Previous Sermons

Below is a list of older sermons; just click on the book you want and the individual sermons will drop down.   Our goal is to preach as many genres of Scripture as we can each calendar year. To best accomplish this we have developed the preaching schedule below. For that reason, we often find ourselves working through several books at a time – so not all the following books will be complete studies.

Our Preaching Schedule…
New Testament History (Gospels & Acts) – January to Easter
New Testament Letters - Easter to June
Old Testament Poetry, Wisdom, or Prophecy – July and August
Old Testament History – September to November
Advent – Four Sundays before Christmas

The Mission of God: God has specific goals for both our community and our church? What are those goals? How will he accomplish them? In this four part, topical study we are investigating God's plan for Joplin, his plan for our church, and how we fit into that plan.


Winter 2014
God’s Goal for His Mission - The Mission of God, Part 4
God’s Work in His Mission - The Mission of God, Part 3
God’s Method for His Mission - The Mission of God, Part 2
God’s Instrument for His Mission - The Mission of God, Part 1

The Book of Genesis: In this book, God creates his world and his people. Genesis also introduces us to the human problem (sin) and the remedy (God's seed). The imagery of creation is repeated over and over. God's chosen seed endures his people's sin and unbelief. But God makes his promises and they will not be thwarted.


The Patriarchs (2009-2010)
Genesis 50:15-21 – God’s Good (Easter Sunday)
Genesis 47:27 – Settling in Goshen
Genesis 42-46 – Reconciliation (unrecorded sermon preached by Brandon Davidson)
Genesis 40-41 – Humiliation & Exaltation of Joseph
Genesis 39 – Joseph in Potiphar’s House
Genesis 37 – Joseph Overview and Dream
Luke 15:11-32 – The Prodigal Son (preached by Daniel Stanley)
Genesis 35 – God’s Covenant with Jacob
Genesis 32 – Jacob Wrestles the Angel
Genesis 31 – Jacob & Laban
Genesis 29 – Leah & Rachel
Genesis 28 – Jacob’s Ladder
Genesis 27 – Jacob & the Blessing
Genesis 25 – Jacob & Esau
Genesis 24 – Isaac & Rebekah
Genesis 22 – Abraham offers Isaac
Genesis 21:1-21 – Isaac & Ishmael (preached by Brandon Davidson)
Genesis 19 – Sodom & Gomorrah
Genesis 18:16-33 – God’s Work
Genesis 17:15-18:15 – God’s Seed
Genesis 17:1-14 – Covenant Sign
Genesis 16 – Abraham and Hagar
Genesis 15 – The Promised Child
Genesis 13-14 – Abraham Restored
Genesis 12:10-20 – Abraham and Sarah
Genesis 12:1-9 – The Call of Abram
The Flood Narrative (2008)
Genesis 10-11 – Table of Nations
Genesis 11:1-9 – Tower of Babel
Genesis 9:18-29 – Drunk and Naked
Genesis 6:9-9:17 – Flood (part 3): creation maintained
Genesis 6:9-9:17 – Flood (part 2): creation restored
Genesis 6:9-9:17 – Flood (part 1): creation destroyed
Genesis 6:1-8 – Wickedness on the Earth
Genesis 4:17-5:32 – The Generations of Man
Genesis 4:8-16 – Sin and Redemption
Genesis 4:1-7 – Man’s Offering and God’s Favor
Creation & Fall (2007)
Genesis 3:22-24 – Banished from the Garden
Genesis 3:14-15 – The Curse: the Serpent
Genesis 3:8-21 – The Curse: Man & Woman
Genesis 3:1-7 – The Fall
Genesis 2:18-25 – Adam & Eve
Genesis 2:15-17 – The Covenant of Works
Genesis 2:4-14 – The Garden of Eden
Genesis 2:1-3 – Sabbath Rest
Genesis 1:26-31 – The Image of God
Genesis 1:3-2:3 – The Creation Week
Genesis 1:1-3 – In the Beginning

The Book of Exodus provides us with one of the earliest pictures of redemption. This book, you could say, 'sets the table' for the rest of the redemption story. Exodus provides the themes that will dominate much of the rest of the Bible, not to mention the New Testament.


The Tabernacle (2013)
Exodus 40:34-38 - God Fills the Tabernacle
Exodus 34:29-35 - Moses’ Shining Face
Exodus 33:17-34:9 - Moses and the Presence of God
Exodus 33:1-16 - Israel and the Presence of God
Exodus 32:7-35- the Magnitude of Sin & Grace
Exodus 32:1-6- the Golden Calf (the alternative)
Exodus 31:1-11 - the Builders
Exodus 28 - the Priesthood
Exodus 27 - the Outer Court
Exodus 25 & 30 - the Holy Place
Exodus 25:10-22 - the Ark and the Holy of Holies
Exodus 25:1-9 - the Materials & Contributions
The Tabernacle: an Introduction
The Ten Commandments (2012)
Matthew 5:19-20 - Jesus and the Expansion of the Law
Matthew 5:17-18 - Jesus and the Fulfillment of the Law
Exodus 20:18-21 - The Epilogue
Exodus 20:17 – The Tenth Commandment: Coveting (unrecorded)
Exodus 20:13-16 - Commandments Six through Nine: Community Sins
Exodus 20:12 - The Fifth Commandment: Honoring Parents (preached by Brandon Davidson)
Exodus 20:8-11  - The Fourth Commandment: The Sabbath Day
Exodus 20:7 - The Third Commandment: The Lord’s Name
Exodus 20:3-6 - The First & Second Commandments: The Lord’s Worship
Exodus 20:1-2 - The Prologue
Exodus 20 - The 10 Commandments as a Grid
Deuteronomy 4:5-8 - Why the 10 Commandments?
Deliverance from Egypt (2010)
Exodus 14 – Crossing the Red Sea
Exodus 13 – The First Laws
Exodus 12 – The Passover
Exodus 11 – The Tenth Plague
Exodus 7-10 – The First Nine Plagues
Exodus 5 – Moses before Pharaoh
Exodus 4:18-31 – Zipporah’s Flint
Exodus 3-4:17 – The Burning Bush
Exodus 2 – God prepares Moses
Exodus 1 – Redeemed from what?
Exodus – An Introduction

The Book of Job is not as much about suffering as it is about the emotional fallout that accompanies suffering. This sermon series was preached in direct response to the tornado that destroyed much of our community in May of 2011. Job is neither an easy nor especially comforting book, even for those who have suffered, but its teaching is invaluable as we try to face some of life's hardest circumstances.


Job 42 – The Restoration of Job
Job 40-41 – God’s Control Over Evil
Job 38-39 – God’s Control Over Nature
Job 22:21 – Job’s Friends (Part 2)
Job 4:7-8 – Job’s Friends (Part 1)
Job 13:18-26 – Job Questions God
Job 1 & 2 – the Prologue of Job
Job 1:1 – An Introduction

The Psalms were the hymnbook of Israel. Every summer that we study the Psalms we are blessed by their honesty and their hope in the coming Messiah.


Summer 2012 – The Psalms of the Sons of Korah
Psalm 88 - Darkness Is My Only Companion
Psalm 85 – A Model Confession (Preached by Brandon Davidson)
Psalm 84 – A Homecoming Psalm (Preached by Brandon Davidson)
Psalm 49 - A Wisdom Psalm
Psalm 48 & 87 - Zion: the City of God
Psalm 46 - A Mighty Fortress
Psalm 45- A Wedding Song
Psalm 44 - A Lament of Defeat
Psalm 42-43 – Spiritual Depression
2011 – Joplin Tornado
Psalm 51:8 - The Bones that God Has Broken
Summer 2009
Psalm 30 - Mourning into Dancing
Psalm 29 - The Voice of the Lord
Psalm 27 - Salvation Belongs to the Lord
Psalm 26 - Worshiping God
Psalm 25 - The Saving Work of God
Summer 2008
Psalm 23 - The True Shepherd and Sheep
Psalm 20 - Christ our King
Psalm 18 - God the Deliverer
Psalm 11 - God Reigns
Psalm 7 - Hope for the Accused
Psalm 3 - The Salvation of the Lord

The Book of Proverbs is wisdom at its best! This book, in many ways, reveals to us the world as God created it - it provides the deep structure to the grace underlying all of creation. At the same time it shows us, from verse to verse, that the world is broken and needs a redeemer. We spent the Summer of 2010 in this study.


Proverbs 31 – The Conclusion (Reed Dunn)
Proverbs Topic – Contentment (Brandon Davidson)
Proverbs Topic – The Family (Reed Dunn)
Proverbs Topic – Conflict (Randy Crane)
Proverbs Topic – Our Perspective (Reed Dunn)
Proverbs Topic – Our Words (Brandon Davidson)
Proverbs 9 – Lady Wisdom & Lady Folly (Brandon Davidson)
Proverbs 1:1-7 – Fear of the Lord (Brandon Davidson)
Proverbs 8:22-31 – Creation & Wisdom (Reed Dunn)
Proverbs – An Introduction (Reed Dunn)

The Book of Habakkuk stands out among the prophets of Scripture. Most prophetic books provide little information regarding the prophet's personal experience, but Habakkuk is brimming with it. Habakkuk saw terrible things brewing from both his countrymen and his enemies and the man himself gets transformed from cynic to Psalmist within these three chapters. This short book packs a powerful punch. We studied it during the Summer of 2013.


The Mission of God: Habakkuk Topics (Part 3)
Rejecting Idolatry: Habakkuk Topics (Part 2)
Waiting for the Unseen: Habakkuk Topics (Part 1)
Habakkuk 3 - HABAKKUK: A psalm of praise.
Habakkuk 2:2-20 - GOD: The just will live by their faith.
Habakkuk 1:12-2:1 - HABAKKUK: How can God use my enemies?
Habakkuk 1:5-11- GOD: I am doing something you could not imagine.
Habakkuk 1:1-4- HABAKKUK: Where is God?

The Book of Matthew preserves Jesus' teachings at its best. Christ came to earth to become the New Israel, fulfill Israel's Scriptures, and teach about the Kingdom of God that has now been manifested on earth -- and in this book we see Jesus himself connect that work to the Old Testament. It is appropriate that it comes first in our Bibles because it truly places Jesus' ministry in the context of the thousands of years (and pages) that preceded his appearing.


2014 Sermons
The Disciples and the Resurrection
Christ and the Resurrection: Part 2
Christ and the Resurrection: Part 1
The Women and the Resurrection (Easter Sunday)
God and the Crucifixion
The Roman Empire and the Crucifixion
Jewish People and the Crucifixion
The Disciples and the Crucifixion
The Last Supper
The Jewish Leaders and the Crucifixion
Jesus and the Crucifixion 
An Introduction
2013 Sermons
Matthew 25:31-46 - The Final Judgment
Matthew 24:36-25:30 - Waiting for the End
Matthew 24:29-35 - The Coming of the Son of Man (Easter)
Matthew 24:15-28 - The Abomination of Desolation
Matthew 24:1-14 - Persevering to the End
Matthew 23:37-39 - Jesus’ Lament over Jerusalem
Matthew 23:1-36 - Woes to the Pharisees
Matthew 22:34-46 - Christ and the Pharisees
Matthew 22:23-33 - Christ and the Sadducees
Matthew 22:15-22 - Christ and the Herodians
Matthew 21:23-22:14 - John the Baptist and the Messenger Parables
Matthew 21:18-22 - Cursing the Fig Tree
Matthew 21:12-17 - Cleansing the Temple
Matthew 21:1-11 - The Triumphal Entry
2011 Sermons
Matthew 20:17-19 – Jesus Prophecies his Death (Easter)
Matthew 19:16-20:16 – Rich Young Man & Laborers in the Vineyard
Matthew 19:1-12 – Christ’s Teaching on Divorce
Matthew 18:21-35 – Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:15-20 – Church Discipline
Matthew 18:1-14 – Kingdom Values (preached by Brandon Davidson)
Matthew 17:14-27 – unrecorded (preached by Brandon Davidson)
Matthew 17:1-13 – Mount of Transfiguration
Matthew 16:21-23 – The Life of the Christian
Matthew 16:21-23 – The Life of the Messiah
Matthew 16:13-20 – Christ’s New People: the Church
Matthew 16:1-12 – Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Sign of Jonah
Matthew 15:21-39 – Feeding the Four Thousand
Matthew 15:1-20 – Symbols of the Kingdom of God
Matthew 14:14-36 – Walking on the Sea
Matthew 14:13-21 – Feeding the Five Thousand
Matthew 14:1-12 – The Death of John the Baptist
2009 Sermons
Matthew 13:53-58 – Jesus Rejected
Matthew 13:44-52 – Treasure Living
Matthew 13:31-33 – Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven
Matthew 13:24-43 – Parable of the Weeds
Matthew 13:1-23 – Parable of the Sower
Matthew 12:46-50 – Jesus’ New Family
Matthew 12:38-45 – Verdict on “This Generation”
Matthew 12:33-37 – A Tree, Its Fruit, and the Tongue
Matthew 12:22-32 – Sin Unpardonable amidst the Spiritual War
Matthew 12:1-21 – Lord of the Sabbath
Matthew 11:25-30 – The Gospel According to Jesus
Matthew 11:20-24 – The Cost of Rejecting Jesus
Matthew 11:1-19 – John the Baptist
2008 Sermons
Matthew 10:40-42 – Kingdom Reward
Matthew 10:16-39 – Kingdom Persecution
Matthew 10:1-15 – Kingdom Leadership
Matthew 9:35-10:1 – Kingdom Harvest
Matthew 9:14-34 – Kingdom Time (God’s new system)
Matthew 9:9-13 – Kingdom Transformation
Matthew 9:1-8 – Kingdom Forgiveness
Matthew 8:28-34 – Kingdom Dominion (over spiritual world)
Matthew 8:23-27 – Kingdom Dominion (over natural world)
Matthew 8:18-22 – Kingdom Cost
Matthew 8:1-17 – Kingdom Healings
Older Matthew sermons were not recorded

The Book of Luke pictures the world remade - and even turned upside down. This book contains God's plan for this world, his goals and his priorities. Those things see their fulfillment in the person and activity of Jesus Christ. Brandon Davidson, our assistant pastor at the time, preached these sermons at First Presbyterian Church in Baxter Springs, KS over the course of 2012.


Luke 7:36-50 – The Power of Love
Luke 7: 24-35 – Greatness and The Jesus Factor
Luke 7: 11-23 – A Compassionate, Powerful, and Misunderstood Messiah
Luke 7: 1-10 – The Centurion’s Servant
Luke 6:46-49 – Unrecorded
Luke 6: 39-45 – Who Are You Following?
Luke 6:35-38 - Are We Playing God or Reflecting God?
Luke 6:27-36 – Loving the Haters
Luke 6:17-26 – Blessings and Woes
Luke 24:1-12 - Resurrection Doubts (Easter Sunday)
Luke 6:12-19 – Diversity and Mercy
Luke 5:33-6:11 – The Lord of the Sabbath
Luke 5:27-32 – Calling the Despised
Luke 5:12-26 - The Leper and the Paralytic
Luke 5:1-11 – Catching Men
Luke 4.31-44 – The Authority of Jesus
Luke 4:14-30 - The Mission of Jesus
Luke 4:1-13 - The Temptation of Jesus
Luke 3:23-38 - The Genealogy of Jesus
Luke 3:15-22 - The Baptism of Jesus
Luke 3:1-15 - The Baptism of John
Luke 1:67-79 - The Song of Zechariah
Luke 1:46-55 - The Song of Mary
Luke 1:1-4 - What is the Gospel?

The Book of Romans provides us with some of the most foundational teachings concerning the Christian faith. You cannot work your way through this monumental book without covering the essential topics of the Christian Life. What is the condition of mankind without redemption? How has God accomplished this redemption? What does that mean for those who have been redeemed? What about those who are not? It is all here!


2013 Sermons
Romans 11:33-36 – The Doxology (unrecorded)
Romans 11:25-32 – The Irrevocable Promises of God (unrecorded)
Romans 11:11-24 - The Grafting of the Gentiles
Romans 11:1-10 - Remnant of Grace
Romans 10:14-21 - Hearing and Believing the Gospel
Romans 10:5-13 - The Heart of the Gospel
Romans 9:30-10:4 - Righteousness by Faith
Romans 9:14-29 - God’s Sovereign Right
Romans 9:6-13 - God’s Sovereign Choice
Romans 9:1-5 - Introduction to Romans 9-11
2012 Sermons
Romans 8:31-39 – Real and Eternal Security
Romans 8:18-30 - Assurance through Hope
Romans 8:12-17 – Adoption in Christ
Romans 8:5-11 - Life in the Spirit
Romans 8:1-4 – No Condemnation: the Grounds of Assurance
Romans 7:13-25 - The Law and Flesh
Romans 7:7-12 - The Law and Death
Romans 7:1-6 – The Law and Sin
Romans 6:15-23 - Slaves of Righteousness
Romans 6:1-14 - Union with Christ: from Death to Life
Romans 5:12-21 - The First and Second Adam
Romans 5:6-11 - Assurance of Salvation
Romans 5:1-5 - The Fruit of Justification
Romans 4:13-25 - Salvation by God’s Grace and Guarantee
Romans 4:1-12 - Abraham: Justified by Faith
Romans 3:21-26 - The Heart of the Gospel
Romans 3:21 - The Righteousness of God
Romans 3:9-20 - Sin in Summary
Romans 2:1-3:9 - Sin and the Law
Romans 1:23-32 - Sin and Worship
Romans 1:18-23 - Sin and the Mind
Romans 1:7-17 - The Power of the Gospel
Romans 1:1-6 - The Gospel Defined
Letter to the Romans-  An Introduction

The Book of Second Corinthians is often neglected but at its core it has one of the most encouraging explanations of the Christian faith that can be found in Scripture. It is that core we sought to unpack in this study (chapters four and five). The series was preached on the heals of our study of Job. We had been through the tornado of 2011 and been through Job; we entered this study feeling that it was time to drink deeply from the gospel.


2Corinthians 5:18-21 – The Ministry of Reconciliation
2Corinthians 5:16-17 – The New Creation Pt 2: The Application
2Corinthians 5:16-17 – The New Creation Pt 1: The Background
2Corinthians 5:11-15 – Controlled by the Love of Christ
2Corinthians 4:13-5:10 - Our Future Hope Pt 3: Learning to wait…
2Corinthians 4:13-5:10 – Our Future Hope Pt 2: What are we waiting for?
2Corinthians 4:13-5:10 – Our Future Hope Pt 1: What Is Heaven?
2Corinthians 4:7-12 – A Gospel Contrast
2Corinthians 4:1-6 – The Source of Paul’s Ministry
2Corinthians 1-3 – An Intro to the Book and City

Ephesians 1 is not only one of the longest sentences of the Bible, it is also one of the richest. In this study we sought to unpack some of its topics and apply them to our lives. We studied this great chapter in 2011.


Ephesians 1:11-14 – The Holy Spirit of God
Ephesians 1:9-10 – The Dominion of Christ
Ephesians 1:7-8 – Redemption
Ephesians 1:4-5 – Adopted through Christ
Ephesians 1:4-5 – Chosen in Christ
Ephesians 1:3 – Union with Christ

The Book of Philippians can be deceptive. With so much joy talked about, one can think the book is about nothing other than joy. But the book, like joy itself, is rooted in something much deeper. Join us as we seek to understand the deep foundations from whence our joy comes. We studied this book in the Spring of 2010.


Philippians 4:10-23 – Christian Contentment
Philippians 4:1-9 – The Peace of God
Philippians 3:12-21 – Christian Citizenship
Philippians 3:1-11 – Gospel Sacrifice (pt 2)
Philippians 3:1-11 – Gospel Sacrifice (pt 1)
Philippians 2:19-30 – Unrecorded
Philippians 2:14-18 – Gospel Living (pt 2)
Philippians 2:12-13 – Unrecorded (preached by Randy Crane)
Philippians 2:5-11 – Humility of Christ
Philippians 1:27-2:4 – Gospel Living (pt 1)
Philippians 1:12-26 – Paul’s Report: Christ in Us
Philippians 1:1-11 – Introduction

The Book of Colossians wrestles with the fact that Christ that stands over this world and that creates a war between our flesh and our Spirit. This life on earth is according to the flesh, but the source of the Christian's life is a life according to the Spirit. That creates a tension - a war. Because we are raised with Christ we live according to a different world order, one beyond the rules and regulations of this life. We studied this book in the Spring of 2008.


Colossians 4:7-18 – Final Greeting
Colossians 4:2-6 – Resurrection Prayer & Mission
Colossians 3:22-4:1 – Resurrection Labor
Colossians 3:18-21 – Resurrection Family (unrecorded)
Colossians 3:12-17 – Living the Resurrection
Colossians 3:1-11 – Raised with Christ
Colossians 2:16-23 – Gospel Liberty
Colossians 2:6-15 – The Real Truth
Colossians 1:24-2:5 – The Mystery Revealed
Colossians 1:21-23 – True Redemption
Colossians 1:15-20 – The Supremacy of Christ
Colossians 1:9-14 – Paul’s Prayer
Colossians 1:1-8 – Paul’s Greeting & Thanksgiving

The Book of Titus helped us as we prepared our church for training and electing elders for the first time, in 2009. Since we believe that Scripture is sufficient for our life, faith and church, there is no better place than Scripture to guide our expectations of our elders.


Titus 3:10-15 – Church Disicipline
Titus 3:1-9 – Gospel Living
Titus 2:15 – Church Authority
Titus 2:11-14 – Authentic Good Works
Titus 2:4-10 – The Elder’s Work: Building (younger men and younger women)
Titus 2:1-5 – The Elder’s Work: Building (older men and older women)
Titus 1:10-16 – The Elder’s Work: Silencing
Titus 1:7-9 – The Elder’s Personal Life
Titus 1:6 – The Elder’s Family Life
Titus 1:5 – The Office of Elder
Titus 1:1-4 – The Centrality of Preaching

Advent is observed the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. In our church, we want to take that time to meditate on Christ in a special way. Having four sermons dedicated to looking at Christ provides us a unique opportunity to slow down and look for Christ to surprise us, much as he did the world 2,000 years ago.


Those Close to the Nativity (2012)
The Wise Men
Herod: King of the Jews
The Shepherds
The Family of Jesus
The Four Gospels (2011)
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Matthew
 The Women in Jesus’ Genealogy (2010)
2Samuel 11-12 – The Wife of Uriah (Reed Dunn)
Ruth 1-4 – Ruth (Brandon Davidson)
Joshua 2 – Rahab (Brandon Davidson)
Genesis 38 – Tamar (Reed Dunn)
Nativity Songs (2009)
Luke 2:29-32 – Simeon’s Song
Luke 2:14 – The Angels’ Song
Luke 1:68-79 – Zechariah’s Song
Luke 1:46-55 – Mary’s Song
Servant Songs of Isaiah (2008)
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 – The Suffering Servant
Isaiah 50:4-9 – The Obedient Servant
Isaiah 49:1-6 – The Prophetic Servant
Isaiah 42:1-9 – The Gentle Servant
The Hope of Israel (2007)
Nehemiah 13:23-27 – The Hope of Israel (unrecorded)
Deuteronomy 17:14-20 – The Hope for a King (unrecorded)
Leviticus 16 – The Hope for a Priest
Ezekiel 3:4-7 – The Hope for a Prophet