Cornerstone Presbyterian Church of Katy, TX en-us ℗ & © 2015 Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Katy, TX cornerstonekaty Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (EPC) Sermons from Cornerstone EPC, Katy, TX Sermons from Cornerstone EPC, Katy, TX Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (EPC) no Filled with the Spirit: Wives Carter Sanger Ephesians 5:18-33 This week we come to another verse that gets inordinate amount of attention because it’s such a lightning rod for controversy. It’s the verse that talks about wives submitting to their husbands. Because of the heightened sensitivity to relationship between men and women in general in our society, people jump to foregone conclusions Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:36:58 +0000 00:30:00 Revelry of the Spirit Carter Sanger Ephesians 5:15-21 In this passage we come to a verse that gets quoted a lot in Christian circles for abstaining from alcohol. “Do not get drunk with wine…” The danger of a verse becoming too familiar on its own is that it begins to overpower the context in which it was written. But the context is Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:13:57 +0000 00:30:00 Power to Imitate God Carter Sanger Ephesians 5:1-14 The way you live is impacted by the way you think. The way you think is a result of who you are. This is what Paul has been explaining in this letter. Live this way, because you are a new creation. This is what God has gone to great lengths to accomplish! This is what Sun, 04 Feb 2018 19:06:13 +0000 00:30:00 Power to Live a New Life Nathan Cotton Ephesians 4:17-24 What does it mean to walk with Jesus? It means putting off the old self and and putting on the new. Paul shows us the key to doing this. Sun, 28 Jan 2018 21:01:38 +0000 00:30:00 The Power of Unity Carter Sanger Ephesians 4:1-16 Maturity. Oh how we want it. It’s what this text is about. Mature manhood, Paul descibes, is attaining “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” The context of this fullness is not the invidual, however, but the Church. That means that spiritual maturity for you, as an individual, is tied Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:09:22 +0000 00:30:00 Praying for Power Carter Sanger Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul is praying for our heavenly father to bring his children to maturity—that they may be filled “with all the fullness of God.” And it isn’t a badgering prayer. It isn’t as though our heavenly father is stingy in his answers or his help. He’s longing to do it. That’s what we will see in Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:34:42 +0000 00:30:00 The Mystery of God Revealed Carter Sanger Ephesians 3:1-13 Paul reveals a mystery that has, for centuries past, been hidden away from all. It is a mystery that brings to light God’s grand plan to unite all things in heaven and earth in Christ and pulls the curtain back on the cosmic story that has been unfolding since creation. Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:49:06 +0000 33:17:00 The Hardness of Unbelief Allen White Mark 8:11-21 Unbelief prevents people from seeing Jesus as He is. What causes unbelief? Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:45:11 +0000 00:30:00 Learning from the Magi Carter Sanger Matthew 2:1-11 The signs in the sky regarding Jesus’ birth were so remarkable that Magi from the East took notice and set out to find this King of the Jews. As this story unfolds, we see three contrasting responses to the birth of Jesus, challenging us to measure our own response. We also see three insightful gifts which define true worship Mon, 25 Dec 2017 14:11:54 +0000 10:25 The Fullness of Time Carter Sanger Galatians 4:1-7 This week we’ll take a closer look at Jesus’ first coming and the big story lines in God’s history of redemption. We get a glimpse of these in this passage from Galatians 4. God sent forth his son “in the fullness of time”. The result of which is a major transition for the Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:34:49 +0000 00:30:00 God’s Day of Vengeance Carter Sanger Revelation 19:1-10 John writes to churches in the midst of great tribulation. They faced pressure by the Jews to Old Covenant ways; they faced an onslaught of false teachers; and they faced pressure by the Romans to bow down to the emperor as a god. John writes to encourage them to hold fast to their Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:09:37 +0000 00:30:00 The King is Coming Carter Sanger Isaiah 61:1-7 Advent is our reminder that Jesus, the Conquering King is coming. Thus, there is hope for this world. Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:51:21 +0000 00:30:00 Light of the World Nathan Cotton John 1:1-13 Why should we be giving? Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:34:34 +0000 00:30:00 Power to Reconcile Carter Sanger Ephesians 2:11-22 Paul writes about a power that fell like a rock into the chaos of hatred and bitter conflict that left ripples of reconciliation through the centuries. Those ripples have given shape to the Church today. In fact, it is the melting pot of the Church that reflects God’s power as we find people Sun, 26 Nov 2017 20:55:41 +0000 38:14:00 Power to Bring the Dead to Life Carter Sanger Ephesians 2:1-10 Jack Miller used to say, “cheer up, you’re a lot worse than you think you are!” It was a setup for his point, “but God’s grace is greater than you could ever imagine.” This text shows the contrast between our before and after encounter with Christ. Paul wrote to so that we might Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:59:06 +0000 41:23:00 A Prayer to See God’s Power Carter Sanger Ephesians 1:15-23 If you had access to unlimited power what should you pursue? Should I use it to convince my boss to give me a promotion? Should I use it to become famous and loved across my school, my city, the world? Should I use it to make someone fall in love with me? Should I use it to Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:23:05 +0000 35:28:00 God’s Power in Predestination Carter Sanger Ephesians 1:3-14 How do you let go of your power in the midst of a world full of injustice? Only by trusting the one with ultimate power. Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:53:02 +0000 35:27:00 Table Talk Carter Sanger Acts 2:42 The idea of community, historically and Biblically, is often tied to meals shared together at table. After all, this is why we call the Lord’s Supper “communion.” It is a tangible display of the community we have with God and God’s people. And we have the reformation, particularly the work of Martin Luther, Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:33:50 +0000 00:30:00 The Righteous Shall Live by Faith Carter Sanger Romans 1:16-17 October 31 is a date often attributed to the start of the Protestant Reformation. As this new movement progressed, certain doctrines came into view; doctrines that the Church had lost over the centuries. These recovered doctrines of grace shape the heart of the gospel and dramatically changed the landscape of Western Civilization throughout Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:06:26 +0000 00:30:00 Katy Gospel Project Nathan Cotton John 4 Here we find strategic elements for church planting, which the Katy Gospel Project seeks to embrace. What is the heart of the project? to bring Christ, the true “Safe Haven” to where he’s not. What will the Katy Gospel Project’s “Safe Haven” look like? In John 4 we find 3 characteristics for this Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:27:48 +0000 00:30:00 The End Carter Sanger Isaiah 66 Isaiah shows us the problem of piety, the hope of the humble, and what the end looks like. These shatter the stereotypes that our modern world puts on heaven and hell and how to get there. Sun, 08 Oct 2017 18:13:04 +0000 00:30:00 The Prayer of Faith Carter Sanger Isaiah 64 if you want to be a peacemaker in the world, you have to believe in God’s wrath. This passage in Isaiah explains why. Sun, 01 Oct 2017 18:11:14 +0000 00:30:00 My Delight is in Her Carter Sanger Isaiah 62 Why are weddings so moving? Weddings paint a picture of love and intimacy. They paint a picture of approval and adoration, with no conditions attached. It’s what we want. It’s what we were made for. Isaiah uses this imagery to describe the future relationship between God and His people. It is a relationship defined Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:50:20 +0000 00:30:00 The Welfare of the City Carter Sanger Jeremiah 29:4-14 Why are churches stepping up to volunteer? It’s simple really. Jesus called the church to be the light of the world and the darkness of the storm has given opportunity for that light to shine more brightly. This is what the gospel does. Jesus poured out his life into us that we might Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:06:57 +0000 00:30:00 Lord in the Storm Carter Sanger Psalm 107:23-32 Having endured Harvey, now we face a different kind of storm that will last much longer – the aftermath of the devastation. The Psalmist tells the story of exile through the lens of a storm at sea. He writes in retrospect with the valuable lessons about God and His care that leads us to Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:50:44 +0000 00:30:00 Master of the Storm Carter Sanger Mark 4:35-41 Before Harvey arrived, I was on the skeptical side. Hurricane, smurricane. We’ve been there before and come out just fine. Then it arrived and the rains came down, and down, and down. The bayous filled up, the reservoirs filled up. And the rains came down more. Water started to rise on the streets, Sun, 03 Sep 2017 21:11:17 +0000 00:30:00 A Perfect World Carter Sanger Isaiah 60 The idea of utopia resonates deep in our soul. We long for it. Because of the scarred condition of man, however, we fear it is impossible. This is why dystopian novels are so popular today. Isaiah shows a utopia that is not man made but God made. God is coming down to accomplish Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:10:22 +0000 00:30:00 Hero for Hire Nathan Cotton Isaiah 59:15-21 We need heroes. We need people to inspire us beyond the mundane. But what happens when human heroes fail, when they fall short, when they become corrupt. Isaiah presents us with a hero that will never fail. A hero that will not cease to provide for his people and fight on their behalf. Sun, 06 Aug 2017 19:05:03 +0000 00:30:00 The Evil of Exile Nathan Cotton Isaiah 59:9-15 Evil reminds us that we are in a land that is not our home. We are constantly seeking to return to a land that we can’t access. Isaiah shows us we will never be satisfied in this world, and the most probable reason for that is because we were made for another world. Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:01:51 +0000 00:30:00 The Problem of Evil Nathan Cotton Isaiah 59:1-8 Evil is both an intellectual and existential problem that plagues us. If God is all powerful then he could abolish evil, but he hasn’t. If God was all loving, he would want to abolish evil, but he hasn’t. Isaiah offers clarity to this conundrum, and gives Christians incredible hope to press on in Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:50:07 +0000 00:30:00 True and False Christianity Carter Sanger Isaiah 58 This text is extremely relevant for us today. It distinguishes between a true and false Christianity. Let’s be frank, one of the major setbacks to people in our culture looking favorable upon Christianity is the negative view of Christians. This is what Isaiah 58 is about. It doesn’t sugarcoat it. It doesn’t spin Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:29:12 +0000 00:30:00 Peace in Chaos Carter Sanger Isaiah 57:1-2,13-21 This passage shows us how you can have peace in the midst of a chaotic world. The text opens with the righteous man finding rest and ends with the wicked man finding none. That sounds like what we might expect from a religious position. If you do right, you will experience good things. Sun, 09 Jul 2017 20:00:01 +0000 00:30:00 Sneering at God Nathan Cotton Isaiah 57:1-13 Sun, 02 Jul 2017 19:58:35 +0000 00:30:00 Grace for the Foreigner Nathan Cotton Isaiah 56:1-8 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:05:27 +0000 00:30:00 Parable of the Net Carter Sanger Matthew 13:47-50 What we think of the afterlife affects the way we live today. In this parable Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a fishing net that will pull up everything. The image would have been a familiar one to his disciples as many were fishermen. When we think of fishing we think of a fishing Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:43:38 +0000 00:30:00 Parable of the Hidden Treasure Carter Sanger Matthew 13:44-46 In this parable Jesus reorients our priorities by opening our eyes to the true value of the Kingdom. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:58:55 +0000 00:30:00 Parable of the Mustard Seed Carter Sanger Matthew 13:31-34 The pair of parables (the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Leaven) point to the surprising way the kingdom grows. So don’t be discouraged when it looks like nothing is happening. Instead, be encouraged because it’s happening just as Jesus said it would. Sun, 04 Jun 2017 17:26:04 +0000 00:30:00 Parable of the Weeds Carter Sanger Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 This parable in particular shows that there are sons of the kingdom (wheat) and sons of the evil one (weeds) all mixed together. Who is who and how do we tell them apart? Sun, 28 May 2017 17:23:48 +0000 00:30:00 Parable of the Sower Carter Sanger Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The secrets of the kingdom of heaven give us a window into the way the kingdom comes. The parables in Matthew 13 walk us through different aspects of this kingdom, from its coming to its consummation. These secrets are giving to those with ears to hear. In the parable of the sower the Sun, 21 May 2017 17:54:24 +0000 00:30:00 The Purpose of Parables Carter Sanger Matthew 13:10-17, 34-35 Why did Jesus teach in parables? There are two reasons given in this passage, reasons related to the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven. “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more Sun, 14 May 2017 17:34:55 +0000 00:30:00 When God Gave Nathan Cotton Daniel 1 In the face of opposition we are called to walk in faith. How do we do this? Daniel points us to God’s principles, God’s promises and God’s plan that come into focus most clearly in the person and work of Christ. Sun, 07 May 2017 21:51:36 +0000 00:30:00 Come, buy, and eat! Carter Sanger Isaiah 55 Isaiah 55 builds on the previous chapters and brings us to an invitation. 52-53 explained how the suffering servant would accomplish salvation for His people. 54 describes the greatness and extent of that salvation and now 55 invites us to action in light of these realities. Think of it like this: God has Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:27:06 +0000 00:30:00 Future Glory Carter Sanger Isaiah 54 So what did the work of the suffering servant produce? That’s what the next few chapters are about. The results are beyond grand as we will see. For the people of Isaiah’s day, and those who would read him while living in exile, it pointed to the future and was a source of Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:37:20 +0000 00:30:00 Salvation Accomplished! Carter Sanger Isaiah 52:13-53:12 This is the single best place in the Bible to understand the suffering and death of Jesus. In it we find this mysterious servant of the Lord will accomplish all that you expect and could ever dream, but at a cost you could never dare fathom. And as he does, the power behind Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:07:16 +0000 00:30:00 God’s Wake-up Call Carter Sanger Isaiah 51:1-16 Have you grown deaf to God’s promises of rescue? Isaiah cries out “wake-up!” as he builds anticipation of the salvation that God’s servant will bring. Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:24:33 +0000 00:30:00 Walking in the Fear of the Lord Nathan Cotton Isaiah 50:4-11 This third of the servant songs in Isaiah gives us insight to the servant of the Lord and points us in the direction we are to walk. Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:47:05 +0000 00:30:00 Eyes of Faith see Further Carter Sanger Isaiah 49:14-50:3 Isaiah’s readers are facing circumstances bigger than they can handle. The Assyrians are threatening and the people are growing anxious. In the verses leading up to this section Isaiah painted a vision of the future that was so glorious the heavens and the earth sang for joy. It was a picture so bright Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:28:22 +0000 00:30:00 A Renewed Worship Jeremiah Situka Romans 12:1-2 In Romans 12, Paul brings his readers to the turning point of his letter explaining how the gospel breaks barriers to bring together the Jews and Gentiles as one people as an offering to God in worship. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:17:00 +0000 00:30:00 Good News for Everyone Carter Sanger Isaiah 49:1-13 In this chapter of Isaiah we see a vision of salvation that the suffering servant will accomplish. It is a powerful vision. It is a sustaining vision. This is exactly what you need when you’re in the midst of suffering. There is a future beyond the suffering and it is glorious. So what do we Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:09:29 +0000 00:30:00 LGBT and Gender Identity Carter Sanger 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Where does a person get his identity? When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church he had much to say about the way they should live, especially as he addressed particular problems within the church. Interestingly he enough, his starting point for their behavior was their identity. Paul explains “you are, therefore you do.” This Sun, 05 Mar 2017 19:38:43 +0000 00:30:00 The Immigration Divide Carter Sanger 1 Peter 2:9-17 How can the Christian respond to the immigration divide in our country? How can the Christian speak truth with grace into the chaos? There are two important facets to God’s character that speak directly to this situation. God is sovereign and God is compassionate. As we put these together it gives us Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:23:21 +0000 00:30:00 Black Lives Matter and Social Justice Carter Sanger Psalm 98 While it doesn’t get the press time it used to, the Black Lives Matter movement has raised everything from questions to outrage. One of those questions surrounds the name itself. “Black lives matter? Don’t all lives matter?” When Black Lives Matter protests shut down interstates like they did in Miami, Oakland and St Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:53:30 +0000 00:30:00