Topical Sermons

Absolute Certainty In Great Uncertainty

Topical Sermons • April 4, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross

We live in a time of heightened uncertainty. Articles abound suggesting ways to cope with these uncertainties, even to embrace them with a stiff upper lip as part of the evolutionary process. After all, that’s what the fittest do to survive, right? The Gospel provides an entirely different way to deal with life’s uncertainties—by embracing the absolute certainties afforded us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this sermon, we will explore five such certainties that offer us peace, rest, hope, power, and enthusiasm in uncertain times.

Faith Filled Follower

Topical Sermon • February 21, 2021 • Josh Bidwell

Listen in on this sermon as Josh Bidwell gives a message about being a Faith Filled Follower to reset our minds and our hearts - less on the details of our lives, and more on the Savior OF our souls!

What Defines Your Faith?

Topical Sermons • December 27, 2020 • Pastor Dan Collins

Merry Christmas! We hope with your friends and family you were able to form new holiday memories, even with the changes and health precautions of 2020. In this sermon we’re looking at journeys and the faith of sojourners. Journeys were a central part of the Christmas story. Before Jesus was born, his parents journeyed 90 miles or 150 kilometers from Nazareth to Bethlehem. And when Jesus turned one, his parents fled Bethlehem to the country of Egypt where they waited until it was safe, and then journeyed back to Galilee in Nazareth where Jesus grew up. Every year is really a journey by faith, with things to remember, things to forget, and things to anticipate in the year to come. So as we journey from 2020 to 2021, we’re going to look at Abraham’s journey of faith, how he found identity and perspective in God’s promises. Read Hebrews 11:1-16 as we get ready for this sermon!

Empowerment Through Discipleship

October 4, 2020 • Ron Whisler

Our speaker for this sermon is Ron Whisler, who, with his wife Jacqui, serve as Wycliffe Bible Translators in Indonesia. Ron will be sharing with us a great message about empowerment through discipleship. Here's a preview: Jesus was very intentional in calling the twelve disciples. He called them into relationship, creating a community where the disciples could be a part of Jesus’ mobile ministry team. Within this group, Jesus frequently quoted scripture and prayed with many different people. Jesus was a master at training twelve ordinary men, preparing them to be sent out, to lead their own ministry team. They too would quote scripture, pray for those around them, and be a part of God’s redemptive plan to reach all nations with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Within Jesus’ group, there was a sense of accountability and also comradery – a culture for learning, growing and changing the world.

I Choose To Follow Jesus

August 23, 2020 • Pastor Corey Rose

This message, we'll be hearing from Corey once more before he retires after several wonderful and blessed years with FBC. He'll be continuing his message about choosing to follow Jesus as well as sharing his personal story with us. Make sure and read Eph. 3:14-21 for this message

Follow Jesus

Matthew 4:18-20 • August 16, 2020 • Pastor Corey Rose

For this message, we'll be hearing from Corey who will be sharing next week as well before he retires after several wonderful and blessed years with FBC. Here's a preview from Pastor Corey for this sermon: In life, we all follow someone, something. And it doesn’t help that every day a multitude of voices beckon us to follow after them. Throughout His ministry, Jesus invited people, all kinds of people, to follow Him. And He is still inviting all people to follow Him today, regardless of our age, gender, ethnicity, past sin, present status in society, or any other identifying feature. Join us this Sunday as we explore His incredible invitation to each of us to follow Him.

Weeping with Those Who Weep

June 7, 2020

Mother's Day- Our Confident Hope

May 10, 2020 • Pastor Sandy Park

This message, we’ll explore a passage about how God’s work in our lives is not finished yet. We are chosen, made in his image, and the work he is doing in your life he will not stop until it is completed. We’ll learn more about our confident hope we can have in God during these unprecedented times. Read Philippians 1:6 for this sermon.

Easter Service 2020

Easter Service 2020- The Many Faces of Faith • April 12, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

Pastor Ben will be sharing a Gospel message and will invite people to trust Christ, right in their own living rooms for Easter. It’s a time that we need hope and encouragement more than ever, and we are praying that God will do a work through his church during this Easter weekend.

My God, My God, Why?

March 29, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

This sermon, we are taking a break from our study Philippians and Pastor Ben will directly speak to what the Bible teaches about evil and suffering and how that applies to this present global pandemic. The problem of evil is a massive subject that cannot be completely covered in a single message, but we can at least get a basic grasp of the issues and find comfort and courage in these uncertain times. We will learn why, in times of crisis, our faith can be strengthened and refined, not diminished or destroyed.

Nicodemus- 12/29/19

John 3 • December 29, 2019 • Andrew McIntyre

In this sermon, we’ll consider how God makes all things new. Whether 2019 was a great year for you or a year of challenge and difficulty, we’ll explore how God uses all things for our good. We’ll look at the conversation that Jesus had with a man named Nicodemus, who got to hear firsthand from Jesus how God makes all things new. Take a look at John 3 for this message.

Kingdom Work Is Teamwork Pt. 1

1 Peter 5:1-2 • October 6, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross

This sermon, Pastor Ben will share more about how leadership in the New Testament church functioned and the importance of doing God's kingdom work through team work. Throughout recent church history, the idea of relying on an omni-competent, senior leader operating like a CEO, has been a traditional element of church leadership. As Pastor Ben will share this message, although the Scriptures allow for great flexibility in the way the leadership of a local church is organized, no such CEO type role is found. The way we do church cannot be designed to operate around a single individual, but rather we are most effective when the spiritual leaders of a local church are recognized as and function as a team. Read 1 Peter 5:1-2, Titus 1:5-9, and Hebrews 13:17 for this message.

Vision Sunday

Part 3 • September 29, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross

This message, Pastor Ben will make two very important announcements, one regarding some exciting developments in the plan for a new lodge at Camp Harlow, and a second regarding a major change in the leadership structure of our pastoral staff proposed by the Board of Elders. In addition to these announcements, we will also look to the future and some of the ways we hope to develop all of the open property God has entrusted to us, so we can maximize our mission to serve as salt and light to our community. We believe God is leading us to continue in new ways of ministry to bless our community to draw people to himself, and we believe that what we can see today is just the beginning. Pastor Ben will share some of these plans this message, as we start a new ministry year and continue to seek to be on mission together and be the most effective church we can be to reach more people for God's kingdom.

Community Prayer Sunday

September 15, 2019 • Various Speakers

In this message, we are doing our annual Community Prayer Sunday, where we hear from leaders in different sectors of our community. Our goal is to understand how we can pray specifically for different parts of our community. We'll have several guests sharing in this message about the needs for prayer they have in their area of leadership and influence. Our goal is to be an effective church on mission in Eugene, Springfield and beyond. Jesus said that apart from him, we can do nothing, so we believe it all starts with prayer. Join us in this message to learn how you can be praying for different areas of our community.

Ancient Paths

Jeremiah 6:16 • September 1, 2019 • Elder Bill Wilson

In this message, we're looking at a passage where God challenges his people to go back to where they first began their relationship with Him. We'll look at the life of Abraham to see how to respond to God's call, to re-center our lives on him as we begin this new school year. We'll also look at how to respond to God's call by personally spending time with God, through His Word. Time with God in his Word is the fuel Christians need to grow, but for many the spiritual fuel gauge is on empty. There are all sorts of reasons why people don’t read the Bible. The Bible can be intimidating, confusing, and overwhelming. Or maybe the intention and desire are there, but time keeps slipping away. In this message, we'll learn about re-centering our lives on God's call and look at how to study God’s Word for yourself to be empowered to grow in your walk with God.