Upcoming Sermon on October 22, 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 October 15, 2017

Worship

At the very heart of worship there are five great things that happens.  First the connection with the Almighty.  The connection with fellow believers.  The desire to learn and grow.  Sensing opportunities to serve and the desire to share your joy.  Focus on just one and the church will stray.  Leave out one and the church will be wobbly.

As your tire would wear out when out of balance, so will the members in a church that over identifies one attribute of worship over another.  Worship is our fuel.  Worship should be the engine of a church.  Where worship is weak, the effectiveness of the church will be weak as well.

The elders are calling us as a congregation to cultivate a worship environment that glorifies God while connecting and encouraging the church family.  Will you join us?

SCRIPTURE

Luke 10:27 –

Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind. And, Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Upcoming Sermon on October 8, 2017

Service

The first goal the elders have set for our congregation is to “Create an expectation and desire within the church family for service.”

That’s a tall order!  The idea, I’m sure you’d agree, is important.  The idea of service is definitely in alignment with God’s Word.  Yet service is a something some Christians try to schedule, limit, or stall till another more convenient day.

When polled, most Christians state that they want to see the Church rise up and serve more.  However, when the sign-up sheets come around many feel that it’s OK to skip this service project.

How do we (I mean personally, me and you), truly have an expectation and desire for service? Making a goal will help us.  But what more needs to be done?  Join us this week to see ways we can serve, aligning our hearts with God’s will and grow to be more service minded.

 

SCRIPTURE

Galatians 5:13 –

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Upcoming Sermon on October 1, 2017

Next Steps

God has led us to today. There is great opportunity on the horizon. Listen to the elders as they share they vision for what our church can become.

 

SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 29:18 –

Without vision, the people perish.

Upcoming Sermon on September 24, 2017

Correct

The conclusion of this ‘What Would You Say” series is the most personal and practical.  So far, we’ve been called to get our hands dirty.  We learned reflecting God’s holiness does not preclude us from going into the world that is dying in sin.  Last week we worked to rid ourselves of our bias that allows us not to reach out to those people whom we don’t want to be around.

In addition to those three lessons, it is extremely important for to realize that our words need to be confessional long before our words should be accusatory.  To announce that the world needs to change BEFORE they know we needed a savior is a mistake that continues to plague the Church.

Admitting you have sinned and you need God’s grace and mercy might be the words many people are needing to hear.  Bringing down your defenses might help other lower their walls, listen and learn.  It is a biblical model that has worked for 2000 years.  Will you dare try it?

Upcoming Sermon on September 17, 2017

Despise

You probably wouldn’t sit too easy knowing that your life was in her hands.  If you really knew about the guy living next to you, you probably wouldn’t want him as friend.  Or at least that is how we might first judge these people. 

Avoidance, disgust, and outright dislike for “those” people can be socially acceptable… but not in light of the gospel.  Paul writes to the church Ephesus to remind them that some will not share in the inheritance of God’s Kingdom.  But the point of his message above (Eph. 5:5) is not to draw lines of to keep the despised out, but rather to invite us to go and bring redemption to their world. 

Ephesians 5:8 reminds us that “We once lived in darkness, but now as light in the Lord.  Live as children of the light.”

Upcoming Sermon on September 10, 2017

Holy

What does “HOLY” look like?  Sometimes what we think is holy, really doesn’t measure up to what the Bible says is holy.  Think about Paul’s description of Jesus, leaving heaven, forgoing all the rights and privileges there to be here on earth, and to be a servant here, and then to die in a terrible unloving way.  Jesus’ demonstration is far from pious, clean holiness that many people seek week after week in there professionally cleaned, far from drama and crime church buildings.

Is your life reflecting holiness or is it just dirt-free?  Does clean, problem-free come closer to your definition of holiness that the “eating and drinking with sinners” description that Jesus is labeled with? 

Hebrews 12:14 reminds us to “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” Then, chapter 13 spells out activities of holiness like loving your brother or sister, hospitality, remembering those in prison, honoring marriage, being content and not in love with money or things.

SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 12:14 –

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.

Upcoming Sermon on September 3, 2017

Ambassador

If you ever watched the Stallone movie Cliffhanger from the early 90’s, you will probably remember the opening scene where Stallone tries to save a girl dangling on a wire high above a massive ravine.  The scene is so memorable because the directors found a location where the lady could fall, seemingly forever on camera, leaving the audience to believe she is about to hit the ground and die. However, the great height allowed them enough time for her to safely deploy her parachute.  Yet as an audience member, you felt there was no way for her to survive that opening scene! You felt sick watching such a scene.

When we really understand two challenging points of scripture (1. there are those who will go to Hell, and 2. we are ambassadors for Christ) we might find a similar pit in our stomach. Two points that should connect us better with the gracious mercy of Jesus Christ and desperate need within the world. 

In light of the devastation that is coming, how convicted, involved and passionate are you in helping save those who are lost?

SCRIPTURE

2 Corinthians 5:18 –

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

Upcoming Sermon on Aug 27, 2017

Eternity

Where do you want to spend eternity?  The question is not “Is there eternity?” but rather “Where will you spend your portion of eternity; heaven or hell?”  The evidence is overwhelming.  Scripture speaks of both places, and both places are presented as real. 

Understanding the reality in front of us SHOULD propel us to align our lives here and now with the best option possible… or are we too stuck in our ways, too blinded, too unwilling to change even for an eternal reward?  Where do you want to spend eternity?

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 and be with Him?

SCRIPTURE

Ecclesiastes 3:11 –

God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

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