Upcoming Sermon on May 28, 2017

Babies

Love God.  Love People.  Help people love God.  It is a simple and challenging task.  It is what we strive to do here at the Downtown Bixby Church of Christ.  Over the next few weeks we will look at different segments of our demographics; women, mothers, grads, babies, kids, men and fathers.

Someone once said that babies are God’s opinion that the world should could go on.  This Sunday we recognize and celebrate the numerous blessings of little ones God has sent our way.  When we see children as a blessing from the Lord, we see that we, too, are a blessing.  We see we come from the Lord.  And we should see that it is privilege and responsibility to pass that on to the next generation.

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 127:3 –

Children are a gift from the Lord.”

Upcoming Sermon on May 21, 2017

Graduates

Love God.  Love People.  Help people love God.  It is a simple and challenging task.  It is what we strive to do here at the Downtown Bixby Church of Christ.  Over the next few weeks we will look at different segments of our demographics; women, mothers, grads, babies, kids, men and fathers.

Today we honor our graduates.  Those who are setting sail on a new adventure.  We celebrate their accomplishments, all they have endured, and all they dream of accomplishing.  Their hope, drive and determination gives us optimism for the future.  Their example and success provides a firm foundation for them to build.  God has blessed us with highly motivated, highly skilled and highly devoted young men and women.  May we prepare them by our words, by our examples and by our prayers.

SCRIPTURE

2 Kings 23:25 –

Neither before or after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did – with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength.

Upcoming Sermon on May 14, 2017

Priority

Though priority is not a word found in the New Testament, Jesus demonstrates that he had a priority scale in his life.  From an early age he showed that being about his Father’s business outweighed the priorities of family and culture.

In the life of Jesus, time and time again, he demonstrates that loving people is a high priority in his life.  But Jesus doesn’t just love people in a way that will ‘make them feel good’.  Jesus demonstrates that his priority is to “make them good.”  Jesus’ authority and power to heal, cast out demons, etc., compliment his high objective to spiritually heal people.  In doing so, Jesus is able to do things that don’t seem to be initially in the person’s best interest.  This week we follow Jesus as he loves people in a way that is best for them.

SCRIPTURE

Mark 1:38 –

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

Upcoming Sermon on May 7, 2017

WOMEN

Love God.  Love People.  Help people love God.  It is a simple and challenging task.  It is what we strive to do here at the Downtown Bixby Church of Christ.  Over the next few weeks we will look at different segments of our demographics; women, mothers, grads, babies, kids, men and fathers.
Today we will look at 10 aspects of women throughout scripture, who exhibited a love for God and either loved  people or found a way to help others love God.

SCRIPTURE

John 4:39 –

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony

Upcoming Sermon on April 30, 2017

Friends and Family

For more than 100 years, the Downtown Bixby Church of Christ has had an open invitation to our community; “come and see”.  We are not perfect.  We don’t have it all figured out.  But we do know that together we are better than if we are alone.  There is something special that happens when we worship as friends and as family.

Do you need a friend?  Do you need a family?  Wouldn’t it be nice to be in a place where others know your weaknesses… not to kick you when you are down, but to support you during those difficult times?

Join us for a morning of worship, a time of food and fun, and share the joy of being in a place that values you as a friend and a part of our family.

 

SCRIPTURE

John 15:15 –

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Upcoming Sermon on April 23, 2017

Priority

Though priority is not a word found in the New Testament, Jesus demonstrates that he had a priority scale in his life.  From an early age he showed that being about his Father’s business outweighed the priorities of family and culture.

In the life of Jesus, time and time again, he demonstrates that loving people is a high priority in his life.  But Jesus doesn’t just love people in a way that will ‘make them feel good’.  Jesus demonstrates that his priority is to “make them good.”  Jesus’ authority and power to heal, cast out demons, etc., compliment his high objective to spiritually heal people.  In doing so, Jesus is able to do things that don’t seem to be initially in the person’s best interest.  This week we follow Jesus as he loves people in a way that is best for them.

SCRIPTURE

Mark 1:38 –

Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

Upcoming Sermon on April 16, 2017

The Resurrection

He is risen!  The tomb is empty.  Many people around the world are taking notice of the power of the empty tomb.  From every nation, the understanding of impact of Jesus’s new life continues to change the world all around us.  Reports of Taliban members turning over their guns for Bibles, Buddhist monks who leave the monastery to join in Bible studies, and atheist finding God all because of the truth of the empty grave.  Is it changing you?

Do you remember Easter as family holiday, a scavenger hunt, or a chance to reflect back on God’s greatest expression love, a sacrificial gift of His own Son?  Do you see Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection as changing what is possible, what is impossible and what you want to do with your life?

SCRIPTURE

Luke 24:46-47 –

He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Upcoming Sermon on April 9, 2017

The Burial

To fully understand who Jesus is and what his purpose on earth truly was, we must revisit the dramatic scenes at the cross and tomb. The crucifixion and resurrection are often the highlights while the burial is frequently left as an emotional pause in this heart-wrenching story of sacrifice and live.

This week, I hope we notice those two important points (crucifixion and resurrection) are held together by the reality of Jesus’ body being laid to rest.  The sadness and great loss felt on the day of Jesus’ death, by his followers and disciples still vibrates through 2,000 years.  We are still personally drawn into the scene through our participation in baptism.

His burial is relived in our baptism in that watery grave.  His death was real.  And he calls us to join him in a real life-change, a real re-birth.  Jesus burial, the darkness and death, should connect with us as more than an illustration.  It is a significant moment in our life that we share with Jesus.

SCRIPTURE

Romans 6:4 –

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Upcoming Sermon on April 2, 2017

His Death

From the triumphal entry to the last breath, what did Jesus say and do?  The next 3 weeks we will look closer at the death, the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The steps he took, the words he shared and the certainty of his death and new life will excite you.  Take time this week to read Matthew 21-28.  

Notice what Jesus chooses to discuss.  Take note of his popularity.  See the sacrifice.  Accept his gift.

SCRIPTURE

John 1:29 -The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Upcoming Sermon on March 26, 2017

ALMIGHTY

God is infallible.  God is ever-present.  God knows everything.  God is almighty.  Think about that for a minute.  He introduces himself with an ever-present phrase “I AM”.  While reflecting on God, we see that we are not all that HE IS.  He is! I am not.

Now, take a moment to bring up your schedule for this week.  Where are those moments of anxiety?  When do you find yourself wondering if your will succeed?  Is there a time when you know you will feel like you’re being pulled in all directions?  Schedule in, just prior to those events, a reminder verse about the greatness of our God.  Remember, God is going ahead of you in all situations.  Find the certainty that He will bring you through the hardships.  Recognize his strength compared with the short-lived, smallness of most of our tasks.

Our God is great, all-powerful, and loves you very much!

SCRIPTURE

Revelation 1:8 –

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”