Sermons from 2022

Christmas Eve: God With Us

Christmas Eve We need traditions Traditions ground us, tell us we are safe for a moment, settle our hearts Only constant is change John 1:14 And the Word (God) became flesh, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  God tented amongst us – Grace Truth Isaiah 7: 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give youa sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will…

Angels

Christmas Angels Is there is something beyond our senses? Signposts that point to the fact that there is a spiritual world Christians believe in a spiritual world Angels What do angels do? “Angel” means “Messenger” Angels deliver messages of greatest importance Angels observe/report on how we treat strangers Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Angels fight spiritual battles Dan. 10:4-6 On April 23, as…

25 Year Celebration with Harvey

This Sunday, we are celebrating TWENTY FIVE years of seeing God reaching and transforming through Church on the Rock! In addition to our celebration festivities, we are also hearing from Dave’s childhood bestie, Harvey-the-Amazing-Wonder-Christian, who is sharing the message this week.

Forever: Live in Hope

Forever Positive Prospective Mental Imagery Hope Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now Dwight L. Moody In heaven we will see much more clearly, but continue to learn 1 Cor. 13:9-12 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a…

Forever: Meaningful & Creative Work

Forever We won’t become angels You will be welcomed into eternal dwellings Festival of Friends! Will we be bored? Rev. 19:6-8 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the…

Forever: Festival of Friends

Forever (in light of eternity) Nov. 20, 22 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. Those in Christ will have real bodies Forever Phil. 3:21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own 1 John 3:2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children,…

Portraits of Jesus: Just Mercy

Mercy is one of those things in life that we often don’t want others to have but we desperately need for ourselves. Today we are going to be talking about mercy. Mercy is not one of my strong suits and so if today you feel like I’m calling you out, I’m not I’m just calling myself out. John 8:1-11 is the story of the woman caught in adultery. If you notice in your Bibles most will have a note saying…

Portraits of Jesus: Living Water

Portraits of Jesus Love Jesus/ Love Bible Chapter One – Jesus is God        Chapter Two – Water into wine Chapter Three – Nicodemus being Born Again “Let no one eat the bread of the Samaritans, for he who eats their bread is as he who eats swine’s flesh.” Rabis John 4:7-8 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone…

Portraits of Jesus: Nicodemus

Portraits of Jesus – Nicodemus Love Jesus/ Love Bible Chapter One – Jesus is God        Chapter Two – Water into wine John 2:23-25 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. All faith is immature until after the cross, resurrection,…

Portraits of Jesus: Water into Wine

Portraits of Jesus – Water into Wine  John 1:32-34 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”…