Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.21.18

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.21.18

In the Scripture passage this week, we are commanded to “watch ourselves” to keep from falling into sin. What does it look like to keep watch over ourselves? What is an area where you need to keep watch over yourself? How has God been faithful to you in the past? How has God disciplined you […]

Preparing for Worship // January 21, 2018

Preparing for Worship // January 21, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) God gives us many reasons to follow Him. Sometimes He appeals to the past; sometimes He points us forward to the future. Regarding the past, God reminds us of the ways that He has shown us grace, the ways He has disciplined us, and the […]

Church Planting Update

Uptown’s Church Planting Update Uptown church is committed to sharing the full life that is found in Christ with people all over the world. One of the major ways in which we do this is by helping to start new churches to share the life of Christ. Update on Recent Church Plants South Charlotte Presbyterian […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.14.18

Who do you know that attends a church in another denomination but loves Jesus? How can you be an encouragement to them and promote the unity of the body of Christ? What sins in your life have you befriended and refuse to kill? Where do you need to enter the war of killing sin in […]

Preparing for Worship // January 14, 2018

Preparing for Worship // January 14, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Among the many horrors of war, there is one that stands out above the rest: friendly fire. What makes friendly fire so horrible and sad is that the very person who is supposed to have your back and fight alongside you becomes your demise. One […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.07.18

When have you faced a difficult task that tempted you to doubt God’s provision and love? How did you respond? Into what difficult place is God calling you to extend His kingdom? Who needs to hear the good news that you think will never believe it?

Preparing for Worship // January 7, 2018

Preparing for Worship // January 7, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Recently I realized that I have lost my ability to trust movie and TV show characters. I’ve seen one too many show where the character you trust the most turns out to be a traitor and a villain, and now when I watch movies I […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.31.17

The primary way that we are being called to apply this month’s sermon series is by sharing the gospel with our unbelieving friends. Take a moment to think of someone that you would like to share the gospel with this Christmas season. Spend some time in prayer for them. How has the gospel had an […]

Preparing for Worship // December 31, 2017

Preparing for Worship // December 31, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Prior to his death in 2011 (and in some sense even up to the present day), Christopher Hitchens was one of the world’s most notorious atheists. Alongside such names as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris (the “New Atheists”), Hitchens has become (in)famous for […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.24.17

When is a time that someone has made you feel loved? What about the person’s action made you feel loved? What within yourself causes you to doubt God’s love? How does Jesus’ coming at Christmas specifically address the areas where you doubt God’s love?

Preparing for Worship // December 24, 2017

Preparing for Worship // December 24, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Darkness is uniquely terrifying. A horror movie that would be laughable in the light of day leaves us shaking after the sun sets. At night our imaginations come alive, turning every hooting owl and creaking branch into a ghost or ghoul out for blood. Even […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.17.17

The primary way that we are being called to apply this month’s sermon series is by sharing the gospel with our unbelieving friends. Take a moment to think of someone that you would like to share the gospel with this Christmas season. Spend some time in prayer for them. What relationships is God calling you […]

Preparing for Worship // December 17, 2017

Preparing for Worship // December 17, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There is a force at work in the South that impacts all of life. It consumes countless waking hours and leads to the loss of energy as we toss and turn in our sleep. It leads otherwise sane men and women to do things they […]

You CAN Lead a Small Group Outreach Study

  A few years ago I received one of the best Christmas cards ever. It was a hand-written card from a new friend who said: “Thank you for helping me understand the real meaning of Christmas.” This friend had just become a Christian through a small group outreach study I had led that fall. One […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.10.17

The primary way that we are being called to apply this month’s sermon series is by sharing the gospel with our unbelieving friends. Take a moment to think of someone that you would like to share the gospel with this Christmas season. Spend some time in prayer for them. Which of the three basic statements […]

Preparing for Worship // December 10, 2017

Preparing for Worship // December 10, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of the beautiful things about the salvation that is offered to us in the gospel is that it is simple enough that a thief on a cross can understand it deeply enough to be saved (Luke 23:39-43), but at the same time, over the […]

Book Study: The Heart of Evangelism

In the month of December, our church will be working through a sermon series on evangelism. As we focus each week on our task of spreading the good news, I want to recommend a book study as a supplement. This can be read individually but, as with most things, this would be better done within […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.03.17

The primary way that we are being called to apply this month’s sermon series is by sharing the gospel with our unbelieving friends. Take a moment to think of someone that you would like to share the gospel with this Christmas season. Spend some time in prayer for them. What aspects of the gospel and […]

Preparing for Worship // December 3, 2017

Preparing for Worship // December 3, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) We all know that we are called to participate in the work of evangelism. Matthew 28:19 clearly says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Unfortunately, knowing that we are called to evangelism doesn’t change the fact that evangelism is hard. But what makes […]

What is Sola Scriptura Protecting Us Against? More Than You Think

During all of 2017, churches and organizations around the world have (rightly) been celebrating this amazing thing we call the Protestant Reformation. One of the foundational convictions of the Reformers was, of course, this doctrine we call Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone).  Simply put, this is the belief that the Scriptures are the highest and most […]