Tag Archives: life

Jesus Growing Up



We don’t know many details, and it staggers the imagination.  Jesus was a baby, a toddler, a child, an adolescent, and young adult all before He was publicly revealed again to be the Messiah on the banks of the Jordan River.  And that growing up was vital part of being our Savior, fulfilling righteousness for us leading up to be our sinless Sacrifice.  But this little glimpse into His boyhood has much to teach us.

Jesus grew up.  We should continue to grow up as well.

Luke 2:39-52


The Foundation is Christ



The writer of Hebrews reminds the readers that we don’t accidentally grow, we have to pursue maturity.   But in growing, we don’t leave what we learned first.  Instead we build on that foundation, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone.  Here we are given six elements of that foundation that the writer wants them (and us) to build upon.  And we see how Christ is the one who holds it all together as we pursue maturity.
This is the second in a multi-part sermon series on spiritual growth and perseverance

Hebrews 6:1-3

Preached Sunday morning, October 13, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Growing toward Maturity



God accepts us and loves us just as we are.  Yet He loves us too much to leave us that way, as spiritual infants.  The Father desires us to grow toward maturity, closer to the image of His Son, perfect humanity.  Yet the writer of Hebrews reminds the readers that we don’t accidentally grow, we have to pursue maturity.   This is the first in a multi-part sermon series on spiritual growth and perseverance

Hebrews 5:12-14

Preached Sunday morning, October 6, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Love the Lord who loved you first



The world can mean different things depending on how it is being used by the writer.  But John and the other apostles saw a “worldly” lifestyle that was inherently ungodly as it ignored God and eternity in order to live for today only.  Jesus had warned them against the dangerous myopia of forgetting what is infinitely important in order to play at what is temporarily in fashion.
Love the Lord who loved you and died in your place even before you knew or loved Him.

1 John 2:15-17

Preached Sunday morning, September 15, 2019 by Brad D Harris


When we feel like giving up.



Elijah was a man who had the same weaknesses as we all do, yet he was also a man of faith used by God in miraculous ways.  But we pause today to examine his humanity so that we might find hope and encouragement from the grace shown him in his time of weakness.

1 Kings 19:1-13

Preached Sunday morning, September 8, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Fellowship through Forgiveness



John had walked and talked with Jesus for many years, both physically and spiritually after the ascension.  So he knew something about fellowship with the Living God.  And although John was an apostle, he also had experienced how sin troubles the fellowship between people and the Holy God.  So John points us to experience the grace of God.

1 John 1:5 – 2:2

Preached Sunday morning, August 11, 2019 by Pastor Brad Harris


What Does God Require of us?



Moses was about to exit stage left and among his parting words to the children of Israel were these thoughts of what God really wanted from His chosen people.  The LORD has the authority to make expectations and hold us accountable for them.  How do we measure up to what God wants from us?  What can we do about it?

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

Preached Sunday morning, August 4, 2019 by Pastor Brad Harris


We live for Him who died for us and rose again.



Paul was so committed to Christ because he marveled over the Savior who died and rose again to save a sinner like Paul.  He challenges us as well to live in zealous gratitude to Christ who has made us new, reconciled us to the Father, and has given us a mission of bringing others to Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Preached Sunday morning, July 28, 2019 by Pastor Brad Harris