When Jesus ascended back into heaven, he told his followers to wait for his return. In this sermon, we see how we are supposed to live while we endure our waiting.

Scriptures: Philippians 4:2-9

Keywords: gentleness, anxiety, worry, prayer, peace

Direct download: GCC20191110.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

When Jesus ascended back into heaven, he told his followers to wait for his return. In this sermon, we see how we are supposed to live while we endure our waiting.

Scriptures: Philippians 3:17-4:1

Keywords: waiting, citizens of heaven, end of the world, suffering, glory

Direct download: GCC20191103.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:57am CST

After his conversion, how did Paul see himself? In this sermon, we see that Paul saw himself as not perfect, but still loved by God, and on a journey to become more like him.

Scriptures: Philippians 3:12-16

Keywords: perfection, freedom, chosen by God, self-righteousness, Philippians

Direct download: GCC20191027.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:00pm CST

We all want to experience joy. We all want joy in our lives. We live for it, want to achieve it, and are looking to be marked by it. For many of us we are deep in the pursuit of joy. But what if the reason we are still pursuing joy instead of experiencing it is because we’ve been searching for joy in the wrong things? What if we have missed, forgotten, or lost what allows us to be marked by joy? Paul explains how we can be people that not only experience joy daily, but can fully be marked by joy, and not only the pursuit of joy. 

Scriptures: Philippians 3:1-11

Keywords: Joy, Philippians, Paul, Happy, Happiness, Rejoice, Jesus, Christ, God, Life, Living

Direct download: GCC20191020.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:19am CST

The humble life called for in Philippians is not impossible. It is proven in the examples Paul gives us of Timothy and Epaphroditus and they ways they both poured their own lives out in sacrifice and service. We are challenged to choose personal sacrifice over our own personal security, when we live with the mind of Christ.

Scriptures: Philippians 2:19-30

Keywords: sacrifice, service, Timothy, Epaphroditus, humility

Direct download: GCC20191013.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:04am CST

God’s gift of salvation is not just about spending eternity with him. It is also about deep, lasting, and significant change in our character. In this sermon, we look at how God’s saving grace inspires us towards a daily pursuit of growth.

Scriptures: Philippians 2:12-18

Keywords: growth, salvation, justification, sanctification, power, grace

 

Direct download: GCC20191006.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:31am CST

Every relationship will face the problem of conflict. In this sermon, we see how Paul guides us to the truest solution — humility.

Scriptures: Philippians 2:1-11

Keywords: humility, pride, arrogance, conflict, peace, grace

 

Direct download: GCC20190929.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:23am CST

How we handle suffering is perhaps the defining skill of a life well-lived. In this sermon, Paul shows us three ways in which we can not only endure our sufferings, but grow through them, as well.

Scriptures: Philippians 1:18-30

Keywords: suffering, joy, growth, optimism, hope

Direct download: GCC20190922.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:41am CST

While Paul is facing the unexpected hardship of prison, he had every reason to despair. In this sermon, we see how Paul discovered the resources for a different kind of response instead — one of deep joy.

Scriptures: Philippians 1:12-18

Keywords: joy, happiness, hardship, suffering, gospel

Direct download: GCC20190915.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:17am CST

As we begin our series on the book of Philippians, we encounter one of Paul’s main themes of his work - living a life “in Christ.” In this sermon, we explore what this important phrase means and how it helps us grow in our relationship with God.

 

Scriptures: Philippians 1:1-11

Keywords: Philippians, joy, in Christ, thanksgiving, freedom, obedience

Direct download: GCC20190908.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:31pm CST

One of the greatest factors for if someone comes back to church is if they felt welcome. Why? Within each of us we carry a desire to be welcomed, known, and loved, but for far too many people they don’t feel that. They don’t feel it daily, and sadly they don’t feel it on Sunday at church. So how can we, the church, begin to truly live as if everyone is welcome?

Scriptures: Romans 15:5-7

Keywords: Welcome, Love, Loved, Known, Romans, Jesus, Eternity, Life, Hospitality

Direct download: GCC20190901.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:05am CST

What is a “good" life? How do we become “good" people? As Moses faces his death, he shows us how to answer these two important questions in light of his long, steady, and deeply personal experience with God.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 34:1-8

Keywords: Moses, Deuteronomy, legacy, death, spiritual growth, goodness

Direct download: GCC20190825.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:30pm CST

Our spiritual maturity is often tested by our emotional response to the circumstances and people that provoke anger in our lives. From the life of Moses, and his experiences with God, we can see how anger and outrage can result in love and healing, and not lead us down the sinful path of self-destruction. 

Scriptures: Exodus 32:15-22

Keywords: anger, sin, covenant, atonement, righteousness

Direct download: GCC20190818.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:41am CST

After finding God through fantastic miracles, Moses now must find God through the management of his daily life. In this sermon, we will see how God meets Moses through an unlikely voice and offers him the help he truly needs.

Scriptures: Exodus 18:13-24

Keywords: Moses, Exodus, Jethro, daily life, spiritual growth, delegation, humility, surrender 

Direct download: GCC20190811.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:57am CST

After finally escaping from Egypt, Moses now must lead God’s people towards another trial: the Red Sea. In this sermon, we will look at how God meets us in our trials and uses them to work redemption into our lives.

Scriptures: Exodus 14:10-18, 21-22

Keywords: Moses, Exodus, trails, hope, suffering, patience, endurance

Direct download: GCC20190804.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:00pm CST

God is calling us all to something. No matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you believe, God is calling us all. This seems so unbelievable, because we tend to miss that calling. We miss it through fear, doubt, denial, or just simply not listening. In the Life of Moses we see Moses responding the same way, but we see the greater truth that God doesn’t give up calling His people. 

Scriptures: Exodus 3:14-15

Keywords: Moses, God, I AM, Calling, Next Steps, purpose, mission

Direct download: GCC20190721.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:30am CST

We live with an internal tension or struggle as we give over our hearts and minds to Christ.  We know that is a “God way” to do things, a way to live our lives that reflects His principles and desires.  Yet, we have our own will and have the capacity to make our own decisions.  

Scriptures: Exodus 2:11-22

 
Direct download: GCC20190714.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:18am CST

Moses is the chief instrument of deliverance for God's people, serving as in iconic example of faithfulness to God. In the origin of his story we see how God uses the courage and ingenuity of his family to preserve Moses' life and eventually set his course towards one of great promise and faithfulness. In his story we can see our own story and God's providence in our own lives. 

 

Scriptures: Exodus 2:1-10

Keywords: Moses, purpose, providence, family, weakness

 

 

Direct download: GCC20190707.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:55pm CST

Grace changes everything. This is the central belief throughout all other Christian beliefs. In this sermon we look at how grace heals our hearts and makes us new.
 

Scriptures: Ephesians 2:8-9

Keywords: grace, new life, mercy, Ephesians

 

 

Direct download: GCC20190630.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:43pm CST

If we want to know God, it is essential that we spend time with his truths. In this sermon, we look at how to approach the Bible in a way that connects us to the living God.

Scriptures: Psalm 119:97-104

Keywords: bible, study, meditation, prayer, scripture, knowing God

Direct download: GCC20190623.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:13am CST

Part of following God includes admitting where we are wrong. In this sermon, we see how God’s kindness is meant to motivate us to do this more easily and frequently.

Scriptures: Romans 2:1-4

Keywords: repentance, kindness, spiritual growth

Direct download: GCC20190616.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:09pm CST

Our hearts are trick things - sometimes they lead us towards God, while other times they lead us away from him. In this sermon, we look at what Moses means when he tells us to "circumcise" our hearts and how this practice can help us know God in more meaningful ways.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:12-17

Keywords: spiritual growth, stubbornness, pride, renewal, heart, circumcise

 

Direct download: GCC20190609.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:01am CST

Everyone is, at some level, dealing with a deep need for approval. In this sermon, we see how God frees us from seeking approval from others and our own selves, instead calling us to rest in the approval that comes from him alone.

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Keywords: approval, anxiety, comparison, relationships, insecurity, confidence, freedom

 

Direct download: GCC20190526.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:35am CST

It is practically impossible to live in our world without money. But, too often, money can become an idol. In this sermon, we look at how God wants us to see our wealth and possessions.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:19-21, 24

Keywords: money, wealth, possessions, stuff, comparison, generosity, freedom, contentment

 

Direct download: GCC20190519.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:20am CST

God designed us to have feelings, but often our emotions end up controlling our lives. In this sermon, we look at how to live for something greater than what we feel.

Scriptures: Luke 10:38-42

Keywords: feelings, emotions, self-control, Mary, Martha, idols

 

Direct download: GCC20190512.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:16am CST

When my identity is found in Christ alone, I can live for something greater than the fulfillment of my own desires. The true measure of success is then found in my faithfulness to do the will of my Father, and to accomplish his work from where I live and in the way he's uniquely created me. 

Scriptures: Ephesians 1:7-14 

Keywords: work, success, identity, performance, idols

Direct download: GCC20190505.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:24am CST

The Bible talks a lot about idolatry. In this sermon, we look at how this practice is still prevalent today - just in different ways and forms - and, in turn, how we can live free from its dangerous affects.

Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10

Keywords: idols, idolatry, spiritual growth, freedom, repentance

Direct download: GCC20190428.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:23am CST

When Jesus rose from his grave, he gave us the greatest of gifts: new life in the face of death. In this sermon, we look at our need for this kind of life and the hope we can now have because of the Resurrection.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:1-10

Keywords: Easter, resurrection, hope, death, Jesus, new life

Direct download: GCC20190421.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:09am CST

In the final part of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus tells us that evil is a reality we must face. In this sermon, we learn about the nature of evil and how Jesus delivers us from it.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13

Keywords: temptation, evil, Lord’s Prayer, prayer, freedom, deliverance 

Direct download: GCC20190414.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:16am CST

How do we handle trials? In this sermon, we see how Jesus tells us to pray when we face difficult situations.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13

Keywords: temptation, trials, testing, growth, maturity, Lord's Prayer, character

Direct download: GCC20190407.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:45am CST

The Lord’s prayer is a prayer that is focused on us looking and living more like Jesus. One of the hardest pieces of this prayer is the truth that we’re called to forgive those who have wronged us. When we’ve been wronged, hurt deeply and personally we tend to want to ignore the pain, see the one who wronged us as evil and unforgivable, and return the pain they gave us. But typically the hardest thing about forgiveness is our misconception of it, what it really means to forgive, who it benefits, what it can offer, and how we can do it. During this sermon we look at the case for forgiveness in the way that God’s Word addresses it.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13

Keywords: Forgive, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Trespasses, Debts, Debtors, Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6

Direct download: GCC20190331.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:10pm CST

Jesus tells us that God will provide for our needs. In this sermon, we look at how God's care for us enables us to live free from anxiety and worry.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13

Keywords: anxiety, worry, provision, prayer, the Lord's Prayer, daily bread

Direct download: GCC20190317.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:38am CST

As we continue our series on the Lord's Prayer, we look at the how praying for God's Kingdom to be present with and around us can change the way we live.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13

Keywords: prayer, Kingdom, Lord's Prayer, hope, spiritual disciplines

Direct download: GCC20190310.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:06pm CST

How do we pray? Jesus gives us a helpful pattern in the Lord's Prayer. This week, we begin our series on prayer by remembering the importance of coming to God as our Father.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:5-13

Keywords: prayer, father, Lord's Prayer, spiritual disciplines

Direct download: GCC20190303.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:31am CST

The Bible ends, in some ways, where it began: with a glorious vision of life spent near to God. In this sermon, we look at what God shows us about the end of the world and how we can live in light of this ending today.

Scriptures: Revelation 22:1-5

Keywords: revelation, John, end of the world, hope, judgment, worship, creation, prophecy

Direct download: GCC20190224.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:15am CST

The Community that God establishes in the grand redemptive story told in the Bible, is a gathering of his people that will model what God expects of the entire world. God's hope for his church is for us to be formed by the Holy Spirit, so that we can be a people that will love God and love each other well.

Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47

Keywords: story, love, Holy Spirit, church

Direct download: GCC20190217.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:50pm CST

When God gives Jesus to the world, he gives us what we most need: an answer for our greatest problem. In this sermon, we see how Jesus redeems us from our brokenness and invites us into new life.

Scriptures: John 3:16-21

Keywords: Jesus, gospel, salvation, hope, bible, John

Direct download: GCC20190210.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:42am CST

As we continue our series on the Bible, we see how God's commands and instructions help prepare us to surrender to Jesus as our only hope.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:5-9

Direct download: GCC20190203.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:33am CST

Scriptures: Exodus 3:1-10

Direct download: GCC20190127.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:43pm CST

After God creates the universe, the first human beings rebelled against him. In this sermon, we look at how this rebellion has affected us today and how God provides us the relief we most need.

Scriptures: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
 
Keywords: fall, sin, Eden, creation, serpent, Adam, Eve, repentance, assurance
Direct download: GCC20190113.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:45pm CST

As we start a new year, we explore how the Bible is one, grand story of God's redemption. In this sermon, we look at how God created the universe and what that tells us about how we can live today.

Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-5
 
Keywords: creation, story, bible, redemption, Genesis, humanity, sovereignty 
Direct download: GCC20190106.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:56pm CST

There are two types of people: those who make resolutions and those who don’t, but what if there’s something really important, deeply spiritual, about our resolutions? What if our resolutions not only impact our next year, but the new that God is trying to begin in you?

Scriptures: Psalm 90:10-12
 
Keywords: Resolutions, Begin, Sanctification, New Year

 

Direct download: GCC20181230.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:17pm CST

As Christmas comes, we look at one of the most foundational truths in our Christian faith: Jesus first and foremost wants us to receive from him.

Scriptures: John 1:9-13
 
Keywords: Christmas, advent, John, spiritual growth

 

Direct download: GCC20181223.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:45pm CST

God's love for us is the foundation of everything that we might think or know about him. In this sermon, we explore how God loves us and how this love can have a deep and meaningful impact on our lives.

Scriptures: Romans 8:31-39
 
Keywords: love, Father, experience, prayer, spiritual growth

 

Direct download: GCC20181216.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:51am CST

No matter how hard we try, we can't escape conflict with other people. In this sermon, we look at how to face conflict with love as our foundational guide.
 
Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-13
 
Keywords: love, relationships, conflict, enemies, friendships, peace

 

Direct download: GCC20181209.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:48pm CST

In today's world we are often told to love to love ourselves, but what does this really mean? In this sermon we look at how to love ourselves in light of God and his truth.

Scriptures: Matthew 22:34-39
 
Keywords: love, self-esteem, self-care, mental health, emotional health
Direct download: GCC20181202.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:16pm CST

One of the most important ways we give and receive love happens within our friendships. In this sermon, we look at why friendships are so important and the difference Jesus can make within them.

Scriptures: Proverbs 17:17, 18:24, 27:6, 27:9-10
 
Keywords: love, friendship

 

Direct download: GCC20181125.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:13am CST

Loving our enemies is a central distinctive of the Christian faith. In this sermon, we see how important it is to extend love to those who have wronged us.
 
Scriptures: Luke 6:27-36
 
Keywords: love, enemies, relationships, anger, forgiveness, peace

 

Direct download: GCC20181118.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:29am CST

The impact of the Good News of Jesus is verified in my love towards others. Through original Christian hospitality we begin to see strangers as neighbors, and neighbors as part of the family of God. This hospitality beckons mystery, births community, and bequeaths truth telling to those God has called us to love. 

Scriptures: Luke 19:1-10
 
Keywords: Love, neighbors, hospitality, acceptance
Direct download: GCC20181111.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:22pm CST

Raising kids is filled with joy, pain, and countless sacrifices. In this sermon, we see how love can shape who we are as parents.

Scriptures: Proverbs 23:15-26
 
Keywords: children, kids, parenting, family, relationships, love
Direct download: GCC20181104.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:25pm CST

How we view our wealth ultimately shows how we view God. In this sermon we look at how money and wealth are meant to connect us to a life of fullness with him.
 
Scriptures: 1 Timothy 6:6-10
 
Keywords: money, wealth, love, rich, generosity, freedom
Direct download: GCC20181028.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:06pm CST

Marriage is perhaps the greatest relationship in which we seek to experience love. In this sermon, we look at what it means to view marriage in the light of God's understanding of love.
 
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 16:14
 
Keywords: love, marriage, divorce, relationships, covenant
Direct download: GCC20181021.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:11pm CST

We all carry standards and expectations that must be met to receive or give love, because of this we naturally treat our relationship with God the same. But what if we don’t have to earn His love, but simply receive it?

Scriptures: Matthew 22:36-40
 
Keywords: Love, Faith, Hope, Earn, Receive, Reckless
Direct download: GCC20181014.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:45pm CST

Typically read at weddings, 1 Corinthians makes an astounding claim that goes far beyond a marriage ceremony: love is the highest calling for our lives. In this sermon, we look at how the pursuit of love is meant to shape everything that we do.

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
 
Keywords: love, 1 corinthians, spiritual growth, calling, relationships, Paul
Direct download: GCC20181007.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:35pm CST

The Bible is one long, grand story that begins and ends with the same thing: hope for the future. In this sermon, we will look at how hope in a God-filled future can lead us to hope for today.

Scriptures: Revelation 20:11-15, 21:1-5
 
Keywords: hope, future, revelation, judgment, heaven, eternity, new heavens and new earth, afterlife
Direct download: GCC20180930.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:18pm CST

Change is constant in the world in which we live, and yet we doubt sometimes if true change can happen in our own lives. We can have hope for ourselves, when we receive a new life through Christ. Real change is hard, but we do not wait alone. The reward of our rebirth is being with God while we change.

Scriptures: John 3:1-8
 
Keywords: Born Again, Regeneration, Change, Hope, Purpose

 

Direct download: GCC20180923.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:24pm CST

Pain has the power to cloud our view of God. In this sermon, we will look at how we can still put our hope in God, even in the midst of suffering.

Scriptures: Psalm 34:15-22
 
Keywords: pain, suffering, disappointment, hardship, hope
Direct download: GCC20180916.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:00am CST

We are hope-based creatures.  In this sermon we look at how hope helps us face our lives while we wait for Jesus to make all things new.

Scriptures: Ephesians 1:15-21
 
Keywords: hope, despair, anger, faith, love, emotions,
depression, surrender
Direct download: GCC20180909.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:29pm CST

Jesus has made forgiveness an important part of his Kingdom. Forgiveness offers us the personal freedom from our own vindictive or vengeful response to pain; Our hope is that forgiveness becomes a fruit of our faith in Jesus.

Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-15
 
Keywords: Forgiveness, Faith, Sovereignty of God, Compassion, Grace
Direct download: GCC20180902.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:31pm CST

What does it mean to pray with faith?  In this sermon we see that how we pray is ultimately an expression of how we see God.

Scriptures: Matthew 21:18-22
 
Keywords: prayer, faith, hope, spiritual disciplines 
Direct download: GCC20180826.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:23am CST

The temptation to worry is all around us.  In this sermon, we look at how faith intersects with worry and can lead us to a life of surrender and trust.

Scriptures: Matthew 8:5-13
 
Keywords: faith, worry, anxiety, control, trust, surrender
Direct download: GCC20180819.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:20pm CST

If we are saved by faith alone, why do good works matter?  In this sermon, we see how a living faith should lead us to faithful living.

Scriptures: James 2:14-26

Keywords: faith, works, growth, James, belief

Direct download: GCC20180812.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:08pm CST

Paul writes that our spiritual lives should be marked by three things: faith, hope, and love.  In this sermon, we begin a news series on faith as we explore what it means to "live by faith."

Scriptures: Romans 1:16,17, Hebrews 11:1-16

Keywords: salvation, faith, gospel, spiritual growth, Romans, Hebrews, 1 Corinthians

Direct download: GCC20180805.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:23am CST

This Sunday we look at one of Jesus' most famous parables - the Prodigal Son.  in this parable, we see how God deals welcomes us home and calls us to love.

Scriptures: Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

Keywords: prodigal son, Luke 15, forgiveness, salvation, parable, grace

 

Direct download: GCC20180729.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:18am CST

In this sermon, we see Jesus tell us that following him is like finding hidden treasure or a the finest of pearls.  It requires sacrifice, but our sacrifices lead us to what we really need: joy.
 
Scriptures: Matthew 13:44-46

Keywords: Matthew, Jesus, gospel, parable, hidden treasure, pearl of great price, joy

 

 
Direct download: GCC20180722.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:07am CST

In this parable, we see that God gives us all that we have in our lives.  He calls us to use whatever he has given to us in service to his Kingdom agenda.

Scriptures: Matthew 25:14-30

Keywords: parables, comparison, envy, jealousy, stewardship, joy, Matthew

 

Direct download: GCC20180715.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:54am CST

Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reveals to us that to love God is to unquestionably live out his love in a self-sacrificial way to those around us. To love God is to respond to the needs around us at every level.

Scriptures: Luke 10:29-37

Keywords: compassion, parable, love, questions, mercy

 

Direct download: GCC20180708.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:49pm CST

Scriptures: Luke 9:18-25  

Direct download: GCC20180701.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:09pm CST

Parenting is one of the most beautiful, rewarding, stressful, and scary jobs. How do I know if I’m doing it right? How do I parent? How do I respond to my parents? Thankfully we have the greatest example from the greatest Father, God, to show us the way.

Scriptures: Ephesians 3:14-15  

Keywords: Parent, Child, Parenting, Child of God, Responsibility, Role, Authority, Teaching, Discipline

Direct download: GCC20180624.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:12pm CST

There is a true and forever joy that is found only in Christ and we have an opportunity to live in joyful response to the abundance of God. This joy begins with our trust in Him, and grows as we know him more.

Scriptures: Psalm 126:1-6

Keywords: Joy, Hope, Trust, Psalms, Anticipation

Direct download: GCC20180617.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:15am CST

What does it mean to be blessed by God?  In this sermon we look at Numbers 6 and see how God blesses us with what we need most - his willingness to be near to us.

Scriptures: Numbers 6:22-27

Keywords: blessing, peace, kindness, Aaron, Numbers, security, grace

Direct download: GCC20180610.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:20pm CST

The Bible is full of stories of people who heard God's voice.  In this sermon we look at why we struggle to hear God's voice and how to cultivate an ability to hear from him.

Scriptures: Isaiah 58:6-12

Keywords: God's voice, guidance, spiritual growth, Isaiah

Direct download: GCC20180603.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:02pm CST

We can all agree that love is big, beautiful, important, life changing, but when it comes to loving in the way that Jesus loves us, and calls us to love, we don’t all agree how. We all have a measure of how we love people, a specific standard for who we will give our love to, and how much, but at some point we all fall short of our own standard of love, and at some point we will question the love God has for us too. How can we begin to truly understand love, and the measure of love we are supposed to give?

Scriptures: Luke 19:1-7 

Keywords: Love, Measure, Zacchaeus, People, God, Grace

Direct download: GCC20180527.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:19am CST

Paul concludes his thoughts on personal growth with one, chiefly important truth: God loves us.  In this sermon we see how believing this truth can help us truly change.

Scriptures: Romans 8:31-39 

Keywords: love, acceptance, Paul, Romans, growth

Direct download: GCC20180520.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:18am CST

In this sermon, we see how the Spirit helps us grow through our weaknesses.  He intercedes for us and gives us a deep and hopeful assurance of God’s will.

Scriptures: Romans 8:26-30 

Keywords: change, growth, intercession, prayer, assurance, Spirit, help, Romans

 

Direct download: GCC20180513.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:29am CST

Suffering and Pain is not meaningless, it carries with it the hope of future glory. The divine intention for creation and us is not death, it is new life.

Scriptures: Romans 8:18-25 

Keywords: Suffering, Hope, Promises, Glory, Creation

 

Direct download: GCC20180506.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:26pm CST

Jesus promises us a powerful reality: that, through his work, God adopts us into his family.  In this sermon we see how the Spirit helps us realize this truth and, because of it, leads us to change.

Scriptures: Romans 8:12-17 

Keywords: growth, guidance, adoption, spiritual formation, Romans, identity

Direct download: GCC20180429.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:24pm CST

Paul shows us that how we think determines how we life.  With the Spirit’s help, we can change how we think, which leads to change in how we live.

Scriptures: Romans 8:5-11 

Keywords: change, growth, Spirit, formation, Romans, Paul, flesh, mind

Direct download: GCC20180422.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:23pm CST

God’s Spirit reminds us that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus - we are pardoned and set free.  From this place of freedom, we can now experience the Holy Spirit’s constant help in our growth.

Scriptures: Romans 8:1-4 

Keywords: change, growth, Paul, Romans 8, condemnation, shame, Holy Spirit, freedom

Direct download: GCC20180415.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:58pm CST

Before we look at how the Spirit helps us with our spiritual growth, we first look at why we need to grow - and why growth is so hard.

Scriptures: Romans 7:14-25 

Keywords: personal growth, spiritual growth, Romans, Paul, sin, change, health

Direct download: GCC20180408.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:58pm CST

When Jesus rises from the grave, his resurrection not only gives us a powerful reason to worship him, but also a powerful opportunity to join him in this new life.

Scriptures: Mark 16:1-8 

Keywords: Easter, resurrection, new life, Jesus, Mark, hope

Direct download: GCC20180401.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:08pm CST

Before Jesus faces his death on the cross, he prays to God in a garden.  In this sermon, we see how Jesus prepare his soul for suffering.

Scriptures: Mark 14:32-42 

Keywords: Suffering, pain, comfort, Jesus, Mark, Palm Sunday, Gethsemane, prayer

Direct download: GCC20180325.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:21pm CST

Before Jesus faces his death, he takes the ordinary elements of bread and wine and transforms them into powerful symbols of what we most deeply need - his provision and grace.

Scriptures: Mark 14:12-16, 22-25 

Keywords: Mark, Jesus, Communion, Lord's Supper, Last Supper, grace

Direct download: GCC20180318.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:55pm CST

A religious leader asks Jesus what he has to do to please God.  Jesus responds with two great commandments: love God and love your neighbor.

Scriptures: Mark 12:28-34 

Keywords: Jesus, Mark, love, greatest commandments, neighbor

Direct download: GCC20180311.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:48pm CST

As Jesus enters Jerusalem to face his own death, he does so as king who is about to give us the greatest of gifts - freedom. 

Scriptures: Mark 11:1-11 

Keywords: Jesus, Mark, freedom, kingdom

Direct download: GCC20180304.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:20pm CST

We all struggle with giving. We struggle to pour out to those in need. But what if the real life that Jesus has for his calls us to be willing to give of everything? We might see that we all have something to give.

Scriptures: Mark 10:46-52 

Keywords: Giving, Mark, Sacrifice, Blind, Life

Direct download: GCC20180225.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:34pm CST

In Mark 10, Jesus doesn't offer us warnings about greed or encouragements towards generosity. He instead is saying that there is something radically wrong with us and that money has a particular power to blind us to the mistake of finding our identity in a savior other than himself alone.

Scriptures: Mark 10:17-27 

Keywords: Wealth, possessions, savior, identity

Direct download: GCC20180218.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:36pm CST

Divorce is a common experience in today's world.  In this sermon, we look at one of the places in which Jesus addresses divorce and see how it can shape our thinking about marriage and divorce today.

Scriptures: Mark 10:1-10 

Keywords: Divorce, marriage, discipleship, Jesus, Mark, legalism, relationships

Direct download: GCC20180211.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:08pm CST

The Kingdom of God is defined to us by Jesus in more than terms of a reward, He speaks to us also of the costly sacrifices required. The demanding requirements of discipleship provide both an escape from the destructive ways of sin, and the grace fueled adventure of living for his purpose.

Scriptures: Mark 9:42-50 

Keywords: Sin, Repentance, Persecution, Reward, Jesus

Direct download: GCC20180204.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:32am CST

We all want to be successful - and to have others see us as successful.  In this sermon, we see how Jesus defines success and encourages us to place our truest identities in him.

Scriptures: Mark 9:33-37 

Keywords: Pride, humility, Jesus, Mark, success, greatness

Direct download: GCC20180128.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:57am CST

How do we make sense of Jesus?  In this sermon, we see that because Jesus is the Son of God and because he gives us a resurrection from the dead, we can trust him with our lives.

Scriptures: Mark 9:2-13 

Keywords: Jesus, Mark, transfiguration, Moses, Elijah, law, prophets, spiritual growth

Direct download: GCC20180121.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:45am CST

What does it really mean to follow Jesus? In this passage, Jesus tells us that it (at least) means we need to deny ourselves, take the lower places in life, and keep close to him.

Scriptures: Mark 8:31-28 

Keywords: Mark, Jesus, self-denial, discipleship, suffering, spiritual growth

Direct download: GCC20180107.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:40pm CST

New Years Eve, one of the most hopeful days of the year. It’s a day where we take time to plan out our goals, dreams, and resolutions for the next year. But what if we were setting ourselves up to waste another year before it even began based on our resolutions, dreams, and goals? What should we truly be living for in 2018, to not only give us a year, but the beginning of a life, where we truly live?

Scriptures: Matthew 22:36-40

Keywords: New, Years, Eve, 2017, 2018, Matthew 22:36-40, Resolutions, Dreams, Goals, Living, Life, Love, Love God, Love people

Direct download: GCC20171231.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:50pm CST

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



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