No one is exempt from hurts and hardships in life, The apostle Peter reminds us that this is especially true for God's people. Followers of Jesus can feel life's pain more deeply than others do, and there's good reason for this. Peter also reminds us that, although we may be sadder, we are, at the same time, happier. And there's, definitely, good reason for that! This Sermon, we will learn that hard trials and deep joy are inextricably joined together in the Christian walk. We will also learn how, in even the most painful of times, how to experience a joy that surpasses human description. Please read 1 Peter 1:1-9 as you prepare for this message
A Living Hope with a Fired-Up Faith
November 1, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross
Life In Exile • May 2, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross
In the last Sermon, we finished 1 Peter...well, almost. This Sermon, Pastor Ben will present “an addendum" by focusing on two important issues Peter only mentions in his closing remarks, likely, because the original readers didn't need further explanation. We do. Peter mentions "the devil" and uses the term "Babylon" to refer to Rome. Both topics span the whole of Scripture, and understanding their significance is helpful in understanding God's word from cover-to-cover. Prayerfully prepare your mind and heart for this message.
Down Is Up
Life In Exile • April 25, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross
This Sermon, Peter concludes his teaching on the believer's life in exile in this world with a loving kiss--really! In 1 Peter 5:6-14, he re-captures the dominant themes of his letter, taking us deeper into the realities behind Christian suffering that should comfort us and give us hope in even the most painful of times.
Under-shepherds of the Chief Shepherd
Life in Exile • April 18, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross
In this Sermon, Pastor Ben will share a report on his recent ministry to missionaries in Kenya, Africa. We will also take a brief look at 1 Peter 5:1-5 and the vital role elders play in the local church, especially in times of crisis and suffering. This passage presents a timely opportunity for us to commission the four new elders our church family recently affirmed. Please join us for this important moment in our church's life.