Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Speaker: Jon Kopp - The glory of God changes everything. We know that on a grand scale. Weekends like Easter or amazing messages or miraculous life-change grab our attention. But, none of us live in those types of experiences. We all live in the normal. And, this morning, we are going to see from the early church that the glory of God doesn’t just affect the once-in-a-lifetime, it also affects the everyday. God uses awe-inspiring encounters with His glory to totally affect the normal patterns of our lives together. This morning, the first church is going to show us that healthy community is “normal” life totally affected by the glory of God. And that is something we all need.
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
17 mins 23 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Happy New Year! What was last year like? Was it a year filled with joy or sorrow? Did you obtain all of your goals? Do you have any regret from choices made? It could be that last year is one that you would rather forget. It could be that you are looking forward to 2017 as a fresh start. Perhaps, you should begin this year with a humble heart asking God to revive you. Revival is one of the themes of Psalm 119. When one cries out to God for revival it is a realization that he or she has a need that only God can meet. In addition, this need is so great that he or she desires for God to work right now. So if your spiritual compass is spinning and you are struggling to find your way come to God and ask him to revive your heart.
Sun, Sep 04, 2016
51 mins 39 secs
Speaker: Sam Horn - In seven letters to seven churches, Jesus Christ Himself reveals by encouragement and rebuke and by warning and praise the marks of His church across all places and times. The first of these marks is communicated through the church of Ephesus. Jesus’ church is to be marked by love. While love for Jesus should always be present in true Christians, it can fluctuate in its intensity. Christians must constantly cultivate a fervent love for Christ with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and there is no better biblical illustration of the seriousness of allowing love for Christ to weaken than this letter. Without love, the church’s work, endurance and purity are worthless.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
54 mins 3 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Paul’s expresses his love for the church of Philippi throughout the epistle that he sent them. His time with this church must have been sweet. Yet, since his last visit, strife had broken out among the believers. This is why Paul in Philippians 1 reminds the members of this church of his own hardships for the gospel. He shared that some who claimed the name of Christ were actually preaching Christ out of rivalry. But this did not slow down Paul from living worthy of the gospel. Throughout the book Paul offers himself as a joyful example of Christian maturity. The idea is that the Philippian believers should live just as Paul lived. Philippians 1:27 exhorts the believers to live worthy of the Gospel. Later, in Philippians 2:1-11 Paul encourages the believers to live worthy of the gospel by allowing the humility of Christ to guide all of their interactions with others. In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul reminds them of their dependent responsibility to work out their own salvation so that the lost would see Christ in them.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
1 hr 5 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This morning we will be looking at a famous section of the “Sermon on the Mount.” In the first part of Jesus’ message, He describes the character of those who are true disciples. In Matthew 5:3-12 we find a profile of those who have eternal life, those who are saved – they are poor in spirit, meek, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, humble, and hungry for righteousness. That is what true followers of Christ are like.
But then Jesus changes the direction of his sermon in Matthew 5:13-16. He focuses not on the character of true disciples, but rather their influence on the world around them. How do real followers of Jesus affect the fallen society in which they live? What force do they exert on the world around them? How do disciples of Jesus shape their culture? We will take some time to answer that question from the text, and what we will find is that the church is supposed to be salt and light.
Sun, May 22, 2016
43 mins 31 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - How many times does a Christian have to be rejected until they stop sharing their faith? Have you noticed that It does not take much opposition to cause believers to question if the Message of Christ is Sufficient for our Pluralistic Society? Being a real Christian in western culture is not becoming easier. To be an outspoken Christian is frowned upon. Preaching the exclusivity of Christ is the quickest way to be labeled intolerant and a bigot. Many Christians are tempted to question if a life of intentional ministry is worth all of the trials and hardships that come with it.
Is the Message of Christ sufficient for today? How are we to live a life of ministry in a culture that redefines truth, undermines Scriptural authority and challenges everything? How do we communicate the sufficiency of Christ to our culture? Thankfully, God gave us the Apostle Paul for an example. Paul faced many afflictions for the Gospel. In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul recounts his imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecks, hunger, sleepless nights, and the constant pressure regarding the health of the churches. On top of all this, false teachers were incessantly opposing him. Some had apparently come into the church of Corinth and attacked Paul by saying he was weak, dishonest, and a corrupter of God’s Word. If anyone had an earthly reason to give up and lose heart, it was Paul. His response was not to commend himself but rather remind the Corinthian believers of what God had done in their lives. He then let their testimony stand as a letter of recommendation commending the authenticity of His ministry. With this backdrop, Paul in 2 Cor. 4 declares what true ministry should look like in the midst of a hostile environment. He reminds us that the message of Christ is sufficient.
Sun, May 15, 2016
43 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Psalm 96, the writer calls upon all the people of the earth and all the elements of nature to praise the Lord who is infinitely greater than all the gods of the nations. He alone created all things. He alone rules all things. He alone is coming back to judge the world in righteousness. So this morning let us sing to the Lord. Let us worship him in the beauty of holiness. Let us ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. And may our worship resound to the nations of the earth that they might join us in praising the true and living God.
Sun, Apr 24, 2016
50 mins 56 secs
Speaker: Jonathan Albright - We live in a day when it seems that you can find a worship service that meets the expectations of almost anyone, no matter what those expectations are. Should the service include a large choir, no choir, worship band? Is the format to reflect strict formal liturgy that is highly structured, or free flowing and spontaneous? Does the music have to represent a particular style? - loud music, soft music, mainly singing worship choruses, or should it mainly be hymns? Such considerations surface an important question. What are the characteristics of healthy church worship? Our text this morning provides us with an illuminating glimpse into the Apostle Paul’s understanding of the corporate worship of the early church and highlights for us three characteristics by which we should measure the health of our church worship.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016
55 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Acts 6, the growth of the church and the increasing number of impoverished believers required a restructuring of the community. The apostles gathered the congregation and taught them about a new group of men with distinct servanthood responsibilities. These officers would later be referred to as deacons (1 Tim. 3:8-11; Phil. 1:1). Deacons are needed in the church to provide logistical and material support so that the elders can concentrate their efforts on the Word of God and prayer. Deacons are not responsible to teach or spiritually lead the congregation, but instead provide oversight in the service-oriented functions of the church so that needs are cared for and the gospel can spread.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016
42 mins 13 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Every church or family of churches should have a strategy for developing and deploying church leaders. Paul’s words to Timothy point us in the right direction, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim. 2:2). Churches need to train ministry leaders as an investment into the future. Now, colleges and seminaries can supplement the training process, but they never replace the local church. Our desire at Gospel Grace is to identify, mentor, and send church leaders for purposeful multiplication in Salt Lake City and beyond. May the Lord help us in this endeavor in the years ahead.