Standalone Sermons

The Death of Death

March 31, 2024

The good news of the Gospel declares that you can experience a fearlessness when thinking about your death. The Son of God has lived, died and was resurrected for you to live fearlessness in death. Fight the fear of death by knowing that Christ has destroyed Satan's power through his "propitiation." The Gospel is filled with big words that have big meanings that reveal the bigness of our God and the greatness of our salvation. Propitiation is a glorious word for you to ponder so that the fear of death remains vanquished. Declare to yourself that Christ's propitiatory death on the cross is your wrath-removing sacrifice. When Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice for your sins, He also satisfied the righteous wrath of God against your sin, providing for you reconciliation and peace with God. The sting within your death has been defeated by the death of Christ. Death has been swallowed up in the victory of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:54-57). The propitiatory death of Jesus means your victory over death. That truth is to be enjoyed every day.

Jesus Saved You By Not Saving Himself

March 24, 2024

The cross of Christ “is honor, yet it is shame. It is wisdom, but also foolishness. It is both gain and loss; both pardon and condemnation; both strength and weakness; both joy and sorrow … It is grace, yet it is righteousness; it is law, yet it is deliverance from law; it is Christ’s humiliation, yet it is Christ’s exaltation” (Horatius Bonar). When we embrace the power and love of Jesus Christ to stay on His cross, choosing not to save Himself but instead to save us, He makes everything right. The amazing life-changing irony of the cross!

Let's Pray Together!

January 7, 2024 • Steve Marshall • Mark 14:32–42

Corporate praying is a togetherness that creates expectation for God to move in power. God then answers corporately which then brings God corporate, magnified glory. The glory He receives from corporate prayer is much greater than the glory received from you praying alone. And that is the purpose for why He created the world – for His glory (Is. 48;9-11; Ps. 19:1-4; 2 Cor. 1:11; 4:15).

Our Unchanging God

December 31, 2023 • Kyle Mills • Nahum 1:1–8

God is “slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty” (Nahum 1:3). God’s anger toward the wickedness on earth literally “suffers long”. We may read a news headline from a biased news source, and get angry for a moment at the injustice in the world. But God knows far more about the situation than we do. God knows infinitely more about ALL of the evil in the world than we could ever comprehend, and yet He is “slow to anger”. But in His calculated slow-ness to anger, does evil triumph? Does Satan get the upper hand? Do the forces of darkness prevail? Do we sometimes wish that God would hurry up with His justice? “…the LORD will by no means clear the guilty.” The second half of this verse in Nahum gives us the promise of hope that is certain. God will have the last word. God will vindicate His holy name. The guilty will not get away with their wickedness.  But what of those who turn from their evil deeds to the LORD in repentance and faith? “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in Him” (Nahum 1:7). This promise is for all those who take refuge in God. He rescues every person who trusts in Him. He is our stronghold. And He intimately knows us as a father knows his children, shielding us in the day of trouble. We have no need to fear what 2024 will bring. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way…” (Psalm 46:1-2). 

Christmas PEACE

December 24, 2023 • Luke 2:1–14

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬.  There is a peace that comes from God that is incomparable to what we can find elsewhere. This Christmas Eve, let us focus on how wonderful and generous our God has been to us and how generous He continues to be.  It is all a part of His plan. Let’s give Him great glory as He promises to give us great peace.

Leaping Like a Calf at The Christmas Sunrise

December 17, 2023 • Steve Marshall

God's story of the coming Sunrise of righteousness did not begin with a baby in a manger and it does not end there either. The Sun of righteousness, Jesus Christ, is not a one advent Savior. He has come with "healing in His wings." He will release you from captivity of sin bringing you joy as a "calf leaves a stall and starts leaping for joy." Yes, Jesus has brought healing now but we also look at the guaranteed complete healing that will come at His second coming, the second advent, when the final promise of no more death and no more disease will be fully realized. Let His first coming create "leaping calf like joy" knowing that He is coming again with complete healing of all creation. Jesus, the Sunrise of righteousness has indeed shone forth and will once again completely come again making all things new just as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning. That truth should bring calf leaping kind of joy to you this Christmas and every other day as well.

The Joy of Christmas

December 10, 2023 • Luke 1:5—2:20

God is joy. Joy is not only essential to the being of God but also Joy is the ultimate purpose of God in creating you and this world. Right now God is leading everything in His purposeful plan for creation and His Church to experience everlasting joy (Is. 35:10; 55:12-13). What is joy? Joy is a delightful feeling produced by the Holy Spirit that lives in your soul, opening your eyes to look to Him driving out darkness within you, filling you with His glory, graciousness, holiness, faithfulness, and loving emotions. Joy comes from God through the giving of His Son Jesus Christ. Joy comes from God’s hospitality to you, welcoming you to Himself. Joy is the story of Christmas, Christ coming to you so that you not only experience eternal joy but also daily joy, joy in the mundane. Christ has come for your joy.

Where does the anti-Judeo/Christian work of Islam begin?

October 22, 2023 • Steve Marshall • Genesis 17—21, Galatians 4:21–31, Romans 9:6–24

Yahweh: Your Portion - Your Cup - Your Lot - Your Beautiful Inheritance

August 27, 2023 • Psalm 16

Because of the work of Jesus Christ, you have an inheritance that is the greatest inheritance on earth and in heaven. What is your inheritance? Your inheritance is Yahweh Himself and His endless blessings. 1. In Christ, Yahweh is your chosen portion.  2. In Christ, Yahweh is your cup.  3. In Christ, Yahweh holds your lot.  4. In Christ, Yahweh makes the lines of life fall into pleasant places. Because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, your portion/inheritance is Yahweh. Because Yahweh is your portion, He has poured you a cup of blessing, Himself, you get God. Since God pours you a cup of Himself, He holds your destiny. He will always hold every lot that is cast and every measuring line that falls in your life. All of this is your "beautiful inheritance."

Genesis 3

October 15, 2023 • Warren Rich • Genesis 3:1–6

The Japanese: The World's Second Largest Unreached People Group

August 6, 2023 • Brett Rayl • Matthew 6:7–13

There are thousands of Japanese slipping into eternity without any idea that they can have peace with Jesus instead of the eternal torment they are facing. Yet the gospel workers going and telling them are few. Because so few workers are going to Japan and so few Japanese believe in Christ, there is a lack of resources for the church in Japan. The Japanese church lacks sufficient leadership—a sustainable number of mature pastors and lay leaders—and has limited Christian resources for spiritual growth, outreach, and training. One of the ways in which GCT is obedient to the commands of Christ to reach the nations of the world with the Gospel is through the Brett and Taylor Rayl family work at Christ Bible Institute, in Nagoya, Japan as well as their church-planting work through Mission to the World throughout Japan.

The Witness of Our Oneness

June 11, 2023 • Kyle Mills • John 17:20–26

Jesus prays for our oneness - our unity. Both in Himself and in the Father, and in and amongst ourselves as believers. What is this oneness? The idea of oneness is more than just two or more parts becoming unified into one part. The concept of this oneness with Christ means a wholeness together, or completeness even though we are comprised of many individual entities. Jesus has enjoyed perfect harmony and unity with the Father (John 10:30, 14:11) and the Spirit (John 15:26, 16:12-15) before time existed (John 1:1). And He now prays for all of those whom the Father has given Him to join into this oneness with Himself and with the Father that has existed since before time began. And our oneness with God is guaranteed because of Jesus' oneness with the Father (John 17:21), Jesus' oneness with us (John 17:23), and the Father's love for us (John 17:23,24). One aspect of what this truth means is that our oneness with Christ is to be a witness to the world. "so that the world may believe" The invisible oneness we have with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is to be so apparent in our lives that the world will be able to see it. The invisible made visible.

Eternal Life: Now or Future?

June 4, 2023 • David Love • John 17:1–5

The eternal life that is ours in Jesus Christ is the beautiful truth that we will live forever in the presence of God Himself. But it’s so much more than that! It is also the abundant, spiritual life that we live in the here-and-now that affects every aspect of who we are as followers of Christ. Our eternal life isn’t merely the fact of our destination when we die, but it is the intimacy we enjoy with God the Father and with Jesus Christ and His Spirit right here on earth. Today. This moment. Right now. Eternal life IS a relationship with the One Himself who IS eternal. Eternal life IS the spiritual realization of being forgiven and so loved that our only right response is a deep desire to know this personal God who would forgive and love this much. Eternal life is finally having the blinders removed, and seeing clearly for the first time that it is not only possible to know that there is a God, but a 100% guarantee to know this God!

Mother's Day Worship Service - Moms Fill the Earth With Image Bearers of God

May 14, 2023 • Steve Marshall

Mom’s, you have a high calling. You are the hand's of God as He uses you to shape and form eternal souls to workout His plan of redemption. The Lord has called you and your husband to, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it… (Gen. 1:25-28). This command was spoken by God to our original parents, Adam and Eve. God called them to fill every corner of the earth with little images of Himself, the imago dei (image bearers of God). God is working through you today to nurture little image bearers of God in the endless, daily, mundane moments of making endless meals, changing diapers, reading stories, doing infinite laundry, scheduling sports, education and the list goes on and on. You have an eternal high calling of raising image bearers of God to redeem culture and all of this is worked out in the mundane day to day.

The Resurrection Changes Everything

April 9, 2023 • Steve Marshall • John 3:16–18, Hebrews 10:23, 1 Corinthians 15:12–19, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Romans 8:31–39