Sermons by Ryan Gear

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No Perfect People Allowed

Have you ever felt like you had to pretend to be a super-Christian in church? You had to pretend that you have it all together and admit your questions or struggles? You were afraid that if you were honest, you would be judged or looked at differently. Unfortunately, you’re not alone.

Even though this is the church experience of millions of people, the Christmas story teaches us that this is not God’s view of you. What shocked the first people to hear the Christmas story was not the virgin birth. It was something else.

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Questions and Doubts

“Questions and Doubts” is based on the One Church value, “One Church Is a Safe Place to Express Your Questions and Doubts.”

Many people who want to follow Jesus feel an unspoken pressure in their churches to not admit their questions and doubts about faith. Some churches teach that we should never ask, “Why?” Other churches believe that acknowledging questions or doubts shows a lack of faith. Even many well-meaning Christians are afraid that if they expressed their questions, it would drag other Christians down and hurt their faith.

Jesus apparently views questions and doubts differently. In Mark 9, Jesus encounters a father who is desperate for his suffering son to be healed. In a moment of profound honesty, the desperate dad expresses his faith in Jesus while also asking Jesus to help him overcome his doubts.

Listen to “Questions and Doubts” to discover how Jesus responds to this father’s honest faith. You will see that if you want to have a relationship with Jesus, he will not allow bricks of doubt to build a wall between you and him.

During the first few minutes of the sermon, Pastor Ryan played a one-minute video of epic stunt fails as an illustration of how we should always pay attention to our doubts. The video has been removed due to copyright restrictions.

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Why One Church?

“Why One Church (How to Overcome Your Fear)” is the very first sermon ever given at One Church, from first One Church Preview Worship Service on October 7, 2012.

It confronts the greatest obstacle to starting a new church and also to living well in our own lives- fear. Discover how Jesus viewed fear and overcame it in his own life and how we can too.