Sermons by Dave Bovenmyer (Page 2)

Sermons by Dave Bovenmyer (Page 2)

Seek His Face

In the Psalms we see the heart of a man of God. King David was a man of passion, yet humble and faith-filled. His passion drew Him to seek God’s person and His will. He desperately wanted more than just to know about God, He wanted to experience God through the ups and downs in life. Each of us is designed for spiritual experience, whether we know it or not. Those who have been united with Christ ought to experience Him. No one will be satisfied with a dead creed. In this message we will look at King David’s passion for God and Pastor Dave will share aspects of His journey to experience God in our modern world.

Rise and Fall – The Promise and Plan of God

David desired to build a house, a temple for God. But God said, “No, I’m going to build a house for you,” and promised David that his lineage and dynasty would last forever. Yet, no descendant of David has reigned over Israel for over 2,500 years. The prophets who spoke after David foretold the coming of a greater, eternal king who would fulfill all of God’s promises to Israel and to David. Yet, today, we await the return of this greater “Anointed One,” King Jesus, who waits in heaven until it is time for Him to restore all things and bring everlasting peace to the world.

Consider the Great Things – David: A Man after God’s Own Heart

God chose David to succeed Saul as king, not because of his physical strength or his wisdom or his position in Israel, but because of His faith-filled, God-honoring heart. In an act of amazing faith, David faces Goliath, risking his life to defend His people and to honor and glorify God. We also can put our trust in the Living God and bring Him glory.

Walking In Godliness, Part 2 – Transformation from the Inside Out

When we believe in Jesus we become part of God’s family and part of His new creation, the new humanity. We are to live in a manner worthy of the high calling we have received—to put off the old ways of living and put on the new. But how, practically, do we do this? The key is mind renewal—a renovation of the heart that results in transformation from the inside out. Outward conformity to the ways of God is way too small a goal. Our destiny is much fuller, richer, and more exciting. We are to become like Christ to the very depths of our souls. This involves a turning from the old and embracing the new at a far deeper level than we might at first think. It involves bringing the transforming power of the good news deeper into every nook and cranny of our hearts.

Jesus is Alive!

Fulfilling a plan conceived before the world began, God raised Jesus from the dead. This astounding event accomplished many things. It 1) proved that He is the Messiah, the Son of God, 2) showed that His suffering for our sin was sufficient to gain our forgiveness, 3) prepared Him for the day when he will reign as king in the kingdom of God, 4) foreshadowed the coming day when all who believe in Him will also rise from the dead, and 5) anticipated the time when everything in creation will be made new.

God Is Light

John, Jesus’ closest disciple, testifies that he has seen, heard, and touched the Word of Life, Jesus the Son of God. He writes to his circle of churches, reassuring them that the word they have heard is true and warning them not to turn away from it as numerous people were doing. The essence of the message is that God is light, without any darkness at all and that He has sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Those who know God will walk in the light and trust in Jesus’ death to take away the guilt of their sin.

The First Coming of Christ, Part 4: Come, Long-Expected Jesus

In a world filled with poverty, injustice, oppression, hatred, and strife, God sent good news of a coming Savior who would set the world right and bring peace on Earth, good will to men. Fulfilling the promise given in the last book of the Hebrew scripture, and breaking a 400 year drought in the prophetic ministry, God announced the birth of a great prophet to prepare the way for the coming Savior. Yet today, two thousand years after these events, the world is still filled with poverty, injustice, oppression, hated, and strife. We, too, await the final fulfillment of God’s promises to set the world right through Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior of the World.

Life in Jesus Name – Appearance and Restoration in Galilee

Just prior to Jesus’ death, crucifixion, and resurrection, Jesus had given His disciples marching orders regarding what they should do after he left. In John 21, He reveals Himself one more time to His disciples to strengthen their faith in His resurrection and restore His relationship with them, particularly with Peter, who had denied him. From this chapter we learn how we, too, can be restored after failure and learn that Jesus has a specific plan for each of His disciples.

Jesus’ Arrest and Trial: John 18:1-27

Jesus remains faithful to His Father and courageously steps forward to face His enemies. He is betrayed by one of his closest companions, is repudiated by His lead disciple, and suffers alone. His courage, sacrifice, and faith reassures us of His love and power and inspires us to imitate Him. His suffering encourages us as we realize that our Savior can identify with our sufferings.

Love As I Have Loved You

In the final hours before His death, Jesus gives His disciples final marching orders, preparing them for a future without His physical presence. He begins with an act of humble, selfless, sacrificial, gracious love. As always, Jesus sets the example, inspiring us in how we ought to live and serve and love.

Responding to Jesus

Jesus was a polarizing figure. In some, He inspired passionate, extravagant love; in others intense and even violent hatred. Because of the hatred, there was a cost to following Jesus. The multitudes, once wildly excited, turned and abandoned Him when the going got rough. But one disciple gave her best and blessed Jesus, perhaps more than we ever imagined. How will you respond to Jesus? Will you see Him as a threat to be pushed away and rejected? Will you…

I Am the Bread of Life

Many in the crowds that followed Jesus were more excited about the free food He provided than His claims to be the Son of God. Just like the crowds who followed Jesus, our hearts and minds gravitate toward our concerns in this world. Will we have enough to live on? Will the economy tank? Will people accept me? Jesus tells us where true sustenance and satisfaction can be found. He says, “I am the bread of life.” We must come to Jesus, as only He can satisfy our deepest longing and needs.

Gospel of John: John’s Testimony

In John 1:19-2:12, John the apostle gives an eye-witness account of the early days of Jesus’ ministry: The baptism of John, the calling of the first disciples, and the miracle at Cana. Because of John’s testimony, we can be confident that Jesus was the Son of God and that we can find life in His name.

Gospel of John: John's Testimony

In John 1:19-2:12, John the apostle gives an eye-witness account of the early days of Jesus’ ministry: The baptism of John, the calling of the first disciples, and the miracle at Cana. Because of John’s testimony, we can be confident that Jesus was the Son of God and that we can find life in His name.

Jesus, the Suffering King

Who was Jesus? News magazines and TV documentaries regularly publish trendy theories of who Jesus really was. Invariably, the theories reflect their authors’ own modern philosophies rather than a realistic portrayal of Jesus as He was known in His own first-century, very-Jewish world. Today we will look at Jesus from a unique perspective, that of the Hebrew prophets who wrote about Him 700 to 1,000 years prior to His birth. The crystal clear message of these prophets verifies who Jesus was—both the Anointed King of the Jews and the Suffering Servant of Jehovah, who died for our sins, rose from the dead, and awaits the proper moment to return and rule as King the world.

Finding Joy and Peace in the Lord

No matter how difficult life becomes, those of us who believe in Jesus can find exultant joy and unfathomable peace as we bring our fears, desires and passions to the Lord in prayer and as we remember who Jesus is and what He has done, is doing, will do.

Work Out Your Own Salvation: Going Down In Order To Go Up

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Lessons from the Apostle Paul’s Fund Raiser

We know of one fundraiser in the New Testament; the apostle Paul took it upon himself to raise money for poor Christians in Jerusalem. He was led by the Lord to rally Christians and churches to give and was so successful that some gave generously out of extreme poverty.  We can learn a lot from Paul’s wise appeals that can help purify our motives and give us direction as we raise funds for Stonebrook’s Renew Campaign.

Lessons from the Apostle Paul's Fund Raiser

We know of one fundraiser in the New Testament; the apostle Paul took it upon himself to raise money for poor Christians in Jerusalem. He was led by the Lord to rally Christians and churches to give and was so successful that some gave generously out of extreme poverty.  We can learn a lot from Paul’s wise appeals that can help purify our motives and give us direction as we raise funds for Stonebrook’s Renew Campaign.