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May 19, 2019
“I am the Light of the World”
Series: (All)
   During this morning’s Children’s Day Service, we will be honoring our children, youth, and Christian Education volunteers. The sermon will be on the Children’s Ministry theme verse for the year, John 8:12, where Jesus proclaims, “I am the light of the world…”    We will look at the historical context of Jesus’ words which was during the annual Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles as well as what His words mean for us today.    During this feast, four 75 feet high candelabras were in lit in the outer temple. These fires commemorated the fact that God manifested Himself as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to protect and guide the Israelites during their 40 year wilderness journey in the desert. But this Feast was also meant to encourage God’s people to look forward to the promised coming of the Messiah.
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  • May 19, 2019“I am the Light of the World”
    May 19, 2019
    “I am the Light of the World”
    Series: (All)
       During this morning’s Children’s Day Service, we will be honoring our children, youth, and Christian Education volunteers. The sermon will be on the Children’s Ministry theme verse for the year, John 8:12, where Jesus proclaims, “I am the light of the world…”    We will look at the historical context of Jesus’ words which was during the annual Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles as well as what His words mean for us today.    During this feast, four 75 feet high candelabras were in lit in the outer temple. These fires commemorated the fact that God manifested Himself as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to protect and guide the Israelites during their 40 year wilderness journey in the desert. But this Feast was also meant to encourage God’s people to look forward to the promised coming of the Messiah.
  • May 12, 2019“Christianity and Women”
    May 12, 2019
    “Christianity and Women”
    Series: (All)
       Many Mother’s Day sermons speak of the worth and value of mothers. Instead of focusing on mothers in particular today, we will be focusing on the value of women in general.    Some feminists argue that God, as he is portrayed in the Bible, and Christianity are extremely oppressive to women. They believe that Paul disrespects women and teaches that they are second-class citizens in his New Testament letters. They see him as a misogynist, “a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.”    Just the opposite is true. The reality is that Christianity is the best thing that has ever happened to women. We will look specifically at how the cultures of that day viewed women, some examples of how Jesus related to them, and some of Paul’s writings.
  • May 5, 2019“Gone to the Dogs”
    May 5, 2019
    “Gone to the Dogs”
    By: 10091
    Series: 10101
       Last week we looked at Philippians 2:25-30 where Paul shares some of the character traits of Timothy and Epaphroditus that makes them positive role models. Today we’re addressing ch. 3:1-9 where Paul challenges God’s people to be aware of the false teachers who are perverting the gospel of Christ.    Earlier in this same letter (ch. 1:27) Paul encourages these followers of Christ in the city of Philippi to “Stand firm in one spirit”, to be so firmly rooted in the Gospel that they are not swayed by the Judaizers who were presenting a different gospel.    He now addresses them again and shares three descriptions of these false teachers which reveal just how serious a threat they are to undermining the faith of God’s people. We will see how these false teachers are still around today and we must be aware of their influence.
  • Apr 28, 2019“Values of a Role Model”
    Apr 28, 2019
    “Values of a Role Model”
       Our message series continues to loosely parallel our small group study on Philippians by Max Lucado. In lesson 7 he looks at Timothy and Epaphroditus as examples of role models in the early church.    Some athletes today refuse to see themselves as role models and yet the reality is that they are a role model whether they want to be or not. They will influence others either positive or negative ways. Every human being is a role model. We all influence others. And we all have a choice as to what kind of influence that will be.    This morning we will look at the character traits seen in the lives of Timothy and Epaphroditus that enabled them to be positive role models in the lives of others.
  • Apr 21, 2019“Benefits of Being a New Creation”
    Apr 21, 2019
    “Benefits of Being a New Creation”
    Series: (All)
      We welcome you on this Easter Sunday! On Good Friday evening after Jesus was crucified and buried, His disciples met together locking themselves behind closed doors for fear that the Pharisees were going to try to round them up and have them killed as well. It was meeting the resurrected Christ and it was receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit that night that changed the lives of the disciples; that made them new creations.    This morning we will be focusing on Romans 5:1-11 as we look at how God has created us to be a new creation in relationship with Him and how life takes on a whole new meaning and purpose as we experience the benefits and blessings of that new creation relationship.
  • Apr 7, 2019“Overcoming Complaining”
    Apr 7, 2019
    “Overcoming Complaining”
       Last week in our series on Philippians, we saw that Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant. He gave up His right, as God, to be served and humbled Himself becoming a servant. God calls His people to lovingly serve Him and others as well.    Paul next addresses the topic of complaining that must have been happening in the church at Philippi. We all have the human nature tendency to complain from time to time. But we have to be careful that we don’t develop the habit of complaining.    Four common types of complainers will be mentioned with a biblical example of each. Then we will address some things we can do to overcome the habit of complaining.
  • Mar 31, 2019“Steps to Serving Like Jesus”
    Mar 31, 2019
    “Steps to Serving Like Jesus”
       Last week in our series on Philippians, we saw that Jesus is our ultimate example of a servant. He gave up His right, as God, to be served and humbled Himself becoming a servant. God calls His people to lovingly serve Him and others as well.    Paul next addresses the topic of complaining that must have been happening in the church at Philippi. We all have the human nature tendency to complain from time to time. But we have to be careful that we don’t develop the habit of complaining.    Four common types of complainers will be mentioned with a biblical example of each. Then we will address some things we can do to overcome the habit of complaining.
  • Mar 24, 2019“United in Christ”
    Mar 24, 2019
    “United in Christ”
       Last week in our study of Philippians, we saw that Paul addressed how we are to relate to those who are outside the church. He challenges followers of Christ to be aware of the issues and struggles in the lives of individuals, as well as in our town, state, and nation, and to be involved in striving to have a positive influence.
       Today in chapter 2:1-7, we will see what Paul says about the motivation for, and the means of, unity within a local church. What is the mindset, the attitude, which we are to have towards one another in the church that, when disagreements arise, will lead to a unity of Spirit where we can be at peace with one another?
  • Mar 17, 2019“Fulfilling our Mission Together”
    Mar 17, 2019
    “Fulfilling our Mission Together”
       This morning in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi, we are looking at Philippians 1:27-30. Some Jewish Christians were insisting that the Gentile Christians also follow the Old Testament laws and practices in order to be fully Christian.    Paul encourages the Gentiles to stand firm in their trust in the grace of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection alone and not allow themselves to be swayed by the beliefs of others.    He also shares how Christians are to relate to those from outside the church who are opposed to our mission or who are opposed to us because of our beliefs and stands on the morals issues of today.    If we are striving to have a spiritual impact on the lives of individuals and our culture, we should expect that it isn’t always going to be received well. How should we handle that push back?
  • Mar 10, 2019“Behold, the Lamb of God”
    Mar 10, 2019
    “Behold, the Lamb of God”
    Series: (All)
       A Lenten Season reflection on the person of Jesus Christ and the theme of His sacrifice. For this purpose He was born! For this He prepared His disciples! And for this He will be celebrated for all eternity!    All of Scripture points to the cross and the perfect solution to the problem of sin in the world. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice, and still offers salvation to all who will receive. In this season, as we move towards the celebration of His victory over the grave, we want to know the Lamb of God!