SUNDAY SERMONs

NOVEMBER 27, 2022

Title:  “Anticipating Christ-mas”
Main Text:  Luke 2:25-35
Focus:  The story of Simeon

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Sermon Highlights from Mike: 

As we head into the Christmas season, we will consider a few of the stories surrounding the "birth narrative" of Jesus.  This Sunday we will begin with "Anticipating Christ-mas" and look closely at the story of a man named SIMEON.  His story, albeit brief, (found in LUKE 2:25-35) gives us a powerful glimpse into a key idea: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ANTICIPATE THE ARRIVAL OF JESUS?  But Simeon's story isn't only about something that happened in the PAST, but is a precursor to OUR story and something that is promised to happen in the FUTURE!  Digging beneath the surface of the story is a Greek term that is a connector between what Luke tells us about Simeon, and what Peter states about us.  Our key idea to be studied this Sunday: the manner in which Simeon anticipated the FIRST coming of Christ becomes our example of how we are to anticipate the SECOND coming of Christ!

NOVEMBER 20, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

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Sermon Highlights from Mike: 

We conclude our 'Sermon on the Mount' series (message #20 of 20), having studied the "Kingdom Culture" theme which is Jesus' objective of "making disciples" (that we're later told in the closing verses of Matthew's gospel in chapter 28).  There is a clear contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Christ).  As we look at the final words of Jesus' message, we'll study MATTHEW 7:24-27.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the area of WEATHERING THE STORMS OF LIFE.  Our text is Jesus' "closing illustration" to His sermon, and after all that He has taught in this sermon, we come to a powerful conclusion: we have a choice to make in how we're going to live our lives.  But more than that: life isn't always going to cooperate nor always be calm.  There will be "STORMS" that we will have to face, and they will come in many different ways.  By contrasting the mindset of these two builders, we can take all that we've learned and put it into practice so we can overcome whatever challenges come our way!

NOVEMBER 13, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

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Sermon Highlights from Mike: 

We continue in "Part 2" of our 'Sermon on the Mount' series (message #19 of 20), studying the "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples").  There is a clear contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Christ).  As we progress further into the second half of Jesus' message, we'll study MATTHEW 7:13-23.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the areas of SUBSTANCE and IMAGE.  Our text in this next-to-last-message in this series has numerous hard-hitting words and phrases - of which we must ask ourselves: is it possible that I'm not on the path that Jesus really wants me on, and I am guilty of having these things said of me?  As we study these statements, what we'll discover is that there's a huge difference between the image we project as opposed to the depth Jesus wants us to create (within our lives).  In essence: what happens when our faith is built around "form" at the expense of "content"?

November 6, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

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Sermon Highlights from Mike: 

We continue in "Part 2" of our 'Sermon on the Mount' series (message #18 of 20), studying the "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples").  There is a clear contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Christ).  As we progress further into the second half of Jesus' message, we'll look closely at one verse: MATTHEW 7:12.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the area of FUNDAMENTAL FAITH lived out in a POSITIVE WAY.  In order to understand the "Golden Rule" we must recognize the context in which Jesus said this phrase: He was providing a POSITIVE teaching on something that had already been taught in the NEGATIVE.  We can then see how this applies to our lives the way Jesus intended, and how it fits into other statements made in Scripture.

OCTOBER 30, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

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Sermon Highlights from Mike:  

We continue in "Part 2" of our 'Sermon on the Mount' series (message #17 of 20), studying the "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples").  There is a clear contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Christ).  As we progress further into the second half of Jesus' message, we'll look closely at the text of MATTHEW 7:1-6.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the areas of JUDGING and DISCERNING the actions of others.  The verse that is now the most quoted of all the Bible is found in our main text - Matthew 7:1 - "judge not, lest ye be judged."  But does that verse mean what many think it does - that we should NEVER judge anyone for any reason?  This week we'll dig a bit deeper into the passage, as well as other supporting texts to help us understand what Jesus was REALLY saying in our assessments of the actions of others AND our responsibility in those moments.

OCTOBER 23, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

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Sermon Highlights from Mike:  

We continue in "Part 2" of our 'Sermon on the Mount' series (message #16 of 20), studying the "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples").  There is a clear contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Christ).  As we progress further into the second half of Jesus' message, we'll look closely at the text of MATTHEW 6:19-34.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the areas of WORRY and TRUST.  We all have situations, issues or circumstances that can create worry and fear.  Sometimes we're very aware of them and they linger, and other times they come in an instant.  As followers of Jesus, He now has a lot to say - and these are critical statements which are repeated - about the issue of worry: why we do so and how to overcome.  In the next part of His sermon we discover some keys to trusting in Jesus when everything says that's simply not possible.

OCTOBER 15, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

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Sermon Highlights from Mike:  

We continue in "Part 2" of this series (message #15 of 20), studying the "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples").  There is a clear contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Christ).  As we progress further into the second half of the Sermon on the Mount, we'll look closely at the text of MATTHEW 6:1-18.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the areas of GIVING, PRAYING & FASTING.  However, we must first ask if there is a possible discrepancy to the statements Jesus makes in MATTHEW 6:1 and MATTHEW 5:16.  Clearly there is not, and we'll address that immediately in the message.  We'll then look at 3 Spiritual Disciplines that are personal to us as individuals, and done privately to our benefit and growth.  (Note that we'll only briefly look at prayer as we'll be doing an entire series of messages (later) on those specific areas of our prayer life as taught by Jesus in His "model prayer").  These areas Jesus addresses are also aspects of discipleship that are critical to our growth in Christ.

OCTOBER 9, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

Sermon Highlights from Mike:  

We continue in "Part 2" of this series (message #14 of 20), studying this "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples").  There is a clear contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Christ).  As we keep moving deeper into the second half of the Sermon on the Mount, we'll look closely at the text of MATTHEW 5:38-48 (closing out chapter 5).  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the areas of LOVE, REVENGE, KINDNESS and FORGIVENESS WHEN BEING WRONGED.  There are a number of familiar statements by Jesus in this passage that many are aware of - even those who never attend a church or read a Bible.  But the key question is: what do they mean to our lives today?  AND - is there ONE BIG IDEA that pulls all of these phrases together so we can make application of them to our lives and personal circumstances?  We'll look at a number of the statements Jesus makes (for context) and then pull them together with various life application points to make daily use of in our walk of discipleship.

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oCTOBER 2, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

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Sermon Highlights from Mike:  

This week we continue in "Part 2" of this series (message #13 of 20). As we continue in this "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples"), Jesus now speaks on the contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (how we get to know, love and obey Him).  As we keep moving deeper into the second half of the Sermon on the Mount, we'll look closely at the text of MATTHEW 5:31-37.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the areas of OATHS, COMMITMENTS and PROMISES.  The focal point of Jesus here is "divorce" - and again, I'll be very sensitive to this topic, as I know it's impacted this church and various families.  I'll share some thoughts from scripture in a "part 1" of the message.  However, the larger idea is that of keeping our word - and that's going to help us see (in "part 2") how Jesus framed His remarks in the first aspect of the text and message.  This is where we'll have some life application points on the importance of keeping our promises and commitments.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2022

HOMECOMING SUNDAY!

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September 18, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

TROUNCING TEMPTATION

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Sermon Highlights from Mike:  

This week we continue in "Part 2" of this series (message 12 of 20). As we continue in this "Kingdom Culture" theme (Jesus' objective of "making disciples"), He now speaks on the contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (with Himself).  As we move deeper into the second half of the Sermon on the Mount, we'll look closely at the text of MATTHEW 5:27-30.  Using the thought from Matthew 5:20 (that our righteousness must SURPASS that of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law) - we look at how we can do so in the area of LUST and TEMPTATION.  Please know that I'm sensitive to those present, including any teenagers in the room.  I'll use extreme caution in my presentation BUT I also cannot avoid the text.  (I am certain there were children present with their parents on the day Jesus preached this sermon, hitting on some difficult topics).  However, we'll also broaden out our thoughts to include ANY KIND OF TEMPTATIONS we face - using a broad brush to develop our doctrinal understanding and life application.

To view the sermon online, visit us on Facebook.

September 11, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount": Part 2

MATTHEW 5 - 7

CURING CONFLICT

Sermon Highlights from Mike:  

This week we begin "Part 2" of this series (message 11 of 20) and a NEW THEME will be developed as we continue in this "Kingdom Culture" Jesus is teaching us, with His objective of "making disciples."  Jesus now speaks on the contrast between "religious activity" (as the Pharisees condoned) versus a "spiritual relationship" (as Jesus will reveal).  To set the tone for this second half of the Sermon on the Mount, we'll look closely at the text (MATTHEW 5:17-26) to recognize some patterns and contrasts.  We must now ask the most critical of all questions: WHAT DOES JESUS REALLY EXPECT AND DESIRE FROM US?  To answer that, we'll go through the rest of this sermon and put together the piece-by-piece lessons which will paint this picture with more clarity over the next few weeks.  The first topic to be addressed is that of RELATIONSHIPS and CURING CONFLICT.  The text provides lessons and life application as our relationship with Christ flows out to our relationships with others.

To view the sermon online, visit us on Facebook.

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September 4, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount"

MATTHEW 5 - 7

Sermon Highlights from Mike:     

This week we CONCLUDE our one-by-one walk-thru of the "beatitudes" with the next being MATTHEW 5:10-12.  Our theme is "Hopefully Harassed" - not that we want it, but as a true believer and disciple of Jesus, some type of "persecutition" is to be expected, BUT we are HOPEFUL in the midst of bearing it.  These final "beatitude" statements (#8) builds upon the previous seven - last week it was mostly about peaceful resolutions to "conflicts" with other brothers & sisters in Christ; this week it's from those who don't know Jesus, and probably want us to simply remain quiet about our faith.  We have considered our spiritual poverty, godly sorrow of repentance (mourning our sin), the meek & kindness of Christ within us, hungering & thirsting for the righteousness of Christ and giving MERCY to others, even when unwarranted or undeserved - as well as the purity of our hearts so we can see God!  Jesus speaks of potential conflict from within.  And now it's persecution from without.  In this message we'll look at why this happens, how to handle it, and the attitude we must take in being effective enduring and remaining hopeful.

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AUGUST 28, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount"

MATTHEW 5 - 7

Sermon Highlights from Mike:     

This week we continue our one-by-one walk-thru of the "beatitudes" with the next being MATTHEW 5:8.  Our theme is "P.E.A.C.E.-maker" and the next "beatitude" (#7) builds upon the previous six - now in a very practical way of living out what we've already learned.  We have considered our spiritual poverty, godly sorrow of repentance (mourning our sin), the meek & kindness of Christ within us, hungering & thirsting for the righteousness of Christ and giving MERCY to others, even when unwarranted or undeserved - as well as the purity of our hearts so we can see God!  We will now take another step deeper into the "Kingdom Culture" of Christ and study how we take those internalized characteristics of discipleship into the realm of our relationships - specifically to the idea of resolving conflict with others.  Jesus knows that His Church and Kingdom is all about PEOPLE.  And we are a people who are sin-stained, and with that can come selfishness and defending our space.  The church is a "team effort" of serving alongside one another, and sometimes there are moments of brokenness and fractured relationships.  This Sunday we'll look at Jesus' words and broaden them out to see how we can keep our relationships free of conflict, or have a peaceful resolution when they fail to work properly. 

To view the sermon online, visit us on Facebook.

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AUGUST 21, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount"

MATTHEW 5 - 7

Sermon Highlights from Mike:     

This week we continue our one-by-one walk-thru of the "beatitudes" with the next being MATTHEW 5:7.  Our theme is "The State Of Our Heart" and the next "beatitude" (#6) builds upon the previous five.  We have considered our spiritual poverty, godly sorrow of repentance (mourning our sin), the meek & kindness of Christ within us, hungering & thirsting for the righteousness of Christ and giving MERCY to others, even when unwarranted or undeserved.  We will now take another step deeper into the "Kingdom Culture" of Christ and study the theme of "HEART PURITY."  The Bible has MUCH to say about our hearts - both good and bad.  Our hearts become contaminated and sick because of the impurity that surrounds us.  However, Jesus speaks of a purity of heart that comes with the greatest of rewards: we will SEE GOD!  This Sunday's message will help us discover what it takes to align our hearts with Jesus' call to righteousness and purity. 

To view the sermon online, visit us on Facebook.

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August 14, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount"

MATTHEW 5 - 7

Sermon Highlights from Mike:     

This week we continue our one-by-one walk-thru of the "beatitudes" with the next being MATTHEW 5:7.  Our theme is "The Depth of Mercy" and the next "beatitude" (#5) builds upon the previous four.  As we have considered our spiritual poverty, godly sorrow of repentance (mourning our sin), the meek & kindness of Christ within us, hungering & thirsting for the righteousness of Christ - we now move to the next level of discipleship in the "Kingdom Culture" of Christ: giving MERCY to others - EVEN WHEN IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE WARRANTED.  We will develop this idea from many different perspecitives - the practicality of how difficult it is to show mercy when undeserved; the Greek term and it's meaning; the connection of this "beatitude" to the previous ones; and a couple other key passages where Jesus tells a story on how we apply this truth into our daily lives & relationships.

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August 7, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount"

MATTHEW 5 - 7

Sermon Highlights from Mike:     

This week we continue our one-by-one walk-thru of the "beatitudes" with the next being MATTHEW 5:6.  Our theme is "Compelled Contentment" and the next "beatitude" (#4) builds upon the previous three.  As we have considered our spiritual poverty, godly sorrow of repentance (mourning our sin) and the meek & kindness of Christ within us - we now go an added step further and see how we must keep HUNGERING and THIRSTING for the depth of who JESUS is: HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.  We have much scriptural ground to cover that will help us see this from as many angles as possible.

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July 31, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount"

MATTHEW 5 - 7


Sermon Highlights from Mike:     

This week, we continue our one-by-one walk-thru of the "beatitudes" with the next being MATTHEW 5:5.  Our theme is "Gentle Strength" and the next "beatitude" builds upon the first two.  As we have considered our spiritual poverty and godly sorrow of repentance (mourning our sin) - we now go an added step further and see how our character in Christ is impacted in our responses to others - MEEKNESS. 

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July 24, 2022

SERMON SERIES

"Sermon on the Mount"

MATTHEW 5-7

Sermon Highlights from Mike:     

This week, we'll continue our walk-thru of the "beatitudes" one-by-one.  The next is MATTHEW 5:4.  Our theme is "Broken Sorrow" and the next "beatitude" (as each will) builds upon the first one.  These are not isolated statements, but a PROCESS of learning what the "Kingdom Culture" of Jesus is truly about.  Last week, we considered our spiritual poverty.  This Sunday, we'll take it a step further and look at how we MOURN OVER OUR SIN in the presence of a Holy, sin-less God. 

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