We preach in hopes that you will learn and live more fully for the glory of God.
"Live in such a way that you rejoice over the fall of Babylon rather than fear it."
The second section of Revelation contains haunting symbols. Beasts, bowls, and a place called Babylon all find climax in a war (Armageddon). Surrounding the ominous illusions is a life changing message. "...the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings." This is a series of sermons on Revelation 12-19 and how you can share in Jesus' victory.
Most often we think of church in terms of what we get out of it. We regard the church as something built for us. The book of Ephesians teaches something different. It explains that the church should be built on, centered around, and exist for Jesus; it teaches that it is His.
Peter promised he’d never forsake Jesus—he’d even die for him. But moments later, when Jesus was arrested, Peter denied even knowing him…three times. Then, he watched as Jesus was unfairly tried, mocked, beaten, whipped, tortured, and crucified. Peter wept bitterly, but no amount of tears could erase the guilt and shame. Three days later Jesus’ resurrection sent Peter running and swimming.
There’s a moment from the life of Jesus that is celebrated every year. Jesus entered Jerusalem while throngs of people shouted praise and placed palm branches in his path. What isn’t celebrated is the events of the following morning. The celebration was over, Jesus had driven greedy people from the temple, and the religious leaders were mad. In this moment, there was no crowd, but three groups of people still came to him. This is a Palm Sunday sermon about Jesus and those people: The Blind, The Lame, and The Children.
As Jesus hung on a cross dying, bleeding out, every breath moving him one breath closer to his last, he made seven statements. These words teach us a lot about Jesus—his sacrifice and love for people. This is a series of sermons on the seven sayings of Jesus from the cross.
God used this man named Paul to write much of the New Testament. What he writes about prayer might surprise you. He doesn’t spend any space on what it is and only a little space on how to do it. What he wrote about prayer seems to center on a single command: Pray. This is a series of sermons on Paul’s writings about prayer—the hope is that you’ll be inspired to do it more.
Like the wind, years fly by in an ever-changing and unpredictable way. As they do, all of our moments – good and bad – are tainted how fleeting life is. Anytime can be the last time. This sermon offers a biblical response to the temporary and capricious nature of life.
Christmas is stressful for everyone, but consider Jesus’ mother. Mary was a young girl who was engaged to be married. An angel told her she was pregnant, despite her being a virgin. It was a miraculous conception, but nobody would believe that. While we worry about our in-laws coming over, she worried her fiancé would leave her, family reject her, and society scorn her. Yet, the story of her pregnancy includes a song of celebration—a song called The Magnificat. The truths that compelled her to worship in the hard months of pregnancy can, and should, compel us to worship this Christmas…and every Christmas. These are lessons from The Magnificat.
Jesus’ longest recorded sermon, and most influential, is traditionally called The Sermon the Mount. The sermon is full of famous proclamations, phrases that are often memorized or hung on walls. But why are these words important 2,000 years later? This series of sermons is about The Sermon on the Mount and why it still matters.
We are living in a time when human life has been devalued. This leaves people, maybe you, wondering if they have any real worth. Many come to the conclusion that they don’t. It is not hard to see that the implications of this are far reaching—connected to a plethora of social ills. Here’s the good news: God has emphatically declared that you matter. This series of sermons examines how and why God has made this declaration.
The key question a church asks determines the direction they go. Too many churches are asking the wrong question: What have we always done? What are the cool churches doing? What will make us grow? The right question is very different; it is much more glorious. This sermon offers the key question every church should ask and gives insight into how Creekside is answering it.