God's purpose for us as Christians is to point others to Him. A Christian marriage is one of the clearest examples of the gospel, and possibly the greatest opportunity we have to point others to Jesus. So, what does it mean to be a Godly husband or a Godly wife? Pastor Sam Shaw turns to 1 Peter 3:1-7 to see how scripture describes a Godly marriage.
Peter calls us to submit to ungodly authorities because we love Jesus and want to follow his example. However, the natural response when someone mistreats us is self-defense and retaliation. To accept unjust opposition requires supernatural power and an exemplar to follow. Jesus provides both. The only way we will find the strength to endure this type of suffering at the hands of others is the reminder that, in his having done the same, Jesus secured for us forgiveness of sins by bearing our sin in his body on the tree. He is a the trustworthy shepherd and the remedy the sin-sick soul requires. New life in Jesus provides the grounds for killing sin and pursuing righteous living.
The church lives in the world as exiles who belong to another Kingdom. The world system around us, the cultural environment where we live, is alien to the kingdom of God. Christians have different priorities, strategies, and a different vision for the future. Peter was not naïve about government corruption or the abuse of power. He did not live in a “Christian nation.” He knew firsthand of the devastation that evil political power can bring. Being a Christian today is increasingly putting us at odds with political positions and laws. Religious liberty, an essential issue in our founding is facing regular threats and sometimes open hostility is faced socially, politically, and legally just for being a Christian. However, submission to every human institution and service to others is the will of God. We should use christian freedom for doing good which will put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
Have you ever felt out of place and uncertain about what to do? God transforms people who were at home in this world and they become sojourners and exiles. They know the country and its customs, but they have been called out of darkness into light which means they live differently. They feel the conflict in the war of the soul but they abstain from the desires that characterize the people of darkness. Beautiful Living in a Polarized World may serve as a means to pierce the hardened heart and bring light to the darkened soul for God’s glory.
It's typical these days for people to talk about loving God or loving Jesus, but not really loving the church. Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through 1 Peter 2:4-10, a passage filled with answers to some key questions many have today such as: can a Christian love Jesus but not the church?
Pastor Sam Shaw introduces us to his long-time favorite pastor, Ronnie Stevens. Ronnie walks us through 1 Peter 1:22-2:3, giving us ten steps that have helped him stimulate and excite a hunger for the word of God in his own life.
In the 1st Century in the Mediterranean world, an unexpected movement started that went viral. Religion was everywhere in the Roman Empire, but this movement had the one thing that Romans could not find anywhere else. This movement had community. It had love. Pastor Sam walks us through 1 Peter 1:22-2:3, as he shares five toxins that keep us from loving one another, and shares biblical insights on how to do a seemingly impossible task: earnestly love one another.
All around, despair, conscious need, and unconscious longing. We live in a world where loneliness is an epidemic and one in three adults and adolescents suffer from anxiety. Our minds must sift through a constant barrage of messaging that is antithetical to the gospel. Where can hope be found? Peter reminds the reader that Jesus has conquered every enemy including death and at his revelation hope will be realized. Where is hope to be found? It is found in God through Jesus Christ.
Where do you get a joy that grief and hardship doesn't shatter? In 1 Peter 1:3-12, Peter said the uniquely Christian way in dealing with trials and challenges is that we rejoice. In this sermon, Pastor Sam walks us through six reasons that Peter gives us in the text that empowers us to rejoice even when we are going through the worst of times.
Have you ever wondered what living the Christian life actually means? Pastor Sam Shaw introduces a new series on 1 Peter, encouraging us to read and re-read it. The truth of this compact book acts as a manual for Christian living. In this sermon, Pastor Sam examines what we know about Peter, and four things that are true for every Christ follower.
On this first Sunday of the new year, Pastor Sam Shaw talks about the principle of "firsts." There are a number of firsts happening in Genesis 4:1-8: the first murder, the first martyr, the first person to go to Heaven, and the first offering is made to the Lord. God always insists on being first. When we seek to put God first in our lives we honor Him, we demonstrate our faith, and we unlock God's blessings in our lives.
When you got up this morning and looked at the TV or your phone, you probably noticed the date, the 24th of December, 2018. We don't think about it very often, but 2018 from what? The answer goes back to a little town in Bethlehem and what happened there. The point is, especially during the Christmas season, you can hardly look at your phone, the TV, the newspaper, hear on the radio, or look on the internet without seeing reference to one man. His name is the most widely known name in history. Do you know him?
Luke includes four powerful songs surrounding the savior’s birth. In each song, the singers are so moved that they respond from the depths of soul joining the chorus of Hope’s Song, the glad refrain that has been sung since the garden promise that God will rescue his people. These familiar refrains point to God’s love and faithfulness as Mary (Luke 1:46–55), Zechariah (Luke 1:68–79), the angels (Luke 2:14), and Simeon (Luke 2:29–32) all lift their voices in praise. Today, we hear Hope’s Song soar from Mary as she magnifies God, rejoices in him, and declares his character.
In this sermon, Pastor Sam walks us through Romans 8:18-27, showing us what an amazing thing it is to be a Christian, why the world is the way it is, and the one thing we have to have to survive: Hope.
During this advent series, we are reminded of the hope that is found only in Jesus. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves – He gave hope. So because of what Jesus has done for us, we are able to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful to prayer. You can rejoice!
In this Advent Season we have started a new series on hope. Hope is very powerful. The world often confuses hope with wishful thinking or their desires. In this sermon, Pastor Sam walks us through Romans 15:13, showing us what Biblical hope is, who the author of hope is, and the promises God has given us to sustain our hope.
As this short pastoral letter from Paul to Titus comes to a close, we have a better understanding of what Paul meant when he directed Titus to “put what remained in order” (vs. 5). This was and still is a monumental work. On Crete, island churches were a mess and facing issues that had to be addressed so Paul left Titus there to get things well ordered. Elders were appointed in every town Paul so that Cretan Christians would have leaders to guide them when disagreements arose over important doctrinal matters. Elders would hold fast to apostolic faith and teach others to do the same in both word and practice. In the home, relationships went against many cultural norms of the day as they displayed God’s grace at work in daily living. In the world, salvation is demonstrated as grace-fueled good works display God’s power. Titus concludes by addressing dangers, discipline, decisions, devotion, and dependence.
In Titus 3:1-15, Paul walks us through the succinct message of Salvation and gives direction on true Christian behavior. Paul reminds us that it takes the entire Trinity to save us. We are delivered out of our miserable condition, only by the mercy and free grace of God, the merit and sufferings of Christ, and the working of his Spirit. Pastor Sam challenges us to live this week with the intention of "whatever is good" in every situation.
Paul encourages us to live the good life in Titus 2:1-10. In Titus 2:11-14, Paul explains how this change is possible. If there's anything in your life that you'd like to change, come explore how to make that a reality now.
Charlie Shaw walks us through Titus 2:1-10. In this section, Paul moves from the issues of church leadership and false teachers to the various groups within the church and their moral obligations before the world in which they live. Paul is concerned that they show the beauty of the truth about Jesus Christ in order to have a positive impact on an unbelieving world (2:5, 8, 10). Biblical truth or sound Christian doctrine (2:1) is designed to not only bring us into an intimate relationship with God, but it is to equip us, as stewards of His grace, to represent Him and to proclaim the message of our Savior, as His ambassadors in a fallen world. We have an awesome responsibility to make the truth of Christ attractive by lives that truly reflect the saving power of the message.
Paul wrote the little book of Titus in order to clarify what really matters. For the last few weeks, we've seen that churches matter and leadership matters. Today, Paul uses some pretty tough language to explain why truth matters. He also explains how churches and leadership can protect God's people from misinformation and untruths.
The Bible teaches that churches are to be led by a plurality of called, qualified men called elders. Even Paul submitted himself to the elders in Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1-2) along with Titus. Imagine what the situation was like in Crete. Scripture does not record any details about the church being established in Crete. We do know according to Acts 2:11 that Cretans we’re present during Pentecost. Perhaps the new converts went home to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. Paul and his team had to make disciples first which meant that it would take time for men to mature before Titus could be sent to appoint elders. Finding leaders is a challenge faced by most church-planting or pioneering missions situations; one man will usually serve as the elder until other men are raised up to lead as elders. Paul instructs Titus to put things in order and appoint elders, but what is an elder?
Jesus said to his disciples in John 16 that it is better to have the Holy Spirit in them than to have Him right beside them. It is better that He leaves, so that they may receive the Holy Spirit. The name Jesus gave for the Holy Spirit in John 14:16 is the Greek word Parakletos, which may be translated into English as "comforter", "counselor", “advocate”, or "helper". The Holy Spirit is like a funnel through whom all the blessings of God come to us. Whatever God has for us and does in our life He does it through the person and the work of the Holy Spirit. This sermon will characterize how the Holy Spirit is our preeminent helper and illustrate how to align yourself with the Holy Spirit's work in your life.
The Holy Spirit is God’s promise and assurance that he will finish what he has started in us. He is the foretaste of heaven. That means we can ask for and experience His presence. This sermon will explain and illustrate how to position yourself to experience His presence and power and love.
The advent of the Holy Spirit changed things forever. At Pentecost, the promised Holy Spirit came in a powerful way that seized the people of Jerusalem. The arrival was accompanied by powerful signs and the question that was raised is the question we will seek to answer today– what does this mean? The advent of the Holy Spirit was the beginning of the last days, vindicated Jesus Christ, and forever changed the way we relate to God.
Throughout the history of Christianity, we often forget that God is a triune God. He is God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Some Christians seem to show little evidence that they have any theology of the Spirit while others seem to emphasize the Spirit at the expense of other biblical doctrines. What seems clear is that few Christians have it quite right. This sermon series seeks to clarify and provide people with a better understanding of what Scripture says about The Holy Spirit.
This first sermon establishes The Holy Spirit is a person and answers the question, "Is having The Holy Spirit better than having Jesus in the flesh?"
Family Strong sermon series has been primarily focused on the nuclear family, but today as the series concludes we will look at the staggering way that Jesus reorients what it means to be family. In Mark 3:31-35, Jesus says some things about the family that would have been shocking to those listening. Jesus’ teaching about family relationships was so radical that it seemed to threaten the most important human institution. However, Jesus does not teach that human relationships have no value, only that they must be subordinated to spiritual relations. Listen in on how the church family, can be Family Strong.
People are naturally rebellious, and our autonomy assaults authority. We don’t like anyone telling us what to do. The question of authority is answered clearly by Jesus when he delivered his Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. The stunning thing that we find in that passage is that Jesus’ authority is about making disciples. Parental authority is part of God’s design. This sermon discusses that authority and how parents can practically live out that authority in a loving and God-centered way.
What makes a strong family today? In this sermon series, we’ll try to answer that question from God’s Word. We’ll talk about family worship, giving the family blessing, family fears and authority in the family.
This sermon is a table discussion between Pastor Sam Shaw & John Nix on how you can create a worship culture of the Lord in your home. Their discussion is based upon Deut. 6:4-7; Psalm 78:1-8; Eph. 6:1-4; and 2 Tim. 1:5; 3:14-15.
Who is the king of your life? Who is your source of strength when the going gets tough? Who do you brag about to others? Who is calling the shots in your life? Is it God or someone or something else to which you answered these questions? Listen to this most recent sermon podcast to see why our first answer to these questions should always be God.
Does God tempt us? Why does it mean when Jesus' prays that we are not lead into temptation? This sermon on Matthew 6:13 answers these questions and many more on temptation and how it is connected with prayer.