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 WOW And A WHY
Everyone needs a strong "why." Without a "why" behind "what" you do you will discover yourself going through the motions. Today, we tend to ignore the "WHY," especially when it comes to God's beautiful creation. We try to explain the how, when, where, what, but never why. Evolution points away from the why because a why involves purpose and intent. To some of the most brilliant minds in society they have no "wow" for the very thing they have devoted their lives to study because they don't see or understand the "why" behind creation. Worship requires a "wow" and a "why." The foundation of worship is wonder but with out understanding the reason for God's wonderful creation we very quickly will lose our ability to worship.
No Mixed Messages
The Gospel is simple but we are amazing at complicating it. In Christianity today there are wrong perspectives of God that have crept into our theology. Some of these views are found in the songs that we sing at church today. In this message, Pastor Shawn points out a few songs that contain negative views of God.Your view of God matters! So lets do our best to know God for the loving Father he truly is. It is this truth that sets people free.
Raising Ruins Through Worship
Worship is a profound act of faith that is deeply rooted in the hope or the expectation we hold that acts as an anchor for our souls. Jesus never said that there would be smooth sailing in life. Often times life is hard but we are to hold on to hope. The story of Ezra is an amazing story of worship and hope. Israel returns to ruins after 70 years of captivity to rebuild the house of God. But where do you start when something in your life has been ruined or crushed? Where do you begin when it feels like you've encountered a dead end? Israel started with worship! Listen and be blessed!!
Its Gonna Be Amazing!
Unbelief robs us of worship. It keeps us from the promises that God has for us and it is our job to hold on and to believe in Jesus. Some times experience works against us and robs us of the ability to hope and to exercise faith. Instead of allowing our belief to fall to the level of our experience we must raise our belief to the level of the Word of God. Let go of your disappointment and hold onto your determination. Don't shrink back but press forward. Don't become indifferent but hold onto what you are passionate about. May we REFUSE to believe the lies of the enemy and may we continue to BELIEVE in the promises of God.
The Quest For His Face
Worship is a response to what God has is initiated. He loved first. He sacrificed first. He served us. He died even while we were yet sinners. Worship is a response to what God has done, is doing and will do in our lives. But what we need be careful of, is making worship only about what God does for us and not about who God is. Everything God does is a reflection of who God is. In life there are people who care for you and there are others who only care about what they get from you. In the scriptures some people sought after God's hand (what He does) while David sought after God's face (who He is). Lets people a people who seek after the face of God just like David! Enjoy!
Responding To The Initiator
Hey Gateway, this week's sermon wasn't recorded so, Pastor Shawn put a quick video together to recap some of the key points. This Wednesday we will be meeting at 7pm at the church for an evening of worship, prayer and ministry. We hope you will join us.
From Fear To Faith
In this message Rev. David Persson shares how to move from a position of fear to a position of faith. This is very timely word for the season the world is currently in.
Pastor Phil shares about the importance of Spiritual Authority in our lives and how we can exercise the authority that we have been given through Christ.
Authority & Responsibility
Authority and responsibility go hand in hand. You cannot have authority where you are not being responsible. Authority is lost when we do not take our responsibility seriously. As in the parable of the talents, those who where responsible with what the Master had given them grew in their authority. The one who buried his talent in the sand and was found irresponsible lost his authority. Lets be sure not to despise the day of small beginnings and to take seriously the roles and responsibilities that we because when we are faithful and responsible with the little God entrusts us with more.
No Hope No Gospel
Life is messy. It is unpredictable. Stuff happens that we have no control over, but why? Why is life messy? Why do we have to face messy situations? If instant perfection awaits us in heaven or if there was nothing more to the 80 - 100 years (if you are lucky) we have on planet earth then there would be no meaning behind the mess that we all face. God is a purposeful God. He doesn't orchestrate messy situations but sometimes He allows them so that we learn and grow and develop into the children of God that He had in mind when He created us. There is a meaning to the mess which affords every person, in every messy situation at every messy stage of life, hope. Jesus was born into a messy world on a very chaotic and busy night and He is and forever more will be the Light and the Hope of the World. The Gospel is a message of Hope. If you do not have a message of Hope you do not have a gospel. What enables the church to shine is Hope. Lets not only have a heart for the House of God but let us also hold fast to the message of the House because it is a message of Hope!