Tim Sprankle has served as pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church since 2007. He loves to preacher, teach, instigate, and innovate. He earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Grace College (2001) and M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from Grace Seminary (2004). He is married to Liz, his encouraging and lovely bride; they parent two daughters, Claire and Margot, and someday will bring home a son from Ethiopia. In addition to pastoral ministires, Tim serves on the boards of GraceConnect/BMH and CyberCenter for Biblical Studies. He is an associate member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is also known to throw a mean drive in disc golf.
Sun, May 12, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 49 secs
We value honor. It acknowledges the God-given role Mom and Dad play in shaping our futures. Of course, parenting is complex, and every parent fails. Nevertheless, Mom and Dad have a high calling, giving their kids their first glimpse of God and shaping a glorious future. While they are not always thanked, Mom and Dad deserve honor, which includes cares and esteem. And when we actively honor Mom and Dad, it trickles into a life of honoring other.
Sun, May 05, 2019
We value talk. It improves the family dynamic, learning to listen to, learn from, and draw out one another. Talking is of such great value, in fact, that God used it to create the world, call His people, and pass along His truth from one generation to another. Deuteronomy assumes the central role of "family talk" in the ongoing health of His people. When we talk, it builds faith and family bonds.
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 49 secs
After Jesus rose from the dead, he made a few appearances. One of the most famous was a roadside conversation with Cleopas and friend as they journeyed to Emmaus. At first, they did not recognize Jesus, recounting to him his own tragic death. Crucifixion and resurrection, of course, were part of God's grand plan, spelled out in Scripture. Jesus makes this known, then himself, before he leaves his traveling companions. Both the resurrection and Scriptures serve as a vital link to God yet today.
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Duration: 41 mins 47 secs
Unlike the other religious leaders of his day, Jesus excelled at showing mercy. He looked through their sickness and sin to their needy hearts. So he invited the sick and sinner to follow him. Many did. Zacchaues stands out among them. This sinner, tax collector, and conspicuously short man first responded to Jesus' merciful gaze with a few little steps. Perhaps, God intends us to reflect the mercy of His Son.
Sun, Apr 07, 2019
Duration: 41 mins 49 secs
Jesus invited followers to accompany him as he spread word of God's kingdom. They learned from him, helped him, and eventually carried forth his message. These followers did not always fit the societal mold, but what made them exceptional was their commitment to Jesus. A band of female followers sets the tone for this series of unlikely followers. They reflect Jesus's generosity.
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
Duration: 35 mins 32 secs
Our world loves outcomes. We crown the winner of the game. We award the student with remarkable grades. We praise the business with rising sales and church with growing attendance. Achievement is king. But God keeps a different scorecard. He prefers obedience to outcomes. He wants us postured to receive grace not achieve greatness.
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 55 secs
God designed spiritual community to be a place of care. We meet one another's needs. We tend one another's wounds. We bear one another's burdens. These acts of care give evidence of our close companionship with God's Spirit. He did not intend for us to live alone. Such a community of care requires humility, honesty, and effort.
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 38 secs
Followers of Jesus have a perfect example in Jesus. He is the model. His kind of life is the ideal. The apostle Paul agonized to see the life of Christ formed in them. This, of course, is not easy because we are often at war with ourselves -- the selfish jerk within. Fortunately, we have an advocate: the Holy Spirit also moves within to make our character like Jesus's. This sermon considers the Spirit's part and ours in become more like Jesus.
Sun, Mar 03, 2019
Duration: 40 mins 15 secs
God raises his children as a Free-range Father. He is not anti-rule, but provides enough moral guidance to let "good things run wild" (Chesterton). Sadly, we allow external codes and internal drives define what is right. We enslave ourselves to laws or lusts. God frees us so we can love. Living with a relentless sense of duty or crippling sense if guilt is not God's desire. No: Our Free-range Father calls us to range free.
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
We seek and receive identities from every sphere of life. We are known by our family role, work title, recreational habits, ethnic background, academic achievements, and personal quirks. Doctor. Dad. Delinquent. Sister. Snob. Southerner. God gives us our truest identity: adopted sons and daughters. Jesus secured this new identity for us, sending his Spirit to imbibe us. It is our task to embrace this new ID.