Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.02.19

Do you have a “God problem”? How does it show itself? Are you the worst sinner you know? Can you agree with Paul saying “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost”? Why is Jesus’ blood necessary for our salvation? What does the tabernacle tell you about […]

Preparing for Worship // June 02, 2019

Preparing for Worship // June 02, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Was God the original “glamper?” Glamping is a new revolution in the world of camping where “stunning nature meets modern luxury.” You no longer have to sit in the dirt and forge for food, but can have running water and WiFi with you in the […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.26.19

How is the new covenant better than the old covenant? What promises are the new covenant enacted on? What is so significant about these promises How will you live as a recipient of the new covenant?

Preparing for Worship // May 26, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 26, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have recently been re-exposed to the world of contract negotiations. My housing situation is changing, so I had to negotiate the terms of a new place to rent and was reminded of just how little power I have in those situations. A lot of […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.19.19

Do you need a priest? Who have you been trying to substitute as your priest? Who was Melchizedek and why is it significant that Jesus was a priest after the order of Melchizedek? How do you deal with the guilt of your sins? How should you deal with the guilt of your sins? What can […]

Preparing for Worship // May 19, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 19, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Our society works best when people delegate. It would be a mess if every household had to grow all their own food, design and make all their own clothes, be their own government and police force, and practice their own medicine. Back in 380BC, Plato […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.12.19

1. Do you live by promise? What promises do you live by? 2. What is so hopeful about Jesus being our high priest? 3. What is the difference between hoping in heaven and hoping in Jesus? How can you hope in Jesus further?

Preparing for Worship // May 12, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 12, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I am still keeping secrets I learned in elementary school. Not because I want to, or because I have any good secrets, but because I made the biggest promise an 8 year old can make… A pinky promise. At that age, no kids have been […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.02.19

Is there a part of your Christian life that you’ve been drinking milk but need to start eating meat? What would it look like to mature in this area? What happens when you strive after God? What does God do for those who serve the saints? Why? Have you been coasting in part or all […]

Preparing for Worship // May 05, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 05, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s almost graduation season! A big shout out and congratulations to all of Uptown’s Seniors who will be finishing up with their studies and onto the next chapter of life! Keep pushing, you’re almost there. It is an exciting and confusing time. Both parents and […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.28.19

How did Jesus’ suffering result in him being made perfect? Wasn’t Jesus perfect to begin with? What does this mean for our suffering? What does humbly following Jesus as our Great High Priest look like? What does it not look like? What does Jesus being your High Priest mean in your everyday life? How can […]

Preparing for Worship // April 28, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 28, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The book of Hebrews has been full of comparisons with Jesus. The author has been going through many different categories of offices and saying, “Yes, these are great, but Jesus is greater.” Or, to put it another way, “Christ Is Superior Over All” (what a […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – Easter Sunday – 04.21.19

Sermon Reflection Questions – Easter Sunday – 04.21.19

Why are we so tempted to fear? How does the good news of Easter put fear to death? What is your biggest fear? How does surrendering your life to Jesus put that fear to death? Why is Easter a big deal? What is the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection? If you’ve been living in […]

Preparing for Worship // April 21, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 21, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons was Pinky & The Brain. It was the animated adventures of two lab mice. The affects of all the experiments run on them made The Brain a super genius mouse, and Pinky was a silly and not very […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.14.19

Why do we often pray without confidence? How does Jesus’ role as Great High Priest affect prayer? What makes prayer powerful? How does this change the way we pray? Take the time you would normally spend answering this third question and boldly approach the throne of grace in prayer.

Preparing for Worship // April 14, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 14, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “It’s all about who you know.” If you are trying to move up in the banking world of Charlotte, get your kids into the right college (or the right preschool), or even see the right doctor at Novant or Atrium, knowing someone on the inside […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.07.19

What does it mean that the Word of God is living? How often do you immerse yourself in God’s word? When is the last time it struck you to the heart? How will you wield this two-edged sword? What steps can you take to better familiarize yourself with the power the Word of God contains?

Preparing for Worship // April 07, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 07, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There are a few Christian hymns we know and love with mysterious origins. How Firm A Foundation appeared in a hymnal over 200 years ago, simply attributed to “K.” There are theories of who this illusive K is, but certain knowledge of who this is […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.31.19

Define Sabbath-rest. How do we enter Sabbath-rest today? What have you been turning to in order to feel rested? Has this been fulfilling? If your soul tired, worn out, or busy, what will give you true rest? If your soul feels replenished, what will keep it full when trials come? How can we strive for […]

Preparing for Worship // March 31, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 31, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Back in the day,” Tuesdays were music-culture’s favorite day of the week. It was a norm that record stores would release brand new albums on Tuesdays. Now, in a more digital musical age, this phenomenon has disappeared. Most artists release singles on new music Fridays. […]