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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The 9...Digging in to the Fruit of the Spirit



Fall 2019 Sermon Series
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”(Galatians 5:22-23)
The Greek word translated “fruit” refers to the natural product of a living thing. Paul used “fruit” to help us understand the product of the Holy Spirit, who lives inside every believer. The fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Spirit, not by the Christian. T

he Greek word is singular, showing that “fruit” is a unified whole, not independent characteristics. As we grow, all the characteristics of Christ will be manifested in our lives.
Yet, like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit will not ripen in our lives overnight. 

Like a successful gardener must battle against weeds to enjoy the sweet fruit they desire, we must constantly work to rid our lives of the “weeds” of our old sin natures that want to choke out the work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to reject those old sinful desires. We can say “no” to sin and accept the “way out” God faithfully provides by following the Holy Spirit’s leading.  

As we give the Spirit more control of our lives, He begins to do in and through us what only He can do - to shape us and grow us to look like Jesus. Since God’s goal for all His children is for us to be like Jesus, the Holy Spirit constantly works to rid our lives of the “acts of the sinful nature” and display His fruit instead. Therefore, the presence of the “fruit of the Spirit” is evidence that our character is becoming more like Christ’s.

Through this 9-week series, we will rediscover the true focus of the Christian faith—to restore ourselves to God and nurture a growing relationship with Him—while learning to better hear His Word, serve His people, walk in His will, and share His Gospel. 

So, fresh off the summer series "Established" where we looked at areas where we need to be rooted deeply in our God, this series will help us understand what the response to the roots look like in our lives.

Join us in the Union Church Sanctuary in downtown Rockville, CT or online at the Union Church Livestream page.


  • 09-01 - Love...The Blossom that Produces the Fruit - Audio and Video
  • 09-08 - Joy...Love Responding - Audio and Video
  • 09-15 - Peace...Love Trusting - Audio and Video
  • 09-22 - Patience...Love Enduring - Audio and Video
  • 09-29 - Kindness...Love Serving - Audio and Video
  • 10-06 - Goodness...Love extending Mercy - Audio and Video
  • 10-13 - Faithfulness...Love Proving - Audio and Video
  • 10-20 - Gentleness...Love showing Grace - Audio and Video

Friday, May 10, 2019

Established...


Summer Series 2019

Many believers tend to think that Christianity is all about not sinning and acting as perfect as possible in order to dodge God’s judgement and wrath. Others tend to try to follow God and Jesus in the hopes of getting “stuff” (aka blessings) in exchange for their good behavior.

But when we look at the teachings of Jesus Christ, we realize neither of those are the truth at all! Too many overlook the fact that the entirety of the Christian life revolves around our relationship with God. 

How well do you know God? When was the last time you talked to Him in prayer? Took a walk with Him while meditating on his Word? Shared your worries and fears and thanks with Him or took the time to really listen to His still, small voice?

Eternal life isn’t just about getting to heaven. It’s instead grounded on understanding who God is in this life and developing an intimate, evolving connection with the divine through Christ. 

Through this 6-week series, we will rediscover the true focus of the Christian faith—to restore ourselves to God and nurture a growing relationship with Him—while learning to better hear His Word, serve His people, walk in His will, and share His Gospel. 

So, let’s get ready as a church family to dive into a deeper truth of who God is and how He wants to relate to us.

Join us in the Union Church Sanctuary in downtown Rockville, CT or online at the Union Church Livestream page.



  • July 21st - Knowing God (John 17) - Audio and Video
  • July 28th - Hearing God (John 10) - Audio and Video
  • August 18th - Walking with God (1 Peter 5) - Audio and Video
  • August 25th - Sharing God (Luke 4) - Audio and Video



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Infallible Proof - Easter 2019

The question is very simple. Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Can we know for sure? Acts 1:3 says there are “many convincing proofs” that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. What are those proofs? And can we trust them?
This is the most important question any of us can ever ask. Behind the answer lies the issue of what happens to our eternal soul. 

The Easter message this year examines some of the convincing proofs of the resurrection, because we are only as convincing as we are convinced. Jesus invites us to come and see and then go and tell others.

04-21-19 - Infallible Proof - Audio and Presentation