Sermons from 2016

Christmas Eve: Missing “Peace”

On this Christmas Eve, Pastor Steve wrapped up a three part series in Luke chapters 1 and 2, focusing on a few key details of the Christmas story. On this night, Pastor Steve talked about peace, and more importantly, why is our world missing a sense of peace when the angels clearly talked about “peace…

A Christmas Wish: Luke 1:26-38

For the last week leading up to Christmas Day, Pastor Steve took some time out of our study in Acts to walk through the Christmas story, beginning today with a look at the announcement from the angel Gabriel to Mary in the first chapter of Luke. The amazing part of this story is to consider…

Acts 12:25; 13:1-12

Jumping into Acts chapter 13, we see the first intentional missionary activity of the early church. As the leadership fasted and prayed, God led them to send out Paul & Barnabas to go start spreading the gospel beyond Antioch. John Mark went along as an assistant. This first section details their time crossing the island…

Matthew 7:1-5 (Communion Sunday)

For communion Sunday, Pastor Steve is teaching a series about relationships in the context of our faith. Matthew chapter 7 gives us a humorous picture of the “speck” and the “log” to compare and contrast our quickness to judge others versus the way we see ourselves and our sins and mistakes. Pastor Steve exhorts us…

Acts 11:27-30; 12:1-24

Moving from the last few verses of Acts chapter 11 into chapter 12, we encounter what is the first experience of government-led persecution of the church, as Herod Agrippa starts to take action against the leadership of the church. After killing James, he has Peter put in prison awaiting execution after the Passover. The response…

Acts 11:1-26

As we start Acts chapter 11, Peter comes back to the Jewish-centric church in Jerusalem and has to explain (and overcome some criticism about) what has happened at Cornelius’s house and why it is now clear that God has accepted the Gentiles into the church by pouring out his Spirit on them as they received…

Acts 10:24-48

Last week in the first part of Acts 10, we saw the Holy Spirit working in both Cornelius and the apostle Peter to prepare them for this coming together of Jew and Gentile to hear the truth about Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit and baptized as full believers! In this section of…

Acts 10:1-23

Pastor Steve continues our study through the book of Acts, where our attention turns to a Gentile, Cornelius, a “God-fearer” who is visited by an angel, starting the wheels in motion for the Gentiles to understand faith in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit. Meanwhile God has to provide a vision to the apostle Peter…

Sarah Liu Testimony

Listen in to this powerful testimony from Sarah Liu, a Chinese evangelist saved at age 18, arrested multiple times, and spent 6 years in prison in China for her faith. Sarah was tortured and interrogated, and shares how she found that God gives strength to withstand these trials when we need it. Her joyful hope…