At the turn of every year we all have hopes that the new year will bring possibility of something better. Join us this week as we look at what it will take to see lasting change in our lives in the year ahead.
 
Scriptures: Luke 2:41-52
 
Keywords: start, change, direction, future, faith, possibility 
Direct download: GCC20151227.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

When Jesus comes into the world, he shows us not only who God is, but how God works.  This week, we anticipate the arrival of the King before as we look to celebrate Christmas Day.
 
Scriptures: Luke 2:1-7
 
Keywords: Jesus, Christmas, Advent, Luke, The Coming King, Incarnation
Direct download: GCC20151220.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:02pm CDT

When Jesus comes into our world, he comes as a King.  This week, we begin our Christmas series by looking at how we search for Jesus, and how he searches for us.
 
Scriptures: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
 
Keywords: Christmas, Advent, Isaiah, The Coming King, Jesus, Suffering, Hope, Emotions
Direct download: GCC20151213.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

When Jesus comes into our world, he comes as a King.  This week, we begin our Christmas series by looking at how we search for Jesus, and how he searches for us.

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 8:1-22 

Keywords: Christmas, Advent, Kingdom, King, Jesus, 1 Samuel, Significance
Direct download: GCC20151206.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT

Jesus makes a seemingly unreasonable command to his followers - "love your enemies."  In this sermon, we see how obeying this command is possible.

Scriptures: Matthew 5:38-48 

Keywords: Enemies, Peace, Conflict, Forgiveness, Justice, Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew
Direct download: GCC20151129.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Divorce is a painful and often confusing reality for many people today.  In this sermon, we see how Jesus addresses divorce within the Kingdom.

 

Scriptures: Matthew 5:31-37, Matthew 19:1-9 

Keywords: Divorce, Marriage, Relationships, Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, Matthew, Adultery
Direct download: GCC20151122.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

There are few things as powerful as sex and lust in our lives today.  In this part of his famous sermon, Jesus tells us why sex and lust are so powerful and shows us how to face that these two things as his followers.
 
Scriptures: Matthew 5:27-30 
 
Keywords: Lust, Sex, Adultery, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, Jesus, Grace
Direct download: GCC20151115mp3.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

As we move further into the Sermon on the Mount Jesus begins to unveil the beauty of His Kingdom. This week we process what Jesus taught about anger and how we are called to respond to anger.
 
Scriptures: Matthew 5:21-26 
 
Keywords: anger, murder, hate, revenge, Jesus, reconciliation
Direct download: GCC20151108.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Jesus frequently points to the Kingdom of God and invites people into it.  In this sermon, we see that how we get into this Kingdom is unique, and needed by all of us.

Scriptures: Matthew 5:17-20, Jeremiah 31:31,33

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, Jesus, Old Testament, New Covenant, Gospel

Direct download: GCC20151101.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

How does Jesus want his followers to relate to the world?  Through two powerful metaphors of salt and light, he shows us how we are called to influence those around us.

Scriptures: Matthew 5:13-16, Isaiah 59:1-2, 9-10

Keywords: Salt, Light, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, City on a Hill, Jesus, Mission, Church

Direct download: GCC20151025.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

This is one of the most famous passages of Scripture leading off one of the most famous sermons in history. Join us this week as we uncover the heart behind these powerful verses. 
 
 
Scriptures: Matthew 5:1-12
 
Keywords: Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Kingdom, Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, Matthew
Direct download: GCC20151018.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

The most famous sermon from the most famous person in history.  This week, we begin our series on the Sermon on the Mount as we look at how Jesus prepares us to hear some of his most profound teachings. 

 

Scriptures: Matthew 4:23-5:1

Keywords: Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Kingdom, Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, Matthew

Direct download: GCC20151011.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

God's salvation is not just a solution for individual souls, but a solution for everywhere the world is broken.  This week we talk about our last core value of cultural renewal as we end our all-church vision series.

 

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13, Jeremiah 29:1-7

Keywords: The Next Ten, Cultural Renewal, Mission, Church, World, Calling, Vocation, Jesus, Lord's Prayer, Jeremiah

Direct download: GCC20151004.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

The heart of the Christian message is change.  This week we look at how God wants to change our hearts and, consequently, change our lives, as well.

 

Scriptures: Matthew 11:28-30

Keywords: The Next Ten, Spiritual Formation, Gospel, Religion, Matthew 11, Jesus, Spiritual Growth, Change

Direct download: GCC20150927.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

As we celebrate our ten years as a church, we are looking forward to the future.  This week, we talk about how we want to be a church that values the Bible as our greatest truth.

 

Scriptures: John 17:13-19

Keywords: The Next Ten, John, Jesus, Biblical Truth, The Bible, Truth, Values

Direct download: GCC20150920.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

This Sunday we celebrate all that God has done for our church over the past ten years, as we also look forward with faith to the next ten years.

 

Scriptures: Ephesians 2:19-22

Keywords: Church, The Next Ten, 10 Year Celebration 

Direct download: GCC20150913.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

God designed marriage to not only be fulfilling but also to lead us toward maturity. Discover this week what marriage makes when we strive for a Biblical marriage.

 

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:32-33

Keywords: marriage, connection, future, intimacy, growth, maturity 

 

Direct download: GCC20150906.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

God designed marriage to reflect his love to us.  This week, we see how he calls husbands to play a vital role in that reflection.

 

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:22-33

Keywords: Marriage, One Flesh, Intimacy, Husbands, Men, Ephesians, Paul

 

Direct download: GCC20150830.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

God gives specific instructions for how marriage should look. This week, we learn what God says to wives as they pursue marriage in light of the biblical vision.

 

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:22-33

Keywords: Marriage, One Flesh, Wives, Gender Roles, Ephesians, Paul

Direct download: GCC20150823.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:31, Ephesians 5:18-21

 

Keywords:  Marriage, One Flesh, Ephesians 5, Intimacy, Love, Relationships 

 

Direct download: GCC20150816.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

We can have confidence that God's Word is true because God’s word is final, God’s word is understandable, God’s word is necessary, and God’s word is enough.

 

Scriptures: 2 Peter 1:16-21, Psalm 119

Keywords:  Scripture, Bible, Truth, Confidence

 

Direct download: GCC20150809.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

From the moment we are born, we are all heading towards the end of our lives.  Or are we?  This week, we look at what Christianity teaches about life, death, and life again.

 

Scriptures: John 6:47-55, Revelation 21:1-5

Keywords: John, Revelation, Death, Doctrine, What We Believe, Hope, Afterlife, Heaven

 

 

Direct download: GCC20150802.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Following Jesus seems to be so difficult at times! This week we discover that God never leaves us to our own effort but rather fills us with a helper. Join us as we check out what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. 

 

Scriptures: John 14:15-27

Keywords: Holy Spirit, Help, Guidance, Power, Direction

 

Direct download: GCC20150719.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

What is at the center of the Christian faith?  This week, we see how Jesus is foundational for how we see God - and even how we see ourselves.

Scriptures: Colossians 1:15-22

Keywords: Jesus, Image, Colossians, Hope, New Creation, What We Believe

 

Direct download: GCC20150712.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

One of the most difficult teachings of Christianity is the subject of sin.  This week, we look at how deep sin actually goes in our lives, but more importantly how God's love goes deeper.

Scriptures: Romans 3:9-18, Ecclesiastes 7:20

Keywords: Sin, Grace, Redemption, Romans, What We Believe, Ecclesiastes

 

Direct download: GCC20150705.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

What we believe about God matters.  This week, we look at how viewing God as a King should deeply affect how we live our everyday lives.

Scriptures: Psalm 47

Keywords: God, King, Psalms, What We Believe, Doctrine, Beliefs

 

 

Direct download: GCC20150628.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

This week we talk about the importance of fatherhood - and how God wants fathers to lead their families.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:1-13

Keywords: Fathers Fatherhood Father's Day Deuteronomy Parenting Family

 

   

Direct download: GCC20150621.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

In 1 Corinthians, we see Paul make a strong appeal to his readers - "Imitate me."  Part of Paul's hopes for this church was that they would do the things that he did, the way that he did them.  This week, we explore how the idea of imitation is an important part of our spiritual growth.

 

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 11:1

Keywords: Imitation Discipleship Paul 1 Corinthians  

   

Direct download: GCC20150614.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

The questions we ask are powerful. They reveal our priorities and can influence the decisions we make. So what questions should we be asking? As we continue our series in which we hear from our pastors’ hearts, we will talk about three great questions that followers of Jesus can ask themselves everyday. These questions can become checkpoints that keep us moving in God’s direction. 

 

Scriptures: 2 Timothy 2:15 

Keywords: Questions Obedience Work Word Paul Timothy   

Direct download: GCC20150607.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

The mission at GCC has always been to "lead people to become growing followers of Jesus Christ.   Join Kent this Sunday as he looks back to the New Testament to see what it "meant" to be a follower of Jesus and what it means today to be a "growing follower" of Jesus Christ today.

Scriptures: Matthew 16:24-25  

Keywords: Follower, Cross, Life, Lose, Save 

Direct download: GCC20150531.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

When most people think about Christianity, they will usually think about a church.  More than a location, a pastor, or a website, God created churches to be marked by some common values.  This week as we continue our series in which we hear from our pastors' hearts, we will talk about two of these common values and how they can shape our lives today. 

 

Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-2 Genesis 17:6-7 Deuteronomy 7:6-8  

Keywords: Church, Worship, Witness, Evangelism, Abraham, Early Church, Acts  

 

Direct download: GCC20150524.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Courage. We love to see it in other people and we even demand it in the leaders we follow but rarely do we embrace our own personal call to live courageous lives. Join Michael Bayne as he invites each of us to live lives marked by courage and what that might look like on a day to day basis.

 

Scriptures:   Joshua 1:1-18 

Keywords: Heart Faith Courage Future Bravery Calling Mission Next  

 

Direct download: GCC20150517.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

What does it mean to be a mom?  More than cards, flowers, and breakfasts in bed, being a mother is a calling.  This Mother's Day, we celebrate this great gift by looking at what the Bible shows us about mothering - in all of its messiness and meaningfulness.

 

Scriptures: Genesis 3:16 1 Samuel 1:24-28 Luke 1:46-49                    

2 Timothy 1:3-5 

Keywords: Motherhood Moms Mother's Day Parenting Children Family 

Direct download: GCC20150510.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

We have been given the power to create and destroy, and many of us live as if the power is only used against us. What we say, what we don’t say, how we say it, everything about our words has the ability to speak life and death. We live in a world that is desperate for hopeful words, yet expects injurious words from everyone. Our greatest example of the power of our words is found in Jesus, when He was confronted with the adulterous woman. It was what he chose to not say that spoke the loudest to her situation. 

 

Scriptures:   Proverbs 12:18 

Keywords: Words Injury Healing Wisdom Heart 

 

Direct download: GCC20150503.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

What is God like?  The parable of the Prodigal Son reveals some of God's essential characteristics that, if seen and believed, will shape how we relate to God in profound ways.  We will look at this parable for a final week as we examine the most important character in this story: the Father.
 
Scriptures:   Luke 15:11-32 

 

Keywords:   The Prodigal Son God Father Grace Luke 15

Direct download: GCC20150426.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

 If the grace of God is true, it should change the way that we see everything. Join us for week 2 of this series about God’s grace and, specifically, how it can change the way that you see others.

 

Scriptures:   Luke 15:11-32 

Keywords: Grace People Serve Others Joy Anger Resentment

 

Direct download: GCC20150419.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

If the grace of God is true, it should change the way that we see everything.  Join us as we begin a new series about God's grace and, specifically, how it can change the way that you see yourself.

 

Scriptures:   Matthew 16:1-4 Luke 15:11-32 

Keywords: Grace Prodigal Son Luke 15 Jesus Self-pity Self-esteem Pride

Direct download: GCC20150412.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

When a group of religious scholars asked Jesus to perform a religious sign, he simply said, "Instead of a giving you guys a new sign, I'm just going to tell you to look at Jonah."  What did Jesus mean by this subversive response?  Join us for Easter With Grace as we explore the connection between Jesus and this well-known prophet.

 

Scriptures:   Matthew 16:1-4 

Keywords: Jesus, Resurrection, Easter, Jonah, Matthew 16, Grace

Direct download: GCC20150405.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

As we finish our series on Jonah, we encounter even stranger things than a storm and a fish.  We see an ill-purposed tent.  A mysterious plant.  A scorching wind.  A destructive worm.  What do all of these things mean?  And what does God want to tell Jonah through them?  Join Adam Dressler as he explores the lesser-known part of this epic story in our final week of Unlikely God.

Scriptures:   Jonah 4:1-11 

Keywords: Jonah, Mercy, Compassion, Pride, Selfishness

Direct download: GCC20150329.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Most people know the story as Jonah was swallowed by a big fish.  But what happens after that?  As Jonah's story continues, we see how God uses Jonah to reveal an important message to his enemies - that God sees their evil actions and wants them to change.  And the miracle is they actually do.  This week Adam Dressler explores how God makes real change possible in our lives.

Scriptures:   Jonah 3:1-10 

Keywords: Jonah, Nineveh, Mercy, Repentance, Change, Hope

 

Direct download: GCC20150322.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

The story of Jonah is much more than a fish story. Jonah’s journey reveals God’s passionate pursuit of people. Join Michael Bayne as he continues the Unlikely God series and reveals how God will stop at no length to redeem and rescue people.

Scriptures:   Jonah 1:17-2:10 

Keywords: salvation, Jonah, rescue, restoration, hope

 

 

Direct download: GCC20150315.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Depressed and full of despair, Jonah runs from God, hoping to find peace.  Instead, he finds a deeper suffering within a raging storm.  But God will simply not let Jonah go.  What does this mean for us as we face our own storms today?  Join Adam Dressler as he continues our series through Jonah in "Unlikely God."

Scriptures:  Jonah 1:4-16

Keywords: Jonah, Depression, Despair, Suffering, Redemption, Hope

 

Direct download: GCC20150308.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

A violent storm.  A big fish.  These are the things that we think about when we think about the story of Jonah.  In reality, there is far more to this familiar story than just a storm and fish.  Jonah's story is about God doing unlikely things in unlikely places.  This year as we journey towards Easter, join Adam Dressler as he begins our series on the book of Jonah.

Scriptures: Jonah 1:1-3

Keywords: Jonah, Grace, Mission, Repentance, Lent

Direct download: GCC20150301.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

In one of the few stories that we have about Jesus before he begins his public ministry, we see him running away from his parents and spending time in the Temple.  More than a lesson in obedience to his parents, this story shows us one of the foundations of Jesus' life: worship.  Join Adam Dressler as he concludes this series by exploring what true worship actually is and why all of us need to practice it.

Scriptures:  Luke 2:41-52

Keywords: idolatry, jesus, luke, the, way, worship

Direct download: GCC20150215.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:39pm CDT

Why should we try to live a good life?  Why should we try to make better decisions,  and become better people?  Before Jesus begins his public ministry, he does this very curious thing: he asks John the Baptist to baptize him.  Join Adam Dressler as he explores how our pursuit of a better life and Jesus' baptism are connected in deeply important ways.

Scriptures:  Matthew 3:13-17

Keywords: Obedience, baptism, Jesus, spiritual growth, Matthew 3

Direct download: GCC20150208.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

Jesus begins his public ministry by fasting – denying himself food.  Throughout his life, he intentionally said “no” to many things – especially celebrity status – so he could please his Heavenly Father.  Join Michael Bayne as he unpacks how Jesus connected with God through the art saying no so he could say yes to God.

Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-11

Keywords: fasting, denial, testing, growth, waiting, patience

Direct download: GCC20150201.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by noise. We rarely have times where we can think and be still. We move through life with a soundtrack that we consume through media and constant activity. Jesus faced similar distractions when people pulled for his time and attention. Join Michael Bayne as he explores how Jesus pulled away from the noise in order to connect with God.

Scriptures: Luke 5:12-16

Keywords: Time, Quiet, Solitude, Peace, Direction

Direct download: GCC20150125.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

When most of us think of "spirituality," we tend to think about typical "spiritual" activities: reading the Bible, going to church, and praying.  But what if our understanding of "spirituality" needs to be broadened to include other things - things like rest and leisure?  As we continue our series on how Jesus connected with God, join Adam Dressler as he looks at an often under-appreciated rhythm in Jesus' life: rest.

Scriptures:  John 2:1-11

Keywords: Rest, Leisure, John 2, Jesus, Work, Productivity 

Direct download: GCC20150118.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:00am CDT

Prayer is foundational to a close relationship with God.  Yet for many of us, regular and meaningful prayer remains a struggle.  But what if it was actually possible to experience life-giving, soul-satisfying prayer?  When we read about the life of Jesus, this is what we see.  And it is possible for us today.  Join Adam Dressler as he continues our series The Jesus Way by looking at prayer.

Scriptures:  John 17:1-5

Keywords: Prayer, Jesus, Spiritual Disciplines, John 17

Direct download: GCC20150111.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT

When we look at the life of Jesus, we see a person who lived with an intimate and deeply personal connection with his Father.  During his life, he made the outlandish claim that we could know his Father - God - in the same way.  How is this possible?  Join Adam Dressler as he begins our new series by looking at one of the most important ways that Jesus related to God: through the Word.

Scriptures:  Matthew 4:1-11

Keywords: Jesus, Spiritual Growth, Matthew, Bible, Scripture, Meditation, Temptation

Direct download: GCC20150104.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CDT



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