Oak Church Sermon Archive




February 18 – March 30, 2018

An exploration of the Gospel of John’s seven signs of salvation.

January 7 – February 11, 2018

An Epiphany celebration following the Revised Common Lectionary.

December 3 – December 24, 2017

An Advent journey of Hope, Love, Joy, & Peace through passages from the Revised Common Lectionary.

October 1 – November 26, 2017

A fall study featuring seven practices of the church for experiencing and extending Christ’s presence into the neighborhood.

July 9 – September 24, 2017

A summer study through Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi.

April 16 – July 2, 2017

Resurrection & Pentecost season sermons from Revised Common Lectionary texts.

February 26 – April 14, 2017

A Lenten journey through the book of Lamentations cultivating a vocabulary of lament for our life in Durham.

February 5 – February 19, 2017

Growing in our knowledge and ability to share the Good News of Jesus in normal, everyday ways.

January 15 – January 29, 2017

Looking back and looking forward at the mission and vision of Oak Church in Isaiah 61.

November 27 – December 24, 2016

An Advent journey of Hope, Love, Joy, & Peace through the stories of the women in Jesus’ family tree.

October 9 – November 20, 2016

Learning and Living the Lord’s Prayer Locally

September 11 – October 2, 2016

Exploring our creative calling together. A 4-week series about work, creativity, risk, place, technology, and vocation.

June 6 – September 4, 2016

The story of King David’s life with God.

March 27 – April 17, 2016

An Easter exploration into the four gospel accounts of the resurrected Jesus.

“Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.” –N.T. Wright

Psalm Sundays

Periodically we study and sing songs, hymns, and Spirit-songs inspired by Israel’s Songbook.

Lent 2016

A Lenten journey in the Gospel of Mark using texts from the Narrative Lectionary.

Sermon series from February 14  – March 27, 2016.


Starting out 2016 by exploring Sabbath Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, & Feasting.

Sermon series from January 3  – February 7, 2016.

November 29 – December 24, 2015

An Advent journey of Hope, Love, Joy, & Peace through song.

“One who sings, prays twice.” –St. Augustine of Hippo

September 20 – November 22, 2015

Throughout the Fall we’ll explore Kingdom stories and images from Jesus’ teaching in the gospels.  #kingdomislike

June 7 – August 30, 2015

A summer-long study of the letter to the Ephesians. #OakRooted

Of First Importance: the Good News of Resurrection (Easter 2015)

What 1 Corinthians 15 tells us about living in light of the Resurrection.

Sermon series from April 5  – May 3, 2015.

Hearing from the Cross (Lent 2015)

A multisensory Lenten exploration of Jesus’words from the Cross.

Sermon series from February 15  – April 5, 2015.

Between Two Advents (Advent 2014)

“Learning to live appropriately between the two ‘comings,’ under the rescuing rule of Jesus and in the power of the Spirit, is what it means to be a Christian.” -N.T. Wright

An Advent journey of Hope, Love, Joy, & Peace through the Year B Psalms of the Revised Common Lectionary.

Sermon series from November 30  – December 24, 2014.

A Planting of the Lord

Imagining Oak Church’s mission through the lens of Isaiah 61’s vision for hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ.

Sermon series from October 26-November 23, 2014.

The True Story of the Whole World

An overview of the Bible’s grand narrative spanning from Creation through Corruption, Community, Cross all the way to New Creation.

Sermon series from September 21 – October 19, 2014.

Guest Preachers

Past guests include: Jeremy Begbie, J.R. Briggs, Christian Cleveland, Richard Hays, Chris Smith, and more…


Special topics and sermons not a part of a regular series.


A collection of stories of hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ.

2017 Sermons

Archived sermons from 2017.

2016 Sermons

Archived sermons from 2016.

2015 Sermons

Archived sermons from 2015.

2014 Sermons

Archived sermons from 2014

Oak Church hopes to be

a vibrant place of learning and growing

in the knowledge and likeness of Christ.


Looking to dig deeper? Check out these 10 recommended books about some of the aspects of hope, healing, and hospitality that are core to Oak Church’s mission in the neighborhood.

Click on any of the books to order. If you’d like to borrow one, contact Pastor Chris.