The Orchard Church

The Orchard Church

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This is The Orchard Church, a podcast where the Word of God is taught to point people to Jesus Christ and help them to look more like Him.


Table Talk: Pursue
Aug 18 • 29 min
Christian fellowship is a means of grace and it is a necessary context for sanctification. Pursuing Christ together means seeing our partnership in the gospel as we fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The gospel creates community and…
Table Talk: Rhythms
Aug 11 • 22 min
Change is a part of life. Seasons, weather, time, and even we change. Sometimes these changes seem dramatic and we feel as if they happened overnight. Other times it seems as if time stands still. People in different stages of life view time differently…
Table Talk: Fearless
Aug 5 • 19 min
Some of the best conversations happen around the table and this series has been designed to help us think wisely as disciple makers. The table is a great place to tell stories, share ideas, and grow together. So join us around the table for some Table…
The Prophet Elijah: TAKEN
Jul 31 • 30 min
The departure of Elijah from this world was even more striking than his entrance as a prophetic lightning rod. He was a force to be reckoned with by ungodly kings with an uncomfortable message for an idolatrous people. Miracles attended him wherever he…
The Prophet Elijah: Flight
Jul 23 • 36 min
When looking at the Bible we often make the mistake of thinking it’s a collection of people who are sinless paragons. They are the ones who have it all together. They’ve figured out how to check off their to-do lists. They’ve figured out how to manage…
The Prophet Elijah
Jul 15 • 30 min
Elijah was one of the only two people in all of history that never died. He is one of the only two people who appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Moses was there representing the law, and Elijah was there representing the prophets. And…
The Prophet Elijah: God is Greater
Jul 7 • 35 min
The prophet Elijah felt like he was the last prophet of God left among 450 prophets of Baal. To show that the Lord was the one true God, Elijah set up an incredible showdown with the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. They would set each set up an altar…
Living Excellent Lives: Grace and Glory
Jul 1 • 29 min
Peter has written this letter to encourage believers and testify to God’s grace. God’s grace is all that God has done for his children in Christ. Living Excellent Lives is the result of God’s work in Christ. Peter’s summons to stand in the grace of God…
Living Excellent Lives: Always in Style
Jun 23 • 35 min
Anxiety, pride, trust, and care. Peter knew well the power and danger of pride. He corrected the Christ he proclaimed. He declared he would never deny the Christ only to find himself fleeing a courtyard in shame. He was publicly rebuked by the Apostle…
Living Excellent Lives: Leadership in Your Family
Jun 17 • 34 min
Last year 6,000 churches in this country closed their doors for the last time. Everyday 3,500 people leave church in America. Many of the reasons why those churches have closed those doors and those people have left has to do with local church leadership.…
Living Excellent Lives: Suffering for the sake of Christ
Jun 9 • 35 min
If suffering is normal for a Christian, why do I struggle? We spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to avoid suffering at all costs. If you find yourself in a season when you are walking through “the valley of the shadow of death,” Christian platitudes…
Living Excellent Lives: Christians Are People Who…
Jun 3 • 36 min
How would you finish this sentence, “Christians are people who…?” What would you say is the distinguishing characteristic of Christians as a whole? Join Lead Pastor Sam Shaw as he walks us through 1 Peter 4:7-11; a passage that gives great detail to the…
Living Excellent Lives: Above All
May 26 • 41 min
First Peter is a handbook for Christian Living and it provides the necessary foundations for Living Excellent Lives. This letter was written to people scattered across modern-day Turkey who were facing uncertainty and suffering. These sojourners were…
Finish the Work: The Law of the Harvest
May 20 • 36 min
Lead Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through one of the greatest promises of the Bible - the Law of the Harvest. You reap what you sow. It’s true of marriage. It’s true of a job. It’s true of education. It’s true of everything in life. You will never get a…
Psalm 131: Pressure & Perspective
May 13 • 35 min
Jesus was a master at living under pressure with a sense peace inside. If you read his biography, it’s amazing because he is always under incredible pressure that would crush most of us. He has people pulling at him all the time. There are constant…
Finish the Work: In This Together
May 6 • 37 min
You can’t read the Bible without seeing how much the Scripture speaks about money and possessions. Well over two-thousand verses deal with it. Jesus talked about money and possessions more than He did about anything except The Kingdom of God. He gave…
Finish the Work: By His Poverty We Became Rich
Apr 28 • 34 min
It’s human nature to start something and not finish it. As the two-year anniversary of the Reach 901 launch quickly approaches, we’re briefly interrupting our series on 1 Peter to remind ourselves that we have one year left between now and next April to…
Easter Sunday: The Road to Emmaus
Apr 22 • 25 min
Take a walk with Lead Pastor Sam Shaw and Pastor John Nix down the road to Emmaus.
Good Friday: The Cross
Apr 20 • 25 min
There is nothing about the cross that says “winning”, “victory”, or “happiness”. It was designed as the most painful and longest suffering way to die. So why did the early Christians adopt the cross as their symbol, eventually becoming the most…
Living Excellent Lives: Time is Running Out
Apr 15 • 31 min
What is the “Great Business of Life”? What are you put on earth here to do? You probably have a bucket list, but why do we even talk about bucket lists? We all know we have a limited amount of time left here on this earth, and time is running out. Lead…
Living Excellent Lives: From Suffering to Session
Apr 8 • 36 min
Peter continues to address suffering but moves the attention from Christian suffering to the suffering of Jesus. Peter’s letter quickly offers comfort after proclaiming that God sometimes wills suffering for those who have done good and reminds us that…
Living Excellent Lives: The Defense Rests
Apr 1 • 32 min
The world is changing and a shift has taken place in our culture. Clear boundaries and definitions are being challenged and even erased. Values once perceived as permanent are vanishing like a morning mist. It is a discomforting and frustrating experience…
Living Excellent Lives: The Person God Blesses
Mar 25 • 29 min
Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through 1 Peter 3:8-10. Sam said when he first read this passage, his eyes were immediately drawn to verse 10. The passage begins, “Whoever desires to love life and enjoy good days…” That sounds great! Who wouldn’t want that? So…
Living Excellent Lives: Marriage and the Gospel
Mar 18 • 36 min
Part of God’s purpose for us as Christians is to point others to Him. A Christian marriage is one of the clearest examples of the gospel, and possibly the greatest opportunity we have to point others to Jesus. So, what does it mean to be a Godly husband…
Living Excellent Lives: The Shepherd of Your Souls
Mar 11 • 28 min
Peter calls us to submit to ungodly authorities because we love Jesus and want to follow his example. However, the natural response when someone mistreats us is self-defense and retaliation. To accept unjust opposition requires supernatural power and an…
Living Excellent Lives: Building an Honor Culture
Mar 3 • 31 min
The church lives in the world as exiles who belong to another Kingdom. The world system around us, the cultural environment where we live, is alien to the kingdom of God. Christians have different priorities, strategies, and a different vision for the…
Living Excellent Lives: Beautiful Living in a Polarized World
Feb 25 • 30 min
Have you ever felt out of place and uncertain about what to do? God transforms people who were at home in this world and they become sojourners and exiles. They know the country and its customs, but they have been called out of darkness into light which…
Living Excellent Lives: Jesus or the Church?
Feb 17 • 39 min
It’s typical these days for people to talk about loving God or loving Jesus, but not really loving the church. Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through 1 Peter 2:4-10, a passage filled with answers to some key questions many have today such as: can a Christian…
Living Excellent Lives: Cultivating a Hunger for the Word of God
Feb 11 • 43 min
Pastor Sam Shaw introduces us to his long-time favorite pastor, Ronnie Stevens. Ronnie walks us through 1 Peter 1:22-2:3, giving us ten steps that have helped him stimulate and excite a hunger for the word of God in his own life.
Living Excellent Lives: Grow Up
Feb 4 • 31 min
In the 1st Century in the Mediterranean world, an unexpected movement started that went viral. Religion was everywhere in the Roman Empire, but this movement had the one thing that Romans could not find anywhere else. This movement had community. It had…
Living Excellent Lives: Where is Hope Found?
Jan 28 • 32 min
All around, despair, conscious need, and unconscious longing. We live in a world where loneliness is an epidemic and one in three adults and adolescents suffer from anxiety. Our minds must sift through a constant barrage of messaging that is antithetical…
Living Excellent Lives: Rejoice and Suffering
Jan 21 • 35 min
Where do you get a joy that grief and hardship doesn’t shatter? In 1 Peter 1:3-12, Peter said the uniquely Christian way in dealing with trials and challenges is that we rejoice. In this sermon, Pastor Sam walks us through six reasons that Peter gives us…
Living Excellent Lives: The People of God in the World
Jan 14 • 33 min
Have you ever wondered what living the Christian life actually means? Pastor Sam Shaw introduces a new series on 1 Peter, encouraging us to read and re-read it. The truth of this compact book acts as a manual for Christian living. In this sermon, Pastor…
First Things First
Jan 7 • 31 min
On this first Sunday of the new year, Pastor Sam Shaw talks about the principle of “firsts.” There are a number of firsts happening in Genesis 4:1-8: the first murder, the first martyr, the first person to go to Heaven, and the first offering is made to…
Abound in Hope: Hope is Here (Christmas Eve Message)
Jan 2 • 14 min
When you got up this morning and looked at the TV or your phone, you probably noticed the date, the 24th of December, 2018. We don’t think about it very often, but 2018 from what? The answer goes back to a little town in Bethlehem and what happened there.…
Abound in Hope: Family Worship
Dec 30, 2018 • 37 min
Pastor Sam walks us through our final hope in Revelation 22.
Abound in Hope: Hope’s Song
Dec 24, 2018 • 36 min
Luke includes four powerful songs surrounding the savior’s birth. In each song, the singers are so moved that they respond from the depths of soul joining the chorus of Hope’s Song, the glad refrain that has been sung since the garden promise that God…
Abound in Hope: Bright Hope in a Dark World
Dec 17, 2018 • 35 min
In this sermon, Pastor Sam walks us through Romans 8:18-27, showing us what an amazing thing it is to be a Christian, why the world is the way it is, and the one thing we have to have to survive: Hope.
Abound in Hope: Joyful in Hope
Dec 9, 2018 • 40 min
During this advent series, we are reminded of the hope that is found only in Jesus. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves – He gave hope. So because of what Jesus has done for us, we are able to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and…
Abound in Hope: What is Our Hope And Where Do We Find It?
Dec 3, 2018 • 30 min
In this Advent Season we have started a new series on hope. Hope is very powerful. The world often confuses hope with wishful thinking or their desires. In this sermon, Pastor Sam walks us through Romans 15:13, showing us what Biblical hope is, who the…
Titus: Don’t Waste Your Life
Nov 26, 2018 • 32 min
As this short pastoral letter from Paul to Titus comes to a close, we have a better understanding of what Paul meant when he directed Titus to “put what remained in order” (vs. 5). This was and still is a monumental work. On Crete, island churches were a…
Titus: How Grace Changes Us - Part II
Nov 18, 2018 • 32 min
In Titus 3:1-15, Paul walks us through the succinct message of Salvation and gives direction on true Christian behavior. Paul reminds us that it takes the entire Trinity to save us. We are delivered out of our miserable condition, only by the mercy and…
Titus: How Grace Changes Us - Part 1
Nov 12, 2018 • 35 min
Paul encourages us to live the good life in Titus 2:1-10. In Titus 2:11-14, Paul explains how this change is possible. If there’s anything in your life that you’d like to change, come explore how to make that a reality now.
Titus: Living Our Confession
Nov 4, 2018 • 32 min
Charlie Shaw walks us through Titus 2:1-10. In this section, Paul moves from the issues of church leadership and false teachers to the various groups within the church and their moral obligations before the world in which they live. Paul is concerned that…
Titus: Truth Matters
Oct 28, 2018 • 35 min
Paul wrote the little book of Titus in order to clarify what really matters. For the last few weeks, we’ve seen that churches matter and leadership matters. Today, Paul uses some pretty tough language to explain why truth matters. He also explains how…
Titus: What’s an Elder?
Oct 22, 2018 • 38 min
The Bible teaches that churches are to be led by a plurality of called, qualified men called elders. Even Paul submitted himself to the elders in Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1-2) along with Titus. Imagine what the situation was like in Crete. Scripture does…
Forgotten God: The Helper
Oct 1, 2018 • 37 min
Jesus said to his disciples in John 16 that it is better to have the Holy Spirit in them than to have Him right beside them. It is better that He leaves, so that they may receive the Holy Spirit. The name Jesus gave for the Holy Spirit in John 14:16 is…
Forgotten God: Experiencing the Holy Spirit
Sep 24, 2018 • 37 min
The Holy Spirit is God’s promise and assurance that he will finish what he has started in us. He is the foretaste of heaven. That means we can ask for and experience His presence. This sermon will explain and illustrate how to position yourself to…
Forgotten God: Pentecostal Power
Sep 17, 2018 • 36 min
The advent of the Holy Spirit changed things forever. At Pentecost, the promised Holy Spirit came in a powerful way that seized the people of Jerusalem. The arrival was accompanied by powerful signs and the question that was raised is the question we will…
Forgotten God: Ours For The Asking
Sep 13, 2018 • 37 min
Throughout the history of Christianity, we often forget that God is a triune God. He is God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Some Christians seem to show little evidence that they have any theology of the Spirit while others seem to emphasize…
Family Strong - We Are Family
Sep 3, 2018 • 33 min
Family Strong sermon series has been primarily focused on the nuclear family, but today as the series concludes we will look at the staggering way that Jesus reorients what it means to be family. In Mark 3:31-35, Jesus says some things about the family…
Family Strong - Parental Authority
Aug 27, 2018 • 38 min
People are naturally rebellious, and our autonomy assaults authority. We don’t like anyone telling us what to do. The question of authority is answered clearly by Jesus when he delivered his Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. The stunning thing that we…
Family Strong - Parental Blessing
Aug 22, 2018 • 34 min
God blessed His creation. God blessed Abraham. Issac blessed his son Jacob. Blessings are seen throughout Scripture but how do I bless my children? Listen in to get that answer.
Family Strong - Parenting Fears & Failure
Aug 14, 2018 • 38 min
What makes a strong family today? In this sermon series, we’ll try to answer that question from God’s Word. We’ll talk about family worship, giving the family blessing, family fears and authority in the family.
Family Strong - Family Worship
Aug 8, 2018 • 40 min
This sermon is a table discussion between Pastor Sam Shaw & John Nix on how you can create a worship culture of the Lord in your home. Their discussion is based upon Deut. 6:4-7; Psalm 78:1-8; Eph. 6:1-4; and 2 Tim. 1:5; 3:14-15.
The Lord’s Prayer: For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, Forever.
Jul 31, 2018 • 39 min
Who is the king of your life? Who is your source of strength when the going gets tough? Who do you brag about to others? Who is calling the shots in your life? Is it God or someone or something else to which you answered these questions? Listen to this…
The Lord’s Prayer: And Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Jul 23, 2018 • 35 min
Does God tempt us? Why does it mean when Jesus’ prays that we are not lead into temptation? This sermon on Matthew 6:13 answers these questions and many more on temptation and how it is connected with prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer: And Forgive Us Our Debts, As…
Jul 17, 2018 • 31 min
Forgiven people are forgiving people. This sermon discusses what it means to forgive people as expressed in The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:12; 18:21-35 ESV).
The Lord’s Prayer: Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread
Jul 10, 2018 • 37 min
This is the very first sermon to be posted by The Orchard Church. This sermon focuses on what did Jesus mean when he prayed, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11).