Sermons on Church

A Gospel Created Church And Its Mission – 1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2:9–10 (ESV) [9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you […]

The Law And The Gospel – Romans 8:1-4

Romans 8:1–4 (ESV) [1] There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. [3] For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. […]

Eternal Destruction or Eternal Joy – Philippians 3:17-4:1

Eternal Destruction or Eternal Joy Nick Esch, 7/26/2020 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction Thirty-nine years ago, on July 26, 1981, in God’s providence, a small group of people banded together and planted what is now known as Cornerstone Baptist Church. For thirty-nine years there has been a body of believers here who loved the Lord and […]

The Interests of Christ – Philippians 2:19-30

The Interests Of Christ Nick Esch, 6/28/2020 Cornerstone Baptist Church Context Thus far in Philippians we have seen that God’s calling on all Christians is to be content and joyful in Christ. Our lives are to display that knowing Jesus is of surpassing worth; Jesus is better than anything life can give us or death […]

The Mind Of Christ Part 1 – Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:5–11 (ESV) [5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And […]

Unity – Humility – Service – Philippians 2:1-4

Philippians 2:1–4 (ESV) [1] So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, [2] complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. [3] Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but […]

A Life Lived In Line With The Good News Of Christ Points To The Goodness Of Christ – Philippians 1:27-30

Philippians 1:27–30 (ESV) [27] Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, [28] and […]

The Love of Christ and Christian Love – Philippians 1:7-11

Philippians 1:7–11 In the beginning of verse 7 Paul says, “It is right for me to feel this way about you all…” The feelings that he is referring to are those that he just laid out in verses 3-6. There he said that he’s thankful for the Philippian church and filled with joy because of […]

Grace, Peace, Hope, and Joy In Desperate Times – Philippians 1:1-6

Philippians 1:1–6 Our passage begins by telling us Paul and Timothy are the authors of this letter, though it seems that Paul is the main author. And in verse 1 they identify themselves as, “servants of Christ Jesus.” And for us, as we see that we might not think much about it… But, given that […]

A Christ-Centered Benediction – Ephesians 6:21-24

Ephesians 6:21–24 (ESV) [21] So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. [22] I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your […]

Husbands  and Wives for the Glory of Christ – Ephesians 5:21-33

Husbands  and Wives for the Glory of Christ Nick Esch, 12/15/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction As we saw last week, God created Adam, and then said that it was not good for him to be alone; so God made Adam a helpmate, a woman, his wife Eve. He created them both in the image of […]

The Gospel Mystery of Marriage – Ephesians 5:21-33

The Gospel Mystery of Marriage Nick Esch, 12/8/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction It seems fitting to me that we are diving into the marriage passage in Ephesians 5 here at the beginning of the Christmas season. The reason I say that is because Christmas is all about Jesus coming into this world. And Jesus came […]

Gratitude Driven Holiness – Ephesians 5:3-14

Ephesians 5:3–14 (ESV)   [3] But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. [4] Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. [5] For you may be sure of this, […]

Children of God Live Lives of Love – Ephesians 5:1-2

Children of God Live Lives of Love Nick Esch, 11/10/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction It’s amazing to me how much a father can impact their child… It makes no difference if its by birth or by adoption, there’s something about a father’s relationship to his child that impacts the child, for better or for worse, […]

Overcome By Grace – Ephesians 4:31-32

Ephesians 4:31–32 (ESV) 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Overcome-By-Grace.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

The Gospel And Living For God’s Glory – Ephesians 4:28-30

The Gospel And Living For God’s Glory Nick Esch, 10/27/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction One of the reasons I love the Reformation is because it was essentially a great revival where the gospel was recovered. So I love the Reformation because I love the gospel. I love the gospel because it’s everything to us as […]

Righteous Anger and Sinful Anger – Ephesians 4:26-27

Ephesians 4:26–27 (ESV) [26] Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, [27] and give no opportunity to the devil.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Righteous-Anger-and-Sinful-Anger.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

The Lie vs. The Truth – Ephesians 4:25

Ephesians 4:25 (ESV) Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-Lie-vs.-The-Truth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Putting Off The Old And Putting On The New Self – Ephesians 4:20-24

Ephesians 4:20–24 (ESV) [20] But that is not the way you learned Christ!—[21] assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, [22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be […]

Truth, Love, And The Church – Ephesians 4:15-16

Truth, Love, and the Church Nick Esch, 8/25/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction David Livingstone lived from 1813 to 1874; though he was from England he dedicated most of his life to journeying through and exploring Africa for the sake of creating access for the gospel. He went as a trailblazer for missionaries to come and […]

Equipped To Be Disciples Who Make Disciples – Ephesians 4:11-14

Equipped To Be Disciples Who Make Disciples Nick Esch, 8/18/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Ephesians 4:11–14 Our passage beings in verse 11 by telling us that, “he (Jesus) gave (to the church) the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers…” As we began looking at this passage last week we saw that, though this […]

The Free Gift Of Christ And His Gifts To The Church – Ephesians 4:7-12

Ephesians 4:7–12 (ESV) 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” 9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also […]

Unity and the Worth of Jesus – Ephesians 4:1-6

Ephesians 4:1–6 (ESV) [1] I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, [2] with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, [3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. […]

Walking In A Worthy Manner – Ephesians 4:1-2

Walking In A Worthy Manner Nick Esch, 7/21/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction We’ve now made it through half of the book of Ephesians; so today we begin our journey through the back half of the book. The last three chapters are extremely practical—Paul takes the heights of all of the grand theology that he laid […]

The God Who Is Able – Ephesians 3:20-21

The God Who Is Able Nick Esch, 7/14/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction In reference to prayer John Newton once said, “Thou art coming to a King, so with thee large petitions bring! For His grace and power are such, that none can ever ask too much.” And what we have seen in Ephesians is that […]

Partakers Of The Promise, In Christ, For Christ – Ephesians 3:1-13

Partakers Of The Promise, In Christ, For Christ Nick Esch, 6/30/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Ephesians 3:1–13 Before the conference, two Sundays ago, we began looking at this text; so I’m not going to spend a lot of time on the first part of our passage, but instead I’ll just address it by way of summary. […]

Who The Church Is – Ephesians 2:19-22

Ephesians 2:19–22 (ESV) [19] So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [20] built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, [21] in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a […]

The Hostility Killing Gospel – Ephesians 2:14-18

The Hostility Killing Gospel Nick Esch, 5/26/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Over 6 days the infinitely glorious, sovereign, good God of the universe created all things, and after He created them He saw that what He created was good. But one of His creations stands […]

A Church That Displays The Glory Of God – 1 Corinthians 14:26-33a

1 Corinthians 14:26–33 (ESV) [26] What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. [27] If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let […]

The Sign of Tongues and a Bible Saturated Church – 1 Corinthians 14:20-25

1 Corinthians 14:20–25 (ESV) [20] Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. [21] In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, […]

Tongues Are A Sign – 1 Corinthians 14:20-25

1 Corinthians 14:20–25 (ESV) [20] Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. [21] In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, […]

God’s Pleasure In His Son and the Purpose of Our Lives – Ephesians 1:9-10

Ephesians 1:9–10  (ESV) [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. https://www.cornerstonebaptistchurch.org/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Eph-1-9-10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Spiritual Gifts Build Up, Not Puff Up – 1 Corinthians 14:1-5

1 Corinthians 14:1–5 (ESV) [1] Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. [2] For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. [3] On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to […]

Love Never Ends – 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

1 Corinthians 13:8–13 (ESV) [8] Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. [9] For we know in part and we prophesy in part, [10] but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. [11] When I was a child, […]

Without Love We’re Nothing – 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

1 Corinthians 13:1–7 (ESV) [1] If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. [2] And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have […]

Gifts of Love and Service – 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

1 Corinthians 12:27–31 (ESV) [27] Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. [28] And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. [29] Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all […]

Saints In Christ – Ephesians 1:1-2

Saints in Christ Nick Esch, 2/3/2019 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction I entitled this series The Church and the Glory of Christ because that’s what this whole letter is about. Paul begins by going deep into theology and the things of God, and really giving us a beautiful look at the gospel in the first three […]

The Mission and Our True Home – John 21:1-14

The Mission and Our True Home Nick Esch, 12/2/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction As most of you know I grew up in Atlanta Georgia. And if I’m honest, I still get homesick from time to time. I miss my family and my friends; I even miss all the pine trees out there. But every time […]

Communion and Commission – John 20:19-23

Communion and Commission Nick Esch, 11/18/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction For a little over three years I have given myself to doing four things here: preaching, praying, loving, and staying… I’ve devoted myself to preaching—seeking to preach Christ-centered expositions of God’s Word; I’ve given myself to praying desperately for faithfulness, fruitfulness, for each of you […]

The Love of God In And Through Us – John 17:25-26

The Love of God In And Through Us Nick Esch, 9/2/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:25-26 Here we see Jesus closing out His High Priestly prayer for His people… For us… And He does it by summarizing His whole prayer thus far… So far He’s prayed for glory, for holiness, for unity, for knowledge, for […]

Unity Driven By Love – John 17:20-23

Unity Driven By Love Nick Esch, 8/19/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:20-23 Jesus is just a few hours away from the cross, and in preparation He has been praying to the Father. He began His prayer by praying for His glory, and then for His apostles, and now He shifts to praying for all believers […]

Glory and Joy – John 17:9-13

Glory and Joy Nick Esch, 8/5/2018 Cornerstone Baptist Church John 17:9-13 Remember the context of our passage: Jesus has just finished encouraging and equipping His disciples, and now the cross is at hand; in just a few hours He will die for the sins of His people… But before He goes to the cross He […]

A Gospel-Saturated Disciple Making Church – Matthew 28:18-20

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have […]

Prayer For Realization Of God – Ephesians 3:14-21

Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your […]

The Gospel And The Church – Ephesians 4:1-16

The Gospel & The Church Nick Esch, 11/5/2017 Cornerstone Baptist Church Introduction What would you say is central to your life? What’s the central purpose of your life? If someone were to observe your life, what would they say you are focusing on, what would seem truly important to you, what would they see that […]

The Gospel and Community – Colossians 3:1-17

The Gospel and Community Nick Esch: Sunday, September 17, 2017 Intro We live in day full of connection. Through mediums like Facebook, Twitter, and the like, we are more connected to one another than we’ve ever been. We can keep up with our friends and family who are miles away from us; which is amazing. […]