April 21, 2019 - Are you a genuine Christian

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-28

Sermon Text: Philippians 3:3-11

Sermon Title: To Know the Surpassing Value of Christ

Outline:

Two characteristics of every genuine Christian

1. Genuine Christians place no value in themselves (3-7)

2. Genuine Christians place all value in Christ (8-11)

Posted on April 29, 2019 .

April 14, 2019 - Learning to Lament

Scripture Reading: Psalms 42-43

Sermon Text: Psalm 13
Sermon Title: “Learning to Lament”
Outline:
Three lessons for seasons of lament
1. Lament brings personal complaints to God (1-2)
2. Lament is desperate for God to act (3-4)
3. Lament stubbornly clings to God… no matter what (5-6)

Posted on April 15, 2019 .

April 7, 2019 - Preaching and You, Week 5

Scripture reading: John 7:28-36
Sermon Title: The Goal of Preaching
Outline:
Two primary goals of faithful preaching
1. Preach Christ as the Center of the Ministry (Col 1:28)
2. Equip the Saints for the Work of the Ministry (Eph 4:11-16)

Posted on April 8, 2019 .

March 31, 2019 - Preaching and You, Week 4

Scripture Reading: John 7:14-27

Sermon Text: Various Verses

Sermon Title: "How to Hear Sermons Well (or How not to become an "ear-tickled" church)" Part 2

Outline:

Four fundamentals to practice so that you can listen to sermons well

1. Understand what you hear

2. Remember what you hear

3. Be rightly affected by what you hear

4. Sincerely practice what you hear

Posted on April 3, 2019 .

March 24, 2019 - Preaching and You, Week 3

Scripture Reading: John 7:1-13

Sermon Text: Various Verses

Sermon Title: "How to Hear Sermons Well (or How not to become an "ear-tickled" church)"

Outline:

Four fundamentals to practice so that you can listen to sermons well

1. Understand what you hear

2. Remember what you hear

3. Be rightly affected by what you hear

4. Sincerely practice what you hear

Posted on March 24, 2019 .

March 17, 2019 - Preaching and You, Week 2

Scripture Reading: John 6:59-71

Sermon Text: 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:1-2

Sermon Title: The Pastor's Charge

Outline:

Two non-negotiable commands for every faithful preaching ministry

1. Faithfully handle God's word (2 Tim 2:15)

2. Faithfully proclaim God's word (2 Tim 4:1-2)

Posted on March 18, 2019 .

March 10, 2019 - Preaching and You

Scripture Reading: John 6:41-58

Sermon Title: "The Pastor's Character"

Sermon Text: Selected Scriptures

Outline:

Four considerations for a faithful preaching ministry.

1. Prerequisites

2. Expectations

3. Threats

4. Outcomes

Posted on March 11, 2019 .

March 3, 2019 - Luke 9:46-50

Scripture Reading: John 6:30-40

Sermon Text: Luke 9:46-50

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Greatness

Outline:

Two lessons to constantly learn to serve in light of the Savior's greatness

1. Stop presuming you're something so great (46-48).

2. Stop presuming this is all about you (49-50).

Posted on March 4, 2019 .

February 24, 2019 - Luke 9:43-45

Scripture Reading: John 6:22-29

Sermon Text: Luke 9:37-45

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Mission"

Outline:

Two lessons to constantly learn while serving in the Savior's mission

1. You can't do anything without Him (37-43a).

2. Therefore, humble yourself under His word (43b-45).

Posted on February 25, 2019 .

February 17, 2019 - Luke 9:37-43

Sermon Text: Luke 9:37-45

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Mission"

Outline:

Two lessons to constantly learn while serving in the Savior's mission

1. You can't do anything without Him (37-43a).

2. Therefore, humble yourself under His word (43b-45).

Posted on February 20, 2019 .

February 10, 2019 - Colossians 2:6-7 + GBC's 50th Anniversary

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-19

Sermon Text: Colossians 2:6-7

Sermon Title: The Stuff that Makes for an Enduring and Faithful Ministry

Outline: 

Two foundational convictions for an enduring and faithful ministry

1. Cling to the true Christ (6a)

2. Live in vital union with Christ (6b-7)

Posted on February 11, 2019 .

February 3, 2019 - Luke 9:28-36

Scripture Reading: John 6:16-21

Sermon Text: Luke 9:28-36

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Glory, Part 2

Sermon Outline:

Two contrasting approaches to Jesus' mission

1. Accomplish the appointed mission (28-31)

2. Avoid the appointed mission (32-36)

Posted on February 4, 2019 .

January 20, 2019 - Luke 9:27-36

Lord's Supper Today (no scripture reading)

Sermon Text: Luke 9:27-36

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Glory, Part 1

Outline:

Two contrasting approaches to Jesus' mission

1. Accomplish the appointed mission (28-31).

2. Avoid the appointed mission (32-36).

Posted on January 23, 2019 .

January 13, 2019 - Luke 9:24-26

Scripture Reading: John 5:30-47

Sermon Text: Luke 9:24-26

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Cross, Part 2

Outline:

Three divine ultimatums for following the Savior

1. Which Savior? (24)

2. Which gain? (25)

3. Which shame? (26)

Posted on January 16, 2019 .

January 6, 2019 - Luke 9:23

Scripture Reading: John 5:19-29

Sermon Text: Luke 9:23

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Cross"

Outline:

Three requirements for following the Savior

1. His call requires your personal self-denial

2. His call requires your daily embrace of the end of yourself

3. His call requires your intentional pursuit of Him

Posted on January 6, 2019 .

December 30, 2018 - Luke 9:18-22

Scripture Reading: John 5:9b-18

Sermon Text: Luke 9:18-22

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Identity

Outline:

Three conclusions concerning the Savior's identity

1. God is behind this Man (18-19)

2. This Man is God's Chosen One (20)

3. This Man must Suffer (21-22)

Posted on December 30, 2018 .

December 23, 2018 - John 3:16

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 2:6-18

Sermon Text: John 3:16

Sermon Title: God's Love for a World of Enemies

Outline:

Three truths to understand about God's love for a world of enemies.

1. God's motivation is His love

2. The result is His gift

3. The purpose of His gift

Posted on December 24, 2018 .

December 16, 2018 - Luke 9:10-17

Scripture Reading: John 5:1-9

Sermon Text: Luke 9:10-17

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Ability"

Outline:

Five basic principles of discipleship

1. Disciples follow a model (10-11)

2. Discipleship exposes personal weakness (12-14a)

3. Disciples obey God (14b-15)

4. Disciples depend upon God (16)

5. Disciples find the Savior abundantly able (17)

Posted on December 17, 2018 .

December 9, 2018 - Luke 9:7-9

Scripture Reading: John 4:43-54

Sermon Text: Luke 9:7-9

Sermon Title: "Unbelieving Reactions to the Savior's Ministry"

Outline:

Two confused reactions to the Savior's ministry

1. Opinionated unbelief (7-8)

2. Self-trusting unbelief (9)

Posted on December 10, 2018 .