Upcoming Sermon on Aug 20, 2017

Heaven Can’t Wait

Heaven can’t wait. The Bible speaks regularly about Heaven and Hell. To believe in one, should mean that you believe in the other. Scriptures tells us about Heaven in a variety of pictures of what eternal life will look like. Do those pictures inspire you, motivate you, and call us to change our lives?

God is calling you to see, to hear and to know how much He wants to be with you… for all eternity. God has made a way. God has made it known. God has even prepared the place. Will you decide to go?

SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 2:9 –

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – – – The things God has prepared for those who love him

Upcoming Sermon on Aug 13, 2017

Hell, No!

What do you know about Hell?  Probably most of us have heard someone describe it as hot, painful and unending.  We might agree that it will be a lace for the bad people.  But often the fear, worry and dread of such a conversation leads us to avoid the rest of the conversation or study.  Hell is just not a topic we like to think too much about.

Early cultures used words of burial locations as entry points into the underworld.  The used descriptions for the worst places they could experience as descriptors for hell.  In recent times, the concept of Hell and judgement have drifted from our common conversations.  Getting back the Word, we find God’s own leaders and even his own Son speak a lot about Hell.  What you know about Hell will change the way you live here on Earth.

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 13:40-43 – “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Upcoming Sermon on Aug 6, 2017

Myth or reality

The old song says, “I’ve never been to Heaven, but I’ve been to Oklahoma.”  I wonder if that means Oklahoma is nearly as good as Heaven, or it is the best place he’s been here on earth?

We’ve heard people say, “It is hot as Hell!” and then a few months later claim, “It’s cold as Hell!”  I’m pretty sure that can’t be right,  can it?

We have so many expressions and common beliefs about Heaven and Hell but do they really match with what we find in the Bible?  With all the confusion about truth, morality and personal freedom, is it really the right time to talk about places that confuse even the truest of believers?

Over the next few weeks we will look at many of our culture’s ideas of Heaven and Hell.  We will raise our attention to a place most American say they will go after they die.  And the value of these next four lessons will change the way you live… I promise you!

SCRIPTURE

John 14:2-3 –

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Upcoming Sermon on July 30, 2017

TRUTH

Jesus says he is the way, THE TRUTH and the life.  He also said THE TRUTH will set us free.  What does that mean?  Is truth definable anymore?  Is Jesus’ words right or have we learned enough to say is personal, adjustable and re-definable?

The search for truth is the search for the core, the foundational.  It is a desire to find something straight, everlasting and solid.  While we all go about life in many different ways, the search for these things brings us to a common shared point; we want for something more than what so easily slips away.

In our search for truth may we not become the people Paul spoke of, who trade truth for lies, who worship the created over the Creator.  God is TRUTH and He is forever praised (Romans 1:25).

Upcoming Sermon on July 23, 2017

Our Response

We’ve talked about the importance of God’s word, the reasons we need to let it guide our lives, why we need to meditate on it, etc.  Last Sunday, we talked about the Spirit of God, the presence of God in our lives.  We looked at the combination of Word and Spirit and we were challenged by Jesus’ words that true worshipers MUST worship in the Spirit and in truth.

This Sunday, we will look at a variety of responses of individuals or groups as they hear God’s Word or interact with God.  Moses’ bowed down after God passes in front of him.  The Israelites stood for ¼ of the day listening to the reading of God’s word, then took another ¼ of the day for confession and worship.  In Acts 2, 3000 people were pricked in their hearts and baptized.  Later in Acts the Bereans would search the scriptures to verify if it was right. 

Join us this Sunday, as we enter worship in the Spirit, we will be challenged to respond.  Is your heart open enough to let God’s Word move you?

SCRIPTURE

Exodus 34:8 –

After God passed by Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.

Upcoming Sermon on July 16, 2017

Thy Spirit

Thy word is a lamp for our feet. That is what we worked hard to remind ourselves last week. We want to people who let God’s Word lead us, guide us, help us and shape us.

Today, we see that the Word and Spirit go hand-in-hand. As we feed on God’s Word we find His Spirit stirring in us something that cannot be explained, seen and most of the world won’t understand.

When was the last time you felt the Spirit at work in your life? When was the last time you asked for the Spirit to guide you? Jesus says something powerful about the Spirit and our worship. Dig deep into God’s Word to find what He says about the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is powerful, life-changing and so important.

SCRIPTURE

Ephesians 5:18 –

Be filled with the Spirit.

Upcoming Sermon on July 9, 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 July 2, 2017

How to Remodel Your Home

Today we have special guest speaker, Charles Schellhorn. Charles is our youth minister. He has just returned from a week-long mission trip in Cedar Vale, Kansas. His passion for the Word is contagious. His love for the Lord will encourage you. We pray this lesson will give you the tools to dig deeper into God’s Word.

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 119:105 (MSG) –

 
By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order. Everything’s falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules. My life is as close as my own hands, but I don’t forget what you have revealed. The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don’t swerve an inch from your course. I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever— what a gift! And how happy it makes me! I concentrate on doing exactly what you say— I always have and always will.

Upcoming Sermon on June 25, 2017

Build Up

Today we have special guest speaker, Charlie Kymes.  Charlie has a long history of preaching and working within the Churches of Christ.  His encouraging message entitled “Build Up” is so important in times when many are weary from fighting, unity is a forgotten need, and sacrificial love is seen as a liability.  Today’s message draws our focus back to God’s powerful and purposeful vision for our lives and His Church.

1 Thessalonians 5:11-18 reminds us:
(11)  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  (12)  Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.  (13)  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.  (14)  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  (15)  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.  (16)  Rejoice always,  (17)  pray continually,  (18)  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Upcoming Sermon on June 18, 2017

Fathers

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.

Fatherhood is undervalued in our society.  Many men, as a result, forget their God-give role and the importance they play in the family and development of the children.  Today we honor the fathers in our congregation and in our lives.  Though none are perfect, we see in many fathers the fingerprints of our eternal father.  

As we wrap up this study of the different segments within our congregation, we draw back to the original purpose.  Through our diversity highlight our singular vision – Love God. Love People and Help people love God.

SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 20:7 –

The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.