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Sermons by Ben Sadler

Sermons by Ben Sadler

temptation, people

Resist Temptation, Embrace Trials

Temptation looks different for everyone. But no matter what it looks like for you, something disguised as acceptable by our culture tempts your sinful heart. Whether it’s food, images, people, or something else, there are tons of things that can pull us far away from what God wants for our lives. It’s easy to slide from temptation into sin, but you can resist with the help of God. Trials are opportunities for us to grow in faith and mature in…

Ash Wednesday 2021

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a time to prepare our hearts and minds for Easter. Preparing for Christmas is easier than preparing for Easter. Not only do we get lots of help from society to celebrate Christmas, it’s just easier to buy something than to fast from something. It is easier to talk about the birth of a baby than the death of our Savior. But we need Lent. We need to take the time to face our…
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Prayer Over Other “Priorities”

We sometimes think of prayer as a waste of time. So we don’t make time to pray. When we offer to pray, we sometimes feel like we are taking the easy way out as opposed to enlisting the powerful God to intervene in life. We think prayer makes us weak, but prayer allows us to tap into our power source. Renewal comes with quality time spent with God in prayer. Sermon Text: James 5:16
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Forgiveness Over Revenge

Forgiveness is easier said than done. We want to use forgiveness as a weapon. The problem is that withholding forgiveness doesn’t hurt the other person so much as it cuts into our souls. It makes us feel superior and in control, but the lack of forgiveness actually crushes us. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean we’ll feel instant joy or relief. But it does mean we’re taking the right steps to walk toward healing and renewal. Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21-35
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Worship Over Worry

We constantly find disappointment in the things of this world, and so we worry. We worry that things are not going to go the way we want We worry that we want be able to handle it. We worry that we don’t add up. When we worship instead of worry, we take our eyes and minds of ourselves and look to God, who is our creator, redeemer, and provider. He renews us through the good news of Jesus in Word…
light, assurance, preparing, mess

Preparing for the Light

What does preparing for Jesus look like? As the holidays grow close, we make preparations for meals, decorations, and gatherings. We also need to prepare our hearts. The light is coming, and as we get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we need to examine our hearts and recognize our deep need for a Savior. Sermon Text: Isaiah 40:1-11
united, one, prayer, diversity, purpose

United in Purpose Under Christ

God united us to live new lives of love and service, under one purpose. We no longer live for our own personal and individual gain. Instead we are to live as “children of the light”. Our old life of sin and selfishness leads to division and pain. But when we live for the good of others, we become a united family of love. Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-5:20
united, one, prayer, diversity, purpose

United in Prayer – Understand God’s Love

Because God has made us the unified children of God, we can now approach our Father with freedom and confidence. Prayer is a unique opportunity for us to grow closer to God and know that he listens to us. Through prayer, we ask God to help us all grasp the height, depth, length, and width of his love so that we can grow even closer to God and one another. Sermon Text: Ephesians 3
united, one, prayer, diversity, purpose

United in Christ

No matter who is in the White House, Christians pledge their ultimate allegiance to King Jesus. Paul tells us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, ruling over all things for the good of the Church. He did this to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Elections for our government don’t need to make or break you. In Christ, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We are united…
gather, groups, give, grow, go

Grow in Faith

Do you think you can grow in faith? Or are you stuck? We know that Scripture is “God-breathed” and is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”. But many of us have difficulty building a habit in reading God’s word regularly. We may perceive time constraints or feel intimidated by the size or complexity of the Bible. But we can all grow in faith. Using tools such as devotion series, reading plans, and videos on Scriptures helps us…
gather, groups, give, grow, go

Groups for Accountability

Worshiping Jesus in a large group is a huge blessing. But there are some things you can’t do in a large group. We can’t build intimate and trusting relationships. We can’t “spur one another on towards love and good deeds.” That’s why we need to gather in Life Groups. In a Life Group, we experience the powerful blessing of holding each other accountable to the Word of God. Sermon Text: Hebrews 10:19-25
gather, groups, give, grow, go

Groups for Encouragement

We don’t just gather for worship; we gather in groups to encourage one another. No one has ever seen God, but the Apostle John says, “When we love one another God lives in us and is made complete in us.” So when we participate in a Life Group and love one another, we get the unique opportunity to experience the loving presence of God among us. We meet in Life Groups to encourage one another and grow closer to God.…