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.

Rejoice with Me!

Text: Luke 15:11-32, Deuteronomy 21:18-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we take a look at the “lost and found” Parables of Luke 15. The light of the Old Testament law shines insight to our understanding of God’s amazing mercy, grace and love that calls everyone to celebrate the Gospel of Jesus our great Savior!

Celebrating the Gospel

Text: Leviticus 23:1-10
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today’s sermon title comes from a part of the mission statement of Mercy Church. Did you know that God commands us to celebrate? Today’s text outlines an entire year’s worth of celebration that He ordained, but it’s celebration for a purpose and unto the Lord.

Prayer Life: Why Pray?

Text: Proverbs 15:8, 26, 29, 33
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Did you realize that Scripture teaches that the prayers of the lost are not heard by God? What a great burden and responsibility that places on believers to be in prayer for the lost since we, through the righteousness of Christ, have access to the throne of grace! Not only is God ready to listen to us at all times, but He actually delights in our prayers.

Personal Relationships

Text: Proverbs 18:22, 24
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Relationships are an integral part of life so it’s not surprising that the Proverbs have much to say about them. In its typical direct style, we receive much instruction, both blunt and winsome, regarding every manner of human relationship. In marriage, singleness and friendship, we are encouraged to pursue excellence so that we may be a blessing to those whom God places within our reach.

Evangelism & Apologetics

Text: Proverbs 26:1-12
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The Proverbs are brutally honest, and frequently contrast the fool with the believer. Today we reflect upon how God defines a fool in the Scriptures. In addition, we consider the call upon the believer not to rejoice in the consequences of the fool’s folly, but rather to have pity and reason with them from the Scriptures.