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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

Scriptures: Exodus 3:1-10

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

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

Scriptures: Luke 9:18-25  

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

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT



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