This is the Creekstone message for July 29, 2012.
“A Vision for the Mission” • Romans 15:14-21 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by … Continue reading Sermon Outline for Tomorrow’s Message
I have some good news for you today—and for me. Here it is: If I am covered by the righteousness of Jesus, then I have nothing to defend and nothing to prove. I do not need to defend my own righteousness nor create my own righteousness. I am free to boast in the work of … Continue reading Nothing to Defend, Nothing to Prove
This year, Creekstone will be using a new educational curriculum from Lifeway called "The Gospel Project." For more info, just go here. This is going to be fantastic, as it promises to be a genuinely "gospel-centered" curriculum for nursery age through adults. I'm really pumped!
In studying for this coming Sunday's message in Romans 15:14-21, I have been reading James Boice's sermons on those verses. At one point he says that the role of the preacher is simply to present "the gospel, the whole gospel and nothing but the gospel." The Gospel. The core message of the cross, or the … Continue reading The Gospel, the Whole Gospel and Nothing but the Gospel
This is an excerpt from the sermon archives that I thought rings true for what we'll be talking about over the next several weeks. "The gospel is about spiritually dead sinners, objects of judgement, being raised to new life and given new eyes to see that on a cross, Jesus became the object of judgement … Continue reading From the Archives: Living in Light of the Gospel
There are three metaphors that have helped me understand the dynamics of change. However, I need to mention that most of my lessons in this area have come the hard way. How I wish I had known these things years ago! Okay, okay... even if I'd known them, I proably would not have put them … Continue reading Understanding the Dynamics of Change
The flesh has a rabid sense of self-entitlement. It cries foul and unfair at every point where it feels that the scales are not in balance. When I have to clean up the dishes left by others, the flesh fuels me with anger and self-righteous resentment toward those who left them in the sink. Why … Continue reading I Will Never Get What I Deserve
This morning I was thinking about the many things that cause anxiety and stress in my life—things that I think that I need (even though until this morning I was unaware of how badly my flesh craves these things). What I think I "need" usually are my idols—things that compete with the sufficiency of the Savior as … Continue reading Is Jesus Really Enough?
There is a great story that is told about Charles Spurgeon, who, after preaching a sermon, was approached by a woman from the congregation. She looked at him, and said with disdain, “You are most unholy preacher I have ever heard!” As the story is told, Spurgeon turned to an elder next to him and … Continue reading You Don’t Know the Half of It!
John 15:1-5 tells us that spiritual vitality is not the result of attending seminary, receiving ordination or serving as the leader of a Bible study or small group. In these verses, Jesus shows us that just as branch receives life from its connection to the vine, his disciples receive life from their connection to him. Spiritual vitality … Continue reading The Irony of Spiritual Fruitfulness
Last week I was driving back through Atlanta from Panama City with Andy Woznicki. As we passed through the toll booth on GA 400, we tossed the required 50 cents into the bucket. For the first time that I can remember, the signal did not turn green, but read "Coin Rejected." What? How could that … Continue reading Coin Rejected… and Coin Accepted!
My eldest daughter put together her resume this morning. As any resume, it lists skills, accomplishments and reasons why an prospective empolyer should hire her. However, a resume that we show the manager of a clothing store will differ substantially from the resume that we show to God for his approval. On that resume, I … Continue reading My Christian Resume
Be sure to check back on Sunday morning for the latest, most up-to-date version. Romans_13.8-14.resource_pages.pdf Download this file
WARNING: Explicit Material for Adults Only I haven't read Shades or seen Magic Mike, but I have read reviews. Due to all the hype of this book and movie, if you are a part of the Creekstone community, I just want to warn you pastorally about these new releases. Essentially, both are pornography—and I certainly … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey and Magic Mike: Do Not Be Deceived
When I blow it, there are some choice words that I expect to hear. You are a failure. Why can't you get it right? You always let me down. You are a disappointment. Those are law words. Thankfully, in the gospel, there are other choice words spoken by Jesus: "It is finished and you are … Continue reading Choice Words
This is the outline/handout for the Campus Outreach Student Leadership Project message for Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Panama City, FL. handout.pdf Download this file
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, July 1, 2012. For the resource pages (outline, application questions, bonus material, etc.), just go here.
"For Christians to influence the world with the truth of God's Word requires the recovery of the great Reformation doctrine of vocation. Christians are called to God's service not only in church professions but also in every... calling. The task of restoring... the culture depends largely on our laypeople. To bring [renewal] on a practical … Continue reading From Consumers of Culture to Creators of Culture
Romans_13.1-7.resource_pages.pdf Download this file Revised: Sunday, July 1, 8am