Stand Alone Sermons
Sermons Not In A Particular Series
Abide in Christ
John 15:1-11 • May 30, 2021 • John French
How do we know we are abiding in Christ? 1. Abiding in Christ is fruit bearing (Vs. 6) 2. Abiding in Christ means pruning (vs. 2) 3. Abiding in Christ is ultimately about our joy (Vs. 11) “To abide in Christ means to keep up a habit of constant close communion with Him through His Word and prayer–to be always leaning on Him, resting on Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, and using Him as our Fountain of life and strength, as our chief Companion and best Friend. To have His words abiding in us, is to keep His sayings and precepts continually before our memories and minds, and to make them the guide of our actions and the rule of our daily conduct and behavior.” JC Ryle
The Hands of God and the World to Come
Mark 7:31-37 • March 28, 2021 • Tony Guiles
Mark 7:31-37 (ESV) 1. The WAYS of God are sometimes curious. (v. 31) “Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.” 2. The HEART of God is moved by our misery. (v 32) "And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him." 3. The HANDS of God reveal his heart and power. (vv. 33-35) “And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. “ 4. The PURPOSE of God is unfolding and certain. (vv. 36-37) "And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Habakkuk 1:5 "Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told."
Truth and Love
March 21, 2021 • Matt Ballard
1. The importance of truth 2. The importance of love 3. How we keep the two together “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelations 2:4 Revelations 2:1-7 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’"
Discipleship: With -> Sent
March 14, 2021 • Monte Starkes
Mark 3:13-21 Mark 3:14 “And He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach.” John 14:16–17. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” WITH -> SENT Trinity: WITH each other, then the Son and Spirit were SENT Adam: God walked WITH, then be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (SENT) Noah: walked WITH God, then be fruitful and multiply (SENT) Abraham: I (God) will be WITH you, then go and bless the nations (SENT) Moses: I (God) will be WITH you, then go and free my people (SENT) Moses and Joshua: WITH, then SENT Elijah and Elisha: WITH, then SENT Name of Jesus: Immanuel – “God WITH us”. Father SENT His Son. Apostles/Disciples: “Follow me, and I will make you Fishers of Men” / Great Commission Timothy: Paul WITH him, then entrust to faithful men (SENT) Applications: - Be WITH Jesus in Prayer and in the Word, Daily - Be in a Discipleship Group or a Small Group - Go, be SENT: o Volunteer at Church o Go serve with one of our church partners o Share the Gospel with others
Outrageous (Extreme) Grace
2 Corinthians 8:1-9 • January 31, 2021 • Scotty Smith
1. The Riches of Grace – Saving, “Sane-ing,” Sufficient 2 Corinthians 8:1, "And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches." 2. The Power of Grace - Hilarity instead of Hoarding 2 Corinthians 8:2-3, "In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people." 3. The Privilege of Grace – Investing in the only lasting Kingdom 2 Corinthians 8:4-7, “the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6 So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." 4. The Person of Grace – Jesus Himself 2 Corinthians 8:8-9, "I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 nFor you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich."
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