Paul Before Rulers
  • 2020-02-09Paul Before Rulers
    Paul Before Rulers
  • 2020-02-02The Plot Against Paul
    The Plot Against Paul
    Today Pastor Kevin is returning to "The Gospel Project".  In today's message, we will trace Paul's experience in Jerusalem, when he was judged for his resurrection hope, strengthened by Christ's presence in prison, and preserved through a surprising plot twist.  We will see that even in prison, God was faithful to provide for Paul and to lead His servant to be used where and how He desired.  We will be encouraged to imitate the apostle's boldness, courage, and conviction as we ask God to give us the same faith and fortitude to surrender our lives to the Christ who surrendered His life for us.  Like Paul, we will see that resurrection hope gives God's people confidence to share the Gospel no matter the consequences.
  • 2019-11-17Once Greedy, Now Generous
    Once Greedy, Now Generous
    In this session, we will encounter how the grace of God works deeply into us so that it can also work out of us to benefit others. We will see that grace hoarded is grace squandered; in fact, it may be grace misunderstood or even unexperienced.  God's gracious gifts are meant to be held loosely with generosity, not held onto tightly with greed.  We will also see that our motivation for living with generosity comes from God's exceeding generosity to us in giving us the fullness of His Son despite our total spiritual bankruptcy.  Because we have been given the eternal riches of His glory in Christ Jesus, we are compelled to live generously, not reluctantly, and with joy and gratitude.
  • 2019-11-10Once Weak, Now Strong
    Once Weak, Now Strong
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, Letters to God's People, guest speaker Ollis Mozon will cover Ephesians chapter 6, verses 10 through 20.  In this session, we will learn how God has exchanged our weakness with His strength in preparing us to stand firm in battle against our true enemy, Satan and his forces of evil.  We have been given spiritual armor from God that enables us not only to stand firm against his attacks but also to advance the Gospel no matter the opposition we face.  We wage war against the enemy and against his designs and his minions as the church's final victory march, celebrating the win Christ has achieved for us.
  • 2019-11-03Once Works, Now Fruit
    Once Works, Now Fruit
    It's possible to coerce or even force someone to do something, but for an action to be meaningful and fulfilling, it must be done because the person wanted to.  This is the key difference between behavior modification and heart change, changing our actions versus changing our motivations underneath our actions. Behavior modification versus heart change is exactly the find of dynamic at play in Paul's letter to the Galatians, especially concerning the fruit of the Spirit in chapter 5.  In this session we're going to interact with Paul's teaching on grace, works, and personal transformation in the light of the gospel. We will see that what we do certainly matters, but why we do what we do matters even more.
  • 2019-10-27Once Apart, Now Together
    Once Apart, Now Together
    In today's message, we will see how God changes us and bring us into fellowship with Himself and with others and how we are to carry out our mission to extend this fellowship to the world.
  • 2019-10-20Once Slaves, Now Children
    Once Slaves, Now Children
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, we will begin a series examining how God changes us in Christ.  Up first, we will explore Romans 8 and touch on some of the highlights of this high point of Scripture.  We will see that Christians have undergone a radical transformation from being slaves of sin and fear to becoming children of God who can live with full assurance and hopeful anticipation that God is making all things new.
  • 2019-10-13Toward Obedience to His Word
    Toward Obedience to His Word
    In today's session, we will look at significant themes regarding pastors found in key excerpts from Paul's Pastoral Epistles, his letters to Timothy and Titus.  We will see how God gives pastors to His church to lead His people in obedience to His Word.  Allow this study to help you obey God's call to pray for and support the pastors He has given to lead us in our mission of making disciples.
  • 2019-10-06Toward Love in Action
    Toward Love in Action
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, letters to God's people, Pastor Kevin will be covering 1 John chapter 3.  In this session, we will study the biblical call to love as heard from one of the apostle John's letters to believers.  We cannot evade the Bible's command to love. It comes through loud and clear, running throughout the pages of Scripture, in both the Old and New Testaments.  As those who have been rescued from our sin, we now have been given a new identify and the fruit of love will be evident in our lives.  This love is not something kept within us; it will naturally be shown through our actions.
  • 2019-09-29Toward an Enduring Identity
    Toward an Enduring Identity
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, letters to God's people, Pastor Kevin will cover 1 Peter chapter 2.  In this session, we will see that we are each a part of the body of Christ.  Chosen by God, receivers of great mercy, we have been given a new identity that we are to work out in our lives.  With Christ as our foundation and example, we've also been given a new purpose and calling to be set apart for the work and glory of God.
  • 2019-09-22Toward Mercy and Impartiality
    Toward Mercy and Impartiality
    In today's message we look at a letter from the apostle James, Jesus' brother. We will be reminded that God has called us to a life of holiness, to be a people set apart for the glory of God. However, we were not saved to separate ourselves and settle around those with whom we are most comfortable. We are to be set apart through our Christlike character, our mission-minded actions, and our biblical beliefs, all of which should drive us toward those who need Christ, regardless of their skin color, economic status, or political beliefs. We will see that our individual lives are meant to be satellites of God's glory to all people, reflecting the hope of the gospel and the message of mercy we ourselves have experienced.
  • 2019-09-15Toward Unity in the Cross
    Toward Unity in the Cross
    Like an an ornate jigsaw puzzle. Christians are part of a whole.  Not one piece is alike, and no one piece can stand alone.  We don't make sense without each other.  But here in the church at Corinth, people attempted to start a puzzle of their own.  Men and women rallied around different leaders, and then they tried to prove why their group was better than the others, serving their own egos. Therefore, Paul challenged them to turn away from their divisions and toward unity.  Specifically, Paul told them to be united "in the same mind and the same judgment" (1 Cor 1:10).  Unity that is grounded in gospel convictions lasts; unity that is attached to personalities doesn't. That is what went wrong in Corinth.  In this session we will see that our unity must be grounded in biblical convictions, not popular personalities.
  • 2019-09-08Toward Faithfulness in the Gospel
    Toward Faithfulness in the Gospel
    This week Pastor Kevin returns to The Gospel Project series.  Today we will be in the book of Galatians Chapter 2, verses 11-21.  The early church was still grappling with the different ways Jewish and Gentile Christians lived out their faith and how a united church could work through these differences (see Acts 15).  These differences, the more Jewish-focused Christianity coming out of Jerusalem and the newer, more Gentile-focused Christianity coming from the large Gentile harvest at Antioch, gave occasion for Peter's (Cephas in Aramaic) hypocrisy.  When Christians act with prejudice toward others, we deny the very gospel we proclaim.  We are justified by faith and nothing else: not our works, not our ethnic origin, nor any other standard.
  • 2019-06-09The Setting: On Mission Wherever You Are
    The Setting: On Mission Wherever You Are
    While on his second an third missionary journeys, the apostle Paul focused on two things: spreading the Gospel and strengthening the church.  As we look at parts of this ministry in this session, we will discover that God's primary calling on all of our lives is to be on His mission, regardless of what our day jobs are.  As a result, we will also learn how to see our occupations as platforms for proclaiming the Gospel and discover new ways to mentor and strengthen those around us. Focusing on these two things will help us leave a legacy of faithfulness for those behind us.
  • 2019-06-02The Culture: Idolatrous but Intrigued
    The Culture: Idolatrous but Intrigued
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, The Church on Mission, Pastor Kevin will cover Acts chapter 17.  In this study we learn how Paul interacted with the men and women of Athens.  Paul understood that the Gospel must be presented in a way that is comprehensible to people in different cultures.  As a result, when Paul reasoned with those in Athens, he found points of contact between the biblical view of the world and that of Greek culture.  Paul's message focused on the risen Jesus and included a fervent call to repentance.  Like Paul, we need to allow ourselves to be provoked by the idolatry of our culture so that we can boldly and sensitively proclaim the Gospel into it.
  • 2019-05-26The Converts: All Kinds of People
    The Converts: All Kinds of People
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, The Church on Mission, Pastor Kevin will cover Acts chapter 16.  In this session, you will meet three different people who each had a unique encounter with the Gospel and were changed.  In these three encounters, you will recognize that God uses different methods to reach different kinds of people.  By the end of this session, you will learn that God calls us to be faithful to deliver His Gospel message to all kinds of people, regardless of their past, their appearance, or their present circumstance.
  • 2019-05-19The Message: “Christ Alone”
    The Message: “Christ Alone”
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, The Church on Mission, guest speaker Jonnie Achord will cover Acts chapter 15.  In this study we learn about one of the first crises the early church faced.  As Gentiles came to saving faith in Jesus, some of the Jewish believers struggled with them being saved apart from being circumcised according to the law.  In this session we see how the church handled a heated disagreement about the nature of salvation for Gentiles.  Were Gentiles saved by faith alone or must they enter into salvation through the path of obedience to the law first?  The Jerusalem Council that was convened to answer this critical question offers us a good example of how to handle desputes in the church but also was vital in preserving the Gospel message of "Christ alone."
  • 2019-05-05The Method: Missionaries
    The Method: Missionaries
    In today's message in the Gospel Project, The Church on Mission, Pastor Kevin will cover Acts chapters 13 and 14. In this study we learn how God sent out some of the first missionaries through His church. These missionaries were committed to following Jesus wherever He led them, even if that meant facing opposition to and suffering for the Gospel message they proclaimed. God used these missionaries not only to bring others into His family but also to strengthen and encourge the church itself as they saw God at work.
  • 2019-04-28A Spirit-Empowered Message for All
    A Spirit-Empowered Message for All
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin will discuss how Peter was led by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel with a gentile.  This account takes place in Acts chapter 10.  God challenged Peter's tradition of "clean" and "unclean" foods in order to further challenge his perspective of "clean" and "unclean" people. God calls us not to show favoritism in sharing the Gospel but to extend the call of salvation to all people.  So without any further delay let's join our teacher for today's lesson.
  • 2019-03-31A Spirit-Empowered Evangelist
    A Spirit-Empowered Evangelist
    In today's message, Ken Purviance will discuss how Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to help a eunuch. This account takes place in Acts chapter 8. God calls us to to be available and obedient to the Spirit's prompting, able and willing to show Christ in all the Scriptures. So without any further delay let's join our teacher for today's lesson.