Sermons

Sermons

Living Stone

The new believers Peter is writing to have been encouraged by the glorious salvation they had received and challenged to live in a way that was set apart from the world. Now Peter continues to challenge them to cling to Jesus in the hostile world they lived in. Pastoral Intern Ben Torr helps us unpack this challenge.

Holiness

Peter has encouraged the new believers in Asia Minor by unpacking the glorious way in which they were saved… they had been brought into the covenant family of God. But there is a certain way in which the covenant family of God is supposed to live… they are supposed to be holy! Pastor Joe helps us understand what it means to be holy.

Living Hope

The Apostle Peter wrote to a bunch of Christians, scattered throughout what is now modern-day Turkey, who were starting to feel the pinch of suffering for their new-found faith in Jesus. Pastor Ben helps us understand Peter’s glorious vision of salvation in Christ and how it secures our hope.

The Idol of Religiosity

In our final sermon in the Battle for the Heart series on idols that captivate our affections, Pastor Joe helps us see how viewing our faith through the lens of religiosity is one of the most common idols that Christians struggle with. We will see how it captivates us and the damage it can do.

The Idol Of Approval

Romans 8:1-17 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesusthe law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us,…

The Idol of Power

Matthew 20:20-28 20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink…

The Idol of Sex

16 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices 3 and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. 4 On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. 5 No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do…

The Idol Of Wealth

Luke 12:13-21 – The Parable of the Rich Fool 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself,…

The Idol Of Self

Philippians 2:1-11 2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one…