Contributors
Derrick's church

Cornerstone Christian Church
Syracuse, New York 13203
(315) 424-5472

About Derrick
  • Experience: This is my first church. I did an internship for nine months before I was hired as the full time Associate Minister in February, 2005. I worked for a year and a half before becoming officially ordained in September, 2006.
  • Family: I have been married for 19 years to my wife Beth and we have an eleven-year-old son, Shaun.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Know your congregation. Get personal with them through counseling, relationship building, discipling, etc. Find out what their needs are and where they’re at and what they’re dealing with and preach accordingly. This also helps when communicating to make sure you use terms and language that’s appropriate for your audience. This helps to make your sermons more practical and applicable in their everyday lives; ensuring the biggest impact that makes a difference in their spiritual growth.
  • Books that have had an impact: C.S. Lewis’ ’Mere Christianity’ is a must for anyone who is interested in Apologetics. Other classics such as ’My Utmost for His Highest’ and ’Pilgrim’s Progress’ are keepers. Neil Anderson’s ’Victory Over the Darkness’ is also good for those struggling with sin and their identity in Christ.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy reading and creative writing. I’ve writtenpoems and short stories along with a fictional novel that is self-published . Check out my website: www.SuperTuper.com for more information on my novel and more. Summer is my favorite time of year so I enjoy those seasonal activities the most.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Not funny at the time but it was about 15 minutes before service started and it was my Sunday to preach. My wife called, frantic. She had used her remote car starter but locked the keys in the house. She was outside in the cold with my two-year-old son and seven-year-old niece. I raced home (15 minutes), took care of business and raced back. I had just minutes to spare before it was time for the sermon. Afterwards, some said it was my best sermon to date. Perhaps chaos produces better sermons!
Browse All

Newest Sermons

  • Setting A Good Example (Part Four)

    Contributed on Oct 15, 2018
     | 58 views

    In week one we saw how Jesus set a good example. In week two we saw how Paul set a good example. Last week we saw that we can learn from bad examples, too. Today, we'll finish the series by looking at some more good examples so we can set a good example.

    SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE (part four) In week one we saw how Jesus set a good example. In week two we saw how Paul set a good example. Last week we saw that we can learn from bad examples, too. Today, we'll finish the series by looking at some more good examples so we can set a good example. 1) Mary ...read more

  • Setting A Good Example (Part Three)

    Contributed on Oct 8, 2018
     | 87 views

    In week one we looked at the example of Jesus. In week two we looked at the example of Paul. Today, we'll see that it's not only the good examples we can learn from but the bad examples too.

    SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE (part three) We have learned from the good examples of Jesus and Paul and we learned some ways that we can be good examples. However, it's not just the good examples we can learn from; we can learn from the bad examples too. On September 19, 1997, a drivers-ed teacher gave ...read more

  • Setting A Good Example (Part Two)

    Contributed on Oct 1, 2018
     | 278 views

    Paul was a good example. Paul said in 1st Cor. 11:1, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." How did Paul set a good example?

    SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE (part two) In life there are good examples and there are bad examples. We need to set a good example for the lost to see and be drawn to and for the church to see and want to follow suit. Recap: Jesus was a good example of humility and service. When he washed the disciples' ...read more

  • Setting A Good Example

    Contributed on Sep 24, 2018
     | 655 views

    In life there are good examples and there are bad examples. We need to set a good example for the lost to see and be drawn to and for the church to see and want to follow suit. Let's see what the bible has to say about all that so we can set a good example.

    SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE (part one) As we are getting the word out, as we are giving people the message of reconciliation, we are to be living the ministry of reconciliation. That means we are to be setting a good example for others to see. We need to set a good example for the lost to see and be ...read more

  • Contend For The Faith

    Contributed on Sep 17, 2018
     | 400 views

    A couple of weeks ago I talked about the command to go and make disciples. Then last Sunday I talked about sharing the right gospel message. Today, I'll be talking about some practical things we can do and what we're up against as we contend for the faith.

    CONTEND FOR THE FAITH 1) Contend for the faith. Jude 1:3, "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints." To contend means to put yourself ...read more

Browse All

Newest Sermon Series

Browse All

Newest Sermon Illustrations

  • Gabriel Hurles Was Enjoying His Sixth Birthday ...

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2012
     | 904 views

    Gabriel Hurles was enjoying his sixth birthday party. He was so focused on eating his birthday cake, that he hardly noticed the giant package in the corner of the room. When another child pointed out the large gift, Gabriel ran over and began to tear off the wrapping. It wasn’t a bicycle or any of ...read more

  • The Latched Of Sandals

    Contributed on Dec 14, 2012
     | 845 views

    Albert Barnes’ commentary for John 1:27: “The latchet of sandals was the string or thong by which they were fastened to the feet. To unloose them was the office of a servant, and John means, therefore, that he was unworthy to perform the lowest office for the Messiah. This was remarkable humility. ...read more

  • The Cave Dwellers” By Max Lucado. ...

    Contributed on Dec 4, 2012
     | 1,608 views

    “The Cave Dwellers” by Max Lucado. “Long ago, or maybe not so long ago, there was a tribe of people in a dark, cold cave. The cave dwellers would huddle together and cry against the chill. Loud and long they wailed. It was all they did. It was all they knew to do. The sounds in the cave were ...read more

  • The Wonderful Twists And Turns

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2012
    based on 2 ratings
     | 690 views

    THE WONDERFUL TWISTS AND TURNS Condolezza Rice said, "Life is full of surprises. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your ...read more

  • The Beginning Of Marilyn Manson

    Contributed on Feb 27, 2012
    based on 1 rating
     | 758 views

    THE BEGINNING OF MARILYN MANSON Brian Warner started going to church with a friend years ago. Brian was a skinny pizza faced nerdy looking kid that nobody liked. He was also a loner who looked out of place most of the time. The youth group took a trip to an amusement park one weekend and ...read more