Pastor Barry is the speaker unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.
10/20/19 HEROES; Job. Job 1923-25. Although the book of Job deals with suffering it is more a presentation of the process Job goes through while dealing with his suffering. He identifies the source of his suffering. He confronts his suffering. Job’s triumph was not in the last chapter when God restores his wealth. Job’s triumph was the affirmation of his faith in the midst of his suffering.
10/27/19 HEROES; Peter. Mark 14:27-72. The pages of the Bible are strewn with the wreckage of men and women who have failed in their faith. There is none more familiar than Peter’s, recorded in Mark 14. The God who wrote the Bible is a God of grace who wants us to profit from the experience of failure in the lives of others. So, these failures are like flashing red lights that say, “Watch out, Caution, Danger!” In this passage Peter makes four mistakes. We should avoid making these same mistakes. Peter’s failure was not fatal. He didn’t quit. He didn’t give up, and it was men, the likes of Peter, of whom the pagan world testified, “These are they who have turned the world upside down.”
11/3/19 HEROES; Nehemiah. Ezra 910. When a delegation from Jerusalem arrives in Persia with a message for the Jewish community there, they look for Nehemiah. Nehemiah is the respected leader, probably because he’s deeply spiritual and has an important position in the government. The message is that Jerusalem is still in ruins, the walls are still broken down, and the gates are still in dis-repair. Nehemiah travels to Jerusalem and after surveying the situation and praying for God’s wisdom, he develops a strategy to remedy the monumental task. Immediately he faces opposition, but Nehemiah is a prayer warrior and in less than two months the city is fortified. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares some specific things we learn about prayer through Nehemiah’s experience.
11/10/19 HEROES; Barnabas. Acts 4:36. We all hunger and thirst for encouragement. When encouragement comes our way, we soak it up like a sponge. If you want to have people beating down the door to be your friend be an encourager. Barnabas, The Son of Encouragement, is a model encourager. In this sermon Pastor Barry examines the traits of Barnabas’s life that earned him this distinction and how we can apply them to our lives today.
11/17/19 HEROES; Elijah I Kings18:24. The prophet Elijah was sent with a warning about idolatry to King Ahab. The first two of the Ten Commandments deal with idolatry. There are more than a thousand verses that speak to it. It’s one of only four commandments that has the death penalty attached to it. So, it’s obvious God takes idolatry very seriously. Our hearts today haven’t changed that much from the hearts of those to whom the prophets were sent. Our idols just look a little different today. The question we need to ask ourselves is,“What holds the attention of your heart?” Whatever that is, that’s your idol. When God is not on the throne of our hearts…things are out of order…life doesn’t work the way it should. But when God’s in His rightful place, everything else starts to fall into place.
11/24/19 HEROES; The Thankful Leper. Luke 17:11-19.There are few things in the New Testament that surprise Jesus, but in this instance our Lord registers surprise. Jesus asks,“Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Of the ten lepers that were healed, the Samaritan would have been considered the most unlikely thanks-giver, yet it was he who came expressing his gratitude. That makes him a hero and it this sermon Pastor Barry shares three things that we learn from his example that can help us more consistently and effectively express gratitude.
12/1/19 HEROES; The Patient Father. Luke 15:1-31. The parable of the Prodigal Son is not nearly so much about the prodigal son as it is the father’s patience, love and forgiveness. Our heavenly father has given us great freedom; a marvelous freedom, but because of that we are capable of acts that are evil and hurtful… why does he permit it? The father of the prodigal son gives us a picture of God who sees in our voluntary submission and love something so valuable that God Himself runs down the road to throw His arms around any man or woman who makes a move in God’s direction.
12/8/19 HEROES; 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.
12/15/19 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 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.