Resources by Casey Lewis

Casey Lewis currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Sycamore Baptist Church in Decatur, TX. He is a husband, father, and a follower of Jesus Christ, who is passionate about growing healthy churches and reaching the lost. He blogs regularly at ChristianityMatters.com. Follow him on twitter: @caseylewis33

Sep 1, 2016

Why Should We Work to Learn Contentment? by Casey Lewis

For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.

Apr 11

Why Do We Read the Bible? by Casey Lewis

As much as reading the Bible is an intellectual exercise, gaining knowledge shouldn’t be the main reason we read it.

Sep 8

Why Do We Continue to Struggle with Legalism? by Casey Lewis

We want a 12 step program that takes us from sinner to saint with black and white rules to get there.

Mar 31

What Is The Bible And What Does It Tell Us? by Casey Lewis

If we want to learn more about who we are, we don’t look within, instead, we look outside ourselves to God’s Word 

Sep 30, 2014

We Need Christian Community by Casey Lewis

When I was in high school and college, I used to work out all the time. I went to the gym four times a week and I would work out for a couple of hours each time I went. To help with my workouts, I read books and magazines. I took supplements. I charted my workouts writing down how much weight I was lifting and how many reps I was…

Jul 25

Two Views a Pastor Must Have by Casey Lewis

The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.

Jun 14, 2015

Troubleshooting Division in the Church by Casey Lewis

I believe our sinful desire for power, control, and praise are at the root of most church divisions.

Apr 25

The True and Better Prophet, Priest, and King​ by Casey Lewis

Jesus is the true and better Prophet, Priest, and King, who is able to do what those who came before could not do.

Sep 19, 2015

The Gospel Cycle That Kills Sin by Casey Lewis

As we set our minds on the things above, we are reminded of our freedom from and power over sin, as well as of our future sinless reality.

Jan 1, 2016

Submission: A Biblical Principle with a Bad Rap by Casey Lewis

When the man puts forth the effort and operates in the way God calls him to operate, he makes submission a joy, not a chore for his wife.

Nov 7, 2015

So You Want to Develop a Gospel-Centered Culture in Your Church... by Casey Lewis

The gospel must be what all of our ministries are based on, empowered by, and result from.

Sep 6, 2015

Run the Race to Win the Prize by Casey Lewis

The encouraging part of running the Christian race is that we don't have to run it in our own power. At salvation, not only is our heart created anew, which causes us to desire to run for Christ, but we are also empowered by God to run.

May 12

Men, Lead Out in Prayer by Casey Lewis

Men, if we want our country and community to change, if we want to see people come to Jesus, we have to be spiritual leaders who are leading out in prayer.

Jan 31, 2015

Marriage is What is Best For Us by Casey Lewis


It's no mystery our culture doesn't think much of the institution of marriage, and that many of our cultural elites despise it.

Dr. Keith Ablow from the Fox News Medical A-Team thinks marriage is “a source of real suffering for the vast majority of married people.” He bases that off his own observations as a psychiatrist, where he sees the vast majority of marriages ending in divorce…

Aug 5, 2015

Love Should Lead Us by Casey Lewis

Knowledge is a hindrance when we allow it alone to guide us.

May 3, 2016

Looking for the Perfect Church? by Casey Lewis

We can't shine as lights to the world if we are all centered on ourselves.

Apr 27, 2015

Leave Everything and Go Wherever by Casey Lewis

While God certainly asks missionaries to pick up their life, leave everything, and go wherever, His call on His disciple's lives doesn't end there.

Apr 28, 2015

"Judge Not" is Not a Shield to Hide Behind by Casey Lewis

It is not uncommon to hear people say things like: “Aren’t we all sinners? What gives you the right to make moral judgments about someone else? Isn’t that God’s job?”

Jun 8, 2016

Jesus is Enough by Casey Lewis

When we add something to the gospel, we are really subtracting from it.

Nov 10, 2016

Is Anything Too Hard for God? by Casey Lewis

How do we know nothing is too hard for God? Think about who He is: our Creator, Sustainer, Healer, and Savior.

Nov 14, 2015

How To Win The Battle For Your Heart by Casey Lewis

Christians are in a battle with the world, a battle that rages continually as we are confronted with promises of pleasure, joy, and satisfaction at every turn. These messages are often subtle, chipping away at our defenses little by little.

Sep 12, 2015

How To Face the Challenges of the Pastorate by Casey Lewis

For the those who are thinking of entering the pastorate, there are three things that will help you face the unique challenges in ministry...

Aug 12, 2016

How Should Leaders React When Attacked? by Casey Lewis

David provides both an example and counsel of how we should react when attacked.

Jul 22, 2016

How Our Generation Can Learn From the Older by Casey Lewis

Actively working toward maturity in Christ is a necessary part of learning from others.

Jan 27, 2016

How Do We Lovingly Guide Church Members Away From False Teaching? by Casey Lewis

As pastors and church members, we have a responsibility to lovingly protect our flock from error.

Dec 19, 2015

How Can We Praise God During The Hard Times? by Casey Lewis

We will face difficult situations, but none of them will ultimately defeat us because God will keep us in Christ.

Apr 11, 2016

How Can We Continue to Walk in Jesus? by Casey Lewis

Remembering our profession of faith and what we thought about Jesus should motivate us to continue walking with Him, so that He is the One who is establishing our values, guiding our thinking, and directing our conduct.

Feb 9

How Can I Delight in God's Word?​ by Casey Lewis

When the Bible is our delight, we look forward to reading it each day and feel a keen sense that something's missing when we don't.

Sep 5, 2015

How and Why We Need To Live Out The Golden Rule by Casey Lewis

Not only are we a witness to the power of the gospel when we live out the Golden Rule, but we also promote peace and societal flourishing.

Oct 31, 2014

Growth in Christ Takes Effort by Casey Lewis


When I was in seminary, I had to take two language classes Greek and Hebrew. The first language class I took was turbo Greek. They call it turbo Greek because they squished two semesters worth of Greek into two months. I took these two classes over the summer and they were the only classes I took.

One thing I realized quickly was that if I was going…

Sep 15

From Where Does Bad Theology Come? by Casey Lewis

We can’t just accept something as true because it looks professional, comes out of a pastor’s mouth, is written in a book, or appears on TV. 

Nov 30, 2014

Everyday Evangelism by Casey Lewis

Every other year I try to go to a conference hosted by Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY Together for the Gospel. Not only is a great time to hear the Word preached and fellowship with folks I haven't seen in years, but it is a great opportunity to pick up a lot of books. Every year I go, I come back with at least 40-50 books. Most of those are…

Jan 9, 2016

Eat the Word for Breakfast by Casey Lewis

While I have always known God's Word changes lives, experiencing it in my life and that of others has given me the confidence to stand with the Reformers of years past in calling for the primacy of God's Word in our lives and churches.

Jul 7, 2015

Discipline and The Church by Casey Lewis

Church discipline shouldn’t be a taboo topic or action in the church today. It should be talked about and practiced because it ultimately brings the most glory to God and helps us accomplish our God given goal — to make disciples.

Jun 2, 2015

Confronting The Sins We Tolerate by Casey Lewis

We overlook “respectable sins” not only because they are pervasive, but also because they don't seem as bad as others that get more press. But when we turn a blind eye to these "ordinary" sins, they begin to fester. 

Jun 20, 2015

Christian Community Happens In and Through Jesus by Casey Lewis

Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.

Dec 14, 2016

Battling Sin in the Heart by Casey Lewis

Our battle against sin will only result in victory if it is waged at the heart level.

Dec 5, 2015

Are You Prepared to be A Part of the Salvation Process? by Casey Lewis

While I would like to think my preaching convinced someone in that moment to come to Christ, when I really stop and think about it, I know a lot has happened behind the scenes beforehand.

Oct 3, 2015

Are You Prepared For Persecution? by Casey Lewis

Christian persecution is not something new.

Jul 8, 2016

Apologetics: A Reasonable Defense by Casey Lewis

While the study of apologetics can take you off into heady arguments, that's not all apologetics is.

Aug 1, 2015

All Things to All People to Win Some by Casey Lewis

Presenting the gospel in a way people can understand doesn’t mean we water down the gospel.

Jul 18, 2015

6 Qualities A Congregation Should Want in Their Pastor by Casey Lewis

Paul in 1 Corinthians 4 lays out six qualities a congregation should expect of their pastor.

Oct 17, 2015

3 Ways to Help Your Deacons by Casey Lewis

If you want your deacons to be all they can be, to serve your church, and Christ’s mission well, you should not only pray for them, but you should also encourage them in their work. 

Mar 7

11 Characteristics of the Self-Righteous by Casey Lewis

In an effort to help us create self-awareness and keep us out of the trap, here are 11 characteristics of the self-righteous . . .

May 17, 2016

10 Reasons Why the Church Gathers by Casey Lewis

The significance of gathering regularly with God's people cannot be overstated. Here are 10 biblical reasons why gathering with the church is so important.