Nov 25, 2018
“The Priority of Praying Together”
   Next week we will begin a message series for Advent entitled The Star: A Journey to Christmas. This morning is the last message in our series Life Changing Prayer paralleling our small group study by Jim Cymbala. It’s on the importance of praying together with other Christians.    Personal prayer between us and God is extremely important but there is also great value in praying with another person or two, in a small group, or corporately as a church body.    We will see that in the Lord’s Prayer all of the pronouns are plural – Our Father, give us, forgive us, and lead us which suggests that Jesus had in mind praying together when he taught His followers what to include in their prayer times. We will also address what it means to “agree in prayer”, to pray in Jesus’ name, and some results of praying together.
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  • Nov 25, 2018“The Priority of Praying Together”
    Nov 25, 2018
    “The Priority of Praying Together”
       Next week we will begin a message series for Advent entitled The Star: A Journey to Christmas. This morning is the last message in our series Life Changing Prayer paralleling our small group study by Jim Cymbala. It’s on the importance of praying together with other Christians.    Personal prayer between us and God is extremely important but there is also great value in praying with another person or two, in a small group, or corporately as a church body.    We will see that in the Lord’s Prayer all of the pronouns are plural – Our Father, give us, forgive us, and lead us which suggests that Jesus had in mind praying together when he taught His followers what to include in their prayer times. We will also address what it means to “agree in prayer”, to pray in Jesus’ name, and some results of praying together.
  • Nov 11, 2018“Mustard Seed Faith”
    Nov 11, 2018
    “Mustard Seed Faith”
       This is the 7th message in our series relating to our small group study, Life Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala.  In chapter 5 he addresses the importance of faith and prayer.    There is a lot of mishandling of Bible verses when it comes to faith and prayer, especially with faith and prayer for healing. Some say that God will always answer our prayers in proportion to our faith; that healing for instance, will always take place if there is enough faith.        But the issue is not really how much faith we have but what, or who, our faith is in. Is it in our ability to produce our own faith or is it trusting that what God has told us is true?    We will look at 3 Scriptures the “word of faith” folks base their beliefs on and how the contemporary faith theology differs from the classic faith theology.
  • Oct 28, 2018“The Holy Spirit: Our Prayer Partner”
    Oct 28, 2018
    “The Holy Spirit: Our Prayer Partner”
       This is the 6th message in our series on prayer paralleling our small group series Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala. Today we are addressing the role of the Holy Spirit in our prayers.    We will look first briefly at who the Holy Spirit is. Many cults view him simply as impersonal force emanating from God like a radar beam. God tells us in the Bible that the Holy Spirit is not only a personal being, but that he is also God.    We will then look at Romans 8:26-27 mentioning a few ways that God the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers as well as prays for us.
  • Oct 21, 2018“Reasons and Responses When God Says “No””
    Oct 21, 2018
    “Reasons and Responses When God Says “No””
       This is the fifth message in the series paralleling our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala.  There is no one who has ever lived where God has said “yes” and answered all of their prayers in the way they would have liked Him to. Prayers by Abraham, Moses, Peter, and Paul were not all answered by God.    A few weeks ago we looked at some potential reasons why our prayers may not be answered. Are we serious about following God’s will for our lives? Are we confessing our sins to God when we mess up and receiving His forgiveness? Are we forgiving others when they wrong us?    This morning we are looking at a few more potential reasons why God may say “no” to our prayers and some things that we can do when God says “no”.
  • Oct 14, 2018“Strangling Worry”
    Oct 14, 2018
    “Strangling Worry”
       This is the fourth message based on our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala. We are looking at how casting our burdens onto God through prayer can decrease our worries and increase God’s peace in our lives.    There is a very fine line between worry and concern. Worry can happens when we are so concerned about something that there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty, helplessness, and fear. It can destroy our joy, rob us of our peace, and stifle our relationship with God and others.         Our peace will increase as our trust in God increases. Our trust that God will either change our circumstances or give us the grace and strength to deal with the situation leads to peace.
  • Sep 30, 2018“Keys to Answered Prayer”
    Sep 30, 2018
    “Keys to Answered Prayer”
       This is the third message in our series Life Changing Prayer relating to our small group study by Jim Cymbala. We are going to look at a few keys to answered prayer or a few conditions typically necessary in order for our prayers to be answered.    There are a number of things that can hinder our prayers from being answered from God. We will also address Matthew 7:7-8 where Jesus challenges God’s people to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”    Some see this as an unconditional promise that we can ask God for anything and He will give it to us. But it must be understood in the light of other Biblical teaching on prayer. It must also be understood in the context in which it was written.
  • Sep 23, 2018“Prayer Basics”
    Sep 23, 2018
    “Prayer Basics”
       This is the second message in our fall series Life-Changing Prayer that will parallel our small group study by Jim Cymbala.  There is a lot of misunderstanding about prayer by non-Christians and Christians alike. There is much confusion about how to pray and why prayer is important.         This series will clarify some things and give us a greater understanding as to why and how to pray. Some people see prayer as a last resort after everything else has failed. Others see it as a religious duty they simply endure rather than something that can give us meaning, purpose and life.       This morning we are going to look at some prayer basics; what prayer is not and then what it is or five purposes of prayer.
  • Sep 16, 2018“Jesus: Our Great High Priest”
    Sep 16, 2018
    “Jesus: Our Great High Priest”
       This is the first message in our fall series that will parallel our small group study Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Cymbala, pastor at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City. Over the weeks we will look at a number of different facets of prayer that will hopefully not just give us more knowledge about what prayer is but how we can better consistently draw near to God in prayer to fellowship with Him as well as petition Him to meet our needs, the needs of others, and the needs of God’s Kingdom.    Today we are looking at Jesus as our great High Priest from Hebrews 4:14-16. We will address the difference between Him and the Old Testament High Priests, the sacrifices they offered, and how Jesus’ sacrifice enables us to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.