Psalm 116

6/18/17

6/18/17

Description:I love the Lord. He has heard my cry. He will deliver me from eternal death. Praise the Lord! God's steadfast love for us is what spurs a response like that. Listen and be encouraged.

Psalm 118

6/11/17

6/11/17

Description:The eternal love of a good God empowers us to live a no-fear kind of life. He defends us so we can obey Him, He delivers us so we can not fear the future, He delights us so we can seek righteousness, and He deploys us to carry His mission with no fear.

Psalm 27

6/4/17

6/4/17

Description:Christ desires for us to have a "one-thing" focus on Him no matter our circumstances. And we can have that focus because we can trust Him with our lives, because He is our highest joy, and because He gives it to us when we seek Him. That joy and that "one-thing" focus shows up in even more powerful ways as we wait on the Lord. Listen as we begin this summer preaching series through the Psalms, as selected by our church members.

See How He Loved Him (John 11)

5/28/17

5/28/17

Description:Jesus wept. The shortest verse in the Bible, but some of the most poignant words about our Lord. He has compassion for the broken and the hurting, He walks through it with them, and He has the power to change circumstances according to His will. Listen to this encouraging sermon from one of our elders/pastors.

Elijah and the Widow (1 Kings 17:8-16) - audio

5/21/17

5/21/17

Description:Do we really trust God? One of the primary places that shows up is in how we handle our money and giving. This sermon looks at how the widow of Zarephath gave everything she had to the Lord through Elijah--yet God came through for her. Consider taking a further step of faith financially over the next 90 days and watch what God does. You can give online here: http://www.normandale.org/give

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven (Luke 13:18-21) - audio

5/14/17

5/14/17

Description:Though seemingly insignificant in its infancy, the Kingdom of God has grown and will continue to grow overwhelmingly large comparatively. Why? Because of Jesus. This sermon explores the nature of the Kingdom of God and how small investments--when done for God's glory--reap great rewards. (Note: the intro was slightly cut off in the recording, but it references the giant redwood/sequoia trees in California and the small size of their seeds)

The Story We Share (Matthew 28:19-20) - audio

5/7/17

5/7/17

Description:The Story of God governs our lives and gives our lives meaning and purpose, so we should be way more excited about sharing His good news than anything else in our lives. This is the command and privilege we've been given. Let's live sent!

The Story We Live (Romans 8:18-39) - audio

4/30/17

4/30/17

Description:The grand narrative of history begins with God and never ends with God. Yet, His writing of us into the Story gives our lives new purpose and meaning, cherished by this all-powerful God. He wants us to live out this redemptive narrative in our daily lives and for the good of those around us.

The Restoration (Revelation 21-22) - audio

4/23/17

4/23/17

Description:The beauty of the new creation is beyond our imagination. But even better than that is how God will make His children new. Walk with us through how this "Story" will never end.

The Rescue (Genesis 3 - Revelation 20) - audio

4/16/17

4/16/17

Description:Directly after the first sin and the fall of mankind, God initiated His rescue plan. This sermon explains the good news of God's rescue of His people and how it flows throughout the pages of Scripture. What grace is found in the rescue of sinners through the sacrifice of Jesus!

The Fall (Genesis 3) - audio

4/9/17

4/9/17

Description:Sadly this beautiful story takes a dark turn very quickly. Sin enters the world and destroys the harmony that once existed between mankind, creation, and God--which is the reason we have such strife and pain now. Is there any hope?

God and The Creation (Genesis 1-2) - audio

4/2/17

4/2/17

Description:All of history is "His story," this God that we worship. He is the main character, and it is the narrative of how He comes to rescue and restore His people and His creation from sin. This is the beginning of this story.

Daniel 12:5-13 - audio

3/26/17

3/26/17

Description:As we close out our series through Daniel, we see where our confidence as believers comes--through Christ's resurrection. We have a living hope that one day all will be made right, and as we wait until then we live out of our new identity in Christ Jesus.

Daniel 11:2-12:4 - audio

3/19/17

3/19/17

Description:As we have seen throughout the book of Daniel, in spite of the chaos around us God is still in control. And vindication is coming for God's people as He raises all people--some to eternal life and some to eternal suffering. That life is found in Christ alone, so give your life to Him and live your life for Him.

Daniel 10 - audio

3/12/17

3/12/17

Description:Spiritual warfare is alive and well behind the scenes of our world. We may deny it or try to explain it away, but as the Lord showed Daniel, the conflict we see in our world is a direct result of evil forces trying to derail God's work. Listen to see how we are to fight while still in this battlefield.

Daniel 9 - audio

3/5/17

3/5/17

Description:As Daniel looks into God's Word, he is struck by how his people's dilemma is directly tied to their rebellion against God. So he prays a prayer of repentance, responding to God and crying out for mercy. We can (and should) emulate this kind of prayer regularly.

Daniel 8 - audio

2/26/17

2/26/17

Description:Not only can we trust that the Lord will win in the end, we can also trust that He will be with us in the moments of suffering and trial. He might relieve our suffering now, since He is a God of justice, but His presence will be enough to sustain us. Though this chapter is more historical, it still encourages us to stand firm today.

Daniel 7 - audio

2/19/17

2/19/17

Description:As the book of Daniel shifts to more future-oriented, it gets confusing as well. How do the crazy images and visions still give us confidence to stand firm in the midst of a fallen world? Because they point us to the glorious Ancient of Days and the reigning Son of Man. This sermon gives us a picture of how God's glory overcomes the evil one.

Daniel 6 - audio

2/12/17

2/12/17

Description:Uncompromising faith means obeying God above all else--no matter the cost. Daniel did and got to see God deliver him from the lions' den. We can risk it all as well because we have a Savior who won the victory over sin and death. When we radically obey God's commands, He will always receive glory.

Daniel 5 - audio

2/5/17

2/5/17

Description:Unlike King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4, who was restored when he humbled himself before the Lord, watch what God does with King Belshazzar when he doesn't humble himself. Let this be a lesson to us today, to turn to the One who tips the scales for us--before it's too late. But also find encouragement that God works through our faithfulness in His time and in His way.

Daniel 4 - audio

1/29/17

1/29/17

Description:"Pride goes before a fall," we often hear said. It's actually true. God will humble those who exalt themselves--either now or surely later. But He also promises to exalt those who humble themselves--possibly now but surely later. Learn from King Nebuchadnezzar's testimony of how pride destroys and humility restores.

Daniel 3 - audio

1/22/17

1/22/17

Description:The uncompromising faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego put their lives at risk but also showed off the glory of God in huge ways--whether they lived or died. The testing of our faith is before us every day--will we bow to the idols of this world or to the King of the universe?

Daniel 2 - audio

1/15/17

1/15/17

Description:Only the wisdom of God can reveal the mysteries of life--whether for Daniel to save many lives by interpreting the king's dream, or for us today to navigate a confusing and troubled world. God is wisdom and wisdom comes from God, so we must seek Christ to gain that wisdom.

Daniel 1 - audio

1/8/17

1/8/17

Description:With Judah in exile in Babylon, Daniel and his three friends face an uncertain future within a pagan nation. How are they to respond? And which pieces of this story translate to today, to help us respond to a world that is antithetical to our faith in many ways? We must consider context and historical setting in order to rightly apply this book to our lives.

Week of Prayer 2017 - audio

1/1/17

1/1/17

Description:Unless God moves with special, supernatural grace and power, all that we do as a church is pointless. Apart from Him we can do nothing. The way we express that dependence on Him is through praying first and praying continually--for people to be saved, for spiritual battles to be won, and for peace to be given. Let's go to war this week, church, and until Jesus returns. Attached is our Week of Prayer 2017 Guide.

Visitations: Shepherds (Luke 2:1-20) - audio

12/25/16

12/25/16

Description:Lowly shepherds. An unexpected group whom God chose to send an army of angels to announce the birth of Jesus. But it's also what the angels said that matters. The point of the announcement is to glorify the Lord Jesus. This sermon studies the message and the shepherds' response--as well as what our response should be.

Visitations: Joseph, Part 2 (Matthew 2) - audio

12/18/16

12/18/16

Description:Why can we trust that Jesus is the Messiah Savior King? One reason is fulfilled prophecy. This sermon examines four distinct prophecies fulfilled in Jesus, out of Matthew 2. The challenge to us is to find our fulfillment in Jesus like the wise men did.

Visitations: Joseph, Part 1 (Matthew 1:18-25) - audio

12/11/16

12/11/16

Description:Joseph is touched by an angel, to give him insight into this miraculous Messiah event. Contrary to what he may have assumed, this baby Jesus is utterly unique. Jesus is also unique for us today, as the One who saves and the One who dwells with us. This sermon explains how. (Note: this recording was done a few days later due to technical difficulties on Sunday.)

Visitations: Mary (Luke 1:26-38) - audio

12/4/16

12/4/16

Description:Right after coming to Zechariah to promise John, the angel Gabriel comes to Mary to promise Jesus. What we see in Mary's life we can respect, but what we see about Jesus we should revere. This sermon dives into who Jesus is and what He does, encouraging and motivating us to more faithful living today.

Visitations: Zechariah (Luke 1:5-25) - audio

11/27/16

11/27/16

Description:What did the people of Jesus' day understand about the Messiah? How would He fulfill prophecy? What would He be like? The visits from the angels to the Nativity characters reveals much about the Messiah and what surrounded Him. Here we see what Gabriel says about John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, and how his ministry continues today. (Note: We had some technical difficulties with the audio.)

Sound Doctrine: Last Things - audio

11/20/16

11/20/16

Description:The future, the end times, the millennium, the triubulation, heaven, hell, death, eternity--so many questions swirl around these subjects. What does God's Word say? What can we be certain of? And how does that affect my life right now? This sermon follows David Platt to try and answer those questions and show why we must live with urgency today. (See here for more from Platt: http://www.radical.net/resources-secret-church/secret-church-13-heaven-hell-and-the-end-of-the-world)

Sound Doctrine: Last Things - video

11/20/16

11/20/16

Description:The future, the end times, the millennium, the triubulation, heaven, hell, death, eternity--so many questions swirl around these subjects. What does God's Word say? What can we be certain of? And how does that affect my life right now? This sermon follows David Platt to try and answer those questions and show why we must live with urgency today. (See here for more from Platt: http://www.radical.net/resources-secret-church/secret-church-13-heaven-hell-and-the-end-of-the-world)

Sound Doctrine: Humanity & The Image of God (Luke 10:25-37) - audio

11/13/16

11/13/16

Description:The fact that God has created all of us equally in His image--no matter what color, economic status, or sin struggle we are--leads us to be graciously hospitable to our neighbors and to love them well. Listen as one of our church planters in New Orleans shares God's Word and his perspective on human beings.

Sound Doctrine: The Family (Genesis 1-2) - audio

11/6/16

11/6/16

Description:We have shredded the picture of the family that God designed into the world and presents in His Word. Divorce, adultery, abortion, abuse, neglect, homosexuality--all of it is a distortion of God's intent for the family. But we must not only speak the truth, we must also bring grace to bear on every situation.

Sound Doctrine: Money - audio (Luke 15-16)

10/23/16

10/23/16

Description:Following a comprehensive stewardship study of our church, Bart McDonald from the Foundation of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention shares about God's heart for the lost and how financial stewardship advances that ministry. Listen and dive in to help this church reach more people.

Sound Doctrine: Church Discipline & Restoration - audio (Matthew 18)

10/16/16

10/16/16

Description:Though perceived by many to be judgmental and harsh, the process Jesus institutes for dealing with sin in the church is actually incredibly loving. Listen to why this is so, and start by ruthlessly dealing with sin in your own heart.

Sound Doctrine: Scriptures - audio (2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:15)

10/9/16

10/9/16

Description:God's Word is essential for us to understand God. As His self-revelation, it teaches us what He wants us to know about Himself. This sermon explains why we can trust it and what it does in our lives.

Sound Doctrine: Salvation - audio (John 3:16)

10/2/16

10/2/16

Description:We talk at length about salvation, but what exactly is it? This sermon explains each element of salvation--past, present, and future--and shows why we must share that message boldly and urgently.

Sound Doctrine: Holy Spirit - audio (Ephesians 5:18)

9/25/16

9/25/16

Description:The Holy Spirit is either over-emphasized in churches or tragically under-emphasized. But if we want the power of God He has created us for, we must be filled with His Spirit. What does that even mean? This sermon tries to answer those questions.

Sound Doctrine: Jesus - audio (Colossians 1:15-22)

9/18/16

9/18/16

Description:Is Jesus worth it? That is the question every one of us must ask. And its answer defines our lives in every way. This sermon looks at the supremacy of Jesus and why He is worth it all. (Note: This is the link to the sermon video that begins the sermon, so you can see it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C23vIl0dKw)

Sound Doctrine: God - audio (Ephesians 1:3-6)

9/11/16

9/11/16

Description:The doctrine of God is foundational to our faith. Creator, Ruler, Sustainer, Redeemer, Father. As we grow in our knowledge of God in all of these roles and more, we can only grow in our praise of Him.

Church: What Does It Produce? - audio (Matthew 28:18-20)

9/4/16

9/4/16

Description:Like a healthy tree produces good fruit, the church is meant to produce something corporately and individually. Ephesians gives us a picture of a counter-cultural church, and as Jesus commands us to make disciples by teaching them to obey we can see how we are to produce disciples and grow ourselves. Attached below is the RADIATE House that John walked through during the sermon.

Church: Where Is It Going? - audio (Matthew 5:14-16)

8/28/16

8/28/16

Description:Not only does God have an amazing future in store for His church eternally, He also has a purpose and a future for us until that time comes. This sermon lays out our "beyond-the-horizon" vision and focuses us on what we should be about over the next few years.

Church: What Is It? - audio (Ephesians 2-3)

8/21/16

8/21/16

Description:Misconceptions abound regarding the nature and purpose of the church. How did it start? What does the Bible say it is for? How does it matter for more than my Sundays? This sermon hopes to answer those questions and lay a foundation for where Normandale should be.

Householder & Thief - audio (Matthew 24:43-44)

8/14/16

8/14/16

Description:Many people claim to know when Jesus will return. The problem is, Jesus said no one will know. He does warn us, though, to be ready since we don't know the time. This parable illustrates what readiness looks like as we remember Jesus and obey Him.

Hidden Treasure & Pearl of Great Price - audio (Matthew 13:44-46)

8/7/16

8/7/16

Description:The Kingdom of God is more valuable than anything else in this world. And it is worth losing everything else for. This pair of parables illustrates how when we value His Kingdom we determine to enter it and sacrifice to enter it.

Pharisee & Tax Collector - audio (Luke 18:9-14)

7/31/16

7/31/16

Description:Like the Pharisee, we can have too high of a self-view. God will humble us in that and it may indicate that we are not truly His. Instead, we must honestly assess our sinfulness and come in humble repentance to the Lord for mercy. God will lift us up when we do.

Unforgiving Servant - audio (Matthew 18:21-35)

7/24/16

7/24/16

Description:So often we as Christians gratefully receive the mercy of God then hold vengeance over someone else's head. It should not be that way, Jesus says. Christians ought to be quick to forgive rather than quick to condemn.

Wedding Feast - audio (Matthew 22:1-14)

7/17/16

7/17/16

Description:Not everyone will be saved--not even everyone who says they are a Christian. This piercing parable helps us see the universal invitation of the gospel as well as the narrow path required to get into the eternal banquet hall with Jesus.

Tower Builder & Warring King - audio (Luke 14:25-33)

7/10/16

7/10/16

Description:Jesus calls all people to follow Him, but in doing so He also reminds us to count the cost of following Him. The gospel divides (even families) and leads to a life that is counter-cultural. The cost is high, yes, but the blessing is eternal and better.