Archive for the ‘By Richard Andrews’ Category

How To Stay Faithful In Exile!


Part 1: 27 mins”

Part 2: 28 mins”

Full Message:”

Main Passage: Daniel 1

Theological Theme: As Christians, we can trust in God – Father, Son and Spirit’s guidance even while we are in exile here on earth.

Christ Connection: Daniel stayed true to his identity, obeyed God, and was a testimony to God’s grace. He points forward to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who willingly embraced a sinful world without ever defiling Himself and through His death and resurrection became the greatest picture of God’s grace the world has ever known.

Missional Application: God, through the Holy Spirit, calls us to be a shining testament to His grace by remaining true to our identity in Christ and living in holiness.

*Picture courtesy of

God Pursues Israel!

God pursues

Part 1a: 22min


Part 1b: 21min 


Full Message: 43min


“The life and, in particular, the marriage of God’s prophet Hosea shows us the great lengths that God goes to in order to pursue the people He loves. Despite our unfaithfulness, God loves us still and is willing to take on the personal cost and sacrifice of bringing us into and keeping us in right relationship with Him. Because of His love, God continually goes after unfaithful people like us, and in this pursuit, He provides a model for how we are to pursue others with the good news of His love.” – The Gospel Project

“The ultimate happiness in life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself—better still loved in spite of oneself.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Main Passages: Hosea 1:2-9; 2:14-23; 3:1-5

Theological Theme

The initiative for our salvation is in the loving heart of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“He lifts us up out of ourselves to participate in the very life and communion of the Godhead, that life of communion for which we were created.” – J.B. Torrance, Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace. (Pg. 22)

Christ Connection:

Hosea’s relationship with Gomer reminds us of God’s relationship with the people of Israel, and with us. Even though God’s people are unfaithful and love other things more than God, God still loves us. It was because of His love that God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin and bring us back to Him.

“He [Jesus] does not appease an angry God to condition Him into being gracious, but in perfect acknowledgment of the holy love of the Father for a sinful world, seals God’s covenant purposes for all humanity by His blood.” – J.B. Torrance, Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace(Pg. 49)

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit calls us to pursue others with the good news about the God who pursues us at great cost to Himself.


God Reveals Himself To Isaiah!


Part 1a: 18min


Part 1b: 20min


Full Message: 38min″

Main Passage: Isaiah 6:1-8

The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God high and lifted up—holy and glorious in His temple. In light of God’s piercing holiness, Isaiah received a proper vision of his own sin and unworthiness. But God, in His grace, restored Isaiah to service and gave the prophet a message for the people. Like Isaiah, we too are undone by the vision of God’s glory, but through His grace, God deals with our sin and then commissions us to deliver His message of love to the world. – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is holy and glorious beyond compare. “Our God is a consuming fire. He is satisfied only when His love totally consumes us…We should not resent the fact that God wants to guard our relationship with Him. It should bring us comfort.” – Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby

Christ Connection:

Isaiah had a vision of a throne room with a divine King. Jesus later claimed that Isaiah had seen His glory and thus the prophet’s words were about Him (John 12:32,41). Like Isaiah, when we see ourselves in light of God’s holiness, we recognize our sinful state and need for salvation.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to live in light of our salvation by willingly delivering His message to the world, no matter how unpopular it may be.

Photo compliments:


The God Who Answers With Fire!

the god who answers with fire

Part 1a: 21min


Part 1b: 22min


Full Message: 43min


Main Passage

1 Kings 18:17-39

“On Mount Carmel, the prophet Elijah demonstrated the stark contrast between the demand placed on our lives by pursuing false idols and the resources God provides for us to pursue our relationship with Him. In the end, one pursuit leaves us bled out and used up; the other pursuit builds us back up and ministers to us so we can minister to others.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme

False gods demand strenuous effort and sacrifice, but the true God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit,  is known by His grace and power.

Christ Connection

The prophets of Baal danced and slashed themselves before the altar, thinking they must bleed in order to express their devotion. But the true God is different than false gods like Baal. He expressed His devotion to us by sending His Son—Jesus Christ—who bled and died for us so that we could receive His grace through faith.

Missional Application

God- Through His Holy Spirit, calls us not to hesitate or be hindered by idolatry but to join in His mission of turning people’s hearts back to Him.

“The god who answers with fire will challenge the source of your faith. God has started a work in you that He is faithful to complete.” – Pastor Richard Andrews


The Father Loves And Likes You Fest – 2017 Videos

All Videos for The Father Loves And Likes You Fest 2017 are now available to watch on YouTube!

Theme: “Sharing In The Overflow” – John 7:37-39

“It was clear to us what God’s WORD was to us and that is – I’ve redeemed you – and I am going to redeem you! It’s OK…and You don’t have to be afraid to be vulnerable, because I have redeemed that, and I am with you now to see things restored and reconciled…..and there are ways for us to begin to participate as he shares the Spirit with us, so, really, we have nothing but a reason to say THANK YOU to God, and in the Psalms it says – ‘Clap your Hands’” – TJBrassell

The Father Loves And Likes You Fest 2017!


Thursday, October 12th Good News Event

Opening Good News Message: GCI National Intern Development Coordinator Anthony Mullins

“Contentment And The Big Ask!”

Part1a: 25min


Part 1b: 28min


Full Message: 53min



Friday, October 13th Good News Events

Introduction to Break-Out Sessions and Prayer – 5 min

Pastor Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.


  • Session 1) Anthony Mullins – GCI National Intern Development Coordinator

“Life Together: The Overflow Of Community!” – 50min


  • Session 2) Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore, MD.

“Discerning The Signs Of Our Current GCI Times!” – 65min


  • Session 3) Bill Winn – Lead Pastor GCI Richmond, VA.

“Participating In Jesus’ Generosity!” – 38min



Evening Good News Messages

  •  1) Ann Vinson – Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“Are You Overflowing With The Holy Spirit?”

John 7: 37- 39 –  39min


  • 2) Richard Andrews – Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“It’s Good News: Jesus Is Life!” John 6- 63 –  32min



Saturday, October 14th Good News Messages

  •  1) Calvin Simon – Lead Pastor GCI Norfolk, VA.

“Jesus Is All We Need Despite Our Feelings!” Matthew 11: 27-30 NIV – 28min


  • 2) Bill Winn: Lead Pastor GCI Richmond, VA.

“Can You Here Me?” – 30min



Sunday, October 15th Concluding Good News Message 

Timothy Brassell: Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore, MD.

“Return to Jesus – Your Pastor and Guardian!” 

Part 1a: 36min


Part 1b: 44min


Full Message: 80min



God’s Word To Us Going Forward – 34sec


“It was clear to us what God’s WORD was to us and that is – I’ve redeemed you! and I am going to redeem you! It’s OK…and You don’t have to be afraid to be vulnerable because I have redeemed that and I am with you now to see things restored and reconciled…..and there are ways for us to begin to participate as he shares the Spirit with us so really we have nothing but a reason to say THANK YOU to God, and in the Psalms it says – ‘Clap your Hands'” – TJBrassell

Solomon Builds The Temple

beacon of light

Part 1a: 22min


Part 1b: 21min


Full Message: 43min


Main Passages: 1 Kings 5:1-5,    1 Kings 8:10-14,54-61

“Solomon built a temple for the Lord, and that temple bore God’s name, manifested God’s presence, and represented God’s glory to the world. As Christians, we belong to the church, described by the apostles as “the temple of God.” In the Old Testament, the temple referred to a place. In the New Testament, the temple refers to a people. We are being built together as God’s residence—a beacon of light and hope to the world.”- The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Because of the Holy Spirit’s presence, God’s people are the temple of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit today, the people who bear His name and join His mission.

Christ Connection:

The temple was to be a place where the name of God would be upheld and the presence of God would be experienced so that the nations would know that the Lord is God. Jesus spoke of Himself as God’s temple, and in His life, death, and resurrection, He upheld God’s name, embodied God’s presence, and extended God’s mission.

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit, calls us to be devoted to Him in obedience so that the original purpose of the temple can be fulfilled—the people of the earth will know our God is King.

“The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.”, – C.S. Lewis.

photo compliments –

The King Who Needs A Savior

clean heart

Part 1a: 22 min


Part 1b: 23min


Full Message: 45min


Main Passages: 2 Samuel 11:1-17,26-27: Psalm 51:1-13

“King David fell into sin and experienced all of its ugly consequences. In David, we see sin’s capacity to enslave us and to motivate us to cover it up. But we also see the possibility of renewal through confession. As believers, we must see all of our sin as an offense toward God and rely on the forgiveness available to us through the sacrifice of the Father’’s Son in order to be restored.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme

All sin is ultimately directed toward God- Father, Son, and Spirit.

Christ Connection

Even David, the greatest of Israel’s kings and a man after God’s own heart, was a sinner in need of redemption. In the story of David, we recognize that all of us need forgiveness through the sacrifice of the perfect King, Jesus Christ, who would take upon Himself the punishment our sins deserve.

Missional Application

God, through the Holy Spirit, calls us to be transparent about our sin and to live in repentance so that others will know there is hope for forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

“God’s gift is offered to all in order to be received by all. It is received by having faith in what God in Christ through the Holy Spirit has done for us. It is by faith in the grace of God that we begin participating in the relationship Jesus has restored, and start receiving the benefits included in that relationship.” The God Revealed in Jesus Christ – a Booklet

When We Demand A King

give us a king 2

Main Passage: 1 Samuel 8

Part 1a – 22 min: “”

Part 1b – 26min: “”

Full Message – 48min: “”

Theological Theme: Our Holiness is expressed in our dependence on God- Father, Son, and Spirit as the true King, not in our desire for substitutes. “As a church, we have to ask ourselves – Who is our King?……..  We live in a country where the majority of the population believes in God but how much authority does God have in their lives? Many seem to be ok with God as long he is just a spiritual uplifting thought or someone to turn to in hard times. But what about a God who dictates the purpose and the shape of your life? What about the notion of a God who is INCLUSIVE, who is INVOLVED and is the standard bearer of how we should be living our lives every day.” – Richard Andrews

Christ Connection: Israel’s demand for an earthly king, was a twisted form of a good desire- for God’s kingdom to come through His anointed leader – Jesus! God’s big plan incorporated Israel’s sinful desire and eventually led to the coming of Jesus, The King of kings.

“We want a God of predictability, a God of order, a God we can understand and figure out. Thus, it is profoundly disturbing to our theologies, well-honed beliefs, and carefully considered positions that God seldom does what we expect and even more rarely what we demand. He is a God of surprises, of true holiness, of great wisdom, power, and love. He is also God alone, and by nature of his being, position, holiness, and power, he is not required to respond to our every whim or demand for more information or better explanations!” –Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend, By Ravi Zacharias

Missional Application: God calls us to stand out from the world by showing, through His Holy Spirit, that true happiness and satisfaction can be found only in God. “Any challenge or hardship you are facing in your life, the battle is being fought by our King.” – Richard Andrews

Photo compliments

The Law’s Blessing and Curse

Deut 10-11 Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law

Part 1, 24 mins :”

Part 2, 24 mins :”

Full Sermon:”


Theological Theme: The law is God the Father’s good gift [holy, just and good], but it cannot save us from the penalty of disobedience.

Christ Connection: Obedience to God-Father, Son and Spirit’s law brings a blessing. Breaking God’s law brings a curse. Jesus is the One who took the curse of our law-breaking humanity in order that we might experience the blessing of His law-keeping humanity, all of Grace!

Missional ApplicationIn response to the awesome works He has accomplished for us Jesus sends us His Holy Spirit, conforming us to Himself as we participate in and reflect His character toward others.

*picture courtesy of

%d bloggers like this: