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. […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.24.19

When faced with trials, are you more of a faithless grumbler or a faithful complainer? Are your trials in the circumstances themselves or your heart’s response to circumstances? What makes unbelief so dangerous? Who are people in your life who exhort you and keep you accountable? When is the last time you thanked them? Who […]

Preparing for Worship // March 24, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 24, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “I believe; help my unbelief!” This cry from the father of a boy with an unclean spirit in Mark 9 seems perplexing. It sounds like if you were to get pulled over by a police officer and tell them, “Officer, I was not speeding. But […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.17.19

What about Moses made him an appealing leader? Who are some of your heroes of the faith and what attracts you to them? How is Jesus better than all of these people? Who built Uptown Church? Who is at work leading Uptown Church? How can you spend more time focusing on the glory of Jesus, […]

Preparing for Worship // March 17, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 17, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It is a highly contested debate, but I firmly believe that the hardest course offered at my university was Civil Engineering 455 – Design of Timber Structures. I might be biased because I studied Civil Engineering and barely survived this class, but I think 9 […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.10.19

Why does it matter that Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like us in every way? Why is it important that Jesus is both God and man? How is it a comfort that Jesus sympathizes in our weaknesses? Next time you are tempted to sin, what step will you take to remind yourself […]

Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In speaking on the incarnation of Christ, Gregory of Nazianzus said, “What has not been assumed was not been healed.” One of the earliest internal battles Christianity had to fight was on the two natures of Christ. How could one person be both fully God […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.03.19

Why do we struggle to trust the Father in trials? How did Jesus respond to suffering? How can we move toward responding in a similar way? What did Jesus’ suffering do for those who trust in him? How can we trust the Father more knowing that we are adopted sons through Christ? What have you […]

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Trust and obey, For there is no other way To be happy in Jesus, Than to trust and obey. Seems simple enough. There are not any big mysteries revealed in the words of this classic hymn. But they can be really discouraging if taken as […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.24.19

How did Christ receive glory by becoming lower than the angels? According to the author of Hebrews, who is the subject of Psalm 8? In what condition did God create humans? Into what condition did we fall? What does Christ do to restore us?

Preparing for Worship // February 24, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 24, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Fred Sanders wrote, “Christology is the doctrinal locus where Christianity has the greatest need for theological precision. To be wrong here is to be wrong everywhere.” He clearly does not take the study of Christ lightly, and he has a point. At the heart of […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 02.17.19

What does it mean to drift away from Jesus? How does this happen? Why would a loving God discipline those who drift away from Him? Have you been drifting from Jesus? In what ways? How can you turn to zealously follow him again?

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?