My 12/20/2020 sermon at Crestview continued our Colors of Christmas series, entitled White Christmas from Matthew 1:18-25. The big idea I was pushing for in White Christmas got to how Jesus came to save us from our sins (see Matthew 1:21). This sermon was a touch abbreviated, too, due to our Children’s program. Nevertheless, I hope it encourages you. In the sermon, I mentioned a verse and after the service, an online viewer texted me this graphic. Be encouraged, friends. Christmas reminds believers who Jesus is and what He came to do.
My 12/13/20 sermon at Crestview Bible Church was Blue Christmas – He Helps Our Weaknesses (Hebrews 2:14-18). There’s something about the God of the Bible who doesn’t just stand aloof and call us to rely on ourselves. He actually comes down, became man, so that He could help us in our weaknesses. This sermon is my attempt to glory in these truths. I hope it encourages you.
My 12/6/20 sermon, Gold Christmas: Our King Is Born (Isaiah 9:6), is now online. At Crestview, we’re using the colors of the Christmas season to direct our attention to Jesus. And, this week the sermon focused on the regal nature of Jesus’ arrival. He was born as King (and will return some day as King of kings and Lord of lords). I hope the sermon and this series is encouraging you.
We had a great weekend at Crestview on Sunday, 11/15. Luke preached a sermon on Acts 10-11 entitled Moved In the Mission. This was also our last weekend singing non-holiday music until 2021. My small group met and we enjoyed Thanksgiving food together. Crestview launched a Gratitude Guide 2020. Annual Report and Budget Recommendation were released and God has been so gracious to us financially. So, it was an exciting day. I hope you’re encouraged in this season.
My 11/8/20 AM sermon at Crestview Bible Church was titled God’s Incredible Works (Acts 9). It’s online now. There were some pretty incredible events that happen in chapter 9 of Acts and this sermon was my attempt to give some reminders of how God works so incredibly. I hope it encourages you in these days of uncertainty.
My 11/1/2020 sermon at Crestview Bible Church, The Gospel Advances (Acts 8), is now online. Acts 8 is often known (rightly so) for Philip sidling up to the Ethiopian eunuch to share the Gospel with him. But, there are other ways the Gospel progresses in this section, which comes on the heels of the first martyr, Stephen’s, death. I hope this sermon encourages you with the truth of the Gospel advancing.
My 10/25/20 AM sermon at Crestview, Jesus Sees and Cares (Acts 6-7) is now online. The sermon dug into the story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr and an early church leader in Jerusalem. A simple refrain emerged in these two chapters: Jesus sees and cares for His people. He sees and cares for the needs in the community, the suffering of His people, as well as their courageous witness. I hope the sermon is encouraging to you.
My 10/18/20 sermon at Crestview was about Our Unstoppable God from Acts 5. This particular passage was filled with God striking down people, great fear, a church being built, dramatic rescue, courageous witnesses, and even unbelievers helping to bail out believers. So, there were many details that could easily distract us from the main point. But, God was the one on the move. And, He was unstoppable, not letting either sin or attempts to silence the good news get in the way of His plans.
I hope the sermon encourages you.
As you know, God has called His people to be witnesses to Him (Acts 1:8). This means that our lives should be about the good of our community (which I unpacked in my sermon on Acts 3). My 10/11/20 AM sermon at Crestview, Responses and Resistance (Acts 4), is now online. It dug into how the community may respond to our doing good among them. I hope it encourages you to persevere in doing good for others.
My 10/4/20 sermon was from Acts 3 and dug into the story of Peter and John healing a lame man. The sermon was entitled The Lame Leap. The sermon helped unpack what it looks like for us to love our community. I really hope that it encourages you.
Equally encouraging was hearing a report from our international partner and friend, Vivek Jones. His October 2020 Update included some big changes for their family and their work to love their community. Listen to his update and be encouraged.
May you have an encouraging week.