Perseverance • January 12, 2020 • David Cotner
Today we will land the plane on our current mini-series, “Reset 2020.” In today’s installment, we will unpack the importance of perseverance in the Christian life. Perseverance is the ability to bear up under pressure and keep on keeping on. We see this concept of perseverance everywhere in the Scriptures. So, it would appear that one of the hallmarks of being a Christian is continuing on, not giving up. Join us as we discuss four key areas of our lives that we should, by God’s grace, bear up under the pressure and keep on keeping on!
Prayer • January 5, 2020 • David Cotner
For the first two Sundays of this brand new year and decade, we will focus our attention on two pivotal, but basic aspects of the Christian life - prayer and perseverance. This mini-series will motivate us to recharge and reset our lives around these important spiritual disciplines. In today’s message, we will talk about the importance of prayer. Pastor Dave will outline his vision on prayer, the problems he sees surrounding our lack of prayer, and then discuss what God’s Word has to say on the topic of prayer.
The Grateful Saint • November 24, 2019 • David Cotner
In today’s anchor text of Scripture, we will continue our series on gratefulness by looking at Psalm 100. In these five verses, we get a holistic picture of what gratitude to God looks like and feels like. This passage also presents the fuel of our gratitude to God, namely, knowing God. In this special Thanksgiving message, we will discover that knowing God (and truly believing what we know about God) fuels our feelings of gratitude to God.
The Grateful Samaritan • November 17, 2019 • David Cotner
In today's sermon, we will launch the first of two messages on the topic of gratefulness. Indeed, the gifts of God should result in thanksgiving to God. And haven’t we been so richly blessed by God? In today’s focus text of Scripture, we will examine Luke 17:11-19 and witness a spectacular scene: Jesus heals ten lepers, but only one comes back to express any sort of gratitude. Join us as we examine this amazing scene and be encouraged to express your thankfulness this holiday season.
Half-Way Point: 10 Fresh Reminders
July 21, 2019 • David Cotner
In today’s special message, “Half-Way Point: 10 Fresh Reminders,” Pastor Dave will share from his heart and from God’s Word. He states, “With half of our year and half of our summer in the rear-view mirror, let’s take a momentary pit stop and remind ourselves of some things we might have forgotten in the midst of our crazy, busy schedules.” Pastor Dave will remind us of who we really are, how to measure success, what to do when the going gets tough, and seven other timely, fresh reminders.
God's Plan to Regenerate Humanity • July 14, 2019 • Louis O'Tool
Louis and Amber O’Tool have served in Welkom, South Africa since 2008. The first four years of their ministry were spent at the Pines Orphanage and Restoring Hope Village. They have since transitioned into church ministries at Welkom Baptist Church and discipleship of pastors across southern Africa. Louis will be speaking to us today on “God’s Plan to Regenerate Humanity” from Ezekiel 37:1-14. He will also share his heart for the ministry in South Africa and some of the specifics of his ministry.
Revelation 3 • May 26, 2019 • Jon Jenks
For our morning worship service, we are privileged to have a returning guest speaker, Jon Jenks! Jon is the State Representative for the Wisconsin Association of Regular Baptist Churches (WARBC) and is also a board member with Baptist Church Planters (BCP). Jon will be speaking to us from the text of Revelation 3 and tackling the topic of being alert and awake as a church body. Be prepared to be challenged and encouraged as Jon proclaims the Word!
The Future Prairie Flower
April 28, 2019 • Jon Rocha
In today’s special service, we will be saying a formal farewell to our Associate Pastor, Jon Rocha, and his wife, Julia. Pastor Jon and his wife have served our church family faithfully for the past 4½ years. Indeed, they are headed into their next grand adventure, business and parenting, and we truly wish them well. To send them off in style, we will have a special service filled with testimonies, prayer, singing, and gifts. Pastor Jon will also be delivering his final sermon as our Associate Pastor entitled, “The Future Prairie Flower.”
If This Were My Last Sermon Ever...
Easter 2019 • April 21, 2019 • David Cotner
In today’s service, we will hear an Easter message from Pastor Dave entitled, “If This Were My Last Sermon Ever.” In this message, Pastor Dave will highlight the resurrection of Jesus by means of highlighting four important truths from God’s Word. It is our hope that by the end of the message, you will walk away with an understanding that Easter is not just a celebration of remembrance, but an invitation to repent and receive. Thanks for joining us!
O Taste and See
Experiencing Satisfaction from the Redeemer • March 31, 2019 • Lance Lewis
This morning we are privileged to have previous Pastoral Intern, Lance Lewis, with us to open up God’s Word. Our anchor text of scripture will be Psalm 34, where we find David, the rightful King of Israel, running from King Saul in the wilderness. During this troubling time, David chose to find his protection and satisfaction in the Lord (1 Samuel 21-22). He also penned two psalms, one describing his affliction (Psalm 56), and the other describing his deliverance (Psalm 34). These Psalms of David continue to resonate with believers because they remind us of who God is in every circumstance. Join us as we look at both the blessings of the afflicted and the lessons we can learn while living in affliction.
Message #39: Matthew’s Profile Book of Jesus
Matthew 12:15-21 • February 23, 2020 • David Cotner
In today’s message, we unearth a beautiful description of Jesus in Matthew 12:15-21. It’s as if Matthew presses the pause button on the storyline of Jesus to remind us who Jesus really is. And from 30,000 feet, who is Jesus? Well, Matthew reminds us that Jesus is the beloved Servant-Son who was intentionally and enthusiastically selected by the Father and set apart by the Spirit to be the Savior of the world. And what “qualifies” Jesus to be the Savior of the world? Well, join us as we map out six defining characteristics of Jesus, our Savior!
Rest Despite Restlessness
Simplistic Conclusion? • November 11, 2018 • David Cotner
Augustine once said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our heart is restless till it rests in Thee.” In today’s final installment in the “Rest Despite Noise” mega-series, we will unpack Augustine’s famous quote by asking the question: “How is it possible to truly get our restless hearts to rest in God alone?” Indeed, King Solomon searched high and low for true rest, but only found true rest in one location. Join us as we unpack Solomon’s discovery in the final two chapters of his most puzzling, but practical book – Ecclesiastes!
Message #36: A Case Study on Doubt
Matthew 11:1-19 • February 2, 2020 • David Cotner
Have you ever had serious doubts about Christianity? Specifically, have you ever had serious doubts about the Jesus of Christianity? In today’s text, Matthew 11:1-19, we are presented with a fascinating case study on doubt. In this passage, we see that even the G.O.A.T., John the Baptist, had some serious doubts about Jesus. Why did he doubt? Why is he called the G.O.A.T.? And, more importantly, how did Jesus respond to John’s doubts? We answer all these questions and more in our 36th installment of “Jesus In The Manuscript of Matthew.”
Director of Intentional Transitional Ministries • February 24, 2019 • Scott Owen
Today we are privileged to have Scott Owen, Director of Intentional Transitional Ministries with Baptist Church Planters (BCP), as our Guest Speaker this morning. Scott’s main focus with BCP is to train pastors to help churches in conflict by coaching these pastors to be effective leaders, peacemakers, and disciple makers. Indeed, his greatest passion is to help churches work through conflict and prepare for effective ministry. Scott has brought Marti, his wife, with him this morning. They have been married for over 30 years and have four children and five grandchildren.
Rest Despite Restlessness
The King's Miscellaneous Musings... • November 4, 2018 • David Cotner
As we continue our series finale, “Rest Despite Restlessness”, we come now to the proverbs of Solomon in his book, Ecclesiastes. What is a proverb, you ask? Well, a proverb is a pithy statement that showcases a general truth about life in order to give you clarity and direction in life. In today’s segment, we will showcase King Solomon’s most important proverbs about life, wisdom, and foolishness. Yes, join us as King Solomon acts as our personal Life Coach, explaining to us his miscellaneous musings about life “under the sun.”
Message #35: On Mission
Matthew 10:24-42 • January 26, 2020 • David Cotner
In last week’s message, we discussed “Our Mission.” In that message, it was clear that our mission is to proclaim the Gospel, to everyone, as we love one another. But understanding our mission is only half the task; the other half is actually being “On Mission.” What does it mean to be on mission? Well, in today’s message, we will discover four implications of accepting Jesus’ mission for our lives. As we do, we will find that missional living comes at great risk, but also great reward.
Rest Despite Restlessness
Timeless Thoughts on Time • October 28, 2018 • David Cotner
In today’s message, we come now to a most timeless subject. Can you guess what it is? Here’s a riddle from J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical creature, Gollum, in regards to today’s topic: “This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers. Gnaws iron. Bites steel. Grinds hard stones to meal. Slays king, ruins town, and beats high mountain down.” What’s the answer, you ask? Time. Yes, welcome to installment three of our current series finale, “Rest Despite Restlessness”, in which we investigate King Solomon’s timeless thoughts on time.
Message #34: Our Mission
Matthew 10:1-23 • January 19, 2020 • David Cotner
Today we dive back into our mega-series, “Jesus In The Manuscript of Matthew.” In our 34th installment, we will compare the mission of the 12 apostles in Matthew 10:1-23 with our mission today. As we do, we will discover many similarities and a few differences. Join us as we focus on Jesus’ mission, the people He chooses to carry out this mission, and all that He provides us for successfully carrying out this all-important mission.
Mission, Vision, and Leadership
Candidation Weekend 2019 • February 10, 2019 • David Cotner
Today is a special Sunday in the life of our church as today is part of our Candidation Weekend with Tim O’Tool and his family. We are truly grateful to God for how he has led both us and the O’Tool’s in this expedition to discern His will concerning whether Tim should be extended the call to be our next Associate Pastor. The vote for Tim O’Tool is slotted for Sunday, Feb. 24. However, as you think, pray, and process as to how the Lord is leading you to vote, let’s consider Tim’s Candidation through the lens of Mission, Vision, and Leadership. We will end our time this morning with a brief Q & A with our Candidate.