Forgotten Heroes – Jochebed

May 12, 2024

  • Exodus 2:1-2
  • Exodus 2:3-4
  • Exodus 2:5-6
  • Exodus 2:7-8
  • Exodus 2:9
  • Exodus 2:10
  • Psalm 127:3-5

Pastor Gene Bebee tells the often overlooked story of Moses’ mother, Jochebed, highlighting her faith and courage in protecting her son despite the dangers surrounding them. He emphasized the importance of parents, both mothers and fathers, in shaping the faith and future of their children. Drawing from the biblical narrative, Pastor Bebee encouraged the congregation to trust in God’s providence and sovereignty, even in the face of adversity. He reminded them that children are a gift from the Lord and that raising them in faith can have a lasting impact on future generations.

Am I Really Saved? Part 5

May 5, 2024

  • Luke 15:17-24
  • Galatians 4:1-7

Pastor Gene’s sermon delves into the concepts of being an orphan, a slave, and ultimately a son or daughter in relation to our connection with God. He emphasizes the importance of understanding our true identity in Christ and the nature of God’s love and grace. Through the story of the prodigal son, Pastor Gene illustrates God’s compassionate nature and willingness to embrace us, even when we feel unworthy or have strayed away. He highlights the dangers of adopting an orphan or slave mentality, where one feels disconnected or tries to earn God’s love through works. Instead, we should embrace our identity as sons and daughters of God, knowing that you are chosen, loved, and accepted unconditionally.

Am I Really Saved? Part 4

April 28, 2024

  • John 1:14
  • Hebrews 4:16-17
  • Genesis 3:23-24
  • Matthew 21:13
  • Matthew 23:38
  • John 14:10
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • John 14:16

Pastor Gene’s sermon delves into the theme of salvation and the presence of God in our lives. He emphasizes the importance of understanding what it truly means to be saved and how God’s grace plays a vital role in this process. The sermon is structured around the metaphor of cleaning one’s house, symbolizing the inner purity required for God’s presence to dwell within us.

Pastor Gene stresses the need for a balanced understanding of biblical teachings, highlighting the importance of interpreting scriptures within their context. He emphasizes that God’s grace is central to salvation, regardless of one’s past mistakes or doubts.

The sermon progresses to discuss the concept of God’s presence throughout history, starting with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Despite their initial communion with God, sin led to their expulsion from His presence. Subsequently, God established the Tabernacle as a place for His presence, with strict rituals and regulations governing access to it.

However, Pastor Gene explains how even this system was flawed, as evidenced by Jesus’ rebuke of the money changers in the temple. Ultimately, Jesus becomes the perfect vessel for God’s presence, as He is without sin.

The end of the sermon revolves around the revelation that believers now serve as the dwelling place of God’s presence. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, our bodies become temples of the Holy Spirit, allowing us to experience God’s presence intimately.

In conclusion, Pastor Gene encourages listeners to embrace their role as carriers of God’s presence, dispelling any feelings of unworthiness or inadequacy. He emphasizes that God’s grace cleanses us from sin and enables us to dwell in His presence continually. The sermon culminates in a call to worship and gratitude for the privilege of hosting God’s presence in our lives.

Am I Really Saved? Part 3

April 21, 2024

  • Romans 6:14
  • Matthew 5:17-18
  • James 1:23
  • Romans 7:7
Pastor Gene’s sermon delves into the dynamic between grace and the law in Christian doctrine. He underscores the importance of understanding that while grace is fundamental to salvation, the law still holds significance in guiding believers. Through personal anecdotes and biblical references, Pastor Gene illustrates that Jesus fulfilled the law on behalf of believers, liberating them from its condemnation. He emphasizes the law’s role in teaching God’s standard, directing believers toward reliance on Jesus, and establishing boundaries for a fulfilling life.
The sermon underscores that believers are freed from the burden of the law through Jesus’ sacrifice. Pastor Gene’s message resonates with those who may struggle with feelings of unworthiness or guilt, offering reassurance that the grace of Jesus covers even their worst days. By putting faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross and his resurrection, individuals can find freedom from the condemnation of the law and experience the transformative power of grace in their lives.
In conclusion, Pastor Gene’s sermon encourages listeners to embrace the grace of Jesus and walk in the freedom it brings. By recognizing Jesus’ fulfillment of the law and putting faith in his sacrificial work, believers can overcome guilt and shame, and live in accordance with God’s standards while experiencing the fullness of grace.

Am I Really Saved? Part 2

April 14, 2024

  • Romans 6:14
  • Romans 7:1-4
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Romans 3:20, 28
  • Galatians 3:1-3
  • Romans 7:4
  • Galatians 2:21
  • Romans 7:6
  • 1 Corinthians 15:56-57
Pastor Gene’s sermon dives deep into the concept of salvation and the role of grace versus the law in the life of believers. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the balance of God’s word through multiple scripture sources to gain a clear understanding of salvation. Gene highlights that righteousness is not based on personal performance but on one’s position in the family of God through acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice. He contrasts living under the law with living under grace, illustrating how the law brings condemnation and guilt while grace brings freedom and empowerment. Gene explains how Jesus’ death and resurrection provide permanent forgiveness and freedom from the law, allowing believers to live in the newness of the spirit and bear fruit for God. Throughout the sermon, he emphasizes the transformative power of understanding God’s love and grace, which motivate believers to change and live for Him.

Am I Really Saved? Part 1

April 7, 2024

  • Romans 4:1-4
  • James 2:10
  • Romans 4:3
  • Romans 4:2
  • Romans 4:4
  • Isaiah 64:6
  • John 6:28
  • John 3:17

Today Pastor Gene starts a new series titled “Am I Really Saved?” which addresses one of the most common questions he receives as a pastor. He emphasizes the importance of understanding God’s grace as the foundation of this series, both for personal growth and for effectively sharing the gospel with others. He acknowledges the two extremes of legalism and hyper grace and aims to find a balanced biblical perspective.

He shares his experience of growing up in a fear-based Christianity, with the pressure of perfection and constantly seeking forgiveness for any wrongdoing. He contrasts this with the perspective of those who believe once saved, they can live however they please, which he terms “hyper grace.”

Pastor Gene emphasizes the importance of finding balance in understanding God’s grace and salvation. He delves into the concept of righteousness, explaining that it is not earned through one’s performance but is given freely through faith in Jesus Christ. He uses the example of Abraham’s faith as described in Romans 4 to illustrate this point.

He highlights that righteousness is about one’s position in God’s family rather than one’s performance. He emphasizes that God’s grace is freely given and cannot be earned through works. Pastor Gene encourages the congregation to believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and surrender their lives to him.

Pastor Gene’s sermon centers on the importance of understanding and embracing God’s grace as the foundation of salvation, emphasizing faith in Jesus Christ rather than relying on one’s own efforts for righteousness.

Easter Sermon

March 31, 2024

  • John 10:9-10
  • Matthew 7:13-14

Pastor Gene’s sermon centers on the question: “Who is Jesus to you?” He emphasizes that each individual must define their own relationship with Jesus, not based on others’ beliefs but on personal conviction. Pastor Gene highlights the unparalleled global impact of Jesus, pointing out that his teachings and actions have transcended time and continue to influence the world today.

He stresses that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, setting him apart from mere prophets or teachers. Pastor Gene points to Jesus’ resurrection as the pivotal event that ignited a movement, inspiring his followers to spread his message despite facing persecution and death.

Drawing parallels between Jesus and Old Testament narratives, Pastor Gene explains the significance of Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb whose blood grants salvation. He emphasizes that faith in Jesus is the key to forgiveness and restoration of fellowship with God.

Ultimately, Pastor Gene invites listeners to make a personal commitment to Jesus, urging them to apply the metaphorical “blood of Jesus” to their lives and embrace him as their Lord and Savior. He leads a prayer of salvation for those ready to accept Jesus into their lives, emphasizing that this decision marks their entry into the family of God.

Share Your Story – Part 3

March 24, 2024

  • John 6:35
  • John 4:10
  • Luke 14:23-24

Pastor Gene’s sermon centers around the theme of sharing one’s story and inviting others to the table of the Lord. He begins by reminiscing about efforts to make a good impression when guests come over, likening it to the importance of making a good impression when sharing one’s faith. He emphasizes the significance of the table in the Bible, citing instances such as the Last Supper and Jesus dining with Zacchaeus.

The sermon stresses the importance of spiritual nourishment and growth, comparing it to physical hunger and thirst. He encourages attendees to embrace their spiritual hunger and seek fulfillment in God. He highlights Jesus as the bread of life and living water, emphasizing the importance of a personal relationship with Him.

The sermon urges believers to be mindful of newcomers and to create a welcoming environment in church. Pastor Gene emphasizes the need for spiritual maturity, moving from being a guest to actively serving and sharing the faith with others. He encourages attendees to move from the “high chair” of spiritual infancy to the “mature chair” of leadership and service.

Ultimately, the sermon emphasizes the joy and fulfillment found in bringing others to the table of the Lord, both in terms of salvation and spiritual growth. Pastor Gene then urges believers to share their faith, serve others, and actively participate in the mission of the church.