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Psalms for Advent: Suffering of God’s Son

Psalms for Advent -- Suffering of God’s Son

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

What’s the greatest news you’ve ever received that you couldn’t wait to tell others? Graduation? An engagement? Wedding? A dream job? Pregnancy? Birth of a child, a nephew/niece, or grandchild? Maybe your team winning the World Series? Who did you tell? How did you tell them? How long did you wait to tell others?

Our greatest joy in life is to tell others about the great news about Jesus – His birth, life, death, and resurrection. When the angels told the shepherds about the birth of a Savior in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-20), they were given a specific purpose: to go and see, then go and tell.

Christmas provides a lot of opportunities to share the Good News about Jesus. But ultimately people are not drawn to Christ through our programs, decorations, or traditions. They are drawn to the Joy of Christ they see in us who is transforming us into His image.

Jesus Christ was born a Savior who suffered on the cross for our salvation, so we proclaim it to all nations and generations.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 12.10.2017

Psalms for Advent: Seeking God’s Favor

Psalms for Advent -- Seeking God’s Favor

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

During Christmas, we’re constantly rushing around, busy preparing for parties and programs and presents. It seems like there’s hardly any time to slow down, sit down, and wait. But celebrating the waiting and longing for “the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-14) is precisely what Advent is all about. Waiting for the promises of God to be fulfilled.

This Advent season, we’re going to look at several Psalms as the writers looked to the Lord God for salvation during times of desperation. In Psalm 80, Asaph cried out to God asking Him to restore us, rescue us, and revive us. In times of greatest need, God hears our cry for salvation and pours out His favor upon us. It’s our times of quiet desperation that are the cause for our greatest celebrations.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 12.03.2017

ACTS: Finishing Well

Acts: Finishing Well

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

It doesn’t matter how you start; it’s how you finish that matters. At the Olympics, they don’t hand out medals at the starting line, but at the finish line. The Super Bowl trophy is not awarded at the beginning of the season, but at the end. The World Series is not played in April, but in November. Grades are given when a syllabus is distributed, but when the semester is over. Degrees are not conferred, nor are diplomas handed out until all the course work has been completed. It doesn’t matter just how you start; it’s how you finish that matters.

Every Christian life is a complex variety of trips and destinations, ups and downs; most seem ordinary - things that simply have to be done - with little or no spiritual purpose. But throughout the Book of Acts, the apostle Paul viewed every trip and every destination as part of the call of God. During the last ten years of his life, every arrest was part of God’s purpose and every trial was part of God’s plan. Our call as witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives meaning to the mundane things of our lives and purpose to our problems along the way to Heaven.  

In the last several chapters of Acts from the life of Paul, we discover (at least) seven ways to finish this life well as a witness for Jesus Christ regardless of our circumstances and situation.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.26.2017

ACTS: Secret of Success

In 1996 Yasuko Namba, a 46-year-old Japanese FedEx employee with a passion for climbing, had one last mountain to conquer — Mt. Everest. She pushed extremely hard to accomplish her goal as the oldest person ever to make it to the highest point in the world. Just a few hours later, however, Yasuko and a number of other climbers were caught in a terrible blizzard. And as the icy winds blew, Yasuko succumbed to the exhaustion of her climb and froze to death. She died agonizingly close in time and location to where she had gained her greatest prize. Yasuko’s fatal flaw was that she adopted the wrong goal.Successful climbers know that the goal is not to get to the top—it is to get back down to the bottom.

What is your goal in life? How do you evaluate success? How will you know if you’re successful…in Business? School? Athletics? Music? Politics? How do you evaluate success in LIFE? Most successes are usually measured quantitatively by people. But success in life with God is evaluated, not by measurable achievements, but by personal faith. In Acts 20:1-38, we see the secret of Paul’s success before God: faithfulness.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.12.2017

Selling Jesus

How can we have a mindset that “sells” Jesus to our community? There is a need for evangelism that requires a delivery and message that reaches people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Guest Speaker Stephen Tan leads us through 3 sequential events recorded in Luke 5:12-32 that helps us have a mindset of sharing the Gospel.

sermon by: Stephen Tan
date: 11.05.2017

ACTS: Dealing with Discouragement

While some days are worse than others, we all go through times when we’re feeling down. Discouragement in life and in ministry is a part of our human experience. It isn’t just a spiritual problem, it’s a human condition.

In Acts 18:1-17, Luke tells us that Paul departed from Athens alone, never to return, bound for Corinth after many weeks of travel, ministry and troubles. His back was probably not yet completely healed from the beating he and Silas received in Philippi (Acts 16:22-24). Paul would have had plenty of reasons to wonder, while walking the 53 miles from Athens, “Why am I doing this?” Like us, even the apostle Paul might have wondered, “Am I even making a difference?”

Corinth was a low point in Paul’s life physically, emotionally, and even financially. But God knew Paul’s needs just as He knows our needs - He provides encouragement as we walk with Him by faith.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.29.2017

ACTS: The Reason for God

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
– Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Those famous words about life in late 18th Century cities of London and Paris during the French Revolution could very easily describe the emotions of political turmoil and social injustice of our days as well.

In Acts 17:1-15, we discover a Tale of Two OTHER Cities, Thessalonica and Berea, and examine how the people of these two communities responded to the Gospel Message about Jesus the Messiah. In one city, Paul was accused of starting a revolution, in the other, a revival. The question for us, today, is how will we respond to the Message of the Gospel and, more importantly, the Messiah of the Gospel?

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.15.2017

ACTS: A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
– Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Those famous words about life in late 18th Century cities of London and Paris during the French Revolution could very easily describe the emotions of political turmoil and social injustice of our days as well.

In Acts 17:1-15, we discover a Tale of Two OTHER Cities, Thessalonica and Berea, and examine how the people of these two communities responded to the Gospel Message about Jesus the Messiah. In one city, Paul was accused of starting a revolution, in the other, a revival. The question for us, today, is how will we respond to the Message of the Gospel and, more importantly, the Messiah of the Gospel?

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.15.2017

Current Sermon Series — the Book of ACTS

Episode V in the Star Wars series, The Empire Strikes Back, came to a sudden, surprising end. With Han Solo frozen in Carbonite, and the rebellion in ruins, what would happen to Luke and Leia? What would become of the struggling rebellion against the evil Empire?

We love watching movies or books with a good cliffhanger that leaves you waiting on the edge of your seat for the next one.

In the same way, the Gospel of Luke ended with a suspenseful cliffhanger. Luke 24:49-51 “And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them. And while He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven.” We’re left with a thrilling cliffhanger: what would happen to the disciples now that Jesus ascended to Heaven? How would the scruffy group of men go on without Jesus to lead them. Would they return to their former way of life? What difference would their lives make now that Jesus is alive?

The Book of ACTS was Luke’s long awaited sequel to the Gospel of Luke and the anticipated continuing story of Jesus Christ’s ministry on Earth through His followers (Acts 1:1-3). ACTS isn’t simply a book about doctrine or theology, it tells the story of the Church in Action that continues today.

Luke wanted his friend, Theophilus (Luke 1:3-4; Acts 1:1-2), and all the eventual readers of this second narrative to know that the remarkable supernatural events he was about to explain were ultimately the work of Jesus Christ. They were not just the activities of His enthusiastic, charismatic followers. The disciples were not extra ordinarily gifted men; what made them remarkable was that they witnesses to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and they were filled with the power of God.

Until Christ returns (Acts 2:10-11), He promised to fill believers with His Spirit so that they would continue His story in History. We have been equipped by His Word, we are emboldened by His resurrection, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We have been commissioned, we are convinced, and we are committed.

The question is will be as faithful as the first century disciples in the 21st century? What will your narrative say about the continuing story of Jesus’ ministry on Earth? How will we continue to be His Church in Action? Like Jesus’ first Disciples, let’s turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6).

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