It's Time for a New Song, Church; America!
In the wake of not only a pandemic, but also racial tensions throughout our country, Dr. Chad speaks of the importance to sing a New Song! What is this New Song? Listen and find out!
Relief in Uncertain Times
The year 2020 proved to be a challenge of uncertainty for so many people. Find out how Moses' words to Joshua and the people still ring true for us today.
Lessons from the Lizard
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Chad delivered a message from Proverbs 30 to remind us that little things matter and that faith triupms in tragedy. Truly a message to ponder even beyond the Pandemic.
The Gospel in Genesis
Everything really is in the beginning. Dr. Chad preached three of the sermons in the series, "The Gospel in Genesis." The first two sermons focused on a question from Genesis 3. The first sermon spends time looking at, "Did God really say....?" The second sermon focuses on "Where are you?" These two sermons truly provide a road map of our very story and how our Messiah has made it possible to leave behind the Genesis 3 universe and return to the paradise of the Genesis 2 universe. The third sermon looks to the life of Noah to better understand the role of obedience in our lives, as well as, a powerful foreshadow of our Messiah's cross.
Transform Sermon Series
SPL offered an eight-week sermon series on eight different choices that Jesus presents us with in Matthew 5. In each of these choices, Jesus offers us a better way of life, a better way of being, and a true path of transformation. Specifically, these choices help us move beyond our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Dr. Chad delivered the messages for four of the eight choices and they are listed below. This series proved very popular and well-received with the congregation.
The Book of Obadiah
One Sunday, Dr. Chad decided to cover every verse of an entire book of the Bible and all in one sermon. Enjoy this exploration of the Book of Obadiah.
The Prophet Zephaniah
In a series on the minor prophets, Dr. Chad explores Zephaniah with a special emphasis on Zephaniah 3.
Where Is Jesus?
On Christ the King Sunday, Dr. Chad asked the question, "Where is Jesus?" He's NOT in church, nor the Bible, nor the Sacraments! What? Then, where is Jesus? You'll have to listen to find out!
Choosing What You Did Not Choose
How do we handle those events and situations in life that we didn't choose for ourselves? Dr. Chad explores three responses we have toward trials and offers the path toward rejoicing and radical acceptance. This is a sermon you don't want to miss.
How Serious Do You Take Jesus?
In the opening sermon of a series entitled, "The Red Letter Challenge," Dr. Chad looks at Luke 9:57-62 and asks the questions, "Why is it so hard to follow Jesus? Why do we struggle putting Jesus' words into practice?" This sermon will help you figure out where you are at in your relationship with Jesus and help you move from being a fan of Jesus to an authentic follower of Jesus.
The Neighbors Are Nuts! Life in the Decapolis
Based on Luke 8:26-31, Dr. Chad compares the land of the Gerasenes (aka The Decapolis) to a modern day neighborhood. And like the Gerasen demoniac we have all kinds of pressures, choices, influences, and decisions that posess us and cause us to look for life in lifeless placeless and to go through life in a defensive posture. However, in this reading from Luke, Jesus gives us three clear ways to live a spiritually whole and healthy life.
Not Chosen, but Forever Chosen
A sermon based on Acts 1:12-26, Dr. Chad discusses what it is like not to be the one chosen. Even moreso, it is in our moments of feeling on the outside that we are reminded of exactly who we are in Messiah - that we are forever chosen. A great message that speaks to our true identity in Jesus.
Know Whose in the Room with You
Luke 10:38-42 contains the fairly familiar tale of Martha and her sister Mary. One precoccupied with hosting and one entrnaced with Jesus' words. Dr. Chad takes a different apporach to the text to capture a very practical teaching of Jesus - know whose in the room with you and give them the proper attention.
Dr. Chad explores Acts 11 and the delicate balance of Jews and Gentiles in the early Jesus movement. Lots of practical application for us today in our communities.
What Is Your "Splagnizo"? What Moves You To Action
Dr. Chad looks at how Jesus responds to people who act like sheep without a shepherd and encourages us to find our "splagnizo." This sermon helps to identify what's your purpose in life.
The Courtyard - A Place of Renewal
Dr. Chad preached a Lent series entitled, "Places of the Passion." The goal of the series was not to just visit the various geographic locations of Jesus' Passion. Rather, each location actually served as a place in our life for spiritual growth and transformation. In this sermon from the six week series, Dr. Chad explores how the place of the courtyard is actually our place of renewal.
The Upper Room - A Place of Forgiveness and Re-definition
On a Maundy Thursday, Dr. Chad went to the Upper Room and there located a place for all of us to re-define our scars from life. "If you only knew...." We may often say that to ourselves, "If you only knew where I've come from, what I've done, what I've said, what I've thought, then you'd not want to know me." In Jesus Christ, we have a God who does know and who knows us in His perfect love. Come to the Upper Room.
Do You Get It?
Dr. Chad looks at the book of Jonah. Specifically, Dr. Chad identifies the three different encounters that God has with Jonah. It is the third and final encounter that God finally asks YOU, "Do YOU get it?"
Don't Be Nice! Spiritual Jui-Jitsu and the Technology of Kindness
In a series on the fruits of the Spirit, Dr. Chad speaks to the Biblical definition of kindness. Kindness is NOT the same as being nice. Kindness is not weak or timid. Kindness has the power to the change the world, because kindness changes our own world. Kindness is all about softening that which is harsh or hard.
Is the Great Commission Really about Going?
Dr. Chad takes a second look at Matthew 28:19 and observes that the text of the Greek New Testament does not actually tell us to "GO" and make disciples. Rather, Jesus assumes our going and everywhere that we find ourselves actually involved us "going" in order to get there. It is what you do once you get there. So, the Foster International Version (the FIV) begins Matthew 28:19 with these words, "Having already arrived at your destination..." This sermon explores the practical implications of of realizing where we have already been sent and where we are.
Heart Attacker: The Warning Signs of a Spiritual Heart Attack
The pastoral staff participated in a four-part series entitled, "Matters of the Heart." Dr. Chad's contribution to the series spoke of "Heart Attack." Specifically, what are the warning signs of a spiritual heart attack, what are the four antidotes to these warning signs, and advice on what to do when we fall from grace or when we witness a fall from grace. The texts for the sermon are Proverbs 4:20-23 and Luke 8:26-33.
A Series on James
The congregation embarked upon a six week series on the Epistle of James. Dr. Chad delivered four of those six messages. Below are Dr. Chad's contributions.
This sermon looks at the two Greek words for time, "Chronos" and "Kairos." Dr. Chad then explores how "kairos moments" can enhance our awareness of God in every second of every day. Perception is reality!
In, but not of...
In this sermon, based on John 17:14-17, Dr. Chad explores the concept of being "in" the world, but not "of" the world. As part of this discussion, the biblical concept of what it means to sanctified or holy is expounded upon. You are not of this world. You are of Christ.
The Unfiltered Jesus
This is the opening sermon series of Dr. Chad at St. Peter's where he outlines the vision for life and community at SPL.
When Greatness Is So Close
Sometimes greatness can be right in front of you and you don't even recognize it! Dr. Chad explores the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-33 from the disciples disappointment with whom they thought was the one. We've had those moments in life, moments where we knew "This is it! This is the one!" only to be let down. Greatness walked right up on these two disciples - how often does the Messiah walk up on us and we fail to recognize him or ask him to stay?
Lessons from David
All three pastors and the vicar participated in a seven week series entitled, "Life Lessons from King David." Below are Dr. Chad's contributions to the series.
Songs from the Gospel of Luke
The pastoral staff delivered a series on the various "songs" recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Below are Dr. Chad's contributions to the series.
The First Sunday after Epiphany
On the first Sunday after the Epiphany, Dr. Chad preached on the "Servant" text from Isaiah 42:1-9. Isaiah described how God's servant would be different from the many pretenders in the world who compete to be the source of our hope. The real deal distinguishes himself as the Lord's servant in some important ways.
The Generosity of Messiah in the Sermon on the Plain
In a two part series, Dr. Chad explores the generous love and mercy of the Messiah as exemplified in Luke 6:27-42. Messiah had a crazy, inside-out, upside-down, generous way of dealing with people and reality. In his Sermon on the Plain, the Messiah describes how getting "me" out of the way paves the path for the things of God to generously flow through us to others.
Palm Sunday - The Trojan Horse of God
On Palm Sunday, Dr. Chad explains that in order for the Messiah to defeat death that he had to be welcomed into the city gate of death. And only once inside of death, could he then destroy it!
Conversatons with the Risen Jesus
In the liturgical season following the Sunday of the Resurrection, it is common to focus upon the post-resurrection appearances of Messiah. Dr. Chad contributed two sermons to this series. The first sermon in the series uses the road to Emmaus experience to reveal how you can still experience the risen Messiah in your life today. When we are moved by the Scriptures to receive all as if they were Christ, then we can encounter Jesus in a very real way. The second sermon in the series involves the "tikkun" of Simon Peter. and how we can all bounce back from failure or mistakes made in our lives. The reality for us is that God is the same in his love for us after a failure as he is before we fail.
The Day of Pentecost
Have you ever been in that place where you feel that your faith is just religion? Where there is no real power behind the precepts? In this sermon for the Day of Pentecost, Dr. Chad discusses the formula of "Power + Precepts = Transformation." Also discussed is the idea that contained wind is no longer wind, but just air. And air has no power. Too often, we try to contain the Holy Spirit and when we do this, the Holy Spirit becomes "Holy Air" and loses its power. The texts for this sermon are Acts 1:8; 2:1-13 and Ezekiel 37:1-6.
Dr. Chad reminds us on the 4th of July that God is giving out "Freedom NOW!" Sermon is based on the text of Psalme 42:1-2.
Psalm 46: God is always right in the middle!
The congregation of SPL spent a "Summer in the Psalms," and Dr. Chad preached a sermon on Psalm 46. This particular Psalm is a powerful weapon to allow God to speak into situations where our words fail. Right smack dab in the middle of the chaos, the uncertainty, and the stress is God.
The Wild and Crazy Farmer
Dr. Chad speaks of the half-hazard farming skills of a certain farmer in Luke 8:5-15. In the end, there is a method to the farmer's madness and the result is that our hearts of stone, rocks, and weeds are transformed into good soil that can then make a difference in this world.
The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy - Genuine Spiritual Technology
Dr. Chad introduced the concept of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy from Exodus 34 and Micah 7:18-20. This sermon digs into the first four attributes of mercy and makes suggestions in ways that we might imitate them and stir up God's mercy in our own lives and in the lives of others.
SPL did a five week sermon series based on the book, "Why Give?" by John Devries. In this fifth and final installment of the series, Dr. Chad explains on the reasons we give is because of the joy that flows from within us. Sermon text is 2 Corinthians 8:1-11.
Third Sunday in Advent
On this particular third Sunday in Advent, Dr. Chad speaks of the power of the spoken word, the power of kept and broken promises, and the saving nature of God's Word to us.
Many struggle during the holiday season, especially with loneliness (even if they have a house full of guests). Dr. Chad takes the perspective that the Father spent the first Christmas alone and so He can relate to our struggles. Dr. Chad also highlights the relationship between the crib and the cross. The audio is a little weak on this recording, so turn it up!!!!
One of the roles that Dr. Chad fills at SPL is the Director of Life-Community. In this sermon on Acts 2:42, Dr. Chad unpacks the "four devotions" that were the bedrock of the very first Jesus community. In doing so, the ingredients for Biblical community are also laid out.