In this sermon we the God who gives us joy and enters our brokenness also comes with what we need most: gentleness.

Scriptures: Luke 2:8-16

Keywords: Christmas, Advent, Luke, Jesus, Joy, Happiness, Gentleness, Grace
Direct download: GCC20161218.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:55pm CST

This week we see how it's possible, because of God, to have great joy in the midst of our brokenness.

Scriptures: Luke 2:1-7 

Keywords: Christmas, Advent, Luke, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Brokenness, Manger, Holidays
Direct download: GCC20161211.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:20pm CST

God wants to make us holy.  But what if he also wants to make us happy?  In this sermon we look at how God gives us real joy when he comes near to our lives and hearts.

Scriptures: Luke 1:39-45

Keywords: Christmas, Advent, Tidings of Joy, Happiness, Joy, Holiness, Luke, Mary
Direct download: GCC20161204.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:58pm CST

We are all wired to be pretty selfish people but Jesus modeled a selfless not selfish life. The life we all long for is discovered in the pursuit of selfless living.

Scriptures: Philippians 2:1-11

Keywords: selfish, people, relationships, serve, selflessness, sacrifice
Direct download: GCC20161127.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:37pm CST

When God puts his work into the hands of his followers, he asks for two important things: leadership and love.  This week we learn about the importance of both.

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Titus 1:1-5, Colossians 1:28-29

Keywords: Church, Structure, Leadership, Elders, Pastors, Grace
Direct download: GCC20161120.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Why do we stress serving and volunteering at church? We each share the responsibility to extend God's concern for the world through the local church.

Scriptures: Ephesians 4:11-16

Keywords: Volunteer, serving, work, Body of Christ,
Direct download: GCC20161113.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:09pm CST

During most worship services, churches take an offering.  Why?  This week we look at the importance of giving generously and the blessings we experience because of it.

Scriptures: Acts 4:32-37

Keywords: Praxis, Acts, Early Church, Giving, Generosity, Stewardship, Spiritual Growth, Tithing
Direct download: GCC20161106.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:06pm CST

When we encounter Jesus, he changes our lives.  But it doesn't end there.  This same Jesus calls us to share our story of change with those around us.

Scriptures: John 4:27-30, 39-42

Keywords: Evangelism, Faith, Testimony, Witness, John 4, Praxis, Mission
Direct download: GCC20161030.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:09am CST

Today we celebrate our first service in our new church home.

Scriptures: Ephesians 2:11-20

Keywords: Church, Building, Dedication Service, Next Ten
Direct download: GCC20161023.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:20pm CST

Gathering together as a church is important and needed, but something more is needed for real, deep growth to happen in your life. This week we look at why everyone needs spiritual friendships in our lives.

Scriptures: Matthew 4:18-22, Matthew 28:16-20

Keywords: Spiritual friendship, spiritual growth, Praxis, Matthew, Discipleship, Church, Community
Direct download: GCC20161016.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:48pm CST

Central to the life of a follower of Jesus is the idea and action of worship. This week we unpack what worship is and why we strive to help people worship each week.

Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 16:7-27

Keywords: worship, music, singing, scripture, Bible, silence, prayer, sacrifice
Direct download: GCC20161009.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Prayer is one of the most important practices in the life of a Christian.  This week we see how prayer matters not only in our own lives, but in the life of the church as well.

Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:11-16

Keywords: Prayer, Church, Praxis, Spiritual Growth, 2 Chronicles, Temple
Direct download: GCC20161002.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Sermons are central to our public gatherings as a church - but why?  This week we look at why we we preach, what makes a good sermon, and how we can experience God through this practice.

Scriptures: Romans 10:13-17

Keywords: Praxis, Romans 10, Acts 2, Preaching, Truth, Vision, Community, Values
Direct download: GCC20160925.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

How and why we practice our faith as a church truly matters.  This week we look at the biblical practice of hospitality and how it can shape our lives and our community.

Scriptures: Matthew 25:34-40

Keywords: Hospitality, Praxis, Church, Spiritual Growth, Mission
Direct download: GCC20160918.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Gathering together. Singing. Preaching. Praying. Free coffee. Why do we do the things we do as a church? This week we begin our new series by looking at God's mission for his people.

Scriptures: Acts 1:4-9

Keywords: Praxis, Acts 1, The Church, Mission, Vision, Community, Values
Direct download: GCC20160911.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

The Holy Spirit does more than speak in critical moments of our lives. He leads us every day. Join us this morning as we explore how the Holy Spirit is our guide. 

Scriptures: John 16:12-15

Keywords: Holy Spirt, guide, direction, future
Direct download: GCC20160904.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:03am CST

One of the Holy Spirit's primary roles in our lives is to help us live new lives.  By changing our character, he shows us - and the world around us - the power of God's Kingdom here and now.

Scriptures: Galatians 5:16-25

Keywords: Holy Spirit, Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5, New Life, Spiritual Growth, Character, Holiness
Direct download: GCC20160828.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

One of the central roles of the Holy Spirit is to give us new life.  This week we see why we need this new life and how we can get it.

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11,14:1

Keywords: Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, 1 Corinthians 12, Church, Spiritual Growth
Direct download: GCC20160821.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:25pm CST

One of the central roles of the Holy Spirit is to give us new life.  This week we see why we need this new life and how we can get it.

Scriptures: Titus 3:3-7

Keywords: Holy Spirit, New Life, Titus 3, Regeneration, Renewal, Spiritual Growth, Salvation
Direct download: GCC20160814.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

The Holy Spirit is vital to our understanding of the Christian faith.  In this sermon, we look at who the Holy Spirit is, what he does, and why all of this matters for us today.

Scriptures: John 14:15-17, 25-26

Keywords: Holy Spirit, Spiritual Growth, New Life, Doctrine, John 14
Direct download: GCC20160807.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:53pm CST

In his very last words, David chooses to communicate that God values character built through obedience and faithfulness to God over time. His words impress upon us our best chance to impact the world through a God valued character forged in the fires of obedience and long-term faithfulness over the course of our entire lives.

Scriptures: 1 Kings 2:1-4

Keywords: faithfulness, character, heart, David, last words
Direct download: GCC20160731.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:59pm CST

David finds himself at a critical turning point in his life when he is confronted about his sin. The repentance we see in David is the same kind of response we desperately need in our own lives. Discover why repentance is the starting point for healing in our
own lives.

Scriptures: 2 Samuel 12:1-14

Keywords: Repentance, Sin, Forgiveness, David, Nathan, Repent, 2 Samuel, Confrontation 
Direct download: GCC20160724.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:57pm CST

As David grows older, he experiences a new fight against temptation - one that he loses. In this fight, we see the true nature of temptation, why it's important to understand, and how we can still have hope.

Scriptures: 2 Samuel 11:1-5, James 1:1-5

Keywords: David, Bathsheba, Sin, Temptation, 2 Samuel, Lust, Desire
Direct download: GCC20160717.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:58pm CST

With a kingdom settled, David honors his promise to show mercy to Saul's descendants, showing us what true mercy is and why we need it still today.

Scriptures: 2 Samuel 9:1-7

Keywords: David, 2 Samuel, Mercy, Kindness, Forgiveness, Mephibosheth

Direct download: GCC20160710.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:59am CST

This week we look at how, in the midst of making his plans, David hears a challenging and comforting promise from God.

Scriptures: 2 Samuel 7:8-17

Keywords: Life of David, David, Covenant, Faithfulness, 2 Samuel, Sovereignty 
Direct download: GCC20160703.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Everyone has experienced hurt and pain at the hands of someone else.  David gives us a powerful example of how we can respond to our enemies in sparing Saul.

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 26:2-12

Keywords: The Life of David, Saul, 1 Samuel, Mercy, Forgiveness, Revenge, Grace, Relationships  
Direct download: GCC20160626.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

David and Goliath is one of the most famous stories in the Bible.  More than the slaying of a giant, this story shows us how to live with one of God's greatest truths.

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 17:41-50

Keywords: The Life of David, 1 Samuel, David, Goliath, Courage, Fear, Pride, Suffering  
Direct download: GCC20160619.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:12pm CST

How God chose David to become a king reveals one of the greatest insights into how God calls his followers and how he works in their lives.

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Keywords: David, 1 Samuel, The Life of David, Grace, Gospel 
Direct download: GCC20160612.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

A call to accept and acknowledge the significance of the imperfect moments in our story. Through painful moments God both provides for our needs and reveals himself as a Savior.

Scriptures: Matthew 14:13-21

Keywords: imperfection, grace, savior, life story
Direct download: GCC20160605.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Change is possible but lasting change never happens in isolation. Join us this week as we discover how change and our need for others are connected. 

Scriptures: Acts 9:10-19

Keywords: change, hope, endurance, relationship, friendship, community
Direct download: GCC20160529.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Change takes work. This week we look at how establishing new patterns in our lives can lead to experiencing God's power and grace.

Scriptures: Philippians 2:12-13

Keywords: Spiritual growth, spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines, Philippians, Paul, You Can Change
Direct download: GCC20160522.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:47pm CST

One of the main reasons why we don't experience change in our lives is because we worship the wrong things.  This week we see how we can navigate our hearts and make real progress in the areas we want to see changed.

Scriptures: Acts 17:22-32, Psalm 115:2-9

Keywords: You Can Change, Acts 17, Psalm 115, Paul, Personal growth, spiritual formation
Direct download: GCC20160515.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:25am CST

Change is often hard and it is easy to become discouraged..  But God gives us hope for real and lasting change in our lives.

Scriptures: John 3:1-8, Romans 8:9-13

Keywords: Change, Growth, Spiritual Formation, Hope, John 3, Romans 8, You Can Change
Direct download: GCC20160508.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:48pm CST

In this concluding passage, Jesus gives his listeners a final illustration with a final call: build your life on his firm foundation.

Scriptures: Matthew 7:24-29

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, Jesus, Discipleship, Spiritual Growth
Direct download: GCC20160501.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

How do we know that we know God?  Jesus shows us the importance of bearing good fruit, while at the same time giving us a solemn and serious warning.

Scriptures: Matthew 7:15-23

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, hypocrisy, good works, faith, spiritual growth, Matthew
Direct download: GCC20160424.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

These three verses are some of the most famous words of Jesus recorded in Scripture. This week we will see that this was a call to action and not just wise advice for followers of Jesus.

Scriptures: Matthew 7:12-14

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, Golden Rule, Life, Discipleship, Growth
Direct download: GCC20160417.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Jesus teaches us that how we pray is really important. In this passage, he shows us that God wants to be asked to be involved with every area of our lives.

Scriptures: Matthew 7:7-11

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, prayer, Matthew, Jesus, petitionary prayer
Direct download: GCC20160410.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

As Jesus closes his most famous sermon, he addresses what it means to live in community with other people.  This week we hear Jesus speak to the danger of
judging others.

Scriptures: Matthew 7:1-6

Keywords: Judging, Judgment, Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, Grace, Relationships, Conflict
Direct download: GCC20160403.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Why did Jesus die?  What happened when he came to life again?  What difference does his death and new life make for us today?  Join us this Easter as we celebrate our risen King.

Scriptures: Romans 5:6-11

Keywords: Easter, resurrection, Romans, Jesus, new life, justification, grace
Direct download: GCC20160327.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

How do we stop worrying? Jesus confronts this problem and exposes why it is more than just a bad habit.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:25-34

Keywords: Worry, anxiety, stress, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, spiritual growth, peace
Direct download: GCC20160320.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

In this sermon we have the intentions of our heart and motivations for our actions examined by Jesus' words.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:1,19-24 

Keywords: Treasure, Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, Matthew, Heart, Eternity, Reward 
Direct download: GCC20160313.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

In this sermon we see the forgotten importance of fasting and how God uses this discipline to grow us.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:1,16-18 

Keywords: Fasting, Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, Matthew, Self-control, Self-denial, Spiritual formation, Spiritual disciplines 
Direct download: GCC20160306.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Perhaps the most famous prayer ever taught, this week we look at the Lord's Prayer.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-15 

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Prayer, The Lord's Prayer, Matthew 6, Spiritual Growth, Jesus, Adoption, Father
Direct download: GCC20160228.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

How does God want us to pray?  Jesus shows us something to avoid, and two things to pursue.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:1, 5-8 

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, Prayer, Jesus, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Disciplines, Sin
Direct download: GCC20160221.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Using the practice of giving to the poor as an illustration, Jesus teaches us about the dangers of our inner motivations and the hope we have for change in him. 

Scriptures: Matthew 5:38-48 

Keywords: Sermon on the Mount, Spiritual Growth, Matthew, Jesus, Giving, Generosity, Poor, Wealth
Direct download: GCC20160214.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Every year we face new choices. What will we do? How will we live? Who will we become? This week we will look at the choice to choose love. 
 
Scriptures: Mark 2:1-12
 
Keywords: community, love, connection, serve, mission, evangelism, ministry

Direct download: GCC20160207.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

At the heart of what we believe is a God who gives to us. This week we see how the Bible connects God's giving nature to our giving practices.
 
Scriptures: Malachi 3:7-12
 
Keywords: Four Choices, Spiritual Growth, Malachi, Giving, Money, Generosity, Mission
 
Direct download: GCC20160131.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

Prayer is foundational to our relationship with God.  This week we look at what true prayer is and how we can practice it better in our lives.
 
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Romans 8:38-39
 
Keywords: Prayer, Paul, 2 Corinthians, Four Choices,
Direct download: GCC20160117.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:01pm CST

As we begin a new year, we look at how listening to God through the Bible sets us up to know Him in a deeper, more meaningful way.
 
Scriptures: John 6:53-59, 66-69
 
Keywords: Four Choices, Spiritual Growth, Bible, John 6, Belief, Jesus
Direct download: GCC20160110.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

As a new year begins, Adam Dressler shares how living with open hands can shape your life and connect you deeper with God.
 
Scriptures: Job 1:20-21
 
Keywords: Job, Surrender, Trust, Faith, Purpose, Meaning, Significance
 
Direct download: GCC20160103.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST



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