Date: December 11, 2011

Sermon Title: Embrace the Missing Foundation: Gospel-Motivated Obedience Part II

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-24

Sermon Summary: So many times, we think of and talk about sin as if it is just a violation of a list of rules that someone, somewhere posted to maintain control. That’s not what sin is about. Sin is a personal violation of a personal God who is holy. Want to follow Jesus? Then we should gain an accurate understanding of who Jesus is AND what we are turning from so that we can live for Christ fully. This message is the second part to the message on Gospel-Motivated Obedience, click below to hear it.

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Date: December 4, 2011Embrace Gospel-Motivated Obedience

Sermon Title: Embrace the Missing Foundation: Gospel-Motivated Obedience

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-24

Sermon Summary: Many people live on one extreme or the other, where Christianity is seen as a list of rules to control people and appease God, or seen as a tool used to license immorality and feel good about ourselves. It is neither. No, in fact, Christianity is about a relationship with God built on God’s unmerited favor given to his enemies. Through that Good News (Gospel means: The Good News), God accomplishes many things, including his giving us the motive and power to live righteous lives. Tune in to the sermon to embrace this important foundation. Check out the PDF file below for help in making righteous, Gospel-motivated choices in your life.

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Date: November 27, 2011

Situation: No Public Worship: UC closed for Thanksgiving

Date: November 20, 2011

Situation: Special Thanksgiving Worship Service

Date: November 13, 2011

Ascend! Follow the Path of Jesus Christ

Situation: Pastor Darryl Handy preached for First Alliance Church in Franklin, NC.

Sermon Title: Ascend! Follow the Path of Jesus Christ

Sermon Text: Mark 1:14-22

Summary: Down with hypocrisy. Down with the false gospels of churchiness, good works, “fix yourself up,” “I’m avoiding judgment from Christians.” Up with the authentic, life-changing, life-giving, insanely beautiful and honest Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said it himself, “repent and believe the Gospel.” Do you know what it is? Are you living according to it? Tune in with us…

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Date: November 13, 2011

Welcome Nick Cerda!

Guest Preacher: Nick Cerda, co-lead pastor from Summit Asheville

Sermon Title: The Righteousness and Holiness of God Leads Us to..

Summary: Summit Church in Asheville, NC is a sister church to Blue Ridge Community Church. We were so glad to have Pastor Nick Cerda worship with us that day. Tune in to hear his heart on God’s holiness and our response.

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Date: November 6, 2011

Tools for World Change Part III

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:11-16

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us Tool to Change the World (Part III)

Summary: One day, Christ will set all things straight. Until then, what are we here to do? The Church is not a social club, it’s got a role to play, battles to win and work to do. Listen in to hear God’s plan for our growth as his people.

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Date: October 30, 2011

Tools for World Change

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:8-10

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us Tool to Change the World (Part II)

Summary: God is at work in the world. He has been at work in the world for a very long time….in fact, since before there was a world. He continues to work in the world through people who yield their lives to Christ. Are you “IN?” Do you want to be used by God? Do you want the King of the Universe to lead your life by the Holy Spirit? Tune in to hear more…

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Date: October 23, 2011

You First

Sermon Text: Various

Sermon Title: You First

Guest Preacher: Peter Swanson; Love Serves International

Summary: We were so glad to have Peter and his family join us for worship! They are engaged in such Christ-honoring ministry in the Dominican Republic and all over the world! Tune in to hear the heartbeat of this equipping ministry and one of its key leaders!

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Date: October 9, 2011

Stong and Unstained

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:7

Sermon Title: Strong and Unstained

Summary: In Christ, we have all we need. Not because we’re so cool, but because God is amazing. His choice, his grace, his purpose, his presence, his Church, the unity Christ brings; all these are amazing. Christ has also given tools to each Christian, they are strong, and they are lasting! Listen in with us…

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Date: October 2, 2011

Sermon Text: Isaiah 35

Guest Preacher: Allen Painter

Summary: God is perfect! He dwells in unapproachable light; but sin separates us from this holy God. What is the hope for those who are so tempted by and lost in sin? Listen in to find our one, true hope.

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Date: September 25, 2011

God's Grace Will Lead You - Part III

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:3-6

Sermon Title: Measure Up! God’s Grace Will Lead You – Part III

Summary: Jesus prayed for unity for all his followers. Still, church history show that unity is seldom cherished or fought for by Christians. Why does this happen? How do we return to Jesus’ heart on the matter? Ephesians 4 shows how God’s grace leads us there…

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Date: September 18, 2011

God's Grace Will Lead You!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:2

Sermon Title: Measure Up! God’s Grace Will Lead You Part II

Summary: Most Christians know that we “should” follow the commands of God and the teachings of Scripture. Still, when we’re honest, we’d all admit that sometimes following the teachings of Scripture seem like they won’t lead to the results we’re hoping for. Ephesians 4 gives us a clear look at the ways and fruit of following Christ according to the grace we’ve received in Him.

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Date: September 11, 2011

Measure Up!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:1

Sermon Title: Measure Up! God’s Grace Will Lead You

Summary: Christianity can seem very scary. The God of the Universe has called every person to be holy, follow Jesus and live for Him. Sadly, many people only hear the lofty calling and fail to understand the joy and freedom and peace that is clearly spelled out in Scripture that makes God’s calling not only bearable but desireable. Listen to Ephesians 4:1 and learn about God’s high calling and the basis we have for keeping it.

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Date: September 4, 2011

Plug In!

Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:14-21

Sermon Title: Plug In! The Power For Life Change is in God Alone

Summary: Life is busy, complex and difficult. Do you have what you need? Are you plugged into the source of strength for the things you face every day? When emergencies come are you tapped in to the source or are you living on borrowed time, daring catastrophe to strike because of your unpreparedness? Paul’s words and example serve as a clear call for us to plug in. The power we need is in God alone.

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Date: August 28, 2011

The Gospel Means: Even Me

Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:7-13

Sermon Title: The Gospel Means: Even Me

Summary: Can a former murderer be useful to God? How about a liar? A cheat? In the Gospel, there’s hope for every one of us to join the movement of God as he shines in the world. Because of Jesus, none of us has to be excluded. The Gospel Means: Even Me. Even You.

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Date: August 21, 2011

The High Cost and Stunning Beauty of the Gospel

Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:1-6

Sermon Title: The High Cost and Stunning Beauty of the Gospel

Summary: No nails, chains or even righteous barriers could silence this message. What are you doing with the Gospel? Have you believed it? Are you spreading it? Are you living in the freedom it brings? Listen in to this liberating message from Ephesians 3:1-6…

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Date: August 14, 2011

Thumbs Up!

Discussion Topic: Refreshing Our Vision

Summary: On this last weekend before the start of the new ministry season & new semester, we spent time reviewing the Vision, Mission & Objectives for BRCC. Every organization has a direction, not every organization has clear direction from God. Every church has clear direction from God; not every church is accomplishing God’s goals for the church. In the power that God provides, we want to be a church family that is faithful to fulfill God’s calling for our lives and our time together. Please feel free to look -at our story, our vision & mission, our objectives, and our values– for yourself! If you have any questions or comments, please contact us using the form found by clicking here.

Date: August 7, 2011

Built Together

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:22 (and other various Scriptures)

Discussion Title: Built Together

Summary: Would the Holy One of Heaven really want us to commit to a group of people when he can see the sins and failures, problems and hearts of each member? The answer is: YES! God has called us out of the world and into relationship with Jesus AND relationship with His people, the Church. Not only that, but the best way to be faithful to Christ is through expressed and obvious commitment to a grace-filled family: the local church. Whether you are part of this church or any other, or no other local church, take a look at this resource to consider the Biblical call to local church membership.

Biblical Teaching: Discussion Guide on Local Church Membership

Date: July 31, 2011

Real Answers Are in Christ Alone

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:11-22

Sermon Title: No More Band-Aids! Real Answers Are in Christ Alone

Summary: Not global hugs, not T-shirts, water bottles or conferences. No, merely human solutions can bring us the lasting change we need. Why? Because only Christ has dealt with our deepest, abiding needs & created the best structure for peace, hope & change.

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Date: July 24, 2011

Boast in Christ Alone

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:8-10

Sermon Title: He’s Rescued Us From Foolish Boasting

Summary: Not by finger-wagging or scolding, but by his own amazing character, commitments & actions; in Christ, God has accomplished for us what we could never possibly do for ourselves; He’s removed our ability to foolishly boast in self by saving us himself!

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Date: July 17, 2011

God's Grace Stops the Death March

Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:1-7

Sermon Title: God’s Grace Stops the Death March

Summary: Sin is real. It’s consequences are desperate but God has spoken and acted in love to stop the terrible pattern. How does your life line up with what God has said and done!? If you already believe that His grace is for you, what are you doing with the information you have? Listen in and consider carefully what the Bible teaches in Ephesians 2:1-7…

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Sermon Notes & Additional Resources: Sermon Notes & 3 Views of Sin

Date: July 9, 2011

The Church Out There

Sermon Text: Various

Sermon Title: Church Out There

Summary: As a follow-up to last week’s challenge to get out and begin to see like Jesus saw and engage with the world around us, this week, we heard reports of how our “30 minutes'” (of observing and engaging the people around us) went. In addition to the reports, we talked about the hindrances and challenges to overcome so we can be fully Christ-like in our lives, every day, not just on special, “missional” days or planned outreach events. There was also a guided presentation that Pastor Darryl took us through to help think Biblically about how we see people and the world around us.

Additional Notes / Resources: Self-guided presentation (click the arrows to move ahead)

Date: July 2, 2011

Sermon Text: Various

Sermon Title: Let’s Be The Church (for Others)

Summary: This week (due to scheduling constraints) we gathered in a different location and worked through a Small Group Study designed to help us become followers of Christ; not just in the way we talk and think, but also in the way we live, Monday through Saturday as well. We’re trying to take the truths that we have received from Ephesians 1 so far and apply them to our lives as well.

Additional Notes: Let’s Be The Church Together (For Others) (PDF)

Date: June 26, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:18-23

He's Given Us His Amazing Hero

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us His Amazing Hero

Summary: Believing the Gospel (the Good News of Jesus Christ) does not merely bring a new group to associate with and new things to occupy your weekend for a couple hours. No, in the Gospel, those who believe have been offered something much more valuable than all that; we’ve been offered a Hero. Not just anybody’s hero, the Hero of Heaven and Earth and all the Universe! Want to see the beauty of this Hero? It’s hidden but available to you. Listen to hear more…

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Additional Notes: Sermon Notes // Our Amazing Hero (Some good Scriptures about Jesus’ awesomeness by Elliott Knoch)

Date: June 19, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:15-17

He's Given Us Shepherds

Sermon Title: He’s Given Us Shepherds

Summary: Many of us have been privileged to have men and women who have invested in our lives so significantly that they have helped us grow in our faith and faithfulness. People who are committed to and work hard for the spiritual well-being of others are called shepherds. It’s not just the vocational pastors and well-known Christian leaders who are shepherds, but all who consistently invest themselves in the spiritual growth of others do a kind of shepherding. What does it say about God that He’s done this? What should we do in response? Read Ephesians 1 and listen in to find out!

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Additional Notes: Sermon Notes // Prayer & Encouragement Guide for Shepherds

Date: June 12, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:13-14

Sealed!

Sermon Title: Sealed! Understand and Enjoy Life With the Holy Spirit

Summary: For many people, the Christian life is about rules, boredom and condemnation. For too many, abundant life and Christianity belong in completely different sentences. For God, however, the Christian life is to be lived primarily and consistently in the joyful presence, power and leading of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians says the Holy Spirit is the seal of God in the life of those who believe in Jesus. What does it take to get this seal? What benefit is there once you have it? Read Ephesians, listen in and find out!

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Date: June 5, 2011

Guest Preacher: Allen Painter

Sermon Text: Matthew 6

Sermon Title: The Disciples’ Prayer

Summary: “How should we pray?” What a huge question the first disciples asked Jesus. Like most everything Jesus did, his answer changed the world. It’s often called the Lord’s prayer because Christ, taught it, but the riches of this prayer are for us!

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Date: May 22, 2011

Biblical Focus: Praying the Great Commission

Praying the Great Commission

Specifically: Praying for Carley & her trip to Andhra Pradesh, India

Summary: We are committed to supporting local and global missions at BRCC. One of the ways we can do that is financially. Another huge way we do this is through prayer, encouragement and ongoing support of the missionary, team and work of God among the people we try to love. This weekend, instead of a sermon, there was an extended time of guided prayer among us at our weekly gathering.

Additional Notes: Click Here for a Guide on Praying the Great Commission

Date: May 15, 2011

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:1-10

Unlocked! The Manifold Riches of Life in Christ

Sermon Title: Unlocked: The Manifold Riches of Life in Christ

Summary: Is there really any unique blessing to life as a Christian? Or, is it just that we who call ourselves Christians are really good at keeping rules and have crafted a new in-club for ourselves? God’s Word gives a clear answer and beckons all who would follow, to run after Jesus Christ through the fields of grace that God has planted in Christ.

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Date: May 8, 2011

Sermon Text: Mark 3:20-21; 31-35

Go Together or Go Alone...Together

Sermon Title: Go Together or Go Alone…Together

Summary: Family is such a blessing, isn’t it? The comfort, encouragement and strength that a family can provide are unparalleled in most of life. Unfortunately, the great potential for family to bless also leads to great destruction when the family fails. God has given a wonderful remedy for the pain and of family failure, check it out with us here…

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Date: May 1, 2011

Sermon Text: Mark 16:9-20

Wake Up! & Follow Jesus

Sermon Title: WAKE UP! & Follow Jesus

Summary: It could be that you’re about to start the most amazing season of your life where your intimacy and nearness with God give birth to fruitfulness in changing your world for Christ. I hope you want that like I do. Sadly, many people hold back from serving Christ fully because of the faulty thought processes (lies) that hold them back. Mark 16:9-20 gives strong answers to three (very common) lies so that you and I can be free to pursue and serve Jesus with great joy and freedom.

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Date: April 24, 2011 – Combined Worship Service with Christ Church of the Valley (Cashiers, NC)

Date: April 17, 2011

Before the Sun Rises

Sermon Text: Mark 16:1-8

Sermon Title: Before the Sun Rises

Summary: As long as we are human, uncertainty is part of life. Still, that doesn’t mean that uncertainty has to shipwreck our lives. Lessons from Mark 16 help us to respond to uncertainty with faithfulness and confidence!

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Date: April 12, 2011

Trust Only in the Lord

Sermon Text: Jeremiah 17:5-8

Sermon Title: Trust Only in the Lord

Summary: Trust is a very big deal. Who we trust and what we give in trust are some of the most important decisions of life. The decision to trust people vs. the Lord sounds obvious, but it is very difficult in reality. Jeremiah 17:5-8 makes a compelling case for which one to choose. [This message was given at WCU Cru on Tuesday Night.] I hope you’ll be blessed as you listen and learn the who, what, and why of putting our whole trust in the Lord.

Additional Resources: (PDFs) Worldly Patterns // Godly Patterns

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Date: April 10, 2011

The Death He Died

Sermon Text: Mark 15:42-47

Sermon Title: The Death He Died

Summary: Did Jesus really die? What difference does it make? Is it good enough to imagine that Jesus was just in a coma, asleep or even that his divinity overwhelmed his humanity at the point where most people would die? It makes a huge difference! In fact, God’s Word is very clear on the issue and God wants us to be clear on the issue as well. Listen to see why…

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Date: April 3, 2011

Access: Granted!

Sermon Text: Mark 15:38-41

Sermon Title: Access: Granted!

Summary: There’s a difference between confidence and carelessness. How do you approach God in prayer? In your life? How do you tell others to approach God? If you are confident, on what is your confidence based? If you are careless, be careful! An accurate view of God’s holiness obliterates any confidence we might have in approaching Him. Except for this: the veil was torn!

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Date: March 27, 2011

What Jesus Endured For Your Joy!

Sermon Text: Mark 15:22-37

Sermon Title: What Jesus Endured for Your Joy!

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Summary: How do we endure? There’s lots of tools to help us endure in life’s physical challenges. What is there to help us endure spiritual hard times that require so much? Mark 15:22-37 shows Jesus’ endurance and encourages us in our own challenges as well!

Date: March 13, 2011

Hell Does Not Break Loose

Sermon Text: Mark 15:15-21

Sermon Title: Hell Does Not Break Loose

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Summary: Earthquakes, economies, chaos; sometimes it’s hard to hold on to the hope that God is indeed the One in control. Mk 15 shows us that God was on His Throne in the time of earth’s worst catastrophe & points us to some ways God can be visibly enthroned now.

Date: March 6, 2011

Sermon / Message: For Jesus, Wisdom is Personal: An Introduction to the Book of Proverbs

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Date: February 27, 2011

Sermon / Message: 15 Minutes of Shame (Shared and Studied as a Small Group)

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Date: February 20, 2011

Even From Death, Life

Sermon Text: Mark 14:53-65

Sermon Title: Even From Death: Life!

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Summary: How do we respond when people we should trust fail us? What about when we’re being falsely accused? What about when we’re physically attacked? In His shining, and terrible hour, Jesus provided a powerful example for us to follow in His strength.

Date: February 13, 2011 – **Guest Preacher: Allen Painter**

Sermon Text: Various

Sermon Title: Asaph’s Dilemma

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Summary: How can we pursue Jesus Christ with all our energy; especially when the world around us is so alluring?

Date: February 6, 2011

The Truth About Lies

Sermon Text: Mark 14:66-72

Sermon Title: The Truth About Lies

(Part 2 of 3 from the series: Linen, Lies & Life at the Trading Post)

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Summary: What’s it cost to tell the truth? Sometimes, very high. What is the cost of telling lies? Eternal. God puts a high value on loving, speaking and living by the truth. Mark 14 helps us see the high standard and God’s remedy for our failures.

Date: January 30, 2011

Linen, Lies and Life at the Trading Post

Sermon Text: Mark 14:51-52

Sermon Title: Linen, Lies & Life at the Trading Post

(Part 1 of 3 from the series: Linen, Lies &Life at the Trading Post)

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Summary: Every day we make crucial decisions; we’re trading one thing for another. We can’t retrieve the choices we make, no matter how hard we try. So the question is this: Will you choose to follow Jesus no matter the cost? He’s worth it!

Date: January 23, 2011

All Worship Sunday

Worship Team Swap with Christ Church of the Valley, Cashiers NC

Date: January 16, 2011

Sermon Text: Guest Preacher

Sermon Title: Guest from Chinese House Church

Sermon Audio: Coming Soon