25
Sep
2016

16 Verses: ” The Suffering Servant:” Isaiah 53:6

Pastor Chris Garrison continues his "16 Verses" Sermon series teaching from Isaiah 53:6. The text, in context, contains a series of seemingly contradictory statements. Yet the juxtapositions create a clear structure that defines what the servant is: a divine substitution for the sacrifice needed to pay the price for the sins of Adam and Eve that are transferred to us and that we carry. The suffering servant's humiliation leads to exaltation and brings us peace as he bears our sins.Why? Because GOD LOVES YOU!

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18
Sep
2016

16 Verses: The King Beloved — 2 Samuel 7:1-22

The theme for Pastor Chris Garrison's lesson this week, launched from The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses, is that God, who is the hero and central figure of our story, wants to fulfill our hearts' desires. But we learn that we are first made to delight in theLord, and then he will give us the desires of our heart. God gave Israel David as their king. He wanted to build a house for God, but God shows him that He desires to build His kingdom and fulfill His promises through the kingdom He would establish through David, not a house of cedar. Through David, we receive Jesus, the true fulfillment of our hearts.

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11
Sep
2016

16 Verses: Redemption

Pastor Chris Garrison Continues preaching on our place in God's story, launched from The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verse. The story so far: God created a kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected the call to represent God in this kingdom which lead to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the serpent through the seed of Abraham, specifically Judah's royal seed, by giving a royal covenant to the world. Because all people were guilty and deserved death, the sacrifices of the Mosaic law revealed more clearly their need for a substitute.

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4
Sep
2016

16 Verses: “Broken People and the Perfect Plan” — Genesis 49:10

Pastor Chris Garrison Continues launching his sermons from THE WHOLE STORY OF THE BIBLE IN 16 VERSES. The story so far: God created a kingdom, and He is the King, but He made human beings to represent Him  in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call, which led to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the serpent through the seed of the woman, who is also the seed of Abraham. Through Abraham's family, the covenant blessing would come  to the world.
The theme for today's sermon form Genesis 49:10 is that God fits BROKEN people into His PERFECT plan. We see that God uses imperfect people to fulfill His plan. It is through Abraham's family, and specifically, Judah's royal seed, that the covenant blessing would come to the world.

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21
Aug
2016

Immersed in Jesus — Baptism

This Sunday we celebrate with several who publicly declared their faith by baptism! Pastor Chris Garrison preached from Matthew 28:18-19 and Romans 6:3-6. He gave us the A,B,C's of Baptism showing us what Baptism is ABOUT, the BLESSING of Baptism, and the COMMAND of Baptism. By being immersed in water at baptism, we demonstrate how we are called, as Christians, to be immersed in Jesus and unleash the power and blessings of obeying this command.

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14
Aug
2016

16 Verses: “Unwavering Commitment” — Genesis 12:1-3

In this fifth week in the series, The Whole Story of The Bible in 16 Verses, Pastor Chris Garrison preaches from Genesis 12:1-3. Here we find God promising to make Abraham a great nation. Abraham has trouble seeing how God can honor that promise to a childless, wandering, nomad. But we see that God's unwavering commitment to Abraham became a reality. God's promise is not based on Abraham's abilities, but God takes upon Himself the consequences of keeping that covenant with Abraham. What can God do with your life if you are obedient to His call? You can trust His unwavering commitment to fulling His promises to you as well.

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7
Aug
2016

The Armor of God

(Please note, that due to technical difficulties, this recording is missing the first 5 minutes)

This Sunday, Brian Glodek. our Associate Pastoral Candidate, preaches from Ephesians 6:10-17 where Paul outlines the essential truths about the believer's warfare. Brian often references his own experience wearing protective armor while deployed in Afghanistan to clarify the importance of being properly geared up for war. Our Christian life is a battle. It is serious spiritual warfare. In Ephesians 6:10-17 we see encouragement, and the command, to be strong, to be ready, to gird ourselves with the "very armor of God" as we face Satan and the spiritual battles in which he will try to engage us.
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31
Jul
2016

16 Verses: “Bruised and Crushed”

This is week four in Pastor Chris Garrison's series "The Whole Story of the Bible in 16  Verses." The subjects of Genesis 3:15 are the offspring of the serpent and the offspring of Eve. Pastor Chris describes who these offspring might be and what their agendas might look like in our world today. We discover that because of sin, it seems like Satan will win, but in fact, victory is the Lord's!

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24
Jul
2016

16 Verses “Fallen, Broken, Judged”

Pastor Chris Garrison continues the sermons series "The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses." So far in the story, "God created a kingdom, and He is the King, but He made human beings to represent Him in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call." This week, in Genesis 3:6-7 we learn that when we usurp God's position to determine what is good for us, we sin and face the consequences.

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17
Jul
2016

16 Verses “The Prepositional Life” Genesis 1:27-28

A preposition sets up a relationship, or position, between two nouns. In this second sermon in the series "The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses," Pastor Chris Garrison explains how three key prepositions show our position in relation to God: God created human beings in His image, for His purposes, and under His authority.

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