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 […]

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?