Date: December 29, 2013 The Time for Change is Now; Live Fully for Jesus Christ!

Sermon Passage: Acts 9:19-31

Sermon Title: The Time for Change is Now; Live Fully for Jesus Christ!

Sermon: The Sermon from Dec. 29 was not recorded audibly but is made available as a PDF to download and work through yourself. Click Here to View the PDF

 


Date: December 22, 2013 The Light Has Come, Rejoice!

Sermon Passage: Luke 1:26-80; Luke 2:1-20

Sermon Title: Christmas With Jesus is Personal

Sermon Audio: With great appreciation for one of our trusted, faithful leaders, Allen Painter who stepped in to share this morning: Click Here to Listen

 


Date: December 15, 2013 The Light Has Come, Rejoice!

Sermon Passage: Acts 9:17-19

Sermon Title: The Light Has Come, Rejoice! Part 3

Sermon Summary: Christmas is a season of light and life but it can sure turn to stress and chaos in a hurry! Tune in with us to learn about two of the gifts Christ brings to a life. Are you living in them?

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Date: December 8, 2013 The Light Has Come, Rejoice!

Sermon Passage: Acts 9:5-16

Sermon Title: The Light Has Come, Rejoice! Part 2

Sermon Summary: Hoping in God is the best place to fix our hearts. Through the darkness of trials and suffering, God can be trusted, not only for our salvation, but for our good every day!

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Date: December 1, 2013 The Light Has Come, Rejoice!

Sermon Passage: Acts 9:1-9

Sermon Title: The Light Has Come, Rejoice!

Sermon Summary: Advent is a season to remember the light that Christ has brought to the world and especially to those who believe. The life of Saul is a demonstration of the great need we all have to be freed from darkness.

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Date: November 24, 2013 Access Granted! Part 2

Sermon Passage: Acts 8:32-40

Sermon Title: Access Granted! Part 2

Sermon Summary: Cave fish and hard hearts and God’s grace, Oh my! Nothing is more important than our access to God. It is closed. But grace has the final word.

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Date: November 17, 2013 Access Granted!

Sermon Passage: Acts 8:26-31

Sermon Title: Access Granted! The Church Ablaze is Available to God

Sermon Summary: There’s nothing casual about interaction with the God of heaven and earth. He has made us. He has loved us. He has graciously saved us. That truth and life itself are reminders that we need the Lord every day. For guidance and for power. Join us in Acts 8 as we see the power of giving God complete access to lead our lives.

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Date: November 10, 2013 Deal or No Deal: Life is on the Line

Sermon Passage: Acts 8:9-25

Sermon Title: Deal or No Deal: Life is on the Line

Sermon Summary: Decisions, decisions, decisions! On a gameshow, decisions are entertaining. In real life, they’re of eternal importance. Make the right call with Christ first as King!

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Date: November 3, 2013 The Lord's Table is a Holy Moment for His People

Summary: On Nov. 3, Blue Ridge Community Church enjoyed an all worship, prayer and praise service with a time of devotion and celebrating the Lord’s Table (Communion) together.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Date: October 27, 2013 A Church Ablaze Benefits The Community

Sermon Passage: Acts 8:4-8

Sermon Title: A Church Ablaze with God’s Fire Benefits The Community

Sermon Summary: When God is at work in his people, things don’t just change in-house, they consume the house and the surroundings benefit as well. How’s your heart? Are you keeping the best of the life of Christ to yourself? That’s not how God does things, neither should we.

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Date: October 20, 2013 A Church On Fire Must Love The Word

Sermon Passage: Acts 8:4

Sermon Title: A Church on Fire Must Love the Word

Sermon Summary: The simplicity of following Christ according to the Scriptures is often overlooked. Today, we turn our hearts to consider how sufficient and wonderful is the Word of God as we seek to be God’s people in every way.

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Date: October 13, 2013 Embrace the Spirit of God

Sermon Passage: Acts 8:1-4

Sermon Title: The Spirit of God Brings Confidence and Grace: Embrace Him!

Sermon Summary: In every situation we face, in every life, there is a path that leads to what is right and best; that path is found only when we yield to the Holy Spirit. Join us as we let God’s Word instruct us on how to do it.

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Date: October 6, 2013 Just A Glimpse

Sermon Passage: Acts 7:54-60

Sermon Title: Just A Glimpse

Sermon Summary: What gets your heart pumping and feet ready for action? Facts are important. Good ideas are helpful. Neither of these are anywhere near as good as…just…a glimpse. Let’s listen in and see what Acts 7:54-60 is all about.

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Date: September 29, 2013 A Time to Stand!

Sermon Passage: Acts 7:54-59

Sermon Title: A Time to Stand

Sermon Summary: Taking a stand is important, but if you stand for the wrong things you’re just wasting your time and energy. Stephen was an ordinary man but he made the right choice and took an extraordinary stand. Join us as we consider the example of Stephen’s faithfulness and the God he stood for.

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Date: September 22, 2013 Don't Miss It!

Sermon Passage: Acts 7:1-53

Sermon Title: Don’t Miss It!

Sermon Summary: Argued with, lied about, hassled, arrested and thrown in front of a loaded jury of powerful know-it-alls daring you to disagree with their ideas. How would you respond? Acts 7 shows the gracious and direct response of Stephen, the faithful messenger. Listen in with us…

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Date: September 15, 2013 Not Easily Quenched

Sermon Passage: Acts 6:8-15

Sermon Title: The Fire of God is Not Easily Quenched

Sermon Summary: Opposition to the exclusivity of Christianity is a common reality. Authentic Christians responding with grace, love and contentment is uncommon. Acts 6 gives us a great example of the power of God in the face of opposition. Listen in with us…

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Date: September 8, 2013 Own This Church

Sermon Passage: Acts 6:1-7

Sermon Title: Own This Church

Sermon Summary: We are a culture of commitment-phobes. But the life of the godly is not bound to this cultures phobias or limits. Step up to follow Christ in committed community. Step up and find the joy of partnership in grace!

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Date: September 1, 2013 Accept No Substitutes for the Fire of God

Sermon Passage: Acts 5:33-42

Sermon Title: Accept No Substitutes for the Fire of God (cont’d.)

Sermon Summary: Christianity is no fool’s religion. It’s a call to faithfulness and wisdom as we learn to put God’s ways above our own senses and honor Christ above all substitutes. Listen in with us as we learn how to be wise, faithful people from the examples in Acts 5.

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Date: August 25, 2013 Accept No Substitutes for the Fire of God

Sermon Passage: Acts 5:21-32

Sermon Title: Accept No Substitutes for the Fire of God

Sermon Summary: Substitutes are appealing because they are similar to the real thing but cost much less. When it comes to genuine faith though, substitutes are not just cheaper, they’re deadly and powerless. Acts 5 gives great guidance for holding onto authentic faith!

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Date: August 18, 2013Our View of God Needs To Be Refined

Sermon Passage: Acts 5:17-21

Sermon Title: Be Faithful Through the Darkest Night

Sermon Summary: Sometimes, the darkness is all we can see. Sometimes, hard days are more frequent than good ones. Sometimes, it seems like there is more against us than there is strength to stand. But the darkness is not all there is. Join us as we listen to Acts 5:17-21

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Date: August 11, 2013 Our View of God Needs To Be Refined

Sermon Passage: Acts 5:12-16

Sermon Title: Who’s Building You?

Sermon Summary: We need substance, not masks. We need truth, not just appearances. We need authentic, authenticated heroes. God has built the Church with just that! Listen in with us to see God has built and what He’s used…

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Date: August 4, 2013 Our View of God Needs To Be Refined

Sermon Passage: Acts 5:12

Sermon Title: Our View of God Needs to be Refined (cont’d.)

Sermon Summary: Ho hum. Life as usual, up, down, in, out, sin, confess, restored, sin, confess, restored. Hear some cool truths, read a cool Bible verse. Ho hum. This is not all there is to Christianity. Do you believe it? Are you hungry for more? We are too. Let’s see what God’s Word has for us that might change things.

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Additional Resources: Click Here for PDF: When God is Feared, the Spirit is Free (Hindrances & Habits)


 

 

Date: July 28, 2013 Our View of God Needs To Be Refined

Sermon Passage: Acts 5:1-14

Sermon Title: Our View of God Needs to be Refined

Sermon Summary: How comfortable are you with the Lord? Are you too comfortable? Is it possible to be too comfortable with God? When we consider who He is, the answer might surprise you.

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Date: July 21, 2013

Our Relationships Need Refining

Sermon Passage: Acts 5:1-12

Sermon Title: Our Relationships Need Refining

Sermon Summary: Our relationships need refining. Friendships, marriage, family – all of the above need help. Fortunately God, who is at work making us his witnesses, is also at work refining our relationships. Tune in to Acts 5:1-12 with us to see how.

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Date: July 14, 2013What the Spirit Can Do

Sermon Passage: Acts 4:32-37

Sermon Title: What the Spirit Can Do

Sermon Summary: There’s a tug of war going on between our selfishness and the love that God wants to display in and through Christians in the world. Fortunately, there is someone to help win the battle decisively…and He has all the power we need.

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Date: July 7, 2013

Topic: Week of Prayer

Date: June 30, 2013God Gives Power to Relationships

Sermon Passage: Acts 4:23-31

Sermon Summary: Relationships are some of the most treasured and treasurable parts of life on this planet. Thankfully, God will improve those when we yield to Him too! Not just our “souls” for “someday,” but relationships…now. Listen in with us. From Acts 4:23-31…

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Additional: Ways to Live Dependent on the Lord (Image)


 

 

Date: June 23, 2013God is the Hero!

Sermon Passage: Acts 4:1-22

Sermon Summary: When times are hard, opposition is harder, you’re tired and weak, how do you stay faithful to Christ? Can you pull yourself up by your bootstraps? Acts 4 gives us the best example of where to turn when things fall apart. God is the hero of our story. Call on Him. Depend on Him!

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Date: June 16, 2013When We See Heaven

Sermon Passage: Acts 3:11-26

Sermon Title: When We See Heaven

Sermon Summary: Every now and then, we get a glimpse of things that are too good to be normal. They might even be miraculous. What do you do when that happens? How do you respond? Acts 3:11-26 gives the ultimate and best response. Listen in with us…

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Date: June 9, 2013

Sermon Passage: Acts 3:1-10Move in Power Again!

Sermon Title: Move in Power Again!

Sermon Summary: There’s more to God than tame, soft religious boredom. God is powerful and God can change lives…our own and others through us if we’ll let Him! God moved in power in the early days of the Church! Join us as we celebrate and consider the impact of these things on our life today.

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Date: June 2, 2013God is the Builder

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:47 (And others)

Sermon Summary: We are thieves, the lot of us! We steal glory that only belongs to God and he is not pleased. How we think of the Church (local and global) reflects how we think of the Lord. Are you stealing glory? Tune in with us.

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Date: May 26, 2013Be All In for Hospitality

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:42-47 (And others)

Sermon Summary: For God’s people, hospitality is not an optional choice on a given day, it is the overflowing way of life as we humbly yield to and follow Jesus Christ.

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Date: May 19, 2013

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:42-47 (and selected other passages)All in For Jesus - Pray!

Sermon Summary: So much more than saying grace before a meal, prayer is an opportunity, a privilege and a treasure. The One, True God has invited us to communicate with Him. Are you taking full advantage of the opportunity? Listen in with us as we explore some of what Scripture says about prayer.

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All in For Jesus

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:42-47

Sermon Summary: “Jump in! It will be fine!” Ever heard those words related to jumping into a swimming pool? They may seem comforting to the experienced swimmer but only produce anxiety for those who hate water. God calls us to fellowship listen in so you can dive in!

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Date: May 5, 2013All In for Jesus

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:42-47

Sermon Summary: The early church experienced God at work in mighty ways, living out the hard realities of life after the big miracles! How do we live day-to-day life with our hearts in heaven and our feet on the earth? Acts 2 helps us in this. Listen in with us.

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Date: April 14, 2013Bold and Clear

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:22-41

Sermon Summary: Christianity is about a strong, holy Savior and people who become strong and holy because of it! This has serious implications for everyday life. Is that the message you have heard? Is that the message that you live? Listen in with us to see what happens when the Lord moves his people with bold, clear communication.

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Date: April 7, 2013All Means You!

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:14-21

Sermon Title: All Means All & All Means You

Sermon Summary: At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down to live in all who trust in Christ by faith. That has some awesome implications for our lives now. Are you living in light of the Lord’s ways? Or the worlds? Listen in with us as we find out about God’s ways.

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Date: March 31, 2013 EASTER SUNDAY!Who in the World Needs a Risen Savior?

Sermon Title: Who in the World Needs a Risen Savior

Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1-22

Sermon Summary: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a defining moment for the world when it happened. How we think about The Resurrection continues to define us all. 1 Corinthians 15 gives a great answer to the question many of us wrestle with: Who in the World Needs a Risen Savior? Listen in with us for the answer.

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Date: March 24, 2013

This year, BRCC was glad to join our friends at Christ Church of the Valley for Palm Sunday!

Date: March 17, 2013God is Here

Sermon Title: God Is Here

Sermon Passage: Acts 2:1-13

Sermon Summary: Everything we do needs power. Try to live for Jesus and you will quickly see that you need power for faithfulness too! In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost that year, and He brought the power we need and the presence we want. Listen in with us.

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Additional Notes: Things You’ve Just Gotta’ Know


Date: March 10, 2013It's The Lord's Mission

Sermon Passage: Acts 1:15-26

Sermon Summary: The early church was no time of easy-fairytale-happy land. It was a time of real pains, real questions and real people. If we look with our hearts, we’ll find courage, hope and guidance because the Mission we’re on is God’s mission, difficulties, failures and all.

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Additional Notes: Heart Check for Judases


Date: March 3, 2013

Sermon Passage: Acts 1:12-14

Sermon Summary: Living well is not just a matter of learning how to go, go, go. We also need to learn how to slow down at the right times and wait on the Lord. Acts 1:12-14 is a great example of God leading people to wait when they might have wanted to run. Join us and hear from Acts 1:12-14.

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Date: February 24, 2013Raised Up! The Weight of The Ascension

Sermon Passage: Acts 1:9-11

Sermon Title: Raised Up! The Weight of the Ascension

Sermon Summary: The Ascension of Jesus Christ was a phenomenal event. It affirmed the faith of those watching and it can affirm our faith today. The Ascension also had lasting impact on followers of Christ because of what it points to. Listen in with us to Acts 1:9-11.

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Date: February 17, 2013Make the Jump!

Sermon Passage: Acts 1:8

Sermon Title: Make the Jump! Live As a Witness

Sermon Summary: Christ gave a commission to his first followers. He has work for us to do today. Are you on board with his calling? Do you consider yourself a Christian? If so, are you doing what he said to do? Make the Jump! Acts 1:8.

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Date: February 10, 2013 Two Kingdoms

Sermon Passage: Acts 1:8 (& Genesis 11)

Sermon Title: Two Kingdoms, Which One Will You Choose?

Sermon Summary: Jesus told his Disciples that they would be his witnesses. What gives Him the right? Acts 1:8 serves as a commission and a reminder that each day, we have a choice of what we’re building, His Kingdom or our own. Tune in and be challenged with us.

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Date: January 27, 2013Church Ablaze...

Sermon Passage: Acts 1:8

Sermon Title: Yes, Even You

Sermon Summary: Sometimes, we can look around and see the others as more “worthy” of being used by God. In fact, the Bible tells a very different story of the kind people God uses. Tune in to Acts 1:8; it may surprise you.

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Date: January 20, 2013Church Ablaze...

Sermon Passage: Acts 1:1-7

Sermon Summary: Dealing with disappointment is real and difficult. As we let God be God, our desires and answers change from empty to satisfying and life-giving. The start of the Church was no different for the disciples! Tune in with us and study as we begin our study in the book of Acts.

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