Endings

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Whenever we come to an end, there is something in us that wants to reflect and ponder, to assess where things are. We do this in little endings and in big endings, and even in the endings of letters. That is what the Apostle Paul does at the end of his letter to the church in Corinth. He says examine yourself, test yourself, to see if "Jesus is in you"! A great question for all to ponder in this new year. Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





How To Be A Good Christian

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Surveys show that far too many people think being a Christian is really about trying harder to be a better person. Being a better person is good, and [art of the Christian life, but is it true that if I resolve to live better, do more "good" things and sin less, I'll be a better Christian... a better person? The problem is, resolve without repentance is powerless to overcome sin. Resolve says "I can do this if I try harder" but repentance says "I can’t do this and I need help." Resolve without repentance is powerless to overcome sin. In this message we examine 2 Corinthians 12 & 13 to better understand the role of repentance in the Christian life.  Click here to listen to or download a mp3 of the sermon only.





Gospel Scars

Sunday, December 18, 2016


What scars do you have? Many times we want to hide our "scars" and pretend they don't exist because we think that they point to some kind of weakness in our life. In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul challenges us to think about how God wants to use our scars for his glory, for his purposes.  Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the sermon only.







Betrothed

Sunday, December 11, 2016


In 2 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul introduces a new metaphor for the church to hear. It centers on marriage, engagement and betrothal. He sees himself as the father of the bride, the bride being the church and the groom being Jesus Christ. He challenges the church in Corinth and us today: who are we engaged to spiritually? What Jesus do we believe in? What gospel do we place our faith? Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the sermon only.






Weapons of Warfare

Sunday, December 4, 2016


For the Apostle Paul, there was a reality that exists that he needed the church in Corinth to know – a reality that is not on the level of flesh and blood but in a spiritual realm. In the spiritual realm, all is not well. There is a war that is being waged against an enemy that is building "strongholds" and taking captives. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are being called to engage, to pick up the weapons of this warfare and to battle. Will we be these kinds of warriors or will we sit on the sidelines? Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





...and Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 27, 2016


The Apostle Paul taught the church in Corinth that their money, when given generously, is a blessing that God can use to multiply his kingdom.  As great as that is, Paul also wanted us to know that their money came from God in the first place, and being generous to others "closes the circle" by creating thanksgiving back to him. Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





Blessings

Sunday, November 20, 2016


When we see money, what do we really see? For the Apostle Paul, he was teaching the church in Corinth that their money was really not just money but a blessing that God can use to multiply his kingdom. When we see money in this way, it then transforms us to be generous cheerful givers. Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the service only.





In God We Trust

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Our world is surrounded by fine print, especially when it comes to our money. But this fine print points to something deeper – a fundamental distrust and brokenness that exists in our world. In 2 Corinthians, Paul deals with this distrust by pointing to the real issue: we often find our security in our stuff rather than in the gospel. Experiencing the gospel should move us to trust God and to trust each other. The gospel frees us to give and live generously because our security is no longer wrapped up in our stuff but rather what Christ has done in us and for us. Click here to listen or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





Prove It

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Prove it! It's a phrase that is pretty self-explanatory, for it speaks of more than just words but actions. The apostle Paul asked the church in Corinth to prove their love for God and his purposes not with words but in action – specifically by giving their money. Where we give our money speaks to what we love, and as Christ followers we have been made spiritually rich by the sacrifice and gift of Jesus Christ. May we reflect that same generosity to God and His kingdom with our money! Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





The Grace of Giving

Sunday, October 30, 2016


The Apostle Paul writes to the church in Corinth in chapter 8 to gather money for the believers in need in Jerusalem. He tells them the story of the Macedonians who also gave... out of their poverty, above their means, begging to give. How is this possible? They gave themselves first to the Lord!  Click here to download or listen to the mp3 of the sermon only.





Make Room

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Making room can be a difficult thing to do especially as we are accustomed to taking up as much space as possible. In 2 Corinthians chapter seven, Paul challenges the church in Corinth to make room for him in their hearts and lives. The reasons were two fold. So they could comfort one another and provide godly grief – all in the hope to alleviate the affliction and pain that we as humans carry with us in life. May we make room for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in our daily busy lives.





God Dwells Among Us

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Temples were not uncommon in the ancient city of Corinth, most dedicated to one pagan god or another with their corresponding idols. However, Paul said this group of believers were the temple of the living God and as such there was no room for idols in this temple. They were to not be unequally yoked with such unbelief. The Church today is still the temple of the same living God - it is among us that God dwells - so we to must avoid being unequally yoked. Click here to listen or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





Therefore

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Paul in the fifth chapter of 2 Corinthians was on a journey of therefore's – this word that links one idea to the next. Paul starts with the "fear of the Lord," which eventually leads him to tell the church in Corinth that they are "ambassadors for Christ." They are the ones who plead the case Jesus Christ to a world filled with people on a journey to eternity.  Click here to listen to or download the mp3 of the sermon only.






Jars of Clay

Sunday, October 2, 2016


A paradox is something that seems to be contradictory which we see in everyday life, but God too has his own paradox that we see in 2 Corinthians chapter 4, God places his treasure, the light of the gospel in jars of clay.  The jar of clay being the fragile and imperfect lives of his followers.  May we find hope and encouragement as we walk by faith and not by sight each and every day. Unfortunately we experienced some technically difficulties on Sunday and the sound in the video below is spotty. We apologize for any inconvenience.





New Covenant

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Paul points back to the Old Testament to describe the covenant that has passed compared the one that is new. It is this new covenant in all of its glory that applies to those who enter in to a relationship with God through his Son. We are to live in boldness and freedom as we are being transformed into a Christ-likeness!  Click here to listen or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





Living Letters

Sunday, September 18, 2016


The Apostle Paul was speaking to the church in Corinth and told them "thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession..." As followers of Christ, we too find ourselves in this parade each and every day, submitted to and obedient to the King. Click here to download the mp3 or listen to the sermon only.





Trust

Sunday, September 11, 2016


The Apostle Paul at the end of the first chapter in Second Corinthians was trying to bridge the gap between himself and the church in Corinth. Could there be something that could unify them as one? Paul focuses his words on the one topic that can unify... Jesus Christ. The same is true today. May our church be one at the foot of the cross!  Click here to listen and/or download the mp3 of the sermon only.





2 Cornithians, Perfect Grace for Imperfect People

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Everyone loves to read a good story, and the key to unlocking great stories is knowing the context and the setting through understanding the first words. This past Sunday we began our journey through the book of 2 Corinthians – a book that will walk us through big questions and tough topics that relate to our faith in Jesus Christ, as we understand in greater ways the “perfect grace” that God gives into the lives of “imperfect people”.  Click here to listen or download the mp3 of the sermon only.