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.
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  • 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 3, 2019“Christian Death Benefits”
    Mar 3, 2019
    “Christian Death Benefits”
       Last week in our series on Paul’s letter to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi, we saw what he meant by the phrase “For to me, to live is Christ” in ch. 1:21. Today we’re looking at the second part of that verse “and to die is gain.”    We will address two things this does not mean as well as some false views about what happens to a person’s soul and spirit when we die. And we will see how death is indeed a gain and better by far for the follower of Christ.    We will be set free from all the limitations of this life and be in God’s intimate, loving presence for all eternity.
  • Feb 24, 2019“A Life of Purpose”
    Feb 24, 2019
    “A Life of Purpose”
       Two weeks ago in our series on Philippians we looked at a few lessons we can learn from how Paul dealt with his adversity. Not everything that happens to us is from God but God can bring some good out of everything that happens to us. One of those is that God will use our struggles to grow us in our relationship with Him and make us more like Him; more patient, more compassionate towards others, if we allow Him.    Today we’re looking at a few things that will enable us to live a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment. One of those is that we need God’s presence and power to be working within us and through us. The second is that we need to live for a purpose beyond ourselves.    That purpose is “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We will look at what Paul means by this statement.
  • Feb 10, 2019“The Fruit of Adversity”
    Feb 10, 2019
    “The Fruit of Adversity”
       When Handel wrote the Hallelujah Chorus his right side had become paralyzed, he was heavily in debt, and threatened with imprisonment. It was then that he composed his greatest work, the Messiah.    Paul was in jail in Caesarea for two years then transported to Rome and was another two years under house arrest chained to a Roman soldier 24/7. He wrote his “Epistle of Joy” to the followers of Christ in the city of Philippi during this time.    Both of these men are examples of how God can bring good out of the difficult times we go through in this life. He doesn’t cause our difficulties but He can use them to fulfill His purposes for our lives.        We will look at two specific good things that the Lord brought out of Paul’s house arrest and how He can bring them out of our difficulties as well.
  • Feb 3, 2019“Enjoying the People in your Life”
    Feb 3, 2019
    “Enjoying the People in your Life”
       Last week we began to look at the introduction of Paul’s letter to the Christians, the followers of Christ, in the city of Philippi in northern Greece. We saw how God calls each of us to be servants of Christ and saints in Christ. Biblically, every Christian is a saint in that our lives are to be set apart for God’s use of loving God, loving others, and making disciples.    Today we are looking at what Paul shares and how it can help us to enjoy the people in our lives and not allow them to rob us of our peace. There are a number of things that he prays for his fellow Christians that we can be praying, first for ourselves, and then for others. And we really do have it within us to love others as God loves us.
  • Jan 27, 2019“Set-Apart People”
    Jan 27, 2019
    “Set-Apart People”
       Our last message was an introduction to our series on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. We first saw that the city of Philippi in northern Greece was a great commercial city, a Roman colony, and its importance militarily because of its location. We also saw how the church began from Acts ch. 16.    This morning we will look at the introduction of Paul’s letter to these followers of Christ. Paul introduces himself and Timothy as “servants” of Jesus Christ. If we are Christians, do we see ourselves as servants of God? Do we have a heart to love and serve God and others?    Paul then addresses each of the recipients of this letter as “saints” in Christ Jesus. We will look at what that word means biblically and how God calls every Christian to be a saint.