Sermons

Turning Complaints to Thanks

Turning Complaints to Thanks

by Larry Murray | Thanksgiving

 

This year, more than ever before, we have plenty of reasons for complaints. Coronavirus, cancelations, elections, inconveniences, changes, disappointments, loss, frustrations. It seems everything is harder this year whether you’re a teacher or a student, a doctor or a patient, a parent or a grandparent, a first responder or a volunteer. We’ve had to adapt to new technology like Zoom or Google Classroom. We’ve had to deal with social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols. We know that we should “rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), but sometimes it’s just difficult.

Psalm 106 reviews the Israelites’ history of complaints (and ours). When we thoughtfully consider who God is and what He’s done, we can turn our complaints into thanks!

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.22.2020

Authentic Christianity in the 21st Century

Authentic Christianity in the 21st Century

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

 

How can you tell the difference between real money and counterfeit? For example, how can you know that you have a real $20 bill? If you have any cash or bills, take one out and look at it with me. One of the easiest ways is to hold it up to a light to expose some hidden things. Then, you compare what you have with the standard for authentic, genuine U.S. currency.

In the same way, there are specific ways you can recognize an authentic Christian. That’s what Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is all about – identifying authentic Christians in a world that says, “live for self.” Join us as we conclude our series, “Authentic Christianity,” from 1 Corinthians.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.08.2020

The Pursuit of Love

The Pursuit of Love

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

​Each of us is like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Every piece has its place in the Body of Christ. When all the pieces fit together, the world can see a beautiful completed picture of the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 14 deals with the way spiritual gifts (specifically prophecy and tongues) are used within the body of Christ – to build up the church in love. Love is more than an emotion; it’s the way Jesus builds up His church.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 11.01.2020

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

by Robert Matthews | Authentic Christianity

In the context of division in the church of Corinth over spiritual gifts, Paul points believers to the power of unconditional love based on the person, character and actions of Christ which  seeks the well-being of others to the exclusion of ourselves. Robert Matthews continues our series in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. Love is more than passion; it’s the power of the Gospel put into action to heal division.

sermon by: Robert Matthews
date: 10.25.2020

The Priority of Love

The Priority of Love

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

1 Corinthians 1-12 points to all kinds of problems in the Corinthian church—and one of the biggest is how they treat one another. The root of the problem of divisions, factions, conflicts in Corinth was that they were not loving one another. The solution to their differences was not better leaders, more information, advanced knowledge, better communication, more dynamic spiritual gifts, but a different kind of love. Not love like the world gives, but love like the Savior, Jesus. Sacrificial love is the indispensable priority that gives meaning to everything we do (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.04.2020

Unity Amid Diversity

Unity Amid Diversity

by John Adair | Authentic Christianity

How do we aim for unity amid the diversity of the Body of Christ? Paul says, “Now concerning spiritual gifts: brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be unaware” (1 Corinthians 12:1). Spiritual gifts are important, but they can also cause divisions. The church, as the incarnate Body of Christ, will accomplish all that His Spirit wants it to when every single member in the church is doing what God has gifted him or her to do for the common good of the Body.

sermon by: John Adair
date: 10.11.2020

Communion Community

Communion Community

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

The Bible communicates the gathering of the church is something far greater than a club, a classroom, a concert, a contest, a cafeteria, or a commitment. The church is the physical body of Christ gathered and unified to remember Christ’s redemption and proclaim His salvation until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:17-34). Central to our regular, weekly gathering is our celebration of the Lord’s Table. The Lord’s Table is to glorify Christ and build up His body, but in Corinth it revealed a problem. What God intended as a time of unity had become a time of division. Listen to this important sermon from PBC Lead Pastor, Larry Murray, about the explanation of worship and our preparation for it from 1 Corinthians.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 10.04.2020

Sexual Identity

Sexual Identity

by Tom Constable | Authentic Christianity

One of the many controversies of our day is that of sexual identity. Many of us have friends or relatives who have become dissatisfied with their identity as males or females and have decided to make a change. Some of these have said that they feel sexually attracted to members of their own sex more than to members of the opposite sex. Others have said that they have always felt “uncomfortable in their skin,” meaning that they feel like a woman in a man’s body, or like a man in a woman’s body. Others have gone so far in rejecting their gender as to have a sex change operation. Still others, not wanting to go that far, just dress like members of the opposite sex, because they identify with that sex more than with their own. And still others are ambivalent: They want to be men sometimes and women sometimes. Recently I heard someone say that he had discovered his “authentic self”—meaning his true identity as a woman. All of these problems involve one’s sexual identity. What sex am I really? Do I want to live like a man or like a woman? These are questions that many people in our day are struggling with.

The Bible addresses this issue for not only the Corinthians in their culture, but for us in our American culture today. God wants people to function as He has made them, male and female, because He has a plan that is good for each life. Tom Constable continues our series, “Authentic Christianity” from 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. 

sermon by: Tom Constable
date: 09.27.2020

Christian Liberty and God’s Glory

Christian Liberty and God's Glory

by Larry Murray | Authentic Christianity

During our current cultural climate, our world says, you must speak your mind, stand up for what’s right, and fight back to defend our freedoms. But what does the Bible say? What would Jesus do? Where does God stand? How a Christian can act with integrity in a world filled with idols? How do we live an authentic life for Christ in a world that says, “Live for self”?

As followers of Christ, we have freedom, but we must, also, consider how the exercise of our freedom impacts others. The most important factor in saying anything, doing anything, or exercising any Christian liberty is this: Will it bring glory to God? Larry Murray continues our series, “Authentic Christianity,” from 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.20.2020

Sunday Service Times

11:00 am
Communion Worship Service in English (Auditorium)
K- Grade 5: Children enjoy worship service in the main auditorium with their families. Children will be dismissed to Children's Church midway through the service.

Servicio de Adoración en Español
11:00 am (Student Ministry Building)

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