Current Sermon Series
SPEAKER: Dr. Jeff DeGiacomo
Aug 16–Three Practices of Christ Followers (Ephesians 5:1-21)—Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, gives instructions for holy living. These instructions include three key practices that should mark the life of every single follower of Christ.
SPEAKER: Dr. Garet Robinson
Aug 9–Encountering God (Luke 24:13-35)—Scripture is full of stories and scenes where individuals had a powerful encounter with the living God. Sometimes we too have moments where we encounter God’s presence and maybe even entertain one of his messengers. As we encounter God’s presence in a divine moment, we become aware of the power of his promises and the beauty of his grace.
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. David Hardage
Aug 2–BGCT Partnership Update (Romans 12:9-21)—The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board elected David Hardage January, 2012 to serve as the convention’s next executive director. Dr. Hardage has been Pastor of four churches, interim Pastor of five churches, is a former Associational Director of Missions and served as a Development Officer. He has also had the privilege of serving on various Texas Baptists committees and boards.
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Patrick Turley
July 26–Running with Endurance (Hebrews 12:1-3)—In times of discouragement or weariness, it is helpful to remember that authentic faith (the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see) is manifest in our obedience to God. God has given us many examples of authentic faith to motivate us. Therefore, by focusing on Jesus, we are to run with endurance, the race marked out for us.
PREVIOUS SERMON SERIES: ANIMATED SERMONS
July 19–Alice In Not So Wonderland (Luke 24:47; Acts 5:31, 11:18)—What do you do when the world seems to be upside-down? What you thought was “normal” has changed and you’re facing the hard challenge of either adapting to Wonderland or choosing to live in a prolonged state of denial. It is natural to make sense of the madness, but our inclination to blame others and to focus externally will end up failing us. In this sermon, based on Luke 13:1-5, Jesus boils the external pressures of life and society down to one point: Repentance.
July 12–Promises, Promises, Promises (Numbers 13:25-31, 14:2-10)—We continue our focus on Pixar and Disney animated movies with Finding Nemo. Going against the flow might be the RIGHT way to go.
July 5–Confronting Our Monsters (Isaiah 43:1-7)—Many little children fear things that are under their beds or go bump in the night. Sometimes their fears drive them into their parents' rooms to find safety and security. As we grow up, our fears often grow with us. We live in a fearful time. Fear can put so many of us into places of isolation and abandonment that keep us from finding hope and freedom. However, when we go to God with our fears, and learn to trust him with our fears we can find victory over our fears. By trusting God, we can find freedom from fear.
June 28–Frozen Faith (2 Corinthians 3:12-18)—For most of us who have been followers of Jesus for a long time or even for not such a long time, we have a heritage of faith through teachers, preachers, mentors and friends that have helped us develop our faith, for which we are grateful. But we recognize that it is possible that we’ve learned some things along the way that may not be helpful today, and may not be true—cultural influences or even well-meaning but misguided teachers. And most of us recognize that we can get stuck in those old ways of thinking, maybe frozen to the point that we stop growing. Paul challenges the church, and you and me, to consider the possibility that we are living under the influence of the Old Covenant, that was based on rules and regulations, that are good, but do not reveal the glory of our Heavenly Father. He invites the church to remove the veil that hinders us from reflecting the glory of God, and rather than try to be good, to draw near to the presence of God (His Spirit) and “be transformed” to be like Jesus.
June 21–Finding Life Beyond Our Present Life (John 17:6, 14-15, 24)—We all long for something more beyond this present life. Our willingness to be transformed by the love of God enables us to experience God’s kingdom and discover the abundant life we are seeking.
June 14–To Infinity and Beyond (Gal. 4:1-7)—Toy Story is ultimately a movie about self-worth. The two main characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, both have identity crises that have to be reconciled. Woody’s identity is wrapped up in being the favorite, and Buzz’s identity is based on something other than reality. The exercise of looking at their story in light of what the Bible says about our identity as Images of God and potential daughters and sons of God illustrates how we too need to be reminded that worth is based on who God has created us to be and not what the world tells us we should be.