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Raintree Community Church
41 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
Jesus vs. Religion, Part 1 | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 7:1-13 Man’s Tradition vs. God’s Word (1-13) The Pharisees twisted Scripture to fit within their sinful desires. The Pharisees nullified the Scriptures by exalting their traditions. Jesus calls us to exalt the Scriptures above man’s tradition.
45 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Jesus, the Great I Am | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 6:45-56 The Great I Am Intercedes (Mark 6:45-46) Jesus dismisses His disciples and the crowd. Jesus departs to the mountain to be alone with His Father and pray. The Great I Am Intervenes (Mark 6:47-52) Jesus walks on the water toward His disciples by displaying His deity (see Job 9:1-8; Isaiah 43:1-3). Jesus dispels the disciples’ fears, proclaiming by His identity. Jesus confronts disciples’ hardened hearts, by proving His Lordship over all things. The Great I Am Interacts (Mark 6:53-56) Jesus personally gives Himself to those in desperate need, knowing that He alone is what they need most of all.
45 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Jesus, the All-Satisfying Shepherd | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 6:30-44 The Shepherd’s Care for Souls (Mark 6:30-32) Jesus debriefs the disciples after their mission. Jesus invites the disciples to rest after their mission. The Shepherd’s Compassion for Souls (Mark 6:33-34) Jesus saw the crowd as sheep without a shepherd (see Numbers 27:17; Isaiah 40:11) Jesus gave the crowd the Gospel teaching they needed to direct their hearts to God. The Shepherd’s Provision for Souls (Mark 6:35-44) Jesus provided the crowd with food for their stomachs; in Him, they would find satisfaction for their souls. Jesus provided the disciples with a lesson of dependance upon and trust in His sufficiency.
53 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
The Increase and Decrease of John the Baptist | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 6:14-29 The Christ-Exalting Integrity of John the Baptist (John 1:19-29; 3:25-30) He was marked by self-denial and humility. He found contentment and joy in the role God gave him. He lived to see Christ and His ministry increase and see himself decrease. The Christ-Denying Corruption of Herod the King (Mark 6:14-29) He was a slave to his own lusts (his wife was a slave to her own hate). He was a captive of his own fears. He had a conscience that was defiled by his own sinful choices. He was intrigued by Jesus, but never submitted to Him and His message (see Luke 23:6-11).
53 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Jesus Rejected, Disciples Sent | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 6:1-13 The Amazing Rejection of Jesus (6:1-6) The people were amazed at Jesus' claims and message. Jesus was amazed at the people‘s lack of faith. The people took offense at Jesus and his message. In the backdrop of unbelief, Jesus did not carry on His mighty work of signs and wonders. The Simple Deployment of the Disciples (6:7-13) The Disciples are sent with a Christ-derived authority The Disciples are sent under a Christ-centered dependency The Disciples face a Christ-opposed hostility The Disciples went with a Christ-focused urgency
45 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Romans 8:12-17 | Jeff Fitzgerald
In this sermon, you will encounter how to live according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. This is the way of true spiritual life that leads us to become fellow heirs with Christ as God's beloved children!
49 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
How God Blesses and Builds His People | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 127 The Fruitless Toil of Life Apart From Trusting God (127:1-2) It is vain to build, watch, and work apart from a central trust in God. When we trust in God and His promises, we will find true rest for our souls. The Fruitful Blessing of Trusting God (127:3-5) We must trust in the Lord to build and bless His people. Children are a heritage and blessing from the Lord whose purpose is to glorify God. Children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior who find their target in Christ.
53 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
The All-Encompassing Praise that Belongs to God | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 103 A Personal Call to Praise God for His Redemptive Work (103:1-5) We are called to praise the Lord for His forgiveness, redemption, and healing. A Corporate Call to Consider God’s Merciful and Gracious Character (103:6-18) We are called to consider how God removes our sin and displays His steadfast love. A Universal Call to Give God the Glory Due His Name (103:19-22) We are called to join in the all-encompassing praise of God’s Name.
49 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Living in a Temporal World Under An Eternal God | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 90 The Eternal Existence of God (90:1-2) God will never cease to be a refuge for His people. God will never cease to be God. The Fleeting Existence of Man (90:3-11) Man’s existence on earth is marked by brevity and fragility. Man’s existence on earth is summed up in toil and trouble. The Illuminating Wisdom and Satisfying Love of God (90:12-17) We will gain a heart of wisdom when we number our days according to God’s eternal perspective and weigh them on God’s eternal scales. In the end, our greatest need is not more time on earth, but to be satisfied alone with God’s unfailing love.
37 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
Our Confession and God's Cleansing | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 51 Heart Confession (51:1-6) David cries out to God for mercy, looking to His steadfast love. David cries out to God for a thorough restoration and forgiveness. Only God can forgive us from our sins and wash us clean from guilt. Heart Cleansing (51:7-12) David pleads with God to purify his heart from sin and guilt. Only God can create a clean heart within us, renew us, and restore our joy. Heart Consecration (51:13-19) David turns from confession of sin to praising the Lord for His salvation. When our hearts are consecrated to God, we will walk in humility and repentance.
59 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
The Anchor For Our Souls | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 42 God Satisfies the Thirsty Soul (42:1-4) We should long for God like a deer pants for flowing streams of water. We need to see God as our living hope and help amid our tears and doubts. God Comforts the Distressed Soul (42:5-9) We can become distressed when we believe that God has abandoned us. We can easily become weighed down by constant trials. We can rest in God’s faithful love to meet us in our trials. God Transforms Our Troubled Souls (42:5, 9-11) We must anchor our hope to God’s faithful character by rehearsing God’s promises. Instead of listening to our hearts, we must speak truth to direct our hearts to God.
53 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
The Loving Shepherd-King | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 23 The All-Satisfying Shepherd King Who Leads Us (23:1-3) The Lord is our personal provider of all that we need The Lord is our personal soul renewal The Lord is our personal leader toward righteousness The Ever-Present Shepherd King Who Protects Us (23:4-5) The Lord personally walks with us through all seasons of life and through death itself. The Lord personally protects us and provides a victory meal in the presence of our enemies. The All-Loving Shepherd King Who Dwells With Us (23:6) We can be assured of God’s sovereign goodness and mercy in our lives. We can be assured of being in God’s presence for all eternity because of what our Shepherd-King accomplished in the Gospel.
56 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
God Revealed | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 19 God Reveals Himself Through What He Has Made (19:1-6) God’s creation teaches us about the reality of His existence God’s creation teaches us about the reality of His attributes God’s creation teaches us about the reality of His purpose God Reveals Himself Through What He Has Said (19:7-10) God reveals His mind to us God reveals His expectations to us The Right Response to God’s Revelation (19:11-14) We must look to God in prayer to keep us from following our own sinful hearts. We must look to God as our Rock and Redeemer to transform our sinful hearts.
54 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
Two Kingdoms in Conflict | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 2 The Ungodly Kings of Earth Rage Against God (2:1-3) The Vain Plotting Against God and His Anointed One (Messiah) The Decisive Departure From God’s ways The Wrongly Assumed Autonomy From God’s Control The Undisputed King of Heaven Reigns Over All (2:4-12) The Terrifying Wrath of the Almighty One The Certain Coronation of the Anointed One The Unmatched Power of the Anointed One The Warning From the Anointed One The Refuge in the Anointed One
53 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Two Ways to Live | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Psalm 1 The Fruitful Way of Life (1:1-3) The Characteristics of the Godly: The Godly are satisfied in God and find nothing of value in partnering with the ungodly. The Godly delight in God’s Word and enjoy a fruitful life of spiritual prosperity The Blessed Man in Psalm 1 finds its fulfillment in Jesus. The Disastrous Way of Death (1:4-6) The Characteristics of the Ungodly The ungodly live fleeting lives based on the vanity of their approach to life. The ungodly are condemned by God and will face an inescapable doom apart from Christ.
41 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Developing a Deeper Relationship with Christ in Our Battle with Sin | Dennis Williamson
Text: Titus 2:11-14 How do you develop and keep a loving relationship with Jesus Christ? Realize that this battle with sin has already been won by Christ on the cross. “Fill your affections with the cross of Christ and you will find no room for sin” - John Owen
51 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Jesus Rules Over Disease and Death | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 5:21-43 A Father’s Desperate Plea in the Face of Death (5:21-24) Jairus bows with desperation before Jesus and begs Him to save his daughter’s life. Jesus bends with compassion toward Jairus and walks with him. A Woman’s Persistent Faith in the Wake of Disease (5:25-34) The unclean woman seeks after Jesus, believing that He can heal her. The unclean woman is healed by trusting in Jesus, not in touching Jesus’ garment. Gospel Glimpse: Jesus took all our uncleanness on Himself when He died on the cross for our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from all righteousness as we repent and believe. The Messiah’s Faith-Building Power Over Disease and Death (5:35-43) Jairus is brought to the end of his hopes for his daughter’s healing. Jesus calls Jairus to believe in His ability, despite his fears and the circumstances. Jesus proves that He is Lord and our only hope in life and death.
49 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Jesus Rules Over Satan | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 5:1-20 1. The Destructive Work of Satan Described (5:1-7) The demoniac is described as a man in pursuit of ruthless and restless evil that destroys others and himself. 2. The Authoritative Work of Jesus Demonstrated (5:8-15) The demoniac is subdued and saved by the powerful authority of Jesus. 3. The Transforming Work of Jesus Rejected (5:16-17) The townspeople respond to Jesus’ authority and power with fear and dismissal. 4. The Kingdom Work of Jesus Declared (5:18-20) The demoniac becomes a proclaimer of the Gospel work that Jesus had done for him.
46 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Jesus Rules Over the Storm | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Leads With Purpose Into the Storm (4:35-36) Jesus takes His disciples with Him on the mission to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom (Mark 1:38). Jesus Speaks With Power Over the Storm (4:37-39) The disciples accuse Jesus of not being aware of their need Jesus meets His disciples’ need and subdues the storm with His Word Jesus Proves Without a Doubt that He is Lord of All Creation (4:40-41) Jesus confirms that He not only created all things but that He also cares for His people. The disciples were filled with amazement and fear before Jesus The disciples were exposed for their lack of faith in Jesus.
45 minutes | May 30, 2021
Jesus and Kingdom Growth | Dr. Stephen Conley
Text: Mark 4:26-34 The Seemingly Insignificant Planting of the Word (4:26-29) Jesus demonstrates how the kingdom of God grows in slow, incremental stages. Jesus displays how the kingdom of God is empowered by the Word of God as it is sown into our hearts. The Incomprehensible Growth of the Word (4:30-34) Jesus presents a contrast of small beginnings of planted seeds to the harvest of incredible growth Jesus’ parable points to a future day where people from every tribe, tongue, and nation will be redeemed to take shelter in the branches provided by Jesus, the Savior of sinners.
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