Sermons by Jeff Butler

Sermons by Jeff Butler

Can You Relate? Building Healthy Relationships with Friends and Family

We start a new series this week all about relationships. Although they are hard to do well, we learn how healthy relationships are critical to having a healthy life (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually). And despite the fact we are flawed, we are called to – and able to – have healthy relationships with both God and others.

Easter for Everyone: Why, Who, and How

Easter is a special time of year to remind everyone that we are welcome home into God’s family. In this message, we look at why Jesus came to earth, who Jesus came for, and different ways for how we can respond. Luke 19:1-10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and rescue lost people, while Matthew 9:9-13 tells us that Jesus came for everyone – especially imperfect, damaged, and unreligious people. And our response can be hostile, shallow enthusiasm, apathy,…

God Sex and Marriage: By God’s Design Marriage is Two Becoming One

In this series, we tackle the controversial topic of what exactly the Bible says about God, Sex, and Marriage. This week, we further discuss how marriage means two becoming one, and thinking of marriage as a covenant, not a contract. Ephesians 5:21 and Philippians 2:1-8 tell us that marriage is the making of one out of two through self-denial, service, accountability, and forgiveness.  And it is this type of transformative relationship that shows us marriage should not be thought of…

God, Sex, and Marriage: Marriage and Singleness

In this series, we tackle the controversial topic of what exactly the Bible says about God, Sex, and Marriage. This week, we further discuss what it means to be created, integrated sexual beings, and how that relates to being married and single. Genesis 1:27-28 tells us that being a “sexed creation”, or not sexless, is a good thing, and by having cross-gendered relationships (whether as a friendship or as a unique, selective romantic relationship), we deeply enrich our lives with…

God, Sex, and Marriage: Two Sexes: God’s Design. God’s Gift

In this new series, we tackle the controversial topic of what exactly the Bible says about God, Sex, and Marriage. In this opening message, we learn that it is a complex subject, but the important thing is to keep God as the foundation for how we determine our attitudes towards sex and marriage. We examine Genesis to learn that God is the designer and creator of sex and that He made two sexes. However, we live in a disordered world…

2018 is Going to be Great: Repentance

New Year’s Resolutions may be hard to keep, but pleasing God is one goal that we can all do. In this last message of the series, we examine what it means to be repentant and how that not only pleases God, but also blesses our new year. Although today we may not like the word “repentance”, Acts tells us that repentance has always been a part of true Biblical faith. The three main steps to repentance are changing your mind,…

2018 is Going to Be Great: Practice Hospitality

New Year’s Resolutions may be hard to keep, but pleasing God is one goal that we can all do. In this message of the series, we examine what it means to be God’s faithful steward who is hospitable to all. 1 Peter 4:7-9 tells us that God expects us to be hospitable to everyone, as it is an important recurring theme throughout Scripture.  We are to be welcoming to those not only in God’s family, be also those who are…

2018 is Going to Be Great: Be a Faithful Steward

New Year’s Resolutions may be hard to keep, but pleasing God is one goal that we can all do. In this message of the series, we examine what it means to be a faithful steward (Matthew 23:14-30) as an obedient and loving child of God. In 1 Peter 4:10, we learn that as a steward, God has entrusted us with time, talent, treasure, spiritual gifts, and the Good News. As such, we should obediently and faithfully use these gifts for…

2018 is Going to Be Great: Obedience Shows Others Who You Love

New Year’s Resolutions may be hard to keep, but pleasing God is one goal that we can all do. Romans 5:8 tells us that we please the Lord simply by being His children, and 1 John 5:1-3 says that we obey God because He is our loving Father. Obedience even enriches our relationship with the Lord and improves our lives, but what else does obedience do? John 14:30-31 tells us that through his obedience to the Father, Jesus revealed to…