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No More Business As Usual
by Darryl Williamson on June 10th, 2024
Summary of the MessageIf we are going to move beyond spiritual mediocrity, we must take the essential step of "cleaning house" in our lives, those things which detract from the Lord's preeminent place. As we make those necessary changes, we begin to experience spiritual flourishing. Key Sermon PointsPreliminary Point:  Spiritual mediocrity is normal, but it is not normative1. God's word disrupts t...  Read More
Sacred Solitude
by Darryl Williamson on May 27th, 2024
Summary of the MessageThough spiritual community and relationships are essential to our spiritual growth, we need to cultivate our direct and personal reliance on the Lord through the practice of solitude. God is calling us into a quiet and restful relationship with him, which is how we gain increased confidence in his ability to deliver us from the many things that threaten our faith and our live...  Read More
Humility Through Bodily Means
by Luther Fleury on May 20th, 2024
Summary of the MessageFasting is a spiritual discipline characterized by self-denial and serious God-centered devotion. When seeking God, it is either 1) used to cultivate humility or 2) performed organically out of an inner state of lowliness and/or godly sorrow. It is, all at once, a tool, a response, and a sign, that reinforces our ongoing reliance on God. Key Sermon Points1. Fasting is a form ...  Read More
You Are What You Think
by Fenol Dera on May 13th, 2024
Summary of the MessageSpiritual Disciplines are not about creating a lot of do’s and don’ts. In our text, we explore the space that speaks to the mental stream or thought life of the believer. God enables the Christian not only to flourish, but to be an actionable witness to the world. Let us consider the exhortation of Paul from our passage as a reminder and encouragement that when we set our min...  Read More
His Presence in Prayer
by Rob Weyand on May 7th, 2024
Summary of the MessageDespite having ample evidence and knowledge of the power of prayer available to us as believers, why do so many of us fall short of the prayer life that God wants to have with us? David's declaration in Psalm 27:4 can be instructive here when he reveals that there is one thing that he desires above everything else: to dwell in the house of the Lord forever, gazing upon his be...  Read More
Deliverance Prayer
by Darryl Williamson on April 29th, 2024
Summary of the MessageIt is normal for followers of Christ to find themselves in difficult circumstances, but it is also normal for God to deliver them out of those circumstances. Biblically we see this is one of the ways he proves his commitment to his people. Earnest prayer is his prescribed way of unleashing his deliverance presence and power. Key Sermon PointsThe church that earnestly prayers ...  Read More
by Darryl Williamson on April 22nd, 2024
Summary of the MessageThough anxiety is a common problem, it is also a soul-threatening problem. The Lord does not intend for us to be bound up in excessive and debilitating worry. His prescription for anxiety is prayer. Prayer in anticipation of our being heard and answered - prayer that is a spiritual balm to the heart and mind. Key Sermon Points1. Jesus is calling you out of worry:Since anxiety...  Read More
His Word is the Way
by Darryl Williamson on April 15th, 2024
Summary of the MessageThe power of God's word to change us into Christlikeness is only unleashed when we live by his word, and that will only happen when we are motivated by a genuine love for God which then leads to our meditating on his word, soaking it into our souls. But it is not enough to know this in principle; we must also have a plan for practicing it in our daily lives. Key Sermon Points...  Read More
The Word of God is Our Heart Surgeon
by Darryl Williamson on April 9th, 2024
Summary of the MessageThe proper response to the warning passages we see in scripture is to make every effort to obtain the promises God has given us, and the way we do that is by grounding our confidence and hope in the word of God. But the word of God is more than something we merely reference or that we try to follow, it is the very power of God to change us into Christlikeness.  Key Sermon Poi...  Read More
The Glory of the House
by Darryl Williamson on March 17th, 2024
Out of our longing for Christ, his gospel, and people, God intends to grow us into a glorious house in which he will dwell in this broken world.  Read More
Rise a Saint
by Darryl Williamson on March 10th, 2024
Confidence is essential to the Christian life and is fundamental to our spiritual growth. We need to be confident of who we are in Christ and able to develop that confidence by taking the necessary actions with the right mindset that moves us toward Christlikeness.  Read More
The Presence of Christ as the Means of Growth
by Darryl Williamson on February 25th, 2024
The very presence of Christ is the source and aim of our Christian growth. Christ is present in all the activities and practices he has called us into, what are often called sacraments. That presence in our lives is most expressed in Christ’s Lordship in our lives.  Read More
Take Care and Grow
by Randall Harris on February 18th, 2024
The Holy Spirit warned believers to guard their faith so that they would avoid being carried away to spiritual ruin. This involves not only being vigilant to guard our hearts, but is also a charge to grow.  Read More
Moving Forward into Maturity
by Darryl Williamson on February 11th, 2024
Even though spiritual immaturity is a mortal threat to the faith of Christians the Holy Spirit’s response is not to condemn us or to send us back to spiritual kindergarten but instead he exhorts to step into maturity. Surprisingly, the path he lays out for us is to move beyond the foundational principles of the gospel and embrace all that it means to be a mature Christian in this broken world  Read More
The Deadly Snare of Immaturity
by Darryl Williamson on February 4th, 2024
In order to become mature in our faith, we must recognize that spiritual immaturity is a mortal threat to Christians - it is vital that we recognize that we will drift away from God if we are not continually drawing closer to him.  Read More