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The Intentional Life

Join us, beginning January 10, for a new message series The Intentional Life.

In the days of the old sailing ships, the greatest danger sailors faced was not piracy or storms at sea, but simply being “becalmed” hundreds of miles from land.

The word “becalmed” sounds peaceful, but with no wind, a sailing ship could drift aimlessly for days or weeks until the sailors perished from lack of food and water.

In our lives, our most dangerous enemy may be not some sudden temptation, demonic assault, or even the personal “storms” of life, but the danger of simply drifting. The author of the Book of Hebrews warned, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).

Are you drifting?
As we begin the new year, we pray that the Holy Spirit (in both Hebrew and Greek the word for “spirit” and “wind” is the same) fill the sails of our lives so that we live with purpose and intention.

Soul Searching

Everyone has a worldview. Whether or not we realize it, we all have certain presuppositions and biases that affect the way we view all of life and reality. A worldview is like a set of lenses which taint our vision or alter the way we perceive the world around us. Our worldview is formed by our education, our upbringing, the culture we live in, the books we read, the media and movies we absorb, etc. For many people their worldview is simply something they have absorbed by osmosis from their surrounding cultural influences. They have never thought strategically about what they believe and wouldn’t be able to give a rational defense of their beliefs to others. Christians, however, are commanded to be able to give a well-reasoned explanation for the hope we have in Christ.

There are four questions every worldview must answer. Apologist Ravi Zacharias says this about worldview: “I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent worldview around. Everyone: pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist has to answer these questions: Where did I come from? What is life’s meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die? Those are the fulcrum points of our existence. I deal with cultural issues whether they be in the Middle East, Far East, the Orient or the West. You broach questions in the context of their culture and then present Christian answers.” In this series we will tackle this topic of worldview building on the only true and reliable foundation: the infallible Word of God.

Hungry

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” 

Take Up Your Cross

As we go through life we all struggle with our own personal weaknesses and temptations. We know and love our Savior. We long to serve him and live to his glory, but we are weak. It is frustrating for us that the good we want to do, we do not do and the evil we hate, this we keep on doing. This is the cross we have to bear.

Some temptations and struggles are most common to youth, others to middle age, and still others in the golden years. In this three-week series we will look at the crosses that are rather typical to each of these age groups in the interest of strengthening the one who imagines that he is all alone under his cross.

Prayer is Powerful

The Bible records some remarkable prayers. However, the people who prayed them weren’t really all that remarkable. And as they prayed they sure didn’t think their prayers were all that remarkable either. But God heard them anyway. Their prayers spoken to God in faith touched his heart and sometimes resulted in miracles happening. Lives were changed. History was altered. Hope was restored. Hearts were opened. In every case, prayers were heard by a gracious God!

So why did God choose to have these prayers recorded for us in the Bible? So that we could learn from them the privilege and blessings of talking to God in prayer ourselves. That’s why in this series we’re going to look at some of these prayers spoken by ordinary people to see that we too can pray powerfully. We too can touch the heart of God. We too can impact hearts, lives, and even history itself. And in every case, no matter what, we can be confident that our prayers offered in faith are heard by our gracious and loving God for Jesus’ sake.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16).

Gideon - Warrior or Worrier

God has always done extraordinary things through ordinary people like us. Gideon looked less than ordinary. He was filled with doubts and fears. Yet God used this man as a powerful tool in his hand to rescue his people. Are you worried by the challenges your family and God’s church face today? Will you be a worrier or a warrior? The God who changed Gideon can change us!

Empty

Join us in worship after Easter as we take an honest look at the struggle sin brings to our everyday life and the feelings of emptiness that go along with it. Discover anew how the risen Jesus is the answer to our struggle and the solution to the emptiness we feel. The full message of hope and peace is found in the empty tomb.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” (1 Peter 1:3-4).

Hidden Glory of the Cross

Midweek Sermon Series – Hidden Glory

Our message series for our Wednesday Lenten services is Hidden Glory. Jesus’ glory is often a hidden glory – hidden in his lowly life, hidden in his severe suffering, hidden in his dark death. We will be led to marvel at how Jesus revealed his glory as he carried our sin to the cross for our full and forever salvation. The portions of Scripture on which each message will be based are listed below. Perhaps you may want to incorporate these into your daily Bible reading during Lent.

“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

Like Us In Every Way

Sin brings so many severe and awful consequences into our lives. In order to free us from them all, Jesus became just like us, suffering the smart of every one of those consequences. Through this series we’ll gain a renewed appreciation for what it is we’ve been rescued from and all that Jesus went through to make this rescue possible.

What Jesus Said

This series On Truth and Love lays the foundation for good, solid communication. The series will address the issues that invariably sidetrack Christians when they seek to have healthy conversations about controversial topics. There is a lot of misunderstanding both inside and outside the church that only healthy conversations can begin to address.

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:14-16

AHA!

In this four-week Epiphany series we’ll explore world-changing, life-altering “aha” moments in the lives of a number of God’s New Testament followers. It is our prayer that these “aha” moments will also help to bring clarity and understanding to us and to our spiritual journey today.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

The Way It Was

This Advent season, see the events of Christmas unfold through the eyes of those who were there. This first person sermon series will give us an opportunity to meet and listen to Biblical characters who were closely associated with the events that surrounded our Savior’s birth. Most importantly, we’ll hear how the truth of Christ’s birth impacted and changed their hearts and lives.

Who Is This Man?

In this five-session sermon series/small group bible study, we will consider the indisputable influence Jesus has had on our world.

Jesus is history’s most familiar figure. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental.

His life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. He made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance. He shared and he lived God’s message of sin and grace allowing each person space to respond.

His vision of life continues to haunt and challenge humanity. His influence has swept over history bringing inspiration to what has happened in art, science, government, medicine, and education. And His vision for us to lead lives of dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope continues to inspire and challenge humanity today.

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:67-69).

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