June 16, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Today is Father's Day, and Pastor Marc Sharp brings a very encouraging and challenging word, especially to men. It is said that we don't get to pick our parents and families. Who does the picking, or is it just some cosmic accident? Listen as Pastor Marc explains God's divine "picking" plan for you.
The Law of God, Part 5: Like a String Around My Finger
June 9, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-11
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp takes a look at the 4th commandment in the current series on the 10 Commandments. It is the last commandment in the list that directly instructs us how we are to worship and relate to Yahweh God. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Maybe tie a string around your finger so you don't forget?
NOTE: Unfortunately, we do not have the audio for this message, but Pastor Marc's notes are detailed and provide great insight.
June 2, 2019 | By: Paul Brooks | Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Pastor Marc has been teaching a series on the Ten Commandments and how those aspects of the Law are still very relevant to the Christian life today. Today, we pause that series to bring you a special message from Pastoral Intern Paul Brooks where he plunges deeply into the gospel and the Siren Call of Christ for each of our lives. Are you afraid of "deep water"? Listen to Paul's description that it may just be the best place for you.
May 27, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-7
In today's message, Part 4 of our Law of God series, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the discussion of the Ten Commandments talking about what it means to "take" the name of God in vain. Hint: It's way more than just cussing! Using several real-life examples, Pastor Marc provides a very clear way of understanding and following commandment three.
May 19, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-6
Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series, "The Law of God", with Part 3. The discussion of the Ten Commandments continues with a message about the difference between the first and second commandments. Have you ever thought about the similarity of the two and what separates their meaning? Do you have idols in your life, physical or otherwise? Even the best of things can become idols!
May 12, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:10-28
Pastor Marc Sharp brings an uplifting and encouraging word to all parents, especially mothers, on this special day of remembering and celebrating the call and privilege of motherhood. While mothers receive children as a blessing from the Lord, all godly parents must realize that our time with our kids is a temporary custodial assignment. What are you teaching your children? What should be your ultimate goal as a parent?
May 6, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 19:9-20:3
Last week, Pastor Marc Sharp began talking about the Law of God, and how believers should approach it. In today's message, Part 2, he continues building on that foundation by taking a look at the 10 Commandments, and what they mean in light of the gospel. As believers, what should we do when society rejects our Christian symbols and artifacts?
April 28, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 5:17-20
It is impossible to understand the message of the Bible without seriously considering the Law of God. In many ways, the Bible is a book that is all about the law of God, and the relationship that humanity is to have with it. This can be a shocking statement to modern Christians. Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp discusses "Jesus And The Law". Did Jesus remove the burden of the law for us so that we don’t have to give its demands a second thought?
April 21, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Never has there been a group of people more disappointed than the followers of Jesus. They had pinned all of their hopes on him. How could he now be gone? They hoped now to slip away quietly, stay under the radar, and hopefully avoid a rendezvous with their own crosses. But as three of the women came to the tomb to embalm Jesus’ body, they asked one another, “Who will roll away the
stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp describes the most significant event in the history of mankind.
April 19, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Luke 23:32-43
Pastor Marc Sharp continues our current series, “His Last Days”, on this Good Friday with Part 4. After a night ﬁlled with agonized, solitary prayer in an olive grove (prayer so intense that he was sweating blood); after being betrayed by one of his friends, denied by another, and abandoned by them all; after 4 trials before both the Jews and the Romans, after mockery that included being spit upon, punched, and crowned with a thorn branch; after being brutally whipped, leaving his back muscles lacerated to the bone, and causing a near fatal loss of blood, Christ is now commanded to carry the crossbeam of his cross uphill to the place where his death sentence will be carried out.
April 14, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 27:24-26
In our current series, “His Last Days”, we have heard about the Last Supper and the time Jesus spent praying in the garden of Gethsemane. Today, Pastor Marc Sharp considers the trial of Jesus, which led to his death by cruciﬁxion. Most people remember that Christ stood before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea, but how did Pilate react to Jesus?
April 7, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Luke 22:39-53
Today's message is the second part of a series entitled “His Last Days”, looking at the events preceding the death and resurrection of Christ. Last week we heard about the last Passover supper that Jesus Shared with his disciples. Today, Pastor Marc Sharp talks about what happened next: how Jesus went with his disciples to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. Have you ever felt like your soul was in so much turmoil that you were going
to die? Jesus did!
March 31, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Mark 14:12-26
Pastor Marc Sharp begins a new series today called “His Last Days”. This series will examine the ﬁnal activities of Jesus Christ before his eventual cruciﬁxion and glorious resurrection. Today Pastor Marc takes a look at “The Last Supper”.
March 24, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Genesis 30:22-24
In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp concludes our current series looking at the six key ﬁgures in the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. So far, we’ve looked at Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Today, Joseph, a great-grandson of Abraham, is discussed. Joseph's story is amazing and covers a large portion of the book of Genesis; as you will hear, it is still very relevant for believers today.
March 17, 2019 | By: Paul Brooks | Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32
Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp gives a great introduction for Paul Brooks, who then continues our current series looking at the six key ﬁgures in the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. So far, we’ve looked at Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Isaac. Today, Part 5 deals with Jacob, one of Isaac's sons, who later had a name change and an interesting wrestling match. Have you ever wrestled with God? Hear Paul's take on it. You don't want to miss it!
March 10, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Genesis 22:1-18
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp continues our current series looking at the six key ﬁgures in the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. So far, we’ve looked at Adam, Noah and Abraham. Abraham's story continues today with his son Isaac as a key figure in God's promises. Listen to discover the parallel story to Jesus and what it means for us as Christians.
March 3, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Galatians 3:1-14
In our current series, we are looking at the six key ﬁgures in the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. We’ve looked at Adam and Noah so far. A lot has happened since Noah. Today, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the story, talking about Abraham, who’s story spans all the way from Genesis chapter 11 through chapter 25. The message concludes with a time of reflection, meditation, and repentance.
February 24, 2019 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Genesis 7:1-7
Pastor David Walt continues the series started last week on the major characters from Genesis (1st book in the Bible), including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Today's message is about Noah and a very large boat, the "ark". You may have heard the story of Noah before, but Pastor David brings fresh insight to it and how it relates to Jesus and to us in today's world. Get in the boat!
February 17, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Romans 5:12-21
In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp begins a series on the major characters from Genesis (1st book in the Bible). This will include Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. You will hear that God had a plan from the very beginning, and that God always ﬁnishes what he starts. You will also see Jesus in their lives, because he is the point of their stories. The book of Genesis is the book of beginnings. In it we ﬁnd the story of creation and God's determination to have a people for himself, beginning with Adam and Eve.
February 10, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13:11-14
In the last few weeks, we’ve talked about the necessity of formally entering into a covenant of partnership with a local church. This is not unlike marriage in the sense that it is a public aﬃrmation of commitment and mutual submission to one another for the beneﬁt of our discipleship and the reputation of Christ.
Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, we do not have the audio presentation by Pastor Marc Sharp. However, we are providing his sermon notes as usual.
February 3, 2019 | By: Mike Butts | Scripture: Genesis 35:1-15
Pastor David Walt introduces our guest speaker for today, Mike Butts, who steps in for Pastor Marc, due to a sudden illness. Be encouraged and enlightened as Mike brings a message of hope and faith. Bonus material: The Halo Effect!
January 27, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Romans 15:1-7
Last week we asked the question, “What is a church?” In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp continues that discussion and also talks about what it is to be a church member (or covenant partner) and a representative of the Kingdom of God through the agency of the church.
January 20, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20
Over the last 12 months we have been learning about diﬀerent aspects of doctrine and church life. In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp discusses “closing arguments” about what the church is meant to be, in the mind of God expressed in scripture.
January 13, 2019 | By: Paul Brooks | Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
When we think of the word fellowship, what usually comes to
mind? Potlucks? Movie nights? Bible Studies? Listen to our message today as Paul Brooks takes a "deep dive" into koinonia,the kind of fellowship that stems from a completely new and transformed life.
January 6, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-10
In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp asks the question, "What is worship?" This and other questions about worship, suffering, and unbelief will be discussed. Start the new year with a very informative and instructional word for your life.
December 30, 2018 | By: David Walt | Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Listen as Pastor David Walt brings an encouraging message for the New Year about God's grace and His vision for you. As Christians, it's a great time of the year to ask ourselves important questions: What does God want me to look like? What does Jesus want to make out of this life of mine. How does God want to glorify Himself through me?
December 23, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
There is no event in human history that was predicted more frequently or accurately than the ﬁrst coming of Jesus Christ. Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp talks about this and the cosmic repercussions of his birth, death, and resurrection. God’s will has always been to reveal and bring glory to his Son, the point of the entire Bible. It wasn’t ever about humans, or angels, or devils, or Jews, or Gentiles. It has always been about Jesus.
December 16, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20
Last week, Pastor Marc Sharp began a series on the Lord’s discipline. We learned that discipline is not the same as punishment and is something to be embraced. Today, Pastor Marc talks about how discipline plays out within the church. What role do the members of the body have in disciplining the church? What oﬀenses bring someone under the discipline of the church? What are the boundaries for church discipline? When should we escalate a discipline process?
December 9, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Hebrews 12:3-11
We’ve been looking at the ways God has chosen to govern the church. We talked about Jesus as the head of the church, as well as the oﬃces of elders and deacons. Pastor Marc Sharp now moves on from who God chooses for governing to how governance is to proceed. How does God keep the church in order?
December 2, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Acts 6:1-8
In previous messages Pastor Marc Sharp talked about how God has ordered the church, that Christ is the sovereign head, and that he also works through the agency of eldership. In today's message he discusses another set of agents vital to the proper functioning of the Church of Jesus Christ - Deacons.
November 25, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5
Last week we saw that Jesus is the Head of his Body, the Church, and that there is no one who is inherently “qualiﬁed” or “called” to replace him or speak in his stead. In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp turns our attention on one group of human agents that Jesus has given to the church in order to lead and provide care - the Elders.
November 18, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Hebrews 7:18-28
Because of Christ’s perfect obedience, and his unending status as the priestly mediator between God and his church, God has also appointed Christ to be the Head of the Church. This settles forever the question of who really is “in charge” of the church. But, if this is true, how does it work functionally? How does the unseen Christ rule the church in actual practice? Today, Pastor Marc Sharp explores how we as a body recognize Christ as the real head of the church in a world that does not.
November 11, 2018 | By: Tom Hall | Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
We invite you to listen to today's message by our very special guest, Reverend Tom Hall, as he discusses the cure for worry, anxiety, greed, and dissatisfaction. Often, we define our needs by what we want instead of what Jesus provides. In the Gospels, we find that Jesus was motivated by compassion. He is never in a hurry for us to leave when we come to Him, but is Jesus really all we need? Is He always more than enough?
November 4, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Acts 1:8-8
What is the contemporary Church to be like? Today's message by Pastor Marc Sharp continues with our current series by discussing expanding the kingdom both at home and abroad. We all have a role to play in the expansion of the kingdom of God. No exemptions are allowed!
October 28, 2018 | By: Don Lytton | Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Today we continue with our current series of messages on what the contemporary Church is to be like by discussing questions such as,
"What is the scope of missions?", and "Why is it important both globally, and in the local body of Christ?" Listen as Elder Don Lytton talks about his and his wife Kim's experience in the mission field and shares some examples from the 20 plus years they worked in China.
October 21, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Galatians 6:9-10
While clear communication of God’s redemptive purposes is the main thing, it’s not the only thing. A life overﬂowing with sacriﬁcial acts of love is the main indicator of our belonging to Christ. What is the role of our deeds in a preaching church? What is the place of giving, benevolence, and charity? What about kindness and merciful ministry? How do we best show love and good deeds to the other
members of the body of Christ? Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp discusses these and other probing questions for today's church.
October 14, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
For the next several weeks, our messages will focus on what the church is to be like. Today, Pastor Marc Sharp discusses how the church should be a preaching church. But what does it mean to be “a preaching church”? As the people of God, we have two important functions: building up the body of Christ, and proclaiming the resurrected Lord to the lost world. Both of these happen through what can be called “preaching”. What is preaching? Who does it? Is it ﬁrst and foremost an “inside the church” or an “outside the church” activity?
Glorify God in Your Body, Part Two: Washed, Sanctiﬁed, Justiﬁed
September 30, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Human beings alone, in all creation, have the honor and dignity
of being made in the “image” and “likeness” of God. The image has been corrupted and polluted by mankind’s fall into sin. If you are a believer, God has washed you, sanctiﬁed you, and justiﬁed you.
He has given you the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of you, not to condemn you but to transform you back into the image of God, and to help you “ﬂee sexual immorality” and “glorify God in your body”. Where are you broken sexually? Where have you failed to glorify God in your body and with your sexuality?
Glorify God in Your Body, Part One: The Image of God
September 23, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
God created us in his image. After the fall, he showed us the perfect image of God in Christ. He redeemed us so that we could be restored to the image of God. He placed his Holy Spirit to dwell within us as a temple and to help us. He has purchased us at the high cost of his own blood. What should be our only response to all of this amazing, glorious, breath-taking truth?
September 16, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Revelation 21:1-8
In part 10 of our core beliefs series, Pastor Marc Sharp discusses the consummation of all things, including the physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus. His return will be glorious! The Bible teaches that King Jesus will remain visibly present, enthroned and available to his elect redeemed on a renewed planet earth for all eternity. Everything points to that moment. It is the moment of completion for the church’s mission of proclaiming the gospel to all nations.
September 9, 2018 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Acts 2:1-47
In today's message, we continue looking at the core beliefs of NRLC, Part 9, as Pastor David Walt discusses the church, local and universal. Important questions will be answered, such as "What is the church?", "Who belongs to the church?", "What is the purpose of the church?", and "What does the church mean for us today?"
September 2, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Daniel 2:37-45
Today, we continue looking at the core beliefs of NRLC, Part 8, as Pastor Marc discusses the Kingdom of Heaven. The message of the kingdom is not just another message, but is THE message of Jesus! He instructed people on how to inherit the kingdom, on how to see the kingdom, and on how to enter the kingdom. So, is the kingdom something that has arrived, or that will arrive someday? The answer is…Yes! Listen to this exciting and relevant message for today!
August 26, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
We have been taking a look at the essential doctrines that govern our teachings. Today, in Part 7, we continue the application of these truths to our day-to-day existence as Pastor Marc discusses the gospel. The Greek word for “gospel” in the New Testament is euaggelion (yü-än-ge’-lē-on). The basic deﬁnition of the word is “good tidings” (or news). But what’s so good about this good news?
August 19, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-10
We have been taking a look at all of the essential doctrines that govern our teachings. Today, in Part 6, we’re moving into the application of these truths to our day-to-day existence. We begin with the Biblical doctrine of Regeneration.
August 12, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: John 14:15-16:15
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer in Christ as an abiding helper, teacher, guide and comforter. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service,
desiring to continually ﬁll each believer and impart his supernatural gifts for the ediﬁcation of the Body and the work of ministry in the world. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the ﬁrst century are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced in an orderly manner; and that these gifts are essential in the mission of the Church in the world today.
August 5, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
“I am an historian. I am not a believer; but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant ﬁgure in all history.” - H.G. Wells (author, science fiction writer)
Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series on truths we embrace, turning our attention to the central ﬁgure in all of Scripture; the one whom the Old Testament foretold, the one who has come and pleased the Father in every way, and is forever put forward by the Spirit: Jesus, the Son.
July 29, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Romans 6:1-23
Was the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus sufficient to save us? Today, Pastor Marc Sharp revisits some key elements of the ordinance of baptism discussed in depth on June 10, 2018, and then he and Pastor David Walt baptize eight believers into new life by their obedience in observance of this sacrament.
July 22, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-5
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series about "What We Believe" by looking at what scripture says about God, the Father, the ﬁrst person of the Trinity. The challenge this week is to distinguish the person of the Father within the Triune God when we see the terms “God” or “The Lord” in the Bible.
July 15, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-2
God is. He exists. He is real. He is the truth in all the universe. This means all life is God’s life, all creation is God’s creation, all truth is God’s truth; no life, creation or truth exists which he does not omnipotently observe and govern. Listen in as Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series about our core beliefs, today speaking about "The Trinity".