As we come to the end of Paul’s letter, we see a tenderness in his words as he gives his final instructions. In this sermon, we’ll look at what it means to live faithfully with the people around us as we continue to wait for God’s return.
 
Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Direct download: GCC20221120.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:00pm CST

Paul calls believers to live ready and alert for the return of the Lord. The day itself will be unexpected and unavoidable, but as believers, we are encouraged to prioritize and order our lives in anticipation of Christ’s return.   

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Direct download: GCC20221113.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:55pm CST

If Jesus really did rise from the dead, then everything we know about this life, death, and the future is now different. In this sermon, we will explore how Jesus’ resurrection gives us comfort, strength, and hope for our lives today.

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Direct download: GCC20221106.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:38pm CST

Paul tells us that there is a way to live that even those who don’t agree with our beliefs will respect. In this sermon, we look at how a life based on love changes our lives and the lives of those around us. 

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

Direct download: GCC20221030.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:23pm CST

With God’s offer of forgiveness also comes an invitation to holiness. In this sermon, we see that how holiness should shape the way we see our bodies and our commitments — specifically how we see the commitment of marriage.

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Direct download: GCC20221023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm CST

Paul is calling the Thessalonians and each of us today to something important, he is calling us to an overflowing love for others. Paul lived his ministry this way and we see it in his words and actions with the Thessalonians. What does this look like for us though? How can we begin to live lives with love at the center and overflowing in all we say and do?

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

Direct download: GCC20221016.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:43pm CST

In this section of Paul’s letter, he thanks God for how His Word has worked in and through the Thessalonian church. As a result of their acceptance of Paul’s message, they have chosen to please God rather than please people and to remain steadfast in the face of suffering and persecution. This sermon takes a closer look at how the Word of God can also work in and through us.

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

Direct download: GCC20221009.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:11pm CST

Paul was not just interested in preaching to the Thessalonians — he wanted to be in a relationship with them. In this sermon we see how Paul reflects on his relationship with the people in this church, and the costs he was willing to pay to make it happen.
 
Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-16

 

Direct download: GCC20221002.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:33pm CST

We are waiting for God to act in our lives, it can often become a time of disorientation. What does it mean to succeed, or to fail? In this sermon, we look at what real success and failure are from God’s perspective, and how he can use both to further his plans and purposes in our lives.
 
Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6

 

Direct download: GCC20220925.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:20pm CST

Once we experience the assurances of our sinfulness, our need for mercy, and the provision of God’s great love, what do we do next? In this sermon, we see that growing in Christ often means a turning away from the things we think we need to be happy, to find peace, to feel important and instead serving God with clear, free hearts.

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10

Direct download: GCC20220918.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:12pm CST

How do we know when we meet the real, true, and living God? As we begin our new series on the letter 1 Thessalonians, we see how God promises us an assurance, through his Holy Spirit, of his presence in our lives.
 
Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-7
Direct download: GCC20220911.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:10pm CST

Anxious, angry, fearful, anguished, embittered. These are adjectives that may be used to describe a lot of us right now. We live in a fearful, divisive, and difficult time. What do we do with all of these feelings and burdens? Jesus calls us to look to Him, to who He is to begin to find peace. Jesus defines Himself with the adjectives gentle and lowly, and if it’s true, then the peace He offers is possible. Today let’s look at how Jesus was gentle and lowly and how we might find these characteristics defining our lives as well.

Key Verses: Matthew 11:28-30

Direct download: GCC20220904.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:25am CST

As Joseph’s story comes to a close, his brothers are worried that his forgiveness will run out now that their father has died. In this sermon, we look at why Joseph’s brothers struggled to accept the forgiveness that Joseph had already given them so that we can learn more about what it means for us to accept the forgiveness God offers us.

Key Verses: Genesis 50:14-21

Direct download: GCC20220828.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:01pm CST

When people hurt us, we have a hard, but great, opportunity to practice forgiveness. In this sermon, we’ll look at the importance of forgiveness and how we can offer it to those around us.
 
Key Verses: Genesis 45:1-15

 

Direct download: GCC20220821.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:13pm CST

As Joseph moved out of prison and into Pharaoh’s inner circle, he has two sons: Manasseh and Ephraim. Within these two names, we see two vital aspects of how Joseph healed from his past pains, and how we can, too.

Key Verses: Genesis 41:50-52

Direct download: GCC20220814.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:55pm CST

After spending a long time under suffering and unfairly imprisoned, Joseph now emerges to a new reality of freedom. But he is different. In this sermon, we see how Joseph was transformed into a useful servant for God’s redemptive plans, and how we can experience this same transformation, as well.

Key Verses: Genesis 41:8-40

Direct download: GCC20220807.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:09am CST

God continues to be actively involved in every aspect of Joseph's life, from the successful years to the devastating turn that takes him to prison. Joseph is giving us an ideal demonstration of what it looks like to be comforted by the sovereign presence of God. We likewise can trust that God is good and, at the same time, absolutely in control of all creation. 

Key Verses: Genesis 39:19-23

Direct download: GCC20220731.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:38pm CST

The Life of Joseph is one that points us back to the reality of our lives. One of the undeniable truths we see in life is that we face many tests. We face daily tests of choosing what is right and what is wrong. Do we give in to our temptations or overcome to live in integrity. Today we look at the cost of integrity and the reward of unity it offers us all. 

Key Verses: Genesis 39:7-18

Direct download: GCC20220724.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:53pm CST

In the eleven years Joseph serves in Potiphar's house, he experiences success in spectacular ways. Alongside God's sovereign presence, Joseph works in a way that brings God's blessing to those around him. In our lives today, we discover God is more interested in our character than any possessions we gain through our work.

Key Verses: Genesis 39:1-6a
Speaker: Jonathan Cliff 

Direct download: GCC20220717_.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:41am CST

The story of Joseph is one we can all relate to, but not for the reasons we like to think. The story of Joseph reminds us of the reality of evil that we all face, the reality of evil that dwells within us. Joseph’s brothers commit evil against their brother Joseph. What we learn through their actions is that this evil is something we all share in common, but what is the reality of evil within us and how can we experience a greater reality?

Key Verses: Genesis 37:18-36
Speaker: Van Riggins  

Direct download: GCC20220710.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:22pm CST

At the beginning of Joseph's life story, we see the importance of a strong character that must align with Joseph's unique and undeniable gifts. He is thrust into an incredible journey due to his father's favoritism and his brothers' jealousy, yet despite these obstacles, his strong gift of faithfulness shines through. 

Key Verses: Genesis 37:1-17
Speaker: Jonathan Cliff 

Direct download: GCC20220703.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:43pm CST

In today’s world we often value transparency and openness, but sometimes it’s important for us to go the other way. In this sermon, we look at the importance of practicing our faith in hidden and private ways, which opens our hearts to receive a unique blessing from God.

Key Verses: Matthew 6:1-6
Speaker: Adam Dressler

Direct download: GCC20220626.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am CST

Prayer is our means of acknowledging and embracing the presence of God. Prayer is our way of actively giving ourselves to God every time we practice it, but why don’t we give ourselves to prayer as a daily habit? What might happen if we did? In this sermon we look at why we are called to devote ourselves to prayer and how we can do so regularly.
 
Key Verses: Colossians 4:2
Direct download: GCC20220619.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:00pm CST

When we think about ourselves, it is sometimes hard to know if we are seeing things as we really are. In this sermon, we explore how to face God in his light, ourselves in our sin, and the mercy he gives to us through Jesus.
 
Key Verses: 1 John 1:5-10
Direct download: GCC20220612.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:02pm CST

Christianity is not just about right beliefs or right behaviors, but something else — an opportunity to experience the presence of God. In this sermon we look at this great presence, why we need it, and how to cultivate the kind of life that is open to it.
 
Key Verses: Exodus 33:12-13
Direct download: GCC20220605.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:12pm CST

Psalm 121 is a Psalm that answers a question we all ask at some point in our lives: “Where can I go for help?” God is faithful to provide us access to the help that we need most through the gift that He offers freely to us- Himself. 

Key Verses: Psalm 121:1-8

Direct download: GCC20220529.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:13pm CST

How do we live with the people around us? In this sermon, we look at how love can lead us to relate to others, especially to those who hurt us.

Key Verses: Romans 12:14-21

Direct download: GCC20220522.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:14am CST

One of the most important ways that God wants to transform us is in how we love. In this sermon, we look at the what God means by “love” and how we can practically love the people in our lives.

Key Verses: Romans 12:9-13

Direct download: GCC20220515.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:48am CST

Once we admit our humble position in life, now what? In this sermon, we see that out of humility comes the freedom to depend on others and their gifts, while also freely use our gifts to help those around us, as well.

Key Verses: Romans 12:4-8

Direct download: GCC20220508.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:20am CST

 Discerning God’s will for my life begins with an honest evaluation of my thinking. Humbly and rightly thinking of myself, in a way that allows me to serve others first, is the foundation upon which we can then use the gifts he graciously gives us.

Key Verses: Romans 12:1-3

Direct download: GCC20220501.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:34am CST

At the center of the Christian life lies the promise that we can become new creations. In this sermon, we begin our series on growth by looking at how God transforms us through his mercy.

Key Verses: Romans 12:1-2

Direct download: GCC20220424.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:46am CST

Easter is about many things, but most importantly it is about love. In this sermon, we will look at one of the most glorious prayers of the Bible and see how we can receive the experience each of needs — the experience of God’s love for us.

Key Verses: Ephesians 3:16-19

Key Words: Easter, love, Jesus, cross, resurrection, spiritual growth, prayer, acceptance, hope

 

Direct download: GCC20220417.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:31pm CST

As we look towards Easter, we are preparing our hearts by looking at the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation. In the letter to Laodicea, we see that any attempt to live a self-sufficient life will ultimately exclude us from experiencing Jesus as he was meant to be experienced — as Lord, Savior, and Friend.

Key Verses: Revelation 3:14-22

Key Words: obedience, riches, wealth, dependence, friendship

 

 

Direct download: GCC20220410.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:12pm CST

As we look ahead towards Easter, we are preparing our hearts by looking at the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation. In the letter to Philadelphia, we discover that Jesus sees the faithful obedience of those with little strength. Jesus gives the promise to bring stability and security to a church amid cultural upheaval and persecution. 

Key Verses: Revelation 3:7-13

Key Words: obedience, strength, church, holy, true

Direct download: GCC20220403.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:00pm CST

As we look ahead towards Easter, we are preparing our hearts by looking at the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation. In the letter to Sardis, we see how we can be physically alive, but spiritually dead, and how God can save us from this reality.

Key Verses: Revelation 3:1-6

Key Words: obedience, godliness, spiritual strength

Direct download: GCC20220327.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:20pm CST

As we look ahead towards Easter, we are preparing our hearts by looking at the seven letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation. In the letter to Thyatira, we explore the importance of living a holy life, for the duration of our lives.

Key Verses: Revelation 2:18-29

Key Words: holy living, endurance, purity, compromise, obedience, discipleship, grace

Direct download: GCC20220320.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:02am CST

As we look ahead towards Easter, we are preparing our hearts by looking at seven letters to seven churches in the book of Revelation. In this first letter to the church in Pergamum, we see how living for what is true brings us closer to Jesus, and further from lies and the things that never satisfy.

Key Verses: Revelation 2:12-17

Key Words: Revelation, Lent, truth, authority

 
 
Direct download: GCC20220313.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:46pm CST

As we look ahead towards Easter, we are preparing our hearts by looking at seven letters to seven churches in the book of Revelation. In this second letter to the church in Ephesus, we find a message of hope to those who are suffering. 

Key Verses: Revelation 2:8-11

Key Words: Revelation, Lent, suffering, hope

Direct download: GCC20220306.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:20am CST

As we look ahead towards Easter, we are preparing our hearts by looking at seven letters to seven churches in the book of Revelation. In this first letter to the church in Ephesus, we see how it is possible to do the right things in our lives, but still miss out on what is most important: love.

Key Verses: Revelation 2:1-7

Key Words: Revelation, Lent, right living, love

 

Direct download: GCC20220227.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:02pm CST

One day this world will end — and then what comes next? In this sermon, we look at what happens after God judges the world and brings and end to evil and how that can shape our lives today.

Key Verses: Revelation 21:1-7

Key Words: end of the world, new heavens, new earth, heaven, afterlife 

Direct download: GCC20220220.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:48am CST

In Revelation, we discover that judgment becomes a necessary part of The Greater Story. The promised judgment will reveal the moral qualities of God and encourage us to trust him wholly. We are trusting him to banish every form of evil from eternity and begin the process to make all things new. 

Key Verses: Revelation 20:11-15

Key Words: Greater Story, Revelation, Judgment, Trust

Direct download: GCC20220213.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:54pm CST

How do we keep our relationship with God alive when life is full of hardships? In this sermon, we look at how we can grow in our abilities to endure our lives, with God’s great love and help.

Key Verses: Romans 5:1-5

Key Words: suffering, pain, endurance, patience, hope, salvation, 

Direct download: GCC20220206.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:55pm CST

How do we cooperate with God’s story of redemption in our lives? In this sermon, we look at God’s sustaining work on our behalf, our continuing work with God’s help, and the promised mystery of how we grow.
 
Key Verses: Romans 6:4,12-14
 
Key Words: justification, sanctification, growth, spiritual formation, Romans
Direct download: GCC20220130.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:08pm CST

Despite our sinfulness, God still blesses his people. In this sermon, we look at what God’s blessing actually means, why we need it, and how we can access it in our lives today, because of Jesus.
 
Key Verses: Genesis 12:1-5
 
Key Words: blessing, grace, mercy, faithful living, growth
Direct download: GCC20220123.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:38pm CST

The Bible is first and foremost a story about God and his great and patient love for his people. In this sermon, we explore how this story begins, what went wrong, and why we need to continue to look towards it in our lives today.

Key Verses: Genesis 1:1-3, 31

Key Words: creation, fall, salvation, redemption, story, meaning, purpose 

Direct download: GCC20220109.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:29pm CST

Life is a run. We run through life being led by so many different things that we think will give us what we ultimately want, but end up tired, dirstracted, and lost. Life is a run, but it was meant to be walked with God. How do we get back to the place of walking with God, and what can happen to our souls when we walk with God?

Key Verses: Psalm 23

Key Words: walk, religion, Christianity, psalm 23, shepherd, sheep, soul

Direct download: GCC20220102.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:58pm CST



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