Exodus 20:13 || Sanctity of Life

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || What exactly does the 6th commandment command? How are we to submit ourselves to it? Is it simply a command to not murder? If so do we really even need to take the time to preach on it? Or does it perhaps go deeper than that? Does this command actually call us to show hospitality...even to our enemies? We attempt to answer all these questions in this week’s sermon as we continue our study of the 10 Commandments.

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Exodus 20:14 || Purity

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || The 7th commandment, to not commit adultery, reminds us that God holds the institution of marriage in high esteem. So high, in fact, that He uses this picture the most throughout the Bible to describe His relationship with His people. Therefore, it is vital that we not only have a proper understanding of His design for marriage, but that we value and prize it as highly as He does.

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Exodus 20:8-11 || Work and Rest

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || In Genesis we are told that after God finished creating He rested on the 7th day. He then instructs His people throughout Exodus to rest, just as He rested. Why? Why did God rest? Why does He command us to rest? Are we supposed to rest in the same way as Israel rested? Or, does Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, transform the way we understand and practice rest?

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Exodus 20:4-6 || Acceptable Worship

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || We learn from the first commandment there is no one like God, therefore He alone is to be worshiped. In the second commandment God reveals there are both acceptable and unacceptable ways to worship Him. We are not to make an image of Him because our finite minds cannot grasp His full character. You and I may no be tempted to carve a piece of wood and call it God, but we too are guilty of breaking this command when we define God by what we ‘think’ and ‘feel’ He’s like.

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Exodus 20:3 || Only One God

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || In the first commandment, God tells us to have no other gods before Him. But how do we do that? Scottish pastor, Thomas Chalmers, addressed this question in his sermon ‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection’. Chalmers said you may try by demonstrating the world’s vanity. But ultimately it’s futile to convince one to leave the pleasantries of green fields and blue skies by drawing attention to the storm clouds in the distance. Instead, you put forth another object that is more magnificent and worthy of our attachment. In this sermon we look at what it means to not have other gods before God, and the importance of turning our attention to the unmatchable beauty of Christ.

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Exodus 20:1-2 || Ten Words, One Savior

'“Ten Words” Sermon Series || The Ten Commandments are some of the most recognizable words in the entire Bible, yet they are often among the most misunderstood. How has the coming of Jesus transformed these ancient laws? Do these commandments still matter to Christians today? What does it look like to obey them in today’s world? We will explore these questions and more this summer as we look at the Ten Commandments through the lens of Christ. In this introductory message we see in verses 1-2 we three truths about the Law: it’s given by God, it follows the Gospel, and it’s the path of freedom.

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Hebrews 12:18-24 || Prayer to a Holy God

‘Reach, Build, Send’ Sermon Series || We exist to reach people with the gospel, build them as the church, and send them into the world for the glory of God. In this fifth and final message we turn to Hebrews 12 and are reminded of the incredible truth that God is unapproachable because of His holiness and our sinfulness, but because of Christ and His blood that speaks a better word, we are granted access to the Father. With this reminder, and using this text as the foundation, we draw near to God in prayer.

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Titus 1-3 || For the Glory of God

‘Reach, Build, Send’ Sermon Series || We exist to reach people with the gospel, build them as the church, and send them into the world for the glory of God. In this fourth message guest preacher, James Walden, leads us through Titus 1-3 and shows us how God’s people, when grounded in and transformed by the truth of the Gospel, brings glory to God.

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Acts 8:26-40 || Send Them into the World

‘Reach, Build, Send’ Sermon Series || We exist to reach people with the gospel, build them as the church, and send them into the world for the glory of God. How do aircraft carriers, a desert road, and an Ethiopian eunuch illustrate what it means to be sent? In this third message of our ‘Reach Build Send’ sermon series, we identify 5 truths seen in Acts 8:26-40 that relate to our mission to send.

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Acts 8:14-25 || Build Them as the Church

‘Reach, Build, Send’ Sermon Series || We exist to reach people with the gospel, build them as the church, and send them into the world for the glory of God. In this second message of our ‘Reach Build Send’ sermon series, we are reminded it’s Jesus who builds His Church. As we continue through Acts 8 we see in verses 14-25 four specific ways the Lord builds His Church.

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Acts 8:1-13 || Reach People with the Gospel

‘Reach, Build, Send’ Sermon Series || We exist to reach people with the gospel, build them as the church, and send them into the world for the glory of God. In this first message of our ‘Reach Build Send’ sermon series, we look to Acts 8:1-13 and Philip’s efforts to reach the people of Samaria, and we are reminded that reaching others will require us to ‘throw our cap over the wall’.

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2 Corinthians 4:7-12 || Jars of Clay

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || The Christians in Corinth were being swayed by false teachers proclaiming a false gospel of prosperity with no suffering. But, as Charles Spurgeon would say years later, “Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer.” In 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, Paul reminds the Corinthians, and all Christians, that we will suffer for the sake of the gospel, but Christ is King of our suffering, weakness, and death.

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2 Corinthians 3:14-18 || Greater Freedom

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || Many times we don’t realize what we don’t see until we get a glimpse of what we are missing. In this message we look at what happens when the veil is removed. Christ is the one who removes the veil, and when we turn our eyes towards Him we can behold God’s glory. And this freedom to behold Him transforms us into His image.

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2 Corinthians 3:6-11, 17-18

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || As seen in these verses, the Corinthians were giving in to the temptation to turn to the law of Moses as their savior. As 21st century Americans, it can be hard for us to relate to this temptation. But though we may not be tempted to run back to the law of Moses, we too have functional saviors we are tempted to turn to. In this sermon, we address 4 common saviors we all are tempted to run to, and we look at Paul's words about how the New Covenant is far superior than the Old Covenant.

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2 Corinthians 3:4-5, 12-13 || Greater Confidence

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || What gave Paul confidence and boldness in his ministry? The same thing that lead St. Patrick to return to Ireland, the land where he formerly lived as a slave, to proclaim the gospel: the New Covenant in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 3:4-5, 12-13 we see Paul speak of a greater confidence, greater sufficiency, and greater hope that produces boldness produced through this New Covenant.

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2 Corinthians 3:1-3 || Greater Change

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || Following our Exodus series, we examine two chapters from a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth roughly 1500 years after the Exodus. 2 Corinthians 3 and 4 provide a helpful reflection on Moses and the Old Covenant demonstrating how Christ came to illuminate the dim image of God available to ancient Israel. In contrast to the flashy preachers that had begun to sway the Corinthians from their commitment to Paul’s gospel, Paul takes us through a beautiful presentation of the true glory of God and explains how it transforms everyday life. The New Covenant tears the veil that once hid God’s people from His glory, freeing us to experience the Lord face-to-face. In this first message of our ‘Unveiled’ series we see how when the Holy Spirit dwells within us it not only brings about an internal transformation, but a change of our outward actions.

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