Swimming UPSTREAM in a Downstream World

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In the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan, he makes the following statement: "If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream.”

On October 1, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached the first sermon in the UPSTREAM series. This series is rooted in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and focuses on the need to swim upstream in a downstream world. This first sermon is rooted in Matthew 5:1-12, a section commonly referred to as the Beatitudes. These blessings spoken by Jesus were countercultural by nature.

On October 8, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached Part 2 in the UPSTREAM series. This sermon focuses on Matthew 5:13-16. In these verses Jesus talks about the need for believers to be the salt and light of the world! 

On October 15, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached Part 3 in the UPSTREAM series. The text for this sermon is Matthew 5:17-20. In these verses, Jesus states that he has not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill the Law. As a result, a genuine and personal relationship with God becomes possible. 

On October 22, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached Part 4 in the UPSTREAM series. The primary text for this sermon is Matthew 5:21-26, 38-48. These verses raise the standard of what it truly means to love one another and follow after God. 

On October 29, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached Part 5 in the UPSTREAM series. The text for this sermon is Matthew 5:27-32. The sermon focuses on the topic of marriage. 

On November 5, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached Part 6 in the UPSTREAM series. The sermon is titled "A Life of Intention" and is rooted in Matthew 6:1-6 and 16-18.

On November 12, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached Part 7 in the UPSTREAM series. The sermon is titled "What Are You Doing With Your Hands?" The text for this sermon is Matthew 6:19-21, 25-27, and 7:7-8.

On November 19, Pastor Brian Matherlee concluded the UPSTREAM series with a sermon titled "Putting it All Together." The Biblical text for the sermon is Matthew 7:1-6, 13-27.

The Fruit of the Spirit

Throughout the summer, Pastor Brian Matherlee preached a series on the Fruit of the Spirit. The root text for each of these sermons can be found in Galatians 5:16-18, and 22-25.

On June 11, Pastor Brian preaches his opening sermon in the Fruit of the Spirit series. The text for this sermon is from Galatians 5:16-18 and verses 22-25.

On June 18, Pastor Brian continues his series with a focus on Love.  The text is from I John 4:7-12, and 19-21.

On June 25, Pastor Brian preaches Part 3 of this series on the Fruit of the Spirit.  This message focuses on Joy.  The text is from John 15:5-11.

On July 9, Pastor Brian continues the Fruit of the Spirit series with the message of "Peace." The text is from Philippians 4:6-9.

On July 16, Pastor Brian preaches Part 5 of the series on the Fruit of the Spirit. The message focuses on Patience. The text is from Romans 12:19-21.

On August 6, Pastor Brian continues the Fruit of the Spirit series. The message focuses on Kindness, Goodness, and Gentleness. The primary texts for this sermon are: Romans 12:4, Psalm 23:6, and Galatians 6:1. 

On August 13, Pastor Brian preaches Part 7 of the Fruit of the Spirit series which focuses on Faithfulness. The text is from Exodus 32.

On August 20, Pastor Brian continues the Fruit of the Spirit series with a focus on Self-Control. The primary Biblical text is Genesis 4:2-7.

On August 27, Pastor Brian concluded his series on the Fruit of the Spirit. He took a few moments to review major points associated with each fruit and then addressed how living a life in the Spirit is living a life above the law. The primary text is Galatians 5:16-18, 22-25; 6:7-9.