Sermons by Travis Agnew

Sermons by Travis Agnew

Obedience Over Feelings

Peace on Earth Obedience Over Feelings (Matt. 1:18-25) Joseph thought he had been betrayed by Mary and yet surrendered his personal feelings to obey God’s commands. We must submit to God’s Word to experience God’s peace. THE PROBLEM (Matt. 1:18-19) Submitting to God’s plan can often involve surrendering your reputation. Joseph chose to extend grace when he experienced disgrace. Joseph’s character was not created in that moment but revealed in that moment. THE PROMISE (matt. 1:20-23) God’s plans are promised…

Did the Angels Waste Their Words?

Peace on Earth Did the Angels Waste Their Words? (Luke 2:8-14) When the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they told them that peace on earth had come.  As we look around us, how do we reconcile this supposed peace with the state of the world? ANNOUNCING PEACE Jesus’ birth announcement came to lowly outcasts before the religious elite (Luke 2:8). The gospel of Jesus is able to turn great fear into great joy (Luke 2:9-10). The gospel…

All Things New

The Word All Things New (Rev 21:1-8) What once was broken will be made right again. Jesus is making all things new. CONTEXT The Apostle John was exiled on the island of Patmos when he received a revelation from Jesus. Addressed to seven churches, he encouraged the people to persevere in the increasingly challenging times. Jesus sought to protect the Church from the devil’s forces whether by violence (beast), heresy (false prophet), or affluence (prostitute). CONTENT The devastating effects of…

When Jesus Sat Down

The Word When Jesus Sat Down (Heb. 10) Priests could never sit down in worship because sacrifices would always need to be offered. Once Jesus offered himself, he sat down at the right hand of God because the task was finished once and for all. CONTEXT As the early Church grew in doctrine, they saw the complete biblical picture become increasingly clearer. The unknown author of Hebrews showed Jewish believers how Jesus was the superior fulfillment for all things related…

Red and Yellow, Black and White

The Word Red and Yellow, Black and White (Eph 2:11-22) In Paul’s description of the Church in Ephesians 2, he explained that Jesus’ cross broke down sinful, ethnic boundaries we established.  How are we to combat racism within the Body of Christ? CONTEXT The early Church was originally predominately Jewish, and they initially struggled with how to accept Gentiles. At the Jerusalem Council, the leaders denounced the notion that Gentiles had to become Jewish before becoming Christians. Paul wrote to the…

Doers of the Word

The Word Doers of the Word (James 1:22-25) Learning biblical information does not guarantee biblical transformation.  We must learn how to apply the Word of God into our lives. CONTEXT The early Church spread rapidly through the power of the gospel. The apostles wrote letters to clarify doctrine and practice to the growing Church. James, the brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem Church, wrote his letter emphasizing how right doctrine leads to right duty. CONTENT Hearing God’s Word…

The Daily Church

The Word The Daily Church (Acts 2:42-47) As the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples, the early church was born.  This body of believers met together daily and saw God do amazing acts in their midst. CONTEXT Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection changed everything. As Jesus commissioned the disciples in his heavenly ascent, he told them to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and gave the gifts of tongues so…

Salt and Light

The Word Salt and Light (Matt. 5:13-16) As Jesus began his public ministry, he gathered disciples in order to teach them how to live for the Kingdom. As he once encouraged them to be salt and light, we are called to the same lifestyles as his followers. CONTEXT Since we could not make it to God, God came to us in the person of Jesus. Jesus called a group of disciples together in order to model and to multiply Kingdom…

The Great and Awesome Day of the LORD

The Word The Great and Awesome Day of the LORD (Malachi 4) As God’s people wavered in their devotion, Malachi revealed that the promised Messiah was drawing near. This great and awesome day of the LORD would change everything. CONTEXT After their division, both Israel and Judah eventually fell into enemies’ hands and were exiled from the Promised Land. Years later, a remnant returned to rebuild the temple, the walls, and a community of God-followers. Once the people settled into…

I Have Found the Book

The Word I Have Found the Book (2 Kings 22) King Josiah stumbled upon the neglected Word of God and it changed the nation. We must blow the dust off of the Bible and encounter God’s claims upon our lives. CONTEXT King Solomon walked in the ways of the LORD until foreign women turned his heart after foreign gods. God punished the nation by dividing it into two sections: Israel and Judah. Prophets admonished the people to return to biblical…

Walk in His Ways

The Word Walk in His Ways (1 Kings 2) As David neared his death, he gave final instructions to his son, Solomon. Out of all the wisdom he could have given, he urged his son to walk in the ways of the LORD. CONTEXT Samuel anointed King Saul – a man after Israel’s heart, and then later King David – a man after God’s heart. After a life full of successes and failures, David gave final fatherly advice to his son, Solomon. Filled…

The Word of the LORD Was Rare

The Word The Word of the LORD Was Rare [1 Samuel 3:1-4:1] Samuel was called to be a prophet during a time when the Word of the LORD was rare. His ministry was established by God’s presence and determined by God’s Word. CONTEXT After 40 years of wilderness wanderings, the Israelites saw the Promised Land under Moses and entered the Promised Land under Joshua. Instructed in the Law and established in the land, the people continued to do what was…