May 9, 2017
“What Love Is Like”
Series: Christian
   In our small group study Christian by Andy Stanley, he dwells a lot on the fact that the Christian life is to be a life of love. But he doesn’t really get too specific as to what that love looks like.
   In a message in February we saw that the New Testament word used to describe God’s love for us and our love for others is the word “agape”. Agape love is an unconditional, self-giving, sacrificial, other person centered love that is not based on our feelings or emotions but is an act of the will. It is a choice we make. But a choice to do what?    This morning we are looking at how Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
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  • May 9, 2017“What Love Is Like”
    May 9, 2017
    “What Love Is Like”
    Series: Christian
       In our small group study Christian by Andy Stanley, he dwells a lot on the fact that the Christian life is to be a life of love. But he doesn’t really get too specific as to what that love looks like.
       In a message in February we saw that the New Testament word used to describe God’s love for us and our love for others is the word “agape”. Agape love is an unconditional, self-giving, sacrificial, other person centered love that is not based on our feelings or emotions but is an act of the will. It is a choice we make. But a choice to do what?    This morning we are looking at how Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
  • Apr 30, 2017“Loopholes or Complete Surrender”
    Apr 30, 2017
    “Loopholes or Complete Surrender”
    Series: Christian
       This morning the message parallels chapter 7 of our small group study called Christian by Andy Stanley. He talks about loopholes in this chapter.                     
       Accountants may be able to find tax loopholes that can save people some money. Lawyers try to find loopholes in the law or the evidence to benefit their clients. But unfortunately there are followers of Christ who also try to find loopholes so they don’t have to follow God’s will for their lives.    Today we’re looking at Abraham who wasn’t interested in loopholes but being fully committed and surrendered to following God’s will for his life and the life of his family; even to the point of being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac whom God had promised would have many descendants.    Would he trust God to fulfill His promise? Can we trust God to fulfill His promises?
  • Apr 23, 2017“The Righteous Brother”
    Apr 23, 2017
    “The Righteous Brother”
    Series: Christian
       This morning we are returning to our message series that parallels our small group study by Andy Stanley called Christian. We are focusing on the self-righteous older brother in Jesus’ Prodigal Son story.      
       This made up story was primarily addressed to the Pharisees in the crowd. Jesus was challenging some of their long held views about themselves, how they were treating the “sinners” in their midst and their beliefs about who God is and how He relates to people.    There may be some of us who are quite a bit like this older brother but even if it isn’t our basic nature or personality, we all have a tendency to act like him at times and it is important to know when we are or when we are about to so that we can recognize it and can change our attitude and our actions in that particular situation.
  • Apr 2, 2017“Full of Grace and Truth”
    Apr 2, 2017
    “Full of Grace and Truth”
    Series: Christian
    Last week we looked at whether truth really exists. Many people believe there is no objective, absolute truth. They think that truth is subjective and whatever a person believes is true, is true for them. Many who believe this do so because for them there is no one authority for deciding if a belief or action is right or wrong. But truth does exist. It is inherent in the nature of God Himself, and we can know it and choose to live by it. But there is an important tension we are to live with between being people of truth and people of grace. In John 8:14 we are told that Jesus was full of grace and full of truth. Today we are going to look at how Jesus dealt with the woman caught in adultery as an example of how he was full of both grace and truth and what it means for us to be as well.
  • Mar 26, 2017“Does Truth Exist?”
    Mar 26, 2017
    “Does Truth Exist?”
    Series: Christian
    Last week we looked at what Jesus means by calling His followers the salt of the earth. We saw that like salt God calls us to be preserving agents working against the moral decay of our society. We are also to add flavor to the lives of others by loving them and striving to meet their needs in practical ways which can create a thirst as people see something different about us and are drawn to Christ through us. This morning we are looking at whether truth really exists. Many people believe there is no objective, absolute truth. They think that truth is subjective and whatever a person believes is true, is true for them. Many who believe this do so because for them there is no one authority for deciding if a belief or action is right or wrong. We will see today that truth does exist, it is inherent in the nature of God Himself, and we can know it and choose to live by it.
  • Mar 19, 2017“How Salty Are You?”
    Mar 19, 2017
    “How Salty Are You?”
    Series: Christian
    Last week we addressed the importance of looking at Jesus, ourselves, other Christians and non-Christians not from a human, worldly point of view but with a biblical, spiritual perspective. This morning’s message is related to chapter 4 of our small group study by Andy Stanley simply called Christian. In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus shares with us the two main responsibilities God calls us to in relating to our secular society and non-Christian world. He says that every Christian, every follower of Christ, is to be salt and light as we relate to others. Today I will speak on the salt that God calls us to be. We will look at five functions of salt and what they have to do with being the people God calls us to be. How salty are you?
  • Mar 5, 2017“Set Free From Legalism”
    Mar 5, 2017
    “Set Free From Legalism”
    Series: Christian
    This morning is our fourth message loosely based on our small group study by Andy Stanley called Christian. The early church in the city of Colossae, which is in present day Turkey, had started out great. People were coming to faith and growing in their new relationship with God through Christ. But then a small group of Jewish Christians from Jerusalem came and challenged these non-Jewish Christians that unless they became circumcised they were not really followers of Christ the Messiah. What they were saying was that Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t enough to secure a person’s forgiveness and pardon. There are also churches today that add man-made rules they expect people to follow to somehow earn God’s love and approval. This morning we look at how we can be set free from this legalism.
  • Feb 26, 2017“The Why and How of Baptism”
    Feb 26, 2017
    “The Why and How of Baptism”
    Series: Christian
    This morning we are taking a break from our series entitled Christian 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?
  • Feb 19, 2017“Live a Life of Love”
    Feb 19, 2017
    “Live a Life of Love”
    Series: Christian
    This morning is part three of our series that is paralleling our small group study by Andy Stanley called Christian. There are many reasons why people leave churches such as major theological differences, dictatorial leadership, the lack of a children’s ministry, and not making connections with other people. Another reason is that people don’t see the church loving as God loves. Unfortunately, in our English language we use the word “love” to describe different levels of affection and commitment to another person. In the early church there were four different words used. This morning we will look at the word “agape” that was used to describe God’s love for us and the love where we are to have for one another. Agape is an unconditional, self-giving, sacrificial love that is not based on our feelings and emotions but is an act of the will.
  • Feb 14, 2017“Dating the Church or Married to It?”
    Feb 14, 2017
    “Dating the Church or Married to It?”
    Series: Christian
    Last week we saw that biblically the terms “follower of Christ”, “disciple of Jesus”, and “Christian” all mean the same thing. 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).” This morning 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.