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May 2016

Rediscovering Hope

Faith Promise 2016
Christianity is about rediscovering hope. Our partnership in missions is a partnership in sharing that hope with others.
 
This message was presented by Kathy Bozyk, the Executive Director of Southside Pregnancy Center as part of FCC Chicago’s annual Faith Promise Emphasis.
 


Is Jesus Enough

Sermon Not A Fan
When Jesus closed the buffet, and began passing out hard to swallow teaching, the fans fell away.
What if the only thing God had to offer you was Jesus? Would that be enough? If life had your back against the wall and all that was offered was Je


April 2016

More Than Rules

Sermon Not A Fan
Religion regards rules over relationship. Christianity recognizes relationship results in regard for rules.
In this encounter, Jesus is confronted by rule-followers over what to do with a rule-breaker. In pointing out our inability to live up to the rules, he calls us to follower, not rules, but Him.


A Comfortable Cross

Sermon Not A Fan
Americans have become creatures of comfort, as has the church in America. We have even made the cross into a comfortable object.
However, the cross in the first century would have been seen as an instrument of torture and death … the ultimate


Choosing Intimacy

Sermon Not A FanWhen Jesus chooses us, He chooses us to engage in an intimate relationship with Him. He does not want us to be familiar fans, but intimate followers. That may be a risky venture which requires vulnerability. But we will never have the depth of relationship which will bring closeness and forgiveness without getting to know Him and letting Him know us.

Message springs from Luke 9:23 – “If anyone would come after me.” And contrasts Simeon and the sinful women in Luke 7.


Open Invitation

We have learned to be skeptical we told a deal is available for “anyone.” But when Jesus invites “anyone” to follow Him, anyone means everyone. There are no exceptions, no excuses. However, following Him will cost you everything.
This message is based on the discipleship call of Jesus in Luke 9:23.
Sermon Not A Fan


March 2016

Fan or Follower?

not-a-fan-subpageJesus is not interested in having fans. He desires followers. Fans are fickle. Followers are committed.
It is time that many in the church honestly assess their relationship with Christ. Are they a committed follower or a fan?


Foster Faith

Sermon Awaken LoveAll of the marriage strategies and solutions will not help if you are missing the most important piece in the puzzle — God.
God created marriage and he understands how it works.
He also knows the joy and heartbreak of marriage because marriage his how he describes his relationship with his people. He understands forgiveness because he offers it to us. He understands the work, because he accomplished it on our behalf.


Cultivate Commitment

Sermon Awaken LoveMarriage is a relationships of commitment, a relationship of promises. But what do you do when if becomes difficult to keep the promises that you made?
We all shared vows when we got married. These vows were our promises, our commitments to faithfulness


Rekindle Romance

Sermon Awaken LoveGod created us for an intimate relationship. The most divine relationship we may ever have with someone on this earth may be found in marriage because marriage allows us to become more like Jesus.
Over time an untended relationship can grow stale. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can rekindle the love you had at first. But it takes learning some new habits.


February 2016

Fight Fair

Sermon Awaken LoveEventually every marriage will experience conflict. It is useless to say don’t fight. The problem is not the conflict — it is how the conflict is handled. How you handle the conflict will make all of the difference between whether the conflict kills your marriage or provides op


Increasing Intimacy

Sermon Awaken LoveSex is a gift God has given couples in order to experience life-long intimacy. As Solomon sings about his wedding night, the beauty of two people lovingly engaged in intimacy is presented. However, when sex is treated in manner that corrupts the event, intimacy is diminished.