Sermons

Past Sermons

Below you will find links to audio recordings of past sermons. You will need an audio player on your computer in order to play them (Quicktime, RealPlayer, etc.)

Sermons are delivered by Rev. David Scifres unless noted.

September 17, 2017 – Giving the Gift of Hope

  • Theme – Disciples grow in generosity as they develop the spiritual gift of humility (Proportional Giving)
  • Scripture – Luke 18:9-14

September 10, 2017 – Growing Together in Hope

  • Theme – Disciples grow in grace through worship, community and service
  • Scripture – Acts 2:42-47

September 3, 2017 – Lectio Divina service – No sermon

August 27, 2017 – Praying our Way into Hope

  • Theme – The path of discipleship begins with connecting with God and abiding in Christ
  • Scripture – Matthew 6:5-15

August 20, 2017 – Loving our Way into Hope

  • Theme – The path of discipleship progresses intentionally toward perfect love of God and others.
  • Scripture – Luke 10:25-37

August 13, 2017 – Lead Followers of Hope

  • Theme – Our call to discipleship is a call to a journey of spiritual development and discipline in which we invite others to participate
  • Scripture – Mark 1:14-20

August 6, 2017 – A Sharper Investment Focus

  • Scripture – Isaiah 55:1-5

July 30, 2017 – Open to the Unexpected

  • Scripture – Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

July 23, 2017 – Getting Life Out of the Weeds

  • Scripture – Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 16, 2017 – Cultivating Deep Grace

  • Scripture – Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

July 9, 2017 – The Gentle Rest of God’s Grace

  • Scripture – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

July 2, 2017 – Let Freedom Ring

  • Scripture – Matthew 10:40-42

June 25, 2017 – Called and Sent -Mrs. Heather Cress preaching

  • Scripture – Matthew 9:35 -10:8

June 18, 2017 – Living Rock Solid Hope

  • Scripture – Matthew 7:21-29

June 11, 2017 – Vibrant Relationality

  • Theme – Full immersion into our relational nature creates vibrant lives
  • Scripture – Matthew 28:16-20

June 4, 2017 – Finding the Kingdom in the Lion King – Our Restoration

  • Theme – Through grace we will be more than we have become
  • Scripture – Luke 21:25-32

May 28 – Finding the Kingdom in the Lion King – Our Epiphany

  • Theme – We were created in the image of God to be conformed into the Image of Christ
  • Scripture – Colossians 1:15-23a

May 21 – Music Festival Sunday – no sermon

May 14 – Finding the Kingdom in the Lion King – Our Denial

  • Theme – Our world lives in denial that our true citizenship is in the kingdom of God
  • Scripture – Philippians 3:17- 4:1

May 7 – Finding the Kingdom in the Lion King – Our Brokenness

  • Theme – No one escapes brokenness, but we may rise above by faith.
  • Scripture – Romans 3:21-26

April 30 – Finding the Kingdom in the Lion King – Our Identity

  • Theme – As Christs’s kingdom people we are children of God and people of worth
  • Scripture – Luke 2:25-32

April 23, 2017 – Mr. Bill Murphy preaching – The Morning After

  • Scripture – Genesis 1:1-5

April 16, 2017 – Easter – The Resurrection

  • Theme – Jesus’ resurrection brings victory over sin, death and suffering
  • Scripture – John 8:31-36

April 9, 2017 – No Sermon – Choir Cantata – Touch the Robe

April 2, 2017 – The Forgiveness of Sins

  • Theme – By grace through faith deliverance can be ours this day
  • Scripture – Matthew 9:1-8

March 26, 2017 – The Communion of Saints

  • Theme – We are formed for community, called into community and transformed in community.
  • Scripture – Ephesians 4:1-13

March 19, 2017 – The Holy Spirit

  • Theme – By the power of the Holy Spirit we bear fruit for the sake of others and God’s kingdom
  • Scripture – Galatians 5:16-25

March 12, 2017 – Jesus Christ the Only Begotten Son

  • Scripture – Colossians 3:1-10

March 5, 2017 – God the Father Almighty

  • Scripture – Matthew 3:13-17

March 1, 2017 – Ash Wednesday – The Inception of a Holy Formation

  • Scripture – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

February 26, 2017 – And the Word Said… Kingdom First!

  • Scripture – Matthew 6:25-34

February 19, 2017 – And the Word Said… Be Perfect!

  • Scripture – Matthew 5:43-48

February 12, 2017 – And the Word Said… Be Reconciled!

  • Scripture – Matthew 5:21-26

February 5, 2017 – And the Word Said… Shine!

  • Scripture – Matthew 5:13-20

January 29, 2017 – And the Word Said… Be Blessed!

  • Scripture – Matthew 5:1-12

January 22, 2017 – Mr. Bill Murphy preaching – Christianity, A New Beginning

  • Scripture – John 4:13-15

January 15 – Right Place, Right Time

  • Scripture – John 1:35-42

January 8 – Responding to the Water and the Spirit

  • Scripture – Luke 3:15-22

January 1, 2017 – Ms. Heather Cress preaching – Reflecting the Light

  • Scripture – Isaiah 60:1-6

December 25, 2016 – Christmas Day – Feeling Incarnational

  • Scripture – John 1:1-14

December 24, 2016 – Christmas Eve – Welcoming the Light of Christ

  • Scripture – Isaiah 9:2-7

December 18, 2016 – Christmas Cantata – No sermon recording

December 11, 2016 – Welcoming the Glory of Christ

  • Theme – Welcoming the glory of Christ brings brightness in any gloom.
  • Scripture – Isaiah 35:1-10

December 4, 2016 – Welcoming the Righteousness of Christ

  • Theme – Through balance and wisdom we welcome the righteousness of Christ
  • Scripture – Isaiah 11:1-10

Nov. 27, 2016 – Welcoming the Peace of Christ

  • Theme – Even in the midst of conflict we can welcome the peace of Christ
  • Scripture – Isaiah 2:1-5

Nov. 20, 2016 – Sharing in Hope

  • Theme – When we share our time and resources we follow the pathway of Disciples of Christ
  • Scripture – Malachi 3:1, 7-10, Matthew 6:24, 25, 31-33

Nov. 13, 2016 – Serving in Love

  • Theme – When we serve each other and our community we follow the pathway of Disciples of Christ
  • Scripture – 1 Samuel 12:19-24; Matthew 20:20, 21, 24-28

November 6, 2016 – Growing in Grace

  • Theme – When we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus we follow the pathway of Disciples of Christ
  • Scripture – Isaiah 53:2-6, Luke 22:14-20

October 30, 2016 – Connecting in Faith

  • Theme – When we connect in faith we follow the pathway of Disciples of Christ
  • Scripture – Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 15:4-8

October 23, 2016 – Spiritual Alignment – Christin Nevins (Spiritual Leadership Inc.) Preaching

  • Theme – Spiritual Leadership, Inc. Preview
  • Scripture – Genesis 11:1-9

October 16, 2016 – Following God’s Path

  • Theme – Following God’s path calls us to commitment to discipleship.
  • Scripture – 2 Corinthians 3:12- 4:2

October 9, 2016 – Making Room for Missionality

  • Theme – Making room for service helps us to participate in Christ’s Mission.
  • Scripture – Philippians 2:1-13

October 2, 2016 – Making Room for Celebration

  • Theme – Making room to celebrate being God’s leads to outrageous joy.
  • Scripture – Luke 15:1-10

Sept. 25, 2016 – Making Room for an Inclusive Hospitality

  • Theme – Making room for neighbors invites us to welcome and bless all as equals in God’s family.
  • Scripture – Mark 12:28-34

Sept. 18, 2016 – Making Room for a Merciful Availability

  • Theme – Making room at our own table reminds us that all are welcome at God’s table
  • Scripture – Matthew 9:9-13

Sept. 11, 2016 – Making Room for Compassionate Community

  • Theme – Making room can result in the kind of compassionate community people need to find peace and healing
  • Scripture – Matthew 9:35-38, 10:5-8

Sept. 4, 2016 – Authentic Forgiveness

  • Theme – To do what Jesus did is to offer unconditional forgiveness.
  • Scripture – Luke 23:32-43

Aug. 28, 2016 – Authentic Intercession

  • Theme – Jesus intercedes for us to empower us to “go and love”
  • Scripture – John 17:1-26

Aug. 21, 2016 – Authentic Deliverance

  • Theme – God always hears and will ultimately deliver us from evil through the grace of Christ
  • Scripture – John 11:38-44

Aug. 14, 2016 – Authentic Commitment

  • Theme – Prayers of authentic commitment seek alignment with God’s will
  • Scripture – Mark 14:32-42

Aug. 7, 2016 – Authentic Relationship

  • Theme – In Christ, God’s love has built a bridge between God’s heart and ours.
  • Scripture – Matthew 11:25-30

July 31, 2016 – Authentic Prayer

  • Theme – Authentic prayer leads us to an authentic spirituality
  • Scripture – Matthew 6:1-18

July 24, 2016 – Mr. Russell Vaughn from Gideon International, preaching – Salvation

  • Sermon Scripture – Matthew 28:16-20

July 17, 2016 – Listening Earnestly

  • Theme – Making time for Jesus opens our lives to the good news of grace
  • Scripture – Luke 10:38-42

July 10, 2016 – God’s Script for Mercy

  • Scripture – Luke 10:25-37

July 3, 2016 – God’s Script for Independence

  • Scripture – 2 Kings 5:1-14

June 26, 2016 – Bill Murphy preaching – Who Am I, Lord, that Thou Would Send Me?

  • Scripture – Exodus 20:1-21

June 19, 2016 – Simple Church: A Simple Structure

  • Scripture – Matthew 25:14-29

June 12, 2016 – Simple Church: A Simple Process

  • Scripture – John 15:1-8

June 5, 2016 – Simple Church: A Simple Strategy

  • Scripture – Matthew 22:34-40

May 29, 2016 – Bill Murphy preaching – How Do We Explain God’s Love?

  • Scripture – Philippians 2:1-4

May 22, 2016 – Music Festival Sunday – no sermon

May 15, 2016 – Graduation Sunday – Mythbusters Series – God Breathed, Spirit Inspired

  • Scripture – 2 Timothy 3:10-17

May 8, 2016 – Mother’s Day – Mythbuster Series – Going On to Perfection

  • Scripture – 1 John 4:7-21

May 1, 2016 – Faith Promise Sunday – A Part of Something Bigger – Ms. Linda Ostewig speaking

  • Scripture – John 4:31-38

April 24, 2016 – Mythbusters Series – Something About That Name

  • Scripture – Act 3:1-10

April 17, 2016 – Mythbusters Series – Son of God, Lord of All

  • Scripture – Colossians 2:8-15

April 10, 2016 – Mythbusters Series – We Believe in One True God

  • Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

April 3, 2016 – Dr. John Wantz preaching – What Now?

  • Scripture: John 21:1-6

March 27, 2016 – Easter – The Great Ongoing Discovery

  • Scripture:   Luke 24:1-12
  • Theme:  Our Easter return to God moves us from fact finding to faith unfolding.

March 20, 2016 – Choose This Day…

  • Scripture:  Luke 19:28-40
  • Theme:  By returning to God we choose to align ourselves with the peace of Christ.

March 13, 2016 – Echoes of Extravagant Generosity

  • Scripture: John 12:1-8
  • Theme:  Our return to God is the result of Christ’s sacrificial generosity.

March 6, 2016 –  A Celebration of Pardisal Proportion

  • Scripture:  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
  • Theme:  When we return to God, we are unconditionally welcomed and celebrated.

February 28, 2016 – Give Grace a Chance

  • Scripture: Luke 13:1-9
  • Theme: Returning to God’s fruitfulness calls for repentance that releases God’s grace.

February 21, 2015 – Who’s on Top

  • Scripture: Luke 13:31-35
  • Theme: Returning to God means rejecting worldly status and power and embracing Christ’s humility.

February 14, 2016 – More Than a Man in the Wilderness

  • Scripture: Luke 4:1-13
  • Theme: Returning to God means living a Spirit-filled life.

February 7, 2016 – Worthy of Our Return

  • Scripture: Luke 9:28-36

January 31, 2016 – An Invitation to Community

  • Scripture: Romans 12:9-18

January 24, 2016 – Finding God in Finding Nemo – Synchronicity

  • Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-13
  • Theme: When we join Christian community to align around God’s purposes we receive the power of the Spirit to transform the world.

January 17, 2016 – Finding God in Finding Nemo – Just Keep Swimming

  • Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-6, 12-13
  • Theme: Even in today’s fast-paced and complex world we can persevere in the hope of the promise that God is on our side.

January 10, 2016 – Finding God in Finding Nemo – Letting Go(d)

  • Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
  • Theme: Focusing on God’s opportunities instead of our difficulties can help us overcome anxiety and worry in our lives.

January 3. 2016 – Finding God in Finding Nemo – Facing Up

  • Scripture: 1 John 4:13-21
  • Theme: By going on to perfection in our love for God and love for others we can overcome our fear of the unknown and uncontrollable parts of our lives.

December 27, 2015 – From Informational to Incarnational

December 24, 2015 – Christmas Eve – The Good News of Great Joy

December 20, 2015 – Choir Christmas Cantata – Festival of Carols

December 13, 2015 – The Good News of Great Justice

  • Scripture: Luke 3:7-9, 15-17
  • Theme: The good news of Christmas promises a world ruled by true justice and righteousness.

December 6, 2015 – The Good News of Great Peace

  • Scripture: Luke 3:1-6
  • Theme: The good news of Christmas promises peace in our world of drama, conflict and turmoil.

November 29, 2015 – The Good News of Great Hope

  • Scripture: Luke 21:25-28
  • Theme: The good news of Christmas offers the hope of overcoming life’s troubles and difficulties.

November 22, 2915 – Sharing the Vision Through Our Gifts

  • Scripture: John 18:33-37
  • Theme: When we Share the Vision through our Gifts we participate in the fruitful practice of Extravagant Generosity.

November 15, 2015 – Sharing Gods Vision through our Witness

  • Scripture: Acts 1:6-11
  • Theme: When we Share the Vision through our Witness we participate in the fruitful practice of Radical Hospitality.

November 8, 2015 – Sharing the Vision Through Our Service

  • Scripture: John 15:12-17
  • Theme: When we Share the Vision through our Service we participate in the fruitful practice of Risk-taking Mission and Service.

November 1, 2015 – Sharing the Vision Through Our Presence

  • Scripture: John 15:1-8 (Romans 12)
  • Theme: When we Share the Vision through our Presence we participate in the fruitful practice of Passionate Worship.

October 25, 2015 – Sharing the Vision Through Our Prayers

  • Scripture: Matthew 22:1-10
  • Theme: When we Share the Vision through our Prayers we participate in the fruitful practice of Intentional Faith Development.

October 18, 2015 – Aligning With God’s Vision for Us

  • Scripture: Matthew 22:1-10
  • Theme: We desire to inspire hope by sharing the good news with our community in inviting, enjoyable, and meaningful ways.

October 11, 2015 – The Perplexity of Possession

  • Scripture: Mark 10:17-31
  • Theme: Giving God “elbow room” in our lives can rid us of needless clutter and allow to center ourselves in Jesus.

October 4, 2015 – The Invitation

  • Scripture: Psalm 137
  • Theme: We sing God’s songs of restoration today by persevering in offering the invitation to grace in a way that makes sense in our context.

September 27, 2015 – A Powerful Reward

  • Scripture: Mark 9:38-50
  • Theme: We gain the great reward of living water by adding value to people’s lives by sharing in Jesus’ name.

September 20, 2015 – Overcoming the World’s Deception

  • Scripture: Mark 9:30-37
  • Theme: We overcome the world’s deception by reaching out to the least of our world with the greatness that is within us.

September 13, 2015 – How Great Is Our God (recording unavailable)

  • Scripture: Psalm 19
  • Theme: In the love of Christ we find the promise that God’s greatness will be revealed even in our personl struggles

September 6, 2015 – Toward the Sun – Rev. Karen Powell preaching

August 30, 2015 – Courageous Prayer – Use Me

August 23, 2015 – Courageous Prayer – Lead Me

August 16, 2015 – Courageous Prayer – Stretch Me

August 9, 2015 – Courageous Prayer – Break Me

August 2, 2015 – Courageous Prayer – Search Me

July 26, 2015 – Courage and Honor in Conflict

July 19, 2015 – Down and Dirty with Desperation

July 12, 2015 – Truth, Justice, And My Own Way

July 5, 2015 – Are We Truly Free?

June 28, 2015  – How I am Inspired and Who Inspires Me to be a Christian – Bill Murphy preaching

June 21, 2015 – Wassup With Shared Vision?

June 14, 2015 – Wassup With Community Outreach?

June 7, 2015 – Wassup With Small Groups?

May 31, 2015 – Wassup With Worship?

May 24, 2015 – The Language of Love

May 17, 2015 – Music Sunday – no sermon

May 10, 2015 – Wassup With Hospitality?

May 3, 2015 – Wassup With Prayer?

April 26, 2015 – Planting Time

April 19, 2015 – Is This It? Show Me the Way, Lord

April 12, 2015 – Forward in Faith

April 5, 2015 – Easter – The Coronation

April 2, 2015 – Maundy Thurs. – The Final Countdown

March 29, 2015 – The choir’s Easter Cantata was this Sunday so there was no sermon

March 22, 2015 – Great Restorations

March 15, 2015 – Face to Face With Grace

March 8, 2015 – A Passion for the Kingdom

March 1, 2015 – Faith in Transition

Feb. 22, 2015 – The Road to Glory

Feb. 15, 2015 – Through Risk to Resurrection

Feb. 8, 2015 – For the Good of the Gospel

Feb. 1, 2015 – What Have You to Do with US?

Jan. 25, 2015 – What’s Your Net Worth

Jan. 18, 2015 – Follow Me to Come and See

Jan. 11, 2015 – A Valiant Commitment

Jan. 4, 2015 – Into the Darkness

Dec. 28, 2014 – Child of God Wonder

Dec. 14, 2014 – Making Space for a Savior

Dec. 7, 2014 – Accepting God’s Acceptance

Nov. 30, 2014 – Still Time to Wake Up

Nov. 23, 2014 – Another Chance