Sermons

Below you’ll find the sermons for 2019, along with Scripture passages in both NRSV and The Message versions. Sermons are by Lead Pastor Doyle Sager except where noted. Schedule is subject to change.

You can watch, listen to or download sermons on the Sermon Archive page under the Worship tab. Watch the sermon video, right-click on “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As.” Or, click the “Download the Sermon” button to download a sermon transcript in PDF form, which includes a link to audio/video streaming. A link to the key Scripture passage is also included.

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January 6 Rise and Shine  Isaiah 60:1-6
We are ordinary people through which God pours extraordinary blessings into the world.
Preacher: Hannah Coe
January 13 Services canceled due to inclement weather.
Mapping FBC DNA
January 20 – March 3 Sermon Series
January 20 God-Centered Worship  Psalm 63:1-8
We love God.
January 27 Life-Changing Faith  Matthew 7:12-27
We follow Christ.
February 3 Authentic Relationships  Romans 12:9-21
We love each other.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
February 10 Services canceled due to inclement weather.
February 17 Community Transformation  Luke 4:14-21
We help people.
February 24 Youth Sunday
March 3 Global Partners  2 Corinthians 5:14—6:2
We share Christ.
Following Jesus
March 10 – April 14 Lenten Sermon Series
March 10 Jesus Weeping  John 11:17-37
Jesus’ compassion for those ravaged by disease, sin and death.
Preacher: Jeanie McGowan
March 17 Jesus Prioritizing  John 12:1-8
Christ’s sacrifice calls for extravagant devotion and commitment.
Preacher: Hannah Coe
March 24 Jesus Agonizing  John 12:20-33
We die in order to live and the struggle to be obedient will cost us everything.
March 31 Jesus Serving  John 13:1-20
Jesus shows us how to give up pride and privilege in order to love genuinely.
April 7 Jesus Warning  John 13:21-38
Through his covenant meal, Jesus confronts our faithlessness.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
April 14 Palm Sunday
Jesus Finishing  John 19:23-30
Jesus’ faithfulness to his life mission brings God’s eternal plan into the here and now.
April 21 Easter Sunday
Habeas Corpus  John 20:11-29
Jesus’ bodily resurrection affirms his lordship over every area of life.
April 28 Mission JC: Being the church in the city
For more information or to sign up: missionjc.org
May 5 Guest preacher: Paul Baxley, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator
Family Life Is Messy!
May 12-26 Sermon Series
May 12 Making Blended Families Work (Mother’s Day) Genesis 21:1-21
There is no such thing as a typical family; all families struggle with jealousy, hurt and unresolved pain.
Preacher: Hannah Coe
May 19 Who Wins the Arguments at Your House?  Ephesians 5:21 – 6:3
Successful families learn to take turns being wrong.
Team Preaching: Hannah Coe and Doyle Sager
May 26 Storm Trauma Psalm 46; Mark 4:35-41
June 2 Summer Music Celebration
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
June 9 Move the Fence  Acts 2:1-21  (Pentecost Sunday)
When the Holy Spirit drenches Christ’s church, everyone gets in on God’s plan.
June 16 The Art of (Mis)communication  Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2
Tenderness, tone of voice, careful listening, speech sprinkled with grace—it’s all there in scripture.
June 23 Living Within Life’s Limits  1 Kings 19:1-12
Preacher: Melissa Hatfield
June 30 Victory Over Shame  Psalm 51
July 7 God’s GPS  John 16:12-15
God’s guidance comes by way of a Person, not a road map.
July 14 Life-giving Relationships Galatians 6:1-10
Preacher: Todd Pridemore
July 21 Christ: No More, No Less  Colossians 1:15-28
Preacher: Hannah Coe
July 28 We Will Remember  Psalm 85
When something is lost — whether it be a pair of glasses, your way, or the sense of God’s presence — the secret to finding it again is retracing your steps.
Preacher: Melissa Hatfield
August 4 Fierce Love  Hosea 11:1-9
God pursues us in love and never gives up on us.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
Preacher: Jim Hill
Your God Is Too Small
August 11-September 1 Sermon Series
August 11 El Shaddai, The Mighty One  Genesis 17:1-8
God’s power and majesty are beyond our categories of description, yet are seasoned with tenderness and good intentions toward us.
August 18 Yahweh, The Personal and Promise-keeping God  Exodus 3:1-15
In an unfolding, never-failing plan, God reveals God’s Self in relationships.
August 25 The Holy One  Isaiah 44:6-8; 46:3-10; 57:15
God is distinct from and above all creation, yet enters into our suffering to redeem it for good purposes.
September 1 The LORD God, Our All in All  1 Corinthians 15:19-28; Revelation 11:15-17
Our King of Kings and Lord of lords will make things right and eventually heal creation.
Prayer
September 8-22 Sermon Series
September 8 Why Pray?  Psalm 42
Exploring the universal longing for connection with our Creator and Deliverer.
September 15 Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?  2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Revelation 5:6-8
“Yes” is only one of God’s many possible answers to our prayers.
September 22 What Are the Logistics of Prayer?  Philippians 4:4-7
The mechanics of prayer are simple, but require practice and discipline.
September 29 Creeds and Deeds  1 Timothy 6:11-16
Aligning our beliefs and behavior.
Failing Forward – Simon Peter’s Story
October 6-27 Sermon Series
October 6 Beginning, Stumbling and Growing  Matthew 4:18-20; 16:13-23
As in Simon Peter’s experience, our spiritual journeys are filled with successes and failures.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
October 13 Confusion and Failure  John 18:1-27
Our pride and need to be in control lead us into dark places spiritually.
October 20 Confrontation and Restoration  John 21:9-23
Even after we fail Jesus, his love offers us a path to repentance and fresh mission.
October 27 God Uses Imperfect People  Acts 10:1-16
Imperfect servants, God has a job for you—perfect people need not apply.
Portraits of Sacrificial Living
November 3-10 Sermon Series
November 3 Connecting Heart and Wallet  Luke 19:1-10
Zaccheus’ transformation was spiritual and financial.
November 10 Connecting Worship and Witness  Luke 21:1-4
It is sacrificial living—not selfishness and the worship of comfort—which satisfies the deep longings of our lives.
November 17 Guest preacher: Dr. Pam Durso
November 24 What If God Is Really Present? Psalm 46
God’s fierce presence not only comforts; it confronts.
December 1 Christmas Musical featuring Orchestra and Adult Choir
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
Finding Christmas Gifts in Unusual Places
December 8-22 Advent Sermon Series
December 8 The Gift of Starting Over Matthew 3:1-12
Nothing is as freeing as hearing the truth and taking responsibility for our choices.
December 15 The Gift of Miracles  Matthew 11:2-11
The Good News of the Incarnation opens us up to a brand new world in which the impossible becomes possible.
December 22 The Gift of Disguised Blessings  Matthew 1:18-25
In times of confusion and doubt, God’s best gifts slip in the backdoor.
December 29 God’s Big Brother-Sister Program Hebrews 2:10-18
The Christ event—his birth, life, death, resurrection, priestly intercession—has us covered in every way!