Hebrews 12:1-17 “Running Lessons: Reloaded”

  So, you may or may not be aware of this, but July first will be two years since I was made the interim pastor of Emmaus Christian Church. The time has flown by so fast, and In many ways, it seems like I have only been here a week, but at the same time, it can seem like I have always been here. God has been faithful through every week, and every day to lead me and guide me, strengthen me, and help me. Even when it is difficult, I know He has been there for these two years, … Continue reading Hebrews 12:1-17 “Running Lessons: Reloaded”

Hebrews 11: “Looking Back to Move Forward”

  Open your Bibles please to Hebrews 11. we are going to be looking at the whole chapter this morning. Does anyone know what this chapter is commonly referred to? it is often called the “Hall of Faith” Here in it is a list of many people and what God did through their faith in Him. This is a who’s who of the old testament in many ways. there are a bunch of the big ones named here, Moses, and David, and Abraham. and others, all commented for their faith. Before it commends them for their faith though, the author … Continue reading Hebrews 11: “Looking Back to Move Forward”

The Emmaus Road

    Today, I don’t know how many of you know this, but two years ago this Sunday was the first Sunday that I preached at Emmaus. A lot has happened since then. Today I wanted to do a little vision casting for us. Since coming here I have preached a lot of sermons, but I have not taught on the text that this church is named for. Today, I want to preach on the text that speaks about the town near Jerusalem called Emmaus. There are a few things that I want to draw out of this text of … Continue reading The Emmaus Road

Guest Preacher Lew Combs: “Union with Christ”

Lew Combs (audio file for download) It was great for me to get to visit the great folks of Spotsylvania Presbyterian Church this past Sunday. While I was gone, the chairman of the Board of Stewards at ECC preached in my place. I am grateful for his leadership and I am glad to serve the Lord along side Him and the rest of our board. I don’t have his notes, so this is the audio only. The quality is rough since it was recorded from a smart phone. The message is great though. Continue reading Guest Preacher Lew Combs: “Union with Christ”

The Mission of the Church

Making Disciples (audio file for download) So, last week we looked at the fact that God expects fruit from us, that we become fruitful not by trying harder, but by connecting to the vine, and that it is for our joy. Today I want to ask, and answer a simple question. “What is our mission as a church?” I know the answer to that question may be obvious to most of us, but I think it is vital for us to look at this mission often. Especially today as we break into committees and dream about where God might be taking … Continue reading The Mission of the Church

John 15:1-11 Are You Bearing Fruit?

John 15, Are You Bearing Fruit (audio file for download) The next two weeks we are looking at two passages of scripture related to our lives as believers and our life as a church. The goal is to prepare us for our first ministry/committee day next Sunday. The reason I want to prepare us this way is two fold. 1. I want us to evaluate honestly where we are as a church, but in doing that, I don’t want us to fall into the trap of thinking that we can apply some type of gimmick to our church and see “results” … Continue reading John 15:1-11 Are You Bearing Fruit?