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

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

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

God promises to give us light in the midst of our darkness and freedom in the midst of our slavery. In this sermon, we see how we need God’s light and freedom, and how God brings them into our lives through Jesus.

Key Verses: Isaiah 9:2-7

Key Words: light, freedom, hope, waiting, Christmas, Advent, grace

Direct download: GCC20211219.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:12pm CST

As we celebrate Christmas, we are looking at the ancient promises about Jesus in the book of Isaiah. In this sermon, we discover the hope we have in the active presence of Immanuel and how that reshapes our thinking, attitudes, and heart. Isaiah shows us that true believers of the promised Messiah can wait expectantly with transcendent hope.

Key Verses: Isaiah 8:11-17

Key Words: hope, advent, patience, salvation, Christmas, Jesus

Direct download: GCC20211212.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:52pm CST

As we celebrate Christmas, we are looking at the ancient promises about Jesus in the book of Isaiah. In this sermon, we see how God promised he would be with us, especially in uncertain times, and this promise can be sign of his work in our lives today.
Key Verses: Isaiah 7:10-14

Key Words: salvation, advent, Christmas, hope, faithfulness, grace

Direct download: GCC20211205.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:18pm CST

Over the first 5 chapters of Galatians, Paul has clearly shown that the gospel cannot be earned by any work or keeping of the law, contrary to what the false teachers were leading people to believe. In chapter 6, he wraps up his letter by sharing some practical implications of believing the true gospel. 

Key Verses: Galatians 6:1-18

Key Words: Jesus, gospel, law of Christ, communion, eternal life, bearing burdens, reaping and sowing, Galatians

Direct download: GCC20211128.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:37pm CST

How do we really change? In this sermon, we see that real growth does not come from fear of being punished or pride from being good, but rather from something powerfully growing inside of us — the fruit of the Spirit.

Key Verses: Galatians 5:22-35

Key Words: fruit of the spirit, growth, change, love, 

Direct download: GCC20211121.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:40pm CST

How do we become better people? In this sermon, Paul shows us where true growth comes from, why it’s so difficult, and how we can make real progress in our lives today.
Key Verses: Galatians 5:16-26

Key Words: new life, sanctification, growth, change, Holy Spirit

Direct download: GCC20211114.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:19pm CST

Paul encourages his readers to remain centered on God’s great freedom and to avoid a return to their old way of living. In this sermon, we look at why we need to hear this encouragement still today, and how we can honor God’s gift of freedom through a new way of living.

Key Verses: Galatians 5:1-15

Key Words: grace, resilience, gospel, justification, freedom

Direct download: GCC20211107.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:22am CST

Paul admonishes his readers to “become like him.” What does he mean? In this sermon, we see how connects his experience of freedom with two famous Old Testament stories, and how we can experience the same sense of freedom today.

Key Verses: Galatians 4:8-31 

Key Words: freedom, Abraham, promise, weakness, strength, hope

Direct download: GCC20211031.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:03am CST

We all have a family and for some those feelings we have toward our families are good, warm, happy, but for some they are heavy, difficult, and troubling. For all of us though our families are a mixture of both. Families are complicated. The family of God can feel complicated too, but Paul in Galatians 4:1-7 likens salvation to being part of the family of God through adoption, so how do go from being in God’s family to being part of His family?

Key Verses: Galatians 4:1-7 

Key Words: rules, law, obedience, faith, justification, grace, submission, salvation, freedom, sacrifice, intimacy, Holy Spirit, family

Direct download: GCC20211024.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:25pm CST

If God promises to forgives us and love us, no matter what do, then what was the point of all of the rules — or the “law” — in the Old Testament? In this sermon, we look at why God gave his people the law, what it tells us about ourselves, and how it fits into God’s grace today.

Key Verses: Galatians 3:15-29 

Key Words: rules, law, obedience, Abraham, faith, justification, grace

Direct download: GCC20211017.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:09pm CST

Paul continues his relentless appeal for the Galatians to fully believe that God will do all He has promised. Paul clarifies the issues at stake for the Galatians as they attempt the unthinkable: attempting to finish the Christian journey by their flesh rather than by the Spirit. 

Key Verses: Galatians 3:1-14 

Key Words: faith, personal experience, theology, promise, Abraham

Direct download: GCC20211010.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:55pm CST

After confronting Peter about his hypocrisy, Paul explains — again — the power of God’s free gift of grace. In this sermon, we explore Paul’s experience with grace, his theology of grace, and his life through grace.

Key Verses: Galatians 2:11-21 

Key Words: grace, power, growth, hypocrisy, new life 

Direct download: GCC20211003.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:50pm CST

What does it mean to be inside of God’s saving love? In this sermon, we continue to explore this question with Paul. He shows us that God’s salvation both frees us and binds us to a new way   of living.

Key Verses: Galatians 2:1-10 

Key Words: freedom, salvation, gospel, courage, calling, compassion 

Direct download: GCC20210926.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:37pm CST

Paul received a revelation that literally changed his life. In this sermon, we look at what this revelation was, why he needed it, and how we can get this same revelation today.
Key Verses: Galatians 1:10-24 

Key Words: grace, freedom, revelation, solitude, silence

Direct download: GCC20210919.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:23am CST

As we begin our series on the book of Galatians, we hear Paul clearly tell us one thing: faith in Jesus is the only thing we need to be saved. In this sermon, we explore what Paul means by this startling claim and how it can encourage our hearts today.
Key Verses: Galatians 1:1-9 

Key Words: freedom, gospel, salvation, transformation, change, hope

Direct download: GCC20210912.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:31pm CST

Do you ever feel like you are spending most of your time and energy just holding on for dear life? Hebrews 4:14-16 gives direct instructions to the followers of Jesus about what we are to hold on to and how we can persevere in it. This sermon looks at the hope that we have available to us as we live out the two separate (but related) challenges from this passage- let us hold fast our confession and let us draw near to the throne of grace. 

Key Verses: Hebrews 4:14-16
Key Words: Jesus, community, perseverance, grace, prayer, high priest, hope
Direct download: GCC20210905.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:44pm CST

As the story of Esther ends, we see evil destroyed and peace instituted. In this sermon, we see how the Esther’s ending of peace points to the greater ending we all long for — when God will right every wrong and restore everything that is broken. 
Key Verses: Esther 10: 1-3 

Key Words: peace, hope, future, heaven, goodness

Direct download: GCC20210829.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:18pm CST

As the story of the Jews in the book of Esther continues, we see a spontaneous celebration of relief, commemorating a month of reversals. They begin to see their survival of life together during extraordinary circumstances worthy of being celebrated as a joyous gift. We also are challenged to live a life of celebration for what God has done in our lives. Letting moments of celebration bring us renewed focus and joy for the everyday parts of our lives. 

Key Verses: Esther 9:20-22 

Key Words: celebration, joy, community, perspective

Direct download: GCC20210822.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:11pm CST

One of the most important aspects of life with God is the art of perseverance. In this sermon, we look at the nature of our often difficult lives and how to persevere through them, with hope.
Key Verses: Esther 8:3-8 

Key Words: hope, endurance, perseverance, long-suffering, joy, grace


Direct download: GCC20210815.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:14pm CST

As we follow the story of Esther, we repeatedly see how God calls his followers to obedience. In this sermon, we explore why obedience matters and how it can lead to blessings in our lives.

Key Verses: Esther 6:1-11

Key Words: obedience, surrender, spiritual growth, blessings, feelings


Direct download: GCC20210808.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:48pm CST

It is impossible to separate life with the living God and surrender. In this sermon, we see how Esther surrendered to God’s invitation for her life, and how her surrender brought her real freedom and power.
Key Verses: Esther 4:12-17

Key Words: Esther, surrender, obedience, holiness, sacrifice

Direct download: GCC20210801.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:06pm CST

In chapter 4 of Esther, we begin to see how Mordecai and Esther will respond to the impending genocide of the Jewish people. Their conversations and actions reveal a reliance upon the sovereignty of God that is drastically different from the self-reliance that the King and Haman have shown in the earlier chapters of the book.

Key Verses: Esther 4:4-14

Key Words: sovereignty, humility, prayer, hope, Mordecai, Esther




Direct download: GCC20210725.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:55pm CST

In chapter 3 of Esther, the main action begins to happen, as a sinister plot to destroy the entire nation of captive Jews becomes a reality. The beginnings of this planned genocide start in the angry heart of one who chooses authority and vanity over vulnerability and restraint. Our everyday anger is easily reflected in the brutal nature of Haman, our villain in the story of Esther.

Key Verses: Esther 3:1-6

Key Words: anger, intimacy, selfishness, restraint

Direct download: GCC20210718.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:35pm CST

The book of Esther provides us a glimpse of both God’s providential and sovereign hand over the Jews and the willingness of a heroic woman like Esther to participate in his grand plan. Looking at the beginning of this epic story, we see our own lives in the response of the King to his limits of power over his own family and kingdom. 

Key Verses: Esther 1:1-12

Key Words: power, pride, anger, revenge, humility

Direct download: GCC20210711.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:19pm CST

Jesus invites people to follow Him even when their imperfections and failures keep them from following perfectly. In this sermon, we look at two interactions between Jesus and Peter to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus’ motivation for inviting people to follow Him and what that means for us.

Key Verses: John 21:1-21

Direct download: Message20210704.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:46pm CST

Before Jesus returns to heaven, he promises to send the Holy Spirit to help us continue in our faith. In this sermon, we look at how the Holy Spirit helps us believe in God’s work and promises, and how we can create space to experience this help in our everyday lives.

Key Verses: Romans 5:1-5

Key Words: the Holy Spirit, promises of God, belief,

Direct download: GCC20210627.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:41pm CST

When we step into life on God’s terms, he calls us to live differently — but not entirely. In this sermon, we explore how a Christian faith leaves us, in many ways, the same as everyone else, while at the same also leaving us profoundly different than those around us.

Key Verses: John 2:1-11

Key Words: difference, grace, mercy, spiritual identity, spiritual formation

Direct download: GCC20210620.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:27pm CST

Praising God fulfills the purpose for which we were put on this earth, and yet it can be really challenging at times. In this sermon, we look at the last chapter in the book of Psalms to gain a deeper understanding of what praising the Lord looks like and how it can enrich our lives. 

Key Verses: Psalm 150

Key Words: praise, hallelujah, God’s character, worship

Direct download: GCC20210613.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:24am CST

One of the marks of real spiritual growth is an increasing awareness of our weaknesses. In this sermon, we look at the reality of our weaknesses, why God allows them in our lives, and how he calls us to live with them.

Key Verses: Ezekiel 34:11-16

Key Words: weakness, spiritual growth, grace, compassion

Direct download: GCC20210606.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:02pm CST

There is nothing that poses more of a threat to the good life that Jesus offers us than pride. In this sermon, we look at a conversation between Jesus and two of his disciples and learn about humility from the One Who embodies it fully.

Key Verses: Mark 10:35-45

Key Words: humility, Jesus, serving others, greatness

Direct download: GCC20210530.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:29pm CST

Jesus tells us to “strive" to enter into life with him. In this sermon, we look at the role of effort in our spiritual growth — what it does, what it doesn’t do, and how we can know if we are on the right track when we do it.

Key Verses: Luke 13:22-30

Key Words: growth, effort, trying, spiritual formation, grace   

Direct download: GCC20210523.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:32pm CST

Compassion is the fruit of genuine empathy whereby we attempt to alleviate the suffering of those around us. We can only create this community of compassion because of the mercy and love shown to us in the person of Jesus. He is our great gift of compassion and, simultaneously, our most outstanding example.

Key Verses: Luke 7:11-17

Key Words: compassion, kingdom, empathy, judgmental, community   

Direct download: GCC20210516.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:26pm CST

Jesus makes us a remarkable promise: we can experience great joy in him. In this sermon, we look at the importance of joy and how it can come to us through our everyday lives.

Key Verses: John 15-1-11

Key Words: joy, hope, happiness, growth   

Direct download: GCC20210509.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:19pm CST

Jesus tells us that part of living a good life must include radical generosity. In this sermon, we see how living a generous life means more than just giving away our money, and how being generous opens us up to receive the Kingdom of God.

Key Verses: Mark 10:17-31

Key Words: giving, generosity, freedom, spiritual growth, wealth  

Direct download: GCC20210502.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:47am CST

Jesus tells us that it’s literally impossible to live our lives with God unless we practice regular forgiveness. In this sermon, we look at why God calls us to forgive those who hurt us, and how it’s possible to actually do it.

Key Verses: Matthew 18:21-35

Key Words: forgiveness, mercy, grace, justice, relationships, freedom 

Direct download: GCC20210425.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:00pm CST

When Jesus invites us into a “good” life, he invites us into a life filled with faith. In this sermon we see what true faith in God is, and how it can grow in our lives today.

Key Verses: Mark 4:35-41

Key Words: faith, fear, Jesus, storms, peace

Direct download: GCC20210418.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:37pm CST

What does it mean to live a good life? In this sermon, we see how Jesus tells us that a good life begins with a surrender to his kingdom plans and ways.

Key Verses: Matthew 6:25-33

Key Words: good life, kingdom, anxiety, worry, freedom, surrender

Direct download: GCC20210411.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:33pm CST

In one of the most famous stories of the Bible, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In this sermon, we see how we can join Jesus and the power of his resurrection, too.

Key Verses: John 11:17-27

Key Words: resurrection, easter, Lazarus, waiting, power, hope
Direct download: GCC20210404.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:08pm CST

We see in exceptional vividness the slowly changing life of the man born blind and instantly healed by Jesus. Beginning with only a limited understanding of Jesus he is led through questions and controversy to eventually outright rejection by those who are supposed to help. Finally, he is found by the good shepherd and his life is forever changed into one of belief.

Key Verses: John 9:1-41
Key Words: darkness, light, blindness, sight, salvation, belief
Direct download: GCC20210328.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:07am CST

God’s power to change our lives comes at just the right time. In this sermon, we explore how an invalid who had suffered for thirty-eight years found healing grace when he met Jesus — and how we can do the same.

Key Verses: John 5:1-8
Key Words: healing, power, grace, conversion, change

Direct download: GCC20210321.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:39pm CST

Conversion is the heart of the Christian faith. But it is often varied in how it happens. In this sermon, we look at a hurting woman’s surprising conversion at a well and how Jesus can do the same thing in us today.

Key Verses: John 4: 7-15
Key Words: conversion, salvation, woman at the well, hope 
Direct download: GCC20210314.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:43pm CST

God calls us to radical transformation that reorients our entire lives. In this sermon, we look at a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus and learn what it means to be born again.
Key Verses: John 3:1-22
Key Words: new life, conversion, Jesus, hope, salvation 
Direct download: GCC20210307.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:06pm CST

How are we supposed to view the Old Testament and its commandments now, after the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? In this sermon, we will explore the role of the commandments in our lives today and how they ultimately point us to God’s great redemptive work in our lives.

Key Verses: Matthew 5:17-20
Key Words: Ten Commandments, Old Testament, Jesus, sermon on the mount, grace, spiritual growth, holiness 
Direct download: GCC20210228.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:33pm CST

The tenth commandment warns us against an unhealthy desire for the lives of others. This command to not covet is the other nine commandments' heart level culmination, beginning with inner obedience that should lead to our external actions. The only right solution to this internal discontent is to find contentment in Christ alone.

Key Verses: Exodus 20:1-2, 17
Key Words: covet, desire, contentment, commandments, heart 
Direct download: GCC20210221.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:37pm CST

Every community requires a foundation of truth to flourish. In this sermon, we see how the absence of truth can threaten our relationships and, more importantly, how to become handle the truth with love.

Key Verses: Exodus 20:1-2, 16
Key Words: lying, false witness, truth, Ten Commandments 
Direct download: GCC20210214.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:11pm CST

God wants his people to live with other in holy and sustainable ways. In this sermon, we look at how murder, adultery, and stealing breaks down community and keeps us from living holy lives.

Key Verses: Exodus 20:1-2, 13-15
Key Words: murder, adultery, stealing, Ten Commandments, holiness, faith
Direct download: GCC20210207.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:40pm CST

God values our family relationships. In this sermon, we explore the call to “honor your father and mother” as an invitation to both showing and experiencing God’s love.

Key Verses: Exodus 20:1-2, 12
Key Words: family, father, mother, Ten Commandments, grace, forgiveness 
Direct download: GCC20210131.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:59pm CST

In our modern world, we rarely rest like we should. In this sermon, we explore the Fourth Commandment and its call to holy rest as both a challenge and a comfort to our souls.

Key Verses: Exodus 20:1-2,8-11
Key Words: rest, sabbath, work, salvation, Exodus, 
Direct download: GCC20210124.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:16pm CST

At first glance, the third commandment seems simple — “Don’t say God’s name unless you mean it.” In this sermon, we will take deeper look into this commandment and discover that it speaks to something of far greater importance — surrender to the true and living God.

Key Verses: Exodus 20:1-2, 7
Key Words: Ten Commandments, Moses, law, holiness, name of the lord, surrender
Direct download: GCC20210117.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:14pm CST

The second commandment directs us towards Christ. It warns us of sin, tell us of the steadfast love of God, and drives us to the person of Jesus Christ. Instead of reducing God to the power of our own imaginations, we are being remade ourselves into God’s image.

Key Verses: Exodus 20:4-6
Key Words: Invisible God, idols, images, commandments
Direct download: GCC20210110.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:20pm CST

As we begin a new year, we are using this season to reflect on God’s holy law, the Ten Commandments. In this first sermon, we see how God wants to be in an exclusive relationship with us, which means he calls us to cast off our competing desires and drives and surrender to him alone.
Key Verses: Exodus 19:1-6, 20:1-3
Key Words: law, Ten Commandments, Exodus, Moses, idols, worship, grace



Direct download: GCC20210103.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:27am CST

One of the most important ways we can experience comfort and joy from God comes through celebration. In this sermon, we look at how the wise men celebrated Jesus by giving him gifts, and by receiving an even greater gift themselves.

Key Verses: Matthew 2:7-12

Key Words: Christmas, advent, generosity, giving, receiving, spiritual formation, wise men


Direct download: GCC20201220.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:04pm CST

As we celebrate the Christmas season, we are looking at ways in which we can warm our hearts to the great reality of God and his love. In this sermon, we see how Mary responded to God with worship, and how we can do the same.

Key Verses: Luke 1:46-56

Key Words: Christmas, advent, Mary, worship, spiritual disciplines, comfort, joy 

Direct download: GCC20201206.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:02am CST

As Paul ends his letter to the Colossians, we see him return to his most foundational message: grace. In this sermon, we look at how grace can have the last word in our lives, as well.

Key Verses: Colossians 4:7-18

Key Words: grace, spiritual growth, maturity, forgiveness, love, mercy 

Direct download: GCC20201129.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:43pm CST

Our conversations with God are to be marked by our steadfast devotion to Him, always staying vigilant and aware of the world around us, while remaining thankful at all times. This purposeful prayer life enables us to clearly express the loving wisdom of God to the world we live in.

Key Verses: Colossians 4:2-6

Key Words: Colossians, prayer, devotion, culture 

Direct download: GCC20201122.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:30pm CST

How does the truth of God’s love change the way that we relate to others? In this sermon, we see how the reality of Jesus moves us to trust all of our relationships to his leadership and care.

Key Verses: Colossians 3:18-4:1

Key Words: submission, obedience, marriage, work, family, relationships, holiness

Direct download: GCC20201115.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:33pm CST





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