Christ Community Church Podcast

Christ Community Church Podcast

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The Christ Community Church Podcast features weekly teaching from Christ Community Church in Columbus, Georgia, where our mission is to awaken ordinary people to extraordinary life in Christ-centered community. CCC is part of the Free Methodist Church …


Becoming a People Who … Live By The Book: “Open the Door”
Aug 14 • 39 min
Pastor Derrick ends our series “Live by the Book” by walking us through the implications of Revelation 3:14-20 and what it means when Jesus calls the church in Laodicea “luke warm.” How do we avoid that reality in our own lives?Check out his …
Becoming a People Who … Live By The Book: “Colossians”
Jul 29 • 23 min
Pastor Kelli dives with us into the Book of Colossians and reflects on what it means to live a life worthy to the Lord and how to please Him in every way. Check out her full message here!
Becoming a People Who… Live By The Book: “Movements Move!”
Jul 22 • 55 min
Pastor Derrick reminds us through Acts 1:7-8 that the church is not meant to simply be a place of attendance— the church is meant to be a movement! Check out his full message and a special guest appearance from The Galloway family, missionaries in …
Becoming a People Who … Live by the Book: “The Good News”
Jul 15 • 56 min
Pastor Mike Hofer leads us through the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4 and reminds us that our job as a church is to cultivate good soil. Check out his full message here!
Becoming A People Who… Live By The Book: “Habakkuk”
Jul 8 • 44 min
Pastor Nick Cash reveals to us through the Book of Habakkuk that while our experiences are real and valid, they are often based on our limited understandings. However, God makes decisions based upon His omniscience and eternal perspectiveChec…
Becoming a People Who…” Live By The Book:” Praise In All Things
Jul 1 • 83 min
CCC Summer Interns led us through the Psalms during the Family Sunday service. All interns played a vital part in the services, from planning, to video production, worship and teaching!Check out audio of the full service here!
Becoming A People Who… Live By the Book “Breaking the Cycle of Despair”
Jun 24 • 41 min
Pastor Derrick uses 2 Chronicles to encourage us that with these 5 principles, we can break the cycles of despair in our lives.Check out his full message here!
Becoming A People Who… Live By The Book: “A Way Forward”
Jun 24 • 35 min
Pastor Mike Hofer encourages us through Isaiah 9 to remember that we can take heart in dark times because: * The light is here!* Freedom is here!* Salvation is here! Check out his full message here…
Becoming a People Who … Live by the Book: “Joshua”
Jun 10 • 36 min
Pastor Kelli Wommack continues our series on “Live by the Book” by teaching from the book of Joshua, reminding us that God is full of faithfulness— He has been faithful; He is faithful, and He will be faithful!
Becoming a People Who… Live By The Book
Jun 4 • 38 min
Pastor Derrick Shields teaches from the book of Genesis 2. Check out the full message here.
Becoming a People Who… Live their Faith: “Pray Until We Pray”
May 27 • 54 min
Pastor Derrick reminds us through the book of James that prayer is an essential piece to our walk with the Lord, but it’s not always easy. Check out the full message here.
Becoming a People Who … “Live their Faith”
May 22 • 35 min
Pastor Nick cash teaches from James 2 to remind us that our faith is marked by our obedience. He uses creative illustrations to show us that we must not only receive our salvation, but we must put it into practice to experience abundant life!
Becoming a People Who… “Live their Faith” Taming the Tongue
May 13 • 37 min
Pastor Mike continues our sermon series on The Book of James and reminds us that through our tongues, we can speak death or life; build or destroy relationships, and it is only through the Holy Spirit that the tongue can truly be tamed.Check …
Becoming a People Who … Live their Faith: “Trials and Temptations”
May 6 • 24 min
As we continue our journey through the Book of James, Pastor Derrick teaches through verses 2-5 and 12-18, encouraging us to seek the Lord in all circumstances.
Becoming a People Who … Live their Faith: “Two Kinds of Wisdom”
Apr 30 • 51 min
Pastor Derrick begins a new series on the Book of James. He uses James 3:13-18 to explain the differences between Godly and earthly wisdom. Check out his full message here!
Becoming a People Who … Come Alive to His Resurrection Power
Apr 22 • 35 min
As we came together to celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Christ, Pastor Derrick reminded us that the resurrection cleanses our sins, brings us into a new identity as children of God and provides us with power to face life’s challenges.
BECOMING A PEOPLE WHO… COME ALIVE… ABOVE AND BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS
Apr 15 • 46 min
As Holy Week kicks off, we celebrate how, through Jesus’ sacrifice, we come alive!Alive to His cross, His resurrection, His grace, His power, His transformation in our lives today.In his message, Pastor Derrick reminds us of three key fo…
You are the Light of the World
Apr 8 • 34 min
Pastor Nick Cash reminds us that Jesus says that we are the light of the world, the hope for the lost, and His image-bearers here in this life.Check out Nick’s full message here!
Becoming a People Who … Imagine More: “Love Your Neighbor”
Apr 3 • 83 min
During a very special and interactive Family Sunday message, Pastor Derrick reminds us of the most important rule: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
Becoming a People Who … Imagine More: “For the Next Generation”
Mar 25 • 36 min
“Who are you discipling, and who is discipling you?” Pastor Mike uses his own life experience to remind us that nothing is impossible for God and that no one is beyond His ability to save. Check out his message here!
Becoming a People Who… Imagine More… Living Sent
Mar 18 • 41 min
Pastor Kelli Wommack reminds us that we are saved to be a “sent people” in our workplaces, homes, schools and beyond through John 20 and Acts 13.
Becoming a People Who … Imagine More: “Kingdom Living”
Mar 12 • 32 min
In this new subseries, Pastor Derrick reminds us through Ephesians 3:20 that our God is a god who is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or imagine.” He challenges us through the Parable of the Hidden Treasure to trust God with …
Becoming The Church
Mar 4 • 51 min
Pastor Derrick and special guest, Superintendent Keith Cowart, dive into what it means to become The Church that God has called us to be. They use Ephesians 3:20 to remind us that our God is a God who can do infinitely more than we could ever ask or…
Becoming a People Who … Live by Vision “A Household Vision”
Feb 25 • 50 min
Pastor Mike Hofer continues to teach on living by vision by inviting us to look at Joshua 24 to get a picture of what a Godly household vision looks like. He reminded us that God always keeps His covenants and expects us to keep ours to Him; however…
Becoming a People Who… Live by Vision “A Personal Invitation from a Personal God”
Feb 18 • 35 min
Pastor Kelli Wommack uses the story of Moses in Exodus 3 to remind us that God hears us, calls us by name and invites us in to a personal relationship with Himself. Also, Pastor Jae Lesley makes a surprise return to give an updated on Village Church…
Becoming A People Who… Live by Vision “From the Right Source”
Feb 11 • 46 min
Pastor Derrick encourages us to be a people who live by God’s vision and teaches from Proverbs 29:18
Becoming a People Who… Live for a Change” Growing in Unity
Feb 4 • 41 min
Pastor Derrick Shields ends our time in Ephesians with Paul’s 5 points to keep us in unity with the Spirit.
Becoming a People Who … Live for a Change “The Mystery, The Motivation and The Mission”
Jan 28 • 42 min
Pastor Kelli Wommack challenges us to live our lives out of the overflow of our identity and inheritance in Christ, recognizing the “reckless love” that our God has for us.
Becoming A People Who… Live for a Change “Alive and Reconciled”
Jan 22 • 52 min
Pastor Derrick Shields reminds us of the stark contrast that Paul paints in Ephesians between the death we once experienced in our sin and transgressions versus the light, sonship and inheritance we now have because of Christ.
Becoming a People Who … Live for a Change “in Him”
Jan 14 • 45 min
Pastor Derrick teaches from Ephesians 1:3-14 to remind us of our identity in Christ.
Becoming a People Who …
Jan 7 • 56 min
Pastor Derrick casts his vision for Christ Community Church in 2019 by teaching four focal ways that the Lord is calling us to live out our mission in 2019.
Preparing for What Lies Ahead
Jan 2 • 48 min
As 2019 begins, Christ Community Church is being called into a season of fasting and prayer. Listen to hear how Pastor Derrick and Pastor Nick break down the true meaning of fasting and use the truth of God’s word to explain its purpose and benefits…
Called in the Waiting
Jan 2 • 42 min
Pastor Mike Hofer continues our Advent series by reminding us that waiting is a part of life that can have profound, spiritual impact. Our waiting is not meant to be passive but engaging!
The Weight of Waiting: Preparation in the Waiting
Dec 17, 2018 • 34 min
Pastor Nick Cash uses Isaiah 40 to reveal the Lord’s preparation in the waiting.
The Wait of Waiting: The Gift of Waiting
Dec 10, 2018 • 34 min
Pastor Kelli Wommack uses 2 Peter to remind us that God’s timing is not our timing and that there is meaningful purpose behind “the waiting” that the Lord uses for our good!
The Wait of Waiting: Praying While We Wait
Dec 3, 2018 • 31 min
Pastor Derrick kicked off the Advent season with a message of hopeful expectation. Referencing Isaiah 64:1-9, he reminded us of four major prayers to pray during a season of waiting: action, remembrance, repentance and trust
Detours: A Matter of Perspective
Nov 27, 2018 • 39 min
Pastor Derrick concluded the series, “Detours on the Road to Your Destiny” on Sunday by posing the question: “What would your confidence look like if you really believed that God was always with you?” e!
Moving From Detour to Destiny
Nov 19, 2018 • 38 min
Pastor Derrick continues to teach from the life of Joseph from the book of Genesis. “The path to our destiny is seldom straightforward.” Listen as he reminds us of the purpose in our detours.
Detours: Signs Along the Way
Nov 12, 2018 • 32 min
Pastor Derrick uses the story of Joseph’s journey in Genesis to provide us with four signs that the Lord is with you and working in the midst of your detour.
Detours: Construction Zone Ahead
Nov 5, 2018 • 42 min
Yesterday, Pastor Derrick introduced a new series entitled “Detours: On the Road to Your Destiny” by summarizing Joseph’s relationship with his brothers and his father and foreshadowing the detours ahead of him. Listen and see if you can relate to D…
His Presence is Our Treasure
Oct 31, 2018 • 44 min
Pastor Keith’s gave his final message to Christ Community Church yesterday, and reminded us that the Lord’s presence is greater and more abundant than anything this world has to offer. Listen as he uses Moses’ life and leadership as an example of a …
The Lord Has Need of It
Oct 22, 2018 • 47 min
In one of his final messages to the church, Pastor Keith reminds us through Luke 19 that though God is all sufficient and sovereign, He invites us to give of ourselves and to participate in His story of redemption.
The Four Faces of Farewell
Oct 15, 2018 • 72 min
During this very special service, Pastor Keith and Pam Cowart share their hearts and describe the joy, gratitude and love they feel toward the CCC congregation as the move to their next phase of life: stepping out of Christ Community Church and into…
Our World Needs You: To Want The More
Oct 8, 2018 • 45 min
Pastor Kelli Womack reminds us through 2 Corinthians of the transformative power we have within us through the Holy Spirit and how we can position ourselves for His transformation!
Our World Needs You Even When You Don’t Know What To Say
Oct 4, 2018 • 37 min
Pastor Nick Cash preaches from John 9 on Family Sunday, reminding us that we don’t have to have all of the answers to be effective for God’s kingdom.
Our World Needs You To Share Your Gift
Sep 24, 2018 • 39 min
During yesterday’s message, Pastor Mike taught from 2 Kings, drawing a parallel from the lepers, who found a great feast at no cost, to those of us who have found our gift in Christ: We cannot keep it to ourselves, but instead, we must share the good n…
Our World Needs You And Our Prayers
Sep 17, 2018 • 46 min
During Sunday’s message, Pastor Derrick Shields encouraged us to become people of fervent prayer, reminding us of the power that resides in our prayer life. Derrick referenced the book of Daniel in light of Daniel’s persistence and faith in God.
Our World Needs You: To Know Your True Identity in Christ
Sep 10, 2018 • 46 min
Special guest speaker, Andrew Chalmers, founder of Take the City, joined CCC on Missions Sunday to remind us of our true identity in Christ. Listen as Andrew reinforces the freedom and abundant life that we can find in Jesus!
Our World Needs You: And the Power of Your Testimony
Sep 4, 2018 • 39 min
Pastor Derrick Shields reminds us of the potential impact to a lost world when we open up and share our testimonies, revealing to others what Christ has done in our own lives.
Our World Needs You: To Execute the Plan
Aug 27, 2018 • 39 min
Pastor Derrick Shields shares with us what it means to be team players in God’s Kingdom, to execute His plan here in our world.
Our World Needs You: For Reconciliation
Aug 20, 2018 • 46 min
Pastors Keith Cowart and Derrick Shields open a new series by sharing their hearts on the subject of racial reconciliation.
A Christ-Centered Community
Aug 13, 2018 • 39 min
Pastors Derrick Shields and Billy Gross share with us what it means to be a Christ-centered community of believers.
A Spirit-Filled People
Aug 6, 2018 • 42 min
Pastor Keith Cowart and Pastor Derrick Shields show us what it means to be spirit-filled people, allowing The Holy Spirit into every part of our lives.
The Soil of Awakening
Jul 30, 2018 • 39 min
Pastor Keith and Pastor Derrick remind us what it means to be people with “plowable hearts,” referencing the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13.
A People After God’s Own Heart
Jul 22, 2018 • 47 min
Pastor Derrick and Pastor Keith revisit our 2006 message series in which we studied the life of King David, to learn from his journey with God what it means to “be a people after God’s own heart.”
In Loving Color
Jul 15, 2018 • 53 min
Our Core Value #4, Unity in Diversity, says: “Because God unites us in the essentials, we can celebrate our diversity in the non-essentials … promoting a diversity of spiritual gifts, and racial, social and spiritual backgrounds.” This is Us – united i…
A Generous People
Jul 8, 2018 • 49 min
When we connect to notions of giving and helping, it is because we are made in the image of God. He is a giver and His nature echoes in our souls.
The Supremacy of Christ
Jul 1, 2018 • 46 min
Pastor Keith and Pastor Derrick revisit our corporate “theme” for the year 2013, when we focused our attention on the five-fold work of Christ: Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension and Return. This captures the heart of our faith as a chur…
He Is Enough
Jun 24, 2018 • 38 min
Pastor Keith digs into Jeremiah 2:5-13, another passage that God has used often to speak to the CCC body over the years. The message always: Trust in God as our one true source of life.
The River of Life
Jun 17, 2018 • 38 min
Pastor Keith revisits Ezekiel 47:1-12, the passage that has provided the foundation of Christ Community’s ministry since its early existence, and Pastor Derrick challenges us with this question: Are we willing to not only step into the River, but to go…
Outwardly Focused
Jun 10, 2018 • 38 min
Pastor Derrick explains Christ Community’s heart for outwardly focused love over our 20-year history, and with the help of outreach director Pam Bone, details how we can put our faith into action this summer.
Our Journey of Faith
Jun 3, 2018 • 40 min
In this new message series, titled “This Is Us” and co-taught by Keith and Derrick, we’ll look back over the past 20 years, talk about defining moments and be reminded of things God has lead us to/through that have helped shaped who we are as a communi…
Religion Rules Over Science
May 27, 2018 • 49 min
Does religion negate the findings of science? Or vice versa? Watch as Pastor Derrick explores this intriguing topic, the one that earned the most votes in our poll to determine the final installment of our #FakeNews series.
Promise of Prosperity
May 20, 2018 • 49 min
At its worst, the prosperity gospel is a fraud. Even at its best, it’s still a twisted Christian principle that puts us at the center of the universe and reduces God to a “genie in a bottle” kind of god. Pastor Keith sets the record straight in the lat…
Just a Sinner Saved by Grace
May 13, 2018 • 37 min
Pastor Nick Cash addresses the misconception that Christ-followers are “just” sinners saved by grace. As we grow in our relationship with Him, we are much, much more.
No More Suffering
May 6, 2018 • 52 min
Jesus told us to expect trouble in this world, refuting any misconceptions to the contrary that would follow. Certainly we suffer, but God is with us - and has purpose - in it.
The Devil Made Me Do It
Apr 29, 2018 • 37 min
Although it’s convenient and sometimes humorous to say “the devil made me do it,” it is an outright lie. The devil does not make us do anything. We are born with sin – you can see this by simply watching a 2-year old. We don’t have to be taught to be m…
Waiting on Heaven
Apr 22, 2018 • 31 min
Pastor Nick Cash discusses the misconception that eternal life begins only when a Christ follower’s time on earth ends.
Love Is Acceptance
Apr 15, 2018 • 50 min
Pastor Derrick Shields addresses the notion that associating with and loving someone is equivalent to affirming sin in their life.
Judge Not
Apr 8, 2018 • 40 min
What does the Bible really say about judgment and when we should or shouldn’t engage in it? Pastor Keith looks at a pair of key passages from Jesus and Paul on the topic.
Rediscovering the Resurrection
Apr 1, 2018 • 41 min
Pastor Keith Cowart walks us through God’s redemptive work, beginning at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, and taking us through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
The Glory of God
Mar 25, 2018 • 27 min
Our magnificent Creator is a missionary God. He is ever in pursuit of His mission – to fill all the earth with His glory! This is not some arrogant display; it is actually for us. We see this when we truly understand His glory.
Divine Appointments
Mar 18, 2018 • 53 min
This week our Harvest series turns to strangers, or “neighbors yet to meet,” which may be a more accurate term. Pastor Keith looks at three biblical harvest stories – three “divine appointments – and shares the stage with one of our members, who has hi…
God Makes It Grow
Mar 11, 2018 • 50 min
Pastor Keith cites Paul’s teaching from the third chapter of 1 Corinthians to illustrate how God has done a work of sowing, watering and developing at Christ Community over the years, preparing the way for a new Lead Pastor to take over later this year.
Being Salt and Light in the Public Square
Mar 4, 2018 • 48 min
Pastor Derrick Shields teaches on how to demonstrate and tell others about our faith in the places where we have the freedom to walk, talk and interact with others - the places where we spend the majority of our time.
Keeping in Step with the Spirit
Feb 25, 2018 • 45 min
Galatians 5:25 says, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit …” Here, in the context of celebrating 20 years of Christ Community Church, Pastor Keith shares how keeping in step with the Spirit sometimes means looking back; a…
Harvest in Action: Family and Friends
Feb 18, 2018 • 39 min
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The Command to Go
Feb 11, 2018 • 40 min
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Fueled by Love
Feb 4, 2018 • 47 min
When Jesus saw people who were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:35), he had compassion on them. He was stirred by love. This is the fuel for harvest as we obey his call to go and share the good news of eternal life in him.
A Proper View of the World
Jan 21, 2018 • 40 min
Our view of the world is critical in the call to Harvest, for how we see the world at large has a huge impact on how we see people.
Harvest and the Glory of God
Jan 14, 2018 • 48 min
Pastor Keith presents a look at Isaiah, who was overcome by the glory of God and subsequently responded to His call to “go” with a response of complete obedience: “Here am I. Send me!”
Vision 2018: Harvest
Jan 7, 2018 • 59 min
Pastor Keith shares his beginning-of-the-year “State of the Church” message and looks ahead to a renewed call on us, as a church and as individuals, to go into Jesus’ harvest field and tell others about Him.
A New Hope
Dec 31, 2017 • 42 min
We are on the cusp of a new year! It’s a fresh start. We are motivated to make changes, to commit to new things, to make a difference in our lives and in the world. Pastor Mike Hofer explores how these ideas, drives and sentiments boil down to one foca…
Arrival: Expectation
Dec 24, 2017 • 43 min
The expectancy we feel at Christmas echoes the longing of our souls for Christ’s return. Pastor Nick Cash’s Christmas Eve message calls us to connect the miracle of the Savior-who-came with His promise to come again in full and final triumph!
Arrival: Response
Dec 17, 2017 • 38 min
In this Advent series, we have considered how we prepare for His arrival, doing so with faith-filled anticipation, and we have pondered the meaning of it all in the story of the shepherds. Today we reflect, through the story of the Magi, on the appropr…
Arrival
Dec 10, 2017 • 36 min
Pastor Mike Hofer leads us through Luke’s account of the Christmas story, which reveals not only the arrival of the Christ child, but also the arrival of the presence and prophecy of God, and the common to the uncommon.
Arrival: Anticipation
Dec 3, 2017 • 37 min
Advent is a season of anticipation. We all are waiting for God to come, for Jesus to be born in our lives. In our story today, Simeon and Anna set great examples for how we can live well in anticipation.
Arrival: Preparation
Nov 26, 2017 • 47 min
We end this year with a focus on Advent, the season of the Christian year in which we celebrate the earthly arrival of Jesus our Savior King. Week 1 of this five-week message series addresses the extensive preparation God the Father made in sending us …
Giving Thanks in Hardship
Nov 19, 2017 • 39 min
1 Thessalonians 5:18 makes clear when we should give thanks: In ALL circumstances. When we do so, even in hardship, we experience God’s presence, which is what we need above all else.
Thankful through Lack
Nov 12, 2017 • 45 min
With a look at all four Gospel accounts of Jesus feeding the five thousand, Nick Cash explores how to be thankful when circumstances suggest otherwise.
A New Way of Seeing and Living
Nov 5, 2017 • 49 min
Over the next three weeks, we will examine three different contexts for thanksgiving: In the ordinary moments of life, in lacking – those moments when it seems there is not enough – and in the hard moments of pain and struggle. Today we explore the fi…
Awakened to Praise
Oct 29, 2017 • 52 min
The final message in our “Acts Awakenings” series focuses on the story of Paul and Silas, who while imprisoned modeled for us the power of praise in the face of adversity. May we take their example to heart.
Awakened to His Indwelling Spirit
Oct 22, 2017 • 53 min
Continuing our Acts study of the Holy Spirit’s awakening moves in and through the early followers of Jesus, we examine here how they were awakened to the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and how we may be awakened to Him as well.
Awakened to Them
Oct 15, 2017 • 51 min
This week’s “Acts Awakenings” message looks at Acts 10, in which Peter comes to realize Gentiles are welcome in God’s Kingdom. Also, Pastor Keith leads us in a powerful expression of commitment to our planned student ministry center.
Awakened to the World
Oct 8, 2017 • 54 min
This week’s message addresses God’s heart for all the world and his grace in involving us in the work of introducing others to him: “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Awakened to Commission
Oct 1, 2017 • 42 min
Youth Pastor Mike Hofer brings this week’s “Acts Awakenings” message from Acts chapter 6, a look at how Jesus commissions and equips us to take His good news to the world.
Awakened to the Supernatural
Sep 24, 2017 • 47 min
Like the Old Testament servant whose eyes were opened and he “saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire,” we are surrounded by the supernatural. Here’s Nick Cash’s insightful teaching on what the supernatural really is and what it means for us …
Awakened to Opposition
Sep 17, 2017 • 27 min
When God’s people cry out, the Holy Spirit moves, the enemy brings opposition, and Kingdom results follow. Opposition, therefore, can actually unleash our strength and impact in the world.
Awakened to Movement
Sep 10, 2017 • 45 min
This week and next week we will explore how the powerful moves of God in the early church were always met with opposition from the world and Satan.
Awakened to Boldness
Sep 3, 2017 • 40 min
We are walking through the Book of Acts to celebrate the many awakening moves of the Holy Spirit in and through the followers of Jesus. This week’s message focuses on the disciples’ dramatic transformation from fearful scattered sheep to bold apostles …
Awakened to Community
Aug 27, 2017 • 30 min
In Acts 2:41-47, Luke tells the story of the Church’s birth. These verses give us a glimpse into the rich, transforming life the early Christ-followers shared as a community. They were not perfect, but God’s Spirit stirred among them in powerful ways, …
Awakened to Church
Aug 20, 2017 • 43 min
This week we look at Acts chapter 2, the account of the Church being born – not a church building or a place, but a community, a people.
Acts Awakenings
Aug 13, 2017 • 44 min
Pastor Keith spends some time addressing the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, then begins a new message series in which we’ll study some of the awakening moves of the Holy Spirit recorded in the Book of Acts.
From Carmel to the Cave
Aug 6, 2017 • 44 min
Elijah experienced God’s presence in a victorious mountaintop moment - and in a lonely, dark time as well. As we learn from these stories in 1 Kings, God is with His people wherever they go.
Can These Bones Live?
Jul 30, 2017 • 55 min
Teaching from Ezekiel 37, Mike Hofer points to the power of the Holy Spirit to bring dead things to life and leave no doubt about the only one who is so able: “‘Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it,’ declares the Lord.”
Against All Odds
Jul 23, 2017 • 55 min
God’s Word, though it was written in ancient times, always has applications today. This week’s teaching is on Deborah, a story of obedience from the book of Judges – and an example of the kind of obedient heart God seeks when He calls us to do someth…
A Love Story
Jul 16, 2017 • 43 min
In this Old Testament story of sibling rivalry, Leah was frequently mistreated by those around her, but God made it clear He saw her and loved her.
Samson - Lessons Learned
Jul 9, 2017 • 49 min
Samson is well-known for his physical strength. But the story of this intriguing Old Testament figure offers plenty of spiritual lessons, including this: It’s never too late to cry out to God.
Dance Like No One Is Watching, But Live Like Everyone is Looking
Jul 2, 2017 • 50 min
Student Ministries Pastor Mike Hofer draws from the book of Ruth for this challenging message on how Christ-followers should live as an unbelieving world looks on.
Prepare for the Amazing!
Jun 25, 2017 • 39 min
Continuing our Retro Faith summer series on Old Testament figures, Pastor of Leadership Development Kelli Wommack shares four important lessons we can glean from Joshua and his journey of faith.
Three Crises of Faith
Jun 18, 2017 • 38 min
There are plenty of lessons for all of us in the story of Abraham, a man who “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).
His Love Has Everything To Do with It
Jun 11, 2017 • 45 min
Our summer “Retro Faith” series begins with a look at Hosea and Gomer, a real-life representation of God’s pursuit and redeeming love of His people.
Spirit-Filled Witnesses
Jun 4, 2017 • 33 min
As we continue to hear the Lord and respond to His awakening, there is a clear call to look outward. Awakening is never just for our sakes alone; the Holy Spirit’s stirring always leads us into the world to take His gospel and grace to the lost and bro…
The Body of Christ
May 28, 2017 • 40 min
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink…
Jae’s Journey of Awakening
May 21, 2017 • 51 min
Worship pastor Jae Lesley shares his testimony of hearing and obeying God’s call to leave Columbus and plant a church in Angel Fire, New Mexico.
The Soil of Awakening
May 14, 2017 • 36 min
God is still calling us to awakening – to a new surrender to His Spirit, to a deeper yearning for His fullness, to a fresh vision for His kingdom to “come” among us and through us. We have had several expressions and images of this awakening: wind, fir…
The Spirit-Filled Life, Part 2
May 7, 2017 • 50 min
Many Christians stop at salvation, only allowing Holy Spirit into “the back room” of their lives. They are basically choosing to manage their soul themselves, but this is not the abundant life God intends for us. We were created to be in full surrender…
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Apr 30, 2017 • 32 min
Guest speaker Mark Nyeswander connected CCC’s foundational text – Ezekiel 47, that powerful representation of the transforming life of God as a river – to Jesus’ statement that “Whoever believes in me … out of his inmost being will flow rivers of livin…
The Spirit-Filled Life, Part 1
Apr 23, 2017 • 59 min
Now that we have finished our Growing in Wholeness series, we look to the One who is central to our wholeness, the One Jesus told us he would send to “be with us forever – the Spirit of truth.” We will spend the next month or so exploring and celebrati…
Resurrection Sunday
Apr 16, 2017 • 36 min
“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been …
Walking in Wholeness
Apr 9, 2017 • 54 min
Our Growing in Wholeness series concludes with the message that wholeness is an ongoing journey – revelations, insights, releases and healings bring joyous breakthroughs, but these are not the end; we must continue to walk out our faith.
Dealing with Spiritual Warfare
Apr 2, 2017 • 59 min
Prior to this week’s message, worship pastor Jae Lesley and his wife, Kaci, shared about God’s call on them to plant a church in New Mexico. Pastor Keith’s sermon focuses on the need to be aware and alert, for the devil “roams about like a roaring lion…
Dealing with the Power of Agreements
Mar 26, 2017 • 51 min
This message is closely related to last week’s message about lies and deceptions. If we come to accept the lies and distortions of our enemy or the world, we often take the next enslaving step of making agreements or even vows that align our minds and …
Dealing with the Damage of Deception
Mar 19, 2017 • 52 min
Deception is at the very heart of Satan’s strategy to “steal, kill, and destroy.” So much of our brokenness is rooted in deception, but God wants to free us from these lies – this is an essential part of our growing in wholeness.
Dealing with the Effects of Suffering
Mar 12, 2017 • 51 min
Nobody likes suffering (and rightly so), but it is an inescapable part of life. So how do we deal with it? Here Pastor Keith discusses how God can strengthen us to walk through suffering, and how we can bear with it in a way that does not lead to broke…
Dealing with Generational Sins: Family Affairs
Mar 5, 2017 • 46 min
We have examined our own sin, and the need to forgive the sins of others against us. Now we shift to “generational sins” – the brokenness in our family tree that produces patterns of dysfunction and unhealthy behavior.
Dealing with the Sins of Others: How to Forgive
Feb 26, 2017 • 43 min
Forgiveness is one of the essential aspects of wholeness. Last week we explored why we need to forgive. This week we will examine what forgiveness really is and how to forgive.
Dealing with the Sins of Others: Why Forgive?
Feb 19, 2017 • 49 min
This week we begin with the changed-life testimony of one of our missionaries, Chance Galloway, then continue our Growing in Wholeness series with a look at the brokenness that results from the sins of others against us.
Dealing with Habitual Sin
Feb 12, 2017 • 56 min
Growing in wholeness begins with understanding the nature of sin, for all brokenness is rooted in sin. We began last week with an honest look at our own sin; the focus today is on habitual sin in our lives.
Dealing with my Own Sin
Feb 5, 2017 • 44 min
We can be quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our condition. While it’s true that people or circumstances may have played a role, it is essential to understand that our own sin is our most fundamental problem. We are 100 percent resp…
Salvation as Wholeness
Jan 29, 2017 • 51 min
Salvation is much more than a ticket for getting into heaven after we die. The fullness of salvation is captured in the Greek word sozo – “to save, deliver and make whole.” In other words, salvation and wholeness are inextricably connected.
We Are All Broken
Jan 22, 2017 • 67 min
Paul wrote that we have the treasure of God’s redeeming grace in “jars of clay.” We are earthen, fragile, broken vessels, but many of us ignore or hide this truth. God wants wholeness for us, and that begins with acknowledging our brokenness and bringi…
The Aftermath of a Call to Awaken
Jan 15, 2017 • 41 min
In the wake of our January 8-11 “Call the Awaken” gatherings, Pastor Keith challenges us to keep pursuing God and trust Him for “more than we can ask or imagine.”
The Fruit of Awakening
Jan 8, 2017 • 57 min
Pastor Keith’s first message of 2017 includes a discussion of the call to spiritual awakening that God has placed on us, and a significant announcement regarding leadership at CCC and in our denomination, the Free Methodist Church.
The Opposite of Love
Jan 1, 2017 • 47 min
Student Ministries Pastor Mike Hofer brings a New Year’s Day message on love and apathy, and a challenge to choose the former over the latter.
Simeon’s Song - Hope
Dec 25, 2016 • 34 min
Pastor Keith teaches from Luke 2:25-35, in which the righteous and devout Simeon “took [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, …
Mary’s Song - Magnificat
Dec 18, 2016 • 46 min
Teaching on Luke 1:48-55, Pastor Derrick Shields explores Mary’s journey from uneasy expectant mother to exultant worshipper.
The Angels’ Song - Gloria In Excelsis
Dec 11, 2016 • 50 min
This week Pastor Derrick Shields leads us through Luke’s story of the angels and the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth.
Finance Team Report
Dec 4, 2016 • 43 min
The week we break from our Advent series for an honest discussion of our financial needs and 2017 budget.
Zechariah’s Song - Benedictus, a Song of Faith
Nov 27, 2016 • 52 min
Before Jesus could come to earth in human form, John the Baptist had to prepare the way. Thus John and his father, Zechariah, are an integral part of the Christmas story, and Zechariah’s words as recorded in Luke 1:67-79 are a spirit-filled song of pra…
The Rest of the Story
Nov 20, 2016 • 35 min
We close our “Give Them Jesus” series, a nearly year-long walk through the Gospel of John, with this look into chapter 21, in which God moved on John’s heart to tell the story of Peter’s restoration from his denial failure.
I Have Seen the Lord
Nov 13, 2016 • 45 min
In last week’s message, we walked through the agony of the cross, the horror of sin, the depth of our lostness. This week we look at John 20:1-18 and celebrate! The resurrection changes everything – He is risen; He is risen indeed!
It Is Finished
Nov 6, 2016 • 45 min
Examining the cross in the context of our year-long study of John gives it even fuller meaning. Here Pastor Keith explores the significance of the crucifixion based on the apostle’s brief but rich account.
The Trial
Oct 30, 2016 • 34 min
Continuing our study of John, we reach a significant turning point in the story: The betrayal, arrest and trial of Jesus.
When Jesus Prayed for You
Oct 23, 2016 • 51 min
Pastor Keith teaches on what Jesus prayed for His followers, and what it means, as John recorded it in the 17th chapter of his gospel account.
Report from Iraq
Oct 16, 2016 • 41 min
Pastor Keith shares a report from his recent trip to Iraq and describes some powerful ways God is moving in that part of the world.
Oil and the Holy Spirit
Oct 9, 2016 • 52 min
Guest speaker Norman Dunlap, teaching from John chapters 14, 15 and 16, offers a unique and vivid perspective on the Holy Spirit through a comparison with various forms of oil.
I Will Not Leave You
Oct 2, 2016 • 46 min
Persecution generally is not a favorite topic of discussion, but clearly Jesus felt it was important to inform and prepare his disciples for the reality that “the world” will hate them when they (truly) follow him. Pastor Keith teaches here on what p…
Spiritual Warfare
Sep 25, 2016 • 40 min
The world is broken and evil is rampant in it. The devil and his servants are wreaking havoc. The horrible events of hatred, violence, and death are more than the effects of “radicalized” people; there are demonic forces fueling such thoughts, action…
The Fruit of Abiding
Sep 18, 2016 • 46 min
These weeks, we have been with Jesus and his disciples in the “upper room. In this John 15 passage, Jesus shifts his teaching to the most profound analogy of our life as followers of Jesus: The Vine and the Branches.
The Cure for a Troubled Heart
Sep 11, 2016 • 45 min
Pastor Keith shares a followup report on our June 19 “family meeting,” then teaches from John 14, in which Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Even today, on the 15th anniversary of America’s darkest hour, our Lord’s words ring true.
I Will Not Leave You
Sep 4, 2016 • 45 min
As Jesus discussed His impending departure, He promised His disciples they would never be left alone – the Holy Spirit would come and be their counselor, comforter and much, much more.
Judas and Peter
Aug 28, 2016 • 50 min
New student pastor Mike Hofer shares his testimony. It’s a powerful story of God’s grace and a fitting lead-in to Pastor Keith’s message on two notable disciples of Jesus, one of whom also found grace when he thought all was lost.
The Full Measure of His Love
Aug 21, 2016 • 46 min
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a ba…
The Hour Has Come
Aug 14, 2016 • 42 min
In this discussion of John chapter 12, Pastor Keith discusses the meaning and implications of dying to self. There is a cost, but when we do so, we are most alive and free to be who God made us to be.
The Triumphal Entry
Aug 7, 2016 • 33 min
We could examine this familiar Palm Sunday story from many different angles: Jesus as king, for example, or the nature of worship, but in this message Pastor Keith explores it from the angle of the donkey and its owners.
The Anointing at Bethany
Jul 31, 2016 • 42 min
A look at Mary’s humble, love-fueled, extravagant act of worship of Jesus during a dinner given in his honor following her brother Lazarus’s resurrection.
The Good Shepherd
Jul 24, 2016 • 38 min
Last week we discovered how Jesus is the one true shepherd who gives us freedom and “life to the full.” But we will only follow one we trust, and Jesus is not only the true shepherd, he is also the trustworthy, good shepherd.
The True Shepherd
Jul 17, 2016 • 32 min
Jesus is ever trying to reveal to the people who he is. In John 10:1-10, he uses a familiar analogy: sheep and shepherds, appealing to a profession that was central to the economy and life of the people of that region.
On Blindness and Sight
Jul 10, 2016 • 49 min
This morning’s message time was comprised of two parts: A period of corporate and small-group prayer for America and teaching on chapter 9 of John, the story of Jesus’ healing of a man blind since birth.
Faithfully Serving Jesus, Right Where You Are
Jul 3, 2016 • 56 min
CCC members Dianna and Nick Cash talk about their work on the m/v Africa Mercy and how God calls each of us to be a missionary wherever we live.
Free Indeed
Jun 26, 2016 • 47 min
Jesus came to set us free. In Him, we are freed from sin and freed to righteousness; freed from our flesh and freed to His Spirit; freed from the things that bring destruction and freed to the things that give life. Listen as Pastor Keith teaches on Jo…
God Our Father
Jun 19, 2016 • 26 min
On Father’s Day, we continued our study of John chapter 8 with a look at Jesus’ relationship with His heavenly father.
The Light of the World
Jun 12, 2016 • 58 min
After a testimony from Jonathan and Jessica Taylor, leaders of our Phenix City campus, we look at Jesus’ second “I Am” statement as recorded in John’s Gospel: “I am the light of the world.” This metaphor for Jesus is meaningful at face value, but it is…
Neither Do I Condemn You
Jun 5, 2016 • 46 min
These words to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) are the powerful message of a gospel that shatters the darkness of sin, Satan and death. Jesus offers redemption, hope, and eternal life to all.
What Will You Do With Jesus?
Jun 1, 2016 • 41 min
C.S. Lewis said Jesus either “was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” This week, a look at John 6:53-70 and a question each of us must consider when following Jesus gets tough.
Look Beyond the Signs
May 22, 2016 • 43 min
To understand the deeper meaning behind Jesus’ feeding 5,000, as recounted by John in chapter 6, verses 1-15, we need to also read verses 25-40. The people come to him seeking more “signs,” but Jesus beckons them to look beyond the signs to the One beh…
The Truth, the Whole Truth, Nothing but the Truth
May 15, 2016 • 32 min
Pastor Derrick Shields teaches from John 5:16-47, with a look at four witnesses that testify to Jesus’ authenticity and authority.
A Conversation with Dr. John Perkins
May 8, 2016 • 50 min
Dr. John M. Perkins’ book “Let Justice Roll Down” planted the seed for what would become one of CCC’s core values, Unity in Diversity. Dr. Perkins himself spoke at CCC’s May 6-7 Converge 2:14 conference and returned the next day for this Sunday convers…
A Tale of Two Miracles
May 1, 2016 • 44 min
Today we look at two healings. John is intentional in putting these two stories together – their contrasts reveal important truth and also, in each encounter, Jesus speaks something surprising, almost troubling – until we look more closely.
Worship Our Father Seeks
Apr 17, 2016 • 44 min
Continuing on last week’s teaching from John 4, Pastor Keith presents an in-depth look at verses 21-24, Jesus’ explanation of worship as something done both “in spirit and in truth.”
Living Water for a Thirsty Soul
Apr 10, 2016 • 47 min
This week’s teaching is from John 4:3-42, the story of “the woman at the well,” to whom Jesus revealed Himself, the living water of heaven that quenches the longing thirst of the human soul.
Nicodemus
Apr 3, 2016 • 44 min
In Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, the curious Pharisee who came to visit Him by night, we find the familiar words of John 3:16 and a challenge to each of us to know Him - some for the first time, others in a deeper way than ever before.
A Resurrection Story
Mar 29, 2016 • 37 min
The resurrection story of Lazarus highlights the cosmic resurrection story of Jesus. In the Lazarus story, Jesus declares that He is the resurrection and the life (and his raising of Lazarus validates this claim); in the Easter resurrection story, He a…
The Miracle at Cana
Mar 13, 2016 • 31 min
As we continue in The Gospel of John, today we examine Jesus’ first recorded miracle, at a wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11).
Come and See
Mar 6, 2016 • 40 min
We continue our study of the Gospel of John with a look at John 1:35-51 and Jesus’ call of his first disciples, which affords us a great model for discipleship.
John the Witness
Feb 28, 2016 • 38 min
Continuing our study of the Gospel of John, we examine John “the Baptist.” While this John got his nickname because he baptized people, his true role was to “prepare the way of the Lord,” to bear witness to Jesus the Messiah. More accurately he could b…
The Word Became Flesh
Feb 21, 2016 • 39 min
Of the four gospels, John’s is the most unique – he goes beyond what happened to delve more into the meaning of things Jesus said and did. Here Pastor Keith introduces a new series on John with a look at the first 14 verses, which serve as a prologue f…
Live: Empowered Witnesses in our World
Feb 14, 2016 • 48 min
Pastor Keith wraps up our “River of Life” review with this look at the fifth point LIVE. As “empowered witnesses in our world,” we are called to live out Jesus’ Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the …
Where the River Flows
Feb 7, 2016 • 39 min
Pastor Derrick Shields teaches on Ezekiel 47:1-12, which includes our “River of Life” theme verse, “Where the river flows, everything will live” (v. 9).
Serve: Generous Stewards of God’s Gifts
Jan 31, 2016 • 50 min
The greatest pull on us toward institutionalization is that we would become passive consumers of spiritual provisions, coming to simply be fed and nurtured personally. Instead, God calls us to be actively engaged in the life and mission of His kingdom …
Connect: Deeply Devoted Brothers and Sisters
Jan 24, 2016 • 40 min
This week’s message focuses on the third point in our “River of Life,” Connect, with a look at the community of faith portrayed in Acts 2:42-47.
Grow: Ever-Maturing Followers of Christ
Jan 17, 2016 • 42 min
This week we look at the second point in our “River of Life” strategy, Grow. Here Pastor Keith calls us to a renewed commitment to discipleship.
Worship: Passionate Lovers of God
Jan 10, 2016 • 47 min
We are beginning this new year by renewing our vision for the basics of who God has called us to be as a church. Today we focus on the first point in our “River of Life” strategy, worship.
Vision 2016
Jan 3, 2016 • 54 min
As we begin a new year, the tendency is to think forward, but effective change begins with looking backward. This is the posture we want to begin with as a church – examining our past to see if we have shifted off course in any unhealthy ways.
Roots of Faith
Dec 27, 2015 • 45 min
In his last act as CCC’s Administrative Pastor, Brad Wilcox shares his journey through full-time ministry and challenges us to be like the believer described in Jeremiah 17:7-8 - “the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him … [who will…
Glory, Majesty and Humility
Dec 20, 2015 • 41 min
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them …” Pastor Keith discusses what it means to speak of God’s glory.
Favored for a Purpose
Dec 13, 2015 • 44 min
This week Pastor of Leadership Development Kelli Wommack teaches from Luke 1:26-49. Here Mary is called “highly favored,” and today, we who follow Christ likewise are favored. In light of that truth, what is God calling each of us to do?
Emmanuel, God with Us
Dec 6, 2015 • 18 min
Jesus came to show us what God the Father is like and how we are meant to live. In this abbreviated message (which followed a presentation of CCC’s 2016 budget), Pastor Keith speaks on the central truth, practice, mission and motive of Jesus, Emmanuel,…
He Is Near
Nov 29, 2015 • 37 min
As we begin the Advent season, Pastor Derrick offers an insightful look into the story of Elizabeth, Zechariah and the birth of a son - a story that only God could have written.
Hebrews - How Do We Worship Him?
Nov 22, 2015 • 27 min
The pastor concludes his inspiring sermon to his small, remote congregation by elaborating on his declaration at the end of chapter 12, “ … and so worship God with reverence and awe.” How do we practically do this? It goes well beyond Sunday services a…
Hebrews: Can You See What We Have?
Nov 15, 2015 • 33 min
This message focuses on the latter part of Hebrews 12, in which we are assured of “a kingdom that cannot be shaken” and exhorted to stand in awe of God, “a consuming fire.”
Hebrews: Finish the Drill
Nov 8, 2015 • 41 min
This week we look at chapter 12 of Hebrews, which presents the analogy of life as a race, exhorts the readers to run it well, and explains the reality of God’s discipline as a benefit for His people.
Hebrews: The Fruit of Faith
Nov 1, 2015 • 49 min
Faith is not neat and tidy; it presents a number of quandaries, which we look at here as we continue examining chapter 11 of Hebrews.
Hebrews: The Nature of Faith
Oct 25, 2015 • 42 min
The new covenant of grace through Jesus, our great High Priest, is worth their holding onto, even in the face of hardship and persecution. How do we hold on? By faith. This week we will examine what that means, as taught in Hebrews 11:1-19.
Hebrews: The Power to Persevere
Oct 18, 2015 • 49 min
To this point, the Hebrews writer has been working to convince his audience of the superior covenant of grace through the finished work of Jesus. Now, beginning in verse 19 of chapter 10, he shifts to what their response should be, moving from argument…
Hebrews: A Finished Work
Oct 11, 2015 • 44 min
Hebrews 9:24-26 and 10:5-14 contain two key themes: “Once for All” and “One Sacrifice.” Jesus’ perfect, freely offered sacrifice was for all time – backward and forward – and for anyone who will believe. There is nothing more to be done, nothing that c…
Mission Sunday: The State of Our World
Oct 4, 2015 • 26 min
Today’s worship services focused on local and world missions, with a special guest speaker from an organization that takes the Gospel to some of the world’s most unreached places and people groups. For security reasons, his name cannot be shared here.
Hebrews: A Superior Sacrifice
Sep 27, 2015 • 36 min
Chapters 8-10 of Hebrews express the superior priesthood of Jesus: A superior covenant, a superior sacrifice and a finished work. In this message, Pastor Keith leads us in a detailed examination of the superior sacrifice, as discussed by the writer in …
Hebrews: A Superior Covenant
Sep 20, 2015 • 50 min
With our summer series completed, we now return to our study of Hebrews. We pick up with chapter 8, in which the author expresses the superior priesthood (i.e., ministry) of Jesus: A superior covenant, a superior sacrifice and a finished work.
A Place to Stand in Turbulent Times
Sep 13, 2015 • 46 min
Our Culture Wars series has convicted, challenged and, at times, stirred discomfort. But these messages also have generated hope and expectation, for our God is alive and active. As we conclude the series, we must continue to live out His gospel and ki…
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Come to the Table
Sep 6, 2015 • 52 min
A great way to engage in honest, caring, face-to-face conversations about difficult issues is to do so over a meal. Here Pastor Derrick discusses Biblical examples of what it means to “come to the table.”
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Race and Racism, Part 2
Aug 30, 2015 • 46 min
In this message our two lead pastors – one white, one black – sat together before us as brothers, engaged in honest, loving dialogue as they shared their hearts and stories around the hot-button topic of race and racism.
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Race and Racism, Part 1
Aug 23, 2015 • 53 min
Race relations continues to be a significant issue in our culture. Today’s message is a roundtable discusssion between Pastor Keith, and Brel and Meylon Clark. Their dialogue sheds fresh light on the challenges and opportunities of living out our “unit…
Rising Above the Culture Wars: A Holy Nation
Aug 16, 2015 • 47 min
God calls us to go beyond simply declaring His truth to actually living His ways. He calls us to be a holy people – to be different from the world. Our goal is not to get people to adopt our Christian values (right and good as they are), but rather to …
Rising Above the Culture Wars - Immigration
Aug 9, 2015 • 42 min
Immigration is another hot-button topic among politicians and in the media. Rather than letting our political leanings color our viewpoints, let us consider how God’s Word speaks into this issue, and how it should guide our response.
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage
Aug 2, 2015 • 51 min
Pastor Keith presents a frank discussion of homosexuality, including arguments for it (both outside and inside the Church), what the Bible says about it, and how Christians can cut through the angry rhetoric while standing firm and showing the love of …
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Human Sexuality
Jul 26, 2015 • 42 min
Homosexuality and same-sex marriage are much-discussed topics in the “culture wars,” and we will address them in next week’s message. But first we must deal with the broader area of sexual sin. Here, Pastor Keith discusses God’s purposes in human sexua…
What God is up to in His World
Jul 19, 2015 • 49 min
God has called us to think beyond ourselves and invest our resources and even our people to advance His kingdom to the “uttermost parts of the earth.” Today we break from our Culture Wars series to hear reports from several missionaries serving in Indi…
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Every Life Matters
Jul 12, 2015 • 49 min
For more than four decades, a woman’s right to an abortion has been both the law of the land and a deeply divisive cultural issue. How are we as Christians to respond to this issue while shining the truth and light of Christ into the world?
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Free Indeed
Jul 5, 2015 • 43 min
On Independence Day Weekend, we addressed not a specific cultural concern, but a principle that underpins and drives all of the issues we will be looking at over the next several weeks. At the heart of every cultural debate we find the word “freedom.” …
Rising Above the Culture Wars: Political Polarization
Jun 28, 2015 • 37 min
What is the Church’s role, and the Christian’s role, in politics? What is my role? And have I been more influenced in my beliefs and views by my party than by the word of God? Pastor Keith looks at these and other challenging questions as we continue o…
Wee Little Man
Jun 21, 2015 • 48 min
Guest speaker Norman Dunlap delivers a fresh and unique telling of Zacchaeus’ life-changing encounter with Jesus in Luke 19:1-10.
Rising Above the Culture Wars
Jun 14, 2015 • 52 min
In this summer series, we will look at the “culture wars” and how to find the conviction and courage to truly be the people God intends us to be in the midst of it all – people who shine the truth and love of His kingdom in our world, in a way that dra…
Cleansing the Temple
Jun 7, 2015 • 46 min
Each of Jesus’ followers is a temple for the Holy Spirit and is thus commanded to honor the Lord with his or her body. Here Pastor Derrick discusses how to keep this holy temple cleansed from things that would rob us of life, joy and fruitfulness.
The Crisis of Belief
May 31, 2015 • 49 min
In a crisis of belief, our tendency is to focus on the crisis more than the belief. God, however, wants us to focus on Him – His presence, love and goodness, no matter what our circumstances.
Hebrews: A Superior Priesthood
May 24, 2015 • 49 min
This week’s message focuses on the reference to Jesus as a “high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrew 6:20). Here we see how the Lord is both like and superior to this curious Old Testament character.
Hebrews: An Anchor for Your Soul
May 17, 2015 • 44 min
This week we look into Hebrews chapter 6, in which the pastor continues his loving charge to his distant flock to grow up and mature in the faith, lest they slip into the danger of falling away from Jesus and His gospel.
Hebrews: Grow Up!
May 10, 2015 • 39 min
God desires us to know Him ever more deeply, and He wants to lead us into greater fullness of His kingdom and purpose … but He can only give such as we have capacity to receive it. Continuing our study of Hebrews, this week we look at the writer/pastor…
Hebrews: Jesus, Our Great High Priest
May 3, 2015 • 50 min
This week we looked at Hebrews 4:14-5:10, in which the writer/pastor encourages his audience – including us today – that Jesus is trustworthy because He is the great and perfect high priest who intercedes on His people’s behalf.
Hebrews: Entering into His Rest
Apr 26, 2015 • 47 min
This week we look at Hebrews 4:1-13, in which the writer now turns to the idea of God’s “rest,” representative of our eternal destiny in heaven. He draws on two analogies as he discusses this gift worth persevering for: The rest of the Promised Land (r…
Hebrews: Jesus - Believe in Him!
Apr 22, 2015 • 39 min
The writer of Hebrews emphasized to his audience the importance of responding to God’s call without delay - an urgency that is just as relevant in our own lives today.
Hebrews: Jesus, Our Champion and Brother
Apr 12, 2015 • 48 min
The words of the Hebrews writer/pastor give us a profound summary of the glorious (mysterious) dual nature of Jesus. He was both fully God and fully man. Chapter 1 accented His divinity; now chapter 2 emphasizes His humanity.
Hebrews: So Great a Salvation
Apr 5, 2015 • 34 min
On Resurrection Sunday, we focused in joyous worship on Jesus, our glorious Savior and King, and continued our study of Hebrews, which reminds us of Jesus’ superiority over all created beings.
Hebrews: The Incomparable Christ
Mar 29, 2015 • 43 min
Jesus Christ: Creator, sustainer and heir of all things … radiance of God’s glory … the exact representation of God … and so much more – this is the picture of our Lord painted by the writer of Hebrews in the opening verses of Hebrews. What beautiful w…
Hebrews: The God Who Speaks
Mar 22, 2015 • 44 min
This week Pastor Keith introduces a new series on the book of Hebrews with a look at how God has made Himself known to us through His Son, and how we are called to make Christ known to those around us in word and dee
The Story of Esther: Celebrate!
Mar 8, 2015 • 44 min
As we conclude our study of Esther, we focus on Purim, a feast of remembrance, and consider how we can remember and celebrate the faithfulness of God in our own lives
The Story of Esther: The God Behind the Seen
Mar 1, 2015 • 42 min
All of the seeming coincidences that lead to the deliverance of the Hebrew people in Esther reveal the hand of God quietly at work behind what we can see. Through God’s prevenient grace, in times of suffering and even in the ordinary, we too can experi…
The Story of Esther: Esther Re-Imagined
Feb 22, 2015 • 36 min
On this day, our study of Esther merged with “Freedom Sunday,” a focused look at God’s heart to end modern-day slavery. Guest speaker Kevin Austin of the Free Methodist Church’s Set Free Movement pointed us to ways that we, like Esther in her time, can…
The Story of Esther: Esther’s Dilemma, and Ours
Feb 15, 2015 • 42 min
This week we look at Mordecai’s request to Esther, and the difficult question she must face: What would be worth dying for? As Christians, it’s a question, we should consider as well.
The Story of Esther: Who Are You Listening To?
Feb 8, 2015 • 37 min
A pervasive element in the story of Esther is the influences of others. Many offer advice about courses of action – some good, but most not so good. Similarly, many voices speak to us today, and we must be discerning about which ones we should heed.
The Story of Esther: There’s Always a Back Story
Feb 1, 2015 • 34 min
As we walk through the book of Esther, we are focusing on broad themes revealed in this story. Today’s focus is on the “back story” behind the immediate events, not only of this story, but of any story – including yours.
The Story of Esther: Change Afoot
Jan 25, 2015 • 32 min
This message focuses on the dramatic change depicted in the book of Esther, and encourages us to consider how we can deal with the rapid changes we see in culture, as well as change in our personal lives.
The Story of Esther
Jan 18, 2015 • 37 min
We begin digging into our “For Such a Time as Now” theme with a study of the book of Esther. Today, Pastor Keith simply tells the story – a story of courage, devotion and redemption.
For Such a Time as Now
Jan 11, 2015 • 40 min
Our teaching theme for 2015 is rooted in a call to have a sense of urgency, be attentive and be obedient. Here Pastor Keith introduces the theme and shares some steps we can take to be God’s people “for such a time as now.”
What’s Your Spiritual Temperature?
Jan 4, 2015 • 40 min
God has built rhythms into the very fabric of creation – day and night, monthly cycles, seasons, years. These give us natural opportunities to reflect, evaluate, re-focus and envision and this message encourages us to take time for these meaningful con…
The Word Became Flesh
Dec 28, 2014 • 42 min
Christmas has come and gone, but the story is not over. As John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14), and today Jesus, the Word, is still with us.
You Will Have Joy!
Dec 21, 2014 • 49 min
CCC missionaries Keri and Britton Robbins shared the miraculous story of their infant son, Phinehas, a fitting lead-in to Pastor Derrick’s encouraging message on the promise of Advent - you WILL have joy!
How Long, Oh Lord?
Dec 14, 2014 • 24 min
Advent teaches us about waiting with faith and hope. We do so because the One we wait for is faithful. The joyous truth of Advent transforms our groaning “How long O Lord?” into a hopeful “Come Lord Jesus!”
Come, Lord Jesus
Dec 7, 2014 • 47 min
Pastor Derrick teaches on Isaiah’s prophesy that “a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1) – a prophesy that was fulfilled when Jesus “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
The Story of God
Nov 30, 2014 • 41 min
Free Methodist Bishop David Roller eloquently recounts God’s magnificent story, from before His creation of all things to the entrance of His Son into human history.
Abounding in the Marketplace
Nov 23, 2014 • 45 min
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as unto the Lord …” This week’s message explored how we can do this and be “salt and light” in our places of work and other secular spheres of influence.
Abounding in Our Family Lives
Nov 16, 2014 • 54 min
Pastor Keith teaches from Deuteronomy 6 as we look at ways to create and maintain a Godly household and family life.
Abounding in Our Personal Life
Nov 9, 2014 • 50 min
The concept of abounding in good works has many personal applications. But before we can truly abound, we must have a proper understanding of who God, our kind and compassionate Father, is and how He sees us, His beloved children.
When Your Back’s Against the Sea
Nov 2, 2014 • 25 min
On the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we lifted up our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and North Africa, and Pastor Keith taught on how to stand in faith as we face of trials in our own lives.
Walking by Faith
Oct 26, 2014 • 56 min
Indian missionary John Gollapalli taught from 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-10 on the facets of faith that comprise our calling and hope.
Intentional Outreach
Oct 19, 2014 • 49 min
In today’s special worship service, part of our day-long GO Mission Conference, Pastor Derrick teaches on our final core value, Intentional Outreach: “Because God loves lost people, we love lost people.”
Wholehearted Service
Oct 12, 2014 • 48 min
Pastor Keith teaches on our core value of Wholehearted Service, which says: Because God is worthy, we give Him the best of what He has given us.
Environment of Grace
Oct 5, 2014 • 49 min
This week we looked at our core value of “Environment of Grace:” Because God accepts us and wants to make us whole, we freely extend His grace to everyone.
Unity in Diversity
Sep 28, 2014 • 56 min
This CCC core value means we are committed to maintaining a shared loyalty to Jesus Christ while promoting a diversity of spiritual gifts and racial, social and spiritual backgrounds.
Authentic Relationships
Sep 21, 2014 • 42 min
Pastor Derrick continues our series on CCC core values by teaching on the invitation of community to come into the light, where we are vulnerable, yet where healing can happen.
Passionate Spirituality
Sep 14, 2014 • 47 min
Pastor Keith reminds us of CCC’s No. 1 Core Value, Passionate Spirituality (“Because God is our source of life, we pursue Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength”) and challenges us to listen and respond to what God is speaking and calling eac…
Good Works: Where Our Feet May Fail
Sep 7, 2014 • 62 min
As a community, we are called to abound in every good work. In doing so, we must be courageous … even bold. We must dream … even risk. We must step out and trust in the abounding grace of our loving God.
Cross Fitness: Submission
Aug 31, 2014 • 51 min
Submission is the last discipline in our summer “Cross Fitness” series. In a sense, all the other disciplines are rooted in this one, because all the disciplines reflect the intentional denial of our flesh to submit to the grace of our loving Lord.
Cross Fitness: Confession
Aug 24, 2014 • 38 min
Confession is a means of grace that orients our hearts rightly before our Holy and gracious God, and opens us up to His cleansing and restoration.
Cross Fitness: Community
Aug 17, 2014 • 46 min
We were made for community. God created man in His image, and He, by nature, is the community of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Hear how the discipline of community enriches our lives.
Cross Fitness: Simplicity
Aug 10, 2014 • 38 min
Pastor Keith presents a fresh and detailed look at Matthew 6:19-34, which concludes with Jesus’ assurance that if we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” all of our needs will be met.
Cross Fitness: Stewardship
Aug 3, 2014 • 54 min
Stewardship is more than the giving of money. It is the whole-life posture that everything we have is from God, and the proper response is to use all of these gifts to honor God and bring Him glory.