On Pastor Sam Shaw's final Sunday, he leaves a message for The Orchard and Pastor John Nix.
Sermons in: Stand Alone
A Stand Alone sermon is a one-off sermon that is not tied to a series of sermons.
Join us as Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through Philippians 1:12-21, answering the question, "Where does our confidence and courage come from?"
James 4:13-17 says: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. Join us as Co-Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through three mistakes to avoid when planning for an uncertain future.
Do you long to know God's calling on your life? Do you believe that God can still call people today? Join us as Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through the three different ways that Scripture defines the call and gives us seven questions that help in discovering God's specific call on our lives.
Could it be that one of the reasons we don’t talk about prayer and fasting in churches is that we have grown content with the way things are right now? We have grown content with the absence of our king. We have good lives. We have nice homes and nice cars and we have good jobs. We enjoy the things of this world and we’re okay with the idea of Jesus not coming back quickly. Prayer and fasting says to God I am serious about you and your cause, and there is nothing I want more in my life than Jesus.
Do you remember anything from the 2002 Winter Olympics? In the last lap of the 1000 Meter Small Track Speed Skate event something very unusual happened that became one of the greatest moments in Olympic sports history. Entering the final lap of the race, Australian racer Stephen Bradbury trailed far off the pace in last place. On the final turn, the Chinese racer slipped, knocking the American racer down. The Korean racer fell, tripping the Canadian racer. Steven Bradbury skates across the finish line untouched, winning the Winter Olympic gold medal for the first time in Australia’s history. He won the gold simply because he finished the race. It seems that many of us today are so eager to quit. It's easier to check out. We give up on our marriages. We are willing to give up on our jobs. We give up on our families… on our commitments. Join us as Lead Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through the last chapter of Paul's last letter. Paul's last words ring with resolute determination that by God's strength we would not fall away, but instead finish the race well.
Jesus was a master at living under pressure with a sense of peace inside. If you read his biography, it's amazing because he is always under incredible pressure that would crush most of us. He has people pulling at him all the time. There are constant interruptions with very little personal privacy or personal space. He has to get into a boat and row out in the water just to keep from people pushing on him. He's ridiculed and criticized at every turn, but he lives out of this quiet center in his soul. He refused to be pressured into being somebody that he wasn't. We all know about pressure. The question is, "How do you find peace in the midst of pressure?"
This is a sermon in honor of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation.