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Christ Community Church (Johnson City, TN)

Christ Community Church (Johnson City, TN)

By Christ Community Church (Johnson City, TN)
Sermons from Lord's Day Worship at Christ Community Church in Johnson City, TN.

Also included:
con[TEXT]ualize - Weekly conversations looking at the TEXT (God's Word), thinking together & applying it to our CONTEXT
EQUIP - Audio from our worldview equipping seminars
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Never Enough. (1 Samuel 2.11-36)
Pastor Jim Powell. Glaring CONTRAST (2.11-26) Identity CONFLICT (2.25, 27-29) Divine CONSEQUENCE (2.30-34) Glorious COMMITMENT (2.35-36)
September 19, 2021
From the personal to the panoramic. (1 Samuel 2.1-11)
Pastor Jim Powell. PERSONAL EXALTATION- rejoicing (2.1) PUBLIC DECLARATION – recognizing/taunting (2.2-3) PROPHETIC UNDERSTANDING – reversing of EVERYTHING (2.4-8) PANORAMIC CONFIDENCE- kingship (2.9-10)
September 12, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #33 | 2 Corinthians 1:15-2:4
We continue on in 2 Corinthians as Paul assures the church in Corinth that he is true to his word regarding his travel plans. How do Paul's words that so easily go back and forth from the practical to the deeply theological help us as we navigate the mundane and day-to-day? And what do we learn about Paul's heart and posture toward these believers?
September 8, 2021
Give me a HINT. (1 Samuel 1.1-20)
Pastor Jim Powell. The personal. The global. Personal/family devotion and distress. Cultural/global delusion and disaster. Hints of hope/good news/gospel.
September 5, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #32 | 2 Corinthians 1:1-14
Paul identifies God as the "God of all comfort" at the outset of this letter to the Corinthians. What does it mean that God comforts us? How does this idea drive us to hope in God alone rather than in the many lesser avenues we tend to seek comfort?
September 1, 2021
Is is worth it? (Job 42.7-17)
AJ Babel. Vindication & Restoration (7-9) The Righteous Repenter: Vindication The Foolish Friends: Restoration What a mediator! Blessing & Prosperity (10-17)  Job's Blessing & Comfort Job's End James 5:7-11 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
August 29, 2021
The Answer We Need (Job 40.6-42.6)
AJ Babel. Understanding God’s Response 40:6-9, What is at stake?--> Power & justice in the face of evil. 40:10-14, God’s Challenge--> Are you God? 40:15-41:34, Show & Tell--> Exhibits A & B Accepting God’s Response 42:1-2, God’s Sovereign Power & Justice--> Trust. 42:3, God’s Sovereign Knowledge--> Humility. 42:4-6, I now see you.--> And repent.
August 22, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #31 | 2 Corinthians Intro
We're back after 2 months of a break from con[TEXT]ualize! Jim and AJ share where we're going next. First, in our sermon series which starts 9/5, we will be preaching through 1 Samuel - invite a friend! Then we share about this podcast; we'll be talking through Paul's 2nd letter to Corinth as a sort of follow-up from our 1 Corinthians preaching series that wrapped up earlier this year.
August 18, 2021
Now I will question you. (Job 38.1-11; 39.1-22; 40.1-5)
Pastor Jim Powell. Creational DISPLAY. (38.4-35) Creational DESIGN.  (38.36-39.30) Creator’s DEMAND.  (40.1-2) Job is DONE.  (40.3-5) Jesus is DESCRIBED.
August 15, 2021
Stop and Consider (Job 36:22-37:24)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger.
August 8, 2021
Introducing a new character: Elihu (Job 32:1-5; 34:35-37; 35:1-16)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger. Introducing a new character: Elihu
August 1, 2021
Get to Know CCC | 3: Church Membership
This is the final of our 3 podcasts where Pastor Jim and AJ will talk through some key things about Christ Community Church. These episodes will be especially beneficial for anyone who is new, visiting, and/or considering membership with us. But it will also be beneficial to those who have been members with us for a short or long time! In this 3nd episode, we cover Church Membership: Why 'membership'? What vows do members take? And what does it look like at CCC to live out our membership vows through involvement, worship, relationship, service, and mission?
July 26, 2021
Everything in Writing. (Job 31)
Pastor Jim Powell. Covenant made (1-3) Challenge given (4-6) Catalogue of life. (7-34) Challenge repeated (35-37) Covenant attested (38-40)  _______ The covenant. “If you agree, sign here.” 5-12 The flesh. 13-15 Justice. 16-23 Mercy. 24-28 Pride/Possessions. 29-34 Anger/Fear of Man. The indictment. “Write it down.”
July 25, 2021
Finding What You Are Looking For (Job 28)
Pastor Jim Powell. 1-11 Man: his life of Searching. 12-22 Job: his search for Wisdom. 23-28 God: his knowledge [and being] of Wisdom.
July 18, 2021
Job, we don’t understand you. [Or, “Are we still talking?] (Job 23.1-17)
Pastor Jim Powell. The simplistic beliefs of secular man. The paradoxical faith of a suffering man. The powerful gospel of a righteous man.
July 11, 2021
Get to Know CCC | 2: Doctrine & Church Government
This is the 2nd of the 3 podcasts where Pastor Jim and AJ will talk through some key things about Christ Community Church. This will be especially beneficial for anyone who is new, visiting, and/or considering membership with us. But it will also be beneficial to those who have been members with us for a short or long time! In this 2nd episode, we cover: Key doctrines that we hold to and that hold us (about God, Scripture, Man, Salvation, the Church, and Covenant Theology) & Church Government (Presbyterianism, Elders & Deacons). In the final episode we will cover: our pathway to membership and what membership looks like as it is lived out.
July 8, 2021
SPECIAL | Update from the 2021 PCA General Assembly
Pastor Jim & Pastor Bill join AJ as they share about last week's 2021 PCA General Assembly. 
July 8, 2021
Where is your hope? Be specific! (Job 19.1-29)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger 1) A longing for justice 2) The sweet affirmation of a specific hope 3) A warning of judgement
July 4, 2021
Hope in Suffering (Job 13:1-23, 14:7-17)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger 1) Hope does not rest on the wisdom of man. 2) Hope longs to talk with God. 3) Hope longs for reconciliation with God.
June 27, 2021
Get to Know CCC | 1: History, Mission, Ministry
This is the 1st of the 3 podcasts where Pastor Jim and AJ will talk through some key things about Christ Community Church. This will be especially beneficial for anyone who is new, visiting, and/or considering membership with us. But it will also be beneficial to those who have been members with us for a short or long time! In this 1st episode, we cover: History of CCC (planted in 2006) Mission of CCC ("to proclaim Christ to all and present everyone mature in Him, seeking the reformation and restoration of the Church, Community, and World for God’s glory." See Colossians 1:28) Ministry at CCC In the upcoming episodes we will cover: doctrine & beliefs, polity & leadership, our pathway to membership, and what membership looks like as it is lived out.
June 24, 2021
SPECIAL | Job 23 Exposition Meeting
A special episode today as you get to listen in on Pastor Jim, Pastor Bill, and AJ go through one of our weekly exposition chats in sermon preparation. Pastor Jim prepared a worksheet (from the Charles Simeon Trust) on Job 23. Our goal in these meetings is to begin to do our "Word work", getting into the Scripture, hearing what it says, and beginning to think about the upcoming sermon. As you listen, we hope this is encouraging to you as you hear us thinking through & wrestling with the text - pray for us as we do this weekly. We also hope this is a help to you as you read & study Scripture and as you talk about the Word with others. Here are the 6 questions on the worksheet: What is the context of this passage? How has the author organized it? What's the author's aim? How does it connect to the gospel? What will be the conclusion & some applications of your sermon for your listeners? What is your sermon title & outline?
June 22, 2021
The raw lament of Job. (Job 3)
Pastor Jim Powell. CULL the Fear. 3.25-26 CURSE the Day. 3.1-10 QUESTION the Design. 3.11-24
June 20, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #30 | Acts 27
I've got 2 special guests with me today, Meggie & Mitchell, who are 2 of the youth in our congregation. This week, the youth are leading VBS with 30 young kids at our church. Big thanks to the youth & volunteers for their service & teaching this week! And big thanks to Meggie & Mitchell for joining us today! As we get into Acts 27... why does Luke give so much ink to a shipwreck? How does this passage display God's providence? His faithfulness to his promises? How does God use even this event in Paul's life as a testimony to Jesus before others?
June 16, 2021
Have you considered my servant _____? (Job 1.6-2.13)
Pastor Jim Powell CYCLE 1 Satan invited and allowed to take from Job. 1.7-19 Satan takes. 1.13-19 Job worships God. 1.20-22 CYCLE 2 Satan invited and allowed to inflict Job. 2.1-6 Satan inflicts. 2.7-8 Job honors God. 2.9-10 4 phrases/realities for meditation: 1.7, 2.2 “From where have you come?” “From going to and fro on the earth” 1.8, 2.3 “Have you considered my servant, for there is none like him, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil?” 1.9, 24 “Does Job fear God for no reason?” (“Have you not put a hedge around him... blessing, possessions? ... All that a man has he will give for his life.”) 1.21, 2.10 “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (“Shall we not receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?”)
June 13, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #29 | Acts 25-26
Paul is still arrested, still on trial, waiting, persevering, still preaching Christ! How does Paul continue to respond to difficulty, accusations, and trials? What does he see? What is God up to?
June 10, 2021
EQUIP: A Little Book on the Christian Life
Whether you have read this book or not, we trust you will benefit from this Equip podcast led by ruling elder AJ Babel. In the 1st part, AJ gives context for John Calvin himself, talking through a timeline of his life, before giving a summary of this short book. In the 2nd part (37:14), Krista Babel (AJ's wife) & Sara Bottomley (both are members at Christ Community Church) join AJ for a conversation on the book. They share & discuss a few quotes they found particularly helpful. Enjoy listening in! Part of the 2nd edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin wrote A Little Book on the Christian Life back in 1539. This book is quite true to its name. Calvin writes about following Christ, exhorting us to live a the children of God we are by union with Christ - to deny ourselves, to bear our crosses, to think on our life to come, and to make use of this life's goods on our pilgrimage.
June 9, 2021
A Man Named Job (Job 1.1-5)
AJ Babel His Righteousness (1) His Greatness (2-3) His Sacrificial Concern (4-5)
June 6, 2021
Kingdom Prayer, Part 2. (Matthew 6.5-13)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger. Shorter Catechism Q. 98. What is Prayer? A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies. Q. 99. What rule hath God given for our direction in Prayer? A. The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord’s Prayer. Give us this day our daily bread The Kingdom Priority of Contented Dependence Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors The Kingdom Priority of Reconciliation with God and Each Other Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil  The Kingdom Priority of Spiritual Growth
May 30, 2021
Kingdom Prayer. (Matthew 6.5-13)
Pastor Jim Powell. What is prayer? What is God’s role? How do we pray? The Audience of God. The Omniscience of God. Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven...
May 23, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #28 | Acts 24
Pastor Jim is back on here today as we look at Acts 24. Before discussing the text, we think about the "melodic line" of a book of Scripture - what is that? Why is it important? And how can I find the melodic line? As we get into Acts 24, why is Paul accused of being a plague and the cause of all that is wrong in the world? And what does it look like for us to boldly hold to the resurrection of Christ while calmly engaging those God has placed in our lives?
May 19, 2021
Love this, or hate this. (1 Corinthians 16)
Pastor Jim Powell. The melody of the song: maturity in Jesus. Maturing (for others). 1-12 Maturing (into Jesus). 13-14 Maturing (with others). 15-20 The last word. 21-24
May 16, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #27 | Acts 23
One of our elders, Paul Gorman, joins AJ this week as we chat through Acts 23. What does "calm boldness" & "bold calmness" look like as Paul is on trial and seeking to be murdered by others? How can we be "calmly bold" as well? What gives us this sense of "bold calmness"?
May 11, 2021
Behold, I tell you a mystery. (1 Corinthians 15.50-58)
Pastor Jim Powell. Kingdom Inheritance. (50) Resurrection Mystery.  (51-52) Bodily Victory.  (53-57) Present Reality.  (58)
May 9, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #26 | Acts 22
We have a special guest today - Elaine Devusser, a member at CCC who serves on our Covenant Children team, joins AJ today as we talk through Acts 22 and Paul's gospel proclamation to the Jews who just tried to kill him. Is the gospel offensive? What does it mean for us to be offensive in proclaiming the gospel? And what enables us to the kind of calm & passionate & bold proclamation of Jesus like we see here from Paul?
May 5, 2021
Imago Dei. Forever. (1 Corinthians 15.20-49)
Pastor Jim Powell. In fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (20) What does that even mean? First fruits. (20-28) Suffering. (29-32) Sin. (32b-34) The Body. (35-39)
May 2, 2021
The implicational reality of the Resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15.1-19)
Pastor Jim Powell. Central. (1-2) Absolute. (3-11) Implicational. (12-19)
April 25, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #25 | Acts 21
Listen in with Pastor Jim & Pastor Bill as we discuss Acts 21 - Paul returns to Jerusalem, willingly takes a vow, and then is arrested.
April 21, 2021
What then? What should we do? (1 Corinthians 14.26-40)
Jim Powell. Let all things be done decently and in order, for the building up of the church and for peace. When you come together... • WITHOUT confusing self-expression. (26-33) • WITH awareness of the Source/authority of the Word. (36-40) • WITH clear expectation. (39-40)
April 18, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #24 | Acts 20
Ken Farmer, one of our ruling elders, joins AJ today as we dive into Acts 20. What does a life of service & ministry look like? Why do we preach expositionally here? And why has God appointed elders in his Church?
April 13, 2021
What are you doing here? (1 Corinthians 14.1-25)
Jim Powell. Command. (1) Pursue love and earnestly desire spiritual maturity for the building up of the church. Context. (2-5) What does it mean to prophesy? What is speaking in tongues? Then/there. Here/now. Appeal. (6-25) Communicating intelligibly. (6-11, 16-17, 23) Maturing wholly. (13-17, 19-20) Impacting outsiders. (16-17, 21-25) Questions. 1. Do I pursue love and spiritual maturity for the building up of the church – by presence, word and deed? 2. Am I an infant in evil but maturing in my thinking and my desires? [Or, am I the opposite?] 3. Am I convicted about the telling AND hearing of God’s Word?
April 11, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #23 | Acts 19:11-20
What happens when a group of Jewish exorcists seek to co-opt the name of Jesus? What does this reveal about Jesus? About us, who belong to Him? And how does God use even the words of a demon-possessed man to bring about massive communal repentance in his Body? Let us pray that the Lord would continue what we see here - that the "Word of the Lord would continue to increase and prevail mightily as God adds daily to our church, and the Church, those who are being saved and sanctified!"
April 7, 2021
Love NEVER ends.
Jim Powell. Love. The ONLY thing. (1-3) Love is... (4-7)  THIS. NOT you. HIM. Love NEVER ends. (8-13)
April 4, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #22 | Acts 18:24-19:7
What do we do when we encounter a passage of Scripture that is difficult to understand? What kind of contexts do we pay attention to? And how are we to understand the baptism of John in these passages?
March 30, 2021
Willing to weep over this...
Pastor Jim Powell. Illustrated. (15-26) We are different from one another and designed for one another. We must care for one another. Applied.  (27-31) Now YOU are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. God is absolutely sovereign in calling and designing us as his church, individually and collectively. We have been saved TO something, not just from something.
March 28, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #21 | Acts 18:1-17
Hal Bohlman, one of our Ruling Elders, joins me (AJ) today as we look at Acts 18 - Paul in Corinth. How does a right realization of God's sovereignty help us when people we care about reject the gospel of Jesus? And how does this same realization help us see God mercifully, powerfully, providentially at work around us - even through nonbelievers?
March 23, 2021
EQUIP: Christianity & Liberalism
Ruling Elder Ken Farmer teaches on J. Gresham Machen's book (Christianity and Liberalism), covering the historical background and developments since as well as touching on the basic premise of each chapter. Q&A scattered throughout.
March 23, 2021
This is US. (1 Corinthians 12.1-13)
Pastor Jim Powell. The Reality. 4-7 God, who has perfect unity and diversity in himself, has given a variety of gifts and the same power to every one of his redeemed people for the showing out of the same Spirit, for the common good of his creation, and for the unity and functioning of the body of Christ. For whom? 1-3 Like what? 8-11 By what? 12-13
March 21, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #20 | Acts 17
What does persuasion & reason have to do with preaching & evangelism? How does Paul's provoking & preaching in Athens help us think about our call to daily proclaim Christ in the places God has us?
March 18, 2021
Stop, and start over! (1 Corinthians 11.17-34)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger Summary: Sinful pride is so pervasive and wicked that it has infiltrated and contaminated even the celebration of Jesus' sacrifice for sin. Rebuke: v 17-22 Correction: v 23-30 Instruction in righteousness: v 31-34
March 14, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #19 | Acts 16
Dustin Clark, one of our Elders, joins me (AJ) today as we talk through Acts 16 - the launch of the church in Philippi! How are we to understand God's sovereignty in missions, evangelism, and salvation? What means does God use in bringing his people to himself?
March 10, 2021
I do not like this but I love this. (1 Corinthians 11.2-16)
Pastor Jim Powell. Principle: God the Creator has eternal glory and order in his being, that must be reflected in image bearers redeemed for his glory. IN WORSHIP: Prioritized. 4-6 IN CREATION: Revealed. 7-12 IN CULTURE: Exposed. 13-15 IN TOTO: Confirmed. 2, 16 IN REDEMPTION: Pursued.
March 7, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #18 | Acts 15
We're back at it after a little break there. What's the issue in Acts 15? How does God's Spirit guide the Church to handle this issue? Is structure & authority good or bad? Do you have to become "Jewish" in order to become a Christ-follower?
March 3, 2021
Freedom & Conscience (1 Corinthians 10.23-11.1)
AJ Babel Principle: Seek the Good of Others (23-24)                      Applied: What's the Issue? (25-30) Principle: Live Christianly (31-11:1)
February 28, 2021
EQUIP: The Millennial Reign of Christ
Pastor Jim Powell & Mark Hecht teach and discuss Jesus' millennial reign (Revelation 20:1-10), his kingdom, and our eschatology - and how these affect our lives today. The first portion is teaching from Pastor Jim as he gives the "lay of the land," followed by a dialogue where Mark and Jim discuss the practical import of these theological truths. Finally, we open it up to Q&A from folks in attendance.
February 23, 2021
Yes, there is a LINE. (1 Corinthians 10.14-22)
Pastor Jim Powell. “Yes, there is a LINE.” (we cannot cross in our freedom in Jesus) Run from pervasive idolatry. Run to participatory worship. Recognize: true warfare.  Request: timely wisdom.
February 21, 2021
We are not that EXCEPTIONal. (1 Corinthians 10.1-13)
Jim Powell. Let’s talk history. Provision and rescue. 1-4 Displeasure and wrath. 5 Let history talk.  Idolatry. 6-7 Indulgence. 8  Indifference. 9-10 Take heed, lest you fall.  MY Idolatry. 6-7 MY Indulgence. 8 MY Indifference. 9-10 Take heart, God is faithful.
February 14, 2021
The Freedom of a Slave. (1 Corinthians 9.19-27)
February 7, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #17 | Acts 14
How do we read and understand a particular narrative in Scripture? How does reading a story as a story help us understand what God is saying in the text?
February 3, 2021
Why? (1 Corinthians 9.1-18)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger
January 31, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #16 | *SPECIAL* Equip Seminars for Spring 2020
Special episode today as we take a pause from our time in Acts. One of our 3 Pathways of Maturity is "Worldview Equipping". We chiefly focus on that at our monthly Friday night EQUIP seminars. Today, Jim and AJ share about the Spring 2020 slate that runs from February to May. Consider these upcoming opportunities to be equipped in your faith & pick 1 or 2 to join in on! 2/19 | "The Millennial Reign of Christ & Why it Matters Today", Mark Hecht & Pastor Jim Powell  3/19 | "Christianity & Liberalism", Ruling Elder Ken Farmer  4/16 | Movie Night: "The Riot and the Dance: Earth" (great for all ages!) 5/21 | "A Little Book on the Christian Life", Ruling Elder AJ Babel
January 26, 2021
The Gospel... [and what I know I am RIGHT about]
Pastor Jim Powell The issue. Those who know [that they are right.] Those who love [that they are known.]
January 24, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #15 | Acts 13
How critical is mission to the Church? Why do people respond to God's Word in vastly different ways? And how are we to think about or care about people's reactions?
January 20, 2021
An undivided life. (1 Corinthians 7.25-40)
Pastor Jim Powell. Impending Times. Undivided Devotion. Freedom from anxiety... Freedom to discern... Unbelievable Gospel.
January 17, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #14 | Acts 12
Pastor Bill joins me (AJ) today as we talk through Acts 12. How ought we, the Church, to react when circumstances look bleak? What does it look like to pray earnestly?
January 11, 2021
Condition-al and UN-conditional Calling (1 Corinthians 7.17-24)
Pastor Jim Powell. The Rule. (Yea, but...) Condition-al CALLING. UNCONDITIONAL calling. The Challenge.
January 10, 2021
con[TEXT]ualize #13 | Acts 11:19-30
We're back at it after taking the last month off. How does the vision of chapters 10-11 get applied in the nuts and bolts of life and ministry? What does "the grace of God" look like - in Antioch... in your life... in our church?
January 5, 2021
Now concerning concerning things. (1 Corinthians 7.1-16)
Pastor Jim Powell. How does this concern YOU? 7.1-7 It is good to ABSTAIN. 7.8-16 It is good to REMAIN.
January 3, 2021
Christmas in Corinth (2 Corinthians 11.30-12.10)
Pastor Jim Powell. Christmas in Corinth: individual, communal story  Culture Shock: Strong faith is for weak people. What I have (not) personally accomplished. 11.30-12.6  What I am powerless to change. 12.7-10 What Jesus has sufficiently accomplished.  What Jesus will powerfully change.
December 27, 2020
Waiting with Faith [on what?] (Hebrews 10.21-23; 11.1-3, 6)
Pastor Jim Powell. What is faith? “Faith consists simply in taking God at his Word and directing our lives accordingly.” (F.F. Bruce) Explained. Illustrated. Waiting [with faith] on what?
December 20, 2020
Waiting with Jesus [on the arrival of full joy]. (Hebrews 10.1-18)
Pastor Jim Powell. What is JESUS waiting for? What were THEY [before Christ] waiting for? What are we NOT waiting for?
December 13, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #12 | Acts 10-11
The Lord takes the gospel to Cornelius and the Gentiles through Peter. What is unclean? Who is common?
December 8, 2020
Advent Confession. (Hebrews 4.14-5.10)
Pastor Jim Powell. Imperative Expectation... (4.14-16) Important Explanation... (5.1-10)
December 6, 2020
EQUIP: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
Pastoral Intern AJ Babel summarizes and complements 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Tony Reinke). Are our smartphones & our social media habits tools that we steward in loving God, loving our neighbors, and fulfilling the mission He has given us? Or do they distract and lure us away? This audio is from our Saturday evening EQUIP Seminar. You can find pdf notes here. There are a few pauses that have been cut from the audio so that you can pause to fill in the notes or converse with others at your own discretion - please take that time to think through the material. Additionally, we were able to mic most of our group discussion and Q&A time, though some comments will be softer than others.
December 5, 2020
Framing Advent (Hebrews 12)
Pastor Jim Powell Jesus has [already] arrived. (12.2-3) Witnesses have [already] arrived. (12.1) Your arrival with Him will come. Wait for it... (12.7-13) The kingdom of God HAS [already] arrived...
November 29, 2020
EQUIP: Love Thy Body
Pastor Bill Leuzinger & AJ Babel talk through Nancy Pearcey's book Love Thy Body. Much of our cultural thinking has separated who someone is as a person from their physical body so that biology is irrelevant. Pearcey outlines this way of thinking, contrasts it with a biblical as well as biological perspective, and then applies this to 6 key areas. PDF notes are available on our website
November 24, 2020
A Higher View (1 Corinthians 6.12-20)
AJ Babel A Higher View Your Body's Purpose Your Body's Future A Part of Christ A Holy Home It's Not Yours So...
November 22, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #11 | Acts 9
What does Saul's conversion have to do with being deceived? How does understanding Saul's conversion help us better understand our own conversion, ministry to others, calling, and suffering?
November 17, 2020
Do not be deceived. (1 Corinthians 6.9-11)
Pastor Jim Powell. 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived [at the unrighteous who will not] inherit the kingdom of God. neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ESV
November 15, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #10 | Acts 8:4-25
The gospel goes to Samaria. What's up with the Samaritans receiving the Spirit after their belief & baptism here?
November 10, 2020
Children and the Covenant (Mark 10:13-16)
Pastor Steve Perkins I. Why were children being brought to Jesus? II. Why was Jesus Indignant? III. What does it mean to receive the Kingdom like a child? IV.  What does "he blessed them" mean?
November 8, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #9 | Acts 6-7
How does Stephen's sermon help us understand God's presence, the temple, and Jesus? And how does that intersect believers today? How does the story of Scripture - the story of Jesus - give us confidence?
November 4, 2020
Christians in a world of conflict. (1 Corinthians 6.1-8)
Pastor Jim Powell The [surface] problem. The reason?!? The [deeper] problem. The gospel.
November 1, 2020
The grace of church discipline. (1 Corinthians 5)
Pastor Jim Powell A sad report. A serious reality. A swift response. The grace of discipline and the salvation of the sinner. The grace of discipline and the salvation of the church. The grace of discipline and the salvation of the world. The grace of discipline and the center of the gospel.
October 25, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #8 | Acts 5
Special guest Pastor Bill Leuzinger joins Pastor Jim Powell today to discuss Acts 6.
October 22, 2020
Go to the back of the line. (1 Corinthians 4:6-21)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger 1. The Problem is Pride 2. How Pride Grows 3. How Pride Dies
October 18, 2020
Gospel Expansion (Acts 8:26-40)
AJ Babel God's Preparation (26-28) God's Means (29-34) What a Response! (36-40)
October 11, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #7 | Acts 6:1-7
Special guest Michael Reneau, one of our Deacons, joins Pastor Jim Powell today to look at Acts 6:1-7. What is the role of deacon all about? What does that look like at Christ Community Church? And how does that complement the office of elder in the work of the gospel?
October 5, 2020
Expansion Through Suffering (Acts 7:54-8:4)
AJ Babel Why the fuss? (54-57) What a way to die! (58-60) What happens next (8:1-4)
October 4, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #6 | Acts 4:32-5:11
What's the big deal about Ananias & Sapphira? What does it mean - to you, personally & to us, corporately - that the Holy Spirit is a person?
September 28, 2020
Who cares what who thinks. (1 Corinthians 4.1-5)
Pastor Jim Powell I don’t care what you think. The gospel and fear of man. I don’t care what I think. The gospel and self-justification. I care what the Lord thinks. It is the Lord who judges me… [from “uh oh” to “SURPRISE”]
September 27, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #5 | Acts 4
Special guest Clinton Ross joins me (AJ) today as we talk about Acts 4. Do you sense a need for persistence & boldness in speaking the message of Christ to others? What if we prayed for God to grant this?
September 21, 2020
Picture this: You are Christ's and Christ is God's.
Pastor Jim Powell
September 20, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #4 | Acts 2:42-3:26
We finish up Acts 2 & get into Acts 3 today. How is repentance related to the work of God's Spirit & to blessing/refreshing/joy?
September 14, 2020
A Watershed Text. (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)
Pastor Jim Powell What is the Wisdom of God? 1. The wisdom of God is not a wisdom of this age (or that age)? (v6,8) 2. The wisdom of God was decreed from God’s eternal glory, for our eternal glorification. (v7) 3. The wisdom of God has been revealed (v9-13) in Christ, to those who love him, by his Spirit, with words. What is the result? (v14-16) To the natural person... To the spiritual (maturing) person... How do we respond?
September 13, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #3 | Acts 2:14-41
Pastor Jim & AJ here. We continue with Pentecost in Acts 2 today. What's up with preaching? What is preaching, and how vital is it in God's redemptive work? And what does the Holy Spirit have to do with all of this?
September 8, 2020
The process of the point. (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5)
Pastor Jim Powell The point. The process. Your life. My life/call.
September 6, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #2 | Acts 2:1-13
Pastor Jim & AJ here. We get into Acts 2 today. What does Pentecost have to do with 1 Corinthians 1 and divisions/unity in the Church?
August 31, 2020
No division, just a divide (1 Corinthians 1:10-18)
Pastor Jim Powell My appeal – your unity. 1.10 My report – your division. 1.11-16 “I follow Paul.” “I follow Apollos.” “I follow Cephas.” “I follow Christ.” My preaching – your salvation and power. 1.17-18
August 30, 2020
EQUIP: We Are All Philosophers
Ruling Elder Dustin Clark summarizes We Are All Philosophers, a book by John Frame that gives a Christian perspective on 7 key philosophical questions. Q&A/audience interaction is scattered throughout, some of which may be difficult to hear on the audio.
August 28, 2020
con[TEXT]ualize #1 | Acts 1:1-11
Pastor Jim & AJ here. Acts 1 starts by speaking of this as Jesus' continued work through the Apostles and by His Spirit. Jesus is at work, His Spirit is present and at work in all those who look in hope to Jesus.
August 24, 2020
Stuck in Culture (1 Corinthians 1:1-9)
Pastor Jim Powell The familiarity of the culture of Corinth. The immaturity of the church at Corinth. The reality of the church [in every place/age].
August 23, 2020
Pity Party? (Jonah 4:5-11)
AJ Babel Pity Party 1: Silent Stewing Pity Party 2: Angry Screaming The Wrong Pity Party Jonah and You: Can God be in charge? Can God show mercy? Why are you complaining? Why are you angry? Have you forgotten? What is God after?
August 16, 2020
True to what is there (Jonah 3:10-4:4)
Pastor Jim Powell Jonah’s anger and the pattern of it. I am angry. I know why I am angry. I want out because I am angry. My anger is justified. I am out. (v.6) Jonah’s anger and the God of the gospel.
August 9, 2020
The God of Community Awakening (Jonah 3:5-10)
Pastor Jim Powell A Preacher Re-Commissioned A People Reached The God who Relents?
August 2, 2020
EQUIP: Understanding and Encountering Islam
Clinton Ross compares the teaching of Islam with Christianity along the lines of 'the big 3 questions' as he spurs us on to love and minister to our Muslim neighbors. *The audio feed cut out around the 12-minute mark. We have deleted that silent section.
July 31, 2020
A message of (only) wrath?! (Jonah 3:1-4)
July 26, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell Jonah 3:1-4
July 26, 2020
The God of Personal Salvation (Jonah 1:17-2:10)
July 19, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell Jonah 1:17-2:10
July 19, 2020
Progressive Fear, Jonah 1:7-16
July 12, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell Jonah 1:7-16
July 12, 2020
Unexpected, Jonah 1:1-6
AJ Babel begins our series in Jonah
July 5, 2020
When the gospel is at stake..., Galatians 2:11-14
June 28, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell Galatians 2:11-14
June 28, 2020
Forgiveness, Matthew 18:21-35
June 21, 2020 Pastor Bill Leuzinger Matthew 18:21-35
June 21, 2020
A plea for preservation, Psalm 143
June 14, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell Psalm 143
June 14, 2020
Lament, a necessary gift, Psalm 77
June 7, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell Psalm 77
June 7, 2020
This is the grace of God. Stand firm in it, 1 Peter 5:12-14
Pastor Jim Powell finishes our series in 1 Peter
May 31, 2020
Firm in Your Faith, 1 Peter 5:6-11
May 24, 2020 AJ Babel 1 Peter 5:6-11
May 24, 2020
Peter gets personal, 1 Peter 5:1-5
May 17, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell 1 Peter 5:1-5
May 17, 2020
Not THIS, But THAT, 1 Peter 4:12-19
May 10, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell 1 Peter 4:12-19
May 10, 2020
The Church: An alternative community of individual stewards (of grace), 1 Peter 4:7-11
May 3, 2020 Pastor Jim Powell 1 Peter 4:7-11
May 3, 2020
So. Done. With. Sin. (1 Peter 4:1-6)
Pastor Jim Powell
April 26, 2020
Where is your hope? (1 Peter 3:8-15)
Pastor Jim Powell
April 12, 2020
One sentence. One role. HUSBAND. (1 Peter 3:7)
Pastor Jim Powell
April 5, 2020
Wives: Fearless and Beautiful (1 Peter 3:1-6)
Pastor Jim Powell
March 29, 2020
Doing Good While Suffering (1 Peter 2:18-25)
Pastor Bill Leuzinger
March 22, 2020
God, government, and the gospel (1 Peter 2:13-17)
Pastor Jim Powell
March 1, 2020
Urgent Awareness. Like, now. (1 Peter 2:11-12)
Pastor Jim Powell
February 23, 2020
Once Upon a Time (1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
Pastor Jim Powell
February 16, 2020
What taste is in your mouth? (1 Peter 2:1-8)
Pastor Jim Powell
February 9, 2020
What if it never stops? (1 Peter 1:22-25)
Pastor Jim Powell
February 2, 2020
Should have seen it coming (1 Peter 1:10-12)
Pastor Jim Powell
January 19, 2020
Cause and Effect (1 Peter 1:3-9)
Pastor Jim Powell
January 12, 2020
Grace in Exile (1 Peter 1:1-2)
Pastor Jim Powell
January 5, 2020
EQUIP: A Sketch of Old Testament History
AJ Babel gives a historical and theological overview of the Old Testament.
January 4, 2020
When will the body be put off? (OR) When the body will be put off. (2 Peter 1:1-15)
Pastor Jim Powell opens our 1 Peter series by looking at the start of Peter's 2nd letter
December 29, 2019