SERMONS

Welcome to our media page! Whether you are just visiting Light of Christ or have been a long term member, we provide these video messages to help you connect with God's powerful, life-changing word.  We pray that the Holy Spirit can work through them to bless your life.


ONLINE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE


During this season of sheltering-at-home, Light of Christ will continue to experience church online: through Facebook Watch Parties, our LOC app, and here, on-demand, in our sermon library. 

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On Mission

We have all had our lives upended in the past two months, but it has also brought us new insight. One of the things that it has reminded us of – the church is, in the end, truly not a building. The Church, and Light of Christ, is a community of people gathered around a mission. This season has stripped away some things and forced us to see something more clearly. We are the church. We are a community gathered around Jesus and sent on a mission. That is what the church always has been and always will be. May this season drive that home more clearly. Are we living “on mission”?


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Resurrection Hope

We often have different hopes and dreams for our lives. That can be fine, that can be good. But we get in trouble if we are creating those hopes and plans outside of our connection to Jesus. Because we can start putting our hopes in things that we never should. Actually Sometimes our hopes have to be crushed because we were focused on the wrong things, or focused on them in the wrong way. To find hope that can stand the test of time, we need to hope in the things that last and that are in line with God’s plans. Danger of hope in fame, and in riches. Our final hope can’t be in things that don’t last eternally or they will inevitably disappoint us. The men on the walk to Emmaus were hoping in Jesus, but hoping in him in the wrong way. That had to get redirected, clarified.

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Sunday

Jesus’ followers worshipped, grew spiritually, served, were generous, shared their faith, built their lives on Jesus’ practices. After Jesus died, Mary went to his tomb, saw it was empty and ran and told the disciples who ran home. They ran to the tomb, saw it was empty and returned home. But Jesus made himself known to Mary, her hope was renewed, and the challenge was given to continue the faith practice of sharing the good news. The challenge at the tomb is for each of us – how do we continue the faith practices to have a healthy spiritual life and impact not only our own lives, but our community, our world, for Jesus’ sake.

The Walk: Essential Practices of the Christian Life

What does it mean to be deeply committed Christians, growing in faith every day? How do we become fully engaged and flourishing in the Christian life? Lent has historically been a season for deepening faith and for taking on new spiritual practices. In this series, we explore a model for Christian discipleship built around essential practices that we engage in both collectively and individually in order to more fully follow Jesus.

PG-13: Scripture and Sexuality

One of the most turbulent changing areas in modern society revolves around questions of sexuality. Marriage, divorce, Co-habitation, same-sex relationships, transgender, gender fluid. As Christians so much is swirling around us and we wonder, does the Bible have anything to say on this? Using the tools we worked on in January we will address a small portion of these questions and issues, seeking to listen for God’s leading as we address the questions and more importantly, the people God puts in our path.

VISION 2020

In this message I will lay out the two key things Jesus is calling us to individually this year: Invitation and Serving. We are constructing this new building not for ourselves, but for our neighbors. “I love you all, but I wouldn’t work as hard as I have if it was just for you, I believe Jesus will use this new space to draw new people to Himself. People need Jesus.” And if we are going to use this new space and technology to its capacity, we will need all hands on deck. We will need more in FL, more greeters, more in technology.

JAN. 25 & 26:  Vision 2020

WORD OF GOD SPEAK

We say the Bible is God’s Word. We say that it is “Inspired”. We believe that it is foundational for our Christian faith and is God’s primary means to speak to us and guide us today. But how do we hear God speak from the Bible when there are so many confusing parts? So many disturbing parts? So many seemingly contradictory parts? Does everyone just get to pick and choose their favorite parts and ignore the rest? Over the next three weeks we will look at three key tools and strategies that we as individuals and the church can use to hear God speak to our circumstances today.

GLIMPSES OF CHRISTMAS

As we approach Christmas, we will glimpse the key moments of God’s surprising intervention in our world, and discover ways God wants to speak to us today through those moments.

NOV. 30 & DEC. 1:  Strange and Perplexing

 

DEC. 7 & 8:  Good to Great

 

DEC. 14 & 15:  Leaping for Joy

 

DEC. 21 & 22:  What Will This Child Become?

 

DEC. 24:  The Forever Gift

 

DEC. 29:  A Name Is Given

 

CHRIST OUR KING: SURPRISE!

There is a consequence for letting our hearts be hardened. Life can do that, but Jesus warns us against letting that happen. Stay responsive to the people, circumstances and realities around us. It matters now and it matters in the end.

TRUSTWORTHY

We remember our roots and seek to live out the unfinished work of God’s reform movement within the Christian Church.

NOV. 9 & 10:  Part One

 

NOV. 16 & 17:  Part Two

REFORMATION & ALL SAINTS' WEEKEND

We remember our roots and seek to live out the unfinished work of God’s reform movement within the Christian Church.

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING

We will engage one of the deep struggles of this era—anxiousness. It affects all ages. Building off of Paul’s powerful words in Philippians 4, we will seek God’s leading and power for moving beyond our anxiousness into Christ’s deep, deep peace.

SEPT. 28 & 29:  When You've Had Enough

 

OCT. 5 & 6:  Praying Through Pain

 

OCT. 12 & 13:  The Perspective of Praise

 

OCT. 19 & 20:  When You Just Can't Decide

LOVING PEOPLE?!

Jesus calls us to love people. But that’s not always easy. People frustrate, disappoint, & confuse us. How can we love people we dislike? Over 3 weekends we will look at 3 powerful strategies for seeing people the way that Jesus did.

SEPT. 7 & 8:  Blessed and Broken (video unavailable)

 

SEPT. 14 & 15:  Precious and Wounded

 

SEPT. 21 & 22:  Amazing Potential and Real Limitations

POWER OF THE BASICS

We will look at some of the powerful passages in 1 John and hear John point us to the basics of faith and a walk with Jesus

AUG. 17 & 18:  Honesty

 

AUG. 24 & 25:  Obedience

 

AUG. 31 & SEPT. 1:  Love

THE GOSPEL IN TOY STORY

We will be using clips from the three Toy story movies (and allusions from the 4th) to find God’s good news for us today.

JULY 6 & 7:  Overcoming Insecurities

 

JULY 13 & 14:  Whose Name Is Inscribed On You

 

JULY 20 & 21:  Storyline (Youth Mission Trip)

 

JULY 27 & 28:  Be The Peace

 

AUG. 3 & 4:  The Enduring Power of Love

 

AUG. 10 & 11:  The Big Questions of Life

ROAR: LIFE IS WILD, GOD IS GOOD!

As our leaders and kids are getting ready for VBS at the end of June, we will join them in the theme of, “ROAR: Life is Wild, God is Good!” We will choose five passages from the Bible that talk about lions and let God speak to us through them.

JUNE 1 & 2:  Excuses, Excuses

 

JUNE 8 & 9:  A Vision of Peace

 

JUNE 15 & 16:  God Is Our Lion

 

JUNE 22 & 23:  It's A Jungle Out There!

 

JUNE 29 & 30:  Daniel In the Lion's Den

DIVINE DIRECTION

How do we find direction? How do we make good decisions? How does God guide me onto the right paths? Let’s let scripture guide us to divine direction.

MAY 4 & 5:  Power To Become

 

MAY 11 & 12:  Wisdom To Discern

 

MAY 18 & 19:  Learning To Listen

 

MAY 25 & 26:  Start Fresh

PALM SUNDAY / EASTER - 2019

In the Easter good news we hear Jesus call our name, we hear His hope for us and for our world. Who’s walking with you in the journey of life?

SIMON PETER - FLAWED BUT FAITHFUL 

He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. Join us in this six-week Lenten journey, and take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.

MAR. 2 & 3:  The Call of the Fisherman

 

MAR. 9 & 10:  Walking With Jesus In The Storms

 

MAR. 16 & 17:  Bedrock or Stumbling Block?

 

MAR. 23 & 24:  I Will Not Deny You

 

MAR. 30 & 31:  From Cowardice To Courage

 

APR. 6 & 7:  The Rest Of The Story

EXPLORE GOD 

We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose; Explore God is a series that welcomes everyone to come together and look at these questions in an open, authentic way.

JAN. 12 & 13:  Does Life Have A Purpose?

 

JAN. 19 & 20:  Is There A God?

 

JAN. 26 & 27:  Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

 

FEB. 2 & 3:  Is Christianity Too Narrow?

 

FEB. 9 & 10:  Is Jesus Really God?

 

FEB. 16 & 17:  Is the Bible Reliable?

 

FEB. 23 & 24:  Can I Know God Personally?

THE PATH TO PEACE 

The Path to Peace.  In this crazy wonderful Christmas season it is so easy for us to get lost in all of the to-do’s. Lost in all of the craziness.  Worship is a time re-ground ourselves in what this season is all about—the coming of the Prince of Peace.  Over our extended Advent journey we will experience 5 “P” words that will ready us for Jesus coming as Prince of Peace.  Join us for the real journey to peace, the real journey to Christmas, the real journey to Jesus birth.

Dec 1-2      Ponder

                       Luke 1:26-38

Dec 8-9       Prepare
                       Luke 3:1-17

Dec 15-16   Promise

                       Luke1:46-55; 67-79

Dec 22-23   Patience
                       Isaiah 40:1-5, 27-31

Dec 24         Peace


OVERFLOWING

While we have seen the danger of over-flowing rivers this fall, the word overflow is often a positive in scripture.  In Psalm 23, “my cup overflows” is a sign of God’s abundance.  In Psalm 65, “The wagon track overflows with richness”.  God’s blessings aren’t just bottom of the barrel scrape by—they overflow in our lives.  And if we don’t pause to acknowledge that, we miss it.  And God promises an on-going overflow when we acknowledge it (Mal. 3).  In the New Testament Paul loves this word as well, and he uses it twice when calling the people of Corinth to generosity.  “abundant joy and extreme poverty overflowed in generosity”…that isn’t an equation that makes sense to us, but in God’s economy it does.  And in 2 Cor. 9, our generosity “overflows in thanksgiving to God.”  Overflow signifies the abundance of God’s blessing in our lives and reminds us to let that lead us to overflow in our response to God.

Nov 10-11    God's Overflow, Our Response

                         Psalm 23 (Malachi 3:8-12)

Nov 17-18    Abundant Blessing, Overflowing Thanks

                         2 Corinthians 9:6-15

B.L.E.S.S.

Since the beginning of our story with God, He has demonstrated His deep love for us through His blessings. In turn we become a blessing to others. BLESS focuses on five missional practices we can engage to naturally introduce people to Jesus Christ.

Sep 29-30   Begin with Prayer

                     Acts 1:6-14

Oct 6-7       Listen with Care

                     Acts 10:1-43

Oct 13-14  Eat Together

                     Matthew 9:9-13

Oct 20-21  Serve in Love

                    John 13:1-17

Oct 27-28  Share Your Story

                    1 John 1:1-4

REAL COMMUNITY, REAL CONTENTMENT

We live in a fast paced world that pulls us in many directions at the same time.  Two things can be challenging to find—real community and real contentment.  Our technology saturated world can help us and hurt us as we seek real versions of each of these.  Scripture has guidance for us as we seek the real from the fake, the meaningful from the trivial. 

Sept 8-9       Not Photo-shopped Relationships, but Real Community

                      Colossians 3:12-17

Sept 15-16  Not Microwaved Connections but Real Community

                     1 Samuel 20:1-3,11-17

Sept 22-23  Not a Perfect Life but Real Contentment

                     1 Timothy 6:6-12

GROWING IN THE SON

There is no better way to grow as a Christian than to engage with the Bible.  Every study has shown that real spiritual growth comes when we plant ourselves in God’s Word—it is rich soil for growth.  So we will continue this summer to memorize these key 14 wonderful scriptures, and unpack them together using other parts of the Bible to make them more real.  Let’s keep growing!

July 7-8         Trusting in God's Call

Isaiah 6:1-8; Proverbs 3:5-6

July 14-15     Open to Transformation

Philippians  1:3-11; Romans 12:2     

July 21-22     Focusing on the Good Stuff

Psalm 96; Philippians 4:8    

July 28-29     Leaning into Jesus' Strength

Isaiah 40:27-31; Philippians 4:13

August 4-5    Walking the Walk

Matthew 25:31-46; Micah 6:8  

Aug 11-12     Rekindle the Gift 

2 Timothy 1:3-14

Aug 18-19     It's All About Love

John 13:31-35;  Ephesians 4:32

Aug 25-26     Ready to Share

Acts 18:1-11; Peter 3:15

Sept 1-2        Living into God's Plan

Psalm 139:13-18;   Jeremiah 29:11