Resources on Church and Ministry

Resources on Church and Ministry

The Gospel and Mission

This week, we ask how the gospel informs missions.  The gospel teaches us that the mission field is everywhere.  God has created the church for missions, and all of us are missionaries wherever we are.  As believers, we are sent as Jesus was to go into the world with the good news of the gospel.   John 20:21 Discussion Questions What do you think of when you think of missions?  Of missionaries?  Do you consider yourself to be sent?  Why or…

The Gospel for Life Itself

To begin our series on how the gospel relates to tangible aspects of our lives, we start in the book of Philippians.  In this passage, we receive a call to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel.  To conduct ourselves in such a way as this, regardless of circumstance, communicates the beauty of the gospel and makes Jesus real.  Philippians 1:27-30 (Philippians 1:27-30) 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I…

Which Way to Go and Who to Follow

Matthew 7:13-20 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good…

The Park City Podcast – S1:E7

Praying and REflecting The Image of God Why can prayer be so difficult? Why is upholding the inherent dignity of others a gospel issue? In this episode, David and Phil discuss Matthew 6:5-15 and talk about the challenges of prayer in their own lives.  Then, in the devotional, they discuss how we are made in the image of God and the importance of upholding and honoring the inherent dignity present in all people.   Got a Question? Have a question…

Christian Cultural Engagement

Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to…

Rebellion

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God’s Building Plan

1 Corinthians 3:10-17 In this sermon, we talk about the opportunity that we have as a church to purchase property. The discussion is framed out by Paul’s reminder that God does not live in temples built by human hands (Acts 17:24). God’s main building project is a people in which his Spirit dwells. He is the architect, we (the church) are his plan, and anyone who would work on the church is accountable to God. We must take care, then,…

A Loving People

1 John 4:7-12 Love is the foundation of the two greatest commandments: to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Therefore, Scripture is clear: there is not a characteristic more to the heart of being a follower of Jesus than love.  So how ought we to love?  What should love look like in our lives? To view the discussion questions associated with this sermon, please click the button below.

A Praying People

Matthew 6:9-13 The church is a community of prayer. For centuries, many have looked to “The Lord’s Prayer” as fundamental teaching on how to pray (and rightly so!). Mark Caplinger opens the Word to us with a call to pray. To view the discussion questions associated with this sermon, please click the button below.

God’s Holy People

1 Peter 2:9-12 In this text, we learn two things: Who we are and what we are to do.  We are a people chosen by God and saved by His glorious grace.  The relationship we have with God is indeed an incredible privilege, but it isn’t without great responsibility.  Since we have received such a beautiful gospel, we ought to share it with others by living in such a way that when others encounter us, they encounter Christ.  The body…

Unity and Maturity

Ephesians 4:1-16 The church is a place where relationships really matter. We are to make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit. This includes being humble, gentle, patient, longsuffering, and loving toward one another. Surprisingly, one area where we struggle with this is our spiritual giftedness. We often view everything through our own grid of spiritual giftedness and then conflict emerges because of differing expectations. God reminds us here to pursue unity amidst the diversity of gifts. When…

Mission

When we look to the Lord’s farewell discourse and prayer of consecration, we learn something of the mission of God. God’s desire is the advancement of His glory through the local church. Jesus prays for our protection, our joy, our unity, and our dedication while we missionally engage with the world. To view the discussion questions associated with this sermon, please click the button below.