Sermons from 2015
A life of praise starts with knowing the God who is worthy of our praise. The Psalms are preoccupied with God and can teach us many truths about Him. As we read the Psalms, we should ask ourselves, “What does this psalm teach me about God?” In Psalm 100, we are told to worship the Lord with wholehearted joy, reverence, and gratitude.
Mary’s Song of Praise
In this first message in the new sermon series, “A Life of Praise,” Pastor Mitchell Gregory examines Luke 1:46-55. Mary’s song of worship upon receiving the angel’s news that she will bear Jesus, the Messiah, teaches us much about how to live a life of praise. Mary praised God in the depths of her soul. Her praise flowed from a mind and spirit saturated with scripture. She praised God for His power, holiness, mercy, and faithfulness.
Jesus the Promised Messiah
What can we learn from the genealogy of Jesus found in the first chapter of Matthew? This sometimes overlooked list reveals that God is omnipotent, working out His purposes in history. God is also faithful to fulfill His promises. No one has ever trusted Him in vain. Finally, the genealogy shows God’s grace. Jesus was willing to be born through a line of sinners to come int the world and redeem us. Jesus, the Christ, is the messiah, the one anointed by God to pay the penalty for our sin and bring us peace with God.
His Name Shall Be Called
“Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15) Jesus is God’s love gift to a dark and gloomy world. In Isaiah 9:6-7, each of the names of Jesus reveal a priceless gift from God to us. He is our Wonderful Counselor – our source of divine wisdom. He is Mighty God – to be revered. He is Everlasting Father who loves us, and finally, He is our Prince of Peace bringing peace by having our guilt removed when we trust Him for salvation.
Our Lord’s Crucifixion
Pastor Gregory surveys the cross and reminds us of what Jesus meant when he said “It is finished.”
The Gospel of God
The Gospel is the good new to all who will believe and receive God’s forgiveness, deliverance, and salvation. The Gospel comes from God, who desires to give people grace for the glory of Jesus’ name and for our good. It is not a plan, but instead it is a person: Jesus Christ, who shares God’s nature and was sent to redeem.
Is Witnessing Worth It?
What biblical realities motivate us to see the worthiness of witnessing? Sharing the Gospel matters for the sake of God’s glory. 2 Corinthians 5:11 calls us to lovingly warn and persuade others because of the grim reality of hell, the glorious guarantee of heaven, and the call of our God who is infinitely worthy of praise.
What to Pray
Earnest prayer is critical to the success of the Gospel. Pray that the Gospel will spread rapidly and be honored. Ask for God-arranged encounters and clarity of speech. Pray to overcome spiritual paralysis caused by fear. The apostle Paul prayed for each of these things in his letters the churches, and the evidence that God answered Paul’s prayers is found in the book of Acts.
Love! Live! Speak!
Christ’s command is that we are to be His witnesses, energized and equipped by the Holy Spirit. We are called to make visible the love and holiness of God, for the authenticity of our testimony rests on how we love one another and pursue holiness. We must also resolve to speak the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation.
The “big picture” of the book of Acts is the demonstration of what it means to be a Holy Spirit empowered witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 1:1-11 bookmarks two significant events on God’s calendar: the Ascension of Jesus into heaven and His glorious future return. Our lives fall between these two events. As we await His coming again, all believers are promised the empowerment of the Spirit for the heralding of the Gospel, even in the face of opposition.
Greater Works than Jesus’ Works
Jesus promised that every person who believes in Him has the ability to do works that are greater than His. How can this be? Through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we are empowered to seek and save the lost, as far as the ends of the Earth. The norm for every believing person can be to live a life before God that is not a wasted life, a life that witnesses to the forgiveness and grace of Christ, accomplished for us by the cross and the resurrection.
The Good Samaritan
Isn’t it easy to justify ourselves and our lack of compassion for others? The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke chapter 10 challenges us to demonstrate the love of Christ when it is not convenient and when it requires sacrifice. As we grow to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, we will also love our neighbors as ourself.
The Love of Christ Compels Me
Paul was a zealous man, first trying to destroy the spread of Christianity, later serving Christ with an equal amount of zeal. His life changed after a personal encounter withe the living Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5 Paul reminds the Corinthians that when we embrace the truth that Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins, our old life dies. We are to now zealously live not for ourselves, but for our Redeemer. The love of Christ compels us to serve him with all that we are.
Why I Love Jesus More
How can we love Jesus more? Thomas shares a few of the ways that he has seen the power of the gospel at work transforming the lives of people and how that has caused both praise and thanksgiving to our Savior to be built up within his own soul.
Loving Jesus Extravagantly
Pastor Gregory explores the story of Mary and her lavish love as she pours expensive perfume over the feet of Jesus just days before his crucifixion. But this is not the complete story, there is more.
Three Sentence Prayers
Pastor Gregory shares a series of thoughts on prayer based on three different sentence prayers found in the New Testament.
Loving Jesus Means Listening to Him
We only know a small amount of what occurred during the transfiguration of Jesus when his glory, holiness, and deity were allowed to peek through his humanness and to be seen for a moment. In the transfiguration Jesus is revealed as infinitely glorious, and He is to be heard. God said, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
The Sure Word
Is the Scripture the voice of God? Matt Fisher, Alliance International Worker and former pastor at CAC, speaks about the authenticity and surety of the scriptures for communicating God’s word to us.
Loving Jesus Means Loving One Another
The credibility of Christ is put on display through the love we have for one another. Our indulgent love of self is to be replaced by Jesus-like love for each other. If we love each other in the same way Jesus loved us, then our witness will be compelling. If we are indifferent, unkind, cold-hearted, selfish, abrasive, or demanding then people will be skeptical of us as Christians. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:…
The Great Commandment
What is God’s greatest purpose for his people? Of all the laws and commands within scripture, which command is the most important? Pastor Gregory explores the greatest commandment.