Servant of God
Everyone wants to lead. No one, it seems, wants to be a servant.
In a world that values positions of power and influence, Jesus taught His disciples that their true identity is as a servant of God. Jesus understood His identity as a suffering servant. He knew His destiny as a selfless servant. He had security in His relationship with the Father that allowed Him to be a sacrificial servant. Following Christ, Paul, the apostle, understood his new identity as a servant of God. As he introduced himself to the Romans (Romans 1:1), he identified himself as a servant of Christ Jesus.
When you find your identity in Christ and base your value or worth on your relationship to Christ, you are free from the expectations of others, and that allows you to really serve them the best.
sermon by: Larry Murray
Secured by the Holy Spirit
Praise the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit’s role in our lives is not only crucial for our salvation, but essential for our sanctification and vital for our deposit or guarantee of eternal life with our Triune God.
sermon by: Vasily Dmitrievsky
Free & Forgiven
On June 19, 1865, two months after the Confederacy surrendered to conclude the US Civil War, Union General Gordon Granger led a group of federal troops into Galveston, Texas. Maj. Gen. Granger issued this declaration: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, ‘all slaves are free.’ Slaves were legally declared free. But old habits, sinful habits, die hard.
Exactly 150 years to the day after Gen. Granger’s declaration of freedom, Dylann Roof entered Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist church in Charleston, SC and killed nine of our Christian brothers and sisters in cold blood, leaving another alive to tell what had happened.
Rather than retaliate or start riots, something truly remarkable happened. Surviving family members of the Emanuel nine chose to forgive a racist murderer because they had been freed from sin and forgiven by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7-8).
When believers in Christ, like those in Charleston, find their identity in Him, that’s amazing grace. Freedom comes from the blood of Christ. Forgiveness is only possible from the cross of Christ. God’s favor comes only by the grace of Christ. Our identity is in HIM.
When we find our true identity in Christ, we experience freedom from sin and forgiveness of sin to enjoy the favor of His grace. It’s only by the grace of Christ are we able to set others free and forgive them.
sermon by: Larry Murray
Who are YOU? How do you see yourself? Each of us thinks, feels, and acts on the basis of how we see ourselves. The problem with determining your personal identity, worth, or value from any of these is that all of them are temporary and will eventually become meaningless and will ultimately leave you feeling worthless.
In contrast, here’s what the Bible explains: Your true worth and your greatest value in life has everything to do with who you are in Christ Jesus. “In Christ” is a phrase Paul used repeatedly (Ephesians 1:3-10, 2 Corinthians 5:17) to talk about a believer’s true identity based on one’s spiritual, eternal, unchanging, and unconditional relationship to Christ.
sermon by: Larry Murray
Because of the Cross
Bilingual worship service at PBC! One Body. One service. Two languages. Paul encourages us to “Live worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace for there is one Body and one Spirit.” (Ephesians 4:1-4)
Because of the Cross, we can come together to share our lives in our common faith in Jesus Christ.
Sermon by Joseph Gonzalez
Following Jesus Like His Mother
The Lord Jesus Christ consistently and dramatically uses godly women in our lives to point us to Him and help us faithfully follow Him. Listed among the great women of faith in the Old Testament (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38), Mary, the mother of Jesus, stands out as perhaps the greatest example of discipleship in the New Testament. Her unwavering belief in Jesus finds its climax when she is numbered among his first post-ascension followers in Acts 1:14. She gave up everything for the sake of her son, the Son of God.
While many have overstated the Virgin Mary’s role as the Mother of God, others of us have overlooked her as a great example of a godly example and mother.
Sermon by Larry Murray
Following Jesus AFTER the Resurrection
What does it look like to follow Jesus? After His resurrection and appearance to the Disciples, Jesus had one final lesson (John 21:15-22). Jesus focused His teaching on Peter, but clearly He wanted all disciples to view Peter as their representative. We can imagine the conversation between Jesus and Peter as they walked along the shore, with John within earshot close behind.
Jesus’ conversation with Peter was personal, relational. And as He prepared to return to Heaven, He gave Peter and the disciples a clear responsibility: loving Him and loving others. A personal relationship with Jesus comes with personal responsibilities.
Sermon by Larry Murray and Discussion with PBC Pastor Ryan Rives and Elders Mike Busch, Jeff Edmunds, and Curt Whiteside
Following Jesus From the Cross
From the cross and after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into Heaven, His followers continue His mission on earth (Luke 24:44-49). When it comes to evangelism and participating in the Great Commission, many of us are fearful. But, Jesus has given us a message to proclaim as witnesses to these things and a means to proceed by the power of His Spirit. We continue to follow Him from the cross.
sermon by: Warren Mull
We all have a tendency to forget things. We get distracted. We’re selfish. And when we forget things, we tend to forget people. And when we forget people, we tend to forget God. And when we forget God, we forget the Gospel of Jesus. When we forget about the Gospel, who does that affect?
That’s why Jesus calls us to celebrate and remember His last supper with His disciples (Luke 22:14-20). Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). This is My body, this is My blood; I’m doing this for God’s glory and for your good. Remember this.
sermon by: Ryan Rives
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