Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.24.19

When faced with trials, are you more of a faithless grumbler or a faithful complainer? Are your trials in the circumstances themselves or your heart’s response to circumstances? What makes unbelief so dangerous? Who are people in your life who exhort you and keep you accountable? When is the last time you thanked them? Who […]

Preparing for Worship // March 24, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 24, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “I believe; help my unbelief!” This cry from the father of a boy with an unclean spirit in Mark 9 seems perplexing. It sounds like if you were to get pulled over by a police officer and tell them, “Officer, I was not speeding. But […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.17.19

What about Moses made him an appealing leader? Who are some of your heroes of the faith and what attracts you to them? How is Jesus better than all of these people? Who built Uptown Church? Who is at work leading Uptown Church? How can you spend more time focusing on the glory of Jesus, […]

Preparing for Worship // March 17, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 17, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It is a highly contested debate, but I firmly believe that the hardest course offered at my university was Civil Engineering 455 – Design of Timber Structures. I might be biased because I studied Civil Engineering and barely survived this class, but I think 9 […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.10.19

Why does it matter that Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like us in every way? Why is it important that Jesus is both God and man? How is it a comfort that Jesus sympathizes in our weaknesses? Next time you are tempted to sin, what step will you take to remind yourself […]

Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In speaking on the incarnation of Christ, Gregory of Nazianzus said, “What has not been assumed was not been healed.” One of the earliest internal battles Christianity had to fight was on the two natures of Christ. How could one person be both fully God […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.03.19

Why do we struggle to trust the Father in trials? How did Jesus respond to suffering? How can we move toward responding in a similar way? What did Jesus’ suffering do for those who trust in him? How can we trust the Father more knowing that we are adopted sons through Christ? What have you […]

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Trust and obey, For there is no other way To be happy in Jesus, Than to trust and obey. Seems simple enough. There are not any big mysteries revealed in the words of this classic hymn. But they can be really discouraging if taken as […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.24.19

How did Christ receive glory by becoming lower than the angels? According to the author of Hebrews, who is the subject of Psalm 8? In what condition did God create humans? Into what condition did we fall? What does Christ do to restore us?

Preparing for Worship // February 24, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 24, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Fred Sanders wrote, “Christology is the doctrinal locus where Christianity has the greatest need for theological precision. To be wrong here is to be wrong everywhere.” He clearly does not take the study of Christ lightly, and he has a point. At the heart of […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.17.19

What does it mean to drift away from Jesus? How does this happen? Why would a loving God discipline those who drift away from Him? Have you been drifting from Jesus? In what ways? How can you turn to zealously follow him again?

Preparing for Worship // February 17, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 17, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Every time my family went to the beach growing up, we had the same routine. We would lay out a blanket, put all of our things down, and apply liberal amounts of sunscreen right away (and then forget to re-apply for the rest of the […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.10.19

How is Jesus better than the angels? How does one bolster their confidence in Christ? What can you do to put even more trust in Jesus? Where is Jesus right now? What is he doing there? Why is this comforting?

Preparing for Worship // February 10, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 10, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Angelology is an area of theology where most of our creativity may have gotten away from us. Not many Christians have a robust, well thought out theology of angels and demons. Pop-culture has told us that angels are humans in bright robes with eagles’ wings, […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.03.18

How is Jesus’ speaking different than God speaking through the prophets before Jesus? How is Jesus’ speaking better? Why should we listen to him? How are we to listen to Jesus? How are you doing at listening to him? Read Hebrews 1:1-4 again. What things does this passage explicitly and implicitly tell us about Jesus? […]

Preparing for Worship // February 03, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of the most popular refrains in all hymnody is, “Jesus loves me! this I know, For the Bible tells me so”. Anna Bartlett Warner wrote this song specifically to teach it to children, and over 150 years later, all around the world Christians still […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.27.19

How can you personally give yourself to reproducing healthy churches? Why should you do this? What is Jesus asking His disciples to do in Matthew 28? What elements are essential to doing the Great Commission? There are a lot of really good churches in Charlotte. Does that mean the Great Commission is accomplished here? Why […]

Preparing for Worship // January 27, 2019

Preparing for Worship // January 27, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have been in Charlotte for a year and a half now, and am still amazed by how many churches there are here! It’s ridiculous! Charlotte is the only city I have lived in where it is easier to give directions from church building to […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.20.19

1. Why does God want His people to be a helping neighbor? 2. What does God promise to those who give? What Bible verses support this? 3. How has God blessed you to be a blessing to others? How might you help others generously?

Preparing for Worship // January 20, 2019

Preparing for Worship // January 20, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have only seen a couple of episodes, but I am fascinated by the TV show “Hoarders.” Every episode has two people who for one reason or another cannot get rid of their possessions. You get a glimpse into their homes and see piles of […]