Category Archives: Gary Albritton

This Is Better

Series: Follow

Message: This Is Better
John 14-16
Growing up I never heard much about the Holy Spirit and his work in our life.  We were always good to talk about the Father and the Son, but what about the Spirit?  Jesus is preparing his followers for life without him.  He keeps telling them he is going away and they cannot follow him to where he is going.  All confusing for these people who had been following Him everywhere.  Then he tells them, He is the vine and that if they do not remain in Him they can do nothing.  So I am sure the question is, if you are leaving how do we remain in you.  If you continue to obey my commands, you are still following me and if you are still following me, I will send you a helper, a counselor the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Spirit in our life is to bring glory to God and build the church.

Followwear

Series: Follow
Message: Followwear
John 13:31-38

March 2, 2014

You can tell who people follow by what they wear.  Go to a college football game.  Walk around the mall and observe teenagers.  What we wear tells people who we follow. So, what does a follower of Jesus wear?  Probably lots of things, from blue jeans and tshirts to a 3 piece suit, yet it is not the one thing Jesus points to that sets them apart. What sets them apart is the devotion to what he calls a new command.  While it is not really a new command because in Deuteronomy 6 and Leviticus 19:18 we see the command.  What is new then?  The depth and type of love, a love that mirrors the perfect love of Christ.  It is when we learn to put on this form of love that we are set apart.  We are followers.  We are disciples.  

Fine Print

Series: Follow
Message: Fine Print
Mark 8:31-38

Jesus comes along and begins inviting people, “Follow me.”  It is the same invitation he has given to us.  But why is it so hard?  And to make it even more difficult it is as if Jesus comes along and says, by the way, you need to see the fine print.  This is not just about following me, it is about becoming like me.  To do that is going to cost you.

Ground Rules

Series: Follow

Message: Ground Rules


Matthew 9:9-13


Synopsis:

We are kicking off a new series called “follow.”  It was one simple term Jesus asked of his first followers.  Have you ever stop to think, “really, why are they leaving everything to follow him?”  Is there something else happening in this story below the surface that we don’t realize?  We are going to look at the 1st century world of a Rabbi and disciple.  What did it mean 2,000 years ago and what does it mean for us today?  

Imagine

Series: New Thru 30
Message: Imagine

Many times we look at scripture and narrow in on very specific passages.  What happens when you step back and look at the bigger picture? It is fascinating John begins numbering the miraculous signs performed by Jesus (John 2:11 & 4:54).  But then he stops, almost as if he is urging the reader to keep counting.  Healing at the pool (3), Feeding the 5,000 (4), Walking on water (5), healing a blind man (6) and raising Lazarus from the dead (7).  Then the signs stop.  So what is John trying to convey?  If each sign represented a day, the last day, the 7th day, would be the most significant sign, raising someone from the dead.  Then suddenly the signs stop and the story dramatically slows down, focusing in on the last week of Jesus life.  Then chapter after chapter with no more signs, then in chapter 20 we see another sign, a bigger sign, the tomb is empty and Jesus has been raised to life.  Jesus raising from the dead is the 8th sign and the 8th day would actually be the first day of a new week.  Today new life begins.  Today is a new day, it is a day when the miraculous intersects with the ordinary.  It is a new day where heaven and earth intersect, it is a new day we are invited to be a part of…  Today is a day to dream, a day to imagine!

Risk Everything

Series: New Thru 30
Message: Risk Everything
Ephesians 3:14-21

Most of the time our prayers are simple.  God take care of me.  God take care of my friends.  God be with those less fortunate.  Honestly, a lot of times it looks like a to-do-list.  But at the heart of Paul’s ministry was the prominence of prayer and the centrality of the gospel was so evident in his prayer life.  Specifically, in this section, Paul in prison is praying for others.  He is praying for unity in the church, that the Gentile believers and the Jewish believers would be one.  His prayer is for the young believers to not only know the gospel but to experience it’s life changing power.  What if for the next week, we prayed this prayer every day for ourselves and those close to us?  For Paul, it was not simply magic words, in which God would work.  Many times we ask God to do the work we are unwilling to do.  What if this week we simply accepted God’s invitation to be a part of His story and to join him where he was already at work. 

Outrageous Generosity

Series: New Thru 30
Message: Outrageous Generosity
2 Corinthians 8:1-9

As Paul writes his second letter we have to the church in Corinth he references a request he made in an earlier letter regarding a collection for the church in Jerusalem.  Trying to encourage the church who points to the outrageous generosity of the Macedonian churches who gave not out of great wealth but out of great poverty.  So much so that these churches gave far beyond what he felt they should, but the gifts came from an understanding of what Christ has done.  So Paul encourages these church excel in the gift of giving.  As followers of Jesus we should excel at giving, we should excel at generosity, not to put to how great we are, but to point to how great God’s grace has been in our life.

It Is Written

Series: New Thru 30

Message: It Is Written
Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus is in the desert for 40 days, fasting.  No food for 40 days and then Satan comes to tempt him.  What would have happened if Jesus made his decisions the way we do?  He is offered food, a chance to prove God is God, offered power and control.  At one point Satan even quotes scripture to Jesus.  But to each temptation Jesus response is, “it is written.”  In other words, this is what God’s word says. How different would your life be, if you made decisions based, not by how you felt but by what God’s word said.  The problem for many, is we don’t know God word well enough to know.  This is where “New Thru 30” comes in.  

Holy Mountain, Bright Lights & A Book

Series: New Thru 30

Message: Holy Mountain, Bright Lights & A Book

2 Peter 1:16-21


Synopsis:

The transfiguration of Jesus seems to me like it would be the most amazing and memorable memory one could possible imagine.  Think about this, you are there on the mountain with Jesus and Moses and Elijah.  Go back and read the story in Matthew 17 sometime.  But as Peter is writing this letter he mentions we have something greater than that single moment in history.  God’s word.  But with all the questions today swirling around about the Bible how do we know we can trust it?  

The Art of Brick Making

Date: December 29, 2013


Message: The Art of Brick Making

Exodus 5


While this message is really focused around family, there is so much truth here for believers at all stages of life.  We live in a world that demands and pulls our attention in so many different directions.  In Egypt, the Israelites were slaves, slaves with the tasks of making bricks.  We say it is so great to be an America and it is.  But what if we have created for our self the same environment they worked in while in Egypt.  There is a tension between work and family.  A tension between work and my relationship with God, that if we don’t learn to manage properly, will enslave us.  In that slavery, the thing that will suffer the most is our family.  

Understand, this is not about looking back and seeing all the places we have messed up and feeling discouraged.  You can’t change your past but you can affect your future.  Ultimately, it all boils down to this, “Focus on your own family.”