Sermon Blog - Entries from August 2012

    SunSundayAugAugust26th2012 Renaissance: Love Is The Measure

    For the next several weeks we're going to look at how many false ideas about what the church is supposed to be have created something that Christ never intended.  Last week we focused on how one idea should shape everything we do.  We have been called in so He can send us back out.  Today we’re going to see how LOVE should motivate everything we do.  Love is the measure by which we should evaluate ourselves.

    Our only problem is that true LOVE for others isn’t natural.  From the time we’re born we become selfish.  You can see it in the life of small children and sadly some people seem to never get past that stage of life.  But as we grow older we hopefully have examples to help us mature.  We experience love from others which teaches us how to love in return.  And to truly understand love, God gave us the only perfect example in what His Son did for us.  When a person accepts Christ as Savior, only then can they begin to fully understand what love means.

    So what does this struggle to understand love mean for our church?  In 1 Corinthians 13 we see a picture of what love is, but just as important, a picture of how God views us when we don’t have love.  Too many times we evaluate our church’s worth by ACCURACY and ACTIVITY but God measures us by LOVE.  Without love, the scripture tells us that all of the accuracy & activity in the world is worth nothing.

    1 Corinthians 13: 1-7

    1 John 2: 5-6

    John 21:17

    Audio Pathway_2012_08_26.mp3
    SunSundayAugAugust19th2012 Renaissance: Called In To Be Sent Out
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged John Matthew 0 comments Add comment

    This is the first sermon in a series called "Renaissance".  The standard definition of renaissance is “a rebirth or revival” and is usually talking about this revival taking place in an area of culture or learning.  For anyone who took art history or even Western Civilization, you’ve studied an entire period of Europe’s history called the Renaissance.  This period during the 14th through the 16th centuries saw a time when people had endured the dark ages and the millions of deaths from 13th century plagues.  And as with many cases in history and in life, when they left these dark periods behind them, the people grasped onto something more hopeful.  They recaptured some of the beauty from art & literature form the classical age.  They didn’t just embrace the past but progressed further.  You saw new ideas in government, an increased passion in the sciences and a renewed emphasis on overall learning.  The culture sought after what inspired them.

    For the next several weeks we're going to look at how many false ideas about what the church is supposed to be have created something that Christ never intended.  We’re not creating something new.  Actually, nothing I can preach is really new.  And surely the purpose of the church and God’s plan for us aren’t new either.  But sometimes we can forget how vibrant & beautiful God’s plan for us can be.  It’s at those times that we need a Renaissance.  We need to run away from the dark & dreary past as we grab on to the truly beautiful purpose that God has for us through His church.

    Today we are going to focus on how one idea should shape everything we do.  We have been called in so He can send us back out.  What about worshipping God as the reason we’re here?  How about learning about God’s Word?  Does taking care of healing emotional, physical, & spiritual needs take a back seat?  When you look at the scripture what you will find is that if you do all of these things well, they will simultaneously have the impact of bringing other people in.  And if it doesn’t, then we’re not serving God in the way He desires for our lives or our church.

    Matthew 4: 12-13, 17-22

    John 1: 35-45

    Matthew 28: 18-20

    Audio Pathway_2012_08_19.mp3
    SunSundayAugAugust12th2012 Preparing to Hear From Jesus
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    Audio Pathway_2012_08_12.mp3
    SunSundayAugAugust5th2012 Legacy
    byMitchell Neldon Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    What will people remember about your life? What will you leave behind? Moses left behind a legacy that we are still discussing today. However, there was a time when Moses' life looked like it was going to leave a very forgettable legacy. God took Moses, an exiled murderer, and used him as the man that led the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. God used Moses to be part of a story that revealed how great our God is. 

    God has a plan for each of us. He wants us to follow His plan for our lives. God wants to use us to accomplish great things for His honor and glory. But here is the catch: We want to be in control of our lives and determine our legacy. The story of Moses is about letting go of what we think is going to leave a lasting legacy and grabbing hold of the life and legacy that God has for us. 
    Audio Pathway_2012_08_05.mp3

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