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Community Of Ambassadors
2 Corinthians 5:20 • February 17, 2019 • Pastor Ralph M. Gordon
What type of church would Renovation be, if each one of us lived with a posture of becoming “All Things To All People” so that we might save some? How would our homes and our communities be different? Our text for today keeps us in Corinth, but in Paul’s 2nd address to the Corinthian church, we get a chance to see how they were reminded of their call and the importance of their COMMUNITY.
All Things To All People
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 • February 10, 2019 • Pastor Doug Nelms Jr.
We seem to have an issue with evangelism. The question we need to ask ourselves, why? Why is it, that one of the central disciplines for the Christian life has become utterly distasteful? Why is it, that the thought of us going into our places of work, school, or social interaction and specifically finding an opportunity to do evangelism causes us great discomfort or anxiety. I think if we are honest with ourselves we all know the answer, We are overly concerned with our present and wholly unconcerned with peoples eternity. When was the last time we thought about our co-workers eternity? When was the last time we thought about our neighbors eternity? I’ll be the first one to bleed, as a pastor the gravitational pull of this gig is towards Christians. And to my shame, I have gone months without thinking about my neighbors eternity. But the scriptures paint a very different picture for us. For the disciple of Jesus, our lives should be one of perpetual evangelism. That For the sake of saving some, we fight for common ground with all.
How To Pray
Matthew 6 • December 30, 2018 • Pastor Doug L. Nelms Jr.
We don’t talk to God like He is a loving father. I know that seems like a strong accusation to open with. I think with a little reflection we will all agree this is true about us to one degree or another. The reasons for this will vary wildly. For some us, it will be that we have a strong religious background. If you grew up in another religion, God as a father is most likely completely foreign. Your perception of Him is one of distance and otherness. A god that is separate and far off. Or perhaps you grew up in the church, but the scriptures that describe God in his cosmicness where overemphasized. The stories your parents or pastors emphasized where about God being surrounded in unapproachable light or when Moses ask God to see Him, and God responds that you can not see me and live. For those that grew up in those traditions often feel as though we are offensive worms and God is a judge simply holding back his anger because of Jesus. As a result, we tend to pray to God in a manner that is aware of His holiness but absent His affections. The second group of us actually talk to God like He is a father, it’s just as a reflection of the sins of our earthly father. We talk to God out of our daddy issues. Our communication with God was formed in how we communicated with our earthly fathers. For those people, myself included this manifest itself most commonly in a few ways. We talk to God from a place of shame. We pray to Him as though He constantly disapproves of who we are. Almost as though we feel like He believes He made a mistake in creating us. Or Walk talk to God from a place of fear. We pray to Him as though He is at any moment we could push him over the edge. It sometimes feels like at any moment He will abandon us. So we pray from a place of trying to keep punishment at bay. So the idea of talking to God as a loving father seems foreign. While these categories by no way cover everyone, I think we can all agree that we don’t talk to God like a loving father. For most of human history the ideas of distance, shame, and fear were normal for humanity’s understanding of its relationship with God. But in the story we are going to read this morning, we are going to see a very different relationship that. In fact, scriptures position is that our heavenly Father wants to hear the heart of His children. How To Pray | Stand Alone Sermon | Matthew 6
1 Samuel 12:24 • November 25, 2018 • Pastor Doug L. Nelms Jr.
We rarely consider the good in our lives, so we aren’t moved to serve anyone. We as a society rarely consider the good things we have experienced. We live in an epidemic of “what have you done for me lately.” Which means that we have a hard time being a people of sacrifice. We have all experienced directly when we send out an invitation to help us move. There is no greater way to discover who your true friends are than moving homes. Even greater than the relational strain of moving furniture is how this reality manifests itself with our relationship with God. We rarely consider the great things that God has done for us, and so we aren’t moved to serve him I’ll speak for myself, my desire to serve becomes smaller the longer I go without considering God’s goodness towards me. Spiritual disciplines, my willingness to give monetarily, my willingness to give of my time, my ability to simply be faithful to that which I have been called, is directly connected to my frequency in remembering God’s faithfulness and goodness towards me. None of this is news to our Heavenly Father. In fact, the Bible is plain in its revelation of how our hearts work. Throughout it, you will find a constant refrain to consider the goodness and faithfulness of God. The position of the scriptures is God’s faithfulness moves us to faithful service. Stand Alone Sermons | Faithfulness | 1 Samuel 12:24
Romans 12:1-2 • September 9, 2018 • Pastor Doug L. Nelms Jr.
We live as though mercy has no obligations. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to be let off with a warning after being caught speeding, how long did it take before you were speeding again? 5 minutes? For the students who have terrible study habits and didn’t finish a project on time, and your professor allowed for a late submittal. How long before you started procrastinating again? Time and time again, we are continually shown mercy and live as though we have no obligations on the mercy we have received. Nowhere is our inconsistencies more apparent that our relationship with God. As followers of Jesus we believe we have been rescued from a life of misery and an eternity of separation, and yet we can’t seem to read our Bible on a regular basis. We can’t seem to make decisions without asking His guidance first. The text we will dive into is a reminder that experiencing God’s mercy makes sacrifice the only logical response. Stand Alone Sermon | Logical Sacrifice | Romans 12:1-2
Deuteronomy 10:12-17 • February 18, 2018 • Pastor Doug L. Nelms Jr.
The breadth of differences between God's image bearers is a beautiful testament to his creative genius. Ethnic, cultural, gender, and so much more show God's love for a diverse people. In the midst of these differences though, the manner in which we relate to God is strangely similar.Particularly the way in which we view God's love. For most of us, We want to redefine God’s love so that there are no requirements But we all instantly know the problem with that desire in us, don’t we? There is no loving relationship we can have that doesn’t have some measure of requirement on us. And for the Christian, we should do all that God requires because of His great love for us. The question we have to ask then is, What does God require? Stand Alone Sermon | Love Requires | Deuteronomy 10:12-17
God Of Generations
Psalm 78:1-8 • May 28, 2017 • Sam L. Kang
Imagine if you ran my leg of the 400, and you ran with the goal of finishing my 400; but you were not doing it to pass the baton. In fact, you couldn’t care less about anyone else and ran my portion, threw that baton to the side and left the track with a smug look of victory. Without the baton, your team, that is depending upon you, could not finish the race. How could they? While this is a hypothetical situation/an imaginary situation, it is actually seen quite often. Not so much on the track, but in how older generations interact with the younger. The problem is that we think the race ends when we’re done. Every generation struggles with me-centrism. Every generation thinks their generation was the best generation. You can often see that in the skepticism that is vocalized. “We didn’t have these problems in my generation.” “I don’t understand these young folks.” “I wish we could get back to the good ole days.” “Facebook? I remember when we had MySpace?” “Snapchat? Remember Twitter?” “Musically? I remember when we had Rapchat?" ”Lebron James? We had Michael Jordan.” We pit one generation against the other! In many ways, we give up on the next generation. But what we’re going to see today in God’s word is that God loves the next generation. It is the responsibility of every generation to tell about God and what He’s done to the next. Stand Alone Sermon | God Of Generations | Psalm 78:1-8