Oct 22, 2017
“Why Membership Matters”
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   Next Sunday we will continue with our study on The Miracles of Jesus. Today we are looking at the importance of church membership.  
   Every professed Christian is called to be a disciple or follower of Christ. One definition of a disciple is, “A disciple of Christ is someone who is devoted to the person of Christ, to the people of Christ (His Church) and to the passion of Christ (His mission).”
   We are going to look at the second part of that definition. A disciple of Christ to someone who is devoted to God’s church. They are devoted to, committed to, dedicated to God’s church.           Many people are content with dating the church. They want all the benefits without the responsibilities. God calls us to a deeper relationship with a spiritual family.  
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  • Oct 22, 2017“Why Membership Matters”
    Oct 22, 2017
    “Why Membership Matters”
    Series: (All)
       Next Sunday we will continue with our study on The Miracles of Jesus. Today we are looking at the importance of church membership.  
       Every professed Christian is called to be a disciple or follower of Christ. One definition of a disciple is, “A disciple of Christ is someone who is devoted to the person of Christ, to the people of Christ (His Church) and to the passion of Christ (His mission).”
       We are going to look at the second part of that definition. A disciple of Christ to someone who is devoted to God’s church. They are devoted to, committed to, dedicated to God’s church.           Many people are content with dating the church. They want all the benefits without the responsibilities. God calls us to a deeper relationship with a spiritual family.  
  • Oct 8, 2017“Where Will You Go?”
    Oct 8, 2017
    “Where Will You Go?”
    Series: (All)
       The Apostle John, as an eyewitness to all that was happening as Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, pretty much leaves it to Jesus to teach us what He wants us to understand. John tells us about the reaction to this teaching by these first century Jews.
       In John 6:48-69 Jesus teaches that He is the living bread that has come down from heaven and whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood will have eternal life. He’s naturally not talking about cannibalism but what does He mean by these words? Many of His followers who did not understand Jesus’ teaching stopped following Him.    As we hear these words anew, my hope is that the Spirit will help us to understand this complicated piece of Scripture and not be offended or turn away. I believe it to be a wonderful prelude to our celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
  • Sep 17, 2017“Outward Focused Living”
    Sep 17, 2017
    “Outward Focused Living”
    Series: (All)
       Last week we finished our 6 part series on The Lord’s Prayer dealing with Matthew 6:13 “and deliver us from the evil one.” We addressed who our spiritual enemy is and some of his tactics. This morning’s message is entitled Outward Focused Living. Our human nature has a bent to live for and please self yet as followers of Christ, God’s calling on our lives is to love and serve others in practical ways. The focus on our lives is to daily see how God can use us to be a blessing to someone else through our words and our actions.
       How can God use us today to bless someone in a practical way? We will look at three truths we need to believe or accept as true if we are to live an outward focused, other person centered life.
  • Jul 30, 2017“The Rich Man and Lazarus”
    Jul 30, 2017
    “The Rich Man and Lazarus”
    Series: (All)
    The scripture today tells us the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus where we learn that there is an urgency for all of us in this life. We have a window of opportunity to make a decision to be obedient to God's commands. If we miss that window it will be too late for regrets. And we will also learn that our obedience has an eternal impact on others.
  • Jul 23, 2017“Living with Principles in an Unprincipled World”
    Jul 23, 2017
    “Living with Principles in an Unprincipled World”
    Series: (All)
    Our world has changed! Our culture no longer accepts the Ten Commandments as the basis for determining right and wrong. The phrase, "If it feels good, do it", better describes the attitude of the modern world. So how do we live in this alien culture? How do we hold on to the Biblical standard when the culture is constantly undermining it? I believe that Daniel faced the same question that we are asking today. When he was taken from Judah to Babylon, it was expected that he would become like his captors. But he didn't. He found the way to be God's agent in a strange land.
  • Jul 16, 2017“Foundations of Friendship”
    Jul 16, 2017
    “Foundations of Friendship”
    Series: (All)
    Our world has changed! Our culture no longer accepts the Ten Commandments as the basis for determining right and wrong. The phrase, "If it feels good, do it", better describes the attitude of the modern world. So how do we live in this alien culture? How do we hold on to the Biblical standard when the culture is constantly undermining it? I believe that Daniel faced the same question that we are asking today. When he was taken from Judah to Babylon, it was expected that he would become like his captors. But he didn't. He found the way to be God's agent in a strange land.
  • Jul 9, 2017“The Art of Listening”
    Jul 9, 2017
    “The Art of Listening”
    Series: (All)
       This week and next we are going to look at some things that will enhance our relationships, whether the relationship is with our spouse, children, parents, teachers, bosses or friends. Today we are dealing with the importance of listening.     One of the biggest issues with couples having struggles in their relationship is communication. Teenagers are also pretty quick to say, “My parents never listen to me.”    Is there a difference between hearing and listening? This morning we will address three listening blocks that will hinder our ability to listen and three listening aids that will increase our ability to listen. Learning to listen to one another is something that we can all do better at.
  • Jul 2, 2017“Created to Become Like Christ”
    Jul 2, 2017
    “Created to Become Like Christ”
    Series: (All)
       Some who come to faith in Christ and begin a personal relationship with God seem to remain spiritual infants all their lives because they don’t seek to grow in their relationship with God and become more like Christ. To grow in relationship with God or in relationship with another person takes time and is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight.    We may be aware that God uses prayer, time in His Word and worship to make us more like Christ but this morning we are looking at two unexpected tools that God desires to use to grow us in relationship with Him and make us more like Him. God uses our sufferings and difficulties and He uses our temptations to mold us and make us more like Jesus.
  • Jun 18, 2017“Values of a Real Man”
    Jun 18, 2017
    “Values of a Real Man”
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       Happy Father’s Day! Even though this is a Fathers’ Day message, the spiritual truth shared is applicable to all men, women and teens as well. We’re going to look at the “Values of a Real Man”.        Someone once said, “A man’s greatness is not determined by the value of his wealth, but by the wealth of his values.” What kinds of character traits or values does God desire for His people to have? Are the values we strive to live by different than the values of the world around us?       This morning we are looking at Epaphroditus’ values shown by his willingness to go and help Paul when Paul was in prison in Rome for his faith.
  • Jun 11, 2017“The Fruit of Our Giving”
    Jun 11, 2017
    “The Fruit of Our Giving”
    Series: (All)
       Last week we looked at five principles for financial freedom that Solomon gives us from different verses in his Proverbs. We saw that if you want to get your finances under control and experience financial freedom you have to follow God’s money management plan: keep good records, plan your spending by having and sticking to a budget, save for the future, return the tithe to God, and be content by enjoying what you have. It takes discipline but it does work if we are willing to stick to it.    This morning we are looking at the fruit or benefits of our giving to support God’s kingdom.  When we understand biblical stewardship it helps us to live our lives through the lens of a biblical worldview with the result that we are being a blessing to God and others and we are being blessed by God in this life as well as for all eternity.