June 2, 2019

Rewarding Life

Text: Proverbs 3:1-13
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We continue through our sermon series from the wisdom book of Proverbs. Under the overarching topic of wisdom, we receive instruction in how to live life in relationship to God and enjoy a rewarding life. Although our standing before God is all of grace because of Christ’s work on our behalf, without any merit on our part, it is nonetheless also true that the Lord’s economy does include blessings and curses.

May 26, 2019

If

Text: Proverbs 2:1-5
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we continue our study of Proverbs, today we see in chapter 2 the conditional clause, “If -Then”.  As you listen you will hear how God calls us to actively seek wisdom, to receive this godly wisdom from His Word and the community He has created in the Christian family and His Church.  If we “seek it like silver, …then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

May 19, 2019

Wisdom Cries Out

Text: Proverbs 1:1-10, 20-26, 32-33
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we embark on a new sermon series on “True Wisdom”.  Where does it come from?  Proverbs 1 tells us “Wisdom cries out in the streets” and “Hear my son, your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching”.  Is wisdom optional for us?  Not if it comes from God’s Word.  We hope you can follow along with your Bibles open, starting in Proverbs chapter 1.

May 12, 2019

An Excellent Wife

Text: Proverbs 31:10-31
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The Hebrew word “chayil” translated as “excellent” in Proverbs 31:10 connotes a force (to be reckoned with), an army, wealth, virtue, valor and strength. Today’s passage exhorts our young people to aim high as they consider qualities in a future spouse. At the root of it all is finding someone who fears the Lord.

May 5, 2019

Jesus Calling Us

Text: Mark 3:13-19
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In today’s text, we see Jesus essentially starting His seminary, calling the original 12 apostles to Himself. As He first calls them to be with Him, He then equips them to proclaim Christ and to have authority because their names are written in heaven (cf. Luke 10:20).


April 28, 2019

Jesus Christ — Back from the Dead

Text: John 21:1-14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Following the central, epic event of all of human history, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we find the disciples doing what they knew to do, going fishing. In that setting, Jesus displays that He is back from the dead and He is active, recommissioning the disciples, and calling them to Himself, just as He continues to do with us today.


April 21, 2019 – Easter

The Resurrected Messiah, Jesus Christ

Text: John 19:38 – 20:31
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Throughout history, people have encountered Jesus in various ways. Some had to wrestle with his words, others had to see for themselves, while still others had to touch Him in order to believe. Following the brief 33 years of Jesus’ earthly ministry to the present, belief now comes through hearing the proclamation of the gospel, which is now entrusted to the community of the Church.


April 14, 2019

Jesus, the Anointed One

Text: Mark 14:1-9, John 12:1-8, Luke 7:36-39
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In the Old Testament, anointing was used for prophets, priests and kings to indicate that they were set apart for service to God, and served as forerunners pointing to Jesus. Today, we read of three separate occasions on which Jesus was anointed and worshiped as the Christ, the Messiah, the true Anointed One.


April 7, 2019

The Entrusted Gospel Witness of the Church, Part 2

Text: 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In Isaiah and the minor prophets, there is reference to two categories of people: the lost and those who serve God. The implication is that, if one is converted and following Christ, service will be a natural expression of life in Christ for all believers. Yet today, as we further consider qualifications for officers in the church, we look at the office of deacon, who are those specifically called to lead the people of God in service.


March 31, 2019

The Entrusted Gospel Witness of the Church

Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-7
Pastor Curt Stapleton

This is how much God loves you: He has set a very high bar for standards for leaders of His church. The qualifications for elder are not optional but rather essential, “must be” elements of their character. More than being an honor, this is hard work!