Here is my sermon from September 1, 2019. The final message in a series answering the question: “What is the purpose of the church?” The Answer: To glorify God by living out the gospel through discipleship, evangelism, and worship. In this message, we look at how to live out the gospel through a lifestyle of worship.
My name is Jathan Good, I’m the worship pastor here, and I’m excited to get to preach this morning! I try to preach every Sunday, but outside of the lyrics of the songs, I’m generally limited to about 30-seconds at a time, so to have 30 minutes to share with you is really special for me. And I get to talk about my life’s passion this morning, but I want to start off with a confession. Can I be vulnerable with you? Is this a safe place? You guys are family, and you love me even with my shortcomings, right?
Our hope is that this self-guided experience will not only enlighten you to the enormity of Christ’s love for each of us, but the depths this love reaches. Christ walked a path no other has ever taken, this was done at a great sacrifice and given freely for all.
Have you been to the Grand Canyon? Was it what you expected? Did you find yourself inspired to worship God? Or did you feel that it had been hyped up beyond what it deserved? I was able to visit the Grand Canyon once, back in college. We drove all night from LA to get there just in time for the sun rise and it was definitely awe-inspiring. I was definitely surprised. My prior image of the Grand Canyon was that it was a giant ditch in the middle of the desert. But as we drove into the park I rolled down the windows and was shocked at the freshness of the air and the scent of life and growing things that filled my nostrils. I was expecting dead, dry, bland nothingness, but this place was bursting with life. I was surprised to find life in the desert, but I should have known – that this was a special place, this is the creative workshop of the God of the universe, the God who created all life. Continue reading →
“Corporate worship” – it sounds so…business-y…so formal…so blah…
But in actuality, it is (supposed to be) life-giving, grace-bestowing, and uplifting and joyful. It is the highlight of your week. When people talk about “living for the weekend” this is what they ought to be talking about! Participating in your weekly church service should be the climax of your week. If it not, then you’re either at the wrong church or you’re just doing it wrong. If your church service is dry and bland, then find a church that is full of authentic, vibrant life. It’s too important for the health of your soul to be at a church that leaves you bored or apathetic.
However, before you ditch your local community, make absolutely sure that it’s the church that’s the problem and not you. Continue reading →
Check out this great article I just read that describes what happened when Jesus’ long awaited arrival finally occurred. It invites us to consider our response this Christmas as we celebrate His birth.