Stand Alone Sermons
2021 Year in Review
December 5, 2021 • Jonathan Pokluda • Romans 14:23, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Acts 5:1–11, Ephesians 3:14–21, Matthew 6:33
Have you ever crossed the finish line in a race before? Or, what about crossing a starting line to begin a race? As 2021 comes to a close, JP looks back as we cross one finish line and looks ahead to what God has in store as we start a new race in the days ahead. KEY TAKEAWAYS -We refuse to make “the deal” with you: show up, pay up, and sit quietly as we entertain you and don’t ask too much of you. -We are committed to complete transparency with you. We will err on the side of telling you too much too soon. -We try every week to tear down the proverbial curtain between church members and church staff. We are a kingdom of priests, each and every one of us (not just the church staff). -At the end of 2018, we refinanced the loan on our property. It was a $6.1 million loan. We had a goal of raising $7 million in 7-years. -On average, we take in 25% of our annual budget in the month of December. -As of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, we are debt free! -We are committed to putting to death perception management. It’s one of the great evils within the church, and especially in America. -In 2021, 43% of covenant members gave to the mission of Harris Creek. -Your spiritual growth and your generosity will be aligned. -In 2021, 1 in 10 undergraduate students at Baylor were in a Harris Creek Life Group. -The Becoming Something podcast was listened to over 1.5 million times in 2021. -161 people were baptized in 2021. -As we finish our journey of paying off our debt, we are ready to begin a new journey. Debt is not sinful, but it is limiting. -There are 1,181 kids in the foster system in McLennan county. This is symptomatic of the church not being the church. -We are going to build a house to help house foster children who are sleeping in CPS offices. -In the days ahead we want to plant churches, reach the nations, and continue helping everyone follow Jesus by engaging the lost, equipping the saints, and empowering members for service. -We simply want to make disciples. That’s it. -Let’s not make the mistake by forsaking our first love like Ephesus did. Let’s finish well. Let’s pray God would increase our faith and that we’d love Him more at the end of today than we did when we woke up.
How Did I Get Here?
May 30, 2021 • Scott Kedersha • Proverbs 7, Proverbs 14:12–13
Have you ever been in a tough place brought on by your own decisions? Have you wondered how you got there? Was it all at once, or over a period of time? Scott Kedersha teaches us about temptation and sin by examining the adulterous woman in Proverbs 7. KEY TAKEAWAYS -Walk in the way. -As Christians, we want to protect the teachings and the way of the Scriptures. -We should be cautious of anything that distracts or pulls us from the way of Christ. -Don’t fall into the trap of learning a lot about God and the Bible and simply becoming a smarter sinner. -Do not be led astray. -Do your friends lead you more toward sin or God? -Where are you most tempted? What do you think will bring you life outside of God? -We all struggle with sin. All of us. Don’t buy the lie that you are alone and the only one who struggles. -Sin always over promises and under delivers. Always. -Know what’s at stake. -Affairs don’t start in hotel rooms. They start when you decide to keep things from your spouse. They are one thousand small decisions leading to one big decision. -Know where you are tempted. Know your ditches and how the enemy will take you out. Have a death grip on these things.