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.

God’s Law from A to Z

Text: Psalm 119:1-8
Dr. Peter Green

The theme of this longest of all of the Psalms is how wonderful is God’s law. The Psalms were written to be sung during the corporate worship of God’s people as a means of training our hearts and emotional life. Today we see that the good life is found in following God’s law and we hear the psalmist expressing his desire to do so, invoking the help of God to enable him.

The Death & Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Text: Matthew 27:51-66
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The resurrection of Jesus is of paramount importance as we remember on this Easter Sunday. At the same time, as our great High Priest, it’s important to also reflect on his sacrificial death that tore the curtain of the temple that formerly separated us from the Holy of Holies, and in doing so opened for all who believe access into the presence of God.

Christ – Confidence – Calling

Text: 2 Timothy 2:8-10
Brian Shirak

We have a tendency to forget the gospel so we need to be called back again and again to remember Jesus. The gospel is not the merely ABC’s of the Christian life but rather the A through Z, it’s everything. The cause of Christ cannot be stopped. Our calling is to suffering endurance for the sake of others and for the glory of God.

The Beautiful Salvation We Have Through Christ

Text: Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:1-10
Dr. Peter Green

Today’s text brings us to a place of joyful awe as we see the beauty of a God who planned from before the foundation of the world to bring us into relationship with Himself through the work of Christ on our behalf, because He loves us, all to the praise of His glory.

Why Don’t You Baptize Your Babies?

Text: Acts 2:36-39, Acts 16:13-15, Genesis 17: 7, 9, 11, 14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We look to the inerrant Word of God to inform what we do, along with how the Church through the ages has understood and applied it. That’s how we arrive at the understanding of the covenant nature of infant baptism, applied to covenant children of believing families as a sign and seal of that same covenant.