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Easter 2017

[Sunday, April 16, 2017] PermaLink

What We Practice and Why - Single-mindedness

[Sunday, April 9, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (4.9.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
Core Practice:
Single-mindedness - I focus on God and His priorities for my life.
Matthew 6:33; Colossians 2:6-8
Core Belief:
Identity in Christ - I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God.
John 1:12

What I Believe -- Eternity

[Sunday, April 2, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (4.2.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
This Week's Core Belief

Eternity - I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus Christ is returning to judge the earth and to establish His eternal kingdom. John 14:1-4

Scripture: John 14:1-9

Core Practice

Worship - I worship God for who He is and what He has done for me. Psalm 95:1-7

What I Believe -- Humanity

[Sunday, March 26, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (3.26.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
This Week's Core Belief

Humanity - I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Core Practice:
Worship - I worship God for who He is and what He has done for me. Psalm 95:1-7

What I Believe -- Stewardship

[Sunday, March 19, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (3.19.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
This Week's Core Belief:
Stewardship - I believe that everything I am or own belongs to God.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Core Practice:
Giving Away My Life - I give away my life to fulfill God's purposes. Romans 12:1

What We Practice and Why - Patience, part 2

[Sunday, March 12, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (3.12.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
This Week's Core Virtue
Patience - I take a long time to overheat and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life. Proverbs 14:29

James 5:7-11

Core Practice:
Single-mindedness - I focus on God and his priorities for my life.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

What We Practice and Why - Prayer/ Patience

[Sunday, March 5, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (3.5.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
This Week's Core Virtue

Patience - I take a long time to overheat and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life.
Proverbs 14:29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

James 5:7-11

Core Practice
Single-mindedness - I focus on God and his priorities for my life.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

What We Practice and Why - Prayer

[Sunday, February 26, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (2.26.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
Prayer - I pray to God to know Him, to intercede for others, to let my request be known to Him and to find direction for my life.
Psalm 66:16-20 Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!...

What I Believe -- Salvation by Grace

[Sunday, February 12, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (2.12.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
This Week's Core Competency
Salvation by Grace - We believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by His grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:1-10 and Galatians 2:11-21

"When we accept the finished work of Christ on our behalf, we act by the faith supplied by God's grace. When a person chokes, or drowns and stops breathing, there is nothing he can do. If he ever breathes again, it will be because someone else starts him breathing. A person who...

What I Believe -- Church

[Sunday, February 5, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (2.5.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
Core Belief:
Church - I believe the church is God's primary way to accomplish His purposes on earth today.
Ephesians 4:1-16

These verses tell us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling, what does that mean?
God has called each of us individually and has asked us to represent Him here on earth as His ambassadors. How do we do that?
Bearing with one another in love: The idea is of continual forgiving for repeat grievances through the maintenance of a loving disp...

What I Believe -- Identity in Christ

[Sunday, January 29, 2017] PermaLink
Core Belief:
Identity in Christ John 1:12
I believe I am significant because of my position as a "child of God".

Scripture: Ephesians 1

What I Believe -- Personal God

[Sunday, January 22, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (1.22.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
Core Belief:
Personal God - I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life. Psalm 121:1-2

Psalm 121 is a treasure of promise for the believer, whose help comes from the Lord (verse 2). After personally celebrating Yahweh's guardianship in verses 1-2, the psalmist turns to give assurance to others in verses 3-8. He declares the nature of God's guarding role in verse 3-4 "He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel ...

What I Believe -- Authority of the Bible

[Sunday, January 15, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (1.15.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
Core Belief
Authority of the Bible - I believe the Bible is the Word of God and has the right to command my belief and action.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Core Value
Bible Study - We read the Bible to know God, the truth and to find direction.
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and pow...

What I Believe -- The Trinity

[Sunday, January 8, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (1.8.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
Core Belief:
Trinity - I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Ephesians 4:1-6
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to ...

What Now?

[Sunday, January 1, 2017] PermaLink
Attachements: (1.1.17Sermonhandouts.docx)
Scripture: Luke 2:21-38

As we read about Simeon and Anna, God is reminding us that He is also calling us to participate in His work. In the Lord?s Prayer, we pray that God?s Kingdom would come. The Bible shows us that the biggest way God chooses to bring His Kingdom to earth is through you and me. Our role is to be light to the world. It isn?t to be perfect. It certainly isn?t to be arrogant. It is to model grace, forgiveness, kindness, and compassion. As we move into 2017 let?s ask G...

Christmas Gifts - The Gift of Joy

[Sunday, December 18, 2016] PermaLink
Attachements: (12.18.16Sermonhandouts.docx)
I want each of you to know the real joy of Christmas. The angel announced the source of that joy to the shepherds on that first Christmas night: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord

Luke 2:9-11
Psalm 98
Philippians 4:4-5

John - These Three Words

[Sunday, April 17, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 16:8-33 (ESV)

8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for...

John - Power Of The Holy Spirit

[Sunday, April 10, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 15:26-16:15 (ESV)

26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. 16 "I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 A...

John - How To Handle Hate

[Sunday, April 3, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 15:18-16:4 (ESV)

18 "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these ...

John - Moment By Moment

[Sunday, March 20, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-11 (ESV)

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoe...

Guest Preacher - Vince Gaddis

[Sunday, March 6, 2016] PermaLink
"Know the Difference"

Scripture Reading: John 14:1-14 (ESV)

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going." 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are goin...

John - What's Your AQ?

[Sunday, February 28, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 13:18-38 (ESV)

18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, 'He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.' 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me." 21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in h...

John - Servant Authority

[Sunday, February 21, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 13:1-17 (ESV)

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. H...

John - Seeking Before Hiding

[Sunday, February 7, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 12:1-50 (ESV)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one ...

John - The Breaking Point

[Sunday, January 24, 2016] PermaLink
Scripture Reading: John 11:47-57 (ESV)

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, "What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation." 49 But one of ...