My 10/15/17AM sermon, Faith Alone, is now online. In Genesis 15:6, we see that, in response to the promise of God, Abraham believed God and God counted it as righteousness to Him. This sermon, teased out this passage and how it is used in the NT (in Romans 4, Galatians 3, and James 2). I hope it encourages you and helps you see that anyone can be made right with God through faith, apart from works, and true faith will lead to good works. I hope it encourages you.
My 10/8/17AM sermon, Final Calls from Galatians 6:17-18, is now online. This officially wrapped up our series on the book of Galatians. The sermon unpacked calls to unity, to the reality of suffering, and to lives shaped by grace. I hope you are helped by both the series and the sermon, in particular.
My 10/1/17AM sermon, One Last Time from Galatians 6:11-16, is now online. In this sermon I try to unpack some final reminders toward Gospel-centrality from Paul: avoid those who put confidence in the flesh, boast only in the cross, and center in on the new creation. One of my favorite verses is Galatians 6:14. I was so encouraged to preach this passage. I hope the sermon encourages you.
My sermon from this past Sunday, 9/24/17, Spiritual Life (2) – Galatians 6:6-10, is now online. This sermon sought to connect how spiritual people are life-giving. Specifically, this passage calls on us to be generous (v.6), sowing to the Spirit (vv.7-8), and not grow weary in doing good (vv.9-10). We hammered out some more application in small groups. I hope this sermon encourages you. You can find other sermons in the Galatians series on Crestview’s page.
My 9/17/17AM sermon, Spiritual Life (1) out of Galatians 6:1-5, is now online. This sermon really showed what “Spirit”ual people do. That is, there are people who are characterized by walking with, living by, being led by, and marching with the Holy Spirit. These people, marching to the beat of His drum, fight the pride in their own lives so that they can bear the burdens of others and restore those who are fallen. Unfortunately, too many who claim to be believers are showing their allegiance to themselves rather than the Holy Spirit. So, this sermon sought to show what being led by the Spirit looked like in action. I hope it encourages you.
My 9/10/17AM sermon, By The Spirit from Galatians 5:16-26, is now online. This sermon got at the secret to how believers change (or the secret to their lives): the Holy Spirit. Four times in these verses we’re directed to the walk, be led, live, and march by the Spirit. So, I tried to unpack this to give people hope for living. I hope it encourages you.
My 9/3/17AM sermon, Freed To Serve from Galatians 5:13-15, is now online. This sermon continued our journey in the Galatians series. Paul has been showing that there is no other gospel than the good news found in Jesus. This week’s sermon pried into the aim of our freedom in Christ: to serve others. So, I hope it provokes this kind of service to others and helps show you what God intends for you. We also spent some time praying for the effects of Hurricane Harvey. I hope you enjoyed the Labor Day holiday as well.
Today is September 3, 2017, a day the President declared a national day of prayer. Using some recommendations from Clear Creek Community Church as well as Jeff Medders, I handed out the following prayer points to assist those who want to help victims through prayer:
Prayers for Hurricane Harvey (Day of Prayer, 9/3/17)
- Pray for their feelings of hopelessness, stress, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
- Pray that God would provide a safe place to stay while they are displaced from their homes
- Pray for parents as they try to manage and protect kids while dealing with all the trauma that accompanies this disaster
- Pray that their faith would be strengthened and not weakened; that the Holy Spirit would bolster their faith in the midst of this disaster
- Pray for safe, reliable transportation to work and places they need to go
- Pray for good and honest contractors to work with victims during rebuilding
- Pray for efficient and honorable insurance companies and adjusters
- Pray for wisdom and endurance for community leaders (first responders, government officials, nonprofit leaders, etc.)
- Pray for useful, reliable, and skilled out of town/state helpers
- Pray for schools and teachers as they try to help students focus and return to the new school year that was interrupted
- Pray for doctors and hospitals who are trying to serve patients with potentially limited resources and road access
- Pray that the cleanup time is surprisingly faster than expected because of all the people helping
- Pray for clarity and strategic organization for church leaders as they manage volunteers and prioritize needs
- Pray for discernment, proactivity, and sensitivity by church people with hurricane victims
- Pray for safety for victims and volunteers as they clear out hazardous areas
- Pray that “survivor’s guilt” doesn’t paralyze people who can be using the blessing of not flooding to focus on helping others
- Pray God uses this catastrophe to show up big and change hearts through his people
- Pray for stress and complications that come from housing/helping displaced friends and family
- Pray that church people wouldn’t grow weary in doing good
My 8/27/17AM sermon, Keep Running Well from Galatians 5:7-12, is now online. This sermon continued exploring Paul’s theme that there is no other Gospel other than the good news found in Jesus. And, this particular sermon showed how we keep running well. We run well by avoiding anti-gospel influences. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 8/20/17AM sermon, Standing Firm in Freedom from Galatians 5:1-6, continues Crestview’s series through the book of Galatians. This series reminds us that there is no other gospel except the truth that we relate to God through Jesus Christ by faith. In this sermon, I unpacked Paul’s call for us to stand firm in freedom (which is abundantly supplied to us through Jesus Christ in the Gospel). We saw what freedom was not and what its destination was. So, I’m hoping you’re encouraged to stand firm in freedom and have a faith that works itself out in love.