our lives, how to rely on God throughout those worries, and the faith believers have in future grace. Though most situations in life seem out of our control, we can rest assured in the sovereignty of God. As believers, we should not be mastered by our circumstances, but by The Master.
In this final episode of The Seven Churches series, we learn about the lukewarm church at Laodicea. God loves His people. but He must rebuke and discipline those who prioritize themselves over their Savior. This message serves as a reminder to passionately pursue godliness and holiness. Having apathy and complacency, and an unwillingness to admit it, can be fatal for one's Christian walk. If Jesus knocks, will we open up to Him?
In this episode, we look at the church at Philadelphia, a church who received blessing despite suffering. Pastor Eric covers Revelation 3 and the possibilities for the faithful church in spite of hardships. No matter how weak we may become, we should remember that Jesus plans our paths. Our fulfillment in Him makes the things of this world grow dim. Through Christ, we can find strength and power.
In this episode, we learn about the danger of not fully committing to the life of a Christian. Pastor Eric discusses the discipline and judgement for the church at Sardis in Revelation 3. We learn about God's sudden judgement of those who may seem to be spiritually alive but still live for their selfish desires. We should remain awake and watchful to evil and choose Christ over our sinful desires.
In this episode, Pastor Eric preaches from Revelation 2 about the church at Thyatira, the church whom God calls out for tolerating sexual sinfulness and idolatry. This fourth church in The Seven Churches series is an example of a Christian congregation who has loving, increasing service but tolerates sin and false teaching. Let us remember to not bend God's commands or abuse the grace that we have been given.
In this episode of The Seven Churches series, Pastor Eric preaches about the church in Pergamum from Revelation 2. This church experiences rebuke from God for compromising their beliefs. For Christians today, this message will help us remember that God is jealous for the total love, adoration, and commitment of His people. We reflect on this Biblical imagery: God's Word convicts us, a sword that cuts away our sin but brings us healing and opportunity for new life.
In this episode, we continue our study of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. Pastor Eric preaches about the church at Smyrna, a church under persecution for their faith, in Revelation 2. We serve an eternal, resurrected Savior. This sermon reminds us that when we face persecution, we must remember our Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered first for us.
In this episode, we begin a closer study of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. We start by studying the church at Ephesus as Pastor Eric preaches from Revelation 2. Though Christ first came in humility, He reigns with dominion over His church. We see that as He moves among the church at Ephesus, He praises their work for the Kingdom and endurance before reminding them to continue in love, not routine or obligation. Let this reminder be for us, also, as we abide under Christ.
In this episode, Pastor Eric introduces a series about the seven churches from the book of Revelation. He covers the topics of common grace and common judgement found in Revelation 2 and 3. We reflect on the question: "If God currently judges the sins of the world, is it possible that God might rebuke and refine the church?"
In this opening episode, Pastor Eric Sorrell preaches from John 17. In our culture, truth is decaying and can be hard to locate. However, God's Word is the absolute Truth that we can build our lives upon. We'll learn about being set apart, and set free, by the truth that we can only find in God.