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Do Not Be Anxious

Text: Matthew 6:25-34
Speaker: Ryan Wentzel
Date: January 25, 2015

An evening service sermon from Ryan Wentzel.

What Kind of Hearer/Soil are You?

Text: Luke 8:4-15
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 25, 2015

Have you ever wondered why it is that so many people who hear the wonderful gospel of Christ don’t receive it?  Have you had the experience of knowing someone who seemed to have enthusiastically embraced the gospel only to watch them fall away from the faith?  How can this happen?

Jesus’ parable of the soils explains how the good seed of the gospel goes forth and the various responses it receives.  The kingdom of God is breaking into the world through Jesus. We are in an exciting season of sowing and reaping.  We should not be surprised when many reject our message.  We also rejoice that God’s Word is producing a remarkable harvest of souls in spite of the opposition of Satan and the hardness of men’s souls.

Each of us is like one of those souls.  May God help us to hear and receive His Word.

Jesus is My Shepherd

Text: Psalm 23
Speaker: Manuel Carbonell
Date: January 18, 2015

An evening service sermon from Manuel Carbonell.

All Human Lives Matter!

Text: Genesis 1-2
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 18, 2015

This Sunday is designated as Sanctity of Life Sunday because this week is the 42nd anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decisions which took away the right of the people and their representatives to protect unborn human life in the womb.  Since then over 54 million unborn babies have been killed in our nation.  It is ironic that in recent days government leaders from many nations have led demonstrations in which hundreds of thousands of people have participated to protest the killings of seventeen journalists at the hands of terrorists, while the same government leaders have promoted the killing of 44 million unborn children worldwide each year.

This evil exists because humankind has rejected God’s sovereignty over life and the family.  While Christians should encourage government leaders to act righteously, the great hope for our nation and for the unborn is spiritual repentance and revival.

We are also aware that there are some women among us who have had abortions and some men who have encouraged a woman to have an abortion.  I am so privileged to be able to declare to you the grace of God which forgives repentant sinners, removing our guilt and shame.  He remembers our sin against us no more!

Please read Psalm 139 before listenting to this sermon .  Please pray for our nation and for those who have been involved in abortion to find God’s perfect mercy in Christ.

Glory that Outweighs Our Suffering

Text: Romans 8:18-25
Speaker: Brian Onstead
Date: January 11, 2015

An evening service sermon from Brian Onstead.

Worship through Giving

Text: Luke 8:1-3
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January, 11, 2015

The last sermon on our series in worship is also our next sermon as we resume our series in Luke’s gospel.  In the first few verses of Luke 8 we are told about some women who were contributing to the support of Jesus and His disciples so that they could carry on His work of proclaiming the gospel without having to spend most of their time working at carpentry or fishing.  In the same way, your generous giving frees up some of our Pastors/Elders and our Missionaries to be fully devoted to the ministry of the Word.  So building on the example of these ladies (in Luke 8:1-3) this week’s message will focus of how we worship the Lord in our giving.

We rarely speak about giving at GBC.  Because so many churches and charities have had a bad testimony in this area and because I am paid through the generosity of God’s people and, I find it very hard to preach about giving.  Rather than taking an offering we have a box in the back of the chapel.  Sometimes new people have to ask around about how they can give to the church.

Giving to the Lord’s work is a blessing and a privilege. Just as those women had the privilege of serving Jesus and being used by God to provide for the practical needs of ministry, we are privileged to participate in God’s work through our giving. Like other aspects of worship, our heart attitude is crucial and God does more for us through this act of worship than we do for Him.

I am most grateful that your kindness has enabled me to be unmuzzled (see 1 Timothy 5:18) for almost 25 years.  I am also thankful to report that the Lord provided for our finances in 2014 (especially at year end) beyond what most of us had anticipated.  Throughout the year we had thought that we would have to withdraw a significant amount of money from savings in order to meet our obligations, but it appears that we will end the year without taking anything out of savings!

Please read Luke 8:1-3 and 2 Corinthians 8-9 to prepare for this sermon.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

Daily Personal Worship through Prayer

Text: Various
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 4, 2015

In this evening service sermon Jim Newheiser encourages us from God’s word in our personal times of prayer.  This sermon is a continuation of the morning sermon on daily personal worship.

Daily Personal Worship in God’s Word

Text: Psalm 1
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 4, 2015

For several weeks we have been addressing what the Bible says about corporate worship. This week we will talk about our personal acknowledgement of God through daily Bible reading and prayer.  In this sermon I preach about our need to regularly read and meditate on Scripture.

In the evening service sermon I encourage us from God’s word in our personal times of prayer.

As a new year begins I hope that many of you will plan to read the Scriptures and set aside time for prayer on a daily basis.

Realizing that most New Year’s resolutions are broken, we must enter into this commitment with a sense of total dependence upon God, for without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Furthermore, this is not merely a discipline.  Nor is it meant to be a pursuit of self-righteous self-improvement.  Rather, it is because we love God that we want to listen to Him and speak with Him every day.  He is worthy!

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