My 12/9/18AM sermon, Jesus’ Birth: Possible with God from Luke 2:1-7, is now online. The Advent series is With God All Things Are Possible. This series is digging into Luke 1-2. (By the way, I didn’t post last week’s sermon — Maturity: Possible with God, which looked at Zechariah’s maturity from Luke 1. Feel free to check that sermon out, as well.) We tend to easily forget that God made Jesus’ birth possible. In this sermon, I’m hoping to provoke belief and worship through this familiar story. I hope it encourages you.
You may well know that I love Christmas over all other holidays. Most of my year is buiding in excitement for Advent being here. On Sunday, November 25, we launched a new series at Crestview Bible Church. For Advent this year, I’m plowing through Luke 1-2 and considering all the events that were possible with God.
The first sermon from Luke 1:36-56 was Humility: Possible with God. We looked at Mary’s visiting her cousin Elizabeth and her song of praise (popularly known as The Magnificat). I hope this sermon and this series encourages you.
This past Sunday, 11/18, I wrapped up a short 6 week series on the book of Ecclesiastes:
10/7 – Our Toil Under the Sun – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
10/14 – Investigating Your Toil – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
10/21 – God’s Wisdom for Time and Life – Ecclesiastes 3:1-4:16
10/28 – God’s Sovereignty and Life Under the Sun – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7:29
11/11 – Fearing God With Joy – Ecclesiastes 8:1-9:18
11/18 – The End of the Matter – Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14
Many spoke of how this series affected them. It was quite a challenge to condense the content to this short of a time frame, but it was enjoyable I hope you were able to take advantage of these sermons.
We’re nearing the end of our short 2018 series on Ecclesiastes at Crestview Bible Church. This series has been challenging to preach. Digesting 12 chapters of Biblical truth into 6 sermons is challenging. But, it’s been a fruitful study for our body. My sermon from 11/11/18 Fear God with Joy (Ecclesiastes 8:1-9:18) is now online. This sermon offered up some incentives to live life fearing God with joy. I hope it encourages you.
This weekend, our church had a focused engagement with Matthew Ellison from Sixteen:Fifteen. He preached Sunday from Acts 13-14 on An Audacious Mission for An Audacious Church. On Saturday, he met with Crestview’s Leadership Pipeline and H2Go Team as we thought about engaging globally. You can follow CBCH2Go on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Be in prayer, too, for God’s global plans through us as a people. I hope it was an encouraging weekend for our body.
My 10/28/18AM sermon, God’s Sovereignty and Life Under the Sun (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7:29), is now online. Dealing with this large of a chunk of Scripture was challenging to prepare for, but it was a fruitful labor to engage in. I think the way the Preacher drives down deep to help us be drawn out to fear God is very moving. I hope you agree. Have a great week.
We are rolling at Crestview Bible Church in our Ecclesiastes. There are lots of things happening in life right now, so I haven’t posted here lately. So far, I’ve completed 3 sermons in the book of Ecclesiastes:
Our Toil Under the Sun – Introduction and Ecclesiastes 1:1-8 (10/7/18)
Investigating Your Toil – Ecclesiastes 1:9-2:26 (10/14/18)
God’s Wisdom for Time and Life – Ecclesiastes 3:1-4:16 (10/21/18)
What a challenging book? I hope it’s bearing fruit in the lives of our people. These are challenging sermons to prepare as I’m trying to move pretty quickly through this book. I’m hoping you benefit as well.
My 9/30/18AM sermon, Suffering Leads to Glory for the Church from 1 Peter 5:5-11, is now online. On top of wrapping up the book of 1 Peter, this sermon helped give clarification and application for what we do with the book itself. God is moving His people to glory, even if it takes bringing them through suffering. And, these movements include: embracing humility, stepping into spiritual alertness, and anticipating glory. It’s all active and calling for us to follow Jesus. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My friend Thad Bergmeier preached for me on 9/23. I asked him to do some training on evangelism during the Sunday School hour. He did some My Circle Training, which is a simple method for intentional Gospel engagement.
During the AM sermon, Thad preached 1 Corinthians 10:23-31 on Glorifying God in Your Life. I appreciated the application for how we need to think intentionally about engaging our unbelieving friends.
My 9/16/18AM sermon, Suffering Leads to Glory for Elders (1 Peter 5:1-4), is now online. This sermon got at the work that elders do. They share in the sufferings of Christ. They also shepherd out of the example of Christ Himself. And, for those who are faithful, they can anticipate being honored with glory. So, there are high stakes for the church in these verses. I hope it encourages you.