May 19, 2019
“I am the Light of the World”
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   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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jan 6, 2019“Expectations of Worship”
    Jan 6, 2019
    “Expectations of Worship”
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       This morning we will be addressing a few expectations we should have as we gather as God’s people to worship Him. What do you expect to happen when you gather here to worship God through song or when you worship God privately? How would you end the statement, “When I worship God, I expect...”         If you are a regular attendee here, some of those expectations are found in what we pray together every Sunday as part of our Invitation to Worship: “God, I have come today to lift my heart and voice to bless you, to meet with you and to be blessed by you. Thank you for being here to meet with me.”    We will look at the Biblical support for the expectations in these two statements that the Lord desires for every follower of Christ to have as we worship God through song.
  • Dec 30, 2018“Is Anyone in Control?”
    Dec 30, 2018
    “Is Anyone in Control?”
    Series: (All)
       Dr. David Reid, our guest speaker this morning, was born and raised in Lowell and has been a lifelong evangelical. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology.    He served as a chaplain at the Boston State Mental Hospital for 5 years and for 6 years was the pastor of the Hill Memorial Baptist Church in Allston. He retired in 2016 after faithfully serving as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Reading for 38 years.    Together he and his wife Nancy have 5 sons and 9 grandchildren. He will be sharing on Jonah 1:4-17.    The world often seems like it’s out of control and that history is just a succession of random events. Not so! In the book of Jonah we discover that God is in charge, that He is sovereign and that His plan for history will prevail!
  • Oct 7, 2018“The Why and How of Baptism”
    Oct 7, 2018
    “The Why and How of Baptism”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we are taking a break from our series entitled Life-Changing Prayer paralleling our small group study to focus on The Why and How of Baptism. We will look at some inappropriate reasons why some people want to be baptized as well as the biblical reasons to be baptized.    We will address its meaning and significance and why baptism should be important in the life of a follower of Christ.    In addition, we will deal with the mode of baptism. Some churches sprinkle, others pour and still others immerse fully under water. What does the Bible teach about the mode of baptism? And then lastly who should be baptized and when?
  • Sep 9, 2018“The Journey Continues”
    Sep 9, 2018
    “The Journey Continues”
    Series: (All)
       It has been over two years since I have shared in general about our church mission and purpose and specifically about the Vision One Journey we have been on for a number of years now. If you’re relatively new to the church, this will give you a good idea as to who we are striving to be, not just as a church ministry, but as individual followers of Christ.    We will look at the “Irreducible Core” of what we as God’s people are to be about, the five phases of development we have been through, the four learning environments we encourage our attendees to be involved in, and a review of some of our recent small group studies. What a difference it makes in our lives and the lives of others when we are committed to loving God, loving others, and making disciples.
  • Aug 26, 2018“Slowing Your Pace of Life”
    Aug 26, 2018
    “Slowing Your Pace of Life”
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       We have one more message on Malachi in our summer series but it has to do with how we relate to our work so that will be shared next Sunday on Labor Day weekend. Many people today are constantly on the go with work, taking care of family needs, running children to different activities and countless other things to do. It seems that we don’t even see the roses let alone take the time to stop and smell the roses.    This hurried lifestyle can lead to a lot stress and very little joy. This morning we are going to look at some of the effects of living a hurried, constantly on the go, lifestyle. We will also address some things that we can do that will help us to slow down that will benefit us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Jun 17, 2018“Personal Confessions”
    Jun 17, 2018
    “Personal Confessions”
    Series: (All)
    Jesus took advantage of “everyday life” to teach His disciples. God knows no distinction between the so-called “sacred” and “secular” parts of your life. It is all one sacred life to Him. His Spirit is no less active with you and on your behalf when you are resting at home, working at the office, or playing with your kids than when you are at church, or praying, or reading your Bible. As Jesus discipled His first disciples throughout their everyday life and experiences, He does the same thing with us.
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