Sermons

By Speakers: Pastor Steve Balentine

Pastor Steve Balentine

Steve has been on pastoral staff since 1996. Since 2002 he has served as the Senior Pastor after overseeing Student Ministries for six years. The son of a pastor, he was born and raised in California, with most of his growing up years being spent on the Central Coast.  He moved back to Southern California to attend college where he met his wife Christy and never left. 

Steve has a B.A. in Biblical Exposition and an M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from The Master’s University and Seminary.  In his free time, he loves to be with his wife and two teenagers (Jonathan and Grace), play golf, make charts, maintain a saltwater aquarium and attempt to find the best coffee shop Southern California has to offer. 

He is Not Silent Pt. II

Continuing a study of Psalm 19.

Psalms 19:10-14

He is Not Silent

The word of God restores the soul, makes wise the simple, rejoices the heart, enlightens the eyes, and endures forever.

Psalms 19:7-9

The Hallelujah Chorus

Give praise to God!  Praise the Lord!  (Hallelujah)

Psalms 150:1-6

A Not So Silent Night

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. 

Hebrews 1:1-4

Piercing the Darkness: Pt. II

Part II in the study of Isaiah 9:1-7.

Isaiah 9:1-7

Piercing the Darkness: Pt. I

A look at Isaiah's description of the "great light," the one who will pierce the darkness...

Isaiah 9:1-7

Soli Deo Gloria

The conclusion to The Reformation Series, Soli Deo Gloria.  To God alone be the glory.  

Romans 11:33-36

Solus Christus

In Christ Alone.  There is salvation through no other name.

Acts 4:12-12

Sola Gratia

A look at Sola Gratia (Grace Alone).  Ephesians 2:1-10

Ephesians 2:1-10

Sola Fide

A look at Romans 3:21-26 and justification by faith alone.

Romans 3:21-26

Sola Scriptura

A look at some of the influential scripture that sparked the Reformation.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

The One Who Is Worthy

A look at Revelation 5.  Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Revelation 5:1-14

A Glimpse of Glory

A look at John's vision of heaven following the seven letters to the churches in Revelation.

Revelation 4:1-11

To Laodicea: You Don’t Realize

God hates lukewarm (megh).  Hot and Cold both serve a purpose and are profitable, lukewarm warrents spitting out.  The Church at Laodicea doesn't even realize how lukewarm they have become....

Revelation 3:14-22

Therefore Encourage One Another… (Education Sunday 2017)

In light of salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ, let's be encouraging to one another.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

To Philadelphia: Hold Fast

The only letter with no condemnation, the church at Philadelphia is encouraged to hold fast with patient endurance.

Revelation 3:7-13

To Sardis: The Death of a Church

A call to a church that appears spiritually alive, but is actually dead.  Wake up & repent.

Revelation 3:1-6

To Thyatira: Hold Fast

This church is commended on their deeds, love, faith, service, and perseverance.  However, they have been tolerating the teachings of a woman with Jezebel-like ways.  To those who do not hold to her...

Revelation 2:18-29

To Pergamum: Dangerous Tolerance

A church commended for holding fast to Jesus' name and not denying the faith, but condemned for allowing false teachers and teachings to make their way into their church community.  

Revelation 2:12-17

To Smyrna: Remain Faithful

No specific condemntation, just an encouragement to remain faithful in the midst of tribulation, even unto death.

Revelation 2:8-11

To Ephesus: And yet…

The letter to the church at Ephesus.  The letter contains commendations and one key condemnation: they had lost their first love...

Revelation 2:1-7

Letters to The Seven Churches of Revelation - Intro

An Intro to the 2017 Summer Series on the Letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation.  (Rev. 1)

Revelation 1:1-20

The Priority of Qualified Leadership

The qualifications of elders in the church.  A high and important calling.

1 Timothy 3:1-7

From Fear to Faith (Habakkuk Wrap-Up)

Habakkuk Summary & Wrap-Up

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19

Even If…

Though the fig tree should not blossom...

Habakkuk 3:17-19

From Fear to Faith

Habakkuk's response (part 1): This prayer is bookended with musical instructions reminiscent of the Psalms.  It begins with a powerful picture of the Lord's power, sovereignty, and wrath.

Habakkuk 3:1-16

Judgement and Glory (Pt. 2)

God's 2nd response (continued): Five taunt songs underscore the doom that awaits the Chaldeans. In the midst of these taunts we are reminded: "...the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the...

Habakkuk 2:15-20

Judgement and Glory (Pt. 1)

God's 2nd response (continued): Five taunt songs underscore the doom that awaits the Chaldeans. In the midst of these taunts we are reminded: "...the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the...

Habakkuk 2:6-14

The Just Shall Live By Faith

God's 2nd response: (Part 1) The Chaldean gloating will be only temporary.  It will ultimately be the righteous who will live by faith.

Habakkuk 2:2-5

Resurrection

Let's talk about that story that never gets old...

Romans 1:1-7