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Go (Easter Sermon)

April 4, 2010 – Matthew 28:1-20 – Easter – “Go!” It is widely known that Thomas Jefferson could not accept the miraculous elements in Scripture. With a pair of scissors Jefferson edited his own special version of the Bible in which all references to the supernatural were deleted. The closing words of his Bible were: “and [he] placed [Jesus’ body] in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” Jefferson’s understanding of Jesus ended with an occupied tomb. Our understanding of Jesus BEGINS with an empty tomb! Our understanding of Jesus MUST begin where the world’s understanding of Jesus leaves off - with the Empty Tomb of Easter which we study and celebrate today. HE IS RISEN! He is Risen Indeed!

30 MIN2010 APR 29
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Go (Easter Sermon)

Essential

February 21, 2010 – Essential - Corinthians 12:21; Ephesians 4:11-16 You know the feeling, you get to the end of the driveway, or the end of your street and suddenly realize you left your cell phone in the house. So what do you do? You stop the car, turn around, run in the house and get it. Now the funny thing is that all of us just a few short years ago used to drive EVERYWHERE without a cell phone. BUT NOW? Now we can’t even run to the corner store to pick up a gallon of milk without knowing our cell phone is in the car with us in case of an emergency. What happened? Our cell phone has become ESSENTIAL to us - something we just can’t imagine being without! These things are essential to us. So why is it that church so non-essential to so many? For those who profess to be Christians, most of them count their cell phones as ESSENTIAL and yet, many of those same people treat church as NON-ESSENTIAL. Why? Because my friends, things that are USEFUL and HELPFUL we keep, we seek, we in...

34 MIN2010 FEB 23
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Essential

Win

February 7, 2010 – Matt. 7:15-23 – Win! The success or failure of a baseball team is not measured just by ACTIVITY but by achieving the GOAL - having the most players cross home plate. Did you catch that principle? Success is not measured by activity but by achieving the win. If your team’s players don’t cross home plate it doesn’t matter how beautifully the individual players played, or how hard the team worked, or how great the camaraderie on the field. Everything is measured in light of the win. So what is OUR win? What is our win here at Chestnut Street Baptist Church? How do we know we’ve been successful? Where is our home plate? What scoreboard should we be looking at to determine whether or not we’ve won? Because there is a difference between a lot of activity – no matter how good that activity is - and achieving a win. What is OUR win? The win in light of which all our other activities might be MEASURED and towards which all of our activities should MOVE us?

27 MIN2010 FEB 11
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Win

Simple

January 31, 2010 – Simple – Matt 11:28-30; 22:36-40 While the skeletal system might not be the most important system, the structure that the skeleton gives to the body is necessary for the overall functioning of the Body. The structure of the skeleton allows correct functioning and growth of the other more important systems of the body Structure is NOT the most important thing, but it IS important because it allows our bodies TO DO the most important things. Why the anatomy lesson? Because what is true of the Human Body is true of the Body of Christ. Our church is engaged in a process of evaluating our church’s structures: First, HOW we are organized governmentally; Secondly, HOW we are organized for ministry. Is this because the leadership thinks structure SO important? NO! My friends, this is because what we DO is SO important that we want our structure to allow us to do it to our very best!

34 MIN2010 FEB 3
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Simple

Defender of the Weak

Jan. 24, 2010 – “Defender of the Weak” - Dt. 10:18; Ps. 68:5; 82:3-4; Prv. 14:31; 19:17; 31:8-9; Isa. 1:15-17,23; Jer. 22:16 We LOVE stories about “defenders of the weak” - those who defend the cause of the weak, the vulnerable, and the hurting. WHY does this idea so resonate with us? WHY is it that we seek out and retell stories about these defenders of the weak? WHY is it do you think that we find countless myths throughout human history heralding those who are defenders of the weak? My friends, I believe it is because we humans are created in the Image of God, who is revealed as a defender of the weak. As such, we unconsciously hold in high esteem those who defend the weak, for those people are reflecting God Himself. He is the “defender of the weak” and so we too are to be “defenders of the weak” There could be no more appropriate theme to discuss on this day - Sanctity of Life Sunday. Human life is sacred and precious in all its stages and conditions - and most worthy ...

33 MIN2010 JAN 25
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Defender of the Weak

Formed to Fit

January 17, 2010 – Romans 12:1-8 – Formed to Fit Cal Ripken Jr. is considered to be one of the greatest individual players in baseball history. However, when interviewed about his view of success, this what he said: "I'd much rather be referred to not as an individually great player, or someone who tore up the record books, but someone who came to the ball park and said: 'Okay, I'm here. I want to play. What can I do to help us win today?'" My friends, THAT must be our attitude. What can I do to help US win today? It is not about YOU and it is not about ME. It is about US. He wants to mold us and shape us - forming us to fit perfectly as part of the Body of Christ.

34 MIN2010 JAN 21
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Formed to Fit

Where are the other nine?

November 22, 2009 - “Where are the other nine?” - Luke 17:17 We opened the service watching this video: Did you hear what she said?: "I’m thankful for like the fact that God lets us live and breathe and He gives us beautiful lives and art and relationships. And even though we don’t deserve it, He showers His mercy on us year after year. Even though we ignore Him, He takes care of us. He loves us." We have many excuses for NOT thanking God, but many MORE reasons TO thank Him. Psalm 107:1:“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

29 MIN2009 NOV 24
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Where are the other nine?

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Nov. 15, 2009 - “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:25-34 ONLY 40 Days until Christmas! JUST 11 Days until Thanksgiving! Do you feel the anxiety rising? Worry is an uninvited guest in most of our lives. What worry really is, is a low grade FEAR. We FEAR that something will or will not happen - whether it is a promotion, a raise, an award, an invitation, a proposal, a closing, a deal, an affirmation. OR we fear that we will or will not have something we want or need - whether is money, food, clothing, health, respect, praise, relationship, love. Our fear of not having or of losing makes us afraid Our WORRY always leads directly to what we VALUE most. So today, Jesus invites us to examine our worries, our fear, and the things that we value as he asks us: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

32 MIN2009 NOV 16
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Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?

November 8, 2009 - If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get? - Matthew 5:46 The Sermon on the Mount in many ways serves as a corrective to the interpretation and application of the law and prophets by the Pharisees. What had they done? In the words of theologian John Stott: “[The Pharisees] made the law’s demands less demanding and the law’s permissions more permissive.” So we come to the question that Jesus’ asks today: "If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?" And we find that the demands of the law have been made less demanding. So Jesus' word to us serves as a powerful corrective to our own selfish tendencies.

30 MIN2009 NOV 14
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If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?

Has no one condemned you?

Nov. 1, 2009 - “Has no one condemned you?” John 8:10, Matt. 7:3-4 Jesus’ questions today should and will cut us to the heart - challenging our attitudes and actions. Hear Him ask you today: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” and also “Has no one condemned you?”

29 MIN2009 NOV 2
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Has no one condemned you?

Latest Episodes

Go (Easter Sermon)

April 4, 2010 – Matthew 28:1-20 – Easter – “Go!” It is widely known that Thomas Jefferson could not accept the miraculous elements in Scripture. With a pair of scissors Jefferson edited his own special version of the Bible in which all references to the supernatural were deleted. The closing words of his Bible were: “and [he] placed [Jesus’ body] in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” Jefferson’s understanding of Jesus ended with an occupied tomb. Our understanding of Jesus BEGINS with an empty tomb! Our understanding of Jesus MUST begin where the world’s understanding of Jesus leaves off - with the Empty Tomb of Easter which we study and celebrate today. HE IS RISEN! He is Risen Indeed!

30 MIN2010 APR 29
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Go (Easter Sermon)

Essential

February 21, 2010 – Essential - Corinthians 12:21; Ephesians 4:11-16 You know the feeling, you get to the end of the driveway, or the end of your street and suddenly realize you left your cell phone in the house. So what do you do? You stop the car, turn around, run in the house and get it. Now the funny thing is that all of us just a few short years ago used to drive EVERYWHERE without a cell phone. BUT NOW? Now we can’t even run to the corner store to pick up a gallon of milk without knowing our cell phone is in the car with us in case of an emergency. What happened? Our cell phone has become ESSENTIAL to us - something we just can’t imagine being without! These things are essential to us. So why is it that church so non-essential to so many? For those who profess to be Christians, most of them count their cell phones as ESSENTIAL and yet, many of those same people treat church as NON-ESSENTIAL. Why? Because my friends, things that are USEFUL and HELPFUL we keep, we seek, we in...

34 MIN2010 FEB 23
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Essential

Win

February 7, 2010 – Matt. 7:15-23 – Win! The success or failure of a baseball team is not measured just by ACTIVITY but by achieving the GOAL - having the most players cross home plate. Did you catch that principle? Success is not measured by activity but by achieving the win. If your team’s players don’t cross home plate it doesn’t matter how beautifully the individual players played, or how hard the team worked, or how great the camaraderie on the field. Everything is measured in light of the win. So what is OUR win? What is our win here at Chestnut Street Baptist Church? How do we know we’ve been successful? Where is our home plate? What scoreboard should we be looking at to determine whether or not we’ve won? Because there is a difference between a lot of activity – no matter how good that activity is - and achieving a win. What is OUR win? The win in light of which all our other activities might be MEASURED and towards which all of our activities should MOVE us?

27 MIN2010 FEB 11
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Win

Simple

January 31, 2010 – Simple – Matt 11:28-30; 22:36-40 While the skeletal system might not be the most important system, the structure that the skeleton gives to the body is necessary for the overall functioning of the Body. The structure of the skeleton allows correct functioning and growth of the other more important systems of the body Structure is NOT the most important thing, but it IS important because it allows our bodies TO DO the most important things. Why the anatomy lesson? Because what is true of the Human Body is true of the Body of Christ. Our church is engaged in a process of evaluating our church’s structures: First, HOW we are organized governmentally; Secondly, HOW we are organized for ministry. Is this because the leadership thinks structure SO important? NO! My friends, this is because what we DO is SO important that we want our structure to allow us to do it to our very best!

34 MIN2010 FEB 3
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Simple

Defender of the Weak

Jan. 24, 2010 – “Defender of the Weak” - Dt. 10:18; Ps. 68:5; 82:3-4; Prv. 14:31; 19:17; 31:8-9; Isa. 1:15-17,23; Jer. 22:16 We LOVE stories about “defenders of the weak” - those who defend the cause of the weak, the vulnerable, and the hurting. WHY does this idea so resonate with us? WHY is it that we seek out and retell stories about these defenders of the weak? WHY is it do you think that we find countless myths throughout human history heralding those who are defenders of the weak? My friends, I believe it is because we humans are created in the Image of God, who is revealed as a defender of the weak. As such, we unconsciously hold in high esteem those who defend the weak, for those people are reflecting God Himself. He is the “defender of the weak” and so we too are to be “defenders of the weak” There could be no more appropriate theme to discuss on this day - Sanctity of Life Sunday. Human life is sacred and precious in all its stages and conditions - and most worthy ...

33 MIN2010 JAN 25
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Defender of the Weak

Formed to Fit

January 17, 2010 – Romans 12:1-8 – Formed to Fit Cal Ripken Jr. is considered to be one of the greatest individual players in baseball history. However, when interviewed about his view of success, this what he said: "I'd much rather be referred to not as an individually great player, or someone who tore up the record books, but someone who came to the ball park and said: 'Okay, I'm here. I want to play. What can I do to help us win today?'" My friends, THAT must be our attitude. What can I do to help US win today? It is not about YOU and it is not about ME. It is about US. He wants to mold us and shape us - forming us to fit perfectly as part of the Body of Christ.

34 MIN2010 JAN 21
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Formed to Fit

Where are the other nine?

November 22, 2009 - “Where are the other nine?” - Luke 17:17 We opened the service watching this video: Did you hear what she said?: "I’m thankful for like the fact that God lets us live and breathe and He gives us beautiful lives and art and relationships. And even though we don’t deserve it, He showers His mercy on us year after year. Even though we ignore Him, He takes care of us. He loves us." We have many excuses for NOT thanking God, but many MORE reasons TO thank Him. Psalm 107:1:“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

29 MIN2009 NOV 24
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Where are the other nine?

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Nov. 15, 2009 - “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:25-34 ONLY 40 Days until Christmas! JUST 11 Days until Thanksgiving! Do you feel the anxiety rising? Worry is an uninvited guest in most of our lives. What worry really is, is a low grade FEAR. We FEAR that something will or will not happen - whether it is a promotion, a raise, an award, an invitation, a proposal, a closing, a deal, an affirmation. OR we fear that we will or will not have something we want or need - whether is money, food, clothing, health, respect, praise, relationship, love. Our fear of not having or of losing makes us afraid Our WORRY always leads directly to what we VALUE most. So today, Jesus invites us to examine our worries, our fear, and the things that we value as he asks us: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

32 MIN2009 NOV 16
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Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?

November 8, 2009 - If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get? - Matthew 5:46 The Sermon on the Mount in many ways serves as a corrective to the interpretation and application of the law and prophets by the Pharisees. What had they done? In the words of theologian John Stott: “[The Pharisees] made the law’s demands less demanding and the law’s permissions more permissive.” So we come to the question that Jesus’ asks today: "If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?" And we find that the demands of the law have been made less demanding. So Jesus' word to us serves as a powerful corrective to our own selfish tendencies.

30 MIN2009 NOV 14
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If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get?

Has no one condemned you?

Nov. 1, 2009 - “Has no one condemned you?” John 8:10, Matt. 7:3-4 Jesus’ questions today should and will cut us to the heart - challenging our attitudes and actions. Hear Him ask you today: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” and also “Has no one condemned you?”

29 MIN2009 NOV 2
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Has no one condemned you?