January 28, 2018

Will the Real God Please Stand Up?
- Paul Burleson -

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

  1. God Defines Love (John 4:7-8).
    1. He fully defines love!
    2. Love doesn't fully define Him!

  2. God demonstrates love (1 John 4:9-10).
    1. He loves His Only Begotten Son SUPREMELY!
    2. He loves His enemies GRACIOUSLY!
    3. He loves His people UNIQUELY!

  3. God delights in love (1 John 4:7 & 11).
    1. When we ACCEPT His love, He is delighted!
    2. When we EXPRESS His love, He is delighted!
    3. When we SHARE His love together, He is delighted!

You can view the video for this sermon and other past sermons HERE.

November 19, 2017

The Compelling Power of Christ’s Love
 - Matt Spann -

We do some crazy things “for love.” But there’s a deeper kind of love that goes beyond any kind of romance and has the power to transform your life. That’s the love of Christ. Christ’s love not only motivates, but actually “compels” us. His love is the driving force which sets the direction of our lives. What do you think held Him on that cross? It was the power of His love for you and me that held Him on that cross! “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ” (Hudson Taylor).

  1. When you are transformed by the compelling love of Christ, you become a NEW PERSON (v. 17).
    When you believe in Christ, God identifies you with His Son to the extent that He puts the person you were before Christ on the cross with Him. That person died just like Jesus did on the cross. That person no longer exists. But just like Jesus rose again, so you too come alive in Christ. In fact, you become a new creation! Have you become a new creation in Christ - transformed from the inside out by the power of His love?

  2. When you are transformed by the compelling love of Christ, you have a NEW PURPOSE (v. 15).
    “What is the goal/purpose of your life?” Jesus came and even died for us to keep us from wasting our lives living just for ourselves. The real measure of life isn’t what you get out of it, but what you give!Have you been so captured by the love of Christ that you live for Him by serving others?

  3. When a person is transformed by the compelling love of Christ, he gains a NEW PERSPECTIVE. (v. 16)
    I Samuel 16:7 says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    Give Me Your Eyes” (Brandon Heath)
    Give me your eyes for just one second; Give me your eyes so I can see,
    Everything that I keep missing, Give me your love for humanity.
    Give me your arms for the broken-hearted, The ones that are far beyond my reach.
    Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me Your eyes so I can see.

    How do you see people? Ask God to give you His perspective, His eyes.

  4. When a person is transformed by the compelling love of Christ, he’s given a NEW POSITION (vv. 18-20).
    1. Why do I need to make peace with God? We are actually His enemies until we’re reconciled. Yet He is the One who takes initiative to make peace with us and restore the broken relationship! This whole idea of God reaching out to us and desiring to restore a personal relationship with us was new. It’s amazing to realize that not only does God justify us by taking our place on the cross, but that in seeking to be reconciled, He actually is seeking to connect with us in a personal way, to make friends out of enemies! That’s the first understanding of our new position—friend of God. An excellent example of how this works is found in the small NT book of Philemon. And what’s more, He not only paid our debt but became our friend.
    2. Our new position is that of ambassador for Christ. Our purpose is not to help people feel good about themselves and God, but that they would actually accept His condition for peace by responding with faith in Jesus and His work on their behalf. What kind of ambassador are you? Do you boldly represent Christ to the people around you and share the message He’s entrusted you with? Or do you hold back, thinking that’s the job of someone who’s better equipped?

A PLEA… (6:1-2)
Some of you have listened to the message this morning and you realize you’ve not yet been reconciled to God by putting your trust in Christ and what He’s done on the cross on your behalf. The offer of reconciliation is open now and I plead with you to make peace with God before it’s too late. If you need to get right with God, don’t put it off any longer. Don’t let God’s love and what He’s done for you in Christ be wasted or in vain. Let today be your day of salvation!

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.

May 14, 2017

Reasonable Doubt

- Abraham Wright -

I believe many Christians, at different times in their life, live with a little bit of reasonable doubt about God. If I was a defense attorney, defending God, and you were the jury, my job is to convince you beyond all reasonable doubt. None of us were there when God spoke the universe into existence or when Jesus walked this earth. And most of us have never seen Jesus with our physical eyes. Therefore, we must have faith and choose to believe as we often struggle with doubt.

Three things to do when struggling through doubt:

  1. Worship

    Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him—but some of them doubted! (Matt. 28:16-17)

    I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him (Rom. 12:1).
  2. Stay connected

    One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in His hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in His side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” He said. Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Put your hand into the wound in My side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing Me” (John 20:24-29).

    Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken (Eccl. 4:9-12).

    Stay alert! Watch out for our great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8).
  3. Look at the evidence

    Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen—the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor (Matt. 11:4-5).

    God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8).

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.

September 10, 2017

You Will Die
 - Abraham Wright -

It's been said "a person is helped to live when they are reminded they must die." This is similar to Moses' prayer in Psalm 90:12 when he prays "Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom." If you knew that you would die in one year what would you do? As you answer that question, here are three things, from Scripture, to consider about life and death.

  1. Life is fragile.

    Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will
    stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.”
    How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?
    Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
    What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
    Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
    James 4:13-16

  2. Death is real.

    Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.
    After all, everyone dies
    so the living should take this to heart.
    Sorrow is better than laughter,
    for sadness has a refining influence on us.
    A wise person thinks a lot about death,
    while a fool thinks only about having a good time.
    Ecclesiastes 7:2-4

  3. Our only hope is Jesus.

    Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
         Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.
    You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
         My entire lifetime is just a moment to You;
         at best, each of us is but a breath.”
    We are merely moving shadows,
         and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
    We heap up wealth,
         not knowing who will spend it.
    And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
         My only hope is in You.
    Psalm 39:4-7

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.

March 19th, 2017

Your Body is a Tool
 - Cody Bobay -