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What Every Believer Must Never Forget - September 6, 2015
Times were hard—very hard. A corrupt government and a covetous judiciary made life miserable for all living in a nation that was once strong and stable. Abuses, resentment, unrest, unfair and prejudicial
class distinctions, and selfish profiteering were everywhere to be found. Idolatry was rampant, leaving
the land with no spiritual vitality and an absence of moral fiber. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Hilarious Generosity

A Needed Return to Joyful Generosity - September 13, 2015
For too long, we have entertained the idea that serving Christ is a heavy, sad burden. Because that hasbeen promoted far and wide, many believe that Christians should look grim, gloomy, whipped, and weather-beaten. Service is now considered more of a hard task than a unique opportunity. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Contentment, Generosity, and You - September 20, 2015
Life itself isn’t all that complicated; we make it complicated. By focusing on non-essentials instead of essentials, we lose our way and forget our priorities. When we compare ourselves with others, we never measure up; when we take our cues from our culture, “enough” is never enough; when we strive for more, always more, our level of stress reaches unhealthy extremes.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Timeless Principles of Money Management - September 27, 2015
One of the reasons people love and respect the Bible is that they find it not only resourceful, but always relevant. With reliable accuracy, its counsel never fails to provide the information we need when we lack understanding.   Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Charming Joy of Grace Giving - October 4, 2015
The journey toward grace is the ultimate trip to bountiful. The outcome, no matter what it may be, is always characterized by bountiful abundance. When grace fuels our forgiving someone who has offended us, there is an abundance of releasing every hint of any offense. Click here to read more and view the outline.

A Tried-and-True Plan That Still Works - October 11, 2015
For many centuries, God’s people remained obedient to a financial plan that was guaranteed to succeed. This plan became the norm for all who walked in obedience to their Lord. When the Law of Moses became the Jews’ guidebook for life, this arrangement became an obligation, not an option. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Forgiveness

Unleashing the Power of Forgiveness - October 18, 2015
There are some truths we need to re-examine. Though we have heard them explained and illustrated many times, though we may have fully come to terms with them in our own lives, their importance is so great and the results of addressing them are so valuable—sometimes, life-changing—we need to revisit them to make certain we are still modeling them as we should. Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Gospel by Matthew

 

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Let's Meet the King - November 2, 2014
Rather than starting our study of Matthew with the first verse and immediately plunging into the details of the verses that follow, it will help us to grasp an overview of the entire account. Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Genesis of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17 ) - November 9, 2014
Anyone who makes the decision to read through the New Testament for the first time immediately encounters a daunting challenge. Right out of the chute, the reader has to wade through a long list of names. To make matters worse, most of the names are unfamiliar, and some are difficult to pronounce.   Click here to read more and view the outline.

Try Standing in Joseph’s Sandals (Matthew 1:18–25) - November 16, 2014
The story of Jesus’ miraculous conception and remarkable birth is the best-known story in the whole Bible. Other births recorded in the Scriptures may be amazing, perhaps even spectacular, like Isaac being born to his 90-year-old mother, Sarah; Elizabeth giving birth to John at a very old age; and Hannah, who was unable to have children, finally getting pregnant with Samuel. However, none can compare to the birth of Jesus from the virgin womb of Mary.   Click here to read more and view the outline.

Wise Men, Wicked Men... and Us (Matthew 2:1–12) - November 23, 2014
When we come to this section of Scripture, we immediately recall the lyrics of the well-known Christmas carol composed in 1857 by the Episcopal minister John H. Hopkins, Jr. He based his words on the traditional Christmas story handed down through many generations:
“We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain–following yonder star.
O, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to Thy perfect light.”
 
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Destination Driven Dreams (Matthew 2-13-23) - November 30, 2014
One dream has already played an important role in our study of the Gospel by Matthew.  It was the dream Joseph had as he was wrestling with how he should respond to Mary’s  shocking announcement of her pregnancy. In that dream (1:20–23), an angel of the Lord appeared to him, assuring him he had no reason to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. What happened in that dream was sufficient to convince Joseph to marry the woman he loved, even though he would never be able to fully explain the miracle in her womb.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Strange Preacher. . .Strong Proclamation (Matthew 3:1–17) - January 4, 2015
Through the years, there have been some unusual preachers who have delivered powerful messages. Consider some who lived in biblical days. Noah built a huge boat while proclaiming his message for well over 100 years before a disinterested, antagonistic audience. Moses did not get started until he was 80 years old. Then, he made up for lost time for the next 40 years.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Surprised by Jesus (Matthew 3:11–17) - January 11, 2015
One of the major challenges Christians face when reading the Scriptures is overexposure. As a result, we seldom read verses with “fresh eyes.” Since we are overly familiar with the stories surrounding Jesus as set forth in the four Gospels, we already know what is coming next, unlike those in the original scene.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Acing the Devil’s Tests (Matthew 4:1–11) - February 8, 2015
The ministry of Jesus was launched at His baptism. It must have been an emotional high mark in His life—especially when He heard those affirming words from the Father in heaven: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Where and How It All Began (Matthew 4:12–25) - February 15, 2015
The earthly ministry of Jesus is an intriguing study. He travels (mainly, by foot) from one area, town, and/or city to another, making His message known. Without exception, He attracts large crowds through His words and His actions.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Sermon of All Sermons (Matthew 5, 6 and 7) - February 22, 2015
Of the millions of sermons that have been preached down through the centuries, none is more famous, more convicting, or more enduring than the one Jesus preached shortly after beginning His ministry. We know it as the “Sermon on the Mount.”  Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Checklist for Lasting Joy (Matthew 5:1-12) - March 1, 2015
For many, the search for lasting joy is a frustrating and futile effort. Everybody is looking, but few find it. We long to know the secret of being truly contented deep within . . . regardless of our circumstances, our financial status, our rank or position in life, our list of accomplishments, or our personal health.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Shake and Shine! (Matthew 5:13–16) - March 15, 2015
One of our passionate desires as Christians left on this earth is to make a difference. Few believers want to exist for a while, then ride off into the sunset with a shrug, thinking, “Who really cares?” No, we would much rather think that as a result of investing all these years on this planet, others’ lives were changed for the better as a result of our influence.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Crucial Truths, Rarely Understood (Matthew 5:17–20) - March 22, 2015
No one spoke more clearly than Jesus. Without any attempt to parade His wisdom or flaunt His role, He moved quietly into the ranks of humanity and confidently explained truth like none other. What courage that took! For many long years faulty information had been taught by the religious aristocracy. With unquestioned authority, they twisted the meaning of Holy Scripture, offering interpretations that were faulty, while making demands that were extreme.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Steering Clear of Murder (Matthew 5:21–26) - March 29, 2015
The teachings of Jesus are both insightful and clarifying. They stand in sharp contrast to the traditional religious instruction we have been taught throughout our lives. That is true now and was equally true when Jesus walked among His disciples and taught the Truth during His earthly ministry.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Whatever Happened to Fidelity and Honesty? (Matthew 5:27–37) - April 19, 2015
One obvious, telltale sign of moral erosion in a society is the breakdown of integrity. On the domestic scene it reveals itself most clearly in the absence of marital fidelity. Something is terribly wrong when a long-term marriage is a rarity—the exception rather than the rule. In the personal realm, the lack of integrity is most blatantly evidenced by verbal dishonesty.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Shocking Advice to the Selfish and Strong-Willed (Matthew 5:27–37) - April 26, 2015
If we did not know it before, we will discover today that Jesus did not mince words. He had a way of saying things that were so unexpected, so radical, those who heard Him could scarcely forget what He said. What makes Jesus’ words even more radical is He had the audacity to say them to those who lived in Galilee, which was a culture that had no tolerance for “turning the other cheek” and virtually no room for forgiveness in their hearts.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Beware! Religious Performance Now Showing (Matthew 6:1–8) - May 3, 2015
Few things were more a turnoff to Jesus than religion on parade. He reserved His severest criticism
for hypocrites—especially religious hypocrites—who liked to be seen showing off their piety in order
to impress others. He was a master at exposing what was beneath the veneer of all that nonsense. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Prayer and Fasting Minus All the Pizzazz (Matthew 6:9–18) - May 10, 2015
We are engaged in a study of the Gospel by Matthew, which includes the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus delivered early in His earthly ministry. We are learning that what He taught that day was
information His listeners had not previously heard.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Lure of a Lesser Loyalty (Matthew 6:19–24) - May 17, 2015
The roots of secret erosion go deep into the soil of humanity. No one is immune—neither the young, nor the middle-aged . . . not even those who have walked with the Lord for decades. The supple, teachable years of our youth can erode, leaving the aging brittle, boastful, and/or bitter.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Our Favorite Sin (Matthew 6:25–34) - May 24, 2015
In His immortal Sermon on the Mount, Jesus delivered truth that was not only true, but also timeless. Whoever reads His words in Matthew 5, 6, and 7 would never guess they were spoken so many centuries ago. They drip with practicality and significance. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Attention, All Speck Inspectors! (Matthew 7:1–5) - May 31, 2015
Some sermons make us sleepy because they are boring, irrelevant, and uninteresting. Others make us angry as we endure the abuse of being word-whipped and shamed, rather than instructed and encouraged. Those that connect most effectively, remaining memorable for years to come, do so because of three things:
1. They grab our attention.
2. They help us understand the truth.
3. They motivate us to make important, personal decisions.
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Pearls, Pigs, Prayers, and People (Matthew 7:6–12) - June 7, 2015
Without realizing it, we frequently quote from the Sermon on the Mount. These statements that punctuate our speech are familiar to all of us—so familiar, in fact, they stand as mottos in our minds. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Three Non-Politically-Correct Warnings (Matthew 7:13–23) - June 14, 2015
The closer Jesus comes to the end of His magnificent Sermon on the Mount, the greater His intensity. By now it is clear that He is not meekly making a few simple suggestions for everybody to “try a little harder and do a little better.” Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Secret of an Unsinkable Life (Matthew 7:24–29) - June 21, 2015
Storms and life go together. There is no place on earth where we can be free—completely safe— from trauma, tension, or trouble. What Job wrote was spot-on: “Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1). Click here to read more and view the outline.

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Searching the Scriptures

Pursuing the Treasures of Scripture (Selections from Psalm 119) - September 7, 2014

Observing the Text of Scripture (Psalm 119:18 and Proverbs 2:1-5) - September 14, 2014

Probing the Meaning of Scriptures (Psalm 119:27, 33-34; Acts 8:26-35) - September 21, 2014

 Comparing Truths (2 Peter 1:16-21; 3:15-18) - September 28, 2014

Applying the Wisdom of Scripture (Psalm 139:1-7, 23-24) - October 5, 2014

Exposition: Pulling Everything Together (Joshua 1:6-9) - October 12, 2014

Where Are You in This Story (Mark 4:1–20) - October 19, 2014

Presenting the Truth in a Tough Place (Acts 17:16–34) - October 26, 2014

Letter to the Colossians

Anyone who digs deeply into the letter to the Colossians comes to realize that, though it was written to first-century Christians, it can easily be applied to those of us in the twenty-first century. It is remarkable how relevant these words fit what we face today, as the heresies of that day are still flourishing.

The words Paul used when exhorting and challenging the believers in the city of Colossae are words that carry significant meaning to us who live in the towns and cities of this generation. His warnings to them are also warnings to us. Those who deceive others with their high-sounding nonsense, self-energized legalism, and pious-appearing asceticism live on to this day. Deceivers are still gaining an audience with their well-crafted arguments while diminishing the supremacy and the sufficiency of Christ. This hardhitting letter, written to those who needed its message, is truly applicable for all Christians to this day!

Series Chart

Letter for Then and Now - April 27, 2014

A Prayer Worth Remembering - May 4, 2014

Crowning Christ as Lord of All - May 11, 2014

A Precise Explanation of Ministry - May 18, 2014

Counsel from a Concerned Apostle - May 25, 2014

Living Forgiven...Living Free - June 1, 2014

Spot–On Advice From A Seasoned Coach - June 8, 2014

Wherever, Whatever, Whenever, However . . . Christ! - June 15, 2014

A Brief Checklist For Believers - June 22, 2014

A Fond and Friend-Filled Farewell - June 29, 2014

Things to Stop and Start

Beginning on Sunday, January 12, 2014 and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 20, Pastor Chuck plans to deliver a new pulpit series of very practical messages on attitudes and actions we have tolerated too long and, therefore, need to change.

He’s calling it, “Things to Stop and Start.” Each of the subjects represents a habit that has dragged us and others down, stealing our joy and making us difficult to be around. We have thought about stopping these habits, but we have done little more than think and wish. This is the year we need to bring them to a halt!

Stop Procrastinating and Start Following Through - January 12, 2014

Stop Blaming and Start Forgiving - January 26, 2014

Stop Worrying and Start Trusting - February 2, 2014

Stop Acting Perfect and Start Being Vulnerable - February 9, 2014

Stop Lying and Start Acknowledging - February 16, 2014

Stop Shaming and Start Honoring - February 23, 2014

Stop Criticizing Earth and Start Contemplating Heaven - March 2, 2014

Stop Drifting Along and Start Digging In - March 30, 2014

Stop Resisting and Start Submitting - April 13, 2014

What If. . .?

Pastor Chuck Swindoll's new series of expository messages from the Scriptures is simply titled, "What If. . .?" These messages will address specific issues or subjects related to our everyday lives, reminding each of us just how practical and relevant God's Word is. They will provide biblical answers to questions that have to do with thoughts that often haunt us or experiences with which we may be wrestling.  Twelve questions will be answered in the messages, each beginning with those words.

All sermons in this series are delivered by Senior Pastor Chuck Swindoll. One-page sermon outlines are distributed to everyone on Sunday mornings. Click the sermon title to download an outline in PDF format. 

Series Overview

God Chooses You Great (September 15, 2013)

What If You Suddenly Lose Everything? (September 22, 2013)

What If You Are Being Stalked? (September 29, 2013)

What If A Longtime Friend Deceives You? (October 6, 2013)

What If You Should Confront Someone in Sin? (October 13, 2013)

What If Someone Kicks You When You're Down? (October 27, 2013)

What If You Need a Second Chance? (November 3, 2013)

What If You Struggle with a Permanent Disability? (November 10, 2013)

What If a Person Is an Unrepentant Troublemaker? (November 17, 2013)

What If You Talk Too Much? (November 24, 2013)

What If Your Boss Is Unfair and Disrespectful? (December 1, 2013)

What If You Were To Die Tonight? (December 8, 2013)

Wise Counsel for Troubled Times

It is obvious to everyone that we live in troubled times. Virtually every week we’re faced with another situation that can steal our hope and drain our energy, resulting in disappointment, discouragement, and defeat. This is when biblical truth can play a vital role. It provides us with fresh strength to press on, regardless of what we encounter.

All sermons in this series are delivered by Senior Pastor Chuck Swindoll. One-page sermon outlines are distributed to everyone on Sunday mornings. Click the sermon title to download an outline in PDF format. 

Series Overview 

Sustaining Enthusiasm – Joshua (April 14, 2013)

Thinking Biblically - Josiah (April 21, 2013)

Encouraging Others - Barnabas (April 28, 2013)

Respecting Authority - David (May 5, 2013)

Demonstrating Wisdom - Abigail (May 12, 2013)

Cultivating Humility - John the Baptizer (May 19, 2013)

Modeling Integrity - Daniel (May 26, 2013)

Studying Hard - Ezra (June 2, 2013)

Extending Grace - Joseph (June 9, 2013)

Taking Responsibility - Nehemiah (June 16, 2013)

Standing Alone - Esther (June 23, 2013)

Overcoming Failure - Peter (June 30, 2013)

Never Quitting - Paul (July 7, 2013)
 

The Life of Abraham

All sermons in this series are delivered by Senior Pastor Chuck Swindoll. One-page sermon outlines are distributed to everyone on Sunday mornings. Click the sermon title to download an outline in PDF format.

A Patriarch In Panorama (September 30, 2012)

Going Not Knowing (October 7, 2012)

Never to Be Forgotten Promises (October 14, 2012)

When the Faithful Fail (October 21, 2012)

A Decision that Led to a Disaster (October 28, 2012)

Abraham the Great Hearted (November 4, 2012)

Can We Talk? (November 11, 2013)

Running Ahead of God (November 18, 2013)

Deepening Our Roots with God (November 25, 2013)

One of Those Upper-Downer Days (December 2, 2013)

What Happens When We Pray? (December 9, 2013)

Overcoming Depravity’s Dangerous Undertow (February 3, 2013)

Disobedience DÉjÀ Vu (February 10, 2013)

Forgiven Sin . . . Lingering Consequences (February 24, 2013)

When God Says, "Let Go!" (March 3, 2013)

The Pleasures of Passing God's Exams (March 10, 2013)

On Finding Your Life Long Companion (March 17, 2013)

What a Way to Go (March 24, 2013)

A Portrait of a Hero (April 7, 2013) 

Biblical Parenting

All sermons in this series are delivered by Senior Pastor Chuck Swindoll. One-page sermon outlines are distributed to everyone on Sunday mornings. Click the sermon title to download an outline in PDF format. 

Discovering Your Child and Yourself (April 19, 2012)

The Bents in Your Baby (May 6, 2012)

Straightening Granddad's Bent (May 13, 2012)

Unpacking Our Ancestral Baggage (May 20, 2012)

Shaping the Will with Wisdom (May 27, 2012)

Delighting in Your Children (June 3, 2012)

Delightful Memories Your Children Won't Forget (June 10, 2012)

When the Fun Stops for Parents (June 17, 2012)

Resolving those Parent/Child Conflicts (June 24, 2012)

Accepting Reproof From Those Who Love Us (September 9, 2012)

Suggestions for Parenting Grown Up Kids (September 16, 2012)

What To Do When You've Blown It (September 23, 2012)

 

Other Sermons in 2012

The following messages do not have accompanying outlines because they are not part of the current series, or they were delivered by pastors other than Chuck Swindoll.

Sermon Title (Date), Pastor

A Life That Matters by Pastor Tom Hayes (January 29, 2012)

Abraham: Acing the Test by Abe Kuruvilla (July 1, 2012)

Two Roads, Two Destinies by Michael Easley (July 8, 2012)

A Prayer for Pardon, Protection, and Patience by Michael Easley (July 15, 2012)

The Prayer of Maturity by Michael Easley (July 22, 2012)

For Times Like These by Stanley Toussaint (July 27, 2012)

It's All About Water by Barry Jones (August 12, 2012)

Series on You and Your Body by Pastor Chuck Swindoll:

Going Back To Our Body's Beginning (January 15, 2012)

Fearfully And Wonderfully Made (January 22, 2012)

The God-Given Purpose Of Our Bodies (February 5, 2012)

How Do We "Glorify God" In Our Bodies? (February 12, 2012)

A New Way To View Bodily Pain (February 26, 2012)

In Praise of Weakness (March 4, 2012)
 

Sermon Notes 2011

All sermons in this series are delivered by Senior Pastor Chuck Swindoll. One-page sermon outlines are distributed to everyone on Sunday mornings. Click the sermon title to download an outline in PDF format. 

Argumentative Pharisees . . . Dull Disciples (January 9, 2011)
An Unusual Healing (January 16, 2011)
Crucial Contrasts (January 23, 2011)
Divine Phenomenon (February 6, 2011) 
Confronting an Unclean Spirit (February 13, 2011)
A Cross, a Crown, a Child (February 20, 2011)
The Coiled Snake of Jealousy (February 27, 2011)
Terrifying Warnings (March 6, 2011) 
According to Jesus . . . What About Divorce? (March 13, 2011)
Bring on the Children! (March 20, 2011)
Let's Get These Things Straight (March 27, 2011)
Prediction, Ambition, Submission (April 3, 2011)
What's a King Doing on a Donkey? (April 17, 2011)
Seeing Another Side of Jesus (May 1, 2011)
A Violent and Bloody Parable (May 8, 2011)
Questions, Questions, Questions (May 15, 2011)
Teachable Moments, Timeless Truths (May 22, 2011)
A Prophet We Can Trust (May 29, 2011)
Go Ahead—Break a Vase! (June 5, 2011)
Portrait of a Traitor (June 12, 2011)
Simple Meal . . . Shocking Prediction (June 19, 2011)
A Place Named Gethsemane (June 26, 2011)
An Enemy's Deceitful Kiss (September 18, 2011)
Peter's Darkest Hour (September 25, 2011)
Rush to Judgment: Chronology of Events and The Trials of Jesus (October 2, 2011)
Who's on Trial, Here? and The Sanhedrin (October 9, 2011)
Pre-Crucifixion Torture (October 16, 2011)
. . . And They Crucified Him (October 23, 2011)
What Happened After Jesus Died? (October 30, 2011)
. . . And He Was Buried (November 6, 2011)
A Sunday-Morning Miracle (november 13, 2011)
 

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