Stand Alone Sermons
Sermons Not In A Particular Series
Sowing and Reaping
Galatians 6:7-10 • January 24, 2021 • Matt Ballard
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:7-10 1. Three Principles of sowing and reaping a.). You Reap WHAT you sow b.) You Reap LATER than you Sow c.) You Reap GREATER than you sow 2. Two areas each of us need to apply this truth. a) You sow and reap in yourself: “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from that Spirit will reap eternal life.” v. 8 b) Second place you sow and reap is in the lives of other people: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” v. 9-10
The Word is Trustworthy
Psalm 19:7-11 • January 17, 2021 • Matt Ballard
Five Pillars of Spiritual Development: 1. Hear the Word 2. Read the Word 3. Study the Word 4. Memorize the Word 5. Meditate on the Word 3 Reasons the Gospels can't be Legends: 1. Counter Productive Content 2. They were written way to soon after the events happened 3. The literary style makes it impossible for them to be legends "I have been reading poems, romances, vision literature, legends, and myths all my life. i know what they are like. I know none of them are like this. Of this gospel there are only two possible views. Either this is reportage... or else, some unknown ancient writer without known predecessors or successors suddenly anticipated the whole technique of modern novelistic realistic narrative” CS Lewis
Am I Still Growing Spiritually?
January 10, 2021 • Matt Ballard
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” -CS Lewis “Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness.” 1 Timothy 4:7 a. Are you hungrier for God than ever before? Psalm 42:1 "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. b. Are you governed more and more by God's Word? 2 Timothy 3:16–17: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." c. Am I becoming more and more loving? d. Are you more and more aware of your sin? 1 Timothy 1:15 e. Are you more and more willing to forgive others? Ephesians 4:32
Meditate on the Cross
Colossians 2:13-15 • January 3, 2021 • Monte Starkes
Colossians 2:13-15: "And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him." Romans 8:38-39: "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Engaging in God's Word
December 27, 2020 • John French
When God Speaks He tells us two things: - What our purpose is. - What His plans are. God’s Word is what nourishes us. Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Advent: Matthew 1:18-25
Birth of Jesus • December 20, 2020 • Matt Ballard
1. God did something astounding Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 2. In the birth of Jesus God did something life changing v. 21-23 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Born Again: John 3:1-15
December 13, 2020 • Matt Ballard
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 Verse 5: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." Verse 7: "You must be born again." Conversion is more than Bible knowledge. Conversion is essential. Conversion is a miracle from God. Conversion makes a nice person into a new person.
Advent: Micah 5:2-5
December 6, 2020 • Scotty Smith
Micah 5:2-5 “2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be RULER over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” 3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. 4 He will stand and SHEPHERD His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. 5 And He will be our PEACE”
Guard Your Heart
November 8, 2020 • Matt Ballard
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1.22-23 How drifting happens: a. Make small moral compromises. b. Start hanging out with people who have negative lifestyle c. Stop hanging out with other strong Christians d. Start to doubt what it is I believe
Oh be Careful Little Mouth what you Say
Proverbs about what our words can do • November 1, 2020 • Matt Ballard
1. Our words matter: Morally 2. Our words matter: Emotionally 3. Our words matter: But there are Limits Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. Proverbs 12:22 An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Proverbs 17:4 Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Proverbs 24:12 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. Proverbs 13:3
"So Walk in Him"
Colossians 2:6-10 • August 30, 2020 • Monte Starkes
Colossians 2:6-10 "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority."
Transforming Power of Hope
Book of Revelations • June 28, 2020 • Scotty Smith
Pastor Scotty Smith preaches about John's visions in Revelations about Heaven, and how these visions can help us to focus our attention towards God's affirmations: redeeming abundantly, reigning sovereignly, and loving lavishly.