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.

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

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 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 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

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

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

Long Before Goliath…

David was able to defeat Goliath because long before he faced this giant he walked with God and exercised faith in Him.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt 17)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 8/27/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 17
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQ5IEsHy18

God’s Choice

While man often looks on the outside, God is looking at the heart. He seeks a man, woman, or child after His own heart.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 15)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/30/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 16:4-13
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGeWEV5S_Uo

Every Excuse in the Book (pt. 2)

When confronted by Samuel for not completely obeying God’s clear commands, Saul tries to come up with every excuse in the book.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 13)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/16/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 15:1-35
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmEYDQuva5E

Every Excuse in the Book

When confronted by Samuel for not completely obeying God’s clear commands, Saul tries to come up with every excuse in the book.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt 12)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/9/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 15:1-35
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBDwhDWoNnA