Almighty God, our sure hope, our great joy and our enduring treasure, you alone are worthy as our great and eternal end, aim and ambition. Thank you for giving us these intense and yearning hearts which are so desperate to be satisfied. We confess with joy this morning that these hearts you have made in each of us can only be satisfied by you, your steadfast love. Would you convince us this morning through your Word and the power of your Spirit that all of creation will leave us hallow, longing and dead. Would you show us again the great joy of knowing Christ? That we might find our deepest longings and thirsts filled in Him. Help us this morning, Father, repent of our laying up treasure on earth and by faith begin laying up treasure in heaven which is our eternal reward. Amen & Amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Heavenly Treasure Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 Type: Sermon
Almighty God of our every delight, as a deer pants for flowing streams, so cause our souls to pant for you this morning, Father. O God, you are our God, cause us to earnestly seek you, cause our souls to thirst for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. May our hearts and souls confess, “One thing we ask of the LORD, that will we seek after, that we may dwell in the house of the LORD all our days and gaze upon the beauty of the LORD. Indeed, the LORD is our shepherd and in him we shall never have the least hint of want. Thank you, Lord for gathering us here this morning to relish together the truth of who are through singing, praying, reading, preaching and receiving your Holy Word. May we be careful to hear this morning that we may not miss the glorious joy and delight of seeking your face, your presence, together this morning. Stir our hearts to rejoice in the hope of heaven and to revel in our faith in Christ and to enjoy our love for one another all of which you have given to us through the gospel as a gift. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for the wondrous gift of fasting. Turn our weary, mundane, settled, complacent hearts to consider fasting as a provided path to incite our souls to fan into flame again our longing for abiding, joyous, communion with our God through Christ by your Holy Spirit. Come now and arouse our interest, our affections, our joy, our satisfaction in Christ that we might see the passing pleasures of this world for what they are & to seek with all ambition your presence, your face. Amen & Amen
Title: Kingdom Living: When You Fast Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18 Type: Sermon
Almighty gracious Father in heaven, slow to anger, merciful and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty because you are just and faithful. You have not forsaken us. Your anger has not lingered but you turned from your anger, you withdrew your wrath, and forgave your people by covering our sin with the shed blood of Jesus Christ our Savior and LORD. You deserve all praise, glory, honor and worship. Thank you, LORD. Thank you for this great salvation. Thank you for your abundant and astonishing mercy, your compassion is higher than the heavens and more sure than the mountains. Grant us this morning, Father, by your Spirit firm faith not in our own efforts or obedience but in that righteousness which comes by faith and that is not our own but from God because of Christ’s obedience. Grant us a pining hope which longs for that glorious and assured day when we will see you face to face and know the gift and joy of our forgiveness unhindered by sin, doubt and weariness of the journey. Grant us this morning an abiding and sacrificial love for one another as we linger over this glorious truth, the forgiveness of sins, and by your grace demonstrate the same kind of love, compassion and mercy you have shown us. We ask these things of you, Father in heaven, because we do not find these eternal, necessary things in our own hearts and we are unable to do them apart from your Spirit empowering us. So accomplish these for your name’s sake, Lord Jesus. Amen & Amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Why Forgive? Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:14-15 Type: Sermon
Our Father in heaven, thank you for granting at great cost the blood of Jesus Christ, that we might be able to call you Father. I ask the when we pray, Lord, that we would be careful to acknowledge and affirm that just the very ability for us to call upon your Name and to know your character and your nature is an unfathomable blessing. And in the midst of that you tell us that we can call you ‘Father’, and that you, as a good Father, desire to hear from us, long to have us come to you, and to listen. Thank you. Thank you for being our Father who is in heaven, one who is mighty and strong, one who is not weak and equal in power and strength to ourselves, but you are one who is the King of kings and Lord of lords, our Father in heaven. Your Name indeed deserves to be hallowed. Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty; the whole earth is indeed filled with his glory. Father, we confess that we are so busy with the transient, temporary stuff of this world, we seldom stop and pause and reflect, ‘Hallowed be your Name.’ Father, our hearts are quick to doubt and to question and to be bewildered, for it seems that there are kingdoms being built all around us; kingdoms and authorities that are seeking to oppress and to hurt and harm humanity. Father, it is a comfort to know that in the midst of all of the confusion and struggle, your Kingdom is coming, your will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We ask, Father, that you would do this for your Name’s sake.
Grant us your provision, Lord. Would you give us our daily bread? Would you give us our daily provision? Would you help us see that nothing comes to us except by your hand? Grant us hearts of stewardship, thankfulness and gratitude, instead of our hearts that so often grumble and complain because of what we don’t have. And Father I ask that you will forgive us, for even this morning, Father, even this morning, as early as it is, we have sinned. We have fallen short of the glory of God. Our hearts have insisted on our own will, our own desire, our own way, our selfishness, our aims, our longings, and we have not been careful to look to you and ask, ‘What is it, Father, that you’d have us to do?’ How can we live for your, for your purpose and aim and, Father, we confess that we need forgiveness. So, forgive us, Father, I pray. And as we approach this text this morning, Father, I ask that you would help us, for we are indeed a people who are tempted. We are tossed to and fro. We struggle, we stumble, we are broken. We confess, Father, that this world allures us, our hearts deceive us. The evil one is so powerful. So, this morning we come, asking that you will ‘lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’, that we can indeed say with our hearts and our lips and our lives, ‘Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.’ May it be, Lord Jesus. And all of God’s people said, amen & amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Lead Us and Deliver Us Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:13 Type: Sermon
Holy Father, you have saved us through your trinitarian nature, by the power of your holy Being. You have commanded the faith you give us to result in good works, through which you are glorified. We pray that you glorify yourself in revealing to your people more of your holy character, which includes your saving mercy toward all who believe in Jesus Christ. We thank you, God, for your abundant blessings toward us, who before your grace we at enmity against you. Amen & Amen.
Title: The Righteous Father Provides Series: Titus Speaker: Phil Nichols Scripture: Titus 3:8-11 Type: Sermon
Almighty Father in heaven, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sins, but who will by no means clear the guilty. We praise you for you are, indeed, worthy. Grant us faith this morning, Lord, to trust in Christ’s blood poured out for many that we might be forgiven of our sins and bow to you in worship. Forgive us our debts, Lord Jesus. Help us see the gravity and burden of our sin. For when we keep silent, when we refuse to confess our sin, our bones waste away our souls groan. Your hand is heavy upon us. Our strength is dried up. We are weary and heavy laden with guilt and sorrow. So grant us great faith this morning, Father. Grant us repentance by the kindness of your hand that we might be blessed and filled with hope, joy and rest, for our sin can be covered and not counted against us only through Christ. Lord, grant us your grace this morning that we might turn by faith to trust Christ who can cancel our debt and through whom we are able to stand righteous before our heavenly Father, holy and blameless. Amen & Amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Forgive Us Our Debts Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:12 Type: Sermon
Almighty Father in heaven, you are our Provider, Sustainer and Creator. What do we have that we have not received from your hand? Lord, thank you for giving so abundantly and so graciously. Lord, we are too often thankless and grumbling even in our abundance. We are seldom in humble gratitude for all you have supplied and provided for day after day your are so very faithful and gracious. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for opening your hand upon all of us this day, this morning, for only you can satisfy our constant desire to be filled both our stomachs and our souls. Would you turn us now in repentance and faith to be satisfied with your good toward us, your provision, you abundant supply. Help us this morning be reminded of your provision and your faithful, enduring hand sustaining and keeping us each day. Give us this day, Father in heaven, our daily bread that we might hallow your name, seek your kingdom and do your will. We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Provider and Bread of Life. Amen & Amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Give Us Our Daily Bread Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:11 Type: Sermon
Sovereign Father in heaven, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We confess our attempts to be govern our own lives as if we are independent and sufficient in ourselves. We confess our constant attempts to order and maneuver our lives and those around us has proved over and over again that you are sovereign and we are not. Lord, help us. Father grant us your Spirit this morning that we might repent of our attempts to live out “my will be done” and by faith and because of your mercy we turn again to say with our lips and in our hearts “your will be done”. Thank you for giving us your Word that we might know and do your will. May your Word this morning quicken our affections, stir our longings that we might not only be prompted to do your will but that we might delight in your precious and glorious will. And that our prayers and earnest hope will be fixed upon your will being done here on earth as it is now being fully accomplished with great joy in heaven. We ask these eternal things of you, Sovereign Lord, because we can’t do them in our own strength. So cause you will to be revealed this morning and accomplished in our lives as we go from here this morning. It is in your strong and sufficient name we pray. Amen & Amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Your Will Be Done Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:10b Type: Sermon
Father in heaven, let your kingdom come; for yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your right hand are power and might, and by your bidding you move all things great and small. You give strength to all and number every creature’s days. And we this morning desire to speak of the glory of your kingdom, for it is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. Thank you, LORD, for reigning sovereign. We confess our attempts to reign, rule, move and maneuver all that is around us constantly reveals our weakness and our need to bow to King Jesus our one true King and LORD. Convince us this morning, O LORD, of your kingdom’s influence and sway in all our personal activities and tasks as well as your sovereign dominion over all the world’s powers and leaders and wisdom. We confess our fear and alarm when we see the world as it is. These things cause us to doubt the authority of your kingdom and cause us to fret with uncertainty. Grant faith and repentance this morning that we might believe with confidence that your kingdom is at hand. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen & Amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Your Kingdom Come Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:10 Type: Sermon
Our Father in Heaven, what is our wish? What is our request? What do we want you to do for us? This is our heart’s desire and prayer in the first place: Father in heaven, let your name be hallowed, sanctified. We pray that you may be glorified as a holy God. We desire to exalt the LORD our God, to worship at his footstool, at his holy mountain; to praise his great and awesome name, for it is holy, for the LORD our God is holy. You are holy, enthroned on the praises of your people. We glory in your holy name (and therefore shall our hearts rejoice), because we have trusted in your holy name, to which we will always give thanks, and glory in your praise. Lord, enable us to glorify your holy name forever, by giving thanks to you with our whole heart, and by bearing much fruit, for by this is our heavenly Father glorified. O that we might be for God a name, a praise, and a glory, that being called out of darkness into his marvelous light to be to him a people for his own possession, we may proclaim the excellencies of him who has called us. O that we may be your children, the work of your hands, that we may sanctify your name and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and stand in awe of the God of Israel; and that we may be to the praise of his glory. Enable us as we have received gifts, so to use them to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. And if we suffer, enable us to suffer as Christians and to glorify God in that name; for this is our eager expectation and hope: that always Jesus Christ may be honored in our bodies, in life and death. Amen & Amen.
Title: Kingdom Living: Hallowed Be Your Name Series: Sermon on the Mount Speaker: Shane Waters Scripture: Matthew 6:9 Type: Sermon
O God of grace and peace, you who are Father of all you have chosen, we thank you, God, as we joyfully remember the family of faith you have purchased through the blood of your Son. We thank you for the glory of the gospel of Christ, which binds your children together as children of one heavenly Father, but which also binds us together in a common purpose: to spread the good news to every corner of the world you bring us to. We are certain, O God, of your ability and your will to complete in us the gospel work you started in us, and for this we give you praise. Amen.
Title: The Joy of the Lord Series: Ken Fraser Speaker: Ken Fraser Scripture: Philippians 1:1-6 Type: Sermon
O God of peace, you dwell at all times in perfect peace, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is because of our sinfulness that your church does not dwell in this peace. I thank you, God, that you have made peace with sinners through the blood of your One and Only Son, and that we can exercise the faith you freely give us in order to echo the peace in which you live in heaven, here on earth. I pray that you will cause us to love each other in your peace, encouraging one another in the gospel of peace, by which you saved us. Amen.
Title: Christians Must Dwell in Unity Series: Curt Heffelfinger Speaker: Curt Heffelfinger Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 Type: Sermon
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