This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Prepared to Suffer, given on August 13, 2017. The Scriptures are not shy on the topic of suffering. Jesus was clear that troubling circumstances are part of life for us. But why should we suffer? And how are we to assess our suffering? Is there any reason to suffer instead of trying to get our own way? As CJ pastored us th...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 Rick Gamache's sermon, The Empowered Will to Obey, given on July 30, 2017. This week, Rick Gamache served us by helping us consider the balancing inherent in the Christian’s sanctification. He focused on both the work we are to be doing and the work God is accomplishing in us. In thinking about this with the picture of a high wire ...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, An Underappreciated Passage, given on July 23, 2017. As a Christian, how do you respond to your suffering? Trials come in various forms, but is there ever any trial Christians face that is peculiar to them simply becuase they are Christians? If so, how should we prepare to respond? This week, CJ reminded us that, in o...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Face to Face, given on July 9, 2017. In a world with so many substitutes, where do you find yourself seeking community? With the word “community” being so loosely defined, it is easy to settle for an online alternative. Even as I write this, I am sitting in a coffee shop watching those around me experience what...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Humble Husband, given on July 2, 2017. This week CJ drew out two commands from this verse for the Christian husband, a verse that is “dense in content and comprehensive in application”. He encouraged us to live with our wives with a continual desire to know them and to understand them. Also, we were commanded...Keep Reading
This post is based on Mack Stiles' sermon, Going Deeper, given on June 18, 2017. When reading the gospel narratives, it is natural to wonder what it must have been like to be one of the first disciples Jesus called to follow Him. When Jesus walked along a shoreline and boarded a certain boat, we can be confident that Peter had no idea how different his life w...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Savior Like No Other, given on June 11, 2017. As Christians living in a world marked by sin, we may suffer at the hands of those in authority who seek to take advantage of us through their position. This can occur through circumstances at our work place or in dealing with the civil authorities. But the gospel gives us...Keep Reading
This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, A People for God's Possession, given on May14, 2017. We live in a culture that increasingly, not just rejects, but despises what we believe. In these times the wisdom of God, given to us through Peter, also writing to a people living in a hostile world, is more needed than ever. Peter reminds us that standing strong in...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Take Up and Read to Feel, given on April 30, 2017. As we continue our study of 1 Peter, we encounter something that is a surprise. God does not command us to read and study His word only out of sheer obedience. Instead, He exhorts us to engage our emotions – to crave His word like an infant craving his mother&rsqu...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Surprise of Their Lives, given on April 16, 2017. As two disciples gloomily walked the road to Emmaus three days after the crucifixion, they had no idea that they were in for the surprise of their lives. They were soon greeted by a man they didn’t think they knew asking why they were so dejected. They were ama...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Cries from the Cross | Part 1, given on April 2, 2017. As we prepare our hearts for Easter, we are setting aside two Sundays to direct our attention toward the cross. At Calvary, Jesus hung in agony as our substitutionary sacrifice. Scripture records the last seven cries of our Savior and in this sermon CJ explores the ...Keep Reading
This post is based on Nathan Smith's sermon, A Song of Forgiveness, given on March 19, 2017. The Psalms of Ascent are songs that the Israelites sang traveling from their homes to the Temple in Jerusalem. The songs were meant to fill their hearts with anticipation and wonder for all God had done for them. As a Psalm that reminds us of our own sin and the magnificen...Keep Reading
This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Something Strange and Wonderful, given on March 12, 2017. Having just celebrated the magnificent saving work performed on our behalf by God Himself, Peter now transitions. Verse 13 begins with a “therefore.” In light of the unthinkable magnitude of all that God has done, this is how we, as His children, should...Keep Reading
This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Painful Yet Purposeful, given on February 26, 2017. Suffering is a theme that is woven throughout the fabric of Peter’s letter to those under his pastoral care. They were in pain. They were poor, grieving, and exiled from their native land. Ever the pastor, Peter, writes to remind them that their suffering is not in...Keep Reading
This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, What Hath God Wrought, given on February 19, 2017. The recipients of Peter’s letter were suffering. Many had lost their homes and friends and were forced to live in poverty in a foreign land. What a difficult time for these Christians! Peter begins his book by calling these suffering saints to remember what God h...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Why Preaching?, given on January 22, 2017. In the first verse of 2 Timothy 4, Paul gives one of the most solemn charges in all Scripture: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word.” Indeed, preaching is the priority in ...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A New Year's Expectation, given on January 8, 2016. The second half of Psalm 27 reminds us that even for those who seek after God there are times of difficulty and darkness. David feels fear and even worries that God might abandon Him. But in the end, he remembers God’s love for him and resolves to wait on the Lord’...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A New Year's Resolution, given on January 1, 2016. During this time of New Year’s resolutions, Sunday’s sermon reminded us that there is “one thing” that we should set our hearts on accomplishing this year: to gaze upon the beauty and majesty of God. Read Psalm 27:1-6. In verse 3, David says, “Th...Keep Reading