2017 Sermon Schedule

Below you’ll find the sermons for 2017, along with Scripture passages. Sermons are by Senior Pastor Doyle Sager except where noted. Schedule is subject to change.

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January 8-29, 2017 Sermon Series:
Community Transformation: THE CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS
January 8 Answering Our Own Prayers Isaiah 65:17-25
Picturing a healed creation motivates us to be answers to our own prayers.
January 15 – Church canceled due to weather –
January 22 Jesus In Disguise James 1:22–2:7
Jesus invites us to meet him in the stranger and the broken of our world.
January 29 Creative Caring Luke 5:17-26
When it comes to offering hope for broken lives, are we in the way or leading the way?
February 5-19, 2017 sermon series:
Global Partners: THE GLOCAL CHURCH
February 5 Far and Near, As We Go (Lord’s Supper) Matthew 28:16-20
A passion for global mission is not optional equipment; it’s part of following Jesus.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
February 12 Jesus’ Simple Strategy Matthew 9:9-13
Jesus’ love crosses more than geographical boundaries.
February 19 Partnering The Gospel Romans 1:8-17
Kingdom work is about receiving ministry as well as giving it.
February 26 Guest Speaker: Bill Wilson, Director, The Center for Healthy Churches
March 5-April 16
LENTEN SERMON SERIES: THE ABSENCE OF GOD
Lenten memory verse: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
March 5 Suffering and Unanswered Prayer  Job 1:13-22; 1 Peter 4:12-19
What about the silence of God in times of great trials?  (Lent Begins)
Preaching: Melissa Hatfield
March 12 Evil and Injustice  Jeremiah 12:1-4; Matthew 27:1-26
What about cruel systems and individuals who wrong us and others?
March 19 When The Earth Shakes  Romans 8:18-28
If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t God prevent natural disasters and accidents?
March 26 Illness, Grief and Loss  Psalm 102:1-11
Why does God seem so far away when our bodies fail us and loved ones disappear?
April 2 Youth Sunday
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
April 9 Doubt Mark 9:14-24; Matthew 27:45-46 (Palm Sunday)
Do my doubts keep God from loving me?
April 16 Risen and Turned Loose  John 11:17-44
How dangerous it is–the Risen Savior is released into a death-dominated world!
April 23 Genuine Faith  1 Peter 1:3-9
Preaching: Hannah Coe
April 30 Mission JC
May 7-21
SERMON SERIES: “THE FAMILY GARDEN”
May 7 Roots  John 15:1-11; Hebrews 12:14-15
What is the source of your family’s spiritual life and vision?
May 14 Soil  Matthew 13:1-9
What kind of seedbed exists in your home?
May 21 Weeds  Matthew 13:24-30; Galatians 5:19-23
Healthy families require intentional spiritual effort.
May 28 Witnesses, Not Experts  Acts 1:6-11
God calls ordinary people to bear witness to what we have experienced.   
June 4 Summer Music Celebration  (Pentecost Sunday)
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
June 11 God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity!  2 Corinthians 13:11-13
The Trinity opens to us God’s mysterious call and abiding care.  (Additional Trinity scriptures here.)
June 18 Seeing With Jesus’ Eyes  Matthew 9:35-38
Do we share the burden that Jesus had for broken lives?  
June 25 Seeing With Jesus’ Eyes  Matthew 10:24-39
Preaching: Jim Hill
July 2 True Freedom  Romans 6:12-23
Preaching: Hannah Coe
July 9 Spiritual Rest  Matthew 11:25-30
Going deeper is more freeing than doing more.
July 16 Rediscovering God’s Word  Psalm 119:105-112
God’s Word makes better food than medicine.
July 23 The Hound of Heaven  Psalm 139:1-18, 23-34
The mystery of God’s all-encompassing presence fills our deepest longings.
July 30 If God Is For Us…  Romans 8:26-39
The work of Christ is our answer to every crisis.
August 6 Desert Miracles Matthew 14:13-21
In places and times we least expect it, God shows up and provides for our needs.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
August 13-September 3 SERMON SERIES:
“BACK TO SCHOOL: PROVERBS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE”
August 13 Trusting God  Proverbs 3:5-6, 25-26; 4:18
Learning to depend upon God, one step at a time.
August 20 Wisdom and Foolishness   1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 4:10a
As Christians we need to be foolish according to the world’s standards — for Christ’s sake.
Preaching: Cliff Cain
August 27 The Careful Tongue  Proverbs 18:6-8; 25:11-13
Learning that words carry great power–to build or destroy.
September 3 Sex, Love and Family  Proverbs 5:15-20; 17:1
Learning to cherish loved ones and to channel our passions.
September 10-October 8:
SERMON SERIES: THANK YOU, MARTIN LUTHER–CELEBRATING OUR GREAT CONFESSIONS
September 10 Confessing Christ in a Secular Culture  Matthew 16:13-18
Among so many competing messiahs, we believe in Jesus.
Preaching: Hannah Coe
September 17 Celebration! Pastor Doyle Sager 20th Anniversary
(Special schedule: One joint service at 9:15 a.m. followed by a reception brunch at 10:30 p.m.)
September 24 Confessing Christ in a Skeptical Culture  John 20:24-29
In an age of great doubt and disillusionment, we believe in Jesus.
October 1 Confessing Christ in a Selfie Culture  Philippians 2:5-11
In a selfie generation, we believe in Jesus.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
October 8 Confessing Christ in a Success-Driven Culture  Romans 10:8-13
In the midst of so many self-salvation schemes, we believe in Jesus.
October 15-29: SERMON SERIES: “CONTAGIOUS–SHARING JESUS/GOING VIRAL”
RESOURCE: Read Dr. Sager’s three-part series from Word&Way, “Whatever Happened to Evangelism?
October 15 Contagious Faith Despite Circumstances  Daniel 1:1-21
Others are watching us when life is hardest.
October 22 Contagious Faith in the Midst of the Storm  Acts 27:18-38, 42-44
While others are panicking, how might God use us to shine in a crisis?
October 29 Infecting Those Nearest Us  John 1:35-45
Our nearest relationships offer our best opportunities to share Jesus.
November 5-26: SERMON SERIES: “THE DAILY CHOICE OF GRATITUDE”
November 5 Daily Choosing to Trust God   Joshua 3:5-17
Preaching: Jim Hill
November 12 Daily Choosing To Honor God  Joshua 24:1-5, 13-15
Intentionally choosing to serve God with time, energy, treasure and influence .
November 19 Daily Embracing Life’s Brevity  Psalm 90:1-12
How much more impactful would our lives be if we contemplated each day as our last?
November 26 Daily Counting Our Blessings  Ezekiel 34:23-31
In a negative, complaint-based world, choose gratitude!
December 3-24: ADVENT SERMON SERIES: “THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS”
December 3 Christmas Worship in Music: The Song Heard ‘Round the World
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
December 10  Every Valley – The Glory of Handel’s “Messiah”  Isaiah 40:1-11
December 17 O Little Town of Bethlehem Micah 5:2-5
December 24 Silent Night, Holy Night  Luke 2:1-14
December 31 Christmas–The Sequel Luke 2:15-21