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What Does It Mean to Abide and Be Pruned? [Sermon]

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We all long to have more than a mundane life. We want to leave and impact on the world and have a sense of joy as we do so. In Jesus last words to his disciples, he gives them a beautiful picture of His role, the Father’s role and their role as they live their life for His glory....

Are You Underestimating What God Can Do in Your Life? [sermon]

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ acknowledges both the validity of our felt needs and the supremacy of God’s purposes. Because the Gospel is predicated on the trustworthiness of God to accomplish His ultimate good in and through us, there are times where our needs will appear to be subordinated to God’s plan. In these instances, we can be assured...

Does Your Worship Mean Anything to God? [sermon]

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Although people were created to enjoy intimacy with God, we continually chose to value other goals, pursuits, and possessions as more beautiful and worthwhile than knowing God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we must battle a persistent root of self-centeredness is always drawing us toward self-aggrandizement over worship of God. We must worship God as He deserves...

What Did Jesus Mean in John 8:7, “If you are without sin throw the first stone”?

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What did Jesus mean in John 8:7? Sermon Summary: It is easy to point out everyone else’s sin and forget that we have our own glaring weaknesses. God’s grace is sufficient for us, no matter what we have done. In the beginning of John 8 we see the character of Christ toward sinners who break the commands of God and the...

What is Christmas All About? [Online video service]

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We recorded this video to be watched on December 25th, or anytime Christmas week. We hope you will enjoy joining us for this special service! Message Notes: Christmas Morning Joy I bet that if each of us shared a memorable Christmas morning of our childhood, most of us would mention a toy we received. We’d ooze with the joy that came...

Let There Be Light: Living My Story in the Light of My Savior [sermon 3/4]

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Sermon Notes: For the last few week’s we’ve been in a series of sermons called, “Let There Be Light.” Our primary focus has been to understand what it means that Jesus is the light of life that has come into the world. What does that mean? If Christ is the light, then shouldn’t Christians be little lamps or reflection points...

Let There Be Light: The Secret to True Security [sermon 2/4 in series]

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Sermon Manuscript: Good morning, let’s get right to work, please open your Bibles to the Gospel of John on page 886. I want your eyes on this passage. You can follow on YouVersion too. We are going to begin our study in the Gospel of John and understand further what Jesus meant when he said, in John 8:12, “I am the...

Let There Be Light: Darkness Gone, Glory Revealed [sermon 1 of 4 in series]

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Sermon Manuscript: If you hate being in the dark, then being in London in 1939 would not have been fun for you. Before World War Two began, London was preparing the people to stand against Germany. As things seemed to go from bad to worse, the small but powerful country of England knew they were putting their population at risk...

#WaitForIt: The Bible’s Most Famous Tweet About Your Future [sermon]

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Sermon Notes and Manuscript: Hello Mission Hills. Wow, I missed you all. There is nothing like the holidays to reunite with those you love. So, good to see you! It feels like coming home. For those of you whom I have not met, it is great to meet you. My name is Josh and I had the privilege of serving on...

The Confidence Faith Furnishes [Sermon]

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 Sermon on 1 John 5:13-21 A good letter always has a strong ending. Not only does John summarize his message, he emboldens us to live a life of confidence and conviction that Christ is supreme and the only means by which we can have true life.  Sermon Outline: Faith equips us with certainty (v. 13)   Be confident in Christ and courageous in your living.   Faith empowers our...

The Art of Being Godly [Sermon]

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Following Christ is not easy—it demands your life! If we don’t have a plan for keeping our life on track, we will quickly fall into patterns of laziness or desires that are less than Godly. In this message Josh give five specific ways to ensure we walk in God’s best plan for us each day.   Outline 6 ways to know you’re...

The Essential Elements of a Transformed Life [Sermon]

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1 John 5:1-12 So far John has spoken a lot about love and obedience, but now he is going to combine the idea of faith and its necessity in our life. In chapter 5 we learn that the road to love is paved with faith in Christ.  Sermon Outline: The essential elements of a transformed life: 1. New Faith (vv. 1a, 6-10)  Have an insatiable...