God has called us to an abundant life. Our prayer is that you will be blessed by these sermons and discover that they are a great resource that will help you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as to come into a life of freedom, destiny and adventure.
A New Position
If we are ever going to go the distance in the race that we are called to run then we will need to learn to rest. Rest is a position faith because faith rests in the faithfulness of God. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus despised the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Shame is that feeling we have that says we aren’t enough of something so we find ourselves motivated in life by constantly trying to measure up because we try and perfect everything. Shame keeps us from rest and offers our lives on the altar of perfection. Growth and hard work and learning to overcome are important but if you are motivated by shame you are eventually going to burn yourself out. If we are ever going to go the distance we need to learn to rest in the goodness of God. This is our position of faith.
The Doctrine of Sound
Everyone’s life gives off a sound or a vibe. Do the words that speak and the spirit that you carry lift people up or tear people down? Are you a joy to be around or are you a person that people tend to avoid? In this message Pastor Phil shares about the importance of your words and the condition of your heart.
Despising The Shame
Shame is an enemy to the race that we are called to run. Its an epidemic in our society that destroys lives and keeps us from reaching our potential. This message shares about the reality of shame and its effects on our lives and offers practical ways to overcome.
Set A Joy Before You
It’s important that we have a vision for our lives but more importantly we need to have a vision that produces joy. Hebrews 12:1-2 mentions that the joy set before Jesus enabled Him to endure the cross. The joy of Christ’s vision enabled Him to endures the brutality of the cross. What kind of vision do you have for your life? If your current vision isn’t one that produces joy then you need a better vision.
What is Sound Doctrine?
Sound Doctrine' appears four times in the New Testament and is translated, "Healthy Teaching." The context of this phrase is found in having love for others. Sound doctrine is not academic. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1). If you want to have sound doctrine, it is always found in the way you love others."
Getting A Profit
According to the writer of Hebrews you have a race to run, but this is no typical race. The only person you are actually racing against is the worst version of yourself. Its a race for identity with the aim of maturity. In this race that we have to run what is it that will benefit us the most so that we can go the distance? What experiences, involvements and commitments taking place in your life will cause you to benefit from or gain a profit. These are important questions to consider. You have a race to run and we need to keep looking to Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
You've Got A Race To Run
No one likes feeling rushed or the pressure of racing through life’s activities. Life is a journey that is just as much about the preparation as it is about the destination. But according to the writer of Hebrews we have a race to run. As it turns out, its not a race against other people. Its not even against the devil. So who are we racing why do we need to have endurance? Find out in this new series, “You’ve Got A Race To Run.” Got it
Glory is a big topic. It relates to the goodness of God. But what we also find in scripture is that it relates to the unity found in the body of Christ. A glorious church is a unified church because you cannot have glory where there is no unity. The body of Christ becomes glorious when we are united around Jesus Christ. Jesus is the image of God who is love. When Christ is at our center (the hope of glory) then love is at our center which is able to hold everything together.
Pastor Phil and Shawn share about Gateway Church and the importance of service and community (Partnership and Fellowship).