Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker

New Sermon Series

I'm very excited about a brand-new sermon series we're calling "Why We Believe, What We Believe." It begins this Sunday, October 4th. This doesn't mean we are done with John, its just that we'll be done with John until sometime next year. John is an awesome study and I've thoroughly enjoyed preaching through it. We'll start up in chapter 10 probably in February.  Why stop our study in John? We'll, I really have sensed God calling us again to what Jeremiah describes as the "old paths." Today in the evangelical church, doctrine is often dismissed as outdated. But doctrine is important. We as Christ-followers must know what we believe and why.  Also, we've got quite a few new folks in our church and I think in this "back-to-school" season, its time for all of us to go back to school and learn the essentials of our faith. So here is the schedule...

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Who Knew Doctrine Could be Fun?

Its Tuesday and I'm in the office doing the usual pastoral stuff--checking mail, following up with people from Sunday, catching up on church business, etc. But I'm still basking in the glow of a wonderful Sunday this week. As a pastor, I look forward to Sundays, I look forward to preaching, I look forward to the fellowship of the saints.  But this Sunday was especially cool, because we began a new series, "Why We Believe What We Believe." This was a series that I felt God wanted us to do for sometime, rekindling again a focus on the core doctrines of our faith.  Sunday we set the tone with a message with a rather bland title: "Why Doctrine is Important." A title like that doesn't exactly inspire. Its not going to end up on the top-ten sermon titles of all time. And I'm sure some thought that perhaps it was as exciting...

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The Bible Stands

 When I was a kid, we sang this song, "The Bible Stands." You can find the words to the song here. Its a simple song with profound theology.  This Sunday we're talking about Why We Believe What We Believe About the Bible. I thoroughly enjoyed this study. Its a powerful study. What do we mean when we say we believe the Bible? Do we believe all of the Bible, part of the Bible, most of the Bible? And do we believe it is really God's Word? We're going to dive into some words like verbal, plenary, inspiration, and inerancy.  What seems like big, fancy words actually are simple. And when you unwrap our statement of faith, you really find this simple belief: The Bible is the Word of God, whose words were inspired by the Holy Spirit, using human agents as authors.  As a pastor, husband, and father, I'm glad we stand on...

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How Do You Explain the Trinity?

 So  my job on Sunday is really easy. Explain the Trinity in a 40-minute sermon.  Actually, no, I won't explain the Trinity, because the Trinity is unexplainable. But what we will do is explore the Trinity as we continue our series, Why We Believe What We Believe.  Why do we talk about the Trinity? Isn't that one of the boring, dusty doctrines of old? Well, this is why we should explore what the Bible says about the Trinity.  Because this is what the Bible says about our God. And its very important that we know who God is, what HIs nature is, and what we believe about God. It gives us clarity in our doctrinal perspective.  I would also argue that a study of the Trinity inspires our faith. Because we are suddenly confronted with the "bigness" of God. We're also confronted with the "smallness" of ourselves. I hope that as we go through...

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