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The Backpack

The Backpack

By Christ Community Church
The Backpack is a podcast from Christ Community Church of Shelbyville, Kentucky. On The Backpack, we want to prepare you for the journey outside, where following Jesus meets real life. In our various segments, you'll find sermons, stories, interviews, and more content that will help strengthen, equip, and encourage you as you walk with Jesus. The journey of faith is full of hills and valleys, twists and turns, and we want to help you navigate them all. So grab your backpack and come join us on the trail.
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The Canteen #43 - So We Won't Be Unfruitful
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake introduces the journey we'll take this fall through the book of Titus with a sermon titled So We Won't Be Unfruitful. Listen in as we examine how God's word arrives in God's timing to help is face what's before us. Our text for this message is Titus 1:1-4 & 3:14-15. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 8/7/22.
43:42
August 09, 2022
The Canteen #42 - Skepticism
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. This week Pastor Blake concludes the series with a look at how skepticism can rob our hearts of joy and our prayer lives of their power. Our text for this message is 1 John 5:5-21. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 7/31/22.
37:06
August 02, 2022
The Canteen #41 - Fear
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. This week Pastor Blake takes a look at fear - and in particular, the fear that comes from knowing that our love and goodness don't measure up like they should. Our text for this message is 1 John 4:7-5:4. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 7/17/22.
44:22
July 20, 2022
Stories From the Trail #24 - The Midkiff Family
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we get to hear from CCC members Jason and Melissa Midkiff about the experience they had serving with their kids recently at Barren Heights, an organization that serves families of children with special needs. Hear about why they said yes, their experience serving, and their message for other families looking for ways to serve together.
18:60
July 13, 2022
The Canteen #40 - False Prophets
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. This week Pastor Blake takes a look at false prophets, how the lies we believe threaten our joy, and how to help guard the truth entrusted to us. Our text for this message is 1 John 4:1-6. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 7/10/22.
44:02
July 12, 2022
The Canteen #39 - Indifference
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, we continue in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. Dave Sullivan examines indifference, and the consequences that come when our living and loving doesn't keep up with the faith we profess. Our text for this message is 1 John 3:11-24. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 7/3/22.
44:06
July 05, 2022
Stories From the Trail #23 - Mike Embry
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we get to hear from CCC member Mike Embry, who recently was part of a team of Kentucky baptists who traveled to Poland to minister to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war with Russia. Listen in as Missions Director Katie Gaither talks to Mike about the trip and what God taught him as he went.
13:03
June 29, 2022
The Canteen #38 - Shame
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, we continue in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. Students & Groups Pastor Kenny Mattingly brings this week's message and examines shame - how it can help us as a gauge, but bury us when we let it serve as a guide. Our text for this message is 1 John 2:28-3:10. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 6/26/22.
42:14
June 28, 2022
Stories From the Trail #22 - Erica Price
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we're joined by special guest from one of our local ministry partners - Erica Price, Executive Director of A Loving Choice (ALC) Pregnancy Resource Center here in Shelbyville. As we wrap up a fundraising campaign for ALC, Erica talks about her experience with the organization and how we as a church can continue to join them in loving people in crisis in our community.
16:34
June 22, 2022
The Canteen #37 - Deceit
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, we continue in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. Pastor Blake examines the thief of deceit, reminding us just how vital the truth about God is for our joy to be complete. Our text for this message is 1 John 2:18-27. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 6/19/22.
37:17
June 21, 2022
Stories From the Trail #21 - Meg Golden & Eli Moreno
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear from Edge Students Meg Golden and Eli Moreno as they talk about their recent experience at Croosings Camp at Cedarmore and what God taught them during their time there.
15:49
June 15, 2022
The Canteen #36 - Lust
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, we continue in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. Pastor Blake examines the thief of lust - not just in the sexual sense, but any craving that dominates and overpowers us. Our text for this message is 1 John 2:12-17. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 6/12/22.
38:59
June 14, 2022
The Canteen #35 - Disobedience
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, continue in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. This week, Pastor Blake explores how disobedience to God's commands can rob us of the vibrant joy that God promises. Our text for this message is 1 John 2:3-11. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 6/5/22.
37:25
June 14, 2022
The Canteen #34 - Denial
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, continue in our series Thieves of Joy, a study on the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. This week, CCC member Shawn Golden examines denial, and why it can be so hard to be honest with ourselves about our need of grace. Our text for this message is 1 John 1:5-2:2. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 5/29/22.
34:15
May 31, 2022
Stories From the Trail #20 - Ryan Grattan
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear from CCC member Ryan Grattan about how he cultivates joy in the Lord in his personal, family, and professional life, and how he sustains that joy in the midst of the challenges of life.
12:53
May 19, 2022
The Canteen #33 - Complete Joy
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, we kick off a new summer series called Thieves of Joy. Over the next couple months, we'll be looking at the book of 1 John, the idea of joy in Christ, and how to sustain it amidst all the things in life that threaten to snatch it away. Pastor Blake begins the series this week with a reflection on where joy in Christ comes from in the first place. Our text for this message is 1 John 1:1-4. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 5/15/22.
39:39
May 17, 2022
The Canteen #32 - Lois, Eunice, and Generational Faithfulness
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, as we celebrate Mother's Day, D.J. examines two little-known figures in the Bible - a mother and grandmother who greatly impacted the apostle Paul's protégé Timothy - and examines how we can model their faithfulness in passing on our faith to the next generation. Our text for this message is 2 Timothy 1:3-7. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 5/8/22.
50:29
May 10, 2022
Stories From the Trail #19 - Katelyn Lawyer
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear from CCC member Katelyn Lawyer about her journey following Jesus, what it was like growing up in the church, and how being a part of a discipleship group has shaped her faith over the past couple years.
15:40
May 06, 2022
The Canteen #31 - Make Disciples
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake concludes our series examining our church's mission titled Join, Go, Make by looking at our calling to make disciples. What is discipleship and how do we make disciples at CCC? This episode explains. Our text for this message is Acts 11:19-26. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 5/1/22.
48:50
May 04, 2022
Stories From the Trail #18 - God's Appalachian Partnership
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, Katie Gaither sits down with special guests John & Shaughanessy Morris and Tanya Parker from our ministry partner GAP ministries in Eastern Kentucky as they share what it's like being missionaries right here in a familiar but often neglected part of our own state.
20:33
April 29, 2022
The Canteen #30 - Go Outside
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continued our series examining our church's mission titled Join, Go, Make by looking at our calling to go outside and take the good news of Jesus across the street and across the globe. Our text for this message is Acts 1:8. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 4/24/22.
47:18
April 27, 2022
Stories From the Trail #17 - Molly Roloson
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, Katie Gaither sits down with CCC member Molly Roloson to talk about how she's seen God's faithfulness along the way as she's followed Jesus, from growing up in New York, to moving to Kentucky, and into the present.
13:38
April 21, 2022
The Canteen #29 - Join Jesus
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, we celebrated Easter and the joy of Jesus' resurrection as Pastor Blake invited us to join Jesus in his work, knowing that he always goes ahead of us in all we do. Our text for this message is Mark 16:1-8. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 4/17/22.
44:23
April 19, 2022
The Canteen #28 - Get Ready
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, D.J. encourages us to get ready to join Jesus in going out to make disciples with a look at the events surrounding Jesus' final entry into Jerusalem. Our text for this message is Matthew 20:29-21:11. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 4/10/22.
49:35
April 12, 2022
Stories From the Trail #16 - Katie Gaither
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, CCC Community Involvement Director Katie Gaither recaps some recent ways that CCC has played a part in God's mission and details some opportunities to join Jesus in the coming weeks in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and around the world.
10:43
April 06, 2022
The Canteen #27 - A Heart That Is Undivided
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake concludes our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart by examining David's unfulfilled dream to build God's temple, and looks at what God might be up to when he tells us no. Our text for this message is 1 Chronicles 28. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 4/3/22.
48:16
April 05, 2022
The Canteen #26 - A Heart Given Endurance
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart. This week, Pastor Blake looks at the pain and shame that accompanied David's family as his kids grew into adults, and how the ultimate example in enduring and overcoming shame comes from David's descendant, Jesus. Our text for this message is 2 Samuel 16. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 3/20/22.
49:46
March 22, 2022
Stories From the Trail #15 - Jody Raker & Melissa Ballard
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear from CCC members Jody Raker and Melissa Ballard about their experience at the recent IF Gathering in Lexington and how God has used that weekend to shape them as they walk with him.
16:42
March 17, 2022
The Canteen #25 - A Heart Rescued From Rebellion
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart. This week, we look at one if the darkest chapters of David's life - his affair with Bathsheba and the murderous lengths he went to to cover it up. But as Students and Groups Pastor Kenny Mattingly points out, even in the depths of David's sin, God's mercy and grace are ever present and able to bring restoration. Our text for this message is 2 Samuel 11-12. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 3/13/22.
47:40
March 15, 2022
Stories From the Trail #14 - Jake Heil
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear from CCC member Jake Heil about how a thrown frisbee and a college Bible study introduced him to Jesus and changed his life forever.
14:52
March 09, 2022
The Canteen #24 - A Heart Loved by a Father
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart. This week, Pastor Blake looks at how David's desire to build a temple for God turned into God giving a David a promise beyond his wildest imagination. Our text for this message is 2 Samuel 7. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 3/6/22.
48:17
March 08, 2022
Stories From the Trail #13 - Dave Sullivan, Saylor and Katie Aylmer
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear from CCC members Dave Sullivan and Saylor & Katie Aylmer about the work they've done with Sparrow Mission in Honduras and the opportunity our church has to join in the work there with a trip this summer.
13:03
March 04, 2022
The Canteen #23 - The Focus of Your Heart
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart. This week, Pastor Blake examines the topic of worship - why God's way of doing it matters, as opposed to going about it our own way, and what it should look like when we gather for worship as a church family. Our text for this message is 2 Samuel 6. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 2/27/22.
52:17
March 01, 2022
The Canteen #22 - A Heart That Grieves
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart. This week, Pastor Blake examines the topic of grief, and looks at how David's grief over the death of Saul and Jonathan can help us better relate to God in the midst of our grief. Our text for this message is 1 Samuel 31 & 2 Samuel 1. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 2/20/22.
44:60
February 24, 2022
The Canteen #21 - How to Kill Your Heart
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. We're continuing our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart. This week, Pastor/Elder Daniel Bright takes us through the story of David, Nabal and Abigail, with a look at how David's pride threatened to take him down a dark path. Our text for this message is 1 Samuel 25. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 2/13/22.
45:47
February 16, 2022
Stories From the Trail #12 - Maeghan Adams
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear from CCC member and former Worship Leader Maeghan Adams about the work she's now doing with Barren Heights, an organization that ministers to families of children with special needs. Hear why this work is near and dear to Maeghan's heart, and how we can play a part in sharing Jesus with these families through Barren Heights' work.
22:18
February 15, 2022
Trail Mix #9 - Psalms of Wisdom
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. We're in the middle of a five-part Trail Mix miniseries on different types of psalms and how they can shape our emotions and our emotional response to God. This week, Pastor Blake and D.J. look at Psalms of wisdom and how they can help us respond to feelings of emptiness and inadequacy.  Featured Song: All Creatures of Our God and King, by David Crowder Band - https://open.spotify.com/track/5K3M0o61eAngb9ri8Lgee7?si=NUGID6k3T_yv8ToVsnWA1w&utm_source=copy-link
22:06
February 12, 2022
The Canteen #20 - A Heart That Shows Mercy
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart with a look at an opportunity for David to take revenge on Saul, and how his choice to show mercy teaches us about how God relates to us, and in turn, how we should relate to others. Our text for this message is 1 Samuel 24 & 26. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 2/6/22.
44:19
February 09, 2022
Trail Mix #8 - Psalms of Lament
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. We're in the middle of a five-part Trail Mix miniseries on different types of psalms and how they can shape our emotions and our emotional response to God. This week, Pastor Blake and Daniel Look at psalms of lament and how they can help us process the uncomfortable feelings of guilt, sorrow and grief.  Featured Song: Weep With Me, by Rend Collective - https://open.spotify.com/track/1jvbwSs1HvmyWUPINyW1rO?si=-CcMBc34R6Cyt1Tf1tY46g&utm_source=copy-link
26:50
February 04, 2022
Stories From the Trail #11 - Peggy Berry, Christa Benson, Lindsay White, and Jen Sullivan
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week is a special Stories episode, as we invited Peggy Berry, Christa Benson, Lindsay White, and Jen Sullivan into the studio to take a deeper dive into the story of their discipleship group that Peggy and Christa shared in the gathering on Sunday. Listen in for the encouraging story of how these ladies have grown together in their walk with Jesus over the last year.
27:40
February 03, 2022
The Canteen #19 - A Heart Loved Selflessly
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart with a sermon titled A Heart That Loves, as we explore one of the most remarkable friendships in all the Bible, and look at what it can teach us about our deep need for friendship. Our text for this message is 1 Samuel 20. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 1/30/22.
44:47
February 01, 2022
Trail Mix #7 - Psalms of Thanksgiving
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. This episode kicks off a new Trail Mix miniseries on different types of psalms and how they can shape our emotions and our emotional response to God. Pastor Blake joins us in the studio to look at psalms of thanksgiving, and how cultivating a heart of gratitude can help us fight our fears. Featured Song: Jesus, Thank You by Sovereign Grace Music - https://open.spotify.com/track/59pRxzutrxwmP6CNL2eHbU?si=7oqmFEPuTg64QMvXRmgU3g&utm_source=copy-link
20:37
January 29, 2022
Stories From the Trail #10 - Mike & Laura Davis
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, Pastor Blake sits down with CCC members and community group leaders Mike and Laura Davis to talk about their journeys of faith, the journey that unexpectedly brought them to Shelbyville, and what God's taught them along the way.
19:27
January 20, 2022
The Canteen #18 - A Heart That Loves
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart with a sermon titled A Heart That Loves, as we explore some of the developing relationships in David's life. Our text for this message is 1 Samuel 18. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 1/16/22.
42:04
January 18, 2022
Stories From the Trail #9 - Krysta Howell
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, Pastor Blake sits down with new Children and Families Director Krysta Howell to hear about her journey of faith and how that journey has led her into a new leadership role at CCC.
19:33
January 12, 2022
The Canteen #17 - A Heart That Is Rescued
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart, looking at perhaps the most famous and familiar story in the whole Bible - David and Goliath. But what if there's more truth here to see and apply than we might first think? Our text for this message is 1 Samuel 17. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 1/9/22.
42:60
January 11, 2022
Stories From the Trail #8 - Gigi Wheeler
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear a conversation between Pastor Blake and Gigi Wheeler, as Gigi shares how growing up the daughter of missionaries to a remote tribe in the Philippines shaped her understanding of the gospel and how to pursue hearts here in Shelbyville.
20:08
January 05, 2022
The Canteen #16 - A Heart That Is Seen
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake kicks off our new series on the life of David called After God's Own Heart, looking at the anointing of David as king and reflecting on the fact that our hearts are seen and known by God. Our text for this message is 1 Samuel 16. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 1/2/22.
45:19
January 04, 2022
The Canteen #15 - Our Plans Find Purpose When They Invite His Presence
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake invites us to consider how our plans for the new year can invite the presence of God. Our text for this message is 2 Chronicles 5. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 12/26/21.
37:41
December 31, 2021
The Canteen #14 - We Have Hope Because God Inspires Rejoicing
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our Advent series entitled A Thrill of Hope by examining the truth that we can have hope because God inspires rejoicing as we find our significance in him. Our text for this message is Luke 2:1-20. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 12/19/21.
42:08
December 21, 2021
The Canteen #13 - We Have Hope Because God Always Shows the Way
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, D.J. continues our Advent series entitled A Thrill of Hope by examining the truth that we can have hope because God always shows the way - even through our deepest fears and griefs. Our text for this message is Matthew 2:1-23. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 12/12/21.
47:22
December 14, 2021
The Canteen #12 - We Have Hope Because God Shows Up At the Right Time
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our Advent series entitled A Thrill of Hope. This week, he examines the truth that we can have hope because God always shows up at just the right time. Our text for this message is Matthew 1:18-25. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 12/5/21.
38:41
December 07, 2021
Campfire Songs #2 - O Holy Night
On Campfire Songs, we take a deeper look at a song that we're singing in worship at CCC, trying to better understand what we're singing and give our hearts more reason to erupt with praise. In this week's Christmas-themed edition, Daniel, D.J. and Josiah listen to O Holy Night, unpack the song's controversial history, and take a deep dive into what we can learn from the lyrics. O Holy Night by Hillsong Worship - https://open.spotify.com/track/0zcSwzHN3GB92dWm9OXSJH?si=FhuO02sYRv-de6cbfjYSvg&utm_source=copy-link
23:27
December 03, 2021
Stories From the Trail #7 - Collin Johnson
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear a conversation between Pastor Blake and CCC Pastor/Elder Collin Johnson on Collin's journey of faith, and his role as a pastor/elder.
13:16
December 02, 2021
The Canteen #11 - We Have Hope Because God Handles Our History
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake begins our Advent series entitled A Thrill of Hope. In the first entry, he examines the truth that we can have hope because God is able to handle our history. Our text for this message is Matthew 1:1-17. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 11/28/21.
36:43
November 30, 2021
Stories From the Trail #6 - Eric Allen
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear a conversation between Associate Pastor Kenny Mattingly and CCC Pastor/Elder Eric Allen on Eric's journey of faith, his role as a pastor/elder, and how a neighbors decision to get in an ambulance with his dad changed the entire trajectory of his family.
11:17
November 24, 2021
The Canteen #10 - Stay Active
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake closes out our series in 2 Thessalonians called All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand. This week, he encourages us to stay active in our faith, leaning on the Spirit's strength to play a part in Jesus' mission. Our text for this message is 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 11/21/21.
44:54
November 23, 2021
The Canteen #9 - Stand Firm
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our series in 2 Thessalonians called All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand. This week, he encourages us to stand firm in the trials of life, trusting that God has always had a plan to deliver us to safety. Our text for this message is 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 11/14/21.
39:11
November 17, 2021
Trail Mix #6 - Mission in Eastern Kentucky
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. In this week's entry, D.J. is joined by CCC Director of Community Involvement Katie Gaither, as well as Melissa Ballard and Phil Thurman, to talk about their recent trip to Eastern Kentucky to work with GAP Ministries and the possibilities for future opportunities to partner with them on mission.
21:17
November 10, 2021
The Canteen #8 - Slow Down
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake continues our series in 2 Thessalonians called All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand. What do we do when it feels like God's deliverance has left us behind? We slow down, and remember that Jesus is saving and gathering his people at just the right time. Our text for this message is 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 11/7/21.
42:38
November 09, 2021
Stories From the Trail #5 - Torrey Smith
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear a conversation between Daniel and CCC Pastor/Elder Torrey Smith on his journey of faith, what he learned from the hard work of CCC's early days, and how growing into the role of Pastor/Elder has shaped his view of our need for community and accountability in the church.
15:49
November 04, 2021
The Canteen #7 - Know Your King
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake kicks off a new sermon series in the book of 2 Thessalonians called All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand. In the first message, we're called to know our king, and see how Jesus' position as both victim and victor gives us a solid place to stand in a world of uncertainty. Our text for this message is 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 10/31/21.
44:48
November 02, 2021
Campfire Songs #1 - My Hope Is Built/The Solid Rock
On Campfire Songs, we take a deeper look at a song that we're singing in worship at CCC, trying to better understand what we're singing and give our hearts more reason to erupt with praise. This week, D.J. and Josiah listen to and unpack My Hope Is Built/The Solid Rock by the Norton Hall Band. This modern update of a classic hymn will be the theme for our upcoming sermon series, All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand. My Hope is Built/The Solid Rock by the Norton Hall Band - https://open.spotify.com/track/7el80wCuyU2ByLix3o7b78?si=9uY9DgbbQIK1bSyP0gvFng&utm_source=copy-link
16:27
October 27, 2021
Stories From the Trail #4 - The Christmas Store
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we had special guests join us from Simpsonville Baptist to talk about The Christmas Store, an initiative to help needy families in our area provide Christmas presents for their kids.
11:23
October 22, 2021
The Canteen #6 - Deadly Faith
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake examines the difference between a faith that is life-giving and one that is simply dead. Our text for this message is James 2:14-26. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 10/17/21.
36:35
October 19, 2021
The Canteen #5 - What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, D.J. Williams walks us through a key episode in the life of King Jehoshaphat and examines how his example can give us help, encouragement, and direction when we find ourselves afraid and overwhelmed by the trials of life. Our text for this message is 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 10/10/21.
49:29
October 16, 2021
Trail Mix #5 - Spiritual Disciplines: Journaling
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer joins D.J. and Daniel in studio to conclude our Spiritual Disciplines series by looking at journaling. Could journaling be the discipline that helps tie your other spiritual disciplines together? Listen in and find out! Resources Mentioned HEAR Journals - https://replicate.org/what-is-a-hear-journal/
26:01
October 14, 2021
Stories From the Trail #3 - Sarah Grattan
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear a conversation between D.J. and CCC member Sarah Grattan on her journey of faith, growing up in the church, and what working as a psychologist in the midst of a pandemic has taught her about finding safety and security in Jesus.
13:43
October 12, 2021
Trail Mix #4 - Spiritual Disciplines: Fasting
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer joins us in studio to continue our Trail Mix miniseries on Spiritual Disciplines. This week, we're talking about fasting - why it's not just taking a break from a hobby, how it's different from a diet, and what its spiritual significance can be for us as we follow Jesus. Resources Mentioned Habits For Our Holiness by Philip Nation - https://www.amazon.com/dp/080241348X/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_E8YA9PMAR7RDEP3WXBSQ 
17:18
October 07, 2021
The Canteen #4 - Plus One Disciplemaker
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer wraps up our Plus One series, and challenges us to take the things we've explored in the past several messages and leverage them to replicate our faith in the life of someone else as disciplemakers. Our text for this message is Matthew 28:16-20. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 10/3/21.
47:31
October 05, 2021
Stories From the Trail #2 - Barbara Slaven
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear a conversation between Pastor Blake and new CCC member Barbara Slaven on her journey of faith, starting a new chapter late in life, and the joy that comes from finding the satisfaction in Jesus that we seek to pry from human relationships that can't bear its weight.
18:28
September 30, 2021
The Canteen #3 - Plus One Relational Hour
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer continues our Plus One series as we explore how an extra hour of investment in relationships a week could accomplish much for God's kingdom. Our text for this message is Luke 14:1-14. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 9/26/21.
41:32
September 29, 2021
Trail Mix #3 - Spiritual Disciplines: Scripture Memorization
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer joins us in studio to continue our Trail Mix miniseries on Spiritual Disciplines. Interested in memorizing scripture? Wondering why it matters more than simply memorizing facts in school? Then have a listen as we explore! Resources Mentioned The Bible Memory App - https://biblememory.com/ CCC Memory Verses - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZFoZrBSMYENwGRlFDUPKraBSqBgOvbDU94-uzKRsHpQ/edit?usp=sharing
14:30
September 27, 2021
Stories From the Trail #1 - Derrick Page
Each week at Christ Community Church, we feature stories of what God's doing in the lives of the people who make up our church family - the story of how they came to faith in Jesus, the story of how God's currently growing them in grace, or even the story of how they're taking their faith outside and meeting needs in our community. The Stories From the Trail segment shares those stories with you. This week, we hear a conversation between Pastor Blake and CCC member Derrick Page on Derrick's journey of faith over the past couple years.
10:54
September 25, 2021
Trail Mix #2 - Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer joins us in studio to continue our Trail Mix miniseries on Spiritual Disciplines. Interested in starting to pray regularly? Already praying but feeling aimless? Wondering how to overcome roadblocks, and what resources are out there? Then this episode is for you! Resources Mentioned  The Ten-Second Prayer Principle: Praying Powerfully as You Go, by Mark Littleton - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1416541918/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_VK3CNF5MHM0APJ3CMR3T  Answers to Prayer, by George Mueller - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1545590079/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_R1EH20MA1TD1FM29240V Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, by Richard Foster - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062803883/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_XDM2GP3T07H7H9DY1EJW
18:04
September 21, 2021
The Canteen #2 - Plus One Follower
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer continues our Plus One series and challenges us to join Jesus in seeking that which is lost - and finding a deep joy in the process! Our text for this message is Luke 15. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 9/19/21.
44:12
September 20, 2021
Trail Mix #1 - Spiritual Disciplines: Scripture Reading
Trail Mix is a segment featuring a variety of bite-sized content designed to energize and help you in your walk with Jesus. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer joins us in studio to kick off a series of Trail Mix episodes on Spiritual Disciplines. Interested in reading the Bible? Wondering where to begin, how to overcome roadblocks, and what resources are out there? Then this episode is for you!  Resources mentioned  The Bible Knowledge Commentary (https://www.amazon.com/dp/089693800X/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_T31SPMJQKCC4JK0Q2GHC) Nelson's Compact Bible Commentary (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0785252495/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_2C325RFZCW0PVH7JK0WG)
16:37
September 14, 2021
The Canteen #1 - Plus One Discipline
The Canteen features weekly sermons from the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church. This week, Pastor Blake Lawyer introduces a new series called Plus One, and challenges us to take up a new spiritual discipline in our walk with Jesus. Our text for this message is 1 Timothy 4:1-10. This sermon was originally preached at CCC on 9/12/21.
49:11
September 13, 2021