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These are some of the sermons I have preached and you are welcome to listen or download and use any of these them by clicking on the title for a pdf copy.

From Moments to Mission

Mark Twain said ““The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Discovering your purpose is important and can be difficult. And once you know your purpose realizing that purpose can at times be discouraging.

One of the ways God uses to release us into His purpose for us is often overlooked and as a result many Christians spend their lives complaining about what is happening instead of realizing the hand of God in their lives and so they miss out on what God is wanting to accomplish and release.

This week we will look at the lives of Joseph and David and see the ways that God moves us forward in our lives and the moments in our lives that if worked through properly allow us to discover and be released into our life’s mission.

 

 

What is Faith Really?

Faith. It is something that is extremely important in our lives as believers. Without it scripture says it is impossible to please God. But do we know what it is? Is it a way to get God to move in our lives? Do we have enough faith? How does faith work? In a time where countless definitions abound are we able to describe what faith really is? Can we explain it and how it works to those who do not yet know God?

This week we take a foundational biblical look at what faith really is, and how we can know how much faith we really have.

 

Stir It Up

Each one of us at times loses focus on what God wants for us and what He has given to us.  We can easily get distracted by all the circumstances we have to deal with every day just in normal life, let alone any of the problems that we encounter which take us away from what God wants to be doing in our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with.  Paul exhorted Timothy and called him to remember and to stir up, or rekindle the gift of God within him.  It is something that is easy to lose sight of if we allow it to happen.  This week we look at what it means to stir up God’s gift within us and how we make use of the gifts that God has given us as we relate to the world we live in.

 

When Faith is Silent

Our faith is meant to be shared, and a biblical faith is one that cannot be kept silent.  And yet 90% of Christians today will never lead a single person to faith in Jesus.  Today we look at ways that Jesus connected with His world and the simple ways that we can follow in His footsteps and reach into our world and allow Jesus to shine through us.

 

Making Jesus Real for the World to See

The world we live in sees little difference in our lives and when we talk about our faith there is little but doctrines that separate us from all the others.  And so the world is looking at us and asking what makes you different from any other religion.  What the world needs to see it the realness of Jesus demonstrated in our lives.

 

When Faith is Empty

Without faith it is impossible to please God and Jesus said that it will be done according to your level of faith.  Faith is essential to the life of a believer.  But what happens when life transforming faith simply slides into a routine?  Discover some warning signs that your faith might be running low and some simple ways to change it.

 

Offended

We all know what it is like to be offended.  It is a part of living around other people.  The only people spending large amounts of time together which are not getting offended are those in the morgue.  It is important that we deal with the offences that arise quickly not because they need to be dealt with.  The scriptures dealing with the handling of offences were not meant to be another rule to be followed.  Listen in to hear the big picture of why God wants us to deal with the issues that arise between us.

 

Amazing Grace

What is grace?  In a poll conducted in the US 98% of Christians couldn’t properly define what the grace of God was and why it was important.  When Paul wrote the churches he started or ended ever letter and many times he started and ended with “May the grace and peace of God be with you.”  Grace is extremely important to us a Christians.  Today we discover what it is and how we can respond to God’s gift of grace in our lives.

https://apexhousechurch.podbean.com/mf/play/uskbyb/Amazing_Grace.mp

 

6 Ways to Check Your Churches Health – pt 2

Today we finish our look at the ways we can check our health.  Our health is something that can disappear on us if we don’t keep care of ourselves and monitor the state of our health.  And just like we all need regular checkups in the natural, we also need them in the spiritual.  Here are six common things which apply to us as Christians and affect our churches that we can look at to see what condition our health is in

 

6 Ways to Check Your Churches Health – pt 1

Our health is something that can disappear on us if we don’t keep care of ourselves and monitor the state of our health.  And just like we all need regular checkups in the natural, we also need them in the spiritual.  Here are six common things which apply to us as Christians and affect our churches that we can look at to see what condition our health is in.

 

Building Bridges #2Building Bridges #2 – The Power of Hospitality

Hospitality is one of the most effective ways to building relational bridges that we have and it is one that Jesus modeled throughout the gospels as He connected and related with people.  As Christians we can have doors of communication open to us where we can share who Jesus is if we are willing to demonstrate this with the people we come in contact with.  Today we learn what hospitality is and how we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.

 

img13Building Bridges or Barriers

As a church we say that people are not interested in God today.  And yet studies show that people are deeply interested, it is the church that they are not wanting.  Today we discover some of the ways we are building barriers to communication and sharing our faith instead of building bridges and how we can change so that we are able to connect with people and open doors where we are able to effectively share who Jesus is.

 

Eyes On The Road Eyes On The Road

What we focus on determines what our life becomes so it is important that we keep our focus on the things that are important.  Here we discover what allowed Jesus to be so influential in His world and what things we need to do to follow in His steps

 

The Gift It Takes A Lifetime To Unwrap The Gift it Takes a Lifetime to Unwrap

Christmas is the season that we as Christians celebrate the ultimate gift.  The time that Jesus entered our world to live as one of us and ultimately give His life to restore us to relationship with Him.  But have we opened our gift?  Have we stopped opening our gift?  Because the gift Jesus gives each of us is not a single event.

 

Listening In A Noisy WorldListening In A Noisy World

Jesus entered our world so that we could be restored to relationship with Him.  Which means we are able to communicate with Him and He can communicate with us.  In this teaching we discover some ways we can set aside the distractions and consistently hear the voice of God personally.

When God CallsWhen God Calls

How do we respond when God calls us?  For many people the first response is “Who, Me?”.  What follows is often a list of reasons we can’t do what God just asked of us.  Here we discover that when God calls us, He also qualifies us for the task.

 

Looking For Jesus, Settling For Religion Looking For Jesus, Settling For Religion

There was an old preacher who said “We are born again in the fires of revival, and we live our lives out in the ashes.”  For many of us as Christians what started out as an exciting walk with our God and Creator has been reduced to a set of rituals we perform which have little life in them.  In this teaching we discover some ways we can keep the fires of passion burning in our hearts and live our lives full of the life and power of Christ.

communicating-acceptanceCommunicating Acceptance

Communication is difficult, and accepting people like Jesus did is also difficult.  Combining the two together can be a problem for many people to overcome.  Here we discover how we can communicate the value God has placed on people and accept them for who they are.

 

acceptance-without-approvalAcceptance Without Approval

We don’t need to approve of everything people do to be able to accept them for who they are.

 

 

Apex Logo blue backgroundApex Values wrap up

This is the close of the series Apex Values pt 8

 

 

1-change4 Time for A Change

This is pt 5 of the series on the Values of Apex house church. Change is important because all Christians are called to change both personally and corporately.

 

Live the Adventure Live the Adventure

Pt 3 of the series Values of Apex House Church.  Christians are called to a life of adventure.

 

 

Values intro Values

Pt 1 of the series The Values of Apex House Church.  We look at the importance of personal values.