[Independent] Acts 16:6-10 | "Concluding That God Had Called Us"
Sunday, July 3, 2022. Acts 16:6-10 | "Concluding That God Had Called Us." When God does not reveal His guidance as a plan, that doesn't mean He doesn't have one. Likewise, when God frustrates our plans, it doesn't mean He isn't faithful! This text invites us to trust God's process - a process that leads to a conclusion in Christ!
July 03, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 11:1-12:30 | "The LORD's Passover" - Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 17, 2022. Exodus 11:1-12:30 | "The LORD's Passover" Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! This Easter message leads us to Christ through Israel's preparation for the first Passover. We remember that Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed - and RAISED! So let's get ready - it's time to go! This message preaches from Exodus 11:1-12:30. The title of this sermon: "The LORD's Passover," preached on Easter Sunday 2022.
April 17, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 8:20-10:29 | "Darkness To Be Felt"
Sunday, April 10, 2022. Exodus 8:20-10:29 | "Darkness To Be Felt" We can feel the sun's light radiating on our skin on a bright summer day. Imagine that same experience with darkness rather than light! In the ninth strike before final judgment, God sent darkness upon Egypt and Pharoah that could be touched. Let's discover what this plague teaches about God's patience and promises. Could this message be your one last light? This message preaches from Exodus 10:21-29. The title of this sermon: "Darkness To Be Felt"
April 10, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 6:10-8:19 | "Great Acts of Judgment"
Sunday, April 03, 2022. Exodus 6:10-8:19 | "Great Acts of Judgment" How will a person know God? It is a fearful and fateful way to know God if a person has refused His witnesses, word, and worship in favor of knowing God through His works alone. So let's discover how the LORD works through this text, especially on the human heart. This message preaches from Exodus 6:10-8:19. The title of this sermon: "Great Acts of Judgment"
April 03, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 5:1-6:9 | "Who is the LORD?"
Sunday, March 27, 2022. Exodus 5:1-6:9 | "Who is the LORD?" Moses and Aaron attempt to enlighten Pharaoh with knowledge of God and elicit obedience based on God's word. How did they do? Let's listen and learn about the only God who is knowable and discover four ways to make Him known! This message preaches from Exodus 5:1-6:9. The title of this sermon: "Who is the LORD?"
March 27, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 4:1-31 | "Send Someone Else"
Sunday, March 20, 2022. Exodus 4:1-31 | "Send Someone Else" In this text, Moses continues to question God's call to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. Moses doubts his credibility, his capability, and ultimately God's choice of him for this task. Let's listen and learn what this exchange teaches about the fallible people God chooses and uses for His glory! This message preaches from Exodus 4:1-31. The title of this sermon: "Send Someone Else."
March 20, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 3:1-22 | "I Will Be With You"
Sunday, March 13, 2022. Exodus 3:1-22 | "I Will Be With You" The short biography of Moses' early years in Exodus chapter 2 conveyed a significant experience when Moses was rejected. So substantial was it that it is preserved in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. But God takes Moses' rejection in Exodus chapter 3 and sends Moses back into a similar predicament, but this time with God's call, God's name, and God's presence! This message preaches from Exodus 3:1-22. The title of this sermon: "I Will Be With You."
March 13, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 2:1-25 | "She Hid Him"
Sunday, March 06, 2022. Exodus 2:1-25 | "She Hid Him" Moses' parents had faith and acted on it. Moses had faith and acted on it. God is faithful, and God is acting! But will God's people have faith and act in faith too? Listen as this text leads us to the object of our faith - the only God who hears, remembers, sees, knows, and also acts according to His covenant faithfulness. This message preaches from Exodus 2:1-25. The title of this sermon: "She Hid Him."
March 06, 2022
[Only One God] Exodus 1:1-22 | "The Midwives Feared God"
Sunday, February 27, 2022. Exodus 1:1-22 | "The Midwives Feared God" Who is God? This question emerges from the first chapter of the book of Exodus - a continuation of God's story that began in Genesis. God is not yet named, but He is still present, watching, and fulfilling His promises to a succeeding generation. Join us as we begin a new preaching series through Exodus called: "Only One God." This message preaches from Exodus 1:1-22. The title of this sermon: "The Midwives Feared God."
February 27, 2022
[Spiritual Conflict] Ephesians 6:10-20 | "Spiritual Warfare with Spiritual Weapons" (Special Guest Jake Brown)
Sunday, February 20, 2022. Ephesians 6:10-20 | "Spiritual Warfare with Spiritual Weapons" (Special Guest Jake Brown) In this thematic series on spiritual conflict, we have learned quite a bit about our spiritual enemy and his schemes. We also devoted a sermon to spiritual wholeness and the grace we have received in Christ to submit ourselves to God and cause the Devil to flee. Now, my friend Jake Brown preaches from Ephesians 6 to conclude this series focusing on spiritual warfare. This message preaches from Ephesians 6:10-20. It concludes a preaching series about Spiritual Conflict. The title of this sermon: "Spiritual Warfare with Spiritual Weapons" preached by special guest, Jake Brown.
February 20, 2022
[Spiritual Conflict] James 4:4-10 | "Submit Yourselves"
Sunday, February 13, 2022. James 4:4-10 | "Submit Yourselves" The spiritual conflict brought about by our sin is entirely avoidable. By the grace of God, we can resist the devil, and he will flee! But first, we must do what God will not do for us. We must submit ourselves to God. In this sermon, we discover what it means to submit to God and obey this command according to Scripture. This message preaches from James 4:4-10. It is part of a preaching series about Spiritual Conflict. The title of this sermon: "Submit Yourselves"
February 13, 2022
[Spiritual Conflict] Luke 4:5-7 | "I Will Give All This...If"
Sunday, February 6, 2022. Luke 4:5-7 | "I Will Give All This...If" In this second test of Jesus in the wilderness, the Devil questions not what God has said but what Jesus will do. Let's listen to how Jesus responds to the Devil and learn how to make him flee! This message preaches from Luke 4:5-7. It is part of a preaching series about Spiritual Conflict. The title of this sermon: "I Will Give All This...If."
February 06, 2022
[Spiritual Conflict] Job 1:1-12 | "Does Job Fear God For No Reason?"
Sunday, January 30, 2022. Job 1:1-12 | "Does Job Fear God For No Reason?" This sermon continues a preaching series collected around the theme of Spiritual Conflict. In this series, we're looking first at the three places the Devil speaks in Holy Scripture, knowing that our enemy is repetitive, not creative, so we are not ignorant of his designs. The Devil spoke first about God in the Garden of Eden to the woman. "Did God actually say...?" His voice is heard again in this Wisdom book of the Old Testament named Job. Here the Devil speaks, not to Job about God, but to God about Job. What makes Job a fascinating case study on Spiritual Conflict is that Job is not part of this discussion that involves him. Therefore, he doesn't have a say in the matter. We'll give thought to what it means to trust God when God leaves us in the dark with unanswered questions. We'll also ask if some spiritual conflict might be unnecessary? Finally, we'll consider how the enemy attempts to control us through possessions and what we can do to guard against this pitfall. This message preaches from Job 1:1-12. It is part of a preaching series about Spiritual Conflict. The title of this sermon: "Does Job Fear God For No Reason?"
January 30, 2022
[Spiritual Conflict] Genesis 3:1-8 | "Did God Actually Say...?"
Sunday, January 23, 2022. Genesis 3:1-8 | "Did God Actually Say...?" If we are not experiencing spiritual conflict, then we are not engaged in the work of the Word! Conflict of a spiritual nature is inevitable when we obey the commands of our Savior. Through our obedience as witnesses for Christ, we will be confronting all manner of sin with the message of Gospel truth. This sermon introduces a new preaching series on Spiritual Conflict by looking at the first words of the Devil spoken in Scripture. Listen as the Devil casts doubt on the truth of God's character and Word, and let's discover together what God actually says as we wake up and gear up for spiritual conflict. This message preaches from Genesis 3:1-8. It begins a new preaching series on Spiritual Conflict. The title of this sermon: "Did God Actually Say...?"
January 23, 2022
[He Said, "Father"] John 17:24-26 | "With Me Where I Am"
Sunday, January 16, 2022. John 17:24-26 | "With Me Where I Am" This message completes an expository preaching series through John 17. If this series has helped you grow in your faith or has led you to obey the Lord somehow, I would love to hear from you. You may contact me directly by visiting PastorChristopher.com. In this text, at the conclusion of this prayer, Jesus makes a gracious request related to His presence. While we are familiar with Jesus' promise to be present with us always, here Jesus prays the opposite - not that He be present with us, but rather that we might be present with Him, to see His glory, and know the eternal love of the Father. At the conclusion of this prayer, Jesus unites His will, His knowledge, and His obedience to His Father. This message preaches from John 17:24-26. It concludes a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father.'" The title of this sermon: "With Me Where I Am."
January 16, 2022
[He Said, "Father"] John 17:20-23 | "For Those Who Will Believe"
Sunday, January 9, 2022. John 17:20-23 | "For Those Who Will Believe" In this text, Jesus prays for disciples beyond the eleven gathered around Him - His disciples of the future. We learn that Christ's Church is much bigger than one gathering at one time and one place. Instead, Jesus prays for His followers across all time to be one, to show the world the truth about Him and His Father's love. Listen to Jesus speak about the soon-to-be-saved, the success of the sent, and the stewardship of the saints for the salvation of souls! This message preaches from John 17:20-23. It is part of a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father.'" The title of this sermon is "For Those Who Will Believe."
January 09, 2022
[He Said, "Father"] John 17:17-19 | "Sanctify Them" (A New Year's Sermon)
Sunday, January 2, 2022. John 17:17-19 | "Sanctify Them" (A New Year's Sermon) At the beginning of each new year, we evaluate a "vision" through personal goals or corporate strategy. We dream about who we hope to be and what we hope to accomplish in a short span of one year. Leaders of local church congregations strive to articulate a clear vision too, but the result is often secular, not sanctified. In this sermon, we stop to ask an all-important question: What is Christ's vision for His Church? Two simple answers emerge through this unfolding prayer of Jesus. May this message encourage you to evaluate your new year's vision in light of God's revealed Word. This message preaches from John 17:17-19. It is part of a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father.'" The title of this sermon is "Sanctify Them."
January 02, 2022
[He Said, "Father"] John 17:11b-16 | "Keep Them In Your Name"
Sunday, December 26, 2021. John 17:11b-16 | "Keep Them In Your Name" Jesus addresses God not as "Father" but as "Holy Father" as He prays for His followers. This sermon explores why Jesus added this word and what it means for His followers in the world. This message preaches from John 17:11b-16. It is part of a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father.'" The title of this sermon is "Keep Them In Your Name."
December 26, 2021
[He Said, "Father"] John 17:6-11a | "Now They Know" [Communion Sunday]
Sunday, December 19, 2021. John 17:6-11a | "Now They Know" [Communion Sunday] Jesus prays for the people the Father has given Him out of the world. In this sermon, we learn what a disciple is and what a disciple knows. This message preaches from John 17:6-11a. It is part of a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father'" The title of this sermon is "Now They Know."
December 19, 2021
[He Said, "Father"] John 17:4-5 | "Glorify Me"
Sunday, December 12, 2021. John 17:4-5 | "Glorify Me" In the first prayer of Christ, Jesus prays to the Father relationally as "Son." In this second prayer, Jesus prays personally as "me." What is the difference? The answer is the purpose of Christmas! This sermon reveals a personal prayer, an obedient prayer, and a costly prayer that explains the meaning of "Immanuel" - God with us! This message preaches from John 17:4-5. It is part of a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father'" The title of this sermon is "Glorify Me."
December 12, 2021
VIDEO PODCAST [He Said, "Father"] John 17:1-3 | "Glorify Your Son"
*This episode is a video podcast and includes a song preceding the message. Sunday, December 5, 2021. John 17:1-3 | "Glorify Your Son" If we want to learn why Jesus came, we must listen to what Jesus prayed! This sermon is the first installment of a preaching series through John 17. Moving from incarnation to intercession, we experience the completion of the Christmas story to the glory of God - "Glory in the Highest!" This message preaches from John 17:1-3. It is part of a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father'" The title of this sermon is "Glorify Your Son."
December 07, 2021
[He Said, "Father"] John 17:1-3 | "Glorify Your Son"
Sunday, December 5, 2021. John 17:1-3 | "Glorify Your Son" If we want to learn why Jesus came, we must listen to what Jesus prayed! This sermon is the first installment of a preaching series through John 17. Moving from incarnation to intercession, we experience the completion of the Christmas story to the glory of God - "Glory in the Highest!" This message preaches from John 17:1-3. It is part of a preaching series through John 17, "He Said, 'Father'" The title of this sermon is "Glorify Your Son."
December 05, 2021
[Advent] Special Guest: Mike Dawson | Revelation 22:20-21 "The First-and-Last Prayer of CHRISTmas"
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a time of anticipation and preparation for the coming of Jesus. We look ahead by faith believing Jesus will come again very soon, as we remember his first coming into the world at Christmastime. This Advent Preaching Season will focus on "The Prayers of CHRISTmas." To start this season, Southside is pleased to welcome back Bro. Mike Dawson to Southside's pulpit to deliver a message about "The First-and Last-prayer of CHRISTmas." This message preaches from Revelation 22:20-21. Welcome, Bro. Mike Dawson!
November 28, 2021
1 Corinthians 16:13-24 | "Our Lord, Come!"
It's not enough that Jesus is MY Lord, or Jesus is YOUR Lord. 1 Corinthians compels the Church to ask a different question: Church - Is Jesus OUR Lord? In the closing text of this letter, the apostle presents a series of final instructions meant to keep the Church from failing and propel the Church forward in power. What we do with these commands will ultimately reveal who our leader is and who we love. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 16:13-24. It is the final sermon in a preaching series through 1 Corinthians: "To the Church." The title of this message is "Our Lord, Come!"
November 21, 2021
2021 Praise-Giving Revival! Special Guest: Evangelist Spencer Bell | Joshua 24:15 "The Greatest Decisions Of Your Life"
Most weeks, you hear the voice of a shepherd (pastor/teacher) preaching and teaching God's Word. But joining us today in Southside's pulpit is another voice and gift of God for His Church - the voice of an evangelist. Southside is pleased to welcome Evangelist Spencer Bell as he delivers a moving message entitled "The Greatest Decisions of Your Life." Please take a moment to visit Spencer's website, spencerbellministries.org, and pray about ways you can support Spencer's spiritual and material needs as he obeys God in vocational evangelism. Prepare your hearts now to hear "The Greatest Decisions of Your Life."
November 14, 2021
2021 Praise-Giving Revival! Special Guest: Ken Blackwood | Matthew 19:16-22 "Do You Know Some Good People?"
November is Southside's Annual "Praise-Giving Revival" - a month-long emphasis on revival, prayer, and praise! Will you participate with us in praising God publically this month by sharing a praise? One way you can do this is by visiting southsidebaptist.net/praise. To start things off, we welcome special guest Ken Blackwood, Director of Missions & Ministry for the Morgan Baptist Association in North Alabama, to the pulpit. Let's listen as Ken delivers a revival message from Matthew 19:16-22.
November 07, 2021
1 Corinthians 15:12-34 | "Christ Has Been Raised"
Sunday, October 31, 2021. 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 | "Christ Has Been Raised." If Christ has not been raised from the dead, our preaching, faith, and future are useless and wasted. As this text says, "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." Death would be a final, miserable end to such a short, meaningless existence. But the gospel of grace preached to us says differently. Christ has been raised from the dead! And the resurrection of Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to know God and experience the power of His resurrection in this life and the life to come. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 15:12-34. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "Christ Has Been Raised."
October 31, 2021
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | "The Grace of God"
Sunday, October 24, 2021. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | "The Grace of God." The apostle writes to remind the church in Corinth about the gospel he preached and that they believed - or so he thought? At the same time, the apostle preaches this gospel to himself as a reminder that his labor is not in vain, all because of God's grace. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "The Grace of God."
October 24, 2021
1 Corinthians 14:26-40 | "Decently And In Order"
Sunday, October 17, 2021. 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 | "Decently And In Order." What should the saints do when the church comes together? The apostle supports the various gifts but offers pointed instructions for how each gift, rightly deployed, builds up the church. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 14:26-40. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "Decently And In Order."
October 17, 2021
1 Corinthians 14:1-25 | "Say Amen"
Sunday, October 10, 2021. 1 Corinthians 14:1-25 | "Say Amen." When the church says "Amen," it communicates a powerful witness of faith in God's word and works for both insiders and outsiders, believers and unbelievers. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "Say Amen."
October 10, 2021
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 | "The Greatest of These"
Sunday, October 03, 2021. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 | "The Greatest of These" We, humans, tend to filter God through only one adjective, like "love." God is love, but He is much more than that. In the same way, if we view God's grace of love from only one angle, we risk distorting what love truly is. Love, as defined by God, is multifaceted. In this famous chapter, the apostle explains to the church what happens when love is absent, when love is active, and when love abides. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "The Greatest of These."
October 03, 2021
1 Corinthians 12:13-31 | "You Are The Body"
Sunday, September 26, 2021. 1 Corinthians 12:13-31 | "You Are The Body." We are what God says we are. It's that simple! The same Creator who said in the beginning, "let there be," and "there was," speaks a similar word to His Church today. God says, "You are the body of Christ and individually members of it!" What God creates, God sustains in Christ through the Holy Spirit. This reality has profound meaning for the identity and function of every local church and individual believer gathering in the name of Jesus. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 12:13-31. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "You Are The Body."
September 26, 2021
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 | "Concerning Spiritual Gifts"
Sunday, September 19, 2021. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 | "Concerning Spiritual Gifts." 1 Corinthians is not written to a people in the flesh but to the Church in the Spirit. Therefore, the apostle turns his instruction in this twelfth chapter to spiritual things and the person and work of the Holy Spirit. He teaches that the Holy Spirit will never deceive us, divide us, or deprive us of what we need. Instead, God appoints various gifts, services, and activities to each of us according to His gracious will for us in Christ Jesus. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "Concerning Spiritual Gifts."
September 19, 2021
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 | "The Lord's Supper"
Sunday, September 12, 2021. 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 | "The Lord's Supper." When the church in Corinth gathered together for the Christ meal, one seat at the table was noticeably absent - THE LORD'S! The apostle writes in a corrective tone to tell the church that what they are practicing in worship is not representative of Christ. He returns their focus upon the Lord by showing how the Lord's Supper in the present remembers the Lord's death in the past and looks to the Lord's judgment in the future. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "The Lord's Supper." southsidebaptist.net/preaching
September 12, 2021
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 | "Judge For Yourselves"
Sunday, September 05, 2021. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 | "Judge For Yourselves." Contentious issues in the church are not new. Plenty exist even today! We might do well to learn from the apostle as he addresses one such case in Corinth. After praising the church, he then instructs them to make judgments for themselves on what is proper. He offers three guidelines to think about, including relationships, perceptions, and intentions. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "Judge For Yourselves."
September 05, 2021
1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 | "Whatever You Do"
Sunday, August 29, 2021. 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 | "Whatever You Do." Whatever we do as Christians flows out of who we are as Christians. In this way, we do not act on theory but on theology. As witnesses for Christ, our works testify about who God is and what God does. How can we ensure that our decisions and actions glorify God consistently and represent the gospel clearly in the eyes of believers and unbelievers? This text equips us with three ways to evaluate our actions as Christ-followers. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." The title of this sermon is "Whatever You Do."
August 29, 2021
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 | "Examples For Us"
Sunday, August 22, 2021. 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 | "Examples For Us."Are we guaranteed as a local church to succeed in what God calls us to do? Do we think we are immune from failure? The apostle would have us all "think again" if we are so arrogant. With the care of a concerned pastor and teacher, the apostle prepares a history lesson about a people whose favorable future was overthrown, by faulty feelings which overlooked, a faithful God who oversees. Who were these people? They were "our fathers," and what happened to them may happen to us if we are unwilling to learn from their example. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians "To The Church." This sermon is called "Examples For Us."
August 22, 2021
1 Corinthians 9:1-27 | “Living By The Gospel”
Sunday, August 15, 2021. 1 Corinthians 9:1-27 | “Living By The Gospel.” We are a people who love our rights! But is there ever a time when we should give them up? The apostle builds a strong defense for his rights as an apostle and preacher of the gospel of Christ. Rights that God even provides for him! Yet as this chapter unfolds, what he spends the first half building up, he lays down freely in love for the sake of that same gospel. Listen as the apostle talks about his rights, his reward, and his race. This message preaches from 1 Corinthians 9:1-27. It is part of a preaching series through 1 Corinthians “To The Church.” This sermon is called “Living by the Gospel.”
August 15, 2021
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | “Love Builds Up"
Sunday, August 8, 2021. 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | “Love Builds Up." In this text, the apostle answers a question from the church in Corinth about knowledge. If “we have the mind of Christ,” how do we then think like Christ? What do we do with the “knowledge” that we have received? This question comes to light in Corinth through a particular set of circumstances surrounding food sacrificed to idols. Should Christians eat of it, or should they refrain? The apostle goes about answering this question by encouraging the church to “think theologically.” Doing so will result in a very real outcome called “love.”
August 08, 2021
1 Corinthians 7:25-40 | “This World Is Passing Away”
Sunday, August 1, 2021. 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 | “This World Is Passing Away.” God's Word does not speak to every detail or circumstance of life. Sometimes, we have to make a judgment call to know what to do. Thankfully, God's Word teaches us how to form good and godly opinions and recognize the same when we need such counsel. The church in Corinth has questions about matters that Jesus' teaching did not specifically address. This text reveals the apostle's mind at work as he reasons and wrestles with the counsel that he gives them in response. He does this in a principled and godly way that offers a framework for us when we need counsel, too, concerning matters about which God's Word provides no direct command.
August 01, 2021
1 Corinthians 7:1-24 | “The Life That The Lord Has Assigned”
Sunday, July 25, 2021. 1 Corinthians 7:1-24 | “The Life That The Lord Has Assigned.” The church in Corinth wrote to the apostle concerning issues affecting their fellowship with one another in Christ. Thankfully, God’s Word preserves the answers in 1 Corinthians for our benefit today. Chapter 7 turns a corner in this letter and addresses first the questions involving marriage. Then, as the apostle ends this section, he reminds us all that the Lord is in control of our lives in every circumstance.
July 25, 2021
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 | “You Are Not Your Own”
Sunday, July 18, 2021. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 | “You Are Not Your Own.” What does it mean for Jesus to be “Lord”? This text makes it clear. To call Jesus “Lord” means I am not my own! Jesus owns me because He purchased me. In response, I worship God with all my heart, soul, mind and body.
July 18, 2021
1 Corinthians 6:1-11 | “Do Not Be Deceived”
Sunday, July 11, 2021. 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 | “Do Not Be Deceived.” The Church of God belongs to God. This makes Her distinct from any other assemblies found in the world! For this reason, the apostle comes down hard on the church in Corinth when their shameful actions confuse this distinction among themselves, and especially in the eyes of unbelievers in the world. Simply put, the church was deceived and their witness for Jesus as a consequence was lost! This text returns to a recurring theme of the Church’s identity in Christ, and ends with a powerful whisper of Gospel transformation and hope.
July 11, 2021
John 4:1-42 | Why Are You Here? [The Witness of Worship]
Sunday, July 4, 2021. John 4:1-42 | Why Are You Here?John 4 is a pivotal text on worship in the New Testament as evidenced by this conversation Jesus has with a woman from Samaria. If we as Christ’s Church ever question what true worship is, we can find Jesus explaining the answer here. What begins as a simple request by Jesus for a drink of water, turns into a witnessing conversation that ends with this woman becoming a witness for Jesus and bringing many people to Him. This sermon highlights the witness of worship.
July 04, 2021
1 Corinthians 5:1-13 | “Purge the Evil Person”
Sunday, June 13, 2021. 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 | “Purge the Evil Person.” 1 Corinthians sounds like a harsh letter directed at a church with significant sin, but it is a “holy harshness” and “divine discipline” meant not to punish, but to purify! The Church is powerful when the Church is pure. Because God is holy, His Church must care about Church discipline.
June 13, 2021
1 Corinthians 4:1-21 | “Be Imitators of Me."
Sunday, June 06, 2021. 1 Corinthians 4:1-21 | “Be Imitators of Me." How would you describe the role of a minister? What expectations do you have for him? How is a minister held accountable? Prepare for your expectations to be challenged by God’s Word! The apostle explains that a minister is a servant, a steward, a spectacle, and a spiritual father who represents Christ.
June 06, 2021
1 Corinthians 3:1-23 | “Do You Not Know?”
Sunday, May 30, 2021. 1 Corinthians 3:1-23 | “Do You Not Know?” There is no good reason for the church of Jesus Christ to be ignorant about what God has made known. Yet, the church in Corinth was just that - ignorant. The apostle does not hold back in his rebuke. He calls the saints what they are: “fleshly” and “infants” and even names their sin. Perhaps they might grow up and rid themselves of the destruction their division is causing, before it is too late!?
May 30, 2021
1 Corinthians 2:6-16 | “We Have the Mind of Christ”
Sunday, May 23, 2021. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 | “We Have the Mind of Christ.” This passage of Scripture does not offer concrete application or specific commands to obey, but it does tell us what we have been given in Christ. The Church has the mind of Christ and has received the Holy Spirit from God to understand as those who are mature, the wisdom of God through the cross. We will learn that the wisdom of God is more than mere knowledge, it is a knowledge that acts.
May 23, 2021
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 | “We Preach Christ Crucified”
Sunday, May 16, 2021. 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 | “We Preach Christ Crucified.” “We preach Christ.” GREAT! Few would have any problem with that statement. Now, add one more word, the word “crucified,” and everything changes! Jews stumble, Greeks scoff, and a division is immediately made among hearers who are being saved and hearers who are perishing. This is the power of the cross of Christ, as the word of the cross, the gospel message is preached.
May 16, 2021
Matthew 15:1-9 | "Honor Your Father and Your Mother" [Mother's Day]
Sunday, May 9, 2021. Matthew 15:1-9 | “Honor Your Father and Your Mother” [Mother's Day]. The command to “honor your father and your mother” is one of the oldest commandments in the Bible. So what does it mean to “honor” someone, especially our mothers? In this Mother’s Day sermon, we all learn from Jesus that honor involves more than speaking well about someone. Honor is an action that proceeds from the heart and will cost us something. Whatever is costly, is valuable, and God’s Word makes it clear that God values mothers.
May 09, 2021
1 Corinthians 1:10-17 | “Is Christ Divided?”
Sunday, May 2, 2021. 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 | “Is Christ Divided?” Is Christ divided? The answer to this question seems so obvious — No! But why then, did this question need to be asked and the problem of division raised? The church in Corinth was together, but they were also divided. Members had aligned with certain leaders in a way that turned their follow-ship into confessions that threatened their fellowship. So the apostle exhorts them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to not be divided, because ANY division in the church of Christ represents something that is simply not true of Christ. Christ is not divided, so division must not be permitted among Christ’s people who are known by His name, united with His Baptism, and proclaiming His Cross.
May 02, 2021
1 Corinthians 1:4-9 | “God Is Faithful”
Sunday, April 25, 2021. 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 | “God Is Faithful.” God’s faithfulness is more than just a theme for this introductory thanksgiving, it is a foundation upon which this entire letter of 1 Corinthians is written. Because God is always faithful, Paul has reason to be thankful - not for what the church in Corinth is currently making of themselves, but for what God has already made of them in Christ, by His abundant grace!
April 25, 2021
1 Corinthians 1:1-3 | “Called To Be Saints”
Sunday, April 18, 2021. 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 | “Called To Be Saints.” When we introduce ourselves to others, how long does it take to mention Jesus? In the introduction to the letter known as 1 Corinthians, Paul gets right to the point and says more about God than he says about himself. 1 Corinthians is a letter written to a specific audience - “the church of God” and great detail is given in these opening verses to explain just who that Church is. This letter was written not only to the saints in first century Corinth, but also to us, “who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
April 18, 2021
Matthew 28:16-20 | "Behold, I Am With You" [Easter, Pt. 2]
Sunday, April 11, 2021. Matthew 28:16-20 | “Behold, I Am With You" [Easter, Pt. 2]. In context, “The Great Commission” is the climax of the Easter story! It presents the fulfillment of the promises of Easter and propels the Church forward on mission to make disciples in submission to Jesus’ total authority. Positioned at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, we are reminded again that genuine faith is not based on what is seen, but acts upon what is heard in the form of obedience to God’s Word.
April 11, 2021
Matthew 28:1-10 | “He Is Not Here" [Easter Sunday]
Sunday, April 4, 2021. Matthew 28:1-10 | “He Is Not Here" [Easter Sunday]. We are not told the details of how Jesus was raised from the dead. We are only told that He was! In this way, the Scriptures keep before us what is most important. Easter is not a new beginning, but another confirmation that Jesus is who He says He is, doing what He said He would do!
April 04, 2021
Matthew 7:28-29 | “When Jesus Finished These Words" [Palm Sunday]
Sunday, March 28, 2021. Matthew 7:28-29 | “When Jesus Finished These Words" [Palm Sunday]. This Palm Sunday coincides with the final sermon in a preaching series through The Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount invites us to “Come and Hear.” These last two verses of Matthew 7 highlight Christ’s authority and prepare us for a new, Easter invitation to “Come and See!”
March 28, 2021
Matthew 7:24-27 | "It Did Not Fall" [The Life]
Sunday, March 21, 2021. Matthew 7:24-27 | "It Did Not Fall" [The Life]. Everyone hears, but not everyone does. This is the lesson Jesus reinforces at the end of The Sermon on the Mount using a parable of two builders. How does your life align with the the parable? *Take heed to the warning at the beginning of this sermon. It may be in your best interest to STOP listening!!
March 21, 2021
Matthew 7:15-23 | "On That Day Many Will Say..." [The Truth]
Sunday, March 14, 2021. Matthew 7:15-23 | "On That Day Many Will Say..." [The Truth]. Many enter the wide gate, walk the easy way, and are destroyed. How is it possible to walk this way of destruction and not know it? The answer is frightening — many are deceived. This text begins with a warning to guard against those who deceive. It ends with a warning that we not deceive ourselves!
March 14, 2021
Matthew 7:13-14 | “Enter Through the Narrow Gate" [The Way]
Sunday, March 07, 2021. Matthew 7:13-14 | “Enter Through the Narrow Gate" [The Way]. These two verses are commonly misinterpreted. Jesus is not presenting two paths as options for his disciples to choose from. The choice is not one of gates, roads or destinations. It is rather, that of a response to believing His Word, following Him, and obeying Him!
March 07, 2021
Matthew 7:1-12 | “His Kingdom and Righteousness" - Part 2
Sunday, February 28, 2021. Matthew 7:1-12 | “His Kingdom and Righteousness" - Part 2. Righteousness is a relational word and a priority that followers of Jesus actively seek. Jesus warns against an improper form of judgment. Charitable judgement represents righteousness informed by love. Condemning judgment represents righteousness ruined by hypocrisy. Our source of Kingdom righteousness is with the Father, of whom we ask, seek and knock for it.
February 28, 2021
Matthew 6:19-34 | “His Kingdom and Righteousness" - Part 1
Sunday, February 21, 2021. Matthew 6:19-34 | “His Kingdom and Righteousness" - Part 1. While the words “kingdom” and “righteousness” seem familiar, they are practically and theologically foreign to us without Jesus bringing them near. These two words summarize the teachings of The Sermon on the Mount. In Part 1, we focus on Jesus’ teaching about treasures and worries. In doing so, we learn what it means to live as a people under God’s rule and reign.
February 21, 2021
Matthew 6:1-18 | “Our Father in Heaven"
Sunday, February 14, 2021. Matthew 6:1-18 | “Our Father in Heaven." Jesus does not speak about the kingdom of heaven without speaking about righteousness repeatedly. What is righteousness and why does Jesus speak about it so much? This teaching is worth paying attention to. It is not framed as a blessing, but instead as a warning - beware!
February 14, 2021
Matthew 5:21-48 | “Your Heavenly Father Is Perfect”
Sunday, February 7, 2021. Matthew 5:21-48 | “Your Heavenly Father Is Perfect.” Jesus begins to reveal the Heavenly Father to His followers. As the Father is, so we will be in Christ — perfect. What does it mean that our Heavenly Father is perfect? What must we do to be perfect too? The answer points to one inexhaustible theme and working of the Holy Spirit in us: Love.
February 07, 2021
Matthew 5:17-20 | “You Will Never Enter”
Sunday, January 31, 2021. Matthew 5:17-20 | “You Will Never Enter.” Jesus makes a shocking statement: “You will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” You may be surprised to learn that this is not an evangelistic appeal to the lost. It is a statement to those who are called — His followers! Entrance into the kingdom of heaven is restricted to those who have a “surpassing” righteousness. What we do with what we’ve been given matters. Listen as Jesus teaches and turns a declaration of condemnation into a conditional statement, pointing us to the gospel message and the righteousness He offers.
January 31, 2021
Matthew 5:13-16 | "Let Your Light Shine Before People"
Sunday, January 24, 2021. Matthew 5:13-16 | "Let Your Light Shine Before People." Whatever Jesus does personally in us, He does publicly through us. By the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, our new identity in Jesus makes us salt and light for people on earth, to the glory of God the Father!
January 24, 2021
Matthew 5:3-12 | "For Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"
Sunday, January 17, 2021. Matthew 5:3-12 | "For Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." If we are not content as we are, we will not be content in what will be. The kingdom of heaven will not change our present circumstances, but the King of heaven will give us contentment in them. True blessing is knowing Jesus and submitting to His reign as we wait for the fullness of His coming kingdom.
January 17, 2021
Matthew 5:1-2 | "He Began to Teach"
Sunday, January 10, 2021. Matthew 5:1-2 | "He Began to Teach." This introduction to The Sermon on the Mount invites us to come to Jesus before we hear what he has to teach. We learn the difference between following Jesus and being a follower of Jesus, the need for repentance and the context of God’s kingdom. This message is an invitation for all to “Come and Hear!”
January 10, 2021
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 | "The New Has Come"
Sunday, January 3, 2021. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 | "The New Has Come." A new year invites us to reflect theologically on what it means to be a new creation in Christ. New years come and go, but the "new you" in Christ remains, dramatically changing our way and reason for living!
January 03, 2021
Isaiah 42:5-9 | "New Things I Now Declare" [Online Edition]
Sunday, December 27, 2020. Isaiah 42:5-9 | "New Things I Now Declare." Are you in need of comfort as you begin planning for a new year filled with so many uncertainties? We may not have a plan, but God does! This year-end message reminds us to expend less energy on trying to discern the events and circumstances of God's will and to spend more time with God Himself. God's will is for us to enjoy the future with Him!
December 27, 2020
Hosea 11:1-7 | "I Loved Him"
Sunday, December 20, 2020. Hosea 11:1-7 | "I Loved Him." If we could know all there is to know about God, only then could we know all there is to know about love. This Advent sermon focuses on a particular aspect of love, Sonship love, and how God showed this kind of love to the world by giving His Son, Jesus.
December 20, 2020
John 16:16-24 | "Your Joy May Be Full"
Sunday, December 13, 2020. John 16:16-24 | "Your Joy May Be Full." There is a joy that belongs to the world and a joy that is brought into the world. The two are different! In this Advent sermon on Joy Sunday, we learn that Jesus came to give us a joy that is complete!
December 13, 2020
Numbers 6:22-27 | "He Will Give You Peace"
Sunday, December 6, 2020. Numbers 6:22-27 | "He Will Give You Peace." Are you at perfect peace? The absence of peace suggests something is wrong in your relationship with God. This Advent sermon explores an ancient blessing and promise of peace that Christ fulfills completely.
December 06, 2020
Psalm 42:1-11 | "Good Grief: Because of HOPE, You can COPE!" [Mike Dawson]
Sunday, November 29, 2020. Psalm 42:1-11 | "Good Grief: Because of HOPE, You can COPE!" [Mike Dawson] Southside welcomes special guest Mike Dawson to begin the Advent preaching season with this message of HOPE!
November 29, 2020
Joshua 24:29-33 | "The Servant of the LORD" [Communion Service]
Sunday, November 22, 2020. Joshua 24:29-33 | "The Servant of the LORD [Communion Service]." Becoming a servant is not something that is earned, but rather it is learned. Joshua began as Moses’ assistant. At his death, he is called “the servant of the Lord.” As the book of Joshua ends, three deaths are proclaimed. Each anticipates for us the death of Jesus, our Joshua. This sermon is the last in a preaching series through Joshua and helps us learn what it means to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor 11:26) through the celebration of Communion.
November 22, 2020
Joshua 24:1-28 | "Serve Him"
Sunday, November 15, 2020. Joshua 24:1-28 | "Serve Him." Can you choose God? You might be surprised to learn that God is not an option. If you choose, you lose! God is God whether we choose Him or not. This makes Him unique and unlike any other. In Jesus we are saved not to choose Him, but to serve Him forever.
November 15, 2020
Joshua 23:1-16 | "Be Very Careful"
Sunday, November 8, 2020. Joshua 23:1-16 | "Be Very Careful." Joshua is old and advanced in years. His final speeches do not divide property, but dictate priorities. The first priority is essential for the life of the people — they must love the Lord.
November 08, 2020
Joshua 22:1-34 | "To Be A Witness"
Sunday, November 1, 2020. Joshua 22:1-34 | "To Be A Witness." Israel built an altar for a unique purpose. This altar was not for worship, but to be a witness for their children. What does our worship today say to our children about Jesus?
November 01, 2020
Joshua 20:1-21:45 | "Not One Word Failed"
Sunday, October 25, 2020. Joshua 20:1-21:45 | "Not One Word Failed." God does not prioritize. Instead, God promises. And when God makes a promise, God keeps His word! This message is simple: God is trustworthy. God is dependable. God is reliable. God does what He says He will do.
October 25, 2020
Joshua 13:1 - 19:51 | "Old and Advanced in Years"
Sunday, October 18, 2020. Joshua 13:1-19:51 | "Old and Advanced in Years." A time will come when we all must invest in the future by way of an inheritance. The best inheritance any of us may leave on Earth is to pass on Jesus to future generations! In this message, we learn to obey God completely even when obedience will not bring to completion the totality of the work God has begun or is carrying forward in us.
October 18, 2020
Joshua 11:1-12:24 | "He Left Nothing Undone"
Sunday, October 11, 2020. Joshua 11:1-12:24 | "He Left Nothing Undone" If today should be our last day, could it be said of us that we left nothing undone? This message offers Gospel hope to every Christian in need of assurance that God will leave nothing undone in you, in Jesus!
October 11, 2020
Joshua 10:1-43 | "No Day Like It"
Sunday, October 4, 2020. Joshua 10:1-43 | "No Day Like It" We as humans listen to God and obey Him. But what would you think if God listened and obeyed the voice of a human? As uncomfortable as that sounds, God's Word says it happened! This text reveals a unique moment in which the petition of a man in faith aligned with the will of God for His glory. The result was a miraculous demonstration of God's power and a foretaste of what Jesus makes possible for His Church in prayer!
October 04, 2020
Joshua 9:1-27 | "Who Are You?" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, September 27, 2020. Joshua 9:1-27 | "Who Are You?" [Live Stream Edition] Life is full of uncertainties but God is not one of them! Along with His Word, God offers Himself and a Gospel invitation for us to hear and ask! If we would just hear and ASK!
September 27, 2020
Joshua 8:1-35 | "A Great Heap of Stones" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, September 20, 2020. Joshua 8:1-35 | "A Great Heap of Stones" [Live Stream Edition] What is your reason for worshiping God? God made a provision for our sin to be atoned for and for us to be at peace with Him through Jesus Christ - the Living Word!
September 20, 2020
Joshua 7:1-26 | "The Anger of the LORD Burned" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, September 13, 2020. Joshua 7:1-26 | "The Anger of the LORD Burned" [Live Stream Edition] Does it make you uncomfortable to think about God becoming angry? God was angry at Israel because one man was faithless and took for himself what belonged to God. This message will require us all to understand the seriousness of sin and its consequences upon ourselves and others.
September 13, 2020
Joshua 6:1-27 | "Then You Shall Shout" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, September 6, 2020. Joshua 6:1-27 | "Then You Shall Shout" [Live Stream Edition] The command to “shout” was delayed intentionally. As God was preparing to tear down Jericho’s walls, God was simultaneously building His people’s faith! In doing so, God was turning a cry for war into a call for worship. God turned shouts for battle into a great shout of PRAISE!
September 06, 2020
Joshua 5:1-15 | "Now I Have Come" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, August 30, 2020. Joshua 5:1-15 | "Now I Have Come" [Live Stream Edition] "Why now?" or "When God?" Do you find yourself trusting God's timing, or questioning it? In this text, timing matters! Learn why and what this means for you as you trust God's timing too!
August 30, 2020
Joshua 3:1-4:24 | "Stand Still in the Jordan" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, August 23, 2020. Joshua 3:1-4:24 | "Stand Still in the Jordan" [Live Stream Edition] In the midst of movement, God commands stillness. How does stillness relate to remembrance and the passing on of the faith to the next generation?
August 23, 2020
Joshua 2:1-24 | "She Tied the Scarlet Cord in the Window" [Online Edition]
Sunday, August 16, 2020. Joshua 2:1-24 | "She Tied the Scarlet Cord in the Window" [Online Edition] Faith obeys God’s revelation for deliverance from fear and destruction.
August 16, 2020
Joshua 1:1-18 | "Moses' Assistant" [Online Edition]
Sunday, August 9, 2020. Joshua 1:1-18 | "Moses' Assistant" [Online Edition] God’s people must be united in obedience to His Word in order to inherit the success of His will that is guaranteed by His Presence.
August 09, 2020
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 | Special Guest Dr. Mark DeVine [Online Edition]
Sunday, August 2, 2020. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 [Online Edition] Southside welcomes special guest Dr. Mark DeVine of Beeson Divinity School | As the Church of Jesus Christ, our commitment to each other is bound up with our commitment to Jesus. Where there is no commitment to each other, we can not expect to enjoy the depths of fellowship that Jesus died on the cross to give us -- a fellowship that knows we are not alone, that there is a place we truly belong, and there is a place we actually serve and are served.
August 02, 2020
Hebrews 13:20-25 | "Jesus: The Great Shepherd" [Online Edition]
Sunday, July 26, 2020. Hebrews 13:20-25 "Jesus: The Great Shepherd" [Online Edition] We can depend upon the God of peace to equip us to do His will, by the Holy Spirit working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, as we are led from death into eternal life through the great shepherd — Jesus Christ.
July 26, 2020
Hebrews 13:1-19 | "Jesus: The Same Yesterday, Today & Forever" [Online Edition]
Sunday, July 19, 2020. Hebrews 13:1-19 "Jesus: The Same Yesterday, Today & Forever" [Online Edition] The Holy Spirit helps us to live God’s way today, through Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever!
July 19, 2020
Hebrews 12:1-28 | "Jesus: Founder & Perfecter of Our Faith" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, July 12, 2020. Hebrews 12:1-28 "Jesus: Founder & Perfecter of Our Faith" [Live Stream Edition] We must run the race the Father has set before us with endurance, our eyes fixed upon Jesus, pursuing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us.
July 12, 2020
Hebrews 11:1-40 | "Jesus: A Better Provision" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, July 5, 2020. Hebrews 11:1-40 "Jesus: A Better Provision" [Live Stream Edition] The Holy Spirit empowers us to live as pleasing to God by faith in Jesus.
July 05, 2020
Hebrews 10:19-39 | "Jesus: A Better & Abiding Possession" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, June 28, 2020. Hebrews 10:19-39 "Jesus: A Better & Abiding Possession" [Live Stream Edition] The Spirit of the living God graces us with faith, hope and love to live boldly in a new way by the blood of Jesus who is alive!
June 28, 2020
Hebrews 9:1-10:18 | "Jesus: A Better, Perfecting Sacrifice" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, June 21, 2020. Hebrews 9:1-10:18 "Jesus: A Better, Perfecting Sacrifice " [Live Stream Edition] We who are called can serve the living God because the Holy Spirit bears witness to us that we are eternally redeemed, forgiven and perfected by a better sacrifice — the blood of Jesus, our high priest in heaven.
June 21, 2020
Hebrews 8:1-13 | "Jesus: A Better Covenant & Better Promises" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, June 14, 2020. Hebrews 8:1-13 "Jesus: A Better Covenant & Better Promises " [Live Stream Edition] We have a covenant relationship with the Majesty in heaven based on better promises than those that are earthly and old, written upon our hearts by the Holy Spirit and mediated by Jesus, our high priest in heaven.
June 14, 2020
Hebrews 6:20-7:28 | "Jesus: Our Forerunner" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, June 7, 2020. Hebrews 6:20-7:28 "Jesus: Our Forerunner" [Live Stream Edition] We draw near to God through the Holy Spirit (a better hope) because Jesus is our forerunner, living forever as high priest of a better order and guarantor of a better covenant.
June 07, 2020
Hebrews 5:11-6:19 | "Jesus: Our Soul's Anchor & Hope" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, May 31, 2020. Hebrews 5:11-6:19 "Jesus: Our Soul's Anchor & Hope" [Live Stream Edition] We who share in the Holy Spirit find our hope in Jesus to be carried forward by God into maturity.
May 31, 2020
Hebrews 4:14-5:10 | "Jesus: Our Great High Priest" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, May 24, 2020. Hebrews 4:14-5:10 "Jesus: Our Great High Priest" [Live Stream Edition] With the Holy Spirit's help, we can persevere in faith and draw near to God because we have a great high priest in Jesus.
May 24, 2020
Hebrews 3:7-4:13 | "Jesus: Our Partner & Living Word"
Sunday, May 17, 2020. Hebrews 3:7-19 "Jesus: Our Partner & Living Word" [Live Stream Edition] We must obey the living Word of the living God spoken by the Holy Spirit -- today.
May 17, 2020
Hebrews 3:1-6 | "Jesus: Our Faithful Apostle and High Priest" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, May 10, 2020. Hebrews 3:1-6 "Jesus: " [Live Stream Edition] When we consider Jesus as a faithful Son over God's house, the Holy Spirit gives us confidence in the hope that we are God's house, secure in Him.
May 10, 2020
Hebrews 2:5-18 | "Jesus: Our Brother and Helper" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, May 3, 2020. Hebrews 2:5-18 "Jesus: Our Brother and Helper " [Live Stream Edition] Because God became human like us, He is able to help us overcome fear, suffering, temptation and death through faith by the Spirit of Christ in us.
May 03, 2020
Hebrews 2:1-4 | "Jesus: Has Spoken Salvation" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, April 26, 2020. Hebrews 2:1-4 "Jesus: Has Spoken Salvation" [Live Stream Edition] The Father and Spirit testify with the Son about a great salvation we ought to pay close attention to.
April 26, 2020
Hebrews 1:4-14 | "Jesus: Better than Angels" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, April 19, 2020. Hebrews 1:4-14 "Jesus: Better than Angels" [Live Stream Edition] The Holy Spirit testifies throughout Scripture that Jesus, rather than angels, is God's Son and in His name we are saved.
April 20, 2020
Hebrews 1:1-3 | "Who is Jesus?" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday , April 12, 2020. EASTER SUNDAY Hebrews 1:1-3 "Who is Jesus?" [Live Stream Edition] Why preach Hebrews 1 on Resurrection Sunday? The answer is found in the book's benediction: It is because the "God of peace...brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus" that Hebrews has any meaning for us today! Give your attention to how Hebrews introduces Jesus, and give your faith to Him!
April 12, 2020
Matthew 21:1-11 | "Hosanna in the Highest!" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, April 5, 2020. "Hosanna" is a cry for help, but also a shout of praise! Jesus rode into Jerusalem to triumphal shouts of Hosanna! But by the end of the week, those shouts would be changed to cries for his death on a cross. Jesus, the king of righteousness and salvation, was coming to save but not in the way the people expected. This Palm Sunday message prepares the hearer for the events of Holy Week.
April 05, 2020
Acts 28:23-31 | "Unhindered Power" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, March 29, 2020. The last word in the book of Acts is an appropriate description of the Church! The Holy Spirit empowers the Church of Jesus Christ to fulfill the mission of God in the world — unhindered.
March 29, 2020
Acts 27:9-44 | "Power in Difficulty" [Live Stream Edition]
Sunday, March 22, 2020. It is at the point when difficulty runs its course and hope is abandoned that we are most ready for the grace of God. The Holy Spirit illuminates the salvation of God in Jesus Christ when we turn to God in our difficulty.
March 23, 2020
Acts 24:1-27 | "Power in the Present"
Sunday, March 8, 2020. Procrastinating with matters of faith is dangerous! Not only will the heart become hardened to the things of God, but the grace God offers for that present moment is rejected. The power of God’s witness through the Holy Spirit’s conviction compels a present response to the testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.
March 09, 2020
Acts 22:22-23:11 | "Power in Courage"
Sunday, March 1, 2020. In the Gospels, Jesus commands people to “take courage” when in fear or after demonstrating faith. After Paul has suffered in Jerusalem, Jesus stands by Paul at night and gives this same command in the only place recorded outside the Gospels — “take courage.” In this sermon, we learn that our Lord empowers us with courage by His Holy Spirit to persevere in God’s ways until God’s will is accomplished.
March 01, 2020
Acts 21:1-14 | "Power in Discernment"
February 23, 2020. How certain are we that the voice guiding us is the Holy Spirit's and not our own? Would God lead us in one direction only to then contradict that leading through other godly people, even those closest to us? Discerning God's will involves a tension that cannot and should not be so easily explained away. In this text, we learn that the Holy Spirit gives us certainty of God’s will, by empowering us all to say “may the will of the Lord be done.”
February 23, 2020
Acts 20:17-38 | "Power in Oversight"
Sunday, February 16, 2020. We will never be able to complete all the work of ministry that remains to be completed, but by God’s grace we will complete all the work the Lord gives us to complete. The Church of Christ belongs to God and is led, fed, and protected through the administration of the Holy Spirit.
February 16, 2020
Acts 19:8-41 | "Extraordinary Power"
Sunday, February 9, 2020. God demonstrates extraordinary power over the powers of darkness and empowers Christians by the Holy Spirit to overcome spiritual forces of evil.
February 09, 2020
Acts 18:24-19:7 | "Power in Completion"
Sunday, February 2, 2020. We know the word of God...but do we know the God of the word? Our knowledge of God is incomplete - until we know Jesus!
February 02, 2020
Acts 17:1-15 | "Power in Eagerness"
Sunday, January 26, 2020. How do you know who or what to believe when it concerns the things of God? Should you simply believe whatever the preacher says? Acts 17 uses numerous words to describe Paul's method of proclaiming Jesus. But the real lesson is for us as hearers. The Holy Spirit ushers us into the truth about Christ as we eagerly examine the word of God.
January 26, 2020
Acts 15:36-16:40 | "Power in Process"
Sunday, January 19, 2020. Are you frustrated in your journey of faith? Are things not working out like you had hoped? Is God guiding you when you don't feel His leading? God may be teaching you that His direction is not always given in a plan, but discovered through a process.
January 20, 2020
Acts 15:1-35 | "Power in Agreement"
Sunday, January 12, 2020. When theological questions and disagreements arise in the church, the best evidence for the right answer is to observe what God has already spoken and how God Himself is acting! Testimonies about God's actions cause debators to be silenced and the church to move forward together in unity!
January 12, 2020
Acts 14 | "Continue in the Faith"
Sunday, January 5, 2020. Tribulations (persecutions) are a necessary part of Gospel advancment. In the face of opposition, God's people are called not to give up, but to persevere and continue in the faith!
January 07, 2020
Acts 13 | "Continue in the Grace of God"
Sunday, December 29, 2019. This last Sunday sermon of 2019 exhorts the congregation to "continue in the grace of God" from one year to the next, waiting on God and remaining faithful to Him and His Church.
December 30, 2019
Luke 1:46-55 | Communion Sermon
Sunday, December 22, 2019. A short sermon as part of a Christmas, Candlelight and Communion service of worship.
December 24, 2019
Acts 11:19-30 | "Power in Partnership"
Sunday, December 1, 2019. The planting of the church in Antioch occurred naturally as God blessed the proclamation of Jesus not only to Jews, but also to Greeks. This has much to teach on evangelism, discipleship and generosity.
December 04, 2019
Acts 11:1-18 | "Power in Silence"
Sunday, November 24, 2019. What do you do when you encounter something new? Do you stand in the way of change, or get on board? This was a choice Peter and certain believers in Jerusalem faced when God gave the Gentiles the same gift of the Holy Spirit that he had given to the Jewish Christians earlier. Should the Jewish Christians unite with Gentiles in Christian fellowship? Should they go as far as to break bread in Gentile homes too? Transcript available here.
November 24, 2019
Acts 9:36-43 | "Power in Prayer"
Sunday, November 19, 2019. Throughout the book of Acts, God is presented as working miracles, that when they become known, lead to faith in Jesus. One such miracle involves a disciple named "Tabitha." She is known for her good works and acts of charity, but becomes ill and dies. When what happens next becomes known, many believe in the Lord!
November 19, 2019
Acts 9:1-19 | "Power in Seeing"
Sunday, November 10, 2019. If the Lord called your name, what would your response be? Would it be, "Here I am, Lord!" or, "Who are you, Lord?" The sight that guides a disciple's life is a spiritual sight, a gift from God, that sees Jesus for who He is -- the Son of God!
November 10, 2019
Acts 8:26-40 | "Power in Positioning"
Sunday, November 3, 2019. God is revealed to us in His Word as a sovereign God who positions his people to be in the right places at the right times to accomplish His purposes! Not by chance, but by design! Not “divine appointments,” but “divine positioning.”
November 03, 2019
Acts 6:1-7 | "Power in Appointing"
Sunday, October 27, 2019. God moved the apostles and disciples to organize and prioritize. When this happened, all needs were met in the fellowship and the ministry of the word continued to thrive.
October 27, 2019
Acts 4:32 - 5:11 | "Power in Authenticity"
Sunday, October 20, 2019. One of the ways Christians show themselves to have genuine faith is through a unity of heart and soul with fellow believers. Genuine faith is also evident through the stewardship of possessions! This sermon is certainly a challenging one, but it shows how much God loves His Church and will protect the unity of believers.
October 22, 2019
Acts 3:1-10 | "Power in the Name"
Sunday, October 13, 2019. A name represents authority, and authority represents power. The power of God for salvation is available by faith in the name of Jesus.
October 15, 2019
Ephesians 2:12-22 | "Jesus is our Peace" (Communion Sermon)
Sunday, October 6, 2019. The Lord's Supper (Communion) is an invitation to remembrance. In this sermon from Ephesians 2:12-22, we remember that Jesus is our peace. By his blood, Jesus has brought down all barriers of fellowship that exist between God and humanity. He invites all, far or near, into a holy communion of peace in him.
October 06, 2019
Acts 2:42-47 | "Power in the Fearing"
Sunday, September 29, 2019. What moved thousands of souls to be saved and the early followers of Jesus to be so devoted to godly habits? It was more than just a knowledge of God - it was a holy fear of God! The Holy Spirit of God indwells believers with a holy fear of God that not only compels missional movement but empowers it!
September 30, 2019
Acts 1:1-11 | "Power in the Waiting"
Sunday, September 22, 2019. Before Jesus commands his followers to "go," he first commands that they "wait." God's Spirit empowers God's people with His presence to glorify and enjoy Him for the work in the waiting.
September 24, 2019
Matthew 3:1-17; 4:17 | "Prepared through Repentance"
Sunday, September 15, 2019. At the beginning of Matthew 3, the Scriptures speak of John the Baptist. At the end of Matthew 3, the Scriptures speak of Jesus the Christ. Both are presented preaching the same message. It is a message of repentance. John prepares the way for Jesus by calling the people to repentance. It is a relelvant message for for the Church today, as we prepare for Jesus to return by living a lifestyle of repentance.
September 24, 2019
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 | "Let the Word Work"
Sunday, September 8, 2019. What is a mark of a believer in Jesus? The simple answer, is the word of God at work! The word of God was at work in the Thessalonians Christians, and evidence abounded! Is the word of God at work in you?
September 24, 2019