Last week I had the privilege of revisiting some great books on prayer as I prepared for my message on Luke 11.1-13. Reading on this topic is a joyful reminder of the unspeakable privilege we have as the redeemed to call God, “Father.” For me, reading on prayer is a necessary habit, as I tend to so quickly move away from an appropriate mindset of dependence up...Keep Reading
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In the exciting early months of a church plant, the temptation is strong to generate a lot of activity - to identify leaders, to position people for ministry - to get people going! Weâ€™ve tried to resist this temptation, and as a result our focus has been quite simple: pray diligently, focus on the Sunday meeting (and especially the preaching of the Word), build relationships, and reach out to non-believers - and these are priorities which wonâ€™t change over time....
A few weeks ago, Jeff wrote about our enthusiastic commitment to gospel-mission (Keeping our Minds on the Mission Beyond). A love for Christâ€™s glory compels us to open our eyes and hearts to share the good news about our Savior. Opportunities abound across borders and overseas. And they also abound â€œacross the street.â€ As a local church we have the joyful opportunity to pray for both - and to engage in both. As we think about playing our part to reach Louisville, letâ€™s pray that our church would be marked by a loving concern for Christâ€™s glory and the lost. And letâ€™s take faith-filled steps....
This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Praying the Word, given on January 29, 2017. In these amazing verses Jesus is asked to teach His disciples how to pray. His response is not just a prayer that we should recite word for word, but a model, teaching us the fundamentals of prayer. Through Jesus words, we learn that we should pray prayers sound in their biblical ...Keep Reading
This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, A Saving Mercy, given on November 13, 2016. Day 1: The Word of the Lord and a Wayward Messenger (v.1-4) Quotes: “Jonah now has a second chance to learn the scandalous mercy of God.” Kevin Youngblood “I would imagine that in this room there are some of who may have tried, maybe even recent...Keep Reading
This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Food and Drink, given on September 11, 2016. Day 1: Provision from God Quotes: “The entirety of the Christian life is to be taken up with the glory of God and that includes the daily act of eating and drinking.”Brian Chesemore “Now if we ponder to what end God created food, we shall find ...Keep Reading
This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Maturity in Community, given on June 26th, 2016. Day 1: The Call to Maturity Quotes: “Paul is warning that the alternative to a glorious, Christ-exalting, maturing church, is to remain as a child-like church, an immature church. It is to remain in the vulnerability of the newborn state; it is to be le...Keep Reading
This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Who Is Wise?, given on May 15, 2016. Day 1: Godly Lives Reflect True Wisdom (3:13) Quotes: “Wisdom in the first century Greek culture was everything. If you were known as wise, you were a rock star. To the first century Greek, wisdom had everything to do with your learning and your skill of speech. Rh...Keep Reading
“This Christian meekness involves a healthy understanding of our own unworthiness before God and a corresponding humility and lack of pride in our dealings with our fellowmen.” Douglas Moo “There is a kind of person who is undoubtedly clever, with acute brain and skillful tongue; but his effect, nevertheless, in any committee, in any church, in any grou...Keep Reading
As many of you know, tomorrow is the Kentucky Presidential Republican Caucus. The Kentucky Democratic Primary will take place on March 17th. Many Christians struggle to form biblical convictions regarding politics. Certainly, we could write several different posts about this topic and thankfully numerous evangelicals have written excellent, biblically-informed books about...Keep Reading
This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, The Lord of Psalm 23, given on January 19, 2016. Day 1: God’s Faithfulness to Restore | Psalm 23:1-3a Quotes/References: “The unwavering faithfulness of the Lord calls for my absolute trust in him. To reflect deeply on the faithfulness of the Lord in this Psalm challenges us to be like David and...Keep Reading
Requesting your Prayerful Support Tomorrow morning at 6:30am, about a dozen SGCL members will be departing for Toronto to serve Sovereign Grace Church of Toronto for the week. What will we be doing? The members of SGCT have organized a music camp as a means to serve the community and reach out evangelistically. So each day from Monday through Friday we will introduce a ...Keep Reading
“My son, give me your heart.” (Prov. 23.26) Picture the conversation--a father appealing to his son, requesting nothing less than this young man’s thoughtful allegiance. What an invitation. As a fellow-father currently in the trenches of discipleship with my children, it's all too easy for me to get caught up in the swirl of parental responsibilities an...Keep Reading
Summary In this sermon, Brian exposits Hebrews 10:19-25, encouraging us with the foundation of Jesus’ high priestly ministry and exhorting us to strive toward fellowship with God and one another. Consequently, we are shown how we should then live as faithful Christians. Foundation of Faithful Christian Living (10:19-21) The author of Hebrews is writing into a co...Keep Reading
"[Schaeffer’s] purpose was to show how ideas, as they have been embraced or discarded, have shaped the rise and decline of Western culture.” Richard Phillips “What [people] are in their thought world determines how they act….The results of their thought world flow through their fingers or from their tongues in the external world. This is true...Keep Reading
This week for the 3rd session of our February Sunday class, we'll be discussing chapters 10-11 of Tim Keller's book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. Through those chapters, we'll see prayer as both a conversation with God and an encounter with God. In addition, we'll look at the great benefit that the Psalms are to our prayer lives. So join us, Su...Keep Reading
Join us for the final session of "Sent: Sharing the Hope of the Gospel". This week, Brian will conclude the 4 week class with a look at the corporate witness of the church. In addition, he'll be conducting a short interview with Matt Gray about how to share the good news of the gospel in under two minutes. We'd love for everyone to benefit from this time toegher, so feel f...Keep Reading
Sermon summary and discussion questions from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-16....Keep Reading