Class Will Show (Paul Defends His Ministry)

Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 – Paul faced significant opposition and persecution in his ministry to the Thessalonians.  Yet he remained humble in his response while remaining firm and faithful to the truth – he let his class show.  Pastor Russ challenges us to also let our “class show” through our words, our warmth, our works […]

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In this first series, we return to the basics. Following world-renowned preacher, John Stott’s book, Basic Christianity as a guide, we will embark on a compelling study that first defends the basic claims of Christianity and then defines the proper outworkings of those main beliefs in the daily lives of believers. This study is called […]

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Teaching Our Children To Defend Their Faith

Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-7 – In this message, one of the men of Grace Church, Sean Rodgers, shares his testimony about becoming an atheist in his teen years because he didn’t see Christianity authenticated in the lives of people around him.  Fortunately, he became a follower of Christ later in life. He challenged parents to teach their children […]

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Follow Their Example

Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 – Paul opens his letter to the Thessalonian believers with thanksgiving for their faith. As 21st century believers, we have much to learn from this 1st century church.  Pastors Russ outlines the things Paul is thankful for regarding the Christians in Thessalonica, and then teaches us to be imitators of them […]

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Text: Acts 17:1-9 — Pastor Russ starts a new sermon series in the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.  He begins this series with the historical context of the first letter, sharing the history of Paul’s second missionary journey and how the church in Thessalonica was established.  Paul wrote to the young believers there facing persecution in order to strengthen […]

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Deuteronomy 4:30-31 —  The Christian life requires hard work and a return to executing the fundamentals. In the second part of this message on the Parable of the Sower, Pastor Russ challenges us to “break up” our hard soil and allow the Word of God (the seed) to penetrate our lives so it will become […]

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Text: Matthew 13:1-23 — Pastor Russ helps us make practical application to the Parable of the Sower.  What type of soil are you?  Jesus calls us to be good, fertile soil.  This means reading God’s Word and genuinely seeking to understand how it applies to us. Good soil bears a harvest – seeking to grow […]

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Making Christ the Focus of Our New Year

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:15-19 —  As our culture looks at the New Year as an opportunity for self-directed fresh starts, we look to Jesus Christ – not as one who reminds us about new beginnings – but as the one who IS our new beginning.  He is not our guide toward salvation. Our salvation is […]

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