Teach Me Lord!

Text: Psalm 119:1-12
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In Christian circles, the law of God often gets a bad rap. And yet, as we see in today’s text and throughout Psalm 119, the law gives us instruction (torah) and precepts for daily living. In it, we see justification, sanctification and glorification all reflected. May we be consumed by wanting to please God by knowing his law and keeping his commandments.

How Christ Leads His Church

Text: Matthew 18:18
Pastor Curt Stapleton

God gave authority to apostles in the church, and subsequently to church officers, to speak for God. Elders are called to present the whole truth of the Scriptures, including both God’s love and his severity, his judgment and his salvation, in order to make disciples and fulfill the Great Commission.

A Soul that Thirsts for God

Text: Psalm 63
Ruling Elder John Tittle

As we have finished a sermon series on “Who is Jesus?” and now stand on the cusp of a new year, it’s good to pause and reflect on what is our greatest passion. Today’s text leads us to behold the God who may be known in order to lead us to worship him; to look back in remembrance of his steadfast love and covenant faithfulness to us; and to look forward to his sovereign justice. O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Jesus

Text: Matthew 2:1-23
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Our sermon series on “Who is Jesus?” reaches its climax today with his birth and the arrival of the Magi to worship him. Through Herod’s slaughter of young boys, Jesus’ family’s flight to Egypt and their return to Galilee, we see the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies again and again. And even in the joyful story of Jesus’ nativity, we get a foreshadowing of the cross to come, which is the story of the gospel.

The Preeminent Christ

Text: Colossians 1:15-23
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we reflect on the preeminence of Christ, in a real sense it is fair to say that the entire world is Christ-centered, it just may not realize it yet. We see that all things were created through Christ and for him, and that God is at work reconciling all things to himself.

[Please pardon the sound quality of today’s recording which is not up to usual standards due to technical difficulties]

Prophet, Priest and King

Text: Hebrews 1:1-14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we continue with our sermon series on “Who is Jesus?”, today we look at Jesus as filling the offices of our prophet (speaking as the mouthpiece of God), our priest (having offered through his blood the final completed sacrifice for sin) and our king (the anointed one with a never-ending kingdom). Even more exciting is seeing Jesus as the exact imprint of God, who is our creator, sustainer and rescuer.

Jesus, the Prince of Peace

Text: Isaiah 9:1-7
Dr. Peter Green

As the prophet Isaiah looked forward to the promised Messiah, his contemporaries would have been looking forward to peace from the threat of Israel’s surrounding enemies. However, in Jesus, our true Prince of Peace, we find a far greater peace as He came to reconcile us to God, to destroy our greatest enemy, Satan and the spiritual forces of darkness, and to reconcile us to one another as one body in Christ.

Jesus is Relevant

Text: Matthew 11:1-30
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We continue our study of “Who is Jesus?” from Matthew 11.  Even John the Baptist seeks the assurance and confirmation of Christ with his question, “Are you the one to come, or should we look for another?” In this same passage, Christ refers to Himself again as the “Son of Man” which points us back to an Old Testament lesson in Daniel 7.  Jesus is the judge of the world, yet offers a great salvation for all who believe.

He is our Flesh!

Text: John 1:35-51
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we continue our sermon series on “Who is Jesus?” The early Jewish Christians who formed Jesus’ first disciples would have clearly understood the Old Testament allusions and fulfilled prophesies contained in the various names given to Him in today’s text: Lamb of God, Messiah, Son of God, King of Israel and Son of Man.

The Word

Text: John 1:1-5
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today, we begin a new sermon series called “Who is Jesus?”  The answer to this question answers all other questions!  This morning we will start in John’s Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word…”  This introduction by the Apostle John is concise and packed full of teaching us who Christ is.