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The Christian’s Confidence and Assurance

Text: 1 John 3:19-24
Speaker: Jeff Gonzales
Date: May 29, 2016

A Sunday evening sermon from Jeff Gonzales.

Israel Demands a King

Text: 1 Samuel 8
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 29, 2016

When my wife Caroline saw my title she asked me to which kind of leader I am referring.  My answer was “both”.  Our nation is seeking leadership as we look to elect a new president.  This Memorial Day weekend we remember the sacrifices of those who fought to preserve the freedoms which we hope our government leaders will continue to protect.  Our church is doing a search for an additional elder who could fill our pulpit.

Those who are dissatisfied with the current situation put their hopes in candidates who promise to make significant changes.  Sometimes the change is worse than the status quo. The problem is that people often look to human leaders to do for them what only God can do.

This problem is as old as Babel. Thousands of years ago, during the days of the Judges, the people of Israel sought a change in leadership.  They wanted to have an earthly king so that they could be like the other nations.  Samuel warns them, as Lord Acton would state in the 19th century, that “power corrupts”, and that one day they might regret their insistence to have a mighty ruler to reign over them.

The failure of our human leaders, both in our national government and in the church, should make us yearn for the true King Jesus Who alone will reign in perfect righteousness for the benefit of all of His people.

To prepare to listen to this sermon, please read 1 Samuel 8, Genesis 11:1-9, and Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

Believed, Belonged, Beloved

Text: 1 John 1:1-4
Speaker: Kirby Figueras
Date: May 22, 2016

An evening service sermon from Kirby Figueras.

Perspectives on Life and Death

Text: 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Speaker: Curt Arend
Date: May 22, 2016

The verses in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 contain some of Paul’s final words in life as he reflects on his life and eminent death.  Paul had finished his course and was ready to come home to heaven.  Our merciful God is the one who enables any and all of us to persevere until the end.

The Seasons of Life, Part 2

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:3
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: May 15, 2016

An evening service sermon from Mike Kelley.

God’s Plan for Church Growth

Text: Ephesians 4:7-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 15, 2016

In this sermon we will see what the Lord teaches us through the Apostle Paul about how the church grows.  Our growth is founded upon the gospel which should produce humility, love and patience.  The ascended Christ has given gifts to His church, including leaders who equip the saints to do the work of ministry so that the body is built up (grows) as every member does his/her part.

Please read Ephesians 4:1-16 in preparation for listening to this sermon.

The Four-Fold Cycle of Sin and Salvation

Text: Joshua 7, Romans 1:18-20
Speaker: Joel McCutcheon
Date: May 8, 2016

An evening service sermon from Joel McCutcheon.

The Glorious Role of Godly Women in the Church

Text: 1Timothy 2:8-15
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 8, 2016

It is interesting to be in a culture that celebrates Mother’s Day, while denying gender roles established by God from creation.

How thankful I am to be in a community at GBC in which we have godly women who are striving to be what God has called them to be, as opposed to the world which tells them that they are free to redefine themselves as they please.  My goal in preaching from Paul’s instruction to Timothy about gender roles in the church is to encourage us all both by the glory of what God has revealed in His design for men and women working together and by recognizing what He has done in the lives the remarkable women in our assembly who serve Christ so faithfully.

Please read 1 Timothy 2 and 3 in preparation for listening to this sermon.

Servant Leadership

Text: John 13:1-7
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 1, 2016

What makes a great leader.  Our nation is looking for governmental leaders.  Churches need leaders.  Our church is in the process of seeking another elder/pastor to help shepherd and feed this flock.  What qualities matter most?  Jesus’ disciples were often guilty of seeing leadership in a worldly way (Luke 22:24).  They wanted to be powerful and highly respected.

In John 13 Jesus demonstrates how authority should be used.  John records Jesus’ state of mind that He is fully aware of the exalted place the Father has given Him.  With this in mind He washes His disciples feet.  This act of service is both a picture of His work of saving us and an example of how we should serve one another.

Please read John 13 in preparation for listening to this sermon.

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