Role: Youth, Media and Administration
Jon coordinates our student ministry as well as the details of media, communications and administration at Gospel Grace. Prior to moving to SLC, Jon served for 8 years as a pastor for student, worship, and media ministry at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, TN. Jon is a passionate disciple-maker who loves to proclaim God’s Word and see it transform lives. Our church body and ministry team are strengthened by his love for people and gift of administration. God has also given him a blend of gifts that allow him to fuse his love for the gospel with powerful and effective communication through media. Jon currently serves not only as pastor for student, media and administration, but also works bi-vocationally as a graphic designer.
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, Mar 19, 2017
49 mins 51 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - James is going to show us today that those who live in humility acknowledge what is true about life and God. You see, humility isn’t simply echoing Eeyore's constant "poor me" refrain. C.S. Lewis has famously said, "True humility isn't thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less." It is acknowledging what is true about yourself with all your limitations and inabilities and living in light of them under a Holy God. So, in today’s text James is going to help us do that as it pertains to a very practical area of life— how we plan and think about the future. May God help us to acknowledge what is true about ourselves so that we can embrace what is true about Him.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
51 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - This morning, James is going to introduce the next major section of his epistle by addressing another characteristic of genuine faith. If you remember back to Chapter 1:26-27, James has already given us a rough outline for the major topics for his epistle. The outline flows like this: Those who have genuine faith care for the neediest around them. That was chapter 2. They also interact well with the world. That will be James 4 and following. Then this morning, those with genuine faith control their tongues. and to introduce that topic, he points out something that is universally true of human beings. There is no more consistent and penetrating evidence of our need for genuine faith than what comes out of our mouths. Over and over again, many times a day, our tongues humble us and shows us our need for a faith that can transform us. So, thats what we will look at today. May God use our tongues to humble us to our desperate need of his grace.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
54 mins 40 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - "We all too often want a Christianity and church on our terms according to our preferences and aligning with our lifestyles. We are a people happy to go to church just so long as nothing in our lives has to change. We are a people happy to be Christians as long as we can define Christianity according to what accommodates us. The only problem with that is that in order for the religion of Christianity to be authentic, true and actually acceptable to God, we have to let Him define what it looks like. And His definition of true Christianity is radically different from ours." (David Platt) In James 1:26-27, God defines for us what true Christianity looks like. It isn't easy and doesn't make us comfortable, but it does reveal whether our hearts have been "brought forth by the Word of truth." May God transform us to reflect a Christianity that is valuable, pure and undefiled.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
50 mins 30 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - God’s word is very clear that believers will face trials of many kinds. Just as our Lord was tested in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11), and just as he endured temptation (Heb. 4:15), so we too are called to endure trials and temptation. However, the Bible also promises us that God will use our trials for our good, strengthening us and leading us to rely more fully on him. Both Peter and Paul make similar points in Rom. 5:3-5 and 1 Pet. 1:6-7. So, “when all kinds of trials crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.” - JB Phillips paraphrase of James 1:2-4
Sun, Jul 10, 2016
47 mins 40 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - In this surprising proverb, we find a summary of what the Bible teaches about hope. It is surprising, because in this seemingly trite few words is hidden a very deep truth. One preacher said that you’ve heard of the milk of the word and the meat of the word. Well, Proverbs is the hard candy of the Word. You can’t gulp it down like milk and you can’t just chew and swallow it like meat, you have to ponder it, roll it around for a while until the sweetness oozes out. And that is abundantly true as we approach this proverb. Because if we aren’t careful, we can look at this proverb and totally miss what it is saying. And we can think that all it is saying is that when we don’t get what we want, we aren’t happy, and when we do, we are. But, this proverb is saying much more than that. Solomon is going right to the core of who we are to reveals to us our only true source of hope. This proverb is going to help us wisely handle our hope.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
52 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - This morning, Solomon is going to show us that we we need more than a list of rules and principles to find true life. What we need is trust. We need trust in God written deep on our hearts as we hurry through life’s complex decisions, moment by moment. Apart from an entire, exclusive and exhaustive trust in the Lord, we find false security in life’s plenty and confusion or threat in its troubles. But, with trust in God deep in our souls, we find the path to true life, and we find our souls coming alive more and more. Irenaeus, the early Christian theologian, has famously said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” And, that is exactly where Solomon wants to take us in Proverbs 3. Solomon wants to show us where true life is found. This morning, we will find that true life is only found in trusting the Lord.
Sun, May 29, 2016
49 mins 29 secs
Speakers: Jon Kopp - In today’s passage, Paul wants us to see all the enemies of the child of God “swirling around us. He wants us to imagine the worst case scenarios. He wants us to ask the tough questions, to see if the love of God remains credible even then. And he admits, Yes, life beats us up. We get bloodied all along the way. But in it all, there is a love that will not let us go. God’s love will not allow our faith to die, because his love undergirds our faith. We waver. We weep. We agonize. But, we get back up again and say, ‘I will trust God. He must have a good reason for this. I go on with God.’ Why do we do this? Why don’t we give up on God? Because God loves us. His love created our faith. His love undergirds our faith. His love is deepening our faith. And He is going to bring us by our faith through all our afflictions, more like Christ and more fit to be with Christ.” (Raymond Ortlund)
Sun, Mar 06, 2016
53 mins 40 secs
In today’s passage, “Paul asks four revealing questions and makes four stabilizing declarations: God sticks up for us, provides for us, justifies us, and loves us. God’s love is loyal, generous, just and eternal. God fights for us, God gives to us, God defends us, God cares for us – no matter what happens. God is for us in friendship, God is over us in provision, God is around us in protection, God is with us in preservation. Therefore, we should never feel opposed by God, we should never feel deprived by God, we should never feel condemned by God and we should never feel abandoned by God. May we so believe the gospel that we live in the atmosphere of God’s overcoming partnership, God’s over-compensating generosity, God’s overruling advocacy and God’s overwhelming love.” – Raymond Ortlund, Jr
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
52 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - "If you live inside the massive promise of Romans 8:28, your life is more solid and stable than Mount Everest. Nothing can blow you over when you are inside its walls. Outside of Romans 8:28 all is confusion and anxiety and fear and uncertainty. Outside this promise of all-encompassing grace, there are straw houses of drugs and alcohol and numbing TV and dozens of futile diversions. There are slat walls and tin roofs of fragile investment strategies and fleeting insurance coverage and trivial retirement plans. There are cardboard fortifications of deadbolt locks and alarm systems and antiballistic missiles. Outside are a thousand substitutes for Romans 8:28. Once you walk through the door of love into the massive unshakable structure of Romans 8:28 everything changes. There comes into your life stability and depth and freedom. You simply can’t be blown over anymore. The confidence that a sovereign God governs for your good all the pain and all the pleasure that you will ever experience is an incomparable refuge and security and hope and power in your life." (John Piper, Future Grace, 122-123)