Pastor Barry is the speaker unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.
8/4/19 “HEROES”: Moses. Exodus 3:7-10. Though raised and educated in Pharaoh’s household Moses is banished from Egypt and lives for forty years among the Israelites as a shepherd. But while he’s out tending sheep one day, he sees this bush that is burning but not being consumed and so he goes to check it out and God speaks to him, “…I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”Moses is reluctant. He feels inadequate. He doesn’t want to do it, but God says, “I will be with you.” The main point of this sermon is disarmingly simple…Where God guides, He provides. That was true for Moses then and is just as true for you today.
8/11/19 “HEROES”; Deborah & Jael. Judges 2:12-16. This sermon focuses on two women during a period of time in Israel’s history when judges ruled. Two of the more familiar judges were Gideon and Samson, but Pastor Barry has chosen a woman, Deborah as his hero for today’s message. Judges were political, spiritual, and military leaders, all rolled into one. Deborah was a most unlikely judge because she was a woman living in a man’s world. It was not common for a woman to rise to such a powerful position, but Deborah had a close walk with the Lord and God raised her up to be a judge and used her in a powerful way. She was respected as a wise and capable leader, but it is another women, Jael, who is the unexpected Hero in a battle with one of Israel’s enemies.
8/18/19 “HEROES”; Hezekiah. II Chronicles 29:3.Many of us go to Church and open up Scripture in hopes of learning the secret code… the code to how we get God’s blessing. Pastor Barry shares there is no “secret code”, but there is a life that God is more likely to bless than another and King Hezekiah is one who lived that kind of life. His life is an example of what we need to do, how we need to live in order to receive God’s blessing.
8/25/19 “HEROES”; Jeremiah. Jeremiah 2:9-13. Jeremiah has a tender heart. When he’s preaching, he’s not doing it with “hell’s fire and brimstone.” He’s called “the weeping prophet,” because he knows the judgement that’s coming so he pleads with God’s people in tears because they refuse to listen. In the life of Hezekiah, we saw what brings the blessing of God in our lives. Through Jeremiah we are going to see what brings the judgment/wrath of God. Jeremiah helps us understand that idolatry is not just asin among many but it is thesin that all sins fall under.
9/1/19 HEROES; Jesus (4) Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus was no ordinary teacher, no ordinary king and no ordinary man. Jesus was both God and man—one hundred percent divine and one hundred percent human. The word “amazed” appears twenty-seven times to describe people’s response to Jesus. They were amazed at His miracles. They were amazed at the way He handled criticism. They were amazed at how he cared for outcasts. In this sermon Pastor Barry focuses on one of Jesus’ miracles. It’s a miracle that was recorded in all four Gospels…The Feeding of the Five Thousand.
9/8/19 “HEROES”; Asa. I Kings 12:8-11. After Solomon died the nation of Israel divided. The ten tribes that were in the north aligned themselves under a man by the name of Jeroboam, and they became known as Israel. At the same time, the tribes of Judah and Benjamin down in the south were loyal to their leader Rehoboam, who was the son of Solomon, and they became known as Judah. We have two kings; one king that God anointed and one that Solomon appointed. Both prove to be woefully disappointing. But there is a king who follows Rehoboam, the third king of Judah, the grandson of Solomon and whose name is Asa. In spite of the fact his father was a sinful man and his mother was a pagan, Asa becomes one of Judah’s most Godly kings. “Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord… Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.”1 Kings 15:11,14. From Asa we learn that You and I can choose what kind of a legacy we will leave behind.
9/15/19 “HEROES”; Paul. Acts 1:8. Paul is the least likely person you would think to become a leader for the church. When we first meet Paul, he was a persecutor of Christians. He was doing everything he could to destroy the church. Yet he has a dramatic conversion, and this is the person God chooses. The Book of Acts tells about three different missionary journeys that Paul goes on where he establishes at least ten churches. These missionary endeavors reveal a lot about Paul and what make him a hero.
9/22/19 “HEROES”; Paul (2). II Timothy 4:7-8. As Paul approaches the end of his life he writes a letter to Timothy encouraging him to do three things that will enable him to live a consistent Christian life to the end. It is these things that enabled Paul to write these words which were among the last he ever wrote…“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”II Timothy 4:7-8.
12/1/19 The Strange Gift of Suffering. II Corinthians 1:3-7. Pain and suffering are heightened when they happen during the most joyous time of the year. Suffering is not uncommon in the Christmas season, in fact it is integral to the message of Christmas. There is much emphasis on giving gifts at Christmas but no one would think of suffering as a gift, no one except for the apostle Paul. We find his Christmas gift wish-list in the second letter he wrote to the church in Corinth, and on it is “the fellowship of His suffering.” It’s a strange gift but in this sermon Pastor Barry shares why it truly is a gift we each should be happy to receive.
12/8/19 The Wisdom of the Wisemen. Matthew 2:1-2. Even though we don’t know a lot about the Wise Men we can understand why they are called “wise”. It has more to do with what they did than with what they knew. And what did they do? They followed God’s divine leading, they responded in faith, and they worshipped the Christ Child. When a person has truly received the gift of God’s Son, worship and the outpouring of gifts is a natural response. This is what Christmas is all about…God’s gift to us – His Son, and our gift to God – our heart and life. We demonstrate the wisdom of the Wise Men when we follow, have faith in, and worship Jesus.