Mentality in Christ
May 28, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright • Colossians 3:1–11
This is going to be a great Sunday! Paul moves from the problem of false teaching to an if/then solution. He says IF you are a christian THEN... If you are a Christian, then you can set your sights outside of this world. If You are a Christian, then you can trust in Christ who sits at God's right hand. If you are a Christian, then you can set your mind on the reality of heaven. If you are a Christian then you can shape your mind away from sinful desires. Freedom is found in a mentality rooted in Christ.
Grads that Glorify God
May 21, 2023 • Pastor Joe Daniels
Have you ever wondered why you were born? Or wondered why God made you? Well if you have, you are not alone. Many of us if we are honest have had these questions and I am excited to let you in on the secret mystery of these questions! We were born for a reason, but to understand that reason we have to go back and learn about how we got here in the first place! The how, and why is found in and through God! He loved you so much that He only made one of you! Everything about you is uniquely you, and God made you for something special! He made you to glorify Him! He made you to bring glory to Him by showing Him off in every every of your life. This Sunday we will be celebrating some graduating students and as we do so I want to send them off with a message that will change our lives if we grab a hold of how we can practically live lives that will bring glory to God who is the only one worthy of glory!
Made for this Moment
May 14, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
This Sunday is a very special day; it’s Mother’s Day and we are privileged to celebrate all the CCW moms that help make our church so special. The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children can hardly be measured. They know and absorb her example in countless ways. If you’re reading this, no doubt you have been impacted by a mother! We will be looking this Mother’s Day at the story of Esther. Esther is an unlikely heroine - an orphaned, Jewish girl who becomes queen. She is faced with a weighty, frightful decision that will impact untold generations. The theme verse is Esther 4:14, "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Moms you were made for this moment right now and your investment into this generation is vital.
Rooted in Christ
May 7, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright • Colossians 2
Have you ever been one ingredient off on cooking something? Do you remember how that affected the taste, flavor, and appearance? You can have most of the ingredients, but missing one changes everything. Paul said in Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit." The heresy invading the Colossian church was persuasive, philosophical, and had a place for Christ, but not THE place. This is one of the oldest attacks of the enemy and it is very alive today. We have to be on guard and deeply rooted in Christ to fight the schemes of an enemy who seeks to disguise almost truths to divert Christians from living fully in Christ!
Work in Christ
April 30, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright • Colossians 1:15–29
I love the feeling of checking a box on the list, accomplishing a task, and finishing an assignment. Those things are called work! It takes work to get ROOTED! Paul says in Colossians 1:24, "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you," and in vs. 29, "to this end, I also labor (work), striving according to His working which works in me mightily." If anyone could say anything about suffering and serving it was Paul who was beaten and battered for the faith so that we may be presented mature (v. 28). As we dig deeper, we must understand why it is so vital for us to do the hard work to mature into the full-court followers of Christ that God desires for us to be.
Deep in Christ
April 23, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright • Colossians 1:9–14
We are kicking off our new series this Sunday called “Rooted” on the book of Colossians. A book written to the church by Paul to define the supremacy of Christ! Christ is more than enough to fulfill their every need. His letter is a warning to the because of false teachers that were trying to infiltrate with fake messages. The theme of this series is found in Colossians 2:6-7, "so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving." We live in a time and age in which many voices are vying to get our attention. It is vital that the church of Jesus Christ, in an all out effort to fight against the schemes of the enemy, be rooted. Rooted in God's Word, rooted in our faith, rooted in discipleship, and rooted in service to the the King of Kings!
Applications of the Ascension
April 16, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
In history, what happened after the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Jesus appeared to the disciples and spent 40 additional days of preparation, and then - poof - he was gone, ascended to Heaven. They watched Jesus's compelling flight, were left gazing into the Heavens over their complexing future, and given an imperative challenge of faith. Acts 1:8, "And ye shall be witnesses of me...to all the world." Jesus left this earth making the disciples the message bearers to the whole world. Over 2000 years later, and the message still permeates to every believer: "Be witnesses of me."
Reconstructed by Resurrection
April 9, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
This Sunday, Christians will gather across the globe in churches to celebrate the most important day in all of history - Resurrection Day. Paul, in a sequence of "if/thens," explains: if there is no resurrection, then Christ is not risen; if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty; if Christ is not risen, our faith is empty; if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; and if Christ is not risen then we are still in our sins. Dr. Larry Moyer taught my evangelism class and must've have said over 1000 times, "The gospel in 10 words is this: 'Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.'" Jesus is Alive!
The Garden Incident
April 2, 2023 • Pastor Dave Roper • Matthew 26:30–51
Palm Sunday. The beginning of the most important week in the history of humanity. Over 25% of the information in the gospels is devoted to the eight days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. So many stories and events, so many characters and principles. The Bible seems to scream at us…. “Hey, this is important!” This week we are going to explore “The Garden Incident” in Matthew 26 and look at the last interactions Jesus had with his disciples - one disciple in particular - before He was arrested.
The Power of Choice
March 26, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
This week is the grand finale of our Forward series, and it’s a beautiful closing statement on Joshua’s service as well as a charge to us all. Joshua 24:15 says, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It’s unique when you think about how Deuteronomy closes and then how Joshua completes. They both end with a choice. Life and death, blessing and curse in Deuteronomy. Here, serve all these false, foreign gods that do not fulfill or serve the Lord God who alone is satisfaction. If you want to continue to move Forward, to progress, to live in fullness, choose you this day whom you will serve. We hope you’ll join us at 10:00 this Sunday, for Pastor Rick’s sermon, “The Power of Choice.”
Pray it Forward
March 19, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
Have you ever heard someone say, "I felt the prayer?" In Joshua 10, we see a looming battle and as the Israelites gain the upper hand and we see an amazing prayer. Joshua 10:14 says, “There has been no day like it before or since when the Lord heeded the voice of the man.” Joshua prayed an audacious prayer, Sun stand still and God did it.
The lie of self sufficiency
March 12, 2023 • Pastor Eli Alexander
“I should’ve seen that coming.” Everyone hates that feeling. No one likes to be deceived. Join us this Sunday as we continue through our Joshua series with the message titled “the lie of self-sufficiency.” Joshua and the Israelites have experienced a lot of victories provided from the Lord's hand, but in Joshua chapter 9 we see what happens when they take decision making into their own hands when deception enters the camp.
March 5, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
Have you ever heard the statement right after a big victory is a dangerous time? Last week we saw the Israelites making a major breakthrough, marching as God commanded, and the walls of Jericho came crashing down. This week we see in Joshua 7 Israel suffer an immediate defeat at the hands of one man’s greed and covetousness.
February 26, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
Breakthrough: a sudden, dramatic, and important development. What does it take to break through ancient walls and obtain God's promise? We can feel that Israel is right on the brink, the precipice - an over 700 year old promise dating all the way back to Abraham is brimming and about to bring a revolution! There's just one thing left: complete submission to the supremacy of God and His circling plan, and the walls (of Jericho) and (of your) will come crashing down.
The Pleasance of Presence
February 19, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright • Joshua 5:2–15
God has been mighty at work in our services and outreach. What a great time it has been to see God at work! Have you ever had a person in your life who made everything better when they showed up? In our sermon series, FORWARD, there are just a few things left to complete for Israel to cross over into the Promised Land. As they are preparing in Joshua 5:13 "a man stood with his sword drawn" and Joshua said,"Are you for us or against us?" We are going to be looking at the impact of that man's presence on the nation!
The Power of a Testimony
February 12, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
This Sunday is going to be unforgettable. We are honored to have the Landreth family share a special testimony of how God has miraculously worked in Eli's story. It is God's sovereign timing because in our FORWARD study this week, God tells Joshua to have the Israelites build a memorial of stones to celebrate the crossing of the Jordan River. Why? In cases like these we can forget to ascribe glory where it belongs - to God. In the moment, we are aware that it’s of God but as minutes flit away, so often goes our memory - forgetting just who God is and was in big life moments. And, when we forget the things that He’s done, our focus can shift to everything wrong. The issue, of course, is that we forget because we fail to make a memorial; we fail to rewind and revisit the powerful testimony of God's work. This Sunday at 10 AM we are going to be studying Joshua 4, "The Power of a Testimony."
Bridge over troubled waters
February 5, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
For 40 long years Israel had been wandering in the wilderness. Finally, we get to the point where Joshua is going to lead the Israelites into Canaan and it’s easy street, right? Wrong. Immediately, they are met with an insurmountable obstacle: it’s fall and the Jordan River's banks have swelled. When you Burn the Boats and begin to move FORWARD, expect adversity. Satan doesn't want the child of God moving forward 1 inch. Satan would prefer we take up residence in the wilderness, living comfortably, quietly, eating our manna, and not making much of a stir. We are going to see what happens when the people of God, armed with the power of God face rough waters.
From Shame to Fame
January 29, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
This week we are peering into Joshua 2. Often while working on the needs of many, God will divert His attention to one. Luke 15:4 says, "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?" Rahab was one of the ones. We are introduced to Rahab the harlot in Joshua 2, and her story tells me that sometimes God chooses people with rough resumes, gritty pasts, and audacity to move His plan FORWARD. There are a myriad of reasons why God might have chosen this particular woman to help the Israelites, but the one that sticks out is that other people might have underestimated Rahab's potential based on her past circumstances. But not God. He saw her potential and took her "From Shame to Fame."
The Recipe for Success
January 22, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
Do you have a unique recipe maybe one that shows up at holiday's or very special events? There are 1,189 chapters with over 783,000 words in the Bible and God shares for the one and only time the word success and the recipe for obtaining it. In Joshua 1:8- "This Book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success." As a Christian it is vital to understand the way to move Forward. This Sunday at 10AM, we are continuing our new sermon series Forward with Pastor Rick's sermon "The Recipe for Success."
The Courage of Conviction
January 15, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
Joshua is one of the greatest characters in all of the BIble. He was Moses' protege and chosen to lead God's people courageously into the promised land. There is a great hymn with these lines "Onward Christian Soldiers Marching as to war with the cross of Jesus going on before" and the theme running through the pages of Joshua is moving Forward. Forty years the children of Israel had to wander in the wilderness and wonder what could have been, what should have been, but Joshua because of his commitment and obedience to God would get to see the Promised land. What if in 2023 the people of God marched not half hearted, not semi-Christian, no looking back, everyone put everything all in for Jesus! In Joshua chapter 1, God tells Joshua three times to Be Strong and Very Courageous and anytime God reiterates something it is important!
Burn the Boats
January 8, 2023 • Pastor Rick Wright
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision the people perish." This Sunday, Pastor Rick will be bringing a vision message that is a 2023 rally cry entitled, "Burn The Boats." In Numbers 13 and 14, we study the story of Israel on the brink of going into the Promised Land with only one thing that could hold them back, and that one thing was Israel. In 2023, we want to challenge the whole church to be ALL IN with the vision: BURN THE BOATS. This Sunday will be an amazing time of worship with our CCW family! It will serve as the prequel to the story of Joshua that we will be studying in our first sermon series of the year called "FORWARD."