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?
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  • 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”
    Series: (All)
       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.
  • Jun 10, 2018“Angels: Ministering Spirits” part 2
    Jun 10, 2018
    “Angels: Ministering Spirits” part 2
    Series: (All)
       This is the second message in our two part series on God’s angels and their role in the lives of God’s people. There are a lot of people today fascinated with angels. Go into any secular bookstore and there are a number of books about angels. Unfortunately most are from a New Age point of view and not based on biblical truth.             
       Our English word “angel” is derived from the Greek word “angellos” meaning “messenger”. Angels are God’s messengers, his spiritual ambassadors in human affairs. As ambassadors, they speak and act on behalf of the one who sent them.    After a brief review, we will continue to look at how God may choose to use His angels to minister to His followers. We will also address some ways that we should not relate to angels.
  • May 27, 2018“Called to Comfort”
    May 27, 2018
    “Called to Comfort”
    Series: (All)
       On this Memorial Day weekend we honor those who have given their lives while serving our country in the military. For the message today, we are going to look at what we can do to try to help others who are grieving or hurting whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or other kind of loss.    Paul challenges every follower of Christ in Romans 12:15 to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Grief is a very real and painful experience. And because we may not know what to say or do, we may tend to distance ourselves from those who are hurting and we end up saying and doing very little.    What are some things we can do, and what things should we avoid doing, when relating to someone who is hurting?
  • May 20, 2018“Since God is For Us”
    May 20, 2018
    “Since God is For Us”
    Series: (All)
       The theme verse for our children’s ministry this year has been the second part of Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” This morning we will look at the context of what God’s people were going through as Paul encourages them with these words. There was persecution they were dealing with as they affirmed Jesus as Lord and Savior and as they held steadfastly to a biblical view of morals and values in the midst of the culture they were in. But there were also the normal struggles and hardships of this life they were experiencing.           Paul shares all that God had already given them in their salvation by giving Jesus to die in their place. And since God was willing to do that, He will also give them the emotional and spiritual strength to overcome life’s struggles.
  • May 13, 2018“A Parent’s Responsibility”
    May 13, 2018
    “A Parent’s Responsibility”
    Series: (All)
       This morning we are going to look at parenting. Every parent needs wisdom quite regularly on how to raise our children. Each child at each stage of their development has needs and concerns that must be addressed.    So, where do we turn for solid advice? The best place to turn is to the God who created the family; to the Bible and to books that are based on biblical principles.    We are first going to look at some things to avoid doing so that our children don’t develop a settled resentment towards us. Then we will address some positive principles for raising children so we can maintain a healthy relationship with them.
  • May 6, 2018“Our Source of Hope”
    May 6, 2018
    “Our Source of Hope”
    Series: (All)
       If someone were to ask the average American, “What are some things that you cannot live without?” Some responses might be “My cell phone. My computer. My television.” Naturally all these things are nice to have but if we really had to, we could live without them. They did a generation ago. Some things that we surely cannot live without are food, water, shelter of some kind, and air.    This morning we are looking at something else that we cannot live without. We cannot live long without hope. Hope is one of the necessities of life.  When hope is gone, life becomes extremely difficult. Hope is essential for handling the stresses and crises of life. Where is our hope to come from?
  • Apr 29, 2018“Compassion for the Poor”
    Apr 29, 2018
    “Compassion for the Poor”
    Series: (All)
       Unless we have been to an impoverished area of another country like Africa, India, Haiti, or even parts of United States like Appalachia, it can be so difficult for us in suburbia to relate to families in poverty. Worldwide, 600 million children live in extreme poverty with a family income of less than $1.90 a day. Almost half the world, over 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day. Many in America spend more than that a day at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks for a single cup of coffee.    Today we’re looking at God’s compassion for the poor and His calling on the lives of His followers to have compassion for them as well. We will also be highlighting the ministry of Compassion International and the great difference sponsoring a child can make in their life and their family’s lives.