When the Church is Built on Carnality

Pastor Matt Tarr – PM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:1-17

While the Corinthians believed that they could build a strong church through the philosophies and methodologies of the world,  Paul explains that it is actually because they used secular growth tactics that they are weak and about to break apart. The reason is because worldly principles promote worldly thinking, encouraging attitudes of worldliness and selfishness.

Add. Ref.: Ephesians 4:31-5:2, 21

The Heart of the True Shepherd

Pastor Matt Tart – AM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

As Paul admonishes Timothy to show discernment and correct false teachers in the church, it begs the question, “What are the marks of the false teacher?” Paul’s answer in this passage is that the true shepherd, demonstrated by his own life, will live in harmony with the Gospel of grace, rather than subscribing to external righteousness by the Law.

Add. Ref.: Acts 26:9-11; Numbers 15:27-31

Carnal Expectations: Why People Leave Churches

Pastor Matt Tar – PM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

As many are about to break up and leave the church in Corinth, Paul offers an insightful, but stern rebuke for the cause of their dissention. Sadly, in an age of consumer-driven methodologies, most Christians haven’t learned from Paul’s rebuke, and will leave their churches for the same reasons as the believers in Corinth.

Add. Ref.: 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

The Right Use of the Law

Pastor Matt Tarr – AM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:8-11

One of the principle marks of the false teachers is that they do not understand the concept of grace. As a result, they prescribe external behavioralism rather than internal transformation.

Add. Ref.: Titus 1:7-11

Spiritual Wisdom & Biblical Incompetence (Part 3)

Pastor Matt Tarr – PM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:6-16

If God’s method for church growth is incompatible with the entrepreneurial wisdom of the world, what is the philosophy of ministry the church should subscribe to? In short, it is a philosophy that looks foolish to the world, just as the Gospel we preach.

Dealing with Dangerous Teachers (Part 3)

Pastor Matt Tarr – AM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:3-7

As Paul begins the main body of his letter, he addresses the matter of foremost concern to Timothy: dealing with false teachers in the church. In so doing, he outlines a critical aspect of pastoral ministry.

Spiritual Wisdom & Biblical Incompetence (Part 2)

Pastor Matt Tarr – PM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:6-16

If God’s method for church growth is incompatible with the entrepreneurial wisdom of the world, what is the philosophy of ministry the church should subscribe to? In short, it is a philosophy that looks foolish to the world, just as the Gospel we preach.

Dealing with Dangerous Teachers (Part 2)

Pastor Matt Tarr – AM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:3-7

As Paul begins the main body of his letter, he addresses the matter of foremost concern to Timothy: dealing with false teachers in the church. In so doing, he outlines a critical aspect of pastoral ministry.

Add. Ref.: Matthew 4:5-6; Acts 23:18

Where is God in an Unjust World?

Guest Speaker: Dan Tarr – PM Sermon

Scripture: Habakkuk

As Habakkuk observed his own people rebelling against the Word of God, he is left to wonder why God doesn’t bring judgement and preserve righteousness. God responds that He is always at work, even when we can’t seem to see it. The “just must live by faith.”

Dealing with Dangerous Teachers (Part 1)

Pastor Matt Tarr – AM Sermon

Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:3-7

As Paul begins the main body of his letter, he addresses the matter of foremost concern to Timothy: dealing with false teachers in the church. In so doing, he outlines a critical aspect of pastoral ministry.

Add. Ref.: Jude 1:3-4; Romans 16:17-18; 2 John 1:8-11