SERMONS


Study Date
Teacher
Scripture
Series
Title
Media
Study Introduction

1/19/2020

Pastor Phil Perry

2020 Vision
Taking care of what He has given me

Vision for our church requires good and faithful stewardship of the resources we have been given. That begins with personal or individual stewardship of all the things God has given to us. What you call “yours” is really God’s as it all comes from Him and He will require of us an accounting of what we have done with His things. What will He say to you about His gifts to you?

1/12/2020

Pastor Phil Perry

2020 Vision
More like Jesus, Less like me

As we develop our vision for what God is calling our church to be, character is a huge part of that vision. If we are going to be believed as carriers of the gospel growing and reaching our world, we must be people with true character. Sadly, there have been way too many characters bearing the name of Jesus and not enough living the life of Jesus. We want the message we carry to be believed because our character matches the nature of our God and the importance of the truth we deliver.

1/5/2020

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Growing and Reaching

What is the vision God has given us for ministry? How are do our core values help us to know what God wants from us to be/do? We are going to unpack those core values into a vision of what ministry should look like. This will culminate in us developing a strategy to implement what that vision looks like. This vision is something we are striving for, not something we are yet. It is always ahead, yet close enough to see it begin to shape and form what we are doing today and tomorrow.

12/29/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Communion
Communion

We remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song, word and by partaking of the communion elements together.

12/22/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Christmas
Peace and Christmas

Peace on Earth, Good will to Men” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his Christmas poem O Little town of Bethlehem. He wrote this during the American Civil War after learning his own son had been killed in action and he longed to know that peace when all around “the hate was strong and mocked the song”. We look around today and wonder when peace will finally find a foothold, perhaps even in your own homes you want peace for Christmas, the good news it is here!

12/15/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Expositional Teaching and Preaching

The last core value is focused on how we interact with God’s word in our teaching ministries. While our first core value, Passion to know and obey God’s word, is individual focused, the last core value is how we interact as a whole to God’s word. Do we hop around and cherry pick verses to support our ideas thus making ourselves as the primary focus or do we allow God’s Word to direct our beliefs?

12/8/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Inviting, Welcoming and Friendly Gatherings

We believe that God wants us to live together, study His word together, worship together, invest in His kingdom together but not be an exclusive group that is unwelcoming to new friends. God is building His church, He adds to and takes away from His church as He sees fit. We want to make sure we do not repel those God calls to worship here,

12/1/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Real, Participatory Worship

Worship and its many styles have been a source of contention from the beginning of the church through today. Churches split over conflicts dealing with worship. We too often get angry with others who disagree with us about worship. Some hate singing, some love singing. Our 5th core value is worship that is real and participatory…

11/24/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Investing in God’s Work Here and Around the World

The resources and talents that we have we often use with little to no thought that everything we have is a gift from God and we are going to give an accounting of all of it to Him one day. We hold on to our time, talents and money as if it is really ours but in truth it is all His. Our 4th core value reminds us that we want to invest in His Kingdom and not ours…

11/17/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Authenticity (accuracy, credibility, legitimacy)

We value being authentic with each other, in the world we live in and ultimately because we will all stand before God. We believe Authenticity is seen in how we handle God’s Word, how we treat each other and if what we say is reliable and true. We want to be authentic because God Himself is authentic, genuine and true. He calls us to put on His own character and places us in a world that is starkly the opposite.

11/10/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Relationships that are Honest & True

The 2nd value we hold to here is the relationships formed by having a passion to know and obey God’s word. God brings us together, we live life together, we come together to praise Him, learn about Him, serve Him and this creates the community we call Prairie Baptist Fellowship. Are you contributing to this community or simply taking from it? We come together to be a mutual aid society in a world that seems to care less for us…

11/3/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Core Values
Passion to Know and Obey God's Word

We are going to look at our core values as a church. Core values are what define and direct the mission of the church. All of us have core values, we use them to make decisions on moment by moment basis. We use our core values to determine what we spend money on and prioritize our time and talents. As we look at our church’s core values, what are your personal core values?

10/27/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 16

Letters to Corinth: Be Who You Are
Final Instructions

Paul’s final words are certainly specific for the church at Corinth, but also filled with ideas that are practically important for us as well. The challenge comes for us to know what is meant to be directly applied and what requires us to uncover the underlying principle. There is plenty here for all of us to consider: If I am a saint, am I acting like it?

10/20/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 16

Letters to Corinth: Be Who You Are
The Collection

Nothing makes church members more uncomfortable than a pastor talking about money; but there is nothing more uncomfortable for a pastor than speaking on money. One of the issues Paul was straightening out with Corinth was this collection he was gathering for the poor and needy in Jerusalem. More about giving will be included in the 2nd letter to Corinth but he lays down some practical principles in this 1st letter.

10/13/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

Communion
Communion

We remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song, word and by partaking of the communion elements together.

10/6/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 15

Letters to Corinth: Be Who You Are
Personal Resurrection

It is one thing to believe in Jesus resurrection, but what happens to me and my loved ones when we die? Jesus is God, resurrection makes sense for Him, but what about us? This personal nature to resurrection is important for several reasons. It gives hope, it provides a purpose for the sufferings we endure and it compels us to serve one another.

9/29/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 15

Letters to Corinth: Be Who You Are
The Importance of the Resurrection

Can one be a follower of Jesus while also doubting His resurrection? Paul clearly says "No" as the resurrection is the keystone to all of Christianity. For many it is a stumbling block and hinderance to belief who want something provable and scientific; but that is the whole point of faith -  it can't be proven and scientifically or else it wouldn't be faith. If it is true, nothing else matters.

9/22/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 15

Letters to Corinth: Be Who You Are
The Power of the Gospel

What separates Christianity from all other religions? It is the resurrection. The resurrection is the heart of the gospel, without it there is no good news just an obituary about a good religious man. Without the resurrection there is no hope for us defeating death or of God’s acceptance of Jesus as our substitute. Without the resurrection we are part of a 2,000-year-old scam. With the resurrection though is hope, life and forgiveness.

9/15/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 14

Letters to Corinth: Be Who You Are
Spiritual Gifts, part 4

Paul’s final words on spiritual gifts seem to zero in on the main problem with gifts and Corinth: speaking in tongues. There seemed to be a worldly self-centered approach to this issue, and it was not in a worshipful way but an unloving and ungodly way. Paul emphasizes the importance of order out of chaos and decency out of fleshly behavior.

9/1/2019

Pastor Phil Perry

1Corinthians 13

Letters to Corinth: Be Who You Are
Spiritual Gifts, part 3

It is easy to reduce religion down to a series of commands: do this, don’t do that, clean your life up! Most people would prefer a religion that they have to simply obey; even if that religion asks them to do hard things. What God expects of His children isn’t simple obedience; God asks of us to do the impossible—love like He loves. Our words, thoughts and actions are to be bathed in His kind of love.