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.

A Life Giving Family

Text: 1 John 5:13-21
Mr. Josh Campbell

Our loving Savior not only makes us a part of his family, but he brings us inside, to himself, into fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and he assures us that we are secure in his love for us. As we are in Christ, we have eternal life because he is eternal life.

Christ’s Church

Text: 1 Peter 5:1-11
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today’s text gives a job description for an elder. It includes instructions for both how not to do the job and also how to do it, with the proper tone and in a gospel posture. The focal point is Christ’s suffering on our behalf and our humble response to the mighty hand of God.

The Grace of God & the Grace of Giving

Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Following up on our Missions Conference weekend, today we look at 2 Corinthians 8.  The Apostle Paul urges the Corinthian Church to be generous in the grace of giving as they had promised.  He uses not only the remarkable example of the work of God’s grace given among the Macedonians, but also the matchless example of Christ offering Himself up on the cross for us!  “… though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor…”  Therefore, how should we respond today in giving to missions and tithing?

Jesus on Thanks

Text: Luke 17:11-19
Rev. Paul Hahn

Some in the Eastern Orthodox tradition have considered thanklessness to be the eighth deadly sin. With all of the riches of God’s grace and mercy that we enjoy in Christ, why is it that we have to be commanded to be thankful? The grateful Samaritan leper in today’s text teaches us that thankful people have eyes to truly see, feet that move them toward Jesus and whole lives laid out before him in gratitude. May we remember that only thankfulness will keep us at the feet of our savior.

Jesus on Growth

Text: Matthew 13:31-33
Rev. Paul Hahn

What truly matters in this life is the kingdom of God. Today’s parables of the mustard seed and the leaven teach us how God’s kingdom will grow, from small to large, across time, from hidden to revealed and involving all kinds of people. The applications for us are to not discount the small things of God, to stick with what he is calling us to do, to lose our lives for the sake of others and to actively seek out those who may be different from us.