Sermon Blog - Entries from September 2013

    SunSundaySepSeptember29th2013 The Way We Worship
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
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    SunSundaySepSeptember22nd2013 The God We Worship
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    SunSundaySepSeptember15th2013 Connect Through Serving
    byJack Cross Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
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    SunSundaySepSeptember8th2013 Connect Through Small Groups
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged Acts 0 comments Add comment
    Each year at this time we have “Small Group Sunday” at Pathway.  It’s a point in the year when new groups are started and existing groups all begin a new series.  That makes it a perfect time for people to try one out.  We focus on small groups so much because that is the best way for people at Pathway to connect with each other.

    In today’s sermon we have to start in Acts chapter 2.  The entire New Testament framework for small group ministry is found in the actions of the early days of the church in Jerusalem.  But we don’t stop there.  Throughout all of the New Testament we hear God call us to find certain aspects of our faith by our relationships with other Christians.  We can find encouragement, acceptance, instruction, sharing our burdens, confessing our sins, and mutual prayer through small groups.  And as we fulfill these commands and reap the benefits God has promised, we will show the world a true picture of Christianity.

    Acts 2: 42-47
    Acts 2: 41
    Romans 15: 5, 7, 14
    Galatians 6:2
    James 5:16
    1 John 4:12
    Acts 2: 47
    Audio Pathway_09_08_2013.mp3
    SunSundaySepSeptember1st2013 Connect With Your Family
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    In our Connect series we’ve come to the Sunday that we’re going to discuss connecting with our families.  Now all of the other sermons in this series are more about making new connections or utilizing our connections in a different way.  But when we talk about families, those connections are already made.  In some circumstances you can break them, but even then, connections with family (or ex-family) members never fully go away.  They are just broken.  And many of our current relationships with family are somewhat broken or at the very least, not taken care of very well.

    This sermon is going to focus on two family connections:  those in a marriage, and those between parents & children.  And the good thing is that all of lessons we learn from these relationships also translate into every other family relationship we have.  And if some of the things we’re talking about don’t seem to matter to you at this point and time, look at it this way.  If you’re a teenager and I’m talking about marriage, think about how you can encourage your parents or step-parents to strengthen their relationship.  If you’re unmarried but would like to be one day, begin mentally preparing yourself now to start out your relationship on a solid footing.  And if you’re no longer married and at a stage of life that it’s behind you, find ways to help strengthen others that can learn from your wisdom.

    When it comes to children, again if you’re a teenager or soon to be one, try to see how your parents’ desire to care for you comes from God.  Listen to how important it is for them to be involved in your life.  If you have kids or that might be in your future, take from these stories the importance of investing in these relationships.  What you invest, good or bad, will return to you.

    As you listen to this sermon, it will become very evident as to what the scripture says is necessary (outside of faith in God) for healthy relationships:  TIME.  Here are just a few facts to get us started:
    • Families spend just eight hours a week together on average
    • Weekend is best with two hours & twenty minutes devoted to the family each day
    • During the week the amount of time shrinks to just 36 minutes on average each day
    But we can’t just start spending meaningless time together, it must be time well spent.

    Ephesians 5: 31-33
    Song of Solomon 8: 6-7
    Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
    Ephesians 5: 28-29
    Ephesians 4: 26-27
    Ephesians 6: 1-4
    1 Kings 1:6
    Matthew 22: 37-39
    Audio Pathway_09_01_2013.mp3

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