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 […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.13.19

What does it mean to be a loving witness? How do nonbelievers call upon Jesus to be saved? Who are three people you can be a loving witness to this week?

Preparing for Worship // January 13, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Think for a moment through your personal testimony. How did you come to know Christ? No two testimonies are exactly the same. Even if you were to ask two siblings raised in Uptown’s youth ministry – with the same home, same parents, same school, same […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.06.19

Why is it important that Uptown (or any church) has a vision that comes straight from Scripture? What does it mean to be devoted to a church? How might you devote yourself afresh or anew this year? How could you devote yourself to Christ by devoting yourself to his church in 2019?

Preparing for Worship // January 06, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s hard to believe that we are already almost a week into 2019. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming? The changing of our calendars is a great opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year and look forward to a fresh start on […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.30.18

How does the hope of glory help in your current struggles in a fallen world? What steps can you take in order to rest assured that death no longer has victory over you? Are there any aspects of our glorification that you better understand now? How do these encourage you to glorify God and eagerly […]

Preparing for Worship // December 30, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 30, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) My personal reading habits spoil every story I read. My book reading strategy is to read the first chapter of a book, then skip to the very last page. There are many reasons people do this, but mine is that I care for the characters […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.23.18

Why is it so hard to embrace the story of Christmas? What gets in the way? Why is it important to embrace Jesus as God Incarnate? This Christmas season, how will you embrace Jesus boldly in the face of skepticism and worldly distractions?

Preparing for Worship // December 23, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 23, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Mythology has always been an interesting subject for me. In history classes growing up, I enjoyed the lectures on Greek and Roman gods because it was mostly stories and there were no dates to memorize. It’s fascinating to think about how a society would see […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.16.18

Why can we rest secure, assured of our eternal life in Jesus? Why is it important that the Father, the Son, the Spirit, the Bible, and the Church all testify that Christ gives eternal life? Go through each of these testimonies and think about who the testifier is, what they are saying, and why it […]

Preparing for Worship // December 16, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 16, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) If I were to tell you that Mary Poppins Returns will be the greatest cinematic masterpiece to ever hit the silver screen, there is a slight chance you would believe me. You know from experience that the first Mary Poppins was a great movie. It […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.09.18

Why should God’s people start living for eternity right now? Why not just wait until heaven? How sure is your salvation? Why can you be confident in this? What are you looking forward to about eternity in heaven? How does this affect your life right now?

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s that time of year. If you have to ask “What time of year?” you probably haven’t turned on the radio, walked into a store, or listened to the songs we are singing this week yet. Christmas is almost here!! We are counting down the […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.02.18

What does it mean to be dead to sin and alive to God? What do each of these things look like? Which member/members do you need to surrender to God? What does it mean to be holy? Is holiness a possible goal for those in Christ?

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There is a common joke that it can be dangerous to pray for patience. If you pray for patience, God doesn’t give you patience – He gives you more opportunities to be patient. God brings those special people or situations in your life that just […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.25.18

If Jesus forgives our sins, why should we not continue to sin? How has God freed you from the power of sin? How would you describe sanctification in your own words? How has God already sanctified you? How is this different than the way He actively sanctifies you?

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Sometimes it takes a dictionary to speak “Christian-ese.” There are a lot of words that Christians throw around that no one in the world ever uses. “Fellowship,” “quiet time,” “anointed,” “communion,” “advent,” and “life group” are all phrases long time Christians probably understand, but new […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.18.18

What are the benefits of being God’s adopted sons? Why is it significant that we are called sons of God? Why not sons and daughters? Does your relationship with God reflect the fact that you are a part of God’s family? Do you boldly approach God’s throne as someone who once was an orphan but […]

Preparing for Worship // November 18, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 18, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Our culture has a strange fascination with orphans. If you were to take a step back and look at the media we consume every day, orphans are everywhere. Superman, Captain America, Batman (and Robin), Mowgli, Snow White, Rapunzel, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Elsa […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 11.11.18

In your own words, how would you define the doctrine of justification? Who needs to be justified? How does God justify them? How do you live your life as one “justified by faith apart from the works of the law”?