Church of the Open Door


Sermons 2014

  • May 25, 2014

    What Can the Righteous Do?

    by COD

    The Psalmist, David, in a moment of great emotional fear, because his enemies were seeking to destroy him, expressed this apprehension, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3). Will David’s emotions control his actions and send him into despair? How will he deal with these threats? Fortunately, instead of being controlled by his emotions, David rehearses the surpassing magnificence of God. In a similar context, the disciples are riddled with a wide range of emotions as they face the death of the One they loved and followed while being threatened by their enemies. Will their emotions dictate their reaction forcing them into despair? Is Jesus sufficient to deliver His disciples from despair? Luke provides the last instruction of Jesus which unfolds for us four available resources for victory over our enemies and emotions.

  • May 18, 2014

    Jesus is the Single Solution for Every Culture

    by COD

    Too often, people have placed the account of the Passion Week into a cute Sunday School story while forgetting the reality that it actually took place in a setting with real people and real emotions. Frequently, believers wonder whether knowing and believing in Jesus will provide answers for their struggles, addictions, and pains in life? The world would have us believe that it is all just a spiritual sounding cliché for the weak minded and those in need of a crutch. Yet, when we read these chapters, we do not find a weak Jesus struggling to survive the attack from the culture of His day. In fact, we read about Jesus, through the Holy Spirit’s power and wisdom, silencing and frustrating the opposition. Remarkably, this same work of the Holy Spirit is available to every believer, thereby granting the confidence necessary for powerful and godly living. The question and choice that remains is whether the believer will live autonomously or under the authority of Jesus Christ?

  • May 11, 2014

    Living in View of Eternity

    by COD

    “Ours is a culture” writes Mark Sayers, “in which a constant searching for happiness is the ultimate goal, meaning that believers find themselves constantly reevaluating their faith, testing that faith’s ability to deliver our culture’s vision of the good life.” It is becoming painfully obvious that our culture is more parallel with the culture of Noah and Lot than we will admit. Jesus, after dealing with the Pharisees question, teaches the disciples the importance of living in view of eternity with Him while still mixing in a world dominated by earthly matters. Jesus teaches three truths for Christ-centered living in view of eternity.

  • May 4, 2014

    A Tale of Two Sons

    by COD

    Pastor Bryant Geating The Parable of the Lost Sheep 15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:11-32 The Parable of the Lost Sheep 15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing […]

  • April 27, 2014

    The Prayer Life of the True Disciple

    by COD

    The disciples ask, “Lord teach us to pray” because they observed, by example, the value Jesus placed on the activity of prayer. Thankfully, Jesus went beyond the words in prayer, to the heart and benefit of prayer. There are three key truths being taught by Jesus concerning prayer that will help the disciple of Jesus understand the what, how, and why of prayer.