Sermons by Pastor Matt Costella

Matt Costella has served as the director of the FEA since 2011 and is the founding pastor of Grace Bible Church of Fresno which he planted in 2004.

Look Up

As Christians, our lives must be continually marked by an “upward look” when life seems dark or difficult.
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 2/4/18
[Scripture Reference] Psalm 5:1-3
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqpd9Z-hsRk

Practical Principles and Final Considerations

A final look at First Samuel with an emphasis on the distinction between Saul and David and personal application to the believer.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 30)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 1/28/18
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel (selected texts)
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiT_bp5Ja8E

The End of An Era

King Saul died as he lived—dedicated to preserving his own image and self-will rather than honoring the one, true God.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 29)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 1/21/18
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 31:1-13
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60_A-fUg0CE

Don‘t Look Back

Like the apostle Paul, we must forget the past and press forward into the future in service for God for His glory.
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 1/7/18
[Scripture Reference] Philippians 3:13-14
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQVz4CZWF6I

When All Seems Out of Control

In the midst of his low point, David turns to God. We see God work providentially to encourage David and prepare him to be the next king.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 28)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 12/31/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 29:1-30:31
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIV2qDRtaZQ

Good Tidings of Great Joy

The arrival of the Messiah into the world means fear need not control the lives of men and women anymore.
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 12/24/17
[Scripture Reference] Luke 2:8-16
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XabJSIS4oQs

Life Without God

What happens when we chose to go our own way and seek to live life without God? King Saul found out, and we must learn from his example.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 27)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 12/17/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 28:3-25
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAbLtX-l0jw

“I Can’t Take It Anymore”

David experiences a lapse of faith as he aligns himself with the enemies of Israel and deceives Achish once again.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (Part 27)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 12/10/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 27:1-28:2
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMQd2lHa05s

A Powerful Influence for Good

A consideration of Abigail’s character and positive influence on the future King of Israel.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 25)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 12/3/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 25 and 26
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFyHU03gfAk

The Path of the Wise

The magi’s visit to the Christ child contains many lessons pertaining to wisdom that all believers should consider today.
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 12/3/17
[Scripture Reference] Matthew 2:1-12
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhEARsBUrno

The Confrontation

After fleeing from Saul, David finally confronts the king of Israel. David’s response to Saul says much about his heart and his allegiance.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 23)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 11/12/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 23:29-24:22
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6hBADXv5PQ

Passing the Test and Patiently Waiting

Still fleeing from Saul, David continues to accomplish God’s will while facing betrayal from his own people. Yet even in this trial, God uses other godly men to encourage David.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 22)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 11/5/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 23:1-28
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCNzRCOQ5-4

Life As We Know It

Elijah’s difficult life is illustrative of that of the faithful believer today. Yet through it all, God leads and provides for His own.
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 10/29/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Kings 17:1-16
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kJxGZhgFzM

David: Knocked Down But Not Out

David continues to flee from Saul and even waver in his faith at times. Yet he always returns to the Lord for refuge and strength.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt 21)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 10/29/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 21:10-22:5
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH3gYsXWpdo

David’s Fading Faith

David resorts to deceit to get what he needs from Ahimelech, and this lapse of faith brings dire consequences.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 20)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 10/22/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 21:1-9; 22:6-23; Psalm 52
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKeZ3C8cS3g

Radical, Relevant, or Faithful? (Part 2)

An analysis of the “Radical” ministry philosophy espoused by Christian leaders such as David Platt and Francis Chan as well as the “Relevant” ministry philosophy embraced by Christian leaders such as Rick Warren and Andy Stanley. Pastor Matt suggests a third option: Stand fast on the clear, pure Gospel of Jesus Christ by grace alone through faith alone and make faithfulness to God the priority of every ministry endeavor.
[Series] Radical, Relevant, or Faithful? (pt. 2)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 10/8/17
[Scripture Reference] 2 Timothy 2:1-7
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT9iCb2eeAw

Radical, Relevant, or Faithful? (Part 1)

An analysis of the “Radical” ministry philosophy espoused by Christian leaders such as David Platt and Francis Chan as well as the “Relevant” ministry philosophy embraced by Christian leaders such as Rick Warren and Andy Stanley. Pastor Matt suggests a third option: Stand fast on the clear, pure Gospel of Jesus Christ by grace alone through faith alone and make faithfulness to God the priority of every ministry endeavor.
[Series] Radical, Relevant, or Faithful? (pt. 1)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 10/8/17
[Scripture Reference] 2 Timothy 2:1-7
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmUMUDuKQbA

God Is My Defence

As Saul continues to try to murder David, David seeks help and refuge from God Who delivers David through various means.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 18)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 9/24/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 19:1-24; Psalm 59
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd1XHy2xQrY

After the Victory Is Over

Chapter 18 provides an overview of what a believer can expect from life—the positive and negative—after gaining a spiritual victory.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 17)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 9/17/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 18:1-30
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7dCYkSZGLU

What‘s the Point?

The gospel of John is intended to reveal the person and work of Jesus Christ so we might believe the Truth for the salvation of our soul.
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 9/10/17
[Scripture Reference] John 20:30-31
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw0lb7CcwQc