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, Oct 08, 2017
Duration: 37 mins 27 secs
Greed affects all of us. It speaks from our heart, making four common claims. Jesus challenges greed in a memorable parable about a man who wants a bigger, newer, better barn. It doesn't end well for him. Fortunately, greed has an antidote: Generosity.
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Love is the highest, greatest, most comprehensive virtue. All the other "one another" commands flourish under the umbrella of love. Without love, we live out of mere duty or formality. To give love, we must first receive love from it's Divine source. This sermon invites us to receive God's love so we can give it to others.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Duration: 41 mins 36 secs
If you're under 65 years old, the word "submit" makes you cringe. You are self-sufficient. You make your own rules. You follow the beat of your own drum. Thus the biblical call to "mutual submission" startles you. Take the test: Seven Signs that Submission Is Not Your Strong Suit." You'll see. And once you admit you try to hard to control others, you might consider letting the Spirit take greater control in your #LifeTogether.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 37 secs
Forgiveness has become a fad in psychological and medical literature. But definitions of forgiveness remain fuzzy and too focused on self. The biblical exhortation to forgive follows the pattern set by Jesus. It is a gift of pardon to a repentant person who has morally offended another. When we get this wrong, we gloss over our hurts and keep ourselves in harm's way.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Encouragement is key to holding on to the faith. Whether pressures are internal or external, we all feel them pressing in on us. Encouragement allows us to press on. Our encouragement should not be mere flattery, but should help others focus on Christ.
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 10 secs
Teaching is not reserved for the professionals. When the people in the church embrace God's ideal picture of #LifeTogether, they are filled with the Word of Christ and it flows out of them. Everyone who learns from God has something to pass on. This sermon closes with four examples.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 48 secs
Random acts of service are good, but leave our hands on the steering wheel. We control when and whom we help. Jesus has a better way: being a servant. The New Testament command to serve one another gets beyond random acts to being available and leveraging our strengths for the body of Christ.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 23 secs
God put us in the body of Christ so we could shoulder one another's hardships. We are called to live together, not alone. According to Galatians 5:22-6:5, to bear the burdens of a spiritual brother or sister we should be spiritual, sensitive, and self-aware.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 54 secs
Greetings and good-byes matter. They set the foundation or establish the tone of a relationships. The apostle Paul encouraged the church to "greet one another with a holy kiss" on several occasions. The kiss leveled the playing feel and linked people together. It was a way of including others and showing love. We must learn to express our welcome with a warm embrace.
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Envy is an enemy to gratitude. When we spend more time lamenting what others get rather than what God gives, it spoils our souls. Jesus exposes this tendency in his parable of the Pay Day.