As we celebrate Christmas Eve, we see a God who sometimes makes us wait for things - and the beauty he works through our waiting.

Scriptures: Luke 1:26-45, Luke 2:1-7 

Keywords: Christmas, Advent, Luke, Jesus, incarnation, waiting, hope

Direct download: GCC20171224.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:26am CST

How we see God shapes how we interact with him.  In this sermon, we look at how Jesus helps us see God for who he really is, and consequently how we can know this same God in personal ways.

Scriptures: Mark 8:22-30 

Keywords: Mark, blindness, spiritual growth, Christmas, advent, Peter

Direct download: GCC20171217.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:46pm CST

As Jesus continues his ministry, he warns us about the failure of religious performance and instead invites us into a relationship based on grace.

Scriptures: Mark 8:11-21 

Keywords: Mark, Jesus, Christmas, Pharisees, heart, pride, arrogance, humility, grace

Direct download: GCC20171210.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:33pm CST

As Christmas approaches, we see how the story of Jesus feeding four thousand people helps us ask four important questions about who Jesus is, and what he is up to in our world.

Scriptures: Mark 8:1-10

Keywords: Mark, Jesus, Christmas, fish and loaves, spiritual growth

Direct download: GCC20171203.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:58pm CST

In this passage we see Jesus confront the religious traditions of the day. In this message, we unpack the reality that Jesus reigns and rules over the religious traditions of men.

Scriptures: Mark 7:1-13

Keywords: Jesus, Religion, Rules, Tradition, Freedom

Direct download: GCC20171126.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:27am CST

This Sunday we look at God's gracious call to compassion for the world around us as we also announce our partnership with Compassion International.

Scriptures: Micah 6:6-8

Keywords: Compassion, justice, peace, gospel, wholeness, poverty, compassion international

Direct download: GCC20171119.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:16pm CST

When Jesus walks on water, he shows us more than just a miracle - he shows us how God cares for us when we experience trials. 

Scriptures: Mark 6:45-52

Keywords: Mark, Jesus, water, faith, discipleship, spiritual growth, trials, suffering

Direct download: GCC20171112.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:54pm CST

As we continue in the book of Mark we find Jesus comes in contact with 2 people, each in desperate need of help, and each responding with overwhelming faith in Him. What does their story show us about what our faith should ultimately be put in, and what does that faith do for our lives?

Scriptures: Mark 5:21-43

Keywords: Faith, Hope, Mark, Mark 5, Trust, God’s Plan, God’s Timing, God’s Goodness

Direct download: GCC20171105.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:45pm CST

In the presence of a storm-filled sea, Jesus shows how much he cares for us by hearing our questions, and asking us a few of his own.

Scriptures: Mark 4:35-41

Keywords: Mark, Jesus, story, boat, sea, fear, faith, suffering

Direct download: GCC20171029.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:24pm CST

Jesus uses a powerful story to show us how our hearts grow best towards him.

Scriptures: Mark 4:1-9

Keywords: Mark, soil, seed, sower, parable, spiritual growth, heart

 

 

Direct download: GCC20171022.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:47am CST

Jesus says there is only one sin that God will not forgive.  In this sermon we look at the "unforgivable sin" of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

Scriptures: Mark 3:22-30

Keywords: Mark, Holy Spirit, unforgivable sin, scribes, pride

 

Direct download: GCC20171015.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:14pm CST

When Jesus is confronted with the most religious of his day he responds with a truth that brings the good news of his arrival along with the freedom to pursue him without tradition or burden.

Scriptures: Mark 2:18-28

Keywords: Sabbath, fasting, disciples, pharisees, religion, gospel

Direct download: GCC20171008.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:40pm CST

What is our greatest need? Jesus not only reveals but also meets our greatest need - to be forgiven. 

Scriptures: Mark 2:1-12

Keywords: Forgiveness, grace, love, Mark, Jesus, paralytic, faith

Direct download: GCC20171001.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:08pm CST

In this sermon, we see how Jesus' announcement of the kingdom is backed up by a unique kind of authority - one that serves others in their deepest places of need.

Scriptures: Mark 1:21-34
 
Keywords: Authority, healing, unclean spirits, humility, service, Jesus, Mark

Direct download: GCC20170924.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:16am CST

As Jesus begins his public ministry, he shows us two of the most important practices in our relationship with God, and how they can change our lives.

Scriptures: Mark 1:14-20
 
Keywords: Repentance, belief, Mark, Jesus, fishermen, Kingdom of God

Direct download: GCC20170917.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:48pm CST

This week, we begin our journey through the Gospel of Mark as we look at the important themes in his book - repentance, belief, and the call to follow Jesus wherever he leads us.

Scriptures: Mark 1:1-11
 
Keywords: Mark, Jesus, discipleship, repentance, faith

Direct download: GCC20170910.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:24pm CST

Negativity is an area of emotional unhealthiness that we all struggle with, and it's an area that God truly cares about. Negativity is something that impacts how we view the world, our relationships, and ourselves. God offers us something that can combat this area of emotional unhealthiness, which gives us the opportunity to be
defined by joy.
 
Scriptures: Philippians 4:4-8
 
Keywords: negativity, joy, the Gospel, forgiveness, peace
Direct download: GCC20170903.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:03pm CST

Part of becoming wise is learning to value the right things.  In this last sermon in our series about emotional maturity, we look at the kind of values that lead to wisdom and maturity.
 
Scriptures: Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 13:19, Proverbs 14:16, Proverbs 15:5, Proverbs 17:16, Proverbs 17:24, Proverbs 29:9
 
Keywords: Emotional maturity, spiritual growth, Proverbs, values, wisdom
Direct download: GCC20170827.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:45pm CST

 
Using the book of Proverbs as our guide, we are going to look at how God wants to transform our destructive tendencies to be defensive when receiving correction or instruction. God's desire is for our relationships with others to be life giving; grounded in trust, community, confession, and humility. 
 
Scriptures: Proverbs 20:5, 18:2, 24:29, 18:6
 
Keywords: Wisdom, Defensiveness, Criticism, Anger, Proverbs, Trust, Acceptance
Direct download: GCC20170820.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:02pm CST

Another mark of a foolish person is the presence of pride and stubbornness.  This week we lookout how pride limits our emotional growth and how we can overcome it.

Scriptures: Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 14:9, Proverbs 15:5, Proverbs 17:10, Proverbs 18:2, Proverbs 26:3, Proverbs 28:26

 
Keywords: Emotional maturity, spiritual growth, Proverbs, pride, humility
Direct download: GCC20170813.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:39pm CST

One of the marks of a foolish person is a lack of self-control.  This week we look at the importance of self-control and how we can see it grow in our lives.

Scriptures: Proverbs 10:8, Proverbs 12:23, Proverbs 14:16, Proverbs 20:3, Proverbs 26:11, Proverbs 29:9, Proverbs 29:11

 
Keywords: Emotional maturity, spiritual growth, Proverbs, self control
Direct download: GCC20170806.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:44pm CST

As we close this series on prayer, we look at how using prayer to remember who God is helps us have hope for what we face in our lives.

Scriptures: Psalm 77:11-20

 
Keywords: Prayer, Psalms, Psalm 77, Remembrance, Hope
Direct download: GCC20170730.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:11pm CST

Description: The prayers and songs found in Psalms help to direct our wills both by giving us examples of wisdom and by commanding us to trust fully in him. Yet, our view of God will determine our response to this call.  
 
Key Verses: Psalms 37:1-7a, Psalms 119:97-98
 
Key Words: Prayer, Wisdom, Trust, Delight in Him, Worry Not
Direct download: GCC20170723.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:52pm CST

Confession is the beginning of all relational healing with God and others. Confession is key in our communication with God.

Scriptures: Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 12: 1-14, 1 John 1:9

 
Keywords: Confess, Transgressions, Mercy, Purge, Clean heart, Renew, Forgiveness
Direct download: GCC20170716.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:48pm CST

Words of thanksgiving often escape us when we most need to talk to God. How can we express our gratitude to a heavenly father when gratitude is oftentimes the furthest from our hearts? Leaning on the words of Psalms 34 we can let god shape heart into one of gratitude.

Scriptures: Psalms 34:1-10, Psalms 136:1-16,23-26

 
Keywords: Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Magnify, Contentment, Emotions
Direct download: GCC20170709.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:01pm CST

As we look at how we talk to God there's an area where we lack communication with God, and it's one of the most important, how we feel. God desires to hear our honest feelings, and hearts, but how do we begin to look to God, pour out our hearts to Him, and admit, "God, I'm in trouble."

Scriptures: Psalm 62:1-8

 
Keywords: Lament, heart, pain, suffering, sadness, Psalm, talking, pouring out
Direct download: GCC20170702.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:45pm CST

As we try to follow God, we can often feel discouraged. In this sermon we look at the importance of not giving up, even as we feel discouraged.

Scriptures: 1 Timothy 1:1-5

 
Keywords: Calling, God's call, discouragement, hope, faith, 1 Timothy, Paul
Direct download: GCC20170625.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:56pm CST

Every human being carries the image of God.  This great truth transforms how we view others, as well as ourselves.

Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-27

 
Keywords: Image of God, Genesis 1, Creation, Humility, Kindness, Justice
Direct download: GCC20170618.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:42pm CST

In this sermon we look at how God speaks to us, and how we can better hear him when he does.

Scriptures: 1 Kings 19:9-18

 
Keywords: Elijah, 1 Kings, God's voice, stillness, quietness, spiritual disciplines
Direct download: GCC20170611.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:29pm CST

In Jesus, we have a promise of real, deep freedom - a freedom that comes from God's deep love.

Scriptures: Philippians 1:21-26; Galatians 2:20

 
Keywords: Freedom, God's love, Paul, Philippians, Galatians, Desires, Hope
Direct download: GCC20170604.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:19pm CST

As we end our series on 1 Peter, we see what Peter wants for us remember, above everything else: grace and peace.

 

Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:12-14

 
Keywords: 1 Peter, grace, peace, suffering, perseverance, joy
Direct download: GCC20170528.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:42pm CST

At the end of this letter Peter reminds us that followers of Jesus have a real enemy we face named Satan. Join us as we unpack what spiritual warfare looks like for followers of Jesus. 
 
Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:6-9
 
Keywords: satan, enemy, spiritual warfare, Jesus, battle, opposition
Direct download: GCC20170521.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:51pm CST

Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:6-7
 
Keywords: Worry, anxiety, fear, depression, control, 1 Peter, humility, hope
Direct download: GCC20170514.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:40pm CST

One of the marks of true change in our character is humility.  Peter describes what this can look like in our lives.
 
Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:1-5
 
Keywords: Humility, character, elders, church, 1 Peter
Direct download: GCC20170507.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:27pm CST

God wants to change our character.  This week, we see how a changed character leads to a differently, godly perspective on suffering.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:12-19

Keywords: Suffering, pain, trials, character, hope, Peter, 1 Peter
Direct download: GCC20170430.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:54pm CST

God wants to change our character.  This week we look at how a changed character leads to a different way of living.

Key Verses: 1 Peter 4:1-11

 
Direct download: GCC20170423.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:51pm CST

We look at how the death and resurrection of Jesus tell us two things we need to know about Easter.

Scriptures: Philippians 3:7-11

Keywords: Easter, Philippians, Paul, Jesus, Resurrection, Cross, Gospel
Direct download: GCC20170416.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:28am CST

This week we prepare our hearts for Easter by looking at how Jesus comes to the cross as a king - but a different kind of king than people would have expected.  

Scriptures: John 12:12-16

Keywords: Palm Sunday, Easter, Jesus, Resurrection, John 12
Direct download: GCC20170409.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am CST

Very few of us would choose to suffer for Christ but in this passage we learn that as we suffer we are unified with Christ. This week we will process the why behind the suffering Peter calls followers of Jesus toward. 

Scriptures: 1 Peter 3:18-22

 
Direct download: GCC20170402.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:28am CST

Peter stresses the importance of continuing to do good, even while we face suffering.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 3:8-17

Keywords: Suffering, holiness, righteousness, Psalm 1, David, Jesus,
1 Peter, pain, despair
Direct download: GCC20170326.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:43am CST

When Peter says that husbands are called to honor their wives, what does he mean?  This week we look at what biblical authority means and how it should shape a husband's role within a marriage.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 3:7

Keywords: Marriage, husbands, men, honor, service, understanding, relationships, 1 Peter, headship
Direct download: GCC20170319.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:42am CST

Marriage is hard, but also powerful.  In this sermon we see how Peter encourages wives to give their greatest gift to their husbands - and the power that comes from that gift.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 3:1-6

Keywords: Marriage, wives, husbands, submission, gender, gender roles, 1 Peter, surrender
Direct download: GCC20170312.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:39pm CST

How does God want us to treat the people that we work for?  Peter reminds us that Jesus gives us freedom to serve them, even if they treat us unfairly.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:11-12, 18-25

Keywords: 1 Peter, submission, authority, obedience, servants, masters, work, freedom, revenge
Direct download: GCC20170305.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:28am CST

Peter tells the readers of his letter to "Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor." These were hard words then and they can be hard words today, yet in our submission we see God open the doors of Justice in our world.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:11-17

Keywords: Government, Submission, Freedom, Honor, Rebellion
Direct download: GCC20170226.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:41pm CST

What is God doing with our world?  With our lives?  Peter shows us that God is building a people to worship him and live as witnesses to the world around them.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:4-12

Keywords: 1 Peter, cornerstone, Jesus, worship, witness, church, holiness, temple, tabernacle
Direct download: GCC20170219.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:09am CST

Part of belonging to God's community means we will love each other well.  In order to love others, we need to have our actions and our hearts changed by the goodness of God.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:1-3

Keywords: 1 Peter, love, community, growth, spiritual formation, sin, change, desire, Psalm 34
Direct download: GCC20170212.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:59am CST

As part of our growth and maturity, God calls us to love one another. In these versus, Peter reminds us that God’s Word purifies our souls when we obey and loving each other is evidence of His work in our lives.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:22-25

Keywords: Purify, Word, Soul, Love, Earnestly, Pure Heart
Direct download: GCC20170205.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:25pm CST

As a part of our growth and maturity, God calls us to be holy.  In this sermon, we see what holiness is, why we need it, and how we can grow in it.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:13-21

Keywords: Holiness, hope, 1 Peter, Maturity, Growth,
Direct download: GCC20170129.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

When we face trials, we often discover what we really believe.  In this sermon we see how having the right beliefs about God enables us to trust him and his work in our lives.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:10-12

Keywords: Patience, endurance, trials, suffering, trust, faith, 1 Peter, Hope
Direct download: GCC20170122.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

How we handle the trials in our lives reveals who we really are - and where God wants us to grow.  Because of Jesus, real growth is possible.  And so is real joy.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Keywords: 1 Peter, Suffering, Trials, Joy, Hope, Conversion, Gospel, Salvation, Maturity, Faith
Direct download: GCC20170115.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:04pm CST

In this sermon we introduce our series on 1 Peter, looking at Peter's primary hope in writing his letter: that we stay connected to God in the midst of a world that does not know him.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:1-2

Keywords: 1 Peter, Spiritual Growth, Election, Culture, Renewal, 
Direct download: GCC20170108.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:29am CST

As Moses seeks to prepare his people for the promised land; he gives them three distinct reminders for the days ahead. They serve as his last words to the grandchildren that would fulfil God's covenant with His people. 

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 8:7-18

Keywords: Gratitude, Remembering, Weakness, Honor, Jesus Christ
Direct download: GCC20170101.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:01pm CST



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