Joy Delivered: Week 1
In this sermon, Pastor Michael opens our Joy Delivered Advent series by considering why joy needs to be delivered. He walks through Genesis 1-3 and reminds us that, "Joy is always lost when we depart from God's design."
Sermon 8 in the 1 Peter Series:
In this final chapter of the letter, Peter is going to wrap up his teaching on the Christian life by reminding his readers that they must live in community with other believers under the loving leadership of shepherds who care for their souls. Pastor Michael covers this chapter in 2 sections:
1. The Shepherds:
2. The Sheep:
The key challenge to walk away with is this: "Stand firm in God's glorious grace."
Sermon 7 in the 1 Peter Series:
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Pe 4:12)
How should a Christian respond to suffering?
We should expect suffering.
We should rejoice in suffering.
We should trust God in suffering.
God has a reason for your suffering and the challenge from this message is, “Don’t waste your suffering.”
Sermon 5 in the 1 Peter Series:
In 1 Peter 3:8-22, we see that local churches should be a compelling communities that...
Love One Another
Bless Their Enemies and. . .
Celebrate Their Savior
Together, let's be the compelling community God has called us to be.
Sermon 4 in the 1 Peter Series:
In 1 Peter 2:13-3:7, the Apostle Peter gives some very practical instructions on how to represent Christ in the different roles of this life. Specifically, he covers:
Citizens in Exile
Servants in Exile
Spouses in Exile
The overall challenge is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as citizens in the public square, servants in the workplace, and spouses in the home.
Sermon 3 in the 1 Peter Series:
In this message, Pastor Michael walks through 1 Peter 2:4-12 and answers the questions:
Who are we?
Why do we exist?
What do we do?
He closes with the challenge to, "Live as the chosen people of God."
Sermon 1 in the 1 Peter Series:
In this message, Pastor Michael shares three truths from 1 Peter 1:1-12 that can help Christians persevere in difficult times:
Remember Your Hope
Rejoice in Your Suffering
Reflect on Your Privilege
"We can endure present suffering with future hope."
In Genesis 22, Abraham faces the ultimate test from God. On one side is human wisdom, emotions, ambitions, and affections, on the other side is the clear command from God. What will he do?
After walking through the passage, Pastor Michael highlights three ways that we can cultivate faith in God: 1) Trust God's promises 2) Trust God's power 3) Trust God's provision
Summer in the Psalms: Week 8
"Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy..." Psalm 67:3–4
In Psalm 67 we see a stirring call to missions with a God-centered zeal for the nations. John Piper put it best when he said, "Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more."
Enjoy this sermon from Psalm 67!
Summer in the Psalms: Week 7
In Psalm 100 we see that worship is treasuring God above all else and responding in awe with a joyful devotion. The question for you to consider is, "Am I living a life of worship to God?"
Summer in the Psalms: Week 6
In Psalm 110, a psalm written 1,000 years before Christ, we have the privilege of digging into a trinitarian conversation between God the Father and God the Son. Pastor Michael points out three awesome realties about Jesus in this psalm and encourages us to fix our eyes on the exalted King.
The Supreme King
The Priest King
The Warrior King
Summer In The Psalms: Week 5
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
In this message, Josh Slaughter walks us through Psalm 46 and challenges us to take refuge in God, dwell with him, and be still.
Summer in The Psalms: Week 4
You're going to die. How should this reality shape the way you live?
In this message from Psalm 90, Pastor Michael challenges us to pray with Moses, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12)
Remember your death, and let it shape the way you live.
Summer in The Psalms: Week 3
What is sweeter than honey and more desirable than gold?
The first half of Psalm 19 celebrates the glory of God in His World. The second half celebrates the glory of God in His Word. Enjoy this message from Psalm 19:7-14!
Summer in The Psalms: Week 2
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." Psalm 19:1
In this message, Pastor Michael celebrates the glory of God in creation by walking us through Psalm 19:1-6.
Summer in the Psalms: Week 1
"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11
In this message, Josh Slaughter walks us through Psalm 16 and points us to the only place true satisfaction can be found.
Sermon 15 in the series through Ephesians:
In this final sermon from our series through Ephesians, Pastor Michael covers verses 10-20 in chapter six and looks at the topic of spiritual warfare. The question for us to consider is this: Have you done all to stand?
Sermon 14 in the series through Ephesians:
In this message from Ephesians 6:5-9, we see the gospel applied to Christian employees and employers in the workplace. The challenge for us is to do everything we do for the glory of Jesus.
Sermon 10 in the series through Ephesians:
In this sermon from Ephesians 5:3-14, we see that at one time we were darkness, but now we are light in the Lord. Therefore, we should walk as children of light.
Sermon 9 in the series through Ephesians:
In this sermon from Ephesians 4:17-5:2 we see a step by step process for living the new life that Christ has purchased for us. We put off, be renewed, and put on.
Sermon 8 in the series through Ephesians:
In Ephesians 4:7-16 we see 3 components of a healthy church. We also see that the church is the body of Christ and a display of God's glory. Therefore, we are the hands and feet of Jesus to those around us and God's vehicle for bringing Christ to the world.
Sermon 7 in the series through Ephesians:
In Ephesians 4 Paul shifts from who we are in Christ to focusing on how we should live in light of that new identity. Verse 1 of the chapter summarizes it nicely:
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called." Ephesians 4:1
Sermon 6 in the series through Ephesians:
In Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul's prayer for his readers is that they would "...know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge..." Ephesians 3:19
Do you know the limitless love of Christ?
Sermon 5 in the series through Ephesians:
Most of us view the church and our participation in it as something ordinary, something mundane, and sometimes even boring. One of Paul’s goals in Ephesians 1-3 is to pull back the curtain of eternity and give you a glimpse of just how astounding the church, and your participation in it, really is.
Enjoy this message from Ephesians 3:1-13
Sermon 4 in the series through Ephesians:
At one time, we were separated from Christ, alienated from God's promises, and without hope in the world. "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." Ephesians 2:13
Remember who you were, and rejoice in who you are.
Sermon 3 in the series through Ephesians:
“Your life task is to be a character in the greatest story ever told. It is what you were created for. If faith were primarily an idea, the intellect alone might be adequate for dealing with it. Since it is instead a life to be lived, we need story.”-Dan Taylor
In this message, Pastor Michael walks through Ephesians 2:1-10 and describes the story of every Christian. One chapter in the grand story of redemption that God has been writing since eternity past.
Sermon 2 in the series through Ephesians:
What types of requests do you pray for? In Ephesians 1:15-23 the Apostle Paul gives us three biblical requests that we can fill our prayers with. Pastor Michael calls them, "oxygen truths."
Be encouraged in this message to live, "full of hope, secure in God's love, and dependent on God's power."
Sermon 1 in the series through Ephesians:
If you are in Christ, the triune God planned in eternity past that he would purchase you as a trophy of his grace to display the all-surpassing worth of Jesus Christ. You were chosen by the Father, you were redeemed by the Son, and you were sealed by the Spirit. How should we respond to this? We should rejoice in God's grace, and live for God's glory.
Enjoy this sermon from Ephesians 1:1-14.
"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" Revelation 5:12
In this sermon, Josh Slaughter walks through Revelation 5 and reminds us how worthy Jesus is.
Sermon 3 in the Series: Habits of Grace
Word, Prayer, and Fellowship.
Or as David Mathis describes, “Hear God’s voice, have God’s ear, and belong to God’s body.”
In this message, Pastor Michael concludes this series on the Habits of Grace with a message on fellowship from Hebrews 10:24-25.
Sermon 2 in the Series: Habits of Grace
"The speaking God not only has spoken, but he also listens—he stops, he stoops, he wants to hear from you. He stands ready to hear your voice. Christian, you have the ear of God. We call it prayer." - David Mathis
In this sermon, Pastor Michael walks us through the model prayer in Matthew 6 and draws some practical applications of this amazing privilege.
Sermon 1 in the Series: Habits of Grace
What does God use to help his children grow? The Word, Prayer, and Fellowship. Or as David Mathis says, we "hear God's voice, have God's ear, and belong to God's body."
This message focuses on the first of those habits: The Word of God.
Sermon 4 in the Series: Carols of the King
In this sermon Pastor Michael uses the song, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," to answer the questions:
Who is Jesus?
What did he come to do?
How did he accomplish it?
How can this life be ours?
This song reminds us that, "God came down to save us from our sins and bring us back to him."
Sermon 3 in the Series: Carols of the King
In this sermon, Pastor Michael shares four reasons for joy from the song, Joy To The World:
The Lord Is Come
The Savior Reigns
The Curse is Reversed
Jesus Rules the World
This song reminds us that, "Jesus came as the conquering King to purchase eternal and unshakable joy for all who would believe."
Sermon 1 in the series: Carols of the King
Few songs capture the essence of the Advent season like "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." In this sermon, Pastor Michael explains the meaning of this song with a problem, a solution, and a response.
We all experience the pain and brokenness of this sin-cursed world but, "This song reminds us to rejoice in our exile because Emmanuel is coming again."
Sermon 7 in the Galatians Series: Set Free, Live Free
In this final sermon of the series, Pastor Michael points out three marks of Spirit-led living from Galatians 6:
1. Walk in Authentic Community
2. Cultivate Spiritual Growth
3. Keep the Cross Central
Sermon 6 in the Galatians series: Set Free, Live Free
The Christian life is a path of Spirit-empowered living, but there are ditches on either side of that path. On one side there is the ditch of legalism and on the other side there is the ditch of license. How do we stay on the path? The Apostle Paul answers that question in Galatians 5:25, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Sermon 5 in the Galatians Series: Set Free, Live Free
From slaves of sin to children of God, that is the freedom that comes from the gospel. However, even Christians who have been set free have a tendency to wander back into slavery. In this message, we hear a strong challenge from the Apostle Paul to stand firm in the freedom we have in Christ.
Sermon 4 in the Galatians series: Set Free, Live Free
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26
In this message we learn about 3 blessings that flow out of our union with Christ:
1. We receive new status.
2. We receive new power.
3. We receive new hope.
The key thought is to, "Live in the freedom of being God's child."
Sermon 3 in the Galatians series: Set Free, Live Free
Are you looking to your own works to justify yourself? Are you trying to live the Christian life in your own strength? The Apostle Paul calls that foolishness, and in Galatians 3 he gives several arguments for his position.
Sermon 2 in the Galatians series: Set Free, Live Free
In Galatians 2 we see a picture of self-centered living that leads to insecurity, fear, and hypocrisy. We also see a picture of gospel-centered living that leads to freedom, power, and confidence. Which picture best represents the life you are living?
Sermon 1 in the Galatians series: Set Free, Live Free
In this message, Pastor Michael gives an overview of the letter to the Galatians and covers chapter 1. The challenge for this week is: Do you know the gospel?
If it's true that, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him." (John Piper), then the Christian life is a fight for joy.
In this sermon, Pastor Michael shares five weapons to use when fighting for joy in God.
Everyone wants to be happy, this is without exception. And this desire influences everything we do. However, what does the Bible say about this universal human desire? In this message, Pastor Michael answer that question from Philippians 1.
In this message from John 21, we see the love and mercy of Jesus as He graciously restores Peter to service. This is the final message in our series on John, to view all the messages visit cbcportaustin.org/john.
From a human perspective, the cross looks like defeat. But from a divine perspective, the cross was the coronation ceremony of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Behold the Man, behold our God, the crucified King.
How would your Christian life be impacted if you knew that Jesus was praying for you? In John 17, we learn that He is. We are escorted into the holy of holies and we get a glimpse of our Savior's petitions on our behalf. What a powerful source of encouragement and motivation for all true believers!
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." -Jesus (John 15:4-5)
In this message from John 15-16, we have the privilege of hearing Christ's final words to His disciples the night before He is crucified.
In John 13 we see a mind-blowing display of humility and service when the Creator washes the feet of those He created. What is Jesus doing here? What is He teaching? In the message, Pastor Michael shares 4 lessons we can learn from this story.
In this final message of the series, "Life on Mission," Pastor Michael examines what it looks like to follow Jesus and help others do the same. He unpacks a simple pathway of discipleship using worship, community, service, and multiplication.
What is the gospel? If someone asked you to explain it to them, could you? It is absolutely essential that every Christian has a firm understanding of the gospel. In this message, Pastor Michael explains what the gospel is by using four key words: God, Man, Christ, Response.
Why did God create the world? What has He been doing throughout history? What is His ultimate mission? In this message, Pastor Michael explains the mission of God from the Scriptures and how we are called to join Him in that mission.
Worship is so much more than just singing. Worship is treasuring God above all else and responding in awe with our hearts, minds, and actions. In John 12, we see a beautiful example of this type of worship in the life of Mary.
What does success in motherhood look like? What matters most? In this message, Pastor Michael highlights three practices of biblically faithful mothers. They teach the Word to their children, they live the Word for their children, and they send the Word with their children.
In this Easter Sunday message, Pastor Michael unpacks the radical claim of Jesus from John 11:25 where He says,
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
The question for you to consider is, do you believe this?
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." -Jesus (John 10:11)
In this message, Pastor Michael shares five truths about Jesus, our Good Shepherd, and the abundant life He offers.
In John chapter 9 we see the fascinating story of Jesus opening the eyes of a man who had been blind since his birth. This is a beautiful picture of the Gospel, where God commanded the light to shine out of darkness and gave us, ". . .the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
In this passage Jesus places His finger on the universal human problem of soul thirst. That longing of the heart, that desire for satisfaction, that aching of the inner man. Have you experienced it?
Jesus says, "Does your soul thirst? Come to me and drink, I'll satisfy your soul."
Enjoy this sermon from John 7:32-52.
One of the worst days in history was when Adam ate of the forbidden fruit and plunged humanity into sin and death. Thankfully, that's not where the story ends. There was another Adam, with another tree, who turned the worst day ever into the best day ever.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins and offers forgiveness and salvation to all who will turn and trust in Him. Enjoy this message by Tyler Ziemer from Genesis 3.
We exist for the name and fame of Jesus Christ and we are devoted to spreading a passion for His glory.
In this sermon, Pastor Michael highlights the devotion of the early church and challenges us to follow in their footsteps.
We serve a missionary God who has empowered us to join in His mission.
In this sermon, Pastor Michael challenges us to devote ourselves to the advancement of the gospel and the increase of both disciples and churches.
True greatness is not making a lot of money, having a lot of friends, running a big business, or being well known.
True greatness is grabbing a towel, kneeling down, and washing the feet of others.
In this sermon from John 13, Pastor Michael explains what gospel-empowered service looks like.
Community is participating in the activities and privileges of a people redeemed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the sermon from 1 Corinthians 12, Pastor Michael explains what gospel-empowered community looks like.
As human beings, we are all worshippers. It's hard-wired into our DNA. We're all living for something and that something controls our worship.
The Gospel invites us into a life of true worship. A life of radical joy for the glory of Jesus Christ.
In this sermon from Romans 12:1-2, Pastor Michael explains what a life of worship looks like.
In John 6:37 Jesus makes this amazing promise, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
What are the practical applications of this? Enjoy this sermon from John 6.
In John 6:35, Jesus says, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."
In this sermon, Pastor Michael talks about the satisfying relationship with Jesus that is offered to all.
A group of religious leaders make some bold accusations against Jesus. He responds by showing them that He does not have to answer to them, instead they will have to answer to Him. He is the Judge, and they are on trial. Enjoy this sermon from John 5!
Christianity is a movement that has spread all over the world with billions of followers, but how did it all begin? In John 1 we have the exciting eyewitness encounter of the "humble beginnings" of Christianity.
Like the entrance of a great theatre before a grand production, John introduces his gospel with awesome glimpses of what is to come.
This is the first sermon in the series, "Divine Encounters" a journey through the Gospel of John.
King Solomon has shown the vanity of chasing pleasure, wisdom, and achievement for lasting satisfaction. He now turns his attention to religion.
In this message, we'll answer the question, what does it mean to fear the Lord in a healthy and biblical way?
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus invites us into a new life. A life completely free from what culture expects. A life with a different mindset and a different agenda. And He promises that if you'll come, He'll give you rest for your soul.
A lot of times in life we can fall into an adult version of "let's pretend." One of Solomon's goals in Ecclesiastes is to wake up to the realities of this life so that we'll stop pretending and start living.
Enjoy this message from Ecclesiastes 1. The first in our series, "Chasing the Wind."
A Father's Day Message about our heavenly Father.
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ..." Romans 8:16-17
"Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord." -D.A. Carson
Learn more about grace-driven effort in this sermon from Colossians 3:5-17!
1 Corinthians 15 is known as, "The Great Resurrection Chapter." It's packed with exciting truth from start to finish. In this sermon, Pastor Michael looks at verses 1-10 to see that the resurrection of Jesus is essential, rational, and personal. Enjoy!