Throughout this series, we are going through Biblical stories of people who experienced God in profound ways. This week, we look at Jacob, who wrestled with God and came away with a limp and a blessing. This unusual experience with God contains lessons for our lives today. 


Key Verses: Genesis 32:22-32

Direct download: GCC20240414.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:48pm CDT

Jesus made the astounding promise that we can be friends with God. One of the ways by which we come into friendship with God is to experience him — not only as someone in ancient stories, but also as someone who is alive, in our hearts, today. But how? In this sermon, we look at the one of the most famous experiences of God, Moses and the Burning Bush.

Key Verses: Exodus 3:1-6

Direct download: GCC20240407.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:14pm CDT

When Jesus dies rises from the grave, he is putting his love on full display — for us. In this sermon, we celebrate his resurrection by looking at his great love for us, what it means, and how it can change us in the deepest of ways.

Key Verses: Romans 5:6-11

Direct download: GCC20240331.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT

The last words Jesus says before he dies show us, thousands of years later something incredibly powerful — the culmination of a life that was grounded in the reality of God, his calling, and most importantly his love. In this sermon, we look at these last words of Jesus and explore how they can help us face our lives, and our deaths, with this same reality.

Key Verses: Luke 23:44-46

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:40pm CDT

As Jesus breathes his last, he shouts a cry of victory. His proclamation that “It is Finished!” is a joyful cry that will enable us to be made right with God. This victory is especially significant because it doesn’t need anything from us. We cannot add to it, earn it, or do anything additional. It is all grace; it is all finished.

Key Verses: John 19:28-30

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:42pm CDT

When we look at Jesus on the Cross, John gives us a surprising detail — Jesus asks for a drink because he is thirsty. In this sermon, we see how Jesus’ thirst shows us what it means to be in need, and how to find real meaning and hope in the midst of our neediness.

Key Verses: John 19:28-29

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

As we continue to study the last words of Jesus on the cross, we look to words that Jesus utters as He is experiencing the greatest of His sufferings. Jesus’ cry towards God here is an expression of the internal suffering He is experiencing by taking on our sin, abandonment by God. We reflect today on this passage by looking at this suffering of Jesus and how it should impact our communion with God today.

Key Verses: Matthew 27:45-46

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:54am CDT

Throughout Jesus’ life, he consistently redefines the nature of relationships and calls into something that can address the deepest needs of our hearts . In this sermon, we see how he specifically cares for two of his closest followers — Mary, his mother, and John, his beloved disciple — as he hangs on the cross.

Key Verses: John 19:23-27

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:53pm CDT

Throughout this series, we use the seven last words of Jesus to guide our hearts into reflection as we prepare to celebrate Easter. This week, we look at Jesus's conversation with the criminals crucified next to Him to understand better the promise and implications His words hold for our lives. 


Key Verses: Luke 23:39-43

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT

We are looking at the seven last words of Jesus and how they can guide us into reflection as we prepare to celebrate Easter. This week, we look at the forgiveness that Jesus offers us, and how he calls us to forgive others, as well.

Key Verses: Luke 23:32-38

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:43pm CDT

God calls us to live generously — but how? In this sermon we very practically explore what it means to set aside a portion of our resources to give away to God’s spiritual work in our earthly world.

Key Verses: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

When we think about a life that is transformed by God’s grace, we cannot forget to think about the importance of being generous. In this sermon we look at Paul’s words to a growing church about giving and the role our hearts play in this grace-filled practice.

Key Verses: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:18pm CDT

God has called his people to live in a way that reflects his sacrifice for us—putting aside an old nature that seeks to find what is most comfortable and convenient and instead putting on a new nature where his truth dominates our hearts. With Christ as our example, we want to be a church that demonstrates kindness with a tender heart through how we speak and live. 

Key Verses: Ephesians 4:17-32 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:05pm CDT

God has made us with hearts that will never truly find meaning and purpose outside of him. This means that we are designed to move in spiritual directions. In this sermon, we look at the famous story of Zacchaeus and see how God draws us towards himself, and how he calls us to move towards him in return.

Key Verses: Luke 19:1-10

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:38pm CDT

As we begin a new year, we are taking several weeks to reflect look at some of the values that we strive for in our community of faith. In this sermon, we reflect on what it means to be a group of God’s people who worship together as a family.

Key Verses: 2 Chronicles 30:6-8

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:19pm CDT

Long before Jesus was born, God promised that a light would come into a dark world, and it would brighten whatever darkness it touched. In this sermon, we celebrate Christmas by remembering Jesus and the light that he brings to us, today.

Key Verses: Isaiah 9:2-7, John 1:1-5

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:49am CDT

Everyone wants peace for their life, but it is often fleeting. In this sermon, we see how Jesus comes to make sense of our lives and offer us peace for living. 

Key Verses: Romans 8:18:28

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:12pm CDT

Preparing to celebrate Christmas, we will examine how Jesus became our Prince of Peace. When we live at peace with God, we are motivated to live a life that pleases him. However, the ancient struggle between our selfish nature and spiritual desires can make us miserable and distressed. Our only hope for salvation is in Jesus and the peace he promises us when we belong to Him. 

Key Verses: Romans 7:14-25, 8:1 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:05pm CDT

The prophet Isaiah said that one of the ways the Messiah would come would be a “prince of peace.” As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we will look at how Jesus comes to give us peace This week, we specifically look at how he gives us peace with God.

Key Verses: Romans 5:1-2

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:05pm CDT

As Paul concludes his letter to Timothy, he points to the thing that has helped him live a life of faithful service: relationships. Paul asks Timothy to bring to him the things that bring him comfort: his coat, his books, and his friends. As we unpack Paul’s final words, let’s look at what Christian friendship is meant to look like in our lives of faithful service and how they, too, can be a comfort to us.
 
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 4:9-22

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:57pm CDT

As Paul closes his letter to Timothy, he once again reflects on what his life has meant, what it should mean, and how he sees it. In this sermon, we look at how Paul viewed his life — as an offering, a fight, and a race.
 
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 4:6-8
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:12pm CDT

Hope lies central to the message of God and his work in the world. But what does it mean to hope in Him, especially when we face trials and troubles? In this sermon, we see that hope holds onto three important truths: God will judge what is wrong, He is in charge, and there is work to do while we wait.
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 4:1-5

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:14pm CDT

Paul calls Timothy to remain faithful to the teachings he has received, recognizing that the Scriptures he has been taught are trustworthy and the people who have taught them can be trusted too. In this sermon, we will explore themes of trust, faithfulness, wisdom, and correction as we seek to understand better the value of God’s Word in our lives.

Key Verses: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:20pm CDT

What is the purpose of our lives? Paul reminds Timothy of how he did not try to hold onto his life, but instead gave it away. In this sermon, we see what it means to give our lives away, and how we can do it.
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 3:10-13
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:41pm CDT

Paul tells Timothy to expect “difficult times” — and that they will not go away anytime soon because they come from what’s inside of us, in our hearts. How can Paul say this? In this sermon, we explore what is so wrong with our hearts, why it matters, and how we can find a different way to live.
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:59pm CDT

Paul continues to speak wisdom into Timothy’s service and ministry by addressing to him how to deal with difficult people. He calls him on how to best win any argument is by not engaging in foolish, ignorant arguments and instead focusing on his posture of heart. As we look at Paul’s words and guidance to Timothy, let us look at internalizing these words for our life and seek a posture of heart ready to deal with the difficult people around us.
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 2:23-26
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Paul continues to tell Timothy what life as a follower of Jesus will demand of him, bringing specific attention to his ethics and moral character. Timothy is encouraged to flee evil desires and pursue the essential virtues of a Christian; demonstrating that a genuine faith continually finds expression in visible and tangible ways. 

Key Verses: 2 Timothy 2:15-22

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:12pm CDT

As Paul continues his encouraging words to Timothy, he once again returns to the power of Jesus and his Good News. In this sermon, we see that Paul wants to Timothy to remember that Jesus is a the great king who used his power to defeat death, and the specific encouragements this great truth can give to us.
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 2:8-14

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:12pm CDT

How do we handle life when it becomes hard? Paul tells us that endurance is not only possible, but it is vital to following God through our hardships. In this sermon, we look at what endurance means and how we can discover the power to do it, again and again.

Key Verses: 2 Timothy 2:1-7

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:47pm CDT

Paul tells Timothy to hold on to the truth that he once heard from him, as a way of living. In this sermon, we see the the importance of centering our lives on the truth of Jesus and how to hold on to it through the power of the Spirit.

Key Verses: 2 Timothy 1:13-18

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:40pm CDT

While in prison and waiting for death, Paul again writes to one of his dearest followers, Timothy. Paul is primarily concerned with encouraging the young pastor to remain faithful to his calling, and to be useful, despite hardships. In this sermon, we will look at what made Paul’s life useful until the end, and what can make our lives useful, today.
 
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 1:1-12
Direct download: GCC20230910.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:05pm CDT

Discipleship is something the church today deeply struggles with. The local modern church is dealing with a discipleship issue that is causing Christ-followers to lose sight of what the Christian life is meant to look like. Most of us miss the necessity of discipleship, dismiss the practice because we lack the time, or fear the practice of opening our spiritual lives to others. It’s time to open our hearts to the idea of participating in the work of kingdom-building through discipleship. 

Key Verses: Matthew 4:18-20

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:17am CDT

We close out our study of the Faithful Lives within Hebrews 11 by looking closely at those that were both a part of major victories and significant disappointments. A hidden life of faith allows us to turn from the world's approval and seek only God's approval when confronted with loneliness and persecution. Those that have their stories told in Hebrews and those of us that live under the forgiveness of Jesus look forward to a better resurrection. 

Key Verses: Hebrews 11:32-40

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:25pm CDT

When Moses saw the injustices around him, he was moved to leave all that he knew and live in a foreign land, because of faith. In this sermon, we see that faith involves a seeing, a leaving, a turning, and a looking ahead. 
 
Key Verses: Exodus 2:11-15, Hebrews 11:24-28

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:16pm CDT

After Abraham and Sarah, God works his promises through a long and often messy line of their descendants. But through their broken attempts, at faithfulness, God remains faithful. In this sermon, we see that when God’s work in our lives includes a reversal, a blessing, and a hiddenness.
 
Key Verses: Genesis 50:22-26, Hebrews 11:20-22
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:57pm CDT

Sarah, barren and too old to have a child, is given the promise that she will be a mother to many nations — and it happens. In this sermon, we see how Sarah shows us what it means to have faith in God, in spite of our circumstances.
 
Key Verses: Hebrews 11:11-12, Genesis 18:1-14

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT

In Hebrews, we are re-introduced to Abraham and his legacy of faith, where God's Covenant Promise to Abraham becomes the Bible's central story of faith. He shows us a faith that is motivated to obey God despite the unknown, sustains him in a foreign land, and gives space for God's power. Abraham is our human example of a life lived out in faithful obedience.

Key Verses: Hebrews 11:8-10, 17-19

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:06pm CDT

As we continue to look at Hebrews 11 and the question of what does it mean to have faith we look at the example of Noah. Noah walked in fellowship with God as he approached an unprecedented flood of the earth. Noah shows us what it looks like to have faithful obedience when we face the unknown. 
 
Key Verses: Hebrews 11:7
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:49pm CDT

In Hebrews 11, we look closely at the life of Enoch. The nature of his Faith was strongly relational and based on many years of walking closely with God. While we don't have many details about his life, we know that he pleased God with how he lived. We use Enoch's story to look at how we can please God with our Faith and use Enoch's example to help us find new life in Christ. 

Key Verses: Genesis 5:21-24 + Hebrews 11:5-6 

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:39pm CDT

Hebrews 11:4 summarizes the story of Abel and his brother Cain, in which Abel serves as an example of faithful worship and Cain serves as a warning against rivalry and comparison. In this sermon, we will explore themes of worship, faith, and God’s approval.

Key Verses: Genesis 4:1-16; Hebrews 11:4

Direct download: GCC20230709.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:44am CDT

What pleases God? In the book of Hebrews, we are told that there is one thing that pleases him more than anything else — faith. In this sermon, we look at what it actually means to have faith in God and how we can get more of it in our lives today.

Key Verses: Hebrews 11:1-3

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:50am CDT

The Fruits of the Spirit are our way of tuning our hearts towards seeing God at work, hearing from Him, and living more in the way He calls us to. The Fruit of the Spirit, patience, begins to lend our lives to being open to these fruits and being more present with God and His people. But how can we begin to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit patience? What might happen to our relationship with Christ and others if we embrace the fruit of patience in our lives?

Key Verses: Galatians 5:16-26

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:36pm CDT

Christians have a radical resource to face what seems impossible: the love of God. In this sermon, we look at how God’s promised love can carry us through death, which is the most impossible of problems, as well as through anything we might face before it.

Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:51am CDT

God gives us the great promise to be with us, through the gift of his presence — but what does this actually mean? In this sermon, we look at what being the presence of God means, what it does not mean, and how we can experience it more often.
 
Key Verses: Judges 16:4-22
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:06am CDT

Who is God, really? So often we think we know. But an important part of walking with God means making room for the parts that remain mysterious. In this sermon, we look at the reality of the mystery of God and how we can follow him, even when we cannot fully know him.
 
Key Verses: Job 38:1-18
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:49pm CDT

In Judges 6, we are introduced to Gideon, whom the angel of the Lord greets as “Mighty Hero,” even though he is in hiding when their conversation begins. In this sermon, we will explore themes of fear, trusting God’s promises, and finding our identity in Christ.

Key Verses: Judges 6:11-16

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:11pm CDT

One of the most important things we can do as we follow Jesus is to obey what he asks us to do. In this sermon, we look at how we can obey God, and where obedience can lead us.

Key Verses: Matthew 7:24-29

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:33pm CDT

How do we stay connected to God and his love for us? The famous story of the Prodigal Son gives us some answers. In this sermon, we look at our great problem, the great results it creates, and the great way back to experiencing God and his love.
 
Key Verses: Luke 15:11-22
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:36am CDT

It is impossible to follow Jesus without a deep and steady willingness to receive from him. Yet many of us avoid this willingness. In this sermon, we look at why Jesus asks us to receive from him, why we resist it, and how it can draw us into a closer relationship with him.

Key Verses: John 13:1-11

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:47am CDT

How do we really change? God tells us that real change is possible. In this sermon, we see that change comes through a giving, a turning away, and an opening up. 

Key Verses: Romans 12:1-2

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:42am CDT

When we come to Jesus and ask him to be with us in our lives, what do we find? In this sermon, we see the importance of forgiveness — why we need it, what it really means, and how we can carry it with us, in our hearts. 

Key Verses: Romans 6:15-23

 

Direct download: GCC20230423.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:32pm CDT

In light of the resurrection of Christ, there is an opportunity to have our lives shaped by Jesus. Foundational to The Way is the truth of being welcome to come to Him as we are. He calls us away from those things that make us weary and tired. Instead, we go to Him with our hearts of faith and repentance, boldly learning a new way of living that brings rest and renewal.

 

Key Verses: Matthew 11:28-30

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:35am CDT

Easter reminds us of the center of our faith — that Jesus rose from the dead and now lives a new life. He invites us into this same new life, but before we can enter in, we must ask three questions about this holy invitation: is it true, is it good, and is it beautiful?
 
Key Verses: John 20:1-10
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

In this last sign of John’s gospel, we see most clearly what Jesus came to do: bring new life in the presence of death. In this sermon, we look at the new life we need, the way it comes to us, and how it leaves us after we experience it.
 
Key Verses: John 11:17-44
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:22pm CDT

In this sign, we see Jesus as the Savior who brings light to the world. Initially, we see Jesus heal the man born blind. Still, more importantly, the healing directs us all to spiritual healing that we all need—encouraged to acknowledge the darkness in our lives and the ever-present need for Jesus, the Light of the World.

Scriptures: John 9

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:02pm CDT

As we continue our journey towards Easter, we see Jesus feeding a crowd of people in the most miraculous of ways. In this sermon, we explore how Jesus enters into — and meets — the needs of those who come to him.
 
Key Verses: John 6:1-15
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:36pm CDT

As John continues to reveal Jesus to his readers, we see his fourth sign: In His fourth sign, Jesus heals a man who has been lame for 38 years. He also speaks to the Pharisees about how He is the Son of God. In today’s sermon we’re going to look at the full sign of Jesus and how this sign can point us to what our hope is in and the pursuit of holiness. 

Scriptures: John 5:1-15

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:41pm CDT

In His third sign recorded in the book of John, Jesus heals a government official’s son. In this sermon, we explore themes of faith, salvation, and the hope that Jesus offers us.

Key Verses: John 4:46-54

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:24am CDT

As John continues to reveal Jesus to his readers, we see his second sign: Jesus clears the Temple. In this sermon, we look at what real religion is, how it goes wrong, and how we can experience it again (and again).
 
Key Verses: John 2:12-25

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:51pm CDT

As we prepare our hearts for Easter, we are looking at John’s gospel — specifically the “signs” of Jesus that point to his ultimate resurrection. In this sermon, we see in his first sign of turning water into wine that Jesus comes to transform our everyday lives in powerful ways.
 
Key Verses: John 2:1-11
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:37am CDT

As we finish our series on holy rhythms, we turn towards the importance of serving others. In this sermon, we look at the call to serve others, the gift of serving others, and how we can do it.

Key Verses: Matthew 20:25-28

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:26pm CDT

God loves us with such a deep and unending love that it has the power to transform everything about us, including how we give love back to him and to other people. In this sermon, we look at the nature of God’s love, how that can change our own hearts, and how we can give our love as a response to how we have been changed.
 
Key Verses: 1 John 3:11,16-19

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:37pm CDT

If we hope to make any real progress in our spiritual growth, we have to take the practice of solitude seriously. In this sermon, we look at why we need to practice being alone with God, what happens when we are alone with God, and how we can do it.

Key Verses: Genesis 32:22-31

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT

To establish a Holy Rhythm with God's Word, we are encouraged to read the Bible for ourselves while depending on the Holy Spirit to seek what our hearts would never find on their own. Discovering ancient and true wisdom, a divine origin for ourselves and the universe, and the unsurpassed grace we encounter within its pages. 

Key Verses: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:07pm CDT

How do we become the people that we want to most become, and that God wants us to become, as well? In this sermon, we begin our series on spiritual growth by looking at God’s plan for real, lasting growth in our lives.
 
Key Verses: 2 Peter 1:3-11
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:56pm CDT

At Christmas, we spend time remembering, celebrating, and reflecting on the truth that Jesus is King and was born to live a life with us. Far too quickly, we lose sight of the impact that that truth should have on our daily lives. The truth of Jesus’ birth is an invitation for us to be able to worship at the feet of Jesus daily. How do we do this, though? Today we are going to spend time looking at the immediate response to Jesus’ birth and how that should influence how we respond to worshipping Christ. 
 
Key Verses: Matthew 2:1-12
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:46am CDT

As we continue to explore Jesus’ mission in this Christmas season, we see that he came to give sight to the blind. In this sermon, we will look at how all of us suffer from spiritually blindness, what causes our blindness, and what it would mean for us to see, and how we can do it.

Key Verses: John 9:1-11

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:43pm CDT

Jesus the King is sent to proclaim that captives will be released and the oppressed will be set free. In his encounter with the paralyzed man in Mark 2, we see Jesus announce his authority to deal with the sins of our hearts and offer forgiveness that brings freedom to our lives. 

Key Verses: Luke 4:18-19, Mark 2:1-12

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:29pm CDT

As we begin our Christmas series, we see that a part of Jesus’ kingly mission is to bring good news to poor people. In this sermon, we see reality of our poverty, the need for our poverty, and the hidden blessings of our poverty.

Key Verses: Mark 10:17:31

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

The church is something we probably carry a lot of complicated feelings, questions, and opinions about. For many of us the church has lost its impact, value, and purpose in our lives. The truth is: without the church, we cannot experience all that God has for our Christian life. Today let’s look at what the church is, God’s purpose for the church, and how we can begin to fall back in love with the church.
 
Key Verses: Ephesians 2:20-22
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

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
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:55pm CDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:38pm CDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:23pm CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

 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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT



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