In this sermon Pastor Mike explains some helpful insight for life as you seek to be faithful in following God, yet see the wicked prosper while not following God. In Psalm 37 we are given instruction to not fret over evil doers or envy them. Instead we are instructed to trust God, do good, delight in the Lord, commit our way to God and rest in Him. Believers should resist anxiety and despair by releasing their worries to God.
In this sermon on Psalm 67 Chad Bradley highlights the reign of God, the salvation and the blessing of God from the chapter. The Psalmist expresses his earnest desire for the nations to worship God, which is the thrust for global missions. Chad also shares about the mission work that he and his family are preparing to do in Ethiopia.
The book of Job is helpful for those going through suffering or those who have loved ones suffering. Knowing that God is sovereign and good in our suffering helps us to suffer well. And this is something that we learn from the book of Job.
The Bible teaches us to fear the Lord in both the Old Testament and in the New Testament. In this sermon Pastor Keith explains what the fear of the Lord is, why we should fear the Lord and ways we can cultivate a fear of the Lord in our lives and in our families.
In this teaching Pastor Keith describes not only what evangelism is and how to do it but he also explains the why behind doing it. He gives ten reasons why Christians should share the gospel with the world.
In this sermon Dr. Adrian Smith does an excellent job of telling the story revealing the big picture of the message in the book of Ecclesiastes. He articulately expounds on the reality that we all live under in post the Fall of humanity, yet Dr. Smith doesn't leave us in this message without the hope of the resurrection which "solves the riddle of death" that the Preacher in Ecclesiastes wrestled with. He said "Without resurrection there really is no answer to the pessimistic sermon of Ecclesiastes, a sermon squarely and solidly based on the undeniable reality of death. What Ecclesiastes observed hasn't gone away; fate, accidents, tragedies, injustice, death. But knowing the resurrection of Jesus enables us to face all of those things with hope".
The book of Proverbs teaches us that there are two main paths in life that people follow and pleasant benefits accompany those on the way of wisdom, while painful consequences accompany those who are on the wrong path. In Proverbs we learn how to live well in this world according to our Creator's design and in it we learn why one should seek to live well. In this sermon Pastor Keith explains how; wisdom is to be priority for the person who desires to live well, wisdom is to be parentally transferred to the next generation and, wisdom teaches us to ponder which path each of us are on, along with it's outcome.
The workers of Christ, especially devoted to reach the lost of our world with the Gospel, are "few" indeed (and have always been). Yet it has always been through the "few" that Christ has expanded His Kingdom. Christ has invested in these "few" with His authority and as a result they are proven again and again to be more than conquerors. In Luke 10 Jesus taught His followers to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest and He sent out His followers to be among those "few" laborers. Will you take action on His instructions to pray that laborers be sent out and will you be one of the "few" workers of Christ?
The book of Jonah is a comical story of a reluctant prophet who tried to avoid God and His missional assignment. In God's mercy He overcame the resistance of the prophet Jonah, in order to display His mercy not only to Nineveh but also to Jonah. God is a missional God who calls His people to join Him in accomplishing His global mission. God's mission overflows from His character, namely that he is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. When one fails to align with mission of God it reveals a disconnect with the heart and character of God. That's was the case with Jonah. The thing that should have fueled Jonah mission, the mercy of God for sinners, was the reason He avoided the mission. Jonah knew that God would grant mercy to anybody who turns to Him in repentance. God worked with the brokenness and failures of this reluctant prophet. So we can be encouraged that God too will work through us and regardless of our weakness and failures when we surrender to Him. God used a sinful man and a simple message to turn an entire city himself, so that He may have mercy on them. Imagine what God can and will do through you if you listen and obey His voice regarding the mission He is calling you to participate in!
The cross of Christ is central to the Christian faith and one way that Christians can center themselves upon the gospel message is through act of partaking in the Lord's Supper. Christ has called His followers to remember Him and His sacrifice for us, examine our lives in view of that sacrifice and align our lives with His sacrificial love. In this sermon Pastor Keith explains what the Lord's Supper is and means, why Christians should partake regularly of it, who should partake of the elements and how the ordinance is to be practiced.
Those who trust in the Lord will be sustained through dark times by the supernatural power that God supplies. In this sermon Pastor Mike ward explains the hope that we can have in God to strengthen us as we wait on Him. He also explains what it looks like to wait on God. He says that waiting on God is not a passive thing but an active thing that we do not only by trusting God but by being faithful to do what God has us doing.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58 we see that God calls His people to faithfully and increasingly partner with Him in His meaningful work in the world. From 1 Corinthians chapter 15 Pastor Keith explains that the gospel is the foundation for doing the work of the Lord. God's love is the motivator and His grace is the energizer for doing the work of the Lord. Whatever labor that is not done in love, energized by grace and built upon the foundation of the gospel will prove to be vain. But that labor which is done in the Lord will not be in vain because there truly is a resurrection and eternal rewards that will be given at the resurrection. The "work of the Lord" is doing God's will which is revealed in Scripture, following His way with the guidance of the Spirit, all for God' glory and for the good of others.
God loves us more than we realize and He waits for us to return to Him when we stray. He then celebrates when we return to Him. In Luke 15 Jesus told a story about a compassionate father that loved his sons greatly, even though they strayed from him. One son requested his inheritance early before his father passed away and he went and squandered that wealth. When he fell upon hard times he realized that life would be much better back at home with his father. So he returned hoping to just be an employee for his father but his father rejoiced and threw a party upon his return. This son was reconciled and restored to his place in his family upon his return. Though there was a great party over the return of the younger son, the elder brother was angry about the his younger brother being accepted back into the family and getting a celebration. The older brother's response revealed a disconnect with his father who he had served diligently and faithfully for many years. The older son proved to be just as wayward in his heart as the younger son was, though the younger son's waywardness was more obvious. Both the rebellious and the religious people need to repent and turn back to God.