Sermons by Phil Pike

Why Should I Believe in the Church?

Date: March 30, 2008

Do followers of Jesus really need to be part of a church family? Can’t we do just fine living the Christian life by ourselves? What’s the point of the church anyway? Isn’t the church just full of hypocrites? Despite its flaws and failures over the years, the church is still the greatest and most important organism on this planet, because it is the living Body of Christ — the one and only entity that God has chosen to spread the message of salvation to all mankind! Find out today why we need the church and why the church needs us.

Why Should I Believe in Jesus?

Date: March 23, 2008

Jesus made some pretty outrageous claims during His time on  earth… claiming to be sent from God, claiming to be equal with God, claiming to have always existed, claiming to have the power to forgive sins, and most of all, claiming to rise from the dead. Why should anyone believe His claims? Today’s message looks at seven major historical evidences that lend remarkable proof to the claims of Jesus. If He truly was who He claimed to be, then the most important question in all of life is, “What will I do with Jesus?”

Why Should I Believe in God?

Date: March 16, 2008

How can we know God really exists? We’ve never seen Him or talked to Him in person, so what evidence is there for us to know that He is real? In this message we will explore a number of solid reasons to believe in God, including 1) the evidence of intelligent design in the universe–creation vs. evolution, 2) the universal sense of right and wrong, and 3) the universal need to worship.

Why Should I Believe the Bible? (Part 3)

Date: March 9, 2008

Without a doubt, one of the greatest proofs of the Bible’s claims of Divine inspiration is the fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies with absolute pinpoint accuracy, each of which can be verified by secular history. More than 300 prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus alone, including events He could not have controlled, like the exact time, place, and circumstances of His own birth! The chances of just eight of those prophecies being fulfilled in one person has been calculated to be 1 in 10 to the 17th power. Thats 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. And Jesus fulfilled more than 300 such prophecies!

Why Should I Believe the Bible? (Part 2)

Date: March 2, 2008

The Bible claims to be the actual words of God; the absolute truth and final authority on life. Either it is or it isn’t… there’s no third option! But if the Bible is to be completely trusted, then it must be totally reliable and accurate in every area to which it speaks; not just doctrinally, but scientifically and historically as well. Today we uncover some stunning scientific and archaeological facts that the Bible wrote about centuries before man ever discovered them!

Why Should I Believe the Bible? (Part 1)

Date: February 24, 2008

It doesn’t much matter what you believe about Time Magazine, the JC Penney catalogue, or Gulliver’s Travels… but it matters immensely what you believe about the Bible. If the Bible is indeed what it claims to be, then the implications for all of us are enormous! Today we examine some of the remarkable evidence that makes the Bible unlike any other book that has ever been written — a book that has withstood every criticism leveled against it, and despite many attempts by tyrants throughout history to wipe it off the face of the earth, the Bible continues to be the best-selling book of all time.

Don’t Lose Your First Love

Date: February 17, 2008

As Christians, it is possible for us to have solid doctrine, impeccable church attendance, generous giving and faithful service, but to be doing all those things out of routine rather than out of a heart of love for the Lord. The Bible strongly warns us against worshiping God in this way. Today’s message is a reminder of the danger of losing our first love.

A God Worth Sharing

Date: February 3, 2008

All of us know someone who has been impacted by cancer. What if you discovered the cure for this devastating disease… would you hide the formula in a drawer at home, or would you share it with everyone you knew? As Christians, we have the cure for something far worse than cancer. Through Jesus Christ, we have been given the cure for sin, the cure for a meaningless life, and the cure for eternity in hell! Why is it, then, that so few Christians ever share this “cure” with others who need it? Today we see why God truly is a God worth sharing!

A God Worth Worshiping

Date: January 27, 2008

Did you know it is possible to worship God and have all the right elements in place, to do and say all the right things, but to actually be worshiping Him in vain? The Bible tells of times when God’s people were going through the motions of worship, but their hearts were far from Him, and it describes how much this broke God’s heart and angered Him. If we could ever catch a glimpse of who God really is — how powerful and holy and awesome He is — our worship would never be the same again! All other things would disappear from view, and we would worship God as He truly deserves.

A God Worth Serving

Date: January 20, 2008

There are two kinds of Christians: those who serve the Lord with joy and gladness, and those who do it out of a sense of obligation and duty. The first group understands how much the Lord has done for them and they serve Him out of a heart overflowing with gratitude. The second group has forgotten the extent of love the Lord has shown them, and some of them even think God owes them something. The Bible says that each one of us has a vital role to play in the Body of Christ, and that we must each do our part. Are you doing your part with a joyful spirit or with a complaining attitude?

A God Worth Trusting

Date: January 13, 2008

As we go through life, we all experience what it’s like to have our trust broken — in relationships, in business deals, through false advertising — and the list goes on. We quickly learn that trust is a very fragile thing that is as easily broken as a spider’s web. All those experiences teach us to become cautious, even skeptical of others. And then along comes God, and the very first thing He asks us to do is to put our trust in Him! But how can we know for sure that God is worth trusting; that He won’t let us down like others have?

He is Able!

Date: January 6, 2008

We don’t serve a God who is “somewhat” able to do certain things. We don’t serve a God who is good at some things, but not so good at other things. Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Whatever mountains you may be facing in your life, God has the power to move them. Nothing is too difficult for Him!

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