Sermon Archives

Archived sermon messages from First Reformed Church, Orange City, Iowa.

Prodigal Perspectives: The younger son

Luke 15:11-24 (Jan 24 AM) • January 24, 2021 • Devon Rook

This week we begin a three week series within a series as we look at the parable of the Prodigal Son. Over the next three weeks we will take one week to look at one of the characters in this parable. This week we examine the prodigal nature of the younger son. Teaching text: Luke 15:11-24

Upgrade: Two Parables of the Kingdom

Matthew 13:44-46 (Jan 17 AM) • January 17, 2021 • Pastor Tim Breen

The Kingdom of Heaven is like... Pastor Tim continues our Incomparable message series with this week's sermon titled "Upgrade: Two Parables of the Kingdom." Get a glimpse of God's Kingdom through the words of our Master Teacher, Jesus. Teaching text: Matthew 13:44-46

Mixed: The Parable of the Wheat & the Weeds

Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 (Jan 10 AM) • January 10, 2021 • Pastor Tim Breen

Our impressions are often deceiving. Let's learn from the Master Teacher, Jesus, what incorrect assumptions we have concerning sinners and saints in today's message titled Mixed: The Parable of the Wheat & the Weeds. Teaching text: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43.

Restart: The Parable of the Wineskins

Mark 2:13-22 (Jan 3 AM) • January 3, 2021 • Pastor Tim Breen

Pastor Tim will begin a new sermon series titled Incomparable, Five Lessons from the Master Teacher. This week’s sermon: Reset - New Wineskins. Teaching Text: Mark 2:13-22.

He's Been Here Before... Christ in the Crucible

Daniel 3:14-29 (Dec 27 AM) • December 27, 2020 • Devon Rook

In the heat of cultural pressures, where are we to turn? When it feels as though the flames of suffering are licking at our heels, who will rescue us? When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the Crucible of Nebuchadnezzar, they knew who would be there to fight the fire. Teaching Text: Daniel 3:14-29.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

John 14:27 (Dec 24) • December 24, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

It has been a rough year and now, at the end of 2020, our world is wearied and worn. Can there be peace on earth? In our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, Pastor Tim shares a few moments about the hope we have for a weary world. Teaching text: John 14:27 Service is broadcasted LIVE at 7:30pm on Thursday, Dec 24.

Christmas Carol Sing

December 20, 2020

Enjoy some of the classic songs of Christmas with us as we sing Christmas Carols together.

He's Been Here Before... Christ the Commander

Joshua 5:13-15 (Dec 20) • December 20, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Today we will look at another special moment in Biblical History when Jesus himself, in the flesh, may have stepped onto the stage. In our story, Joshua meets the commander of the Lord's army who lays out the battle plan to conquer Jericho. Teaching text: Joshua 5:13-15

Blue Christmas

December 17, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

A service of remembrance, reflection, and hope for hurting hearts. 2020 has been a year of struggle in many ways... global pandemic, deaths, cancellations, missed opportunities and isolation. Not to mention the Christmas season can be difficult for us struggling with sadness as well as missing people and opportunities lost along the way. Join us in this service of lament, quiet music, reflection, prayer and hope.

The Best Night Ever - 2020 Children's Program

December 13, 2020

The FRC Children present The Best Night Ever in this year's Christmas Program.

He's Been Here Before... Christ the Comedian

Genesis 18 (Dec 13 AM) • December 13, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

After being told time and time again that Abraham and Sarah were going to be parents of many nations, still no baby had been born. How would they live out this promise? At the ages of 100 and 90 they were told next year they will have a son. Their response naturally was laughter...But is anything too hard for the Lord? Teaching text: Genesis 18

He's Been Here Before... Christ in the Capital

Genesis 14 (Dec 6 AM) • December 6, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

He's one of the Bible's ultimate Mystery Men. But who really was Melchizedek? Pastor Tim looks at Melchizedek and his connection to Jesus as we continue in our message series He's Been Here Before. This week the message is titled Christ in the Capital. Teaching text is Genesis 14.

He's Been Here Before... Christ at Creation

John 1 (Nov 29 AM) • November 29, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Advent is a season of waiting, expectation, and hope. In a small and symbolic way, the weeks before Christmas re-enact the centuries of anticipation experienced by our Old Testament forebears. This Sunday we will look at Christ at Creation. Teaching text: John 1.

Thanksgiving Eve

Psalm 23:5 (Nov 25) • November 25, 2020 • Devon Rook

Great is thy Faithfulness!! Student Pastor, Devon Rook, will remind us of God's faithfulness while looking at the hymn written by Thomas O. Chisholm.


Deuteronomy 8:7-18 (Nov 22 AM) • November 22, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

Pastor Mark will be giving us a message on remembering the goodness of God. Teaching text: Deuteronomy 8:7-18

The Matthew 25 Challenge: Live

Matthew 25:31-46 (Nov 15 AM) • November 15, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Hang on a second... is it only those who feed, clothe, and visit the needy who will go to heaven? Does this mean that we can earn our salvation through good works? What happened to salvation through faith alone? Let's revisit Matthew 25 one more time and talk about the relationship between our faith and our deeds.

The Matthew 25 Challenge: Learn

Matthew 25:31-46 (Nov 8 AM) • November 8, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

As we enter into a week of embodied learning, Pastor Tim will return to Matthew 25 and show how our Christian brothers and sisters in Kenya experience the gospel and how we can prepare to give generously to their needs.

The Matthew 25 Challenge: Listen

Matthew 25:31-46 (Nov 1 AM) • November 1, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

We begin our emphasis on Matthew 25 and the care for less fortunate in our world by looking at the context of Jesus' parable itself. Who was there? How would they have received this message? What outcomes was Jesus hoping for?

Asking for a Friend: Is There Hope for Addicted People?

John 4 (Oct 25 AM) • October 25, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Everybody's addicted to something, so the saying goes. How does scripture speak to the dark power of addiction? What are the spiritual issues at stake, and how can we take practical steps toward freedom from these prisons?

Asking for a Friend: How Does a Person Know When to Speak or Be Silent?

James 1:19 and Ecclesiastes 3:7 (Oct 18 AM) • October 18, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

When to say something, when to just be quiet...tough questions indeed! In our current culture we are bombarded with information and opinions. Pastor Mark will take a look at the Bible and review some classic passages that will give some good insight.

Asking for a Friend: Does Prayer Change God's Mind?

Luke 18:1-8 (Oct 11 AM) • October 11, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

If God already has the future planned out, can our prayers move him to change his plans? Are our petitions effective and meaningful, or does God's sovereignty imply that the future is fixed? Pastor Tim will explore the theology and Biblical references that help us understand why prayer is so important.