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  • Christmas Eve Message

    Contributed by Tim Hedberg on Jan 28, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    A Great Story

    Christmas Eve Message December 24, 2007 This Is About That Titus 2:11 If we were to visit each other’s garages tonight I guarantee we would find some pretty unique stuff. Some of you are thinking I don’t have a garage, so let’s not be so exact. If we were to visit your attic, shop, your more

  • A Powerful Change In Direction

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Aug 3, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Here is a great story, full of drama, of desperation, of the bringing down of the walls of racism and pride.

    Passage: Matthew 15:21-28 Intro: It’s a gripping story. Has all the elements of great drama. 1. personal desperation, great need 2. controversy, argument, decision 3. it is an intensely personal story, teaching great principles that have powerful application. 4. Jesus is at a more

  • The Greatest Sermon Of The Year

    Contributed by Scott Cody on Aug 14, 2003
    based on 18 ratings

    A collection of passages from the Bible that tell God’s great story in one brief sermon.

    It’s a bit presumptuous for someone to claim to deliver the greatest sermon of the year, but I make no apologies for today’s lesson or it’s claim. That’s because God’s going to do the preaching today. Sometimes, preachers get in the way of God’s powerful message of hope. So let me quit sharing my more

  • A Messiah's Teaching Method: Parables Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jul 22, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Jesus uses great story telling to get us to think about how receptive we are to his message of the Kingdom.

    A Messiah's Teaching Method: Parables Text: Matt. 13:1-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: Robin Meyers, in his book Morning Sun on a White Piano, quotes theologian Ernest Campbell who summarizes the ministry of Jesus with these words: “His ministry was one of constant and unbridled more

  • To You This Day Is Born A Saviour

    Contributed by Michael Uebergang on Apr 12, 2006
    based on 17 ratings

    Our text tells of a great story and what a friendly coming by a friendly God who is full of goodwill toward mankind.

    To You This Day is Born A Saviour Luke 2: 8 – 15 My guess is that all of you here know the Christmas story… What makes this story so great? What makes this story so great is that it is the story of how God comes to us in the friendliest of ways. Think about it: God who is so great more

  • Have You Tasted My Apple?

    Contributed by Charles Whatley on May 20, 2004
    based on 24 ratings

    We Christians have experienced great things and have great stories to tell...if only we’ll tell them!

    Every year at the University of Chicago Divinity School, they have what is called "Baptist Day." On this one day, everyone brings a picnic lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. The school would invite some great theological mind to lecture while the students and faculty ate their more

  • Don't Just Stand There!

    Contributed by Clair Sauer on Jun 1, 2011
    based on 56 ratings

    It is the greatest story ever told. And now, the great story of God's faithfulness and justice and mercy, is being entrusted to the witnesses, to Christ's disciples, to proclaim to the world.

    So imagine you're walking down the street, minding your own business when you happen upon a large crowd. You notice that all faces are turned upwards toward the sky. You follow the gazes of the crowd and see above you a massive cloud with a pair of feet showing just below the bottom edge of the more

  • Jesus Is King

    Contributed by Andy Payne on Apr 5, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    The story of the Bible is the greatest of all stories. It is the story of Christ and His entering into the struggle of humanity in order to rescue his fallen creation. The great story of Christ permeates all of Scripture including every individual scene.

    A great story is held together by a great plot One overarching theme, which binds every scene together Compelling lead character – a dangerous dilemma involving loss of certain order, the lead characters attempt to solve the problem and restore order, a villain, a companion or more

  • What Sets Christianity Apart

    Contributed by Jon Mackinney on Aug 3, 2010

    All of the religions of the world have works at their core; all except Christianity. Here is a great story of Jesus confronting the self-righteous works righteousness of His day, and ours!

    Passage: Matthew 15:1-20 Intro: Christianity is unique among the religions of the world. 1. and we are going to see why it is in this passage. 2. it is a conversation of intense conflict, so much so that it made Jesus’ disciples nervous. 3. in an atmosphere of love and grace, more

  • Narnia: What Are You Waiting For? Series

    Contributed by Jeff Thiemann on Nov 26, 2005
    based on 4 ratings

    Advent is a time of watching, waiting and anticipating Jesus’ activity in our lives as Jesus has turned to each of us, to pull us into God’s great story of salvation for the world.

    What are you waiting for? This is an appropriate question to ask on this Sunday as we begin the new church year and as we begin the season of Advent, these four Sundays that lead up to Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation; our preparation often includes much time shopping, decorating, more

  • The Three Seekers Series

    Contributed by Brian Bill on May 13, 2003
    based on 339 ratings

    Surely one of the great stories of Christmas is the account of the visit of the Wise Men from the East. This delightful tale of strange men from some faraway land who brought Christmas presents to the baby Jesus is filled with mystery and intrigue.

    The Three Seekers In our series that we’re calling Christmas Characters, we looked at Herod two weeks ago: - Herod was preoccupied with power. - Herod was preoccupied with possessions. - Herod was preoccupied with prestige. - Herod was preoccupied with paranoia. Last week we focused more

  • Are You Plugged In To Support God's Work? Series

    Contributed by David Dykes on Mar 31, 2003
    based on 54 ratings

    After almost a century of exile, the Jews returned to find Jerusalem in ruins. They were spiritually unplugged. Ezra is a great story of how they plugged in to what God had for them. Giving an offering was an important step in getting plugged in.

    Are You Plugged in to Support God’s Work? Ezra 3:5-7 by Dr. David O. Dykes INTRODUCTION Before I get started, I just remembered we are taking some friends out to lunch, and I’m out of cash. Can anyone help me? ... Will you loan me some money for lunch? “How much do you need?” How much do more

  • Real Sacrifice Series

    Contributed by James Parker on Apr 9, 2011

    This week we will look at a great story of sacrifice, a woman who exhibited a spirit of Real Sacrifice! Once upon a time, a pig and a chicken were walking down a village street. They came upon a church sign which was advertising a prayer breakfast which

    Once upon a time, a pig and a chicken were walking down a village street. They came upon a church sign which was advertising a prayer breakfast which was going to be held in a few days. At the bottom of the sign the menu was given. It read “Ham and eggs will be served from 6:30 to 8:00 more

  • The Saints Of God

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on Nov 6, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    The historical celebration of All Saints Day, combining past and recent martyr’s with Paul’s note that "all living Christians are also to be called saints". The message includes a great story on Grace which no other "religion" offers. the story is from

    In Jesus Holy Name November 4, 2007 Text: Revelation 6:9-11 All Saints Day, Redeemer “The Saints of God” November 1st was “All Saints Day.” But our culture, our children, our economy celebrated “All Hallowed Eve” with great enthusiasm. What did we gain? Millions of more

  • Da Vinci Code: Truth And Error Part 3 Series

    Contributed by Mark Strauss on May 8, 2006
    based on 12 ratings

    What accounts for the amazing success of The Da Vinci Code? There are no doubt many factors: (1) For one thing, it is a great story. While few would call The Da Vinci Code great literature, it is certainly great entertainment, a gripping suspense novel

    Truth and Error in The Da Vinci Code Part 3 Christianity Answers The Code This message contains excerpts from the book Truth and Error in the Da Vinci Code by Mark L. Strauss This book may be ordered at The popularity of The Da Vinci Code What accounts for the more