The Church: Identity, Mission, & Cultivation

The below is a Gospel Life Course taught during May 2018 at CrossWay Community Church.

Week 1 — Introduction, Identity, & Mission
May 6th, 2018

Week 2 — Cultivation, pt. 1
May 13th, 2018

Week 3 — Cultivation, pt. 2
May 20th, 2018

Week 4 — Cultivation, pt. 3
May 27th, 2018

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Why Church Membership?

Why Church Membership?
South City Church
September 10, 2017

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This sermon is a part of a series on the foundational principles of South City Church’s philosophy of ministry. See all sermons from this series.

Stepping Up to the Plate: Every Member a Disciple-Making Disciple (Ephesians 4:7-16)

Stepping Up to the Plate: Every Member a Disciple-Making Disciple (Ephesians 4:7-16)
South City Church
August 27, 2017

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This sermon is a part of a series on the foundational principles of South City Church’s philosophy of ministry. See all sermons from this series.

The Church: Myths and Misconceptions

The Church: Myths and Misconceptions (Part 1)
South City Church
July 30, 2017

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The Church: Myths and Misconceptions (Part 2)
South City Church
August 6, 2017

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These sermons are a part of a series on the foundational principles of South City Church’s philosophy of ministry. See all sermons from this series.

The Church for Mission vs. the Church for Consumption

The following is an excerpt from my sermon The Church: Myths and Misconceptions (Part 1) delivered at South City Church, 7.30.17.


The Biblical reason we join and are a part of a church isn’t because a particular church offers the “goods and services” we want and like — making the church into something like a business, and us into its customers or consumers. The church is a people, a community. And the reason we join and are a part of this church community is for the sake of advancing our collective Christian mission — together.

When we become consumers, church becomes about “what I get out of it.” And when that happens, what determines “how I chose to do church” (or, as we might say, where I choose to “go to church” — as if church is something you “go to”) is what suits my preferences, what I like, or what meets my perceived needs.

In such a model, the church becomes a place where I come to be served. The pastors and the staff are the ones who do the ministry (rather than everyone). “It’s their job. They’re the ministers,” we say. “My job is to receive and be served.”

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