Pastor Barry is the speaker unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.


February

2/2 You Can’t Just Sit There. Mark 10:45. The common usage and understanding of the word “ministry” is that it is something professional clergy do. Biblically “ministry” is for every believer.  The Bible says that there are a variety of ministries distributed to the entire body of Christ – the entire church.  In other words, EVERY MEMBER A MINISTER. Serving and giving are defining characteristics of Christ’s life and they should be of the Christian’s life as well.

2/9/20 New Beginnings. Acts 2:42. When the Church began at Pentecost it was devoted to certain things that resulted in explosive growth. Today, as our church celebrates its anniversary, we stand at the threshold of a new beginning…the beginning of our next 90 years. How some people see the church today is very different than the picture of the early church. In this sermon Pastor Barry compares those two pictures to expose the challenge that is ours as we face the future.



NEW SERMON SERIES BEGINNING FEBRUARY 16TH

“…everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” Matthew 7:24.   As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of our Church we also look to the future. Our desire is to be effective, relevant and victorious. A victorious Church is the byproduct of its members living victorious lives. Building a strong healthy Church doesn’t just happen. Neither does spiritual maturity in the life of a Christian. Every well-built house must first have carefully designed blueprints, a strong foundation, and a competent builder. Even so, a strong Church can only be the product of the blueprint of God’s Word, the foundation of Jesus Christ, and the daily guiding hand of the Holy Spirit. In this sermon series Pastor Barry will seek to reignite and strengthen your passion for and commitment to God’s Word by sharing in very practical ways the significance of the Bible and what it means to be “doers” of the Word and not just “hearers” only.

2/16 Build by Hearing. Romans 10:17; James 1:19-25. Jesus ended the Sermon on the Mount, the most famous sermon ever preached, by telling a story.  He says there were two guys that went out and they both built a house. But they built them on different foundations.  One guy built his house on solid rock, the other guy built his house on sand. When a storm came, the house that was built on the shifting foundation of sand collapsed, but the house that was built on solid rock was able to withstand the storms.  After telling this story Jesus says, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into is like that wise man who built his house on the rock.”  How do you build your life on the solid foundation of the Bible?  In the first installment of this series Pastor Barry shares insight into how we can effectively receive God’s word by hearing it.

2/23 Build by Reading and Studying. James 1:19-25. How do you build your life on the solid foundation of the Bible? The answer is to look at the way God created you.  God gave you five senses – hear, smell, see, taste, and touch.  Everything you know in life comes through one of those five senses.  That’s how you encounter life and that’s how God intends for you encounter the Bible.  In the first installment of this series Pastor Barry presented the first of those five things – hearing God’s Word with our ears. In this sermon he shares insight into how we can effectively receive God’s word by reading it with our eyes & studying it with our hands and mouth. The Bible says if you will do the five things are being presented in the first 3 sermons in this series you will be blessed.  And if you are blessed your church will be blessed.

3/1 Build by Reviewing, Remembering  and Responding. James 1:19-25, Joshua 1:8. If you will do the five things in our text you will be blessed.  And if you are blessed your church will be blessed. Today Pastor Barry will share the fourth & fifth of those things –The single greatest habit you can develop is the habit of memorizing some Scripture. You need to have God Word in your mind so that you can have God’s power in your life. Turn your knowledge into actions! “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on the rock.

3/8 Why You Can Trust the Bible (1). Ps.119:86 2 Tim. 3:16-17. The Bible is the most read book in history.  It’s the bestselling book in history.  And it is the most translated book in history.  We call it the Word of God , but how do we know it is?  In this sermon will share what the Bible actually claims about itself and it’s historical accuracy. 

3/15 Why You Can Trust the Bible (2). Ps.119:86 2 Tim. 3:16-17. The Bible is the most read book in history.  It’s the bestselling book in history.  And it is the most translated book in history.  We call it the Word of God, but how do we know it is?  In this sermon Pastor Barry will share its scientific accuracy.

3/22 Why You Can Trust the Bible (3). Ps.119:86 2 Tim. 3:16-17.  The Bible is filled with literally hundreds of prophecies where God says, “This is going to happen at such and such a time, in such and such a way.”  Hundreds of these prophecies have already been fulfilled, every one of them exactly as God said.  Some of them are still yet to be fulfilled. Why can we trust the Bible?  Because of its prophetic accuracy. And because the Bible is thematically unified. The Bible has the same theme through the entire book from cover to cover, from Genesis to Revelation.  It is the theme of redemption and Jesus the central character. 

3/29 Why You Can Trust the Bible (4). Ps.119:86 2 Tim. 3:16-17. The Bible has been under attack century after century. It is the most despised denied, debated and destroyed book in history, yet it has endured. You can trust the Bible because of its enduring power but even more important is its transforming power. Nothing can change the lives of people like the Bible.  Tens of thousands of lives have been changed by it and are still being changed today. Has it changed yours?  In this sermon Pastor Barry shares how the Bible can eternally impact your life.

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE SUSPENDING OUR SERIES BUILDING ON THE FIRM FOUNDATION OF GOD’S WORD UNTIL AFTER PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER.


4/5 (Palm Sunday) The Contemporary Drama of the Cross. Luke 23:1-49. The events in Luke 23:1-49 are, without a doubt, among the most widely known in history and make up the script for this modern day drama. Whatever people may or may not believe about Jesus of Nazareth, if they have heard anything about Him they have heard that He was nailed to a cross and are familiar with the drama leading up to it.This is not just a story about what happened long ago, it is a story that repeats itself today in various forms.  In this presentation a casting call is going out for us to choose our role. We are all part of the plot, we have no choice in that, but we do get to choose the role we play. In this unique sermon Pastor Barry shares the available roles and challenges us to consider which one we will play or are already playing.

4/12 (Easter) Is Heaven Real? John 14: 2-3.  If you haven’t thought about life after death perhaps you should.  The Bible says, “It is appointed unto man once to die”. Everyone will die. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter but there’s more. What Jesus said gives us even more cause for celebrating…“Because I live you also shall live”.  Where? In heaven! Is it a real place? Where is heaven? What will it be like there? How big is it?  What will we do there? Will I be there?  These are just some of the questions Pastor Barry will answer in this sermon about our home in heaven.


SERMON SERIES  CONTINUES

“…everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” Matthew 7:24.   As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of our Church we also look to the future. Our desire is to be effective, relevant and victorious. A victorious Church is the byproduct of its members living victorious lives. Building a strong healthy Church doesn’t just happen. Neither does spiritual maturity in the life of a Christian. Every well-built house must first have carefully designed blueprints, a strong foundation, and a competent builder. Even so, a strong Church can only be the product of the blueprint of God’s Word, the foundation of Jesus Christ, and the daily guiding hand of the Holy Spirit. In this sermon series Pastor Barry will seek to reignite and strengthen your passion for and commitment to God’s Word by sharing in very practical ways the significance of the Bible and what it means to be “doers” of the Word and not just “hearers” only.

4/26

5/3

5/10 (Mother’s Day)

5/17

5/24

5/31




TBD 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 an integral part of 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.

TBD: Advent: God’s Wake-Up Call.