In this time of radical economic uncertainty, how can we prevent the pursuit of money (or the anxiety of losing our money) from mastering us? Jesus says we must store up treasures in heaven. What does that mean? It means putting our faith and relationship with God as the primary value in our lives. Money doesn’t have to enslave us. The way of Jesus is the way of freedom.
Everyone worships something. People were made to worship God in heart, soul, mind, and strength. But in our life and work, we often worship other things—idols—things like fame, freedom, wealth, power, sex, family, achievement, etc. These idols, these false gods are destructive and enslaving and we tend to become like them. However, the good news is that the gospel has the power to reorient our worship and bring us a life of love, joy, and peace, the very life we are longing for.
This sermon is part of the Following Jesus At Work series, recorded on Feb 24, 2019, by Pastor David Parks on Daniel 3:1-30. Listen/download here:
You were never meant to be ruled by fear, anxiety, or worry. This is not how you were created to live. And yet, that’s the world we live in, right? So what do we do? The first thing God told Gideon to do to overcome his fear—before God gave him any leadership tasks, before anything else—was to tear down the idols in his life. God is jealous. As our Creator, he deserves all of our worship. But as our loving Father, he doesn’t want any harm to come to his children. And worshiping/serving anything other than God is self-destructive and harmful. What’s the first step in overcoming fear? Jesus comes first.
This sermon is part of our Gideon Series recorded on Aug 19, 2018, by Pastor David Parks, from Judges 6:25-32. Listen/download here:
Who or what gives you your identity, purpose, and value? To whom or what do you run to when you’re stressed out or anxious? God is our creator and redeemer. We were made to live for the glory of God alone, but our hearts are so easily distracted and diverted away from him. The things or people we worship and serve in the place of God are called idols. And God will not yield his glory to another or his praise to idols in false worship. But the good news is that God has sent his son, Jesus Christ, to be a suffering servant, to bring justice and hope, to bring forgiveness for idolatry, and to help us recover our true worship.
This sermon is part of the Worship Life series. Recorded on Dec. 3, 2017, by Pastor David Parks, from Isaiah 42:1-9. Unfortunately, the first few minutes of the introduction were not recorded. Listen/download here: