I served a church back in the 1990s where many folks in the congregation were members of the Memphis Country Club. As a pastor in my 20s, there was no way that I could afford to pay the membership fee, which I suspected was in the six-figure range. Nevertheless, I was invited to the club … Continue reading The Country Club Gospel
Everything changed with the release of the iPhone. This wasn’t just an improved phone, but something entirely new. It was outfitted with a camera. You could send and receive email, surf the web, check the weather, pay bills and play music. It became a tool for video conferencing, watching movies, reading books and participating in … Continue reading Better Than Improved
The 1982 movie, Annie, was originally a musical set in 1933 during the Great Depression at the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City. Miss Hannigan is the oppressive caretaker of the orphans. One day, Grace Farrell, secretary to the billionaire philanthropist, Oliver Warbucks, comes by to pick up one of the children who will … Continue reading 5 Ways Spiritual Adoption Can Change Your Life… Starting Today
Although some would say that people who talk to themselves are manifesting signs of insanity or dementia, we speak to ourselves all the time. Every day. Often the things we speak to ourselves are lies. These lies take on a variety of shapes. For example, some of the lies concern our identity and what we must do in order … Continue reading 7 Truths to Speak to Yourself Every Day
Enjoy the entire 5-part sermon series, Who Am I: Personal Identity in View of the Gospel, here. Message 1: "Come and Die, Go and Live" Message 2: "A New Resume" Message 3: "From Orphanhood to Sonship" Message 4: "Better Than Improvement" Message 5: "No More Dues"
This is message #5 of 5 in our Who Am I sermon series on developing a personal identity in view of the gospel. Listen Here
This is the message #4 in our Who Am I sermon series. What if I were no longer defined by my imperfections, faults, flaws and sins, or by my successes, but rather, defined by the perfect righteousness of Jesus? What if an obsession with my failure or the need to improve and succeed could be … Continue reading “Better Than Improvement” (2 Cor. 5:16-21)
This is message #2 in our Who Am I: Personal Identity in View of the Gospel sermon series.
Part 1 in the Who Am I? sermon series on personal identity in view of the gospel.
This is message #2 in our sermon series in the Gospel of John, Knowing Jesus. In this message, we discover the practical implications of five revolutionary words.
I think a driving force for most of my life has been about trying to prove something—mainly that I am somebody. Maybe you can relate. This issue is identity, and it plays out in a thousand ways. I am smart. I'll prove it. I am athletic. I'll prove it. I am right. I'll prove it. … Continue reading There is Nothing Left to Prove
In Galatians 1:3-10, we learn that with the approval of God, we don’t need the applause of man. Because of the gospel, I am able to live before an audience of One, where no one gets ultimate influence in my life except Jesus. So, what practical difference will this make? I can think of at … Continue reading Freedom from the Oppression of Success
Can you imagine being liberated from your false self? The gospel gives us a new self — our perfectly righteous identity in Christ as beloved sons and daughters of God — and invites us to take off the old and put on the new (since the new is who we already are in Jesus). Read … Continue reading Gospel Liberation from the “False Self”
Here is the audio for today's Creekstone message along with the sermon notes. You may also listen on our website audio player here or subscibe to our podcast via iTunes.
Last week in a press conference, UGA football coach Mark Richt provided a rich gospel perspective on his life and vocation: “I love the game of football. I love my job. I love Georgia. But what I do is not who I am,” Richt said. “I think sometimes if we become what we do, and … Continue reading What I Do is Not Who I Am
This kind of self-understanding may be one of the keys to living the gospel, spoken by the main character in ABC's new television series, Body of Evidence: "Whatever you've heard about me, it's worse." If I can consciously clothe myself in the gift-righteousness of Jesus, I can say that. Nothing left to prove or protect. Only … Continue reading Self-Understanding: “Whatever You’ve Heard About Me…”
Each month I attend the North Georgia New Church Network, a group of church planters and church planting coaches who meet to consult with, pray for and equip each other as missionaries to our small part of the world. During our prayer time at our last meeting, we were challenged to confess a particular fear … Continue reading The Freedom to Fail