Christ Church Fox Chapel Podcast

Christ Church Fox Chapel Podcast
Weekly sermons from Christ Church Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mar 29: A World Turned Upside Down
Mar 29 • 15 min
The radical teaching last week between spouses is taken even further as the same principle of mutual care is extended to two more marginalized groups: children and servants. Imagine the impact on the world if we turn our little homes and places of work…
Bible Study: March 29
Mar 29 • 17 min
The clergy (informally!) discusses the scriptures from the March 29 service. Special guest Robert Fire.
Mar. 22: Becoming a “You First” Church, Pt. II
Mar 22 • 20 min
The mutually submissive teaching to spouses here is radical because it mirrors Christ’s submission to death for us.The staff team & vestry operates on the principle of submitting to one another. The aim is for this culture to impact the whole…
Bible Study: March 22
Mar 22 • 18 min
The clergy (informally!) discusses the scriptures from the March 22 service.
Mar. 15: Becoming a “You First” Church
Mar 15 • 21 min
At a time of stress Ephesians 5: 21 shows what a powerful witness it can be to become a “you first” church. Extending the series by a week, Rev. Alex zooms in on just one verse today.Readings from this service:Ephesians 5: 21-33Psalm 146: 7-10Matthew…
Mar. 7/8: Distinctly Distinct
Mar 9 • 30 min
Although believers still sin, we should be distinctly different from non-believers. And this ought to attract people to Christ. God in His grace points out our behavior to us so that we can be changed. Readings from this service:Ephesians 5: 1-21Psalm…
Feb. 29/Mar. 1: A New Way to Live
Mar 9 • 27 min
*Note: Due to technical difficulties, this sermon was recorded after the service.Being isolated from God leads to a darkened mind and a hardened heart, which leads to sinful behavior and breaks our human relationships. But in the equal opposite way,…
Feb. 15/16: Think Bigger
Feb 18 • 26 min
Paul’s prayer is that we would grow stronger in our faith and trust in Christ more, seeing that he can do way more than we currently believe. God can always do more than even the most faithful person believes.Readings from this service:Isaiah 41:…
Feb. 8/9: Boldness & Access, with Confidence Through Faith
Feb 10 • 36 min
By grace, God extends his grace further and further, bringing in more and more people to the family of God as promised. We gain bold and confident access to the Father through faith in Jesus Christ.Readings from this service:Ephesians 3: 1-13Psalm 74: 2…
Feb. 1/2: The Church’s One Foundation
Feb 3 • 28 min
We used to live alone and without hope but now we belong to God together with one another.
Jan. 25/26: Raised by Grace
Jan 27 • 28 min
God lavishes grace on us through his saving initiative.
Jan. 18/19: Enlightened with Hope
Jan 21 • 33 min
Having been made ready by Christ, we gain deep and powerful insight, seeing the world in a way that the dull cannot.
Jan. 11/12: Ready for the End, Before We Begin
Jan 12 • 31 min
We begin a new 14-week series this week, Ephesians: Reconciled in Christ & Ready for Life.
Jan 4/5: From Weeping to Feasts
Jan 5 • 29 min
God promises to ransom and redeem us and thus our mourning turns to joy.
Dec. 28/29: From Prison Jumpsuits to Royal Robes
Dec 29, 2019 • 29 min
In a criminal trial the accused at best might be declared not guilty. But in Christ that’s not the case.
Dec. 24: The Judge Is Born
Dec 24, 2019 • 12 min
A Christmas Eve message.
Dec. 21/22: With Us in Judgment
Dec 22, 2019 • 29 min
Christ enters the world to be with us in our sins and to save us from judgment by presenting us as righteous before God, not through our works but by his grace alone.
Dec. 14/15: The Good News of God’s Judgment
Dec 15, 2019 • 39 min
When we suffer or feel anxious, it can be comforting to know that the judge is near and will soon bring about our vindication.
Dec. 7/8: The Perfect Judge
Dec 9, 2019 • 19 min
Jesus judges perfectly and with a prefect knowledge that no human can have.
Nov. 30/Dec. 1: Ready for Judgement
Dec 1, 2019 • 31 min
Advent is the beginning of a new church year, so a study of the end might seem odd. But the Christian faith offers a new start that prepares us for the end.
Nov. 23/24: The Convicted Judge
Nov 24, 2019 • 30 min
We begin our Advent season series this week as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday.
Nov. 16/17: The Compassion of God
Nov 17, 2019 • 28 min
Have we reckoned with the scale of the seriousness of unforgiveness?
Nov. 9/10: Grumpy About Grace
Nov 10, 2019 • 27 min
Grace just outrages us sometimes; from a human perspective it seems unfair and we like (other) people to get what they deserve.
Nov. 2/3: Repent!
Nov 6, 2019 • 29 min
Grace just outrages us sometimes.
Oct. 26/27: A Big Message to a Big City
Oct 29, 2019 • 23 min
When God calls us to seek forgiveness, we can be angry at being called on our sin, or fatalistic and ignore the offer of grace, or we can respond.
Oct. 19/20: Prayer from the Jaws of Death
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
Often prayer becomes more fervent when our life is in danger. The more we have lost, the easier it becomes to put our hope in God.
Oct 13: The Storm Calms
Oct 15, 2019 • 25 min
The Psalm imagines the believer reaching their desired haven. Ironically, in some ways, this will be the last place Jonah wanted to be.
Oct 5/6: Fleeing from God
Oct 7, 2019 • 24 min
We now find out that Jonah is not only fleeing from the task God gave him, but indeed from God himself.
Sept 28/29: Fleeing from the Job
Sep 30, 2019 • 31 min
We’re not told why Jonah flees, we’re only told what he flees from—the job that God gave him.
Sept. 21/22: Upsold on the Gospel!
Sep 23, 2019 • 34 min
What do we value and how much are we prepared to stretch to get it?
Sept 14/15: Value for Money
Sep 17, 2019 • 24 min
When Simon encounters the power of God, he is amazed but seeks to buy the Holy Spirit with money.
Sept 7/8: Bought with a Price
Sep 9, 2019 • 29 min
Whatever we think of giving to God, we must know first how much God prizes us.
Aug 31/Sept 1: The Miracle IS Jesus! Part 2: The Last Miracle, Pt. 2
Sep 3, 2019 • 23 min
Jesus is the miracle.
Aug. 24/25: The Miracle IS Jesus! Pt. 2: The Last Miracle
Aug 26, 2019 • 32 min
Even as Jesus dies, there is a miraculous reveal of who Jesus is.
Aug. 17/18: The Miracle IS Jesus! Pt. I: The First Miracle
Aug 21, 2019 • 28 min
Technically, Christ’s conception is the first miracle.
Aug. 10/11: Figs & Salvation
Aug 12, 2019 • 28 min
Here a miraculous curse reveals both the reality of judgement and leads to Jesus promising his disciples that they too can participate in miracles.
Aug. 3/4: Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
Aug 5, 2019 • 28 min
Human incapacity and vulnerability is no barrier to the overwhelming grace of God.
July 27/28: Jesus Feeds 4000
Jul 30, 2019 • 31 min
We can be slow to learn. Sometimes we need to see more than one miracle.
July 20/21: Miraculous Fulfillment
Jul 22, 2019 • 18 min
The real wonder of the miracles is not the miracles themselves but the fulfillment of the promise.
July 13/14: Jesus Walks On Wter and So Does Peter … a Bit!
Jul 18, 2019 • 26 min
Again Jesus demonstrates his sovereignty over all creation and in some faltering way Peter joins in.
July 6/7: Jesus Feeds the 5000
Jul 7, 2019 • 22 min
From the very personal and individual forgiving, healing and delivering of the previous two weeks, here Jesus demonstrates his ability to provide for all of his people.
June 29/30: Healing & Deliverance
Jul 1, 2019 • 25 min
Some infirmities are physical, some spiritual, some even demonic in origin. But Jesus is Lord over all things.
June 22/23: Jesus Heals & Forgives
Jun 24, 2019 • 16 min
Jesus shows that a miraculous healing is part of his process of revealing who he is and what authority he has.
June 15/16: Jesus Calms the Storm
Jun 17, 2019 • 31 min
Rev. Alex begins our new series, Reveal: The Miracles of Jesus, this week.
June 8/9: Pentecost
Jun 11, 2019 • 31 min
Bishop Jim Hobby delivers our Pentecost sermon.
June 1/2: Prayer & Fasting
Jun 3, 2019 • 27 min
Big religious acts are no substitute for consistent Christian living.
May 25/26: Temptation & Deliverance
May 28, 2019 • 20 min
Although God doesn’t tempt us, He can spare us from difficult situations which in turn leads us to sin which in turn leads us to death.
May 18/19: Forgiveness & Forgiveness
May 20, 2019 • 34 min
Even though we have been forgiven much, many still struggle to forgive others.
May 11/12: Daily Bread
May 17, 2019 • 26 min
God provides for our needs each day, not just in a physical sense, but in every sense. Yet the Exodus account reveals our sinful propensity to forget (or romanticize) the past and to rely on ourselves.Readings from this service:Exodus 16: 1-6Psalm 34: 8…
May 4/5: God’s Kingdom, God’s Way
May 6, 2019 • 17 min
God’s kingdom will only come in its fullness at Christ’s return but it has been inaugurated on the cross.
Apr 27/28: Simple Faith & Simpler Prayers
Apr 30, 2019 • 26 min
The first episode on our new sermon series, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, focusing on The Lord’s Prayer.
Apr 19: Good Friday, Sermon 3
Apr 24, 2019 • 10 min
The third sermon from our 3-hour Good Friday service: Woman, behold, your son.
Apr 19: Good Friday, Sermon 7
Apr 24, 2019 • 10 min
The seventh sermon from our 3-hour Good Friday service: Father, into your hands II commend my spirit.
Apr 21: Easter Sunday
Apr 24, 2019 • 16 min
Rev. Alex celebrates the Risen Lord on Easter morning in this family-friendly service.
Apr 19: Good Friday, Sermon 6
Apr 24, 2019 • 10 min
The sixth sermon from our 3-hour Good Friday service: It is finished.
Apr 19: Good Friday, Sermon 4
Apr 24, 2019 • 10 min
The fourth sermon from our 3-hour Good Friday service: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
Apr 19: Good Friday, Sermon 5
Apr 24, 2019 • 11 min
The fifth sermon from our 3-hour Good Friday service: I thirst.
Apr. 19: Good Friday, Sermon 2
Apr 24, 2019 • 8 min
The second sermon from our 3-hour Good Friday service: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
Apr 19: Good Friday, Sermon 1
Apr 24, 2019 • 9 min
The first sermon from our 3-hour Good Friday service: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Apr 13/14: Palm Weekend
Apr 15, 2019 • 22 min
Herb looks at the call to Christian maturity as he challenges us from Luke 22 and Philippians 2 to be childlike not childish in our faith: serving with grace.
Apr 6/7: Common Sense
Apr 8, 2019 • 32 min
Common sense is about learining to think Christianly.
Mar 30/31: Circumstantial Signs
Apr 1, 2019 • 32 min
This sermon is not about big signs or miracles or fleeces before the Lord. We have the cross already for that.
Mar. 23/24: Counsel of the Saints
Mar 27, 2019 • 32 min
There are many people out there who want to give you advice, but you should allow only very few to do so.
Mar 16/17: Compelling Spirit
Mar 17, 2019 • 28 min
We often worry about decisions and can be tempted just to rely on ourselves.
Mar. 9/10: Commanding Scripture
Mar 11, 2019 • 37 min
The role of scripture in discernment.
Mar. 2/3: Up Outside & In
Mar 3, 2019 • 17 min
This week are are called to grow up in reaching out, seeing how that impacts those inside.
Feb. 23/24: Up Inside & Out
Feb 27, 2019 • 33 min
Christians are called to authenticity at home in private and to pray that we, in turn, are able to reach out.
Feb. 16/17: Clothed with Christ
Feb 20, 2019 • 36 min
When the whole body is clothed with Christ there is a dynamic change in our behavior.
Feb. 9/10: A Baloney-Free Diet
Feb 11, 2019 • 22 min
Many of us want in some way to do the right thing; we seek godliness in many places and through many techniques.
Feb 2/3: A Definitive New Life
Feb 5, 2019 • 30 min
We are raised up and built up in Christ.
Jan 26/27: Working for Growth
Jan 29, 2019 • 28 min
Sharing the gospel so that the church grows numerically and individuals grow spiritually can be a real struggle, but the payoff is joyous assurance.
Jan 19/20: Our Real “Real ID”
Jan 22, 2019 • 29 min
Our ID is sourced in Jesus alone.
Jan. 12/13: Loving the Saints
Jan 14, 2019 • 29 min
We get stronger in living out our faith when we realize the reality of the change God has done in us and for us already.
Jan. 5/6: Generational Repentance
Jan 7, 2019 • 19 min
Are we making repentant children and passing the faith on to the next generation?
Dec. 24: Let Earth Receive Her King! (9pm service)
Dec 27, 2018 • 12 min
We prepare a place for Jesus in our hearts with penitence and welcome a treasure too.
Dec. 24: Let Earth Receive Her King! (Family Service)
Dec 27, 2018 • 8 min
Christmas Eve Family Service Children’s Talk
Dec. 22/23: Repent & Take Authority
Dec 24, 2018 • 24 min
Those following Jesus are sent out with authority to both preach and to deliver but they face rejection.4
Dec. 15/16: Repent & Fish!
Dec 17, 2018 • 31 min
God saves us to use us.
Dec. 8/9: Repent & Believe!
Dec 10, 2018 • 28 min
As with all prophecy it can be fulfilled in layers, each fulfillment amplifying the one before.
Dec. 1/2: Repent & Prepare!
Dec 3, 2018 • 30 min
As Christian festivals become increasingly secularized, we might find more hope and joy in our faith at Christmas if we prepare our hearts in Advent by turning to Christ.
Nov. 24/25: The End
Nov 26, 2018 • 26 min
God’s people are not left to suffer indefinitely.
Nov. 17/18: The Beginning of the End
Nov 19, 2018 • 28 min
Evil always overplays its hand and will eventually be revealed for what it is.
Nov. 10/11: The End of the Beginning
Nov 14, 2018 • 30 min
We are always fighting evil, but evil is always fighting itself.
Nov. 3/4: Understanding & Action
Nov 4, 2018 • 32 min
Have you ever found yourself asking why things are happening in your life?
Oct. 27/28: Understanding & Love
Oct 28, 2018 • 33 min
Daniel doesn’t remain in a state of confusion.
Oct. 20/21: Repentance & Request
Oct 21, 2018 • 15 min
This sermon focuses on Daniel 9: 1-19.
Oct. 13/14: Confusion & Conflict
Oct 14, 2018 • 26 min
The Oct. 13/14 sermon asks us what we would do if we knew the end was close.
Oct. 6/7: Beasts, Thrones & Dominions
Oct 7, 2018 • 28 min
The Oct. 6/7 sermon opens new series Daniel: Kingdoms in Conflict Pt, II.
Sept 29/30: Abundant Response
Sep 30, 2018 • 31 min
Even those in poverty give. But not out of command, rather out of love.
Sept 22/23: Abundant Blessing
Sep 23, 2018 • 22 min
Abundant blessing flows from abundant redemption.
Sept 15/16: Abundant Redemption
Sep 16, 2018 • 32 min
In reality we responded to God’s abundant creation with nothing better than abundant sin.
Sept 8/9: Abundant Creation
Sep 9, 2018 • 27 min
The Sept. 8/9 sermon opens the new series Abundance: The Overflow of God’s Blessings.