This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Because He Cares for You, given on September 17, 2017. Part of the Christian life is learning to like what God likes and want what God wants. One of the things God loves is humility. He smiles on His people when their lives are characterized by humility. Our culture doesn’t understand this. Because they refus...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 C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Theology of Suffering, given on September 3, 2017. This week, CJ started his sermon with a question. Asking what we are afraid of leads to many answers, however the difficulties associated with suffering for the name of Jesus Christ rarely crosses the lips of a believer in our part of the world. But Peter reminds...Keep Reading
This post is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Gifted to Serve, given on August 27, 2017. Everybody has one. Whether you’ve been a Christian for a week or many years, the Holy Spirit has given you a gift. When we receive a gift, we can think that gift is just for us. But God’s gifts are different. When God gives us a gift it’s meant to be u...Keep Reading
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The End of the World, given on August 20, 2017. When people think of the end coming, they tend to get a little scared – actually, they can get freaked out. But in this passage, Peter’s goal wasn’t to make us afraid. In fact, Peter was giving hope to people who were facing death every day by encour...Keep Reading
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
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, 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 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