Steven's church

First Christian Church of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60652

About Steven
  • Education:

    Steve received his Bacholer’s degree in Christian Ministry with Youth at Lincoln Christian College, Lincoln, IL in 1985.

    He also received his Master’s degree in New Testament Studies at Lincoln Christian Seminary, Lincoln, IL in 1992.

  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Birthing a sermon is a process - don’t rush it!!! Move close enough to the Scripture that you can hear God breath and whisper in your ear before you begin to think about what you want to say about the text. Let it preach to you before you try to preach it to others!!!
  • Family:

    Steve ministers along with his wife, Laira, and four children, Timothy, Krista, Elizabeth, Jonathon and Aaron. Each child’s name was selected because of its Biblical meaning.

  • Best advice given to me about preaching:

    Just be yourself ... share the message God has given you, as you would.

  • Books that have had an impact: Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren; Encounter God in the City by Randy White; Restoring At Risk Community by John Perkins; The Volunteer Revolution by Bill Hybels
  • What I want on my tombstone: Well done thou good and faithful servant!
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  • One Faith One People

    Contributed on Oct 5, 2015
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    The oneness we find in Christ Jesus obliterates the social constructs that we have developed to define who is in and who is out ... who is part and who is to be left out ... who is like us and who is different for He makes us one. Connection to "Woodlawn"

    One year ago, racial tensions had stirred to the boiling point in Ferguson, MO. Riots had overtaken this St. Louis suburb in the wake of what was portrayed to be an execution of Michael Brown by a white police officer. As momentum built behind the movement it seemed to no longer matter what the more

  • Zombies, Zonks & Magic Acts

    Contributed on Jun 22, 2015

    Paul clarifies for the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 15 why the Resurrection is the critical element of the Christian faith. It is not just a belief to be believed. It is a belief to be lived.

    ZOMBIES, ZONKS & MAGIC ACTS WHY DOES THE EASTER MESSAGE MATTER? 1 CORINTHIANS 15:12-33, 50-58 It was the first day of the week. Probably a little bit earlier than a sunrise service. Three women were making their way through the dimly lit streets of the community. They are on their way to more

  • The Prodigal Who Stayed Home

    Contributed on Jun 22, 2015

    This message speaks of the son of interest to Jesus in his most well-known story - not on the prodigal who left home, but the prodigal who stayed home. Of particular interest is the difference in this son's response and the Fathers to the other.

    The Prodigal Who Stayed Home Luke 15:1, 2, and 25-32 "Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people - even eating with them!" These two verses more

  • Light The Fire Again

    Contributed on Jun 22, 2015
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    As the disciples waited for the "fire of heaven" to fall on them, they waited with expectation and preparation. It was not sitting still. I was getting ready. We as believers need to be engaged in the same preparation for God to work in us.

    Light The Fire Again Preparing for Spiritual Breakthrough Acts 1:13ff This is a church on fire This is a Holy Spirit place It is our burning desire to lift up Jesus name Let fire burn in every heart To light the way defeat the dark Let the flame of love burn higher This is a church - more

  • Hearing The Loneliness Of The Cross

    Contributed on Jun 22, 2015

    This good Friday message speaks of the abandonment that Jesus expresses when God turns away from him. But it is loneliness that has meaning and purpose -- our salvation.

    Hearing The Loneliness Of The Cross Matthew 27:45-46 Usually, we have the cross posted at the top. Today, we have it right up front, some place that it can not be overlooked. On Tuesday, as the Worship Team prepared for rehearsal someone asked about the cross. It was said that it looks so more

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