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Elder Michael Gowens takes his text from 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 in this 6/7/2020 sermon. While many professing believers struggle to think Christianly about life and the world, faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ in discipleship requires the discipline of bringing every thought into captivity to Christ as Lord. Gowens begins by discussing the important role played by the mind, then proceeds to identify a few of the more salient marks of a Christian mind. The spiritual battle in which the Christian is engaged is in large measure a battle for the mind.

When Believers Doubt

In this 5/31/2020 message, Elder Michael Gowens looks at the experience of John the Baptist in prison, recorded in Matthew 11:2-17. Doubt is not uncommon in the experience of God's children, especially in seasons of trial and crisis. Yet in spite of our questions and perplexities, Jesus deals with his struggling saints in patience and pity.

Glory in the Cross

Elder Mike Gowens' sermon on 5/24/2020 is based on Galatians 6:14. This first Sunday back in the sanctuary after over two months of absence (due to public health restrictions due to a virus scare) was a happy time of reunion. Gowens emphasizes the centrality of the cross of Jesus Christ as the believer's rallying point and the message that unites them together.

Faith’s Reward

Michael Gowens' 5/3/2020 sermon is taken from 2 Kings 3:16-18. This Old Testament narrative illustrates how God is pleased to reward an act of obedience to His word when circumstances argue against the propriety of that obedience. While it is true that without faith, it is impossible to please God, it is equally true that God rewards those who diligently seek Him in ways that far exceed what the mind can conceive.

On April 11, 2020, Elder Mike Gowens preaches from 1 Peter 1:1-6. Peter, the pastor of Jerusalem Church, encourages his displaced congregation by reminding them of the two great reasons he himself had to be encouraged in this unfriendly world.

This message by Pastor Gowens was delivered via Livecast, due to a public quarantine over concerns for health safety, on Sunday, April 5, 2020. It is based on the text in Luke 24:28-29.

Blessed are the Hungry

In this 3/15/2020 sermon, Elder Michael Gowens continues the study called "The Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character," a series of messages based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. Thus far, the Lord Jesus identifies his true followers by humility, contrition for sin, and an attitude of self-forgetfulness. Now, Beatitude #4, as Matthew 5:6 indicates, identifies true Christians by an attitude of spiritual ardor and longing: "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."

Blessed are the Meek

Elder Gowens' 3/8/2020 sermon is message #3 in the ongoing "Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character" series, based on Jesus' teaching in the Beatitudes. The grace of meekness is two-dimensional. Toward God, meekness is a spirit of calm and quiet submission. Toward others, meekness is a gentleness of spirit that prefers to suffer than cause offense. Is meekness, then, weakness? Not at all. Gowens insists that biblical meekness is "strength under control." The test for this message is Matthew 5:5.

Elder Gowens 3/1/2020 sermon is taken from Matthew 5:4, and is message #2 in the "Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character" series. Building on the basic virtue of humility, as expressed in the first Beatitude, Jesus now shines the spotlight on the priority of contrition over sin. 

In this 2/23/2020 sermon, Elder Michael Gowens begins a study of the Beatitudes, called "The Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character." After a brief introduction concerning some of the salient features of Jesus' first sermon, Pastor Gowens looks at the first and most basic characteristic of Kingdom-citizens: Humility. The text for this message is Matthew 5:3.

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