Sermon Messages
 
Current Sermon Series:
“When Heaven is Dark. When Doubt Challenges Our Lives.
 
In this series, we will look at the doubts and fears that come into our lives and hide the light heaven, and how they can challenge the very core of our lives and our faith.

Jun 23, 2019
Mountains and Valleys In Concert (Sermon 6/23/19)
Sermon by guest Pastor Joe Shea
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  • Jun 23, 2019Mountains and Valleys In Concert (Sermon 6/23/19)
    Jun 23, 2019
    Mountains and Valleys In Concert (Sermon 6/23/19)
    Sermon by guest Pastor Joe Shea
  • Jun 16, 2019Fighting Back Against Doubt (Sermon 6/16/19)
    Jun 16, 2019
    Fighting Back Against Doubt (Sermon 6/16/19)
    Doubt can creep into anyone’s life at any time. Doubt can isolate you and cripple you. Doubt can make you feel like you are watching the world through a window and no one can see you. There are practical steps you can take to help each of us on the journey from doubt to belief again.
  • Jun 9, 2019God? (Sermon 6/09/19)
    Jun 9, 2019
    God? (Sermon 6/09/19)
    “The factual premise of religion, is untenable. God almost certainly does not exist.” (Richard Dawkins) “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.” (Apostle Paul)
    • Who is right and how can you know for sure?
  • Jun 2, 2019The Doubt of Science (Sermon 6/2/19)
    Jun 2, 2019
    The Doubt of Science (Sermon 6/2/19)
    “Science without faith is lame. Faith without science is blind”- Einstein
    “The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshiped in the cathedral or the laboratory”- Francis Collins
    “Men became scientific because they expected law in nature and they expected law in nature because they believed in a legislator.” – C.S. Lewis
     
    For many science and faith are polar opposites. One cannot exist in the presence of the other. When one is threatened, doubt can creep in. How do I view the relationship between faith and science?
  • May 26, 2019The Doubt of Silence (Sermon 5/26/19)
    May 26, 2019
    The Doubt of Silence (Sermon 5/26/19)
    You call, you text, you leave a note and you wait, and no answer comes. You try again, and you get frustrated. You try another method of communicating, and still get no answer. Now you begin to get frustrated and even angry. After a while, you may even stop trying to communicate and you walk away doubting, or rebelling. Have you ever experienced that with God?
  • May 19, 2019The Doubt of Pain (Sermon 5/19/19)
    May 19, 2019
    The Doubt of Pain (Sermon 5/19/19)
    Reading the headlines any day of our world or our lives could cause someone to doubt the existence, or the attention of God. How can we answer when answers seem so far away? Question- “Can you recall a time when you or a friend experienced suffering or pain? How did you respond?”
  • May 12, 2019The Doubt of Scripture (Sermon 5/12/19)
    May 12, 2019
    The Doubt of Scripture (Sermon 5/12/19)
    Everyone has a final authority, a “The Buck Stops Here” foundation, for his or her life. For some it is his/her experiences. For others it is his/her own beliefs. Others will claim they have no authority and want none. As Christ followers we claim our final authority is the written testimony of Scripture. How confident are we in its reliability, and do we begin to doubt when its truth is challenged?
  • May 5, 2019The Shockwave of Doubt (Sermon 5/5/19)
    May 5, 2019
    The Shockwave of Doubt (Sermon 5/5/19)
    Most people struggle with doubt at some point in their lives. The doubt can be simple, or the doubt can be overwhelming. Barna poll of 2018 estimates that 70% of high schools students will have walked away from their faith by the time they graduate. When doubt challenges our faith, it can be devastating. As a Christ follower, is doubt ok? What causes my doubt? When doubt comes, do I allow my doubt to drive me from God, or towards him?
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Sermon Series: “Jesus’ Inside Friends”
So often when we talk about “the friends of Jesus” we are most likely to focus on the apostles, Peter, Paul, those who as Jesus says, “you are my friends if you do what I command you.” What about the people that Jesus seemed to welcome in and with whom He invited in the broken, bruised, unwanted or unwelcomed.  Do these describe our friends?

Apr 28, 2019
Who’s Mind Do I Have? (Sermon 4/28/19
Interview with Raymond Town Manager Joe Isley.  Prayer for our leaders, even the ones we do not like, is essential for peace and unity. On this Sunday before the “National Day of Prayer,” what would God have me know, do, and pray?
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  • Apr 28, 2019Who’s Mind Do I Have? (Sermon 4/28/19
    Apr 28, 2019
    Who’s Mind Do I Have? (Sermon 4/28/19
    Interview with Raymond Town Manager Joe Isley.  Prayer for our leaders, even the ones we do not like, is essential for peace and unity. On this Sunday before the “National Day of Prayer,” what would God have me know, do, and pray?
  • Apr 21, 2019Jesus’ Doubting Friends (Sermon 4/21/19)
    Apr 21, 2019
    Jesus’ Doubting Friends (Sermon 4/21/19)
    Flowers, a riot of colors, the joy of spring and new beginnings- flood our senses at Easter. Many celebrate the unofficial ending of winter and new life seen growing from the ground. Others celebrate and rehearse the core of their faith- the truth of the resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. Still others live in a closet of doubt that any of this is true.  Can I doubt and still be a “Friend of Jesus?”
  • Apr 14, 2019Jesus’ Parade of Friends (Sermon 4/14/19)
    Apr 14, 2019
    Jesus’ Parade of Friends (Sermon 4/14/19)
    On this Palm Sunday, we get to see all the different groups of Jesus “friends” gathered in one place at the same time. Throughout the encounter, Jesus remains true to His purpose, his mission and highlights who are his true friends.
  • Apr 7, 2019Jesus’ Rich Friends or “The Tale of Two Checkbooks” (Sermon 4/7/19)
    Apr 7, 2019
    Jesus’ Rich Friends or “The Tale of Two Checkbooks” (Sermon 4/7/19)
    Many people have an ingrained prejudice, or even hatred, towards the wealthy. We so often see the characterization of wealth as bad, or even evil. So, what does Jesus do with the rich around him? The Rich Young Ruler and the Rich Tax Collector?
  • Mar 31, 2019Jesus’ Challenged Friends (Sermon 3/31/19)
    Mar 31, 2019
    Jesus’ Challenged Friends (Sermon 3/31/19)
    People who know they need Jesus seem to find Jesus. People who don’t know they need Jesus, have a hard time breaking through their preconceived ideas, traditions and even pride. Each of these types of people have their own challenges in being a friend of Jesus.
  • Mar 24, 2019Jesus’ Friends and Enemies (Sermon 3/24/19)
    Mar 24, 2019
    Jesus’ Friends and Enemies (Sermon 3/24/19)
    If you were to identify a “Friend of Jesus,” what would you look for in his or her life? Church attendance? How they speak? How they vote? In today’s scripture, Jesus gives us two signs by which you can tell if someone is a “true friend” or not.
  • Mar 17, 2019Jesus’ Political Friends (Sermon 3/17/19)
    Mar 17, 2019
    Jesus’ Political Friends (Sermon 3/17/19)
    In this series, we are exploring the “friends of Jesus” who may not immediately come to mind. This week, we see how Jesus interacts, not just with the “down and out,” but also those officials not held in highest esteem.
  • Mar 10, 2019Jesus’ Shamed Friends (Sermon 3/10/19)
    Mar 10, 2019
    Jesus’ Shamed Friends (Sermon 3/10/19)
    Most people have watched crime shows where the suspect at the end of the story turns out to be someone different from whom you expected. In this familiar story in Jesus’ life, the real subject of the lesson is not the one it first appears to be.
  • Mar 3, 2019Jesus’ Outcast Friends (Simon the Leper) (Sermon 3/3/19/)
    Mar 3, 2019
    Jesus’ Outcast Friends (Simon the Leper) (Sermon 3/3/19/)
    When you hear the phrase, “A friend of Jesus’” what goes through your mind? Peter? John, Paul? Other great people of faith? People who tell you Jesus is their friend? In this Lenten series, we will be looking at some of the lesser heralded, “friends of Jesus.” Some of the people Jesus spent his time around and was willing to draw close- and maybe asking each of us to do the same.
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Sermon Series: “The Forgotten God”
 

Pastor Francis Chan in his book, “The Forgotten God,” presents the case that many churches, even if they would not say it’s true, have forgotten God in their worship and practice by neglecting the person and practice of the Holy Spirit. Is this true for each of us? Could this be said about our church? Do we live and minister in such comfort that we have eliminated the need of God’s Spirit? Would we even notice His absence?


Feb 24, 2019
Do I Want a Supernatural Church? (Sermon 2/24/19)
It is easy to build a church. Charismatic leader- check. Amazing music- check. Good coffee and food- check. State of the art facility- check. Encouraging words- all set. Great marketing- check. When all is said and done, we can build an amazing church- but is it supernatural?
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  • Feb 24, 2019Do I Want a Supernatural Church? (Sermon 2/24/19)
    Feb 24, 2019
    Do I Want a Supernatural Church? (Sermon 2/24/19)
    It is easy to build a church. Charismatic leader- check. Amazing music- check. Good coffee and food- check. State of the art facility- check. Encouraging words- all set. Great marketing- check. When all is said and done, we can build an amazing church- but is it supernatural?
  • Feb 17, 2019Forget God’s Will (Sermon 2/17/19)
    Feb 17, 2019
    Forget God’s Will (Sermon 2/17/19)
    “If I only knew God’s will for my life I would do it.” “I wish God would show me what to do.” There are very few people in history who have ever known all of God’s will for their lives from beginning to end. If we are honest, it’s easy to say we will follow God someday instead of today.
  • Feb 3, 2019What’s In It For Me? (Sermon 2/3/19)
    Feb 3, 2019
    What’s In It For Me? (Sermon 2/3/19)
    We talk a lot about what we love. “I love my spouse, my kids, my family.” “I love sports.” “I love pizza.” How much do we talk about how much we love the church?
  • Jan 27, 2019Afraid of Answering the Door (Sermon 1/27/19)
    Jan 27, 2019
    Afraid of Answering the Door (Sermon 1/27/19)
    Fear can motivate us, paralyze us and even cripple us in our lives. We all have some fear of something(s). Two questions:
    1. Are you afraid of what other people think of you?
    2. Are you afraid of following Jesus?
  • Jan 13, 2019I’ve Got Jesus, I’m All Set (Sermon 1/13/19)
    Jan 13, 2019
    I’ve Got Jesus, I’m All Set (Sermon 1/13/19)
    The Holy Spirit for many is the least understood, and the most underappreciated person of the Trinity. Many are more comfortable saying they want “Jesus with them,” but shy away from acknowledging the Holy Spirit as part of their lives.
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