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.
My 9/9/18AM sermon, Suffering Leads To Glory from 1 Peter 4:12-19, is now online. This sermon introduced (and dug in) to this big final section of the book of 1 Peter. And, the theme of this big final section is about suffering leading to glory. This sermon dug in to the reality of suffering and what God might be up to in the midst of it. I hope it encourages you.
My 9/2/18AM sermon, God Glorified in Everything from 1 Peter 4:7-11, is now online. The sermon sought to engage the way we live. There’s a tension between the two realities of Christ’s return and how we can glorify God in everything. In the middle of this tension, we prepare ourselves to live by preparing for prayer, sin, the family, and grace. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 8/26/18AM sermon, Living in Christ’s Victory from 1 Peter 4:1-6, is now online. The sermon sought to unpack how we’re encoruaged to really live in light of Christ’s victory. Specifically, we live in light of His suffering. We live distinct from the world. And, we live in light of the resurrection. I hope this sermon encourages you.
We had another baptism yesterday morning and my sermon, Encouragement in Suffering from 1 Peter 3:18-22 is now online. This section of Scripture is challenging. Most commentators do not agree on the meaning. But, I think we found some clear truths that encourage us. Specifically, we saw that Jesus’ victory and our salvation are sure things. I hope this day encouraged you.