Sermons on Church
The Astonishing Product of Pentecost
Text: Acts 2:41-47 Main Idea: The Holy Spirit gave birth to a radically new community marked by heartfelt generosity, not an informal association of religious individuals.
From Going to Church to Being the Church
Text: Colossians 1:27-29
The Greatest Need in the Local Church
Text: Ephesians 4:11-16 Main Idea: Healthy, unified churches are the product of everyday Christians undertaking the work of ministry in their local church.
Jesus Loves His Church
Text: Ephesians 5:22-32 Main Point: The redeeming and sustaining love of Christ will carry his church all the way to glory; therefore, we should love the church like Jesus does.
Deacons: Servants that Strengthen the Local Church
Text: Acts 6:1-7 Main Idea: Deacons exist to actively promote the unity, maturity, and gospel impact of the local church through their diligent, Spirit-empowered administration of everyday ministry tasks.
Elders: The Shepherds of the Local Church
Text: Acts 20:17-38 Main Idea: Faithful eldership looks like mature Christian men humbly shepherding, leading, and protecting the church through their winsome, persevering, and fearless proclamation of God’s authoritative Word as they prayerfully depend on God’s grace and power for everything they need to fulfill their calling.
Membership and the Local Church (Part 2)
Text: Matthew 18:15–20 Main Point: When it comes to formal declarations about the “what” and “who” of the gospel, the gathered membership of the local church is the highest authority under Jesus Christ himself.
Membership and the Local Church
Text: Various Selections Main Idea: Church membership is a formal relationship between a church and a Christian characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of the church.
The Head of the Church
Text: Revalation 1:9-20; 2:1-7 Main Idea: Jesus is the sovereign head of the church and he is intimately involved in the life of the local church.
From Hostile Exclusion to Unity and Peace
Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 Main Idea: Faith in Christ forever unites us to the person of Christ and the blood-bought community of Christ.