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Christ-Centered Optimism

March 22, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

This sermon, we'll continue our series through the book of Philippians. In some ways, Paul’s situation in Rome, while writing his letter to the church in Philippi, parallels what is happening to us in this pandemic. He’s confined to his residence under the threat of death, with no freedom to be out and about. He’s under house arrest in iron chains with a trained killer on the other end—an elite Roman guard. Paul’s chains are a kind of metaphor for our own pandemic "chains" with a killer on the other end—COVID-19. Last message, we learned why Paul rejoiced in his troubles. The core passion of his life was happening--the gospel was advancing through his faith story and through fellow believers who were emboldened by his example to share Christ more openly with their neighbors. This sermon, Paul looks to the uncertain future and we'll see why he is confident to continue to rejoicing even in his chains. Paul's example provides real and relevant wisdom for us as we navigate through this pandemic.

Christ-Centered Passion

May 24, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

We’re continuing our study in Philippians that has been full of timeless principles and insights for our situation today. This message, we’ll look at how Paul encourages his readers to press on and continue to live for God. He encourages us to keep our eyes focused on our calling and our citizenship in heaven. Read Philippians 3:10-16 for this message.

Christ-Centered Confidence

May 17, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

This message, we’ll be continuing in our study of Philippians. As we start Chapter 3, it’s all about how our confidence must be anchored in Jesus. Paul describes all the privileges and advantages he had in life, and how even if you take those all away, he can still rejoice in Jesus. It’s certainly a timely passage for right now, as we are learning to live without so many things we're used to. And when only the essential things remain, it allows us to see where we truly place our hope and our confidence. We’ve also seen many people place their trust in Jesus in these last few weeks, and when all that is normal is pulled away, we can so clearly see the importance of where we put our confidence and our trust. Read Philippians 3:1-9 for this message.

Christ-Centered Leadership

May 3, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

This message, as we continue in Philippians we’ll be looking at how to lead with Christ-centered leadership. When we talk about leadership, too often people don’t see themselves as leaders, but the reality is that we are all responsible to lead ourselves. You might be responsible for leadership at work, and leadership also matters at home and in your social circles. In this message, we’ll see several examples of leaders who honored God well. We’ll see several leadership lessons that apply, no matter where you lead. We’ll also see the tremendous impact that one person can have when they choose to lead in a way that honors God. Read Philippians 2:19-30 for this sermon.