Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.22.17

What Kingdom work are you neglecting because you don’t believe that God will actually work through it? What Kingdom work are you pursuing with your own strength, believing that you can advance God’s kingdom by your own power? How are you living as if you can hide your sin from God? What sins are you […]

Preparing for Worship // October 22, 2017

Preparing for Worship // October 22, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There are two opposite tendencies in life. The first is to think that the success or failure of the things around us depends entirely on our own actions and effort. We burn ourselves out because we think that if we don’t do it, no one […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.15.17

What things from your past and from your present (both inward thoughts/desires and outward actions) make you feel as if God could never use you? In what specific ways is God calling you both to walk in holiness and keep your charge? In other words, what sins do you need to put to death and […]

Preparing for Worship // October 15, 2017

Preparing for Worship // October 15, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) When I was in high school I felt about Shakespeare the way that most high school boys feel about Shakespeare: I thought it was boring, confusing, and had no relevance to my life. But over time my feelings about Shakespeare have changed. I have since […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.08.17

What images and ideas come to mind when you think of the church (both negative and positive)? Do you think of the church as a growing and secure city of worship? How can you live your life this week with a greater awareness of God’s presence with you and with His church? How have you […]

Preparing for Worship // October 8, 2017

Preparing for Worship // October 8, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Hell is other people.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre Other people make our lives difficult. They get in our way, keep us from getting what we want, and sometimes actively work against us. Sadly, this is true of the church as well. While I hope that you […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 10.01.17

How are you tempted to think that life will be better without God? Where has your heart wandered from God? What occupies first place in your heart: work, comfort, family, or something else? When in your life have you felt as if God had abandoned you? What in your life and the world right now […]

Preparing for Worship // October 1, 2017

Preparing for Worship // October 1, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There’s something special about coming back home after a trip. Whether it was for vacation or work, whether it was enjoyable or a headache, it’s always a special feeling when you see the Charlotte skyline and you know that you’re almost home. There’s even something […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 09.24.17

How can you see God at work in your life over the past year? (even in a small way) How are the roots of your heart growing deeper into the Gospel and Christ? How have you ignored Christ’s call to flee sin and pursue holiness? (be specific) Are you fighting sin in your own power […]

Preparing for Worship // September 24, 2017

Preparing for Worship // September 24, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) On July 18, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts regiment began its attack on Fort Wagner. Except for the 30 white officers, this regiment was composed entirely of African-American men, some of whom were former slaves. One of these former slaves was Sergeant William H. Carney. When the […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 09.17.17

Consider this quote from J.I. Packer: “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on […]

Preparing for Worship // September 17, 2017

Preparing for Worship // September 17, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Growing up, whenever I would go and stay at a friend’s house my dad would always say to me, “Remember who you are.” It was his way of telling me to behave. Basically, he was saying, “You’re an Overcast, so act like one whether you’re […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 09.10.17

How have you experienced a gap between what you want to do in your Christian walk and what you do? Do you ever feel as if you lack the power for the Christian life? How is our union with Christ simultaneously both humbling and encouraging? Where are you living as if sin still has power […]

Preparing for Worship // September 10, 2017

Preparing for Worship // September 10, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of my favorite icebreaker questions is, “If you had to be handcuffed to someone for a week (it can’t be your spouse), who would you choose, and why?” In fact, take a moment right now and think about it for yourself (or answer it […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 09.03.17

In what area of your life do you need to apply the truth of the covenant of grace? What work(s) are you looking to for your salvation, to justify yourself? Think through the categories of record, religion, and rule discussed in the sermon. Where are you living as if you have to earn salvation? How […]

Preparing for Worship // September 3, 2017

Preparing for Worship // September 3, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Covenant” is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot in the presbyterian world: Covenant Day School, Covenant College, Covenant Seminary, Uptown Christ COVENANT Church. But what is a covenant? And why is the concept of a covenant so important? O. Palmer Robertson […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.27.17

What is your personal mission statement? If you don’t have a written-out mission statement, what do your actions and desires reveal about your mission in life? We are called to go and make disciples of all nations, but we don’t necessarily have to travel far, since people from around the world are coming to Charlotte. […]

Preparing for Worship // August 27, 2017

Preparing for Worship // August 27, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) This week we are wrapping up our series on the Kingdom of God. We’ve seen how Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection brought this kingdom into existence. We’ve seen how God’s grace brought us into this kingdom. We even saw how we are called to live […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.20.17

How has God delivered you from your sin and the death that you deserved because of it? Where would you be if it weren’t for his redeeming grace? How have we, as God’s church, compromised ourselves to the world? Has there been a time recently when you should have spoken up about your faith but […]

Preparing for Worship // August 20, 2017

Preparing for Worship // August 20, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of the songs that we’re singing this week is “Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher. The song’s bridge goes like this: “O death where is your sting? O hell where is your victory? // O church come stand in the light, The glory of […]