When God Speaks

Sermon Title:  When God Speaks
Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 10:14, 27; Hebrews 3:12-19

The Scripture tells us that God wants to speak to his children. The problem is we’re not always listening. Why is that? Do we know when God is speaking to us? When Samuel was just a small boy, he heard from God, but he didn’t recognize God’s voice. He needed help in learning to listen so he could respond in obedience.

In the message When God Speaks, Pastor David shares about ways God can speak to us, and what we can do to be attentive and receptive to his voice. Listen to David and view the slides here.

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Whom Shall I Fear?

Sermon Title: Whom Shall I Fear?
Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:4; 27:1-6; Luke 8:22-25; 1 John 4:18

We are bombarded with news and messages today that appeal to a very primitive part of our brain (fight or flight); intentional or not, many of our leaders and mass media prefer we live in fear to boost their ratings or to keep us from the truth about what is really going on behind the scenes. And the Scriptures tell us that we have an unseen enemy who exploits our fears to keep us afraid and faithless. But God has made a way for us to overcome this immobilizing fear.

In Whom Shall I Fear?, Pastor David challenges us to resist the forces of fear that hold us captive and renders our faith in Christ useless. Listen to David and view the slides here.

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The Freedom of Forgiveness

Sermon Title: The Freedom of Forgiveness
Scripture Reading: Matt 18:21-35; Lk 6:36-38; Col 3:12-14

Jesus healed people and forgave their sins. His own people scoffed and said, “Only God can forgive sins!” While it’s true that God is the ultimate judge who pardons, and Jesus was and is God in the flesh, he calls those of us who are created in his image to imitate our merciful God by forgiving the sins of others who have wronged us. As disciples of Jesus, our own spiritual and physical health is at stake, as well as the health of the church, if we don't forgive others.

In The Freedom of Forgiveness, Pastor David challenges us to consider where we might be harboring bitterness and then encourages us to come into the freedom that flows from forgiveness.

Listen to the sermon and view the slides here.

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Overcoming Cynicism

Sermon Title: Overcoming Cynicism
Scripture Reading: Rom 15:13; Eph 3:10-11; 1 Cor 13:1-7, 12-13

The Scriptures tell us that the Spirit of God is at work bringing about God's eternal purpose. And because of the resurrection of Jesus we are called to be people of hope. But there is much about our world that can lead us into cynical despair. What can we do to combat this spirit of the age?

In Overcoming Cynicism, Pastor David address the threat of cynicism that is at work within the church today. God has called us in Christ to be hopeful realists. In this message Pastor David shares about his own struggles with cynicism and his journey out of it to embrace hopeful realism. If you're a cynic-saint, know that you're not alone and that with God's strength you can overcome cynicism.

Listen to David and view the slides here.

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Why I Believe in the Church

Sermon Title: Why I Believe in the Church (And You Should Too)
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-11; 2:8-10; 3:6-7, 10-11; 3:14-20; Matt 5:13-14; 16:16-18

Church history is filled with embarrassing, even detestable moments for the church. We can see today in North America that the church has largely become an object of ridicule and scorn.

While the church isn't perfect, and we should confess our sins when we've failed to faithfully follow Jesus, Christ himself said the church is a city on a hill. The church is the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Christ said he would carry out his divine program through his Body on the earth. This has always been God's eternal purpose.

In the sermon Why I Believe in the Church (And You Should Too), Pastor David shares why he believes the best is yet to come for the church and what God wants from us as we live in hopeful expectation about the future. Listen to Pastor David's first sermon and view the slides here.

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