Pleasanton Evangelical Free Church​

"Planting, Growing, Harvesting Together"


SERMONS SERIES

What is the Purpose of the Church and What is My Role?

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

March 12, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 17

Sailing the Ship of Stewardship, Part 8

This is the final sermon of this series. We examine the benefits of tithing. Why should we tithe? What benefit is it to us if we tithe? This sermon answers these questions.


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

March 5, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 15

Sailing the Ship of Stewardship, Part 6

We end the discussion on chapter 13 of First Corinthians. We delve into the issue of whether the gift of tongues ceased or not in the first century. We also focus on the most important aspect of this chapter. 


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:5-7

Feb 19, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 14

Sailing the Ship of Stewardship, Part 5

We continue our amazing journey through the "love" chapter. In this sermon we learn what God is calling the church to be. We learn that love covers a multiple of sins. This is an important sermon in this series. 


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4

Feb 12, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 13

Sailing the Ship of Stewardship, Part 4

What is love? We continue to look at understanding the true biblical meaning of love...of agape love. 


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Feb 5, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 12

Sailing the Ship of Stewardship, Part 3

What is love? I love apple pie. I love Mexican food. I love my family. I love Jesus. Does love have the same meaning in all these sentences? In the Greek language, the language of the New Testament, there were several different words that are translated into English as "love." We examine four of the Greek words for love and begin to unpack 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Jan, 29, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 11

Sailing the Ship of Stewardship, Part 2

In this sermon, we continue exploring the meaning of stewardship. God has designed His Church to function with diverse members working in unity. The big idea of this message is in order for the body to function properly the diverse parts need to work together in harmony. Unity in the local church is vital. However, unity does not always mean 100% agreement. Listen as we explore 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 together.


Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Jan, 22, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 10

Sailing the Ship of Stewardship, Part 1

In this sermon, we begin to sail the final ship--Stewardship. Stewardship is time invested in service. It is the wise management of our talents, treasures and time. Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth address many of these areas. In chapters 12 through 14, Paul corrects the Corinthians's view of spiritual gifts and the value of each and every member of the body of Christ. Listen as Pastor Chris begins a mini-sermon on 1 Corinthians 12-14.


Scripture: Phil 1:19-26

Jan, 8, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 9

Sailing the Ship of Worship, Part 2

This is probably one of the most important messages that Pastor Chris could give. In this message, Paul describes how he can have joy despite his circumstances and how that joy connects to worship. This is a must listen.


Scripture: Psalms 16:11

Jan, 1, 2017

The Purpose of the Church, Part 8

Sailing the Ship of Worship, Part I  

Because the subject of worship is such a misunderstood topic, Pastor Chris is taking two weeks to understand this "ship." This first week is foundational to understanding worship. In this first message Pastor Chris examines what worship is not, worship in the OT, and worship in the NT before attempting a definition of worship.


Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16

Dec, 18, 2016

The Purpose of the Church, Part 7

Sailing the Ship of Ambassadorship  

This sermon examines the "ship" Ambassadorship. It is arguably the most important "ship."  Pastor Chris explains that if we do not possess a proper understanding of the Gospel ourselves it will be hard to spread the good news to others. Jesus warned us that people could do works in His name, cast out demons in His name and still not know him. That's a scary thought! However, armed with a proper understanding of the Gospel ourselves, we possess the most powerful antidote to the greatest problem on the planet--sin. 


Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25

Dec, 11, 2016

The Purpose of the Church, Part 6

Sailing the Ship of Fellowship

This sermon examines the "ship" of Fellowship. The Big Idea is "Relate to others as Christ relates to you by extending inexhaustible grace." What does this look like? We exercise the "one other" verses of Scripture. Here are 31 examples:
1. Give preference to one another (Rom. 12:10).

2. Be of the same mind toward one another (Rom. 12:16).

3. Accept one another by withholding judgment especially those weaker in the faith (Rom. 14:1, 15:7).

4. Esteem [highly regard] one another in love (Rom. 14:5; Phil. 2:3).

5. Build up one another (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11).

6. Counsel one another (Rom. 15:14).

7. Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10).

8. Serve one another by showing deference in matters of liberty (Gal. 5:13).

9. Bear one another’s sin burdens (Gal. 6:2).

10. Be gentle and kind with one another (Eph. 4:2).

11. Speak truth to one another (Eph. 4:25; Col 3:9).

12. Submit to one another (Eph. 5:21).

13. Show compassion to one another (Col. 3:12).

14. Bear with the inherent sinfulness of one another (Col. 3:13)

15. Forgive one another (Col. 3:13).

16. Use Spirit-filled, Word-saturated music to teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19).

17. Comfort one another with the hope of Christ’s return (1 Thes. 4:18).

18. Live in peace with one another (1 Thes. 5:13).

19. Seek good for one another (1 Thes. 5:15).

20. Encourage one another to forsake unbelief and hardness of heart (Heb. 3:13).

21. Stimulate one another to spiritual growth (Heb. 10:24).

22. Confess sins to one another (James 5:16).

23. Pray for one another’s spiritual and physical healing (James 5:16).

24. Be long-suffering and patient toward one another (1 Peter 4:8; Eph. 4:2).

25. Be hospitable to one another without complaint (1 Peter 4:9).

26. Serve one another (1 Peter 4:10; Gal. 5:13).

27. Act in humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5).

28. Show holy affection to one another (1 Peter 5:14).

29. Refuse to become resentful toward one another (1 John 3:11–12).

30. Give sacrificially to meet one another’s needs (1 John 3:16–17).

31. Walk in truth together (1 John 3:18; 2 John 1:5).


Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16

Dec, 4, 2016

The Purpose of the Church, Part 5

Sailing the Ship of Discipleship

This sermon examines the "ship" of Discipleship. Pastor Chris examines the NT use of the term. Then, he looks at what Discipleship is not before looking at what Discipleship actually is and who is a disciple maker.  Finally, after defining Discipleship, he looks at how to live everyday in light of the Gospel.


Scripture: Matthew 5:14-16

Nov, 20, 2016

The Purpose of the Church, Part 4

Sailing the "Ships" through the "C's"

This sermon was not recorded. This week Pastor Chris identified our 5 target audiences.

The Community, The Crowd, The Congregation, Committed and the Core.

For more information on the "C's" see Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Church, Zondervan, 1995


Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47

Nov, 13, 2016

The Purpose of the Church, Part 3

Sailing the "Ships"

Pastor Chris discusses and explains the five-fold purpose of the church: Discpleship, Fellowship, Worship, Stewardship and Ambassadorship


Scriptures: Eph 3:20–21​​​​​​​, Eph 3:7–13, Mt 28:16–20, Acts 1:1-11

Nov, 6, 2016

The Purpose of the Church, Part 2

Why Does the Church Exist?

Three main points established in this sermon. 

1) The Church is the Main Vehicle To Display the Glory of God and the Wisdom of God to Creation

2) The Church is to Make Discple by Going, Baptizing, and Teaching

3) The Church is to Witness the Main Witness of the Grace of God


Scriptures: 1 Cor 6:18-20, 2 Co 6:14–18, Eph 2:11–22, 1 Cor 12:13, Acts 1:5, and Acts 11:15-16.

Oct, 30, 2016

The Purpose of the Church, Part 1

​​​​​​​What is the Church?

Three main points established in this sermon. 

1) Is the church building the House of God

2) What is the Chruch

3) When was the Church born?