Evening = Revelation 2:12-17, The Word to those Where Satan Dwells

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. This is the third city on our journey and is the first of the three compromised churches The First and Last churches (Ephesus & Laodicea) are…

Morning = 2 Samuel 2:1-11, The Already & More to Come

At first glance this passage might just seem to be a moment of Israelite political drama that’s far removed from our current day. But upon further investigation, this passage stands out in the biblical story line, the history of redemption, as a moment of extraordinary significance. For the first time in history God’s kingdom becomes…

Evening = Revelation 2:8-11, The Persecuted Church

I invite you to open your Bibles to Revelation 2:8-11, where we’ll spend our time this morning.  Last week we looked at the letter from Christ to the church in Ephesus (the loveless Church), this week we’ll look at the letter from Christ to the church in Smyrna (the persecuted Church). As a whole, the letter…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:17-27 – The Mightiest Will Never Fall!

Last week as we began our new series through 2 Samuel I told you of the moment when I first received the news that my grandfather had died. As I was going back over the details of this event, though I didn’t intend it to do so, the sting of my grandfather’s death hit me…

Evening = Revelation 2:1-7, The Loveless Church

Revelation 2:1-7“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:1-16, Endings & Beginnings

The date was April 4, 2010. Holly and I had just left church after a wonderfully powerful Easter service when, on our way to meet family and friends, we received a call from my Mother with news that my Grandfather had just died. It was sobering. Having just rejoiced in Christ’s resurrection might and victory…

Evening = Revelation 1:9-20, A Vision of the Son of Man

“There is a type of happiness and wonder that makes you serious.” (C.S. Lewis) I think this is very similar to what John felt when he saw his vision of Jesus. Let’s see this in the text. v9-20 comes to us in 4 sections: John’s Commission (v9-11), John’s Vision (v12-16), John’s Reaction (v17a), and John’s…

Morning=Psalm 29: The Sovereign Voice of Glory

“The Sovereign Voice of Glory” Preached by Michael Joas The voice of the Lord sovereignly reigns that all may cry Glory. This psalm is unlike any other we have gone through in our psalm summer series. Psalm 29 is a victory psalm which gives us vocabulary to worship the God of creation. It was originally…

Evening = Revelation 1:1-8, The Revelation of Jesus Christ

How many of you have ever been out of the country? I have, and every time I go abroad I always look forward to one moment: walking out of the airport in the new country for the first time. Any of you know what I mean? It’s a different country, with different sights, different sounds,…

Morning = Psalm 110, The New Testament’s Psalm

We’ve seen many categories of poetry in the Psalms so far this summer. We’ve seen wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential Psalms, and Psalms of consolation. But there is one category we’ve yet to cover, royal Psalms. As the name reveals, royal Psalms have a kingly tone to them, and are…

Morning = Psalm 91, The Shadow of the Almighty

In our Psalm summer so far we’ve come across many different kinds of Psalms expressly fit for every season of the soul. Today, as Psalm 91 lies open before us, we come to what many call a Psalm of consolation.[1]These Psalms express deep relief and comfort, but because they tend to focus so much on…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 5)

Every individual text of Scripture gains it’s meaning from its immediate context, and the immediate context of Genesis 3:15 is Genesis 1-3.  So allow me to briefly summarize where we've been in these first three chapters.  In Genesis 1 we see creation, God speaking into the dark void and creating everything by the Word of His power.  In…

Morning= Psalm 88: A Cry in the Dark

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Why the 88th Working with teens and college students for many years the Lamentations of the Psalter were such a help, (I mean they were a…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 4)

The Garden-Temple of Eden Throughout the history of the Church, and I’d even say today also, most people have viewed Eden as a Mesopotamian farm, and since it’s viewed as a farm, most people view Adam as a farmer.  Here’s a few quotes to show you this.  Henry Morris said, “Adam was instructed merely to till the…

Morning = Psalm 51, Great Misery & Great Mercy

Psalm 51 brings us to a new category of Psalms in our summer series, penitential Psalms or sometimes called the Psalms of confession. Like the Psalms of lament and the Psalms of confidence, Psalms of confession present the Psalmist in deep distress and in need of immediate help and rescue. But what’s different here in…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 3)

Genesis Creation Days: Kings and Kingdoms Many people naturally think of the length of creation when Genesis comes to mind, and I don’t think we should avoid such conversations but when you look back over the creation days with the 100,000 ft. view an interesting point is made.  Notice that on days 1-3 God made the…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 2)

Let’s begin digging into the text itself... Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Right away notice a few things. 1) First, notice the difference between the way Moses begins Genesis and the way a common fairy tale begins. Moses says, “In the beginning…”, how do fairy tales begin?  “Once upon a time…”…

Morning = Psalm 46, A Mighty Fortress is Our God

As the fires of the 16thcentury Reformation ebbed and flowed in those first years, Martin Luther often faced hardship, danger, distress, and persecution of all kinds. In his more honest moments he would confess that he feared the cause would die out. On one occasion his confidence broke through his fears in a tide of…

Morning = Psalm 23, From Pasture to Sanctuary

Have you ever wondered why Jesus says what He does in His teaching and preaching? Some believe Jesus gets the content for what He taught from His surroundings. For example, we hear Jesus teach about the wheat and the tares, and we hear Jesus teach about the vine and branches. So naturally, one might conclude,…

A2: Episode 44- On Mercy & Grace

On this week's podcast the guys continue their on going discussion on the attributes of God, specifically looking at His mercy & grace. Take a listen as the guys unpack the difference between the two attributes and how they both find their completeness in Christ and how through Him we experience both of these attributes…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 1)

Martin Luther once wrote the following about Genesis, “The first chapter is written in the simplest language; yet it contains matters of the utmost importance and very difficult to understand.  It was for this reason, as St. Jerome asserts, that among the Hebrews it was forbidden for anyone under thirty to read the chapter or to…

Morning = Psalm 13, How Long, O Lord?

I once read a story about a dog named Bailey. Bailey was a two -year old basset hound who had a gentle playful temper, eager to love anyone near him. But though this is true, Bailey has a bit of baggage. You see, Bailey was just a puppy when an F-5 tornado came through his…

A2: Episode 43- On the Psalms

On this Week's Podcast the guys talk about the importance of the Psalms. Here they talk about why the Psalter is so important for Christian worship both inside and outside of weekly gatherings, along with some of their own favorites. Have a listen and be encouraged.

Morning = Psalm 1, Into the Psalter (The Songs of the Blessed)

Starting our Summer off with a journey into the vast emotional truth’s that are seen in the Psalter. Week in and week out in both corporate and personal worship we are encouraged to think biblically about the words we sing, and to approach the Lord in proper adoration and thought. Most of the times this…

Evening=But God….Grows

Wk. 1: But God Judges Wk. 2: But God Saves Wk. 3: But God Preserves Today we see that through everything we may be blessed with and every advantage that we have been given it is God who gives spiritual growth to the church. In a day and age of the next best thing and…

Morning = John 21:15-25, Final Words

Last week we began the grand finale of our journey through John by entering chapter 21, where Jesus miraculously provided seven of His disciples a surprising super abundance of large fish and invited them to come and eat breakfast. What we come to this morning in John 21:15-25 is part two of this same sea…

Evening = But God…..Preserves

Week 1: But God…Judges In our first week we set the foundation with the truth that sins is a corrupting force that God will Judge. His wrath remains against sin from the most devious and wicked such as the acts of Doeg to the most common and some may say passive as the Rich-Man of…

A2: Episode 41-On The Immutability of God

The guys are back on the topic of the nature of God this week. Specifically this week they are tackling the question of does God change. They dive into the many avenues this topic leads to such as open theism, the emotions of God and to a degree prayer. Take some time and be encouraged.

Morning = John 21:1-14, Breakfast with Jesus

As a young boy and up through my teenage years our family usually vacationed in Sarasota, FL during the 4th of July weekend. We would eat at the same beachside diner every year, enjoy live music, there’d be a large dance, shoot off our own fireworks, chase tiny crabs by the water with flashlights, and…

Evening = But God….Saves

Last week we set the foundation of the series but walking through the reality that Judgment and wrath are true realities. God will judge one day, and as was seen in both Ps. 52 and Luke 12 that day is unknown to us, but it is a reality, and for those apart from Christ it…

Morning = John 20:30-31, A Compelling Content

‘Why the Chronicles of Narnia?’ was the question asked again and again by C.S. Lewis’ colleagues at Magdalene College and friends in the pub. ‘Of all that you could give yourself and all your talents too, why devote such time to a Children’s fantasy novel?’ Such a question was not out of bounds for a…

A2: Episode 40- On books & Desert Islands

This week the Podcast hits its mid-life crisis, so the guys are going for a journey onto a desert island and contemplating what books they would bring with them if they were to get stuck on such a place for the rest of their lives......Yes they are ripping off Stephen Nichols, but it's fun. Have…

Evening = But God….Judges

Intro: 4 week series looking at the 2 most transformative Words in Scripture: But God Overview Where we are going -Week 1: But God Judges (the Wicked) -Week 2: But God Saves (Sinners) -Week 3: But God Preserves (His Own) -Week 4: But God Builds (His Church) Now again the focus point of our series…

Morning = John 20:19-29, The First Easter (Pt. 3)

This morning we continue on in our consideration of John’s account of this First Easter. So far we’ve seen Peter and John greatly perplexed and greatly encouraged by seeing the grave clothes in the tomb, we’ve seen Mary turn from deep distress to deep joy with a sight of the Risen Christ, and now in…

A2: Episode 39- On Sermon Prep

This Week the guys take a moment from prepping their sermons to talk about what goes into Sermon Preperation. Take a listen as they discuss the similarities and differences in styles and how the ultimate goal isn't in the style used in preparation, but the how the work done along the way is to properly…

Evening = Church History, Divisions in the East

Last week as we wrapped up the climate of the Church in the West, we mainly focused on how the invasions of the Germanic barbarian peoples invaded Rome and changed nearly everything for them. This week, which is the last evening in our series looking at the first 500 years of Church history, we turn…

Morning = John 20:11-18, The First Easter (Pt. 2)

The Apostle Paul tells us, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). If we were to seek an illustration of Paul’s great love text, it would indeed be Mary Magdalene. She drew the near the tomb on that first Easter morning, and I…

A2: Episode 38- On Andrew………..?

This week on the Podcast Adam comes under the weather and Andrew is left all alone to cover the conversation. So what do you do in a pinch, well you give the people a look into your life. So on this week's podcast Andrew gives you a rundown on His testimony and how he came…

Good Friday = Boasting in the Cross

BTonight is a celebratory occasion (for the cross of Christ is the launching pad that ultimately gets us to Easter morning). But tonight, is also a solemn occasion (for on it the sinless Son of God became sin and was forsaken by God for all who believe in Him). We speak of this often and…

Morning = John 20:1-10, The First Easter

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching…

A2: Episode 37- On Holy Weekend

This week the guys are joined by a special guest, Sam Knox. Sam is one of the Elders at SonRise and was excited to join the guys as they discuss the importance of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. In this Podcast the guys examine why they observe Good Friday along with Resurrection Sunday, along with…

Evening = Church History, The Fall of Rome & A New West

We’ve come through much in our survey of the first 500 years of Church history. We must draw it to a close somehow, and so in these last two weeks we have for this series we’ll be covering how both the West and the East ended up before we launch into the dark ages, or…

Morning = John 19:38-42, The Humiliation of the King

Today is Palm Sunday. The day on which we usually look back and remember what we call Jesus’ triumphal entry. When He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people gathered round to shout out praise and hosannas saying as Mark 11 records, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the…

A2: Episode 36- On the Incomprehensibility of God

On this week's episode the guys discuss the importance of understanding the transcendence and immanence of God in relation to knowledge of Him. They dive deep into the reality that God is beyond human comprehension and reason, and yet at the same time he has made himself known to us in such a way that…

Evening=Historic Faith: The Battle for the Son

Augustine cont…(Pelagianism) -Pelagianism -Belief circulated by the Pious British Monk Pelagius -Arose out of his distaste for the Christian church he found in Rome, where the faith seemed reduced to ritualistic practices meant for future life in heaven, with no regard for current holiness. -From this moment in 383 he felt his mission was to…

A2: Episode 35- On Church Partnerships & N. Ireland

This week the guys discuss their recent trip to N. Ireland and the church partnership that SonRise is beginning with Foundation Church Belfast. In this episode they discuss the importance of partnerships, both for churches and pastors, as well as some of their experiences during their time in N.Ireland. We hope you will enjoy this…

Morning = John 19:13-16, Abandon All Hope?

Last week we sat back and watched as the angry mob before Pilate failed in their attempt to get Jesus executed based on charges of insurrection. We also then saw the Jews, in response, seek to get Jesus executed based on charges of making himself a king, saying in 19:12, “If you release this Man,…

A2: Episode 33- On Ministry Wives

On this week's podcast, the guys are off and in their place are the amazing Holly and Ange. The ladies are tackling the question of what it is like to serve along side their husbands in Ministry. Holly looking at it from the perspective of a pastor's wife living here in the states and Ange…

Evening= Historic Faith: The Battle for the Trinity

Last week we were introduced to the Council of Nicaea and the initial battle over the Divinity of Christ The council of Nicaea was 1 of 4 major universally accepted Councils of the Christian faith. (each council sought to bring clarity to the truths found in Scripture. -4 Councils: Nicaea (325)-Last week Constantinople (381)- This…

Morning = John 19:7-12, Surprised by Christ

For most of his early life C.S. Lewis, being a convinced atheist, rejected Christianity. But slowly but surely he began to convinced otherwise. Through reading G.K. Chesterton and others he began seeing the holes in the atheistic argument. He began reading Scripture and was more and more convinced that Christianity was proving true. Then in…

Evening = Church History, The Arian Controversy

Last week Andrew traced over the entire 4thcentury transformations of the Church, covering the notable figures and events of the period. Tonight, we begin hitting them one by one and the first one to come into view is the Arian controversy. There is no doubt that the Arian controversy was one of the greatest disputes…

Morning = John 18:38b-19:6, Behold the Man!

Time and time again the New Testament writers speak of the connection between Jesus’ suffering and death and the Old Testament Passover. That they do this so often carries with it one large implication: as Old Covenant Israel was spared from God’s judgment at midnight on account of the blood of the lamb slain in…

A2: Episode 31- On God’s Aseity

The guys are back and on this week's Podcast they continue their discussion on the doctrine of God, specifically they are looking at the often over looked doctrine of God's Aseity. Now you may be asking what is that? If that is the case have a listen and find out, for those who may already…

Evening = The Historic Faith, The Fourth Century Shapes the Church

The church at the beginning of- the 2nd century (Epistle of Diogentum) History of the Christian Church § 2. General Character of Ante-nicene Christianity The Christians,” he says, “are not distinguished from other men by country, by language, nor by civil institutions. For they neither dwell in cities by themselves, nor use a peculiar tongue,…

Morning = John 18:28-38a, Christ the King

For almost two thousand years now millions of Christians around the globe have confessed and continue to confess their faith using the Apostles Creed…which contains within it the phrase, “Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.” Why Pilate? Why not mention one…

Evening = Church History, Peace to Persecution to Peace

We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past 5 weeks in our survey through the first 500 years of the history of the Church. Everything from the Apostles, to the Apostolic Fathers, to the Apologists, to the first disagreements and divisions. We now find ourselves squarely in the 3rdcentury where the Church was enjoying…

Morning = John 18:12-27, A Steadfast Determination & A Sorrowful Desertion

Last week as we began John 18 we saw clear contrasts between Judas’ depravity and Jesus deity, and between Peter’s rage and Jesus’ righteousness. Today the beloved apostle John will set before us yet another contrast, and I’m afraid it is Peter once again being contrasted with Jesus. Throughout His first so called ‘trial’ in…

A2: Episode 30- On the Trinity

On this week's Podcast they guys tackle the importance of thew Trinity and the Christian faith. In it they discuss why as believers it is important for us t hold to the orthodox and biblical description of God revealed in scripture and handed down through history. We hope you enjoy this weeks discussion.

Evening= The Historic Faith: African Church Fathers

The Church in Alexandria 1. Background of the City -located in Egypt & home to one of the Largest Hellenistic jewish sect of the first and second centruty -Apollos was Born and raised there Acts 18:24–28 ESV Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent…

Morning = John 18:1-11, Drinking Damnation Dry

Each of the four gospels all lead to the same dramatic conclusion: the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed without this climax any so called ‘gospel’ would in truth not be a gospel at all![1]But while all four have this grand climactic moment we should remember that each gospel was written by…

A2: Episode 29- On The Gray

On this week's podcast the guys dive into the reality, that not everything in the faith is boiled down to orthodoxy or heresy. Take a listen as they breakdown why we as the church need a few more categories, and ultimately what are the things that truly define the Christian faith.

Morning = John 17:24-26, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt.5)

 Before us is a text packed so tightly full with deep doctrine, if you prick it anywhere God in His glory bursts forth in wonder. Though doctrinally full and thick, this text does not leave us feeling cold or clinical. No, for many this has been and for many this still is a doorway to…

A2: Episode 28- On the Holiness of God

In this weeks Podcast the guys begin a new discussion on the Theology of God. To this end the guys specifically open by looking at and discussing the Holiness of God, and how this defining characteristic of God sets the foundation for everything else we know about Him. Take a moment have a listen and…

Evening = Church History, The Apologists

As we continue on see how the connection to the last few weeks is clear. The Apostles: ministry of revelation. The Apostolic Fathers: ministry of preservation. And now the Apologists: ministry of protection[1] -What is an apologist?  a) Not those who make a living from apologizing b) Positively put in 1 Peter 3:15 c) Negatively…

Morning = John 17:20-23, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 4)

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1831 Robert Murray McCheyne was an active youth who grew into a lively young man. After giving all his time and attention to playing cards, dancing, and music, his older brother’s sudden death awakened in him an earnest desire for the things of God. Converted shortly after he bought the…

A2: Episode 27- On General Revelation

The guys are back this week with a discussion on the importance of general revelation. Here they speak about why general revelation is still important in today's church and for the future of the faith. they also will touch on how this very important aspect of God interacts with special revelation and how the two…

Evening = Church History, The Apostolic Fathers

CIn the past two weeks we’ve argued the case for studying the history of the Church and explained how the Church expanded from the day of Christ’s ascension to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. The events of the expansion of the Church largely deal with the ministry and deaths of the apostles. We now…

Morning = John 17:14-19, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 3)

As the Church has developed and grown throughout history we can see a clearly divided attitude towards the things of the world. On one hand there are Christians who, in wanting to honor God and live holy lives, reject everything that is of the world desiring to never become like the world. For example, some…

Evening= The Historic Faith: The Apostles and the spread of Christianity

This week we continue our journey through the history of the church specifically Andrew looks at the time of the Apostles and their ministry through to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. 1. Beginning of the Way •The Apostles Mission Matthew 28:19–20 ESV Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in…

Morning = John 17:6-13, The High Priestly Prayer (Pt. 2)

As we continue on in Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, v6 marks the beginning of the second part of the prayer where He prays for the first group of those the Father had given Him – the disciples. To ask why Jesus prays for them is not out of bounds. Hasn’t He already promised that the…

Evening = An Introduction to Church History

This evening we begin what many of us have been looking forward to for some time, a study on Church history. We could spend a lot of evenings on this endeavor because this is such a vast and important subject. But, in an effort to make this more digestible, for the duration of this series…

Morning = John 17:1-5, The High Priestly Prayer, (Pt. 1)

Throughout our history here at SonRise it’s been our custom during the month of January to focus on the doctrine of the Church. In the past few years we’ve looked at everything from the marks of the Church found in the creeds and confessions of Church history to issues present within the modern Church like…

A2: Episode 24- On A New Year

Hey Everyone, We are back with an all new episode for 2019. In this weeks episode the guys look back over the first year of their podcast and talk about their favorite and least favorite moments. After this enjoyable flashback they then will look forward and preview some of the exciting things (Lord Willing) they…

Morning= Joshua 3-4: We have not passed this Way

As we come to the end of 2018 and look forward to 2019 we look this week at the people of Israel as they come to the Jordan river and hopefully await the Work of God. So in this weeks sermon Andrew unwraps the reality of what we as the people of God should be…

Morning = Luke 2:1-21, A Revelation of Glory

(there is no audio this week, we apologize for this, the full manuscript of below) For the past three weeks we’ve lingered over Advent themes in the Old Testament prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. In these prophets of old we saw God promise rescue, redemption, and restoration to His exiled people. A promise that…

Evening = Habits of Grace, Belonging to His Body (Pt. 2)

Recall we’ve spent much time going over the call that the Christian life is a disciplined life. A life of certain private and public habits that we’re to grow in throughout our entire lives. What habits? First, privately and publicly availing ourselves of the ministry of the Word, rejoicing that in it we have the…

Morning = Ezekiel 36:22-23, Proclamation of Joy

Who is Christmas for? It’s a simple question, but one that upon some thought, doesn’t seem so easy to answer. Initially you might respond, ‘Christmas is for us’, or ‘Christmas is for Christians’, ‘Christmas is for the world’, maybe even ‘Christmas is for the kids.’ This question may confuse you as it did the Grinch…

Morning = Isaiah 40:1-11, Preparation of Peace

When you see flowers or smell flowers what do you think of? Most of you will surely think of springtime blossoms, beauty, and warmth. Others of you are more cynical. You won’t see beauty, no, you’ll look around for a coffin because when you see or smell flowers you assume a funeral must be nearby.…

Evening = Habits of Grace, Having His Ear (Pt. 2)

We currently find ourselves in the second week of our investigation into prayer as a habit of grace. Given by the God of all grace, through Jesus Christ, to pour into us grace upon grace. Last week as we began looking into prayer as a habit of grace we saw three large and broad realities.…

Morning = Jeremiah 33:14-16, Expectation of Hope

Well…it didn’t take long did it? The moment we put down our forks and finished our thanksgiving feasts radio stations began playing Christmas songs, churches began scheduling special services, our neighbors began climbing steep ladders to decorate their homes, and retail stores began pumping up their marketing trying to convince we need everything they’re selling…

Evening = Habits of Grace, Having His Ear (Pt. 1)

God is as 1 Peter 5:10 says the “God of all grace.” He chose us before the world began in Christ, gave us grace before the world began in Christ, provided the righteous life we could never live in Christ, accomplished our atonement in the death of Christ, made us fully alive in Christ at…

Morning = Psalm 138, A Thanksgiving Psalm

To begin our Thanksgiving week this year we looked into Psalm 136 and saw the wonders of God in Himself, as Creator, as Redeemer, and as Defender. Taken together these massive realities led the Psalmist to a gratitude filled praise. We then learned anew that the same gratitude filled praise ought to ever be the…

Morning = Psalm 136, A Thanksgiving Psalm

Today begins a break from John’s gospel as we turn our attention to the Holidays. For the next two weeks we’ll cover two Psalms of Thanksgiving and then for the remainder of the calendar year we’ll enjoy our annual advent celebration. So as Thanksgiving approaches don’t you think there’s something ironic about it? Most people…

A2: Episode 21- On Missions w/Los Floyds

On This Week's Podcast the guys welcome some specials guests: the Floyds. Who are the Floyds you may ask? Well, they are missionaries serving in Latin America with MTW and are currently home for a season. They stopped by to join us and chat about the importance of missions work, the need for local church…

Evening: Habits of Grace- Hear His Voice Pt 1

In this week's evening service we change things up a bit as we continue in our series on Spiritual Disciplines. This week, specifically, we look at the importance of the Word of God and some of the basic ways we join in fellowship with God through the Word. Take a listen.

Morning: John 16:23-33 “The True Joy in Jesus our Overcomer”

This week we had the privileged of hearing the Word of God declared to us by Stephen Best the President of Bible Basics International, a Local missions agency serving the local church globally. He continued our series throughout the book of John concluding Jesus instruction from the Upper Room. True Joy is received in the…

Evening = Habits of Grace, A Call for Discipline

Tonight marks the beginning of a new evening sermon series that will finish out our 2018 year. For the next 7 weeks we’ll be taking a dive into discipline. Don’t be frightened by this word. In every other area of life the word discipline brings up mainly positive images or ideas. We discipline ourselves to…

Morning = John 16:16-22, Invincible Joy in Jesus

In The Biblical Theological Introduction to the New Testament Dr. Bruce Lowe states the following, “In ancient times a responsible leader who knew he might leave his post would stitch stability into the social fabric of his followers in places where he thought tears might occur because of his departure. This meant presenting a farewell speech…

Morning = John 16:12-15, The Ancient Mast (part 3)

When Corrie Ten Boom was a young girl, she overheard a few others at a train station speaking somewhat inappropriately and while puzzled for sure, it raised her curiosity. As she and her father were on the train ride home she asked her father about it and to her surprise he turned to look at…

A2: Episode 18- Semper Reformanda

This week on the Podcast the guys reflect on the upcoming 501 anniversary of the start of the reformation. In so doing they will discuss why the reformation was important, why we can't forget it, and finally how it impacts the modern church. Please take a listen and be encouraged.

Morning = John 16:4b-11, The Ancient Mast (part 2)

Being a parent is hard. Partly because it’s in parenting that we learn how to parent, but also because as much as we may encourage, instruct, and disciple our children, sometimes our children won’t learn unless they make mistakes on their own. Mistakes we made when we were their age and mistakes we’ve warned them…

A2: Episode 17 – Church Leadership

Join the guys this week as they dive into the the topic of Leadership in the local church. They answer the questions: What is biblical Leadership? what are the qualifications to lead? and finally Why is a Biblical view of Leadership so important in our modern context?  

Morning = John 15:26-16:4a, The Ancient Mast (part 1)

Ideas drive history. You ever thought about that? Behind the all the Emperor’s, Generals, politicians, philosophers, thinkers, and theologians throughout history – stands one thing: ideas. Not small ideas or fleeting thoughts but grand ideas that fill out the meaning of their existence, becoming the narrative through which they interpret all of life, driving them…

Evening = Job 40:6-41:34, On Behemoth and Leviathan

If we were to make a list of all the monsters mankind has dreaded over the centuries, the list would be lengthy indeed. In no particular order we can think of: vampires, werewolves, ghouls, goblins, ghosts, dragons, basilisks, Nessie the Lochness monster, Jaws, mummies, Bigfoot, Medusa, Davy Jones, gremlins, sirens, banshees, Chupacabra, poltergeists, the Headless…

Morning = John 15:18-25, A Faithful Church In A Fallen World

I still remember the evening. It was November 13, 2003 when, a bit after midnight, I turned to a friend who had been sharing the gospel with me and said, “I want to become a Christian, what do I do?” After repenting of my sins and confessing my new belief in Christ, God accepted me!…

Morning = John 15:12-17, Sovereign Love Producing Sacrificial Love

Many years ago now there was a fad over a particularly popular bracelet among Christians. The WWJD bracelets, standing for WHAT WOULD JESUS DO, were all about boiling down our faith to one simple principle: knowing what to do in any situation by thinking of what Jesus would do in that situation and then doing…

Evening = Job 39, God’s Command Over All Creatures

I’d like to begin this evening by contrasting two poems. In 1779 William Cowper wrote a poem called ‘Light Shining Out of Darkness.’ In it he says the following: “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm…ye fearful saints, fresh courage…

A2: Episode 15- Church Discipline

In this week's Podcast Adam and Andrew tackle the often misunderstood and equally as often misapplied subject of church discipline. Join them as they discuss the vital role church discipline plays in the life of a healthy church and how and why it is so often misjudged or misapplied.

Evening: Job 38- The LORD Speaks

Join us as we continue in our study on the Book of Job. This week we will begin unpacking the beauty and wonder of the LORD's speech to Job out of the Whirlwind. Here we come face to face with the awesome wonder, mystery and grace of God through his presence and his rebuke. For…

Evening = Job 36-37, Elihu’s Final Words

For a few weeks now we’ve lingered on the speeches of Elihu and have enjoyed, I hope, some thought provoking preaching and conversation about the nature of this young man, whether he is a prophet or a fool. Tonight I’m not sorry to say, the controversial elements to Elihu come to an end as we…

Morning = John 15:1-5, Abiding in the Vine

I’d like to begin today by talking about the meaning of metaphor. Many have defined metaphors like this: truth powerfully presented through an untruth. For example: if a college student says, ‘That class was a breeze’ they do not intend to communicate that the class itself was a light wind, no. They intend to communicate…

A2: Episode 12- The Importance of Gospel & Conversion

In this weeks episode the guys tackle the next two aspects of the IX Marks of a Healthy Church: The Gospel and Conversion. Take a Listen as they unpack the riches of these two aspects of the church and why they can so often be overlooked or taken for granted. -Enjoy

Evening = Job 34-35, Elihu’s Intense Wisdom

Recall the whole of the book of Job thus far. In chapters 1-3 we’ve seen the blameless Job encounter immense and extreme suffering for no sin of his own. Then for the next 30 chapters we’ve seen Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar go back and forth about these very things; Job arguing for his innocence…

Morning = John 14:25-31, Peace I Leave With You

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching…

Evening = Job 33, Elihu Justifies Job

Two weeks ago we met Elihu, and after laying out the three commonly held views of this young man I made the case to you that I believe the good and positive view of Elihu to be the correct view. That he is to be seen as something of a preparatory voice for God’s greater…

Morning = John 14:18-24, Resurrection Promises

How goes it with your soul as you sit here today? I mean it when I ask you this, how are you doing? Are any of you anxious, troubled, or ashamed this morning? Maybe you’re anxious because you’re someone who likes to be in control and life currently feels out of control? Maybe you’re troubled…

A2: Episode 11- Sound Doctrine

In This week's Episode Adam & Andrew tackle the role of theology & sound doctrine in the church. They look at the reality that everyone to one degree or another is a theologian whether they believe it to be true or not, and because of this it is important for the church to be a…

A2: Episode 10 -On Expositional Preaching

On this weeks Podcast Adam & Andrew begin a longer discussion on the 9Marks of a healthy. Particularly, this week they focus on Expositional preaching, what it is, what it isn't, and why it is important for the health of a church. We hope you will take a listen and be encouraged.

The Paraclete

This week's sermon was preached by one of our Pastoral Apprentices, Sam Knox. “Love Constrained to Obedience.” (William Cowper) Cooper No strength of nature can suffice To serve the Lord aright: And what she has she misapplies, For want of clearer light. How long beneath the law I lay In bondage and distress; I toll’d…

A2: Episode 9- On Reformed Theology

On This weeks Episode Andrew & Adam will discuss the meaning of reformed theology and how it shapes their lives and practice. They also take some time to discuss some of what it is not and how we need to get a fuller appreciation for the totality of the doctrines associated with the theology as…

Morning = John 14:7-14, From Now On

In school you’ll often hear teachers say something like this at the start of every class. ‘Remember students, there is no such as a stupid question. The only stupid question is the question not asked.’ I had a different experience when I began seminary. There, one of my professors began the class by saying this,…

Evening = Job 32, Introducing Elihu

Well Church, we’ve been slowly trekking through Job for some time now and I want to begin tonight by saying I am encouraged by your patience and perseverance in this study. It is long and it is difficult to understand. But as we’ve spent time discussing and debating I praise God that we have not…

A2: Episode 8 -A Peculiar Glory Review

On this weeks episode Adam and Andrew review and unpack John Piper's first book in his new trilogy A Peculiar Glory. It was a fun book to read and just as much fun to discuss its place in our current conversations on the bible and its role in the church and our own lives. Take…

Evening: Job 29-31 “Once more with Feeling”

This week Andrew continues our study through the book of Job reflecting on Job's final words to his friends and defenses of life before God. There is a lot to unpack but in the end Job will Ponder the past, Lament the Present and then Plead for a future.  

Morning = John 14:4-6, The Way

In the mid 15thcentury Thomas a Kempis wrote the following words, “Follow thou me. I am the way and the truth and the life. Without the way there is no going; without the truth there is no knowing; without the life there is no living. I am the way thou must follow; the truth thou…

A2: Episode 7: Social Media

In this week's Podcast Adam & Andrew are once again joined by Chris Wall as they discuss the importance of intentionality in the use of social media. They will discuss both the positive and negative nature of its use and its effect on believers and the world around them. Have a listen.

Evening = Job 28, On Wisdom

Thus far in the book of Job we have seen Job suffer, Job’s friends come and offer no comfort, and we have seen Job go back and forth with them about these things. In chapter 27 we saw Job make his final response to his friends speeches, and in chapter 29-31 we’ll see him make…

Morning = John 14:1-3, Do Not Be Troubled

Having finished a wonderful and much too brief time focusing on Holiness in our summer sermon series we now find ourselves coming back into our regular sermon series in John’s gospel. And as we return to it I am reminded of the troubled world we live in. It is a consequence of living in a…

A2: Episode 6: Rest

In this week's episode Andrew & Adam are accompanied by a special guest Christopher Raymond Wall, as they share their thoughts on rest. Specifically in today's episode they speak on the different things they do to find rest and enjoyment in God's creation and works as a means of recovery from the toils of the…

A2: Episode 5- The Importance of Family Worship

This week on the podcast Adam & Andrew tackle the importance of family worship. This episode will dive into its role for those who are in many different stages of life and how best to worship as a family around the truth of God. Take a listen and as always feel free to send us…

Morning = Jude 17-25, Building for Holiness

I often wonder what sermons do to those who hear them and those who preach them. I have particularly wondered about this these past few weeks as we’re now wrapping up what has been an encouraging but deeply challenging sermon series on holiness. When I think on how these difficult sermons are impacting you I…

A2: Episode 4- Christian, What Do You Believe?

In this weeks Podcast Adam & Andrew discuss the upcoming Publican's conference. Here you will learn why SonRise hosts this conference every year, what this years topic will be, and why we feel the subject is so important for the local church. Join us and be encouraged.

Evening: Job 23-24 Standing in Chaos

In this weeks text Andrew dives into chapters 23-24 where Job will answer Eliphaz one last time. In this Job will reason that God is far greater than he can fathom, and so he will plead his case to God alone and cling to his integrity in spite of his friends words and the apparent…

Morning = 1 John 3:1-3, Purifying for Holiness

Eschatology is the branch within theology concerning the study of the end, the study of the last days. Thinking, praying, and pouring over Genesis – Revelation to search out answers to questions like ‘How will Jesus return?’, ‘When will Jesus return?’, and ‘Who will Jesus return for?’ can be a mammoth theological endeavor to dive…

Evening: Job 22, Eliphaz – The Wisdomless Counselor

During our evening service Andrew took us through Eliphaz's final speech to Job. In this text we saw Eliphaz's wisdom turn to folly for he does 3 things in this text that we need to be aware of and ensure that we are not doing the same: 1. He wrongly assess his friends character (1-11)…

Morning = 1 Cor. 5:1-6:11 – Disciplining Unholiness

In our summer series on Holiness we began looking at Our Holy Godin Isaiah 6, then moved on to His Holy Peoplein 1 Peter 1, we saw David’s Longings for Holinessin Psalm 101, and we heard the Lord roar from Zion Rebuking Unholiness in Amos 5. Today we continue to look at holiness from the…