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November 2015

Where Giving Begins

stewardship2Conversations on giving seem to always start in the wrong place. They always seem to begin with the questions “how much” or “where”. But when we start our conversations with that question we begin in the wrong place. A better set of questions would be “how” and “why”.
Giving begins in the heart of God, and flows from our hearts as an expression of appreciation.

It Is God’s Will

Sermon Lies We BelieveAll Christians have a desire to know God’s will.
However, we often attribute God’s will to things that are not quite so clear, or are sometimes even antithetical to His will.
God does have a will, a plan, and a purpose for our lives. But it not found in the details of specific decisions. It is found in applying the principles of His will presented in the New Testament.

God Must Be Punishing Me

When going through difficult times we may assume that the trials we are facing are God’s punishment of us. While that may be true on some occasions, it may also be true that we are experiencing the effects of being in a fallen world.

God Wants Me to Be Happy

While God does not want us to be unhappy, our happiness is not really his concern. He is much more concerned with our holiness, our discipleship, our hope and contentment.

October 2015

All Sins Are The Same

Sermon Lies We Believe

Satan is the Father of lies, however, often his lies are not of the variety that makes us quickly dismiss them. Sometimes the lies are a subtle distortion of the truth. Satan’s greatest victory may be getting us to believe these lies.

One Hope

Sermon One
Paul closes the book of Galatians with his own hand. In five verses, he warns the believers not to exchange their new life for the bondage of the old. Why would someone exchange life for that which is dead?
This newly created life is a life that brings about transformation … a life rooted in the one thing that really matters … the life changing cross of Christ. In that cross we find we are ONE.


Sermon One

As a Christian community of the Cross, the church is to be a place of oneness defined by love for one another. However, this love is not a generic feeling. Nor is it love as our world defines it.

Love in this Christian community is a self-sacrificing demo


Sermon OneChrist makes us one by his sacrifice on the cross. However, division, discrimination, prejudice and racism still run rampant. Oneness in Christ destroys the walls of racial prejudice. Racism has not place in the heart of God. We sin when we rebuild or at least do not attempt to chip away at this walls.
The ONE series is based on Galatians 3:28, and has a connection to the soon to be released movie Woodlawn.

September 2015


Sermon OneWe live in a world with is craving “oneness”, a sense of enduring community. However, oneness will not be experienced by humanistic tolerance. It is not a solid enough foundation to sustain harmony.
However, in the book of Galatians, Paul shares a message of faith and hope in the ONE who is the sufficient foundation for experiencing oneness. Through the book of Galatians, Paul defines that truth in four components which unite us as his family loving one another.

Faithful Past – Hope-filled Future

Sermon Faithful PastOn the 130th Anniversary of First Christian Church of Chicago, the FCC family of Chicago reflected on Hebrews 12:1-2 as a hinge upon which the church would turn. With 130 years of witnesses for life transformation and faithful witness, the church stands at the juncture of

Prayer That Works

Prayer That WorksPrayer is not a kid’s game. Prayer is essential for confronting the spiritual battles that we will face in our lives. In order for prayer to work, it needs to be approached correctly. While there is not magical formula for effective prayer, Jesus shares a variety of principles f

Preparing For Battle

Preparing For Battle
As Christians we are called to war … a cosmic battle between good and evil, a battle with the Devil. This battle is real, and has the potential to claim the souls of many believers if they do not properly prepare to confront the deceitful schemes of the Devil. This message provides guidance for properly preparing for victory in that battle.
Message adapted with clips from the movie War Room.