Face to Face (Series Part 2: Following God In A Smart Phone World) Sermon June 18

Part 2 of Pastor Gary’s series – Following Jesus In a Smart Phone World.

Face to Face

We’re going to talk about the 10 commandments of digital life. Following these will allow us to lead appropriate digital lives with God’s help.

  1. Make technology your servant, not your master. – Matthew 7:12
  2. Don’t compare your actual inside to another person’s virtual outside. – 2 Corinthians 10:12
  3. Don’t allow digital discontent to produce an ungrateful heart. – 1 Timothy 6:6
  4. Post humbly – Proverbs 3:34
  5. Don’t confuse online popularity with authentic community. – Proverbs 18:24
  6. Spend more time face-to-face than on Facebook. – Genesis 40:7
  7. Don’t write something online you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. – Matthew 18:15
  8. Behave on your little screen like it’s going to be seen on a big screen. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  9. Honor the digital Sabbath and keep it holy. – Romans 8:6, Romans 12:12
  10. Who you are in God matters more than who you are online. – Romans 5:8

Derived from the writings of John Ortberg

For further reading:
12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
by Tony Reinke, John Piper


All By My Selfie (Series Part 1-Following Jesus In A Smart Phone World) Sermon June 11

All By My Selfie – Psalm 139

Technology has brought a great deal of blessing to our lives.

Technology can be disruptive to our lives, our brains and our relationships.
It can be ______________.
It can cause _______________ with others.

If I’m going to connect with God, sometimes, I have to ________________ from technology.    (Psalm 46:10)

Possible applications:

  1. Declare a tech _____________.
  2. Spend some ______________________ time in relationships.
  3. Start your day with _________, and end your day with ___________.
  4. Read a book together.

12 “potential” ways that your phone habits may be changing you—and in ways you might not want:

  1. We Are Addicted to Distraction
  2. We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood
  3. We Crave Immediate Approval
  4. We Lose Our Literacy
  5. We Feed on the Produced
  6. We Become Like What We “Like”
  7. We Get Lonely
  8. We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices
  9. We Lose Meaning
  10. We Fear Missing Out
  11. We Become Harsh to One Another
  12. We Lose Our Place in Time

12 Ways your Phone Is Changing You  by Tony Reinke, John Piper


Choose God’s Protection (Series-The Good Life) Sermon June 4

Pastor Mark’s sermon concludes our series The Good Life.

Choose God’s Protection  (Ephesians 6:10-18)

  1. Be alert (v. 18)     1 Peter 5:8
  2. Be strong in the Lord (v. 10)
  3. Put on God’s armor (v. 11)
  4. Extinguish (v. 16)     Key = Faith!
  5. Stand (vv. 11, 13, 14)      2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 3:3.  1 John 4:4, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ~James 4:7
  6. Pray/Keep on praying (v. 18)     Prayer is connection    Prayer is a weapon

“The Victor is sure and the victory secure, but till judgment we all must endure…”~Bob Hartman, Petra “This Means War”



Choose Your Boss (Sermon Series – The Good Life) Sermon May 21

Choose Your Boss  (Ephesians 6:5-9)


Let’s take some instruction from this passage on how we can partner with Jesus in redeeming our work and furthering the kingdom of God.
1. Give your boss the Jesus treatment  (v. 5)
2. Change your work product  (vv. 6-8)
3. Christian bosses answer to the Lord for how they work  (v. 9)

 Paul says to Christian bosses that they must keep three things in mind:

(1) Christian bosses and their Christian employees have the same master, and their master watches out for all.

(2) The true Master is much higher on the organizational chart.

(3) The true Master is not partial to the boss or their position.

Our response:


Choose Faithfulness (Series – The Good Life) Sermon May 14

Choose Faithfulness (Proverbs 31:10-31, Ephesians 6:1-4)

Many women and men are feeling the tension these days about juggling work, home, and personal life. We also want to be “on mission” for God, but putting this all together seems overwhelming. The good news is: It’s possible to do the things you’re already doing; your everyday tasks (home, work, personal life) in a way that actually helps you accomplish the mission God has given you.

Everyday tasks  (Proverbs 31:13-22)
It adds up!   (Proverbs 31:23-29). Notice the outcome

What is our response?