Thanksgiving & Prayer (Philippians 1:1-11)

This morning we begin a new sermon series on the Letter of Paul to the Philippians. Paul wrote this letter to the Christians/Saints in Philippi while he was imprisoned in Rome. Philippi was an important city to Paul. This was where Lydia was converted, Paul and Silas were imprisoned, and the “Philippian Jailer” was convertedContinue reading “Thanksgiving & Prayer (Philippians 1:1-11)”

Prayers of Praise (Matthew 6:9 & Luke 11:2)

After providing examples of how His disciples ought not to pray, Jesus provides an example of how they should pray. What follows is often called “The Lord’s Prayer” or “The Model Prayer”. This prayer is not meant to be recited word for word (though it is a great prayer), rather it is an example ofContinue reading “Prayers of Praise (Matthew 6:9 & Luke 11:2)”

Three Acts of Faith (James 5:12-20)

Throughout our study of the book of James we have learned about genuine faith. For example, it produces steadfastness when tested (1:3). It does not show partiality (2:1). It reveals itself in love for God and others (2:8). It produces good works (2:26), it tames the tongue (3:8), draws you closer to Christ (4:8), andContinue reading “Three Acts of Faith (James 5:12-20)”

Praying for Patience (James 5:7-11)

When was the last time you asked God to increase your patience? The Holy Spirit gives us patience (Gal 5:22), but we usually shy away from asking God to increase it. Thomas á Kempis once said that “All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.” We want people to be patient withContinue reading “Praying for Patience (James 5:7-11)”

I Will Lead My Family to be Healthy Church Members

(This sermon is based on the book “I Am a Church Member” by Thom Rainer) With 9 out of 10 churches declining or growing at a rate slower than their community, church members must take time for careful examination about themselves and their church. Being connected to a local church is essential (not optional) forContinue reading “I Will Lead My Family to be Healthy Church Members”

Sodom’s Sinister Suggestion (Genesis 14)

Appearances can be deceiving. How can a Christian know the difference between what God has provided as a blessing and what Satan has placed as a trap? Are you confident in your ability to tell the difference? Genesis 14 provides us an example of faithful discernment. The King of Sodom made Abram an offer thatContinue reading “Sodom’s Sinister Suggestion (Genesis 14)”

The Blind Beggar (Luke 18:31-43)

In Luke 18:31-43, Jesus is walking with His disciples to Jerusalem where He will be crucified, buried, and resurrected to reconcile us to God as an atonement for our sin.  As He drew near to Jericho, a blind beggar cried out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (38-39). As we study Jesus’ response,Continue reading “The Blind Beggar (Luke 18:31-43)”

The Pharisee, the Publican, and the Proverb (Luke 18:9-14)

In today’s sermon we come to a familiar parable commonly referred to as “The Pharisee and the Publican”.  In this parable Jesus speaks to those “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt” (Luke 18:9). The Pharisee In Jesus’ parable, He mentioned that a Pharisee went into the temple toContinue reading “The Pharisee, the Publican, and the Proverb (Luke 18:9-14)”