The Heavenly Father Saves His People

Text: Daniel 3
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We know from Romans 8:16-18 that the children of God may at times be called to suffer for Him. As we continue today in Daniel chapter 3 with familiar story of the fiery furnace, it is good to remember that the history of the Church, from the Old Testament, through the first century Christian church, the Reformation and on to the present is built upon the faithfulness of those who have been willing to suffer and even die for the faith.

God Reveals His Kingdom

Text: Daniel 2
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we see Daniel boldly offering to help king Nebuchadnezzar as he is threatening to kill all of his wise men. The king’s dreams are terrifying him, he cannot sleep, and his wise men are saying no one can do what he is asking. But the God of Heaven intervenes.

God Saves His People

Text: Daniel 1
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we begin a new sermon series on the Old Testament book of Daniel, we should be cautioned that God is the hero of every text in Scripture, and that we will not be focusing on trying to analyze all of the details related to the end times. Today we learn that God often uses discipline in the lives of His children, while calling us to faithfulness in the midst of trials and to continue to look to our Savior for deliverance.

Prayer & Fasting

Text: Genesis 32:22-30, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 14:19-23
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The neglected spiritual discipline of fasting is seen all throughout the Scriptures, in both Old and New Testaments. As Mercy’s leadership is calling the congregation to a day of prayer and fasting for significant decisions before us, it’s important to have a proper understanding of how to proceed. We are not looking to earn God’s favor but rather to humble ourselves before him and acknowledge that we are not self-sufficient.

The Holy Spirit Continues to Spread the Gospel

Text: Acts 2:1-8, 14-17, 23-24, 36-41
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we are looking at Pentecost in Acts 2 when God sent tongues of fire to rest upon them to proclaim the Gospel clearly in multiple native tongues! Join us as we observe what this text really says and what it has to teach us about the work of the Holy Spirit furthering the Church.

Jesus Restores & Recommissions

Text: John 21:14-19
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today in John 21, we see how Jesus restores us and recommissions us for ministry. Peter clearly denied Christ in John 18 and now Jesus engages Peter after his resurrection, assuring him, challenging him and recommissioning him for the great task of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ that has come into the world.

Our Covenant Mothers

Text: John 19:23-30
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We serve a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. In the person of Jesus, God fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament promises. From the early Church down through the present, the Church is comprised of covenant families, both by birth and by being grafted into it. Praise God for the once and for all finished work of Christ who secured our adoption into the family of God.

Christ is Revealed!

Text: Luke 24:1-49
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today’s text shows us disciples of Jesus who were discouraged by the crucifixion and unrealized expectations they had of Jesus. But then Christ reveals himself to them through the Scriptures, his bodily presence and the power of his Spirit. May our eyes also be opened and our hearts filled as we devote ourselves to being students of Christ through the means of grace he makes available to us.

Christ’s Commisioned Church

Text: Mark 16:9-20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The resurrected Christ calls us to join in a greater mission beyond our comfort zone. As we think about outreach in everything we do, we understand that we will face unbelief but by faith we rest in the truth that God is at work building His church. That affects our efforts at discipleship as well as evangelism.

Christ-Centered Living

Text: Matthew 28:1-20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The most epic event in the history of the world is the resurrection of Christ and his great commission to us that followed. We are invited to a cooperative effort with Jesus to make him famous by making disciples of all nations. The things in our lives that we tend to make idols of need to be redeemed under the Lordship of Christ and his truly epic commission.