Thessalonians, Part 10: Encourage Each Other with These Words
October 13, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Do you ever wonder if Jesus is really coming back? In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the discussion of the letters the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, revealing that the Bible is full of promises that Jesus will physically return to earth someday. The return of Christ is a guaranteed fact, it is the hope of our salvation, when everything will be made new, and the redemptive work of Christ ﬁnally completed. Christ’s return is the “happily ever after” of our story!
Thessalonians, Part 9: Love Each Other More and More
October 6, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
In today's message, we have a scripture reading by Caleb Daniel, and a special testimony from our missionary in Austria, Leslie Walt. Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series on the letters the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, teaching about brotherly love, the emphasis being on the way we relate to one another. To love each other is a constant refrain of the New Testament. It is God’s will that a state of deep aﬀection, service and commitment exist between members of his body for as long as there is a church. However, love is not natural to any of us. It is far easier to criticize, shove, and demand our own way than it is to love!
Thessalonians, Part 8: The Will of God is Your Sanctiﬁcation
September 29, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Previously, we learned that Paul spent the ﬁrst three chapters of Thessalonians rejoicing that the believers
continued in the faith, in spite of the persecution that they had been undergoing. In this next part of our series, Pastor Marc Sharp continues with Paul instructing the Thessalonians about how to live in Christ now that they are following him. He begins by urging the Thessalonians to be distinct by pursuing holiness. Paul placed a very high value on the evidence of a transformed life. He didn’t emphasize merely believing a set of facts about Christ and his work, but rather he was adamant that our belief must impact the way we live our lives. Did you know that to call Jesus “Lord” (the Greek is kyrios, meaning "master"), as Paul did, acknowledges that he possesses you as his own property, literally his slave?
Thessalonians, Pt 7: Growing in Discipleship and Love
September 22, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Pastor Marc Sharp continues today with Part 7 of our series on the books of Thessalonians, written by the apostle Paul to the believers at Thessalonica. There is nothing more discouraging to a believer than to watch someone they love as their faith fails. Paul had much joy when he heard that the Thessalonians were pressing forward in Christ, despite tribulation and persecution. He assures them that even he is not exempt from anything they are suﬀering, but that they are in this thing together. There is much to be said about laboring and suﬀering together, in some
form of community. Jesus planned a faithful community, confessing the same central truths, but with diﬀerent strengths and weaknesses so that we would help each other in 1,000 diﬀerent ways. This is one of the great beneﬁts of church life!
September 15, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Pastor Marc Sharp continues our study on the letters the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians with what is, perhaps, an uncomfortable subject - tribulation and persecution. This is a central truth: If you are truly following Christ, you will not dodge the bullet of tribulation and persecution. Though the line between the two is often hard to discern, all will experience a little of both as we follow Jesus. What is the difference between them?
September 8, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Pastor Marc Sharp continues the current series on the books of Thessalonians written by the apostle Paul. He had a strong (even emotional) urge to be with other believers, and valued the intimate connection that the gospel produced, but he had no opportunity to reunite with the church in Thessalonica. Today, we have frequent opportunities to gather with other believers in the church, but do we value them?
September 1, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series that is taking us verse by verse through the books of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. As Christians, we need to know what it is that we are to believe, and how we are to act in accordance with the belief we have embraced. Where do we ﬁnd answers to our questions? For the true believer, there is no other source of truth apart from the written Word of God, the Bible. What the Bible says trumps all public or personal opinion, competing interpretations and private revelations.
***NOTE: The audio is not available for this message.***
August 25, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Our series on the letters of Paul to the Thessalonians continues in this message by Pastor Marc Sharp describing Paul's defense of his ministry to the believers in Thessalonica. Like Paul, we must always strive to point people to Jesus, and away from ourselves, living exemplary lives, beyond reproach, so that people can see evidence of the gospel’s power and the Spirit’s work, and be drawn to it. A Christian T-Shirt or bumper sticker can’t ﬁx what’s broken with your daily, living testimony!
August 18, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Pastor Marc Sharp continues the new series on the letters of Paul to the Thessalonians. We began in Acts 17, where we read the story of how Paul (along with Silas and Timothy) came to the city of Thessalonica in Macedonia (modern day Greece). Their preaching caused a riot to break out, causing them to flee to another city. How would you like to be so eﬀective in proclaiming the gospel that everywhere you went, civil unrest ensued, and you had to be whisked out of town in the dead of night? Follow with us the adventures of this band of brothers!
Thessalonians, Pt 1: Turning the World Upside-Down
August 11, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Acts 17:1-10
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp begins a new series that will take us verse by verse through the books of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. These are marvelous, encouraging books that deal with the security of our salvation, the return of Christ, the Christian work-ethic, holy living, and many other things. The audio for this message is not available, but the sermon text in .pdf file format can be downloaded.
August 4, 2019 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Psalms 96:1-13
It’s common practice today for us to sing in church, but have you ever wondered why we sing? What’s the purpose of our singing? What do we seek to accomplish through our singing? Pastor David Walt brings a very important and uplifting message for the Body of Christ today.
July 28, 2019 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17
Today, Pastor David Walt concludes the series, "The Law of God" with the 10th and last commandment, "You shall not covet..." We've been studying what the 10 Commandments mean to us as Christ followers, people called to be holy, or set apart. Each commandment has been placed in a significant order, including this last one. What does it mean to covet? Does the word idolatry come to mind? How about contentment? Pastor David does a deep dive into our culture to bring clarity for believers.
July 21, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-16
Our current series, "The Law of God" (and how it relates to the followers of Jesus) continues today with part 10. Pastor Marc Sharp dives into the 9th Commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. There is nothing so opposed to the nature and character of God as untruth. What about us? Do we ever distort the facts to avoid trouble with a spouse, a boss, a teacher or a cop? Do we withhold details or blatantly shift blame when we are wrong, even at the expense of others? Are we prone to exaggeration and one-upmanship to impress others with our stories? There is much to ponder regarding the 9th commandment!
July 14, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-15
Pastor Marc Sharp takes a look at the 8th commandment in the current series on the 10 Commandments. Interestingly, when it comes to the 8th commandment, “You shall not steal”, it seems many more people are guilty of that crime than either murder or adultery. Many people casually steal without a second thought. The 8th commandment, however, doesn't just prohibit stealing really big things, but taking anything that is not mine in general. From home burglaries and armed robberies, to the seemingly petty but constant
trickle of small-time stealing by average joe’s, theft is a bigger problem than you might have previously imagined!
July 7, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-14
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp takes a look at the next commandment in the current series on the 10 Commandments, "The Law of God". The seventh commandment is “You shall not commit adultery”. Though it applies to all of humanity, it emphasizes those with whom we are in the closest covenant. The way we obey or ignore this commandment has major ramiﬁcations, either stabilizing or destabilizing the societies we all share. But, what does Hollywood have to say about it? More importantly, what did Jesus have to say about it?
June 30, 2019 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Exodus 20:1-13
Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series, "The Law of God", with Part 7. In our journey through the 10 Commandments, we have come past the halfway point to the 6th Commandment: “You shall not Murder”. The 6th commandment is the ﬁrst that clearly addresses how we are to relate to other human beings. Why is God so opposed to murder? What about war and abortion? Hear what God's word has to say!
The Law of God, Part 6: The Promise In Honoring Our Parents
June 23, 2019 | By: Tom Hall | Scripture: Exodus 20:12-12
Today, our guest speaker, Reverend Tom Hall, continues the series, "The Law of God", with Part 6. The discussion of the Ten Commandments continues with the first command that has a promise as part of it. Many of us have struggled with this command to honor our parents for a variety of reasons. Listen as Tom brings great insight and spiritual revelation to an often misunderstood part of God's law and grace.
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?
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?