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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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!
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!”
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!”
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?