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  • One Faith One People Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Oct 5, 2015
     | 3,600 views

    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 ...read more

  • Strong Arm Faith Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
     | 3,051 views

    This message was for a long standing leader of the church. He was sometimes misunderstood, but always admired for his passion for the church. It was based on his wife's favorite verse about God's sustaining power in the midst of difficult circumstances.

    Message The most important thing that I can say personally about Max **** is that he has made me a better minister and a better man. Let me share two reasons for that assessment: There was more to Max than first impressions. When I visited FCC for an interview weekend, nearly 19 years ago, I ...read more

  • Remember Your Creator Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
     | 5,927 views

    This message was for the funeral of a older woman who found success in life, but rediscovered what was missing late in life -- a relationship with her Creator.

    It is a pleasure to hear your personal thoughts and memories of Ms. Olean. I must admit, I did not know her well. I only became acquainted with her on the few Sundays that she has attended church here with her daughter, Yvette. She was already older, and had lost much of the vitality of her youth. ...read more

  • God's Answer For Troubled Times Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
    based on 4 ratings
     | 17,668 views

    This message was from the funeral of a Christian young person who died unexpectedly. It does not seek to answer all of the questions of their death, but point us to the one with the answers.

    MESSAGE - God’s Answer For Troubled Times There are times that test the soul. This is one of those times. It is at times like this that we wonder if anyone has ever experienced pain and loneliness so intently. This is the moment that that one pivotal question swirls unanswered and ...read more

  • Three Words Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
     | 4,967 views

    This message is designed for someone that the preacher knows fairly well so they can fill in details of their life in the middle section. It is a celebration of their life that ends with a turn toward eternity.

    Message As we’ve come to this service, we embark on that march that David describes as the “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” What do you do when you are hit with the hard reality of life and death? How do you continue to put one foot in front of the other when ...read more

  • A Life Well Lived Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 14,656 views

    This message was for the funeral of an elderly Christian woman who was actively involved in ministry into late life.

    “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on ...read more

  • More Than Survivors

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,239 views

    This Easter Weekend message looks at what made the Resurrection something that moved the disciples from the few who simply survived to those who thoroughly transformed the world.

    MORE THAN SURVIVORS LUKE 24:36-53 Now in its 14th season, Survivor is a reality game show, in which an assortment of people are “marooned” in a remote location in a battle for cash and prizes. The show uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off ...read more

  • Hearing The Loneliness Of The Cross

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
     | 3,426 views

    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 ...read more

  • Light The Fire Again

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,395 views

    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 - ...read more

  • The Prodigal Who Stayed Home Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
     | 5,072 views

    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 ...read more

  • Zombies, Zonks & Magic Acts Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
     | 1,805 views

    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 ...read more

  • Three Messages Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jun 22, 2015
    based on 3 ratings
     | 5,254 views

    This message was preached for the funeral of a Christian woman who died after a year-long battle with cancer. It takes from 1 Thessalonians 4 three statements that the woman would like to have shared with those gathered for her funeral.

    On behalf of the family of Loretta *****, I want to thank everyone for joining us in this home going memorial celebration for Loretta … and though today can be a difficult day, I believe Loretta would encourage us to begin with our thoughts directed heavenward, recognizing our reliance on the ...read more

  • Uptake On The Resurrection

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on May 7, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,723 views

    This morning we are going to look at 17 verses that end the book of Luke, and from those verses, we will glean the difference that the Resurrection made in the lives of the disciples then, and can make in the lives of disciples now.

    The Uptake On The Resurrection Luke 24:36-53 It’s Resurrection Sunday, and as is typical, we, as Christians, enter into worship with an upbeat spirit. Why is that? Because we know that the uptake on Christianity is found in the Resurrection, we’ve heard the end of the story. However, last ...read more

  • Us Isn't Them Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on May 7, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,031 views

    Paul describes the transformation that happens when a person moves from a life lived in darkness to a life illuminated by Christ. That transformation happens as we, as Christians, take three determined steps that define the difference between ourselves an

    Us Isn’t Them! Moving From Darkness To Light Ephesians 4:17-32 All you have to do is spend a little bit of time listening to many Christians talk before you observe from their conversations an attitude of “Us isn’t them!” … an attitude that marks the boundaries between Christian territory and ...read more

  • How To Be Like God Series

    Contributed by Steven Chapman on May 7, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,888 views

    A person takes on the characteristics of the family to which he or she belongs. In this text Paul, shares at least three ways that we are to imitate God.

    How To Be Like God Ephesians 5:1-14 It is for me the most memorable scene of the movie. Pongo is watching out the window as a stream of people pass by heading toward the park. Each passing pet look like their owners. When a couple have been together for a long time. They begin to look like ...read more