Sermon Reflection Questions // August 19, 2018

1. What does it mean that Jesus has called us into a life of suffering? Why do we often shy away from this promised part of the Christian walk? 2. When have you or someone you know gone through a time of suffering? How did Christ use that suffering? How did God sustain you through […]

Preparing for Worship // August 19, 2018

Preparing for Worship // August 19, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Even the briefest church history survey can leave the modern Christian amazed at how many Christians have died for their faith. It seems as if every story of early gospel declaration ends with burning at the stake, crucifixion, or some other gruesome death. It only […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.12.18

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.12.18

What do you need Christ’s help with? Why is Jesus uniquely qualified to meet your need? What is holding you back from turning to Him with this need? How can you practice turning to Christ more for help this week? What does it mean that Christ is supreme over creation? Why is this comforting for […]

Preparing for Worship // August 12, 2018

Preparing for Worship // August 12, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The best days of school were movie days. On these special occasions, the teacher would surprise us and put away their whiteboard marker, roll out the television set on wheels, and put in a History Channel documentary about whatever subject we were talking about. There […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.05.18

1. What aspects of our lives and this world does the Gospel change? Are there things we falsely believe are beyond the Gospel’s power? 2. Has your life been transformed by the Gospel? Will you put your trust in Jesus today to be rescued from sin and share in Jesus’ inheritance? If you have put […]

Preparing for Worship // August 05, 2018

Preparing for Worship // August 05, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) This week Uptown joins a prisoner in Rome writing to a church plant in modern Turkey about the power of the Gospel. It is easy to think of Paul as some sort of church planting wizard who never struggled, never doubted, never got discouraged in […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.29.18

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.29.18

1. How will you count on your faithful God this week? 2. How is God’s faithfulness shown in His discipline? Why is it good that God disciplines His people? 3. Did God’s faithfulness to Moses ever run out? How did God continue to show His faithfulness to Moses up until and through his death? How […]

Preparing for Worship // July 29, 2018

Preparing for Worship // July 29, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) March Madness can be difficult to watch sometimes. There are times after these games that I have to turn away because the cameras focus on the losing team. These young athletes and their fans weep just feet away from what they worked so hard for. […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.22.18

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.22.18

In what ways should God’s Covenant people look to Christ to bless them in this world? Do you consider it a blessing to follow Christ’s leadership as our King? How are you doing at following His Word? Do you trust Jesus to lead you day in and day out? Where do you tend to look […]

Preparing for Worship // July 22, 2018

Preparing for Worship // July 22, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The past few chapters of Deuteronomy have felt a lot like an extended reformed worship service. Moses gathered the people, gave a long sermon on the 10 Commandments, called the people to repentance, assured them that their salvation is in God alone, exhorted them to […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.15.18

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.15.18

1. Why does God give this song to His people? 2. Why do we often find it difficult to sing of God’s justice? Why does God call us to do so? 3. How has God been faithful and/or working in your life? How will you continue to sing His praises this week and encourage others […]

Preparing for Worship // July 15, 2018

Preparing for Worship // July 15, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Songs are often used as effective teaching tools. Barney’s song Clean Up will remind generations of children to “do their share.” It is difficult to recite the alphabet without singing “L-M-N-O-P” a little faster. Every time I walk up and down a produce isle, I […]

Graduating from the Greenhouse

The decision where to attend seminary is without a doubt a crucial part of one’s overall formation for pastoral ministry. Seminary provides a rigorous training in Biblical exegesis, systematic theology, church history, Biblical languages, hermeneutics, and many other areas that are critical for adequately preparing someone for a lifetime of faithful ministry. However, another key […]

Preparing for Worship // July 08, 2018

Preparing for Worship // July 08, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It is easy to get lost in the book of Deuteronomy. There has been a lot of talking and no stories. Moses is approaching 120 years of age and has been shepherding the Israelites through the desert for 40 years. This is not a group […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.01.18

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.01.18

Why do we need so many sermons on repentance and obedience? Which of the three ways that we keep God’s covenant is most difficult for you: ongoing repentance, divine enabled obedience, or continual pursuit of our savior? Why is that the most difficult? What steps can you take to grow in that area? How is […]

Preparing for Worship // July 01, 2018

Preparing for Worship // July 01, 2018

  (Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Last week, Dave Kulp called Uptown Church to renew our commitment to Christ. If you were unable to worship with us, I highly encourage you to listen to the sermon here. I don’t know about you, but even after renewing my commitment, I continued […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.24.18

Who will you serve today? Have you ever made an explicit commitment to Christ? Is God calling you to renew your commitment to Him? Are you ready to make an informed, total, and eternal commitment to God? Has your heart for God gone dry? How do our hearts dry up? How do we keep them […]

Preparing for Worship // June 24, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 24, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Of all the rituals and festivities that go on in a year, New Year’s Resolutions are one of my favorites. Collectively, the world unites on one night and resolves in a unified triumphant voice, “We will be better than we were last year!” For a […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.17.18

Do you take your sin as seriously as God takes it? Why does God take it so seriously? Why do you think we tend to overlook our sins? Are there any sins in your life that still need to be repented of? Reread the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-21) remembering their exposition through the book of […]

Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In 2013, Matt Maher released a song titled, “All The People Said Amen.” It is a happy, uplifting tune about how we all need Jesus regardless of our backgrounds, and “giving thanks to the Lord for his love never ends.” It is one of those […]