Sep 20, 2015
Faithful Past – Hope-filled Future
Series: Anniversary
Sermon Faithful PastOn the 130th Anniversary of First Christian Church of Chicago, the FCC family of Chicago reflected on Hebrews 12:1-2 as a hinge upon which the church would turn. With 130 years of witnesses for life transformation and faithful witness, the church stands at the juncture of doing something to continue the to fulfill the legacy that has been layed down for us.
Often a churches own history can be its own downfall. History should push us on, not leave us there admiring the accomplishments of the past.
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  • Sep 20, 2015Faithful Past – Hope-filled Future
    Sep 20, 2015
    Faithful Past – Hope-filled Future
    Series: Anniversary
    Sermon Faithful PastOn the 130th Anniversary of First Christian Church of Chicago, the FCC family of Chicago reflected on Hebrews 12:1-2 as a hinge upon which the church would turn. With 130 years of witnesses for life transformation and faithful witness, the church stands at the juncture of doing something to continue the to fulfill the legacy that has been layed down for us.
    Often a churches own history can be its own downfall. History should push us on, not leave us there admiring the accomplishments of the past.
  • Sep 13, 2015Prayer That Works
    Sep 13, 2015
    Prayer That Works
    Series: War Room
    Prayer That WorksPrayer is not a kid's game. Prayer is essential for confronting the spiritual battles that we will face in our lives. In order for prayer to work, it needs to be approached correctly. While there is not magical formula for effective prayer, Jesus shares a variety of principles for prayer that works. Each of these principles addresses an issue of attitude that puts us in the proper position for prayer to be effective.
    This message comes from Matthew 6, the larger context of the Lord's Prayer.
    There is an associate between this message and the movie, The War Room.
  • Sep 6, 2015Preparing For Battle
    Sep 6, 2015
    Preparing For Battle
    Series: War Room
    Preparing For Battle
    As Christians we are called to war ... a cosmic battle between good and evil, a battle with the Devil. This battle is real, and has the potential to claim the souls of many believers if they do not properly prepare to confront the deceitful schemes of the Devil. This message provides guidance for properly preparing for victory in that battle.
    Message adapted with clips from the movie War Room.
  • Aug 23, 2015The Least Expected
    Aug 23, 2015
    The Least Expected
    News B90Paul a former persecutor of the church is surely among the least likely people to be used by God as a missionary and spokesman for that same church.
    Paul's status change applies to us today in two ways:
    1) If God can use Paul, he can use us -- so allow yourself to be used.
    2) No one is so far gone that God cannot reach and use them -- so reach for the outcasts.
  • Aug 16, 2015What Is A Messiah?
    Aug 16, 2015
    What Is A Messiah?
    News B90God, for centuries, had been preparing His people for the arrival of the Messiah -- the one who would bring His presence to mankind, not through a structure, but through a man. However, when Jesus arrived, he didn't necessarily fit the mold that people expected. Jesus didn't arrive as triumphant King, but as Servant-Messiah. Matthew's quote of Isaiah 42, in chapter 12, frames Jesus' ministry as he wants us to see Jesus.
  • Aug 9, 2015More Than Another Big Fish Story
    Aug 9, 2015
    More Than Another Big Fish Story
    News B90Jonah is not about big fish. The real story of Jonah is about big weeds and big cities. Like Jonah, we may have more concern about our pettiness than about things that touch the heart of God.
  • Aug 2, 2015Big Britches, Hard Falls, & Right Minds
    Aug 2, 2015
    Big Britches, Hard Falls, & Right Minds
    News B90In a world that is concerned about protecting fragile self-esteem and puffing up pride, the story of Nebuchadnezzar is a hard to grasp. To the king with all of the known world under his control, the message is simple, "There is only one king ... and it is not you." We, likewise, can become consumed with our own importance and forget that we are not the king of our worlds.
    When we become deluded by our own self-importance, God may step in to remind us that He is the King of our world by taking us through a journey of shame, humility, and repentance, so that he can restore us to our right minds ... minds that recognize his kingship over our lives.
  • Jul 26, 2015Jeremiah: Downtraded Faith
    Jul 26, 2015
    Jeremiah: Downtraded Faith
    News B90Life is filled with choices and trade-offs. But the biggest threat to our Christian life is when we choose to trade the real thing for a lesser quality version. That is the problem that Jeremiah was addressing in Jeremiah 7 - at least three ways that the people of Judah had downgraded their faith to God's unflattering assessment.
  • Jul 19, 2015Solomon: Words, Wisdom, and Watching What We Say
    Jul 19, 2015
    Solomon: Words, Wisdom, and Watching What We Say
    In Proverbs, King Solomon teaches that discernment in speech is a hallmark of true wisdom.
  • Jul 12, 2015Preparation For Purpose
    Jul 12, 2015
    Preparation For Purpose
    News B90JoAnn shares an insightful message on the principle characters and supporting cast in the story of Esther. The book of Esther teaches us that God is able to use us in, or even in spite of, our various capacities and inclinations to fulfill His purposes.
    God has strategically placed all of us in a divine spot to play a part in His plan. The question is: Are we going to play that role?
  • Jul 5, 2015God’s Rehab Projects
    Jul 5, 2015
    God’s Rehab Projects
    News B90God created a home for himself in the pages of Scripture, however, since the entrance of sin in the world, he has been engaged in a rehab project to restore his home with humanity to its original glory.
    The home he built with the people of Israel was in need of restoration. Zerubbabel led in the rebuilding of the Temple. Nehemiah led in the rebuilding of the walls of the city. Ezra led in the rebuilding of the faithful.
    God's renovations of our spiritual lives are not complete with sprucing up the exterior. God comes in to do a complete demolition and restoration of the inside.
  • Jun 28, 2015David: An Ordinary Man Serving An Extraordinary God
    Jun 28, 2015
    David: An Ordinary Man Serving An Extraordinary God
    David, unlike many of our gilded appraisals, was far from the perfect person. So what did it mean to be "a man after God's own heart." It is never about the person themselves. It is always about God's ability to use the broken and imperfect to accomplish His purposes.