Below you will find either the video or the audio of the sermons at Union Church.
The 9 - Digging in to the Fruit of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
The Greek word translated “fruit” refers to the natural product of a living thing. Paul used “fruit” to help us understand the product of the Holy Spirit, who lives inside every believer. The fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Spirit, not by the Christian.
The Greek word is singular, showing that “fruit” is a unified whole, not independent characteristics. As we grow, all the characteristics of Christ will be manifested in our lives.
Yet, like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit will not ripen in our lives overnight.
Like a successful gardener must battle against weeds to enjoy the sweet fruit they desire, we must constantly work to rid our lives of the “weeds” of our old sin natures that want to choke out the work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to reject those old sinful desires. We can say “no” to sin and accept the “way out” God faithfully provides by following the Holy Spirit’s leading.
As we give the Spirit more control of our lives, He begins to do in and through us what only He can do - to shape us and grow us to look like Jesus. Since God’s goal for all His children is for us to be like Jesus, the Holy Spirit constantly works to rid our lives of the “acts of the sinful nature” and display His fruit instead. Therefore, the presence of the “fruit of the Spirit” is evidence that our character is becoming more like Christ’s.
Through this 9-week series, we will rediscover the true focus of the Christian faith—to restore ourselves to God and nurture a growing relationship with Him—while learning to better hear His Word, serve His people, walk in His will, and share His Gospel.
Summer Series 2019
Many believers tend to think that Christianity is all about not sinning and acting as perfect as possible in order to dodge God’s judgement and wrath. Others tend to try to follow God and Jesus in the hopes of getting “stuff” (aka blessings) in exchange for their good behavior.
But when we look at the teachings of Jesus Christ, we realize neither of those are the truth at all! Too many overlook the fact that the entirety of the Christian life revolves around our relationship with God.
How well do you know God? When was the last time you talked to Him in prayer? Took a walk with Him while meditating on his Word? Shared your worries and fears and thanks with Him or took the time to really listen to His still, small voice?
Eternal life isn’t just about getting to heaven. It’s instead grounded on understanding who God is in this life and developing an intimate, evolving connection with the divine through Christ.
Through this 6-week series, we will rediscover the true focus of the Christian faith—to restore ourselves to God and nurture a growing relationship with Him—while learning to better hear His Word, serve His people, walk in His will, and share His Gospel.
So, let’s get ready as a church family to dive into a deeper truth of who God is and how He wants to relate to us.
July 24th, “Growing Joy”
This service was led by Union Church Council Member, Chris Johnson.
July 7th, “Blind Eyes”
This service was led by Word of Life missionary ,Peter Lindblom. He is assisting Rick Brooks in coordinating Word of Life's healthcare trips. His goal “is to see Healthcare Teams to all 43 of Word of Life's ministry locations in the 3rd world.”
June 30th, “Names of God”
There is great power in a name. Names have a way of creating an identity and it’s how we are known by those around us. So what’s in a name?
A lot, especially when it comes to God and his character. Learning to know God by his names opens up the door to a deeper relationship with him. It creates deeper intimacy, trust, and understanding.
The Old Testament is especially rich with meaningful names used for God. David had a close relationship with God and in this message, Pastor Brent pointed out 11 different names of God that David referred to in the 23rd Psalm.
June 23, “How to Live a Full Life”
This service was led by Youth Ministry Intern Austin Eichhorst. A graduate from The Word of Life Bible Institute.
June 16, “God’s Transformational Holiness”
This service was led by Youth Ministry Intern Austin Eichhorst. A graduate from The Word of Life Bible Institute.
June 2, YOUTH SUNDAY! “Unity in Mission”
This service was led by Youth Ministry Intern Austin Eichhorst. A graduate from The Word of Life Bible Institute. Listen to his message right here!
Sermon Series May 2019
The Path of life is filled with many twists and turns, it is not an easy course to navigate on our own. This is exactly why God has not left us to ourselves. Instead, He has provided us with the perfect wisdom we need for the journey ahead through the infallible Word of God.
In this series, we will look into the principles that will keep our head, our heart, and our life on the right track. Using the book of Proverbs, The Path sermon series will encourage us to remember that it is not enough to have good intentions alone, but that wisdom counsels us to take action steps in our lives that will bring those intentions and desires to fruition.
As we journey through this series together we will learn that all of us have wandered from The Path in one way or another and that course corrections and heart corrections are an essential part of what it means to lead a wise life. As we face obstacles that overwhelm us and fill us with uncertainty, we learn that the wise heart seeks counsel from other mature believers instead of trying to navigate The Path on our own. From the counsel of Scripture, we are reminded to fully lean on the wisdom of God, and not on our own limited understanding.
April 28, 2019. Drew Crandall filled in for Pastor Brent due to his recent illness.
“Mountains To Climb ….TOGETHER!”
April 21st, 10:00am
The Roman Guard, The Graveclothes, The Stone, the Appearances and all that came with His Death, Burial and Resurrection.
Why does all of this matter?
The Empty Tomb is the Infallible Proof that Christianity is based on!
Come Celebrate the Fact that our Savior is not dead – He is Alive!
Guest Speaker Ray Dupere filled in for Pastor Brent while he was away on a mission trip.
See his sermons below.
Made for Mission - Feb 24 - March 31, 2019
It’s no secret, people long for a life of meaning, a life that matters for something more than their own personal comfort and temporary success.
Yet, there are few lies that cripple the mission of the church more than the belief that only a select few are called to ministry.
This six-week series is designed to unlock the amazing truth that every child of God was Made for Mission. As we journey together through the teaching of Scripture, it is our prayer that we will grow in our understanding of what it means to surrender our lives to the radical calling of Jesus Christ, who whispers to every heart, “Follow me.”
Together, we will discover the powerful message of God’s grace and what it means to share this message throughout every aspect of our lives, wherever God has placed us.
One thing we will learn in this series is that that no matter where you are in life, whatever career path you have chosen, whatever gifts you think you have (or don’t have), God has made each of us unique and He has called us to follow Him because we were all Made for Mission.
February 17, 2019 Austin Eicchorst, Guest Speaker Union Church Youth Ministry Intern “A Firm Foundation” Psalm 27:1-5
Austin is a 2 year graduate from The Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York. He is now working as an intern through Word of Life Bible Institute while he completes an online Bachelors degree with Clarks Summit University. Austin coordinates our Sunday School Program and leads iGNITE Youth Group. We thank Austin for investing in the youth of Union Church and welcome him to the pulpit!
February 10, 2019 Rev. Brian Evelich State Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Connecticut
“God Still Does New things” Isaiah 43:18-19
Brian has been a long time friend of Union Church and has taught many of our youth to share the gospel boldly with children. He is a retired Prison Manager who knows there is no retiring from serving the lord and therefore began his involvement with CEF and became the state director in 2010. Since then he has shared the gospel with thousands of children. Brian is a dedicated husband and father to 3. We welcome Brian to Union Church.
Reset…Lessons from Malachi
The Book of Malachi is structured as a seven-cycle argument between God and his people.
Different from other prophetic books that focus on discourses, the Book of Malachi takes the form of a dialogue or argument in which God speaks and the people answer back.
God tells the people how he expects them to live, the people respond with a cynical question, and then God expands on his original concern.
Malachi begins by telling them that God loves them with a tender, affectionate, and unconditional love. In return, our only reasonable response is to worship him with devotion and sacrifice. Anything less would be disingenuous. Unfortunately their worship had become insincere, going through the motions.
God spoke through Malachi to these apathetic and complacent people, calling them back to serious worship in chapter one. God told them, and us, what he wants in worship. As an antidote to going through the motions in worship, God expects Our Very Best!
Next Steps….Growing in Spiritual Disciplines
In this first series of the new year we talked about how to actually grow in spiritual maturity. Questions like, "Am I moving forward spiritually?" "Am I stagnant?" "Am I moving backwards?" will serve as starting points in the messages.
Maybe you have had feelings that God is disappointed in you: "You did that again?" "You’re still struggling with that?" "I thought we were past this?" Over and over in the life of Jesus we see that He always called people to higher standard, BUT he never condemned them when they fell short.
He was the ultimate encourager. He was always cheering people on. "Get back up." "Let’s try again." "I believe in you." That’s why people were constantly flocking to him.
Those who felt the least worthy and most rejected in this world felt the most loved and accepted by Jesus. It’s really encouraging to know that the characters in the Bible faced the same things we do.
Prince of Peace…
For those who’ve read through the Scriptures, there are numerous names attributed to God and Jesus, each one describing a unique facet of the divine nature and Christ’s relationship to us as individuals and humanity as a whole.
In this four-week series, we'll be given the opportunity to delve into God’s promises of who Christ would be born as and who He would become known as while working His ministry toward the cross and resurrection.
Centered in Isaiah 9, the Prince of Peace series defines four names and titles used for Jesus, relating to his being born as the Christ-child: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
This series will help to anchor us in cultural and historical context while also speaking to modern society’s struggles with doubt, fear, and chaos, and how true peace is found in those who choose to follow Christ.
What Would Jesus undo?
If He was editing your life, What Would Jesus Undo?
A four week series taking a good hard look at ourselves and opening up to what God has to say about what He sees.
Unashamed: Paul's Letters to the Romans
The primary theme running through Paul’s letter to the Romans is the revelation of God’s righteousness in His plan for salvation, what the Bible calls the gospel:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16–17)
Joshua: Be Strong and Courageous
The theme of strength and courage permeates the entire book and as we trek through it this summer. It’s my prayer that we realize just like Joshua that since God is with us every day, we can be Strong & Courageous in the battles we face!
Guest Speaker Luke Moffitt:
"Love Someone Besides Me Video"
Luke challenges us to "Love someone besides me" as we listen to him share the Significance of loving others, Why We Should Obey, and Examples of Christ's sacrificial love for us.
THE WILD GOOSE: DISCOVERING A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
This series utilized many teachings from Mark Batterson's book "The Wild Goose Chase" and we looked at many passages in scripture to help us on our quest.
This quote from Mark Batterson helps to frame the focus of our series...
“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something….
Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.”
Reaching Your Final Destination
The afterlife is cloaked in mystery. What happens moments after we die? What is Heaven really like? What about Hell? And does what we do in this world really matter in the next?
Join us as we uncover the life-altering answers to these questions in our new series entitled "Reaching your final destination."
The deepest love poured out of the greatest sacrifice in history. A love that heals. A love that forgives. A love that welcomes.
This Easter we celebrate the power of Christ’s resurrection!
It was a Red Letter Day. Bloody, beaten, and nailed to a cross, a dying Jesus looked at those around Him and spoke His final words as a man. What did he say to them? What does it mean for us?
Joshua 3:5 says...Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
In this sermon we will look at the amazing thing that God did and seek to trust Him with all that He has in store for us as we walk in His will.
Philippians is full of often quoted passages: “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6), “To live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21), and “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (4:13) as well as many more.
But the portrait of Jesus Christ as a humble servant serves as the core of Paul’s teaching in this letter (2:5–11).