Romans 8:5-11 – Flesh & Spirit

Last week as I concluded the sermon, I asked a question but didn’t answer it. The question was, what does it look like to walk according to the Holy Spirit? I asked at this question because our text last week, Romans 8:1-4, took us there. As that text ends we find Paul saying we are…

Romans 8:1-4 – The What, The How, The Why

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching,…

Romans 8:1 – A Most Important Verse

What an honor it has been for me to have led you these past many months through the first seven chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans. We’ve seen much and rejoiced over much in these chapters. But today marks a very special day. Today we arrive at Romans chapter 8. Some have called this…

Romans 7:13-25 – Our Struggle with Sin

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. “And while he thinks that, we  do not have to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully  recognised, sin, but only with his vague,…

Romans 7:7-12 – The Needle and the Thread

As we approach our text today I do wonder whether or not you’ll think it’s relevant to you. Paul has spoken much about the Law of God in this letter to the Romans and now that it’s before us once again in 7:7-12 will you be tempted to check out? Perhaps grow frustrated thinking to…

Romans 7:1-6 – A Truth that Changes Everything

“Death and darkness have now left packing, nothing to man is now lacking. Satan’s triumphs have ended, what Adam marred is now mended.”[1] The fall plunged man into death and pain, but now through Christ, life eternal, we gain! “Pluck the harp and sound the horn, do you not know, tis Easter morn! Crowded may His…

Romans 6:15-23 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 4)

I have a confession to make. When it comes to personality tests, I’m a skeptic. I’m skeptical about these tests because, to me, they don’t seem to tell you very much but instead only seem to affirm what you already believe yourself to be. For example, if you’re one who enjoys quiet and books and…

A2: Episode 67- On the Rise & Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman

On this week's episode the guys take a look at the newest work by historian Carl Trueman: The Rise & Triumph of the Modern Self. They look into what this work is not, what it is and what it tells us about our current culture and our place in it.

Romans 6:12-14 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 3)

I’d like to…once again…begin today with the same quote from Charles Spurgeon that we began last week with, “This morning…we come again to the same noble theme. Christ Jesus is today to be set forth. You will not charge me as repeating myself, you will not look up to the pulpit and say, “Pulpits are…

Romans 6:5-11 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 2)

I’d like to begin with a quote from Charles Spurgeon, “This morning…we come again to the same noble theme. Christ Jesus is today to be set forth. You will not charge me as repeating myself, you will not look up to the pulpit and say, “Pulpits are places of repetition.” You will not reply that…

A2: Episode 65- On Forgiveness

This week the guys answer a listener question on forgiveness. What is forgiveness, repentance, and reconciliation and how does it work itself out in life? We hope you will enjoy this week's discussion and should you have any questions feel free to email us or leave a comment.

Romans 6:1-4 – Remember Who You Are (Pt. 1)

During the Protestant Reformation Martin Luther was accused of many things, but one thing he was accused of perhaps the most was that he was an antinomian.[1] Have you heard this word before? The word antinomian literally means one who is against God’s law; ‘anti’ meaning against and ‘nomos’ meaning law. This was something the Roman Catholic…

A2: Episode 64- On Pandemic Persecution

On this week's episode the guys jump into a discussion on the recent events in Alberta Canada and the arrest of Pastor James Coats. In this episode the guys discuss some of the surrounding issues and work through some of their own thoughts on how we live out the faith in the midst of our…

Romans 5:20-21 – Law & Grace

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Romans 5:20–21 ESV Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned…

Romans 5:12-19 – The Two Adams

I’ve got a book in my hands here, one my parents read to me as a child and one Holly and I have read to our kids. Harold and the Purple Crayon. Know it? This book is about a young boy who uses a crayon to create a world around him, to go on adventures like…

Romans 5:6-11 – A Tale Older than Time

“One of the world’s favorite types of stories is a good love story.”[1] Maybe that’s because of how captivating and gripping they are. Maybe that’s because every woman wants to be swept off her feet and every man wants to be the hero of a woman’s heart. I think it goes deeper than this. I think…

Romans 5:3-5 – Rejoicing in Suffering

We’ve been in Romans 5 for a couple of weeks now, moving slowly through the wonders of the first few verses. And even though we’ve just been lingering in the opening to this chapter I’m already beginning to feel this first section of Romans 5 is like the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.[1] You see,…

Romans 5:1-2 – The Blessings of Justification (Pt. 2)

Last week we jumped back into our main teaching series in Paul’s letter to the Romans. We retraced some of our steps of where we’d been so far in Romans 1-4 with Paul introducing himself, stating his main theme, going deep into man’s sinful rebel nature, and his careful defining and illustrating justification by faith…

Romans 5:1-2 – The Blessings of Justification (Pt. 1)

Well, you just heard it. After our break for Advent and after a small New Year series on the Church, we’re back in Romans, Paul’s magnum opus, the Mt. Everest of the New Testament. And as we come back into it, remember what we’ve learned in it. Paul begins this great letter by introducing himself…

Matthew 22:34-40 – Embracing the Great Commandment

So, how’s it going? Did you get enough sleep last night? You get out of the house on time? Did you find a good parking spot this morning? Were you welcomed as you came in? Was it clear where to go? Did you think the building was clean? Are the seats comfortable? Can you see…

Hebrews 10:1-10, A Christmas Offering

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Every year the four weeks leading up to Christmas we light the advent candles. Each one brings a little more light to the room, but never…

Hebrews 4:14-16, Christmas Confidence

Over the past two weeks we’ve spent time in two passages in Hebrews which told us much of the glory of the Christmas moment. Specifically we’ve seen how the eternal Son of God ushered all creation into the final act of history by coming to dwell among us in flesh and blood to be our…

Hebrews 2:14-15, Christmas Champion

Last week as we began Advent in the first few verses of Hebrews we saw a grand truth: that the coming of the Son of God not only marked the first Christmas, it marked the beginning of the end, the beginning of the final act of history. For long ages, God spoke to His people…

Hebrews 1:1-4, Christmas Presence

As C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe begins, you find Narnia in a perpetual state of winter. This is because of the evil work of the White Witch that’s infected Narnia and all within it. So when the Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy meet Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (these are some of the main…

Morning = Romans 4:13-25, Faith Over All

Well, 2020 has been and continues to be quite something, right? Just think of all that’s gone on: January: we first hear of Covid19, Australia wildfires begin, Trump gets impeached, Kobe Bryant dies, and Brexit passes in the UK. February & March: Covid goes global, Trump’s impeachment fails, everything shuts down to flatten the curve…

Morning = Romans 4:1-8, By Faith

There once was a frog who fell into a jug of milk. And though the frog tried every way imaginable to jump out, he couldn’t. The sides of the jug were too high, the walls were too slippery, and because he was floating he couldn’t get good footing to jump anyway. So he did the…

Morning= Romans 3:26-31; Questions on Faith & The Law

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Self-Esteem & Confidence The society we have created today in the west is one where pride and confidence are central. We teach our children from a…

Morning = Romans 3:21-26, The Heart of the Gospel

Over the past seven weeks Paul has led us on a treacherous descent down into the vile nature of sinful man. On this descent we learned at the center of every person there’s a thick deadness and darkness. That leads man not only to sin occasionally or even repeatedly, but man’s entire nature is so…

Morning = Romans 3:9-20, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 7)

Well Church, we’ve now come to it. We’ve arrived at the final passage in Paul’s first large section of his letter to the Romans. Today marks 7 weeks that we have followed Paul downward into the depths of our sinful nature, and as we now come to 3:9-20 we finally reach the bottom. Paul began…

Morning = Romans 3:1-8, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 6)

What makes a good teacher? Is a good teacher one who has mastered the content being taught? Or is a good teacher one who engages the students and keeps them eager and attentive? Or is a good teacher one who makes the learning process fun and enjoyable? Or is a good teacher all of these…

Morning = Romans 2:17-29, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 5)

In 1787 Russia was at war. It was a costly war for Russia and they needed allies. So, the Russians invited ambassadors from France, Austria, and England to come on a tour, led by Catherine the Great, to see some of their newly conquered territories in hopes of swaying them to join the cause. The…

Morning = Romans 2:12-16, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 4)

Anyone remember the children’s poem Casey at the Bat? It’s no doubt one of my childhood favorites. It begins like this. “The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day, the score stood four to two with but one more inning to play…” fast-forwarding a bit… “Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a…

Morning = Romans 2:1-11, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 3)

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Good morning SonRise: We are finally now making our move into chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Romans and it is my honor to be…

Morning = Romans 1:21-32, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 2)

Last week we began our descent in Paul’s first large section of his letter to the Romans, looking at 1:18-21. There we saw that God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven. Why? Because His truth, truth about His eternal power and divine nature which is clearly seen in all creation is being suppressed. Who’s suppressing…

A2: Episode 63- On Romans

This week the guys talk about SonRise's newest sermon series Romans. They address why its important and what some of the struggle are with preaching such a glorious and rich text. Take a listen and don't forget to leave a comment or review and possible pick up a free book.

Morning = Romans 1:18-21, God’s Wrath Revealed (Pt. 1)

Right outside Nairobi, Kenya there is a park called Hell’s Gate National Park. I’ve had the privilege of visiting this park to do some hiking and climbing, and during my time there I asked one of our guides why it was named Hell’s Gate. He told me it’s named such because there is a hot…

Morning = Romans 1:16-17, The ‘Base Camp’ Thesis

If Paul’s letter to the Romans is indeed the Mt. Everest of the New Testament, it’s fitting to say Romans 1:16-17 should be likened to ‘Base Camp’ on Mt. Everest. If you’re unfamiliar with what a Base Camp on a mountain is, it’s the place where everything happens, it’s the HQ if you will. So,…

Morning = Romans 1:8-15, Gladly Obligated

In 1952 Amy Vanderbilt wrote a book called Etiquette: A Guide to Gracious Living. In it she covers all kinds of situations we could find ourselves in and then goes on to explain the proper way to act in each. The section on public speaking is of particular interest to us today. She says it will…

Morning = Romans 1:1-7, Paul: His Message & Mission

Who are you? At some point in life every single person arrives at this grand question, ‘Who am I?’ Think of this. When you describe yourself to a person you’re meeting for the first time, what do you most want to tell them about who you are? Or after the first five minutes of meeting…

Morning = Introducing Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Well Church, we finished 2 Samuel back in May, we’ve also finished our second Psalm summer, and beginning today we launch into our new sermon series, Paul’s letter to the Romans. For today, as we begin, I’d like to give you an overview of the whole letter. But first, I’d like to begin by taking…

Morning= Psalm 113: Who is Like Our God?

This week we were blessed to have the final sermon in our summer series brought to us by another Elder Sam Knox. Praise the Name of the Lord (1-3) Praise the Lord’s Transcending Majesty (4-6) Praise the Lord’s Condescending Mercy (7-9)

Morning= Psalm 84, Longing for God

This week's message was brought by our newest elder, Joel Quiles. It is always a wonderful experience to hear our elders bring the Word. Text Outline: I. Blessed are those who dwell in the Lord’s house (1-4) II. Blessed are those whose strength is in the Lord (5-8) III. Blessed are those who trust in…

Evening= Revelation 22: The End

*Book/Tv Endings There something special about a good ending: One that grips your heart and makes you think. There is also the sorrowful impression of a bad ending…Lost.   *Life Journeys The Journey is only greater than the destination when the destination wasn’t worth the Journey! Not that the journey isn’t important, but when that…

Morning = Psalm 63, My Soul Thirsts

I have a recurring nightmare, and it’s on my mind today because I had it again last night. It’s not too scary or frightening, but it is very alarming. I’m usually here with you guys and the time has come for me to preach. So I walk to the pulpit thinking I’m ready to go,…

Evening = Revelation 21, A Whole New World

Intro: Aladdin Whole New World: Aladdin Paints a picture of thanks to the genie he can experience the world in a while new way and Jasmin will complete that experience When we come to Revelation 21 we are being introduced to the world in a Whole new way. Ch 20 showed us the end of…

Morning = Psalm 62, My Soul Waits

As of this morning we’re now more than halfway through our Psalm summer for this year, so I’d like to do a brief check up on how you’re doing with them. As I look back over the Psalms we’ve covered this summer two large themes seem to be presenting themselves again and again to us.…

Evening = Revelation 20:11-15, The Great White Throne

After having covered the millennium the two past Sunday evenings, we now only have a few evenings left in our trek through the book of Revelation. Here is the plan for these remaining weeks. Tonight we’ll finish chapter 20, and Lord willing the next two Sunday evenings we’ll cover the wonders of the New Heavens…

Morning = Psalm 34, An Invitation to Feast!

Psalm 34 is an invitation to feast.[1] A happy and exuberant invitation from David to us. You see, he was rescued by God in the past and now he wants us to look, to taste, to see, to enjoy, to fear, and to know this God who rescues too. David wrote many Psalms, but in…

Evening = Revelation 20:1-10, The Millennium (Pt. 2)

Last Sunday evening I began by saying: we’ve been going through Revelation for some time now in the evenings, and we have arrived at the famous chapter where we find the description of the millennium. On one hand, some of you have long anticipated this chapter and are very eager to discuss it, to lean…

Morning = Psalm 27, The God of Our Confidence

Who would’ve thought 2020 would be such a year? The rise of a virus and it spreading to around the whole planet, our President almost gets impeached, Kim Jong Un disappears for a time and is thought to be dead, the ridiculously strange TV show Tiger King soars in popularity, Murder Hornets, Monkeys steal Covid-19…

Evening = Revelation 20:1-10, The Millennium (Pt. 1)

Revelation 20:1-10 says, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut…

Morning = Psalm 19, Words and the Wonder of God

We’ve all heard from many voices in these past weeks. From communities, to movements, to protesters peaceful and violent, to politicians, talk radio, news, various podcasts, even sport stars and celebrities are chiming in. Who would’ve thought? There is no doubt in the midst of all the voices out there today there is one voice…

Morning = Psalm 1, Two Ways to Live

Having now finished our long study through 2 Samuel, summer is upon us! And just as we spent last summer in the Psalms, we’ll do the same this summer. Now, don’t hear me wrong. All of the Psalms are wonderful. All of them teach us much, all of them carry us along various melodies, all…

Morning = 2 Samuel 24, A Three Day Plague

This morning we come to the final chapter in the story of the Samuels, and as we come to the end I’d remind you of the beginning. On Sunday morning, August 4, 2019 I said the following to you, “Today we begin 2 Samuel. While we saw David struggling in 1 Samuel because of the…

Evening = Revelation 19:6-10, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Last week we began chapter 19 looking at v1-5 where three hallelujahs flow forth from the vast multitude as they gladly give praise to God because God poured out His judgment on the wicked. It not only sobered us but comforted us. Why? Because this world often dupes into thinking it is always making great progress…

Morning = 2 Samuel 23:8-39, Valiant Warriors, (Pt. 2)

If you walked into my office and looked around what would you see? I thought you might say ‘books.’ But while you’re right in one sense you’re wrong in another. As you look around my office you see books yes, but if you look deeper you see a collection of mighty men and women of…

Evening = Revelation 19:1-5, Hallelujah’s To Our God

The most well-known and recognizable piece within the musical masterpiece Handel’s Messiah is the “Hallelujah Chorus.”[1] Even if you’ve never heard this chorus or any of the composition before, or have just heard parts of it, it’s highly likely you’ve heard the famous chorus before in a movie or on TV. Within the chorus itself the word ‘hallelujah’…

Morning= 2 Samuel 23:1-7, David’s Song (Pt. 2)

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Remember as we first entered this final section of the Samuels, I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, a poetic conclusion to the…

Evening = Revelation 17, The Mystery Woman (Part 1)

In the 1960’s the British Pop band Manfred Mann had many hits. One of my favorites they did is called The Mighty Quinn, but they might be more well-known for another song they covered in 1964. This song would eventually hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 of that year. It’s called Doo Wah Diddy and the lyrics are…

Morning = 2 Samuel 22, David’s Songs (Pt.1)

Remember as we first entered this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another one: A1 – A Three year…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:15-22, Valiant Warriors (Pt. 1)

Remember last week as we first entered into this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, intended to be a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another…

Evening = Revelation 16:17-21, The Seventh Bowl

What would you say are the most famous words in the Bible? Perhaps many passages come to mind. Starting from the very beginning of Scripture some might say God’s initial creation statement “Let there be light” is most famous. Maybe some would say it’s Moses’ words to Pharaoh “Let my people go!” Or Job’s words…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:1-14, A Three Year Famine

Before we get to this text, allow me to briefly discuss the nature of these closing chapters in 2 Samuel to orient us to where we’ve arrived. When one enters chapters 21-24 one enters into a theological battlefield. Here’s the issue. Older scholars and theologians, like the Puritans for example, believe these chapters don’t skip…

Morning = 2 Samuel 20, More of the Same?

David was once a holy man, utterly committed to God’s ways and God’s Word, and when he became king his kingdom was righteous and secure. But it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen that hasn’t it? Sadly, over these past months walking through the concluding chapters of 2 Samuel I speak for many when…

Easter Morning = Matthew 28, Great Things

In our world today religious belief is seen as a matter of preference and opinion. Some people believe all religions, though varying in minutiae, are generally all teaching the same thing. Some believe religion is a crutch for those who can’t get through life on their own, or a crutch for those who are scared…

Good Friday = Matthew 27, The Crucifixion

All throughout this holy week our elders have been leading us in brief devotionals through the end of Matthew’s gospel. On Monday Pastor Andrew led us through the moment Jesus turned over the tables after the triumphal entry. On Tuesday Sam Knox taught us about Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees and chief priests. On Wednesday…

Evening = Revelation 14:14-20, The Final Harvest

It has been said many times throughout the history of the Church that the mission of the Church is twofold: worship and witness. Worship is clear is it not? We’re to publicly and privately, corporately and personally be engaged in worshipping our God for who He is and what He has done. I think it…

Morning = 2 Samuel 19:8b-43, The Return of the King

Today is a special day for Christians all around the world, it’s Palm Sunday, the day we remember when Christ the King came into Jerusalem humbly and lowly riding on a donkey. As Jesus made His triumphal entry the people lined the streets to shout “Hosanna, hosanna (meaning ‘Our God Saves’)…blessed is He who comes…

Morning = 2 Samuel 18:19-19:8a, A Grief Observed

The author C.S. Lewis is well-known for writing books such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, or The Chronicles of Narnia. Those are wonderful reads in themselves but one of his most powerful books is a bit lesser known and came from one of his most painful moments. In 1960 his wife Joy died. And Lewis already believing…

Morning= 2 Samuel 18:1-18, The War Ends

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. We live in a complex age where nothing stays the same very long. A month ago, we were packed into our sanctuary with…

Evening=Rev 14:1-4 The Redeemed Worship

Special Sermon By Tim Daniels. Introduction: Mark of the Beast fear; blaspheming the Holy Spirit, surrendering to persecution--fear of losing our faith, overcome by several key realities-- What is the purpose for the book of Revelation? It is partly to give us instruction about God’s plan for our full salvation. We have been redeemed from…

Morning = 2 Samuel 17, Rejoice – The Lord is King!

Well, the Coronavirus has gone from a local reality in China to a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization. Because of this nations have closed themselves off, travel bans have begun, universities have sent students home, sports leagues abroad have suspended seasons, and all over the world people have grown concerned. Watching and…

Coronavirus Sunday Worship Update – Please Read

Hey Church, After careful consideration, we believe that it is prudent for us not to gather corporately for worship this Sunday, March 15 as well as next Sunday, March 22. This has been a difficult decision for us to make as we will miss being together very much. In light of the ever-changing status of…

Evening = Revelation 13:11-18, The Second Beast

Last week Andrew covered the first half of Revelation 13 and the first beast that rises out of the sea. The second half of the chapter before us now shows us that this first beast is not alone.[1] No, he is joined by a second beast who rises out of the earth. Taking these two beasts…

Morning = 2 Samuel 16, Meekness & Weakness

Do some of you wonder why we’ve taken so long in this series to walk through 2 Samuel? I mean, ‘Aren’t we New Covenant Christians?’ This is a very understandable question about the present-day application of the Old Testament that eventually every Christian asks themselves. Perhaps I can settle this for some of you. In…

A2: Episode 60- On Preaching

As the guys hit their sixtieth episode they wanted to take a moment and reflect once more on the importance of preaching in the life of the church. In this weeks Podcast they discuss the importance of preaching to the life of the church and weight of preaching in the heart of a pastor.

Evening = Revelation 13:1-10, The First Beast

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Rev 12-The casting out of the Dragon & his defeat in Heaven (Taking place at Christs death & resurrection) New cycle of seven…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:13-37, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 2

At the end of C.S. Lewis’ adventurous Narnian tale The Horse and His Boy a king tells his son what it means to be king saying this, “For this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there's hunger in the land (as must be now…

Evening = Historic Faith: Anselm – Scholasticism – Aquinas

Thus far in our overview of the middle ages we’ve covered a lot of ground. We began in the Byzantine Empire, moved onto the expansion of holy Roman Empire, and how these things culminated in the great schism between the East and the West. We then turned to examine the dawn and growth of Islam,…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:1-12, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 1

As the events of 2 Samuel 11-14 unfold readers might very easily sympathize with Absalom. He had grown up watching his father as king of Israel. He heard stories of his father’s youth, how he bravely fought Goliath, how he won many victories, how he righteously fled from Saul, and how God had given him…

A2: Episode 59- On Prayer, Part 2

This week the guys continue with their previous discussion on Prayer and the life of a believer. Specifically this week they address the corporate nature of prayer and the importance of corporate prayer in worship. Take a listen and be encouraged.

Evening= Historic Faith: The Crusades

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. The Crusades (1096-1204) Important Facts: -Different from Byzantine wars with Islamic Forces. -Byzantines saw nothing holy about their wars, rather seeing them as…

Evening= Historic Faith: The Holy Roman Empire

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Empire: -Frankish Kings were subject to the leadership of their prime Ministers and Nobility -Primary Family- the Carolingians: lead by Pepin of Laudon…

Morning = 2 Samuel 14:1-33, Back Into the King’s Presence

Throughout this chapter we see a lot of scheming. Joab schemes in v1-20, David schemes in v21-24, and Absalom schemes in v25-33. Joab’s Activity (v1-20) Let’s begin in v1-3, where the scene is set up for us. “Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom. And Joab sent…

A2: Episode 58- On Andrew’s Engagement

This week the guys shot a special episode talking about the wonderful event of Andrew's engagement to his amazing fiancee Janelle. If you would like to hear about their journey or more about what is to come for them and their life together have a listen and be an encouragement to them as they begin…

A2: Episode 57- On Prayer

On this week's Podcast the guys open up a dialogue on prayer. Prayer is one of those crucial elements in the Christian life that we tend to take for granted. Today the guys wanted to talk about why that is and the importance prayer plays in our lives.

Morning = 2 Samuel 13:22-39, The Foul Aftermath

In 1971 the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was filmed. I’m of the opinion that it’s much better than the modern remake, but anywho…do you remember the boat ride scene? As they wind their way through the factory they all get on a boat and two Oompa Loompa’s begin rowing them down stream. As they…

Morning = Colossians 3:12-17, Putting On the New

Over the past two weeks in Colossians 3 we’ve emphasized that by believing in Christ God has done a wonderful thing and united us to Christ. Spiritually speaking then, in Christ’s death we died - in Christ’s resurrection we rose - and in Christ’s ascension we have truly and already been seated with Him in…

Evening= Historic Faith-The Byzantine Empire

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. As Empire: Capital- Constantinople -Originally Byzantium, thus the Byzantine Empire -Original remnant of the Eastern Roman Empire -Thus, claimed to be the true…

Evening= The Historic Faith: Islam & the Church

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Matthew 16:18 ESV And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of…

Morning = Colossians 3:5-11, Putting Off the Old

If you have not already done so I invite you to turn in your Bibles to Paul’s letter to the Colossians, where today we’re continuing in our beginning of the year sermon series on the Church titled ‘3 Marks.’ As we did last week, let’s once again pray the words on the screen above together,…

A2: Episode 56- On Devotionals

This week the guys address a common question that occurs around the beginning of each year: "What is a good devotional for me to use?"  If you are in the midst of figuring out how best to spend some quality time with the Lord and His word take a listen.

Morning = Colossians 3:1-4, The Life Above Lived Below

Pastor Allan Babcock, the previous pastor of SonRise and the man whose shoes I’m now filling, told me many things as I arrived to take up his place and carry on the work. One of those things was this, “As a year ends and a new year begins I need, and my people need, a…

A2: Episode 55- On Resolutions

It's a new year and the guys are back. On this week's podcast they discuss the wisdom and folly associated with New Year's resolutions. We hope you will find this podcast and encouragement and a challenge as we embark on a new year. Have a listen.

Morning= Isaiah 61: The Proclamation of Hope

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Intro: looking forward into the New year includes what has gone before and all the more is informed by it. As we come to 202 one…

Morning = Psalm 22, From Trouble to Triumph

Sometimes a single line in a movie is so well crafted and so well delivered that to hear it is to experience the whole of that movie all over again.[1] “Go ahead, make my day.” “You can’t handle the truth!” “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” “Bond, James Bond.” And who could forget, “Life is like…

Morning = Psalm 16, Pleasures Forevermore

“God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!”[1] Perhaps you didn’t hear that clearly, let me tell you that again. “God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!” What’s your reaction to that quote? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Does it confuse you? Let’s explore this a…

Evening = Revelation 12:7-17, Conquering By the Blood

“You will be eaten by cannibals!” These words came out of the mouths of Christians and pastors who were seeking to dissuade a young man named John Paton from taking the gospel to the New Hebrides Islands. These islands were long known as a center of violent barbarism and yes, rumors of cannibalism abounded. Yet,…

Evening= Revelation 12:1-6 The Child & the First Sign

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Chapter 11 closed out the first part of the book, and now as we turn to 12-22 we begin to see a more vivid picture of…

Morning = Psalm 2, The Son of God

Advent is upon us! Of the many places we could go these few weeks to rejoice over the birth of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we’ll be turning to the Psalms. Now, there are many genres of Psalms throughout the 150 we have: wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential…

Evening= Revelation 11: The Witnesses & The End

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Overview ch. 10 and the commissioning of John Ezekiel 1-3 Possible approaches to this text: The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Book of Revelation The…

Morning = 2 Samuel 12, David Repentant

Today’s text is about repentance. Repentance has been defined as “…a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.”[1] But when it comes down…

Evening = Revelation 10, The Mighty Angel & The Little Scroll

As we begin chapter 10 this evening we come to another repetition in the book of Revelation. In the seals we saw earlier the first four were grouped together, then the fifth and sixth were grouped together, then there was a minor break or intermission, culminating in the moment when the seventh and final seal…

A2: Episode 53- On foundation Church with the Varneys

On this week's podcast the guys are joined by David and Marion Varney from Foundation Church Belfast. Listen as they discuss how the Lord has worked in the them over the years, from their days in Medical school to the planting of Foundation church, to impact the kingdom.  It is a blessing to know this…

Evening= Revelation 9: From the Pit

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Sci-Fi movies. Our text today features some of the most bizarre imagery in all of scripture. It is in text like this that many people turn…

Morning = 2 Samuel 11, David the Sinner

2 Samuel 1-10 showed us the glory days of Israel under David’s rule. War, victory, expansion, peace, rest, worship, and triumph characterize the first 10 chapters. But in chapter 11 we see the troubles, the dark days of David’s kingdom beginning. And rather than these dark days beginning with the actions of a foreign pagan…

A2: Episode 52-On Small Groups

This week the guys discuss the role Small groupscan play in the life and health of the local church and why SonRise will be implementing them in the New Year. Take a listen as they walk through the benefits of this new endeavor as well as discuss some draw backs that they have considered.

Evening = Revelation 8:6-13, The First Four Trumpets

As the newly redeemed host of Israel is led out of slavery in Egypt into the wilderness to worship God at Mt. Sinai and receive His Law, trumpets were heard loud and clear. Exodus 19:16-20 describes this scene, “On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on…

Morning = 2 Samuel 10, O Church Arise!

Perhaps you remember the story. Two women come to king Solomon, both had a son each but one of their sons had recently died and that mother switched her dead son with the living son in an effort to trick the other woman that it was actually her son that had died. Solomon’s famous wisdom…

A2: Episode 51- On a Continued Reformation

On this week's Podcast the guys reflect on the 502nd anniversary of the reformation by talking about its impact on today. They examine both the history of where the reformation has taken us as a people, and look into how we as a people continue the reformation in our lives and our churches. Take a…

Evening= Revelation 8:1-5 Into The Silence

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Review: 6 Previous Seals: (Seals1-4) 4 Horsemen (Seal 5) Prayer of the Saints from the Alter of God (Seal 6) Cataclysmic destruction upon the earth Brief…

Morning = 2 Samuel 9, The Kindness of the King

2 Samuel 9 is no doubt one of the most beautiful chapters in the entire Bible. It is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible for reasons you’ll see today. In fact, it’s so meaningful to me that after moving here to become the next pastor of SonRise Community Church 5 and half years…

Evening = Revelation 7:9-17, A Multitudinous Throng

We’ve just come through the passage about the 144,000 last week and as we press on tonight do not forget what we concluded then. Though some do believe the 144,000 to be a literal number/group of people we do not. Instead we believe the 144,000 to be a symbolic number of the Church as the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 8:1-18, Wars of David

“For not with swords loud clashing, or roll of stirring drums; with deeds and love mercy the heavenly kingdom comes.” Those words, written in 1887, are from the hymn ‘Lead On, O King Eternal.’ It really is a great hymn describing the moment when God’s final judgment will be carried out as He ushers in…

A2: Episode 49- On Reviewing the 2019 Publicans Conference

The guys are back after a small break due to the Publican's conference to talk about, well, the Publican's conference. In this episode, the guys reflect back on the last weekend and highlight some of their favorite parts and give us a quick preview of what is in store for next year.

Morning = 2 Samuel 7:18-29, David’s Prayer of Gratitude

Today, our passage is going to show us the difference between cats and dogs. Think what cats are like. When you feed a cat, pet a cat, care for a cat, and love a cat the cat concludes that it must be god. Dogs on the other hand are different. When you feed a dog,…

Evening= Revelation 7:1-8; Sealed By God

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Where we have been: 6 seals opened: 1-4: 4 Horseman from Zechariah 5: The Alter of the Lord, where the saints cry out for the day…

Morning= II Samuel 7:1-17; Our Covenant God

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Seminary: working non-stop for 4 years: 60 hrs a week and school.... coming home afterward and having rest. In rest there is time to think and…

Evening= Revelation 6- So It Will Be

*Below is a copy of Andrew's sermon notes and outline. -Last week we entered the majestic throne room of God. Here John was given a vision of the day where Christ was slain and rose. We saw the celebration in heaven as the slain lamb took the throne alongside the Father. We saw the whole…

Morning = 2 Samuel 6:1-23, Death – Dancing – Delight – Disgust

In my office I’ve got two small busts, one of John Calvin and the other of Charles Spurgeon. I see them every day and every day they encourage me, not because I’ve got some kind of deep love for historical personages, no. They encourage me because though they were flawed men, they were also faithful…

Evening = Revelation 4-5, Worthy is the Lamb!

Our passage this evening is both like and unlike The Wizard of Oz.[1] It is very much like Oz because just as Dorothy and Toto are taken from the black and white ho-hum world of Kansas into the technicolor and stunningly glorious world of Oz, so too John in 4:1 is taken by vision from the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 5:1-25, The Wait is Over!

Today, September 22, Holly and I have been married for 12 years. We were able to get away yesterday, we spent the whole day on the beach and it was a joy reflecting over the eb and flow of these past 12 years together. But going back before we were married I was so struck…

Evening = Revelation 3:14-22, The Lukewarm Church

I invite you to open your Bibles to Revelation 3:14-22, where tonight we’ll end our time on the seven churches by walking through the letter to the church in Laodicea. Located in the famous Lycus River Valley Laodicea was a prominent city that sat in the intersection of the three most-traveled trade routes in Asia…

Morning = 2 Samuel 3:22-4:12, Civil War, Pt. 3

Before us this morning, is a large chunk of text that shows the end of the civil war in Israel. It covers two murders that are strangely similar. Both murders occur in secret, both involve deceit, both men die from being struck in the belly, and in both cases murder is carried out by brothers.[1]And…

A2: Episode 47- On Ministry & Education

Adam went back to school, so the guys thought they would talk more in depth on the role education plays in the life of a pastor and how that works itself out in the church. Take a listen and hear what the lord is doing in Adam's life as well as the guys thoughts on…

Evening= Rev 3:7-13: The Church in Philadelphia

Introduction to the Church of Philadelphia: Philadelphia was thirty miles southeast of Sardis on the main trade route from Smyrna. Its volcanic soil was extremely fertile and ideal for growing grapes. It was the most recent of the seven cities, founded sometime after 189BC by either Eumenes II, king of Peramum, or his younger brother…

Evening = Revelation 3:1-6, The Dead Church

Any of you ever been to Detroit? I have a few times, and what strikes me about Detroit in our present day is the emphasis on what Detroit used to be. When you fly into Detroit and walk into the airport you’re met with historic photos of old downtown Detroit, muscle cars made in Motor…

Morning= 2 Samuel 3:1-21: The Civil War, Pt. 2

This Week's Sermon was preached by one of our Elders, Sam Knox. 2 Samuel 3:1-21 If you should visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, you will find an old, weathered door dating back to the year 1492. In the center of this door, you will notice that a section of the door is missing. One…

Evening = Revelation 2:18-29, The Corrupt Church

Tonight we’re looking into Jesus’ fourth letter to the churches in Revelation 2-3, where the church of Thyatira comes into view. The city of Thyatira was the smallest of all the cities mentioned in Revelation 2-3, yet it receives the longest letter from Jesus out of all seven letters, we’ll soon find out why. Thyatira…

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