Sermons from 2003

Sermons from 2003

Jesus isn't found in a place. Jesus is found in a relationship.

Matthew 12:8-14

And Jesus says…I’m Lord of the Sabbath… That’s why Jesus could say in Chapter 11, Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you Sabbath as the Father intended it. Rest the way God wanted it to be known for. A time set aside in your life, in my life, to be totally and completely refreshed. Now, of course, God gave it to them on a day. Said take this day and just set…
Do you want rest? You'll find it in Jesus. You want to feel good? You'll find it in Jesus... I'm not here to make you feel good. I'm here to tell you the truth. I'm here to tell you what God's Word is... If we're going to live the way Jesus lived, sometimes...we need to be uncomfortable.

Matthew 12:1-7

It’s not about you feeling good. Jesus didn’t come to this world so that you could feel good… And the longer I walk with the Lord, the more I study His Word, the more I have the opportunity to teach, I find that what I see in Jesus is a very simple life. Not a life of feeling good, but sometimes a life of sacrifice. Sometimes a life of stepping beyond your own comfort, even to the point of being…
It's very easy. If you're dwelling in sin, I don't care what the sin is, call it sin. We're not going to hate you. Tell God, "I don't know how to deal with it. Forgive me, and help me see how to walk right with You." Plain and simple. That's all it takes. Jesus is the answer. He is the way.

Matthew 11:16-30

How many times have we called out to God, how many times have we asked God to come and play our game, and then when we get the answer, we didn’t like it. “Well God, I was really hoping for the Cadillac, not the Pinto. Those things are dangerous, God! I want a real blessing! That couldn’t have been God.” This is how we respond so often. God pours blessing out on us…but we don’t like the way He’s having…
How many of us face hard times in our life? God is aware. Jesus knows the pain that you're going through. He knows the suffering that you're facing. Jesus knows. Don't fall away. Be encouraged. There's good news!

Matthew 11:1-15

How many of us face hard times in our life? Struggles that we wake up in the morning and say, “Oh God, I don’t want to face today.” You know what? God is aware. Jesus knows the pain that you’re going through. He knows the suffering that you’re facing… Jesus knows. Don’t fall away. Be encouraged. There’s good news. There’s good news that God’s Word is being fulfilled in this place today, and God’s Word can be fulfilled in and…
He cares enough to let us be challenged, because without challenge we would never know what faith truly is. We would never truly...understand how much God does care.

Matthew 10:21-42

One of the things that we as the church are famous for is worrying. We worry about this. We worry about that. We worry about our jobs. We worry about our families. We worry about the next car we’re going to have. We worry about whether we’re going to wake up tomorrow and still have our home. We worry about so many things. We worry about, am I going to have my job tomorrow? I know a lot of Christians…
There is danger in praying because sometimes God answers that prayer...and you are the one that He chooses to use to answer that prayer.

Matthew 10:6-20

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” And this, I believe, is a prayer that we should be praying still today, because the field is still ripe for harvest. There are still hundreds and thousands of people on the face of this earth, millions, who have no clue Who the Person of Jesus Christ is or Who God the Father is and the…
Do you believe God wants to intervene in your life? Do you believe that God cares enough for you to take care of...every detail of your life? Yes, sometimes it takes some faith, but it's a little bit of faith mixed with a whole lot of [God's] mercy and a whole lot of compassion.

Matthew 9:27-10:5

(Recording ends before the message is complete.) So never, ever, ever be afraid to share what God is doing in your life. Don’t ever think that the little things in your life are insignificant. There are no insignificant events in your life. If God has done it, God gives you the strength to get out of bed tomorrow morning and you didn’t think you were going to have the strength to get out of bed, that’s an amazing testimony, and…
God desires to use you. God desires to use your testimony. God desires to use your perspective. Don't ever believe that your testimony means nothing. Don't believe that.

Matthew 9:18-25

You and I, as we walk through life…we see things, and we experience things, and the Holy Spirit of God touches us… and even though it may not seem exciting, there are exciting things happening around you every moment… And guess what? Even if your [testimony] may not be as exciting as somebody else’s, you need to give it because you may be…a person that I look at and I say, “You know what? I can relate to [you]…” But…
We need to step into where God is, rather than making God come to us. We put demands on God and everybody else. It's not what God is about. Jesus came because He loves sinners, and I'm glad He loves sinners because I was one of them.

Matthew 9:1-17

You know what? As much as there are things that I would like to do in my life, I really want to be in God’s will. I want to be where God wants me to be. I want to be trusting Jesus, even though there are lots of things where I would rather be… Do you know that God loves you? That God desires for you to understand His forgiveness for you? The thing that has kept you out of…
It is about following Him. Being a part of Him. Going where He goes. Being where He is. Participating in the miracles that He wants to do, whether they are convenient for you or not.

Matthew 8:23-34

This is the question I have to ask you. When you pray, what do you expect from God? When you ask God for a miracle, what do you expect? You know what? I guarantee you, when you pray, God is listening. God may not answer your prayers the way you think He should, but He’s listening, and God loves you. Do you realize how much God loves you? That He is willing to answer your prayers when you pray them?……
Generally, what you find in life is when God puts people in your life, He's also putting need in your life, because...every one of us here have need.

Matthew 8:1-22

So often we are concerned about appearances. We are concerned about what people think about us. We are concerned about how it’s going to affect our lives. If someone sees us do something or be part of something that the rest of society doesn’t agree with. And this is what is phenomenal about Jesus and His ministry: He did not care about what society thought of Him. He wasn’t caught up in appearances and what people would think… He sets…
What is the will of the Father? The will of the Father is for us to know His Son Jesus Christ and for us to walk in love relationship with Jesus.

Matthew 7:13-29

We are all trees planted in the orchard on this planet. According to God’s design, we were planted here as a tree to produce fruit. And we’re now not only looking for what can harm us and draw us away from understanding God’s Word and understanding God’s love and understanding God’s strength, but now we’re also having to look into our own lives. As we look around — and this is the thing, you know, He says early in chapter…