Nathan Smith

Matthew 9:1-8

December 17, 2023

In this sermon series, Pastor Nathan asks: “What are you thankful for this Christmas?” In this series, we will “open” four Christmas gifts: the first gift is Jesus taking, the second gift is His reign, and the third gift is forgiveness. Pastor preaches that sin is our biggest problem and forgiveness is the best gift. Jesus has authority to forgive sins. So: 1- Believe He can forgive your sins, 2 – Confess your sins to Him, and 3 – Bring others to Him. Listen in this week, as we look at the third gift of forgiveness in Christmas Gifts.

Nathan Smith

Matthew 8:18-34

December 10, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “What are you thankful for this Christmas?” In this series, we will “open” four Christmas gifts: the first gift is “taking” and the second gift is “reign” – Jesus authority over everything. In the passage, we are reminded that Jesus is Lord so we should follow Him: 1- on mission, 2 – now, 3 – in faith over fear and 4 – in spite of questions. Listen in this week, as we look at the second gift of Jesus’ Reign in the sermon series: Christmas Gifts.

Nathan Smith

Matthew 8:1-17

December 3, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “What are you thankful for this Christmas?” In this series, we will “open” four Christmas gifts and the first gift is “taking”. In the passage, we read about 4 stories of healing. Pastor teaches that Jesus heals by taking. So we need to: 1- Go to Jesus, 2 – Bring them to Jesus, and 3 – Rejoice and give thanks. We are living between the Garden of Eden and heaven. God is waiting and we are waiting for Christ to return. He is giving us time to repent and witness to others. Listen in this week, as we look at the first gift of taking in the sermon series: Christmas Gifts.

Nathan Smith

Summary of Ecclesiastes

November 26, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “What did you learn from Ecclesiastes?” How have you lived in the past 106 days during this series? Ecclesiastes raises questions about what matters most in life. Pastor preaches that God will judge us, so: 1- Surrender (God is in control) 2 – Stop chasing the wind (don’t compare your life to others) and 3 – Enjoy the grind by giving thanks. God will judge us and give us the victory. Nothing you do for the Lord is in vain. Listen in this week, as we review the book of Ecclesiastes in the sermon series: Living Life Backward.

Nathan Smith

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

November 19, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “Are you ready?” There are 8 days to go in this sermon series on Ecclesiastes. He preaches that God woos us and pokes us to prepare us for final judgement. So surrender to Jesus. We are instructed to fear God because He gives joy, He is beyond us and He is in charge. Listen in this week, as we consider our readiness in the sermon series: Living Life Backward.

Nathan Smith

Ecclesiastes 11:7 – 12:8

November 12, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “Are you a happy person?” The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that life is too short for fake joy and that real joy comes through gratitude. Pastor preaches that God created everything for our joy and our enjoyment of His gifts glorifies God. So, take joy: 1- before decline 2 – before death and 3 – because life goes quick. We should take joy in salvation and give thanks for God’s work. Listen in this week, as we look at grateful joy in the sermon series: Living Life Backward.

Nathan Smith

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

November 5, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “If you had 23 days to live, what is God telling you to do? Are you stuck? Waiting on unknowns?” He preaches that God returns what we sow. So risk: 1- the unknowns, 2 – generosity and 3 – doing good. So risk surrender. Life is too short to stay stuck. If you are stuck, overcome your fear and do what God is telling you. The answer to being stuck is surrender. Listen in this week, as we look at how to live well now in the sermon series: Living Life Backward.

Nathan Smith

Ecclesiastes 10:1-20

October 29, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan makes the statement: “Life is too short to be wasted on folly.” This section of Ecclesiastes is a collection of proverbs about folly. We are taught 5 characteristics of folly: 1 – it stinks, 2 – it is everywhere, 3 – it hurries, 4 – it speaks now and pays later and 5 – it disregards consequences. Pastor preaches that we were fools, (all of us at least at one time) but God saved us by His grace. So, we need to learn to hate folly and love wisdom. Listen in this week, as we look at how God saves us in our foolishness to become wise in the sermon series: Living Life Backward.

Nathan Smith

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18

October 22, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “If you had 36 days to live, what would you make time for?” He teaches that God offers: 1- forgiveness of sin 2 – resurrection hope and 3 – joy now. So we are to thankfully enjoy all God’s gifts. The homework is to enjoy a meal with loved ones that reminds you of your heavenly home. Listen in this week, as we look at making time to enjoy God’s gifts in the sermon series: Living Life Backward.

Nathan Smith

Ecclesiastes 8:1-17

October 15, 2023

In this sermon, Pastor Nathan asks: “What is frustrating in life that keeps us from joy?” We must anchor our soul to the fact that God will make it right in the end. He teaches that God: 1- gave moral order 2 – will punish and reward and 3 – is beyond us. So: Enjoy God’s gifts. For homework, by Nov. 15, we are to enjoy God’s gift of a shared meal that is unhurried and “unphoned” where we can give thanks to God for His gifts. Listen in this week, as we look at three big movements in Ecclesiastes: Fear the Lord – Turn to Him – Enjoy His gifts in the sermon series: Living Life Backward.

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