Sermon Blog - Entries from November 2012

    SunSundayNovNovember25th2012 A Gift From Jesus
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged Romans 0 comments Add comment

    This sermon was part of our Family Worship Sunday.  All of the children stayed in the worship service and we had a short object lesson with them about sin & forgiveness.  God created mankind perfect but we stained His creation with sin.  Nothing we can do will take that penalty away but Christ offered a way by grace through faith, to wash our sin stained life as white as snow.  And the great thing about this gift from Christ is that no matter what we or anyone else does, His grace erases the penalty of sin from that moment on.

    That’s where our sermon audio picks up.  One of the most difficult things people have with the message of salvation is that it goes against every human tendency we have.  The Bible calls the grace of God a gift but we’ve been told that nothing in life is free.  The Bible says that all we have to do is have faith in the sacrifice of Christ, but our human experience tells us that we should have to do something in order to earn God’s gift.  Today you’ll have to make the choice whether you want to view salvation as something you work for or something God gives you.  Once you make that decision, the Bible is clear as to what God’s response will be.

    Romans 4: 1-8

    Audio Pathway_2012_11_25.mp3
    SunSundayNovNovember18th2012 Missing Out on Thankfulness
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged Luke Mark 0 comments Add comment

    At a time of year when we’re supposed to be thankful for what we have, many of us are weighed down by stressful lives and we miss out on the great things God has put in front of us.  I think about the frustration I feel as a parent when my young son seems to take for granted all of the things he has.  Not just toys & possessions, but the life he is able to lead because of what my wife and I provide for him.  Now he’s all boy, so clothes, toys, and pretty much everything he touches is in danger of being destroyed.  But every once in a while when I catch him being unappreciative of his things and tearing them up for no reason, I’ll take away another toy as well to try and teach him the importance of valuing his possessions.  I wonder if God sometimes looks down at us with the same frustration, wondering if we’ll ever truly understand how great He has blessed us even in the middle of our troubles.

    Today we’ll look at the story of when Jesus returned to Nazareth.  He was the “golden boy” returned home to a hero’s welcome.  It was shortly after He resisted the temptation by the devil in the desert and Jesus had already performed miracles in the nearby towns.  They were ready to welcome their celebrity rabbi but not so ready to receive the Messiah.  The people of Nazareth were about to receive the greatest gift in the world but didn’t appreciate what God would give them.

    Luke 4: 14-30

    Mark 6: 4-6

    Audio Pathway_2012_11_18.mp3
    SunSundayNovNovember11th2012 Complete Joy
    byLawson Albey Tagged 1 John 0 comments Add comment
    You cannot watch television or drive in your car for more than a few minutes before you see or hear of a group of people trying to promote their group. They do this in many different ways, but there is always one thing that sets them apart from every other group. This one thing is what they want you to buy in to. They want you to be just as passionate about this idea or vision as they are. When it comes to setting yourself apart with that one thing, Christians are no different.

    In the book of 1 John, the apostle John tells us plainly what that one thing is. Complete joy. Followers of Christ are the only group of people that can truly know what this complete joy really looks and feels like. They are the only group of people that have a void filled with something that sets them apart; that something being the God of the universe. We are drawn to fellowship with other people who are experiencing this same joy.

    1 John 1
    Audio Pathway_2012_11_11.mp3
    SunSundayNovNovember4th2012 The Choice of One

    Today’s sermon is somewhat of a recap of the past associational year.  But past numbers & figures, we’re going to talk about how each person listening can make a difference in the year ahead.  Too often in life, we don’t accomplish our goals because we don’t know where to start.  Or sometimes we see the road ahead and it seems too difficult, so we just give up before taking the first step.  Instead of giving in before the race even starts, we’ll see how making one small choice to move forward will help us serve God in a great way.  Don’t get concerned about finishing the race, just take the first step.  A few of the things we’ll talk about are:

    I.       Engage 1 person about their faith or attending something to do with God (Worship Service / Small Group / Church Event / Community Outreach)

    II.     If you aren’t tithing, give 1% until you see that you can give more

    III.    If you aren’t volunteering, serve 1 hour per month until you can take on more

    IV.    Love 1 person by investing in their life until God leads you to love more

    V.     If you aren’t sure how to change your life, pray for 1 thing a day until God shows you He will answer more

    2 Corinthians 5: 6-10

    Romans 10: 13-15

    2 Corinthians 9: 6-8

    1 Peter 4: 9-10

    Philippians 2: 3-4

    Audio Pathway_2012_11_04.mp3

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