Monday, July 18, 2016

You've Got Mail - Letters to the Churches

 Imagine if Jesus were to write a letter to our Church, what do you suppose he’d have to say? 

Would he compliment us on our evangelistic impact in the community, our sound doctrine and diligent Bible study, or our boundless love toward the harassed and helpless people of society? 

Or would he criticize us for the lack of those very things?

If He were to challenge us or command us to do one thing differently, what would it be?

For seven young churches off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Asia, they didn’t have to imagine. Many years following the death and resurrection of Jesus, the apostle John was given a vision from heaven. 

Jesus himself stood before him in radiant glory and told him, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Jesus then proceeded to give John seven brief messages—seven letters to each of the seven churches.

  • 08/07/16 - Ephesus - The Church that had forsaken its first love - presentation 
  • 08/14/16 - Smyrna - The persecuted church - presentation
  • 08/21/16 - Pergamum - The church that needed to repent - presentation
  • 08/28/16 - Thyatira - More Tolerant than God - presentation

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Applying the Wisdom of God

All of us carry the collective wisdom passed on to us by the people who’ve been most significant in our lives. We’ve picked this wisdom up from parents, friends, teachers, leaders, relatives, barbers, and just about everybody … all the people who shaped and molded us as we were growing up.

 Some of this wisdom is very helpful. But some is just plain wrong. What kind of wisdom did people pass on to you? What mottos from coaches, parents, and teachers have shaped and molded you into what you are today? Some of it was probably pretty good, and some of it was probably wrong.

Part of being a follower of Jesus is sorting through that stuff, keeping the truly wise, and rejecting the unwise.

In this series we’re going to look at God’s wisdom from the Bible’s book of Proverbs. Each week we’re going to look at what the Bible’s book of Proverbs says about one subject. We'll start by talking about God’s wisdom for our lives in general, and throughout the series get a little bit more specific. I hope you can join in for this trek through the book of Proverbs.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Diving In

The early church in Acts 2 and the Berean Believers have alot to teach us about what true discipleship is all about. This sermon points out three principles and four actions that will help us all Dive in to discipleship of Jesus as well.