Sermon Blog - Entries from August 2013

    SunSundayAugAugust25th2013 Connect With Your Circle
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged Acts 0 comments Add comment
    As we continue our 6-week series on Connecting with each other we’re going to focus on how we use our circle, our network of friends / family / co-workers / etc… for the cause of Christ.  And at the same time, how it strengthens us.

    In the first passage we will read, Paul tells the church at Corinth that he has become “all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some”.  When you think about people in your ‘circle’, that includes everyone you come in contact with.  Yes, your close friends and family are at the center but what about that person at the convenience store who you might not know their name, but you both know who each other are and greet each other when you stop in.  As we go through the sermon today, I want you to start by realizing that you never know on any given day whether it will be the person at the center of your circle or someone on the fringe that God will give you an opportunity to affect for eternity.  With that lack of certainty, all we do know for certain is that we need to be ready to be all things to all people all of the time.

    1 Corinthians 9:19-23
    Acts 9: 13-18
    Acts 9: 19-22
    Acts 9: 23
    Acts 11: 25-26
    Acts 13: 2-3
    1 Corinthians 9:19, 23
    Audio Pathway_08_25_2013.mp3
    SunSundayAugAugust18th2013 Connect Through Prayer
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged Ephesians Luke 0 comments Add comment
    Today we continue our 6-week series on Connecting with each other.  How to find community in Christ.  How to get woven into the fabric of our family & church and then how to invite others to do the same – not simply through an outward act of evangelism but in the way we live out our lives together as part of God’s family.  We started by talking about connecting through volunteering.  We’re going to look at Connecting with our circle of friends, in small groups, with our family, and in serving our community.  But today we’re going to talk about what genuine prayer really does for us and those around us.

    Something I say all the time is “Prayer is not thinking, prayer is praying.”  Often when we tell others we are praying for them, all we really do is just think about them for a second.  Do we take it past that moment of thought?  Do we believe that’s all that is necessary?  True prayer is when we stop to mentally, emotionally, and spiritually connect with God.  And when we pray for others, we are lifting up their needs to God.  When you do that, you will find that prayer will also connect you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to their needs as well.  Prayer truly draws us closer to each other as we lift up each other to God.

    Ephesians 6: 18-20
    Luke 11: 9-13
    James 2: 15-17
    1 John 1: 5-10
    Audio Pathway_08_18_2013.mp3
    SunSundayAugAugust11th2013 Connect Through Volunteering Today we’re starting our 6-week series on Connecting with each other.  How to find community in Christ.  How to get woven into the fabric of our family & church and then how to invite others to do the same – not simply through an outward act of evangelism but in the way we live out our lives together as part of God’s family.  We’re going to look at Connecting through prayer, in small groups, with our family, and in serving our community.  But with today being our focus on volunteering, we’re going to talk about how serving each other within a church connects us to our church family.

    Our opening passage of scripture (1 Peter 2: 1-5, 9-10) talks about how all Christians are now part of the priesthood.  You and I are priests of God.  Back in the Old Testament, a priest was a very special person.
    • They were “go-betweens” for men and God
    • They led in worship and taught from the Scriptures
    • They wore special robes that distinguished them from other worshippers
    • Only they could handle the holy things of God (incense, sacrifices, the furniture of the tabernacle – anything related to worship)
    • They had a distinctive initiation before entering their office
    • And not just everyone could become a Priest - you had to born of the tribe of Levi
    So now that we are all priests, what is the role of a church staff?  What is the role of every member?  How should this change affect the way we view our individual role within the church and within Christianity in general?

    1 Peter 2: 1-5, 9-10
    Ephesians 4: 11-16
    1 Corinthians 12: 4-6
    Audio Pathway_08_11_2013.mp3
    SunSundayAugAugust4th2013 Who Would Jesus Hang Out With?
    byLawson Albey Tagged No tags 0 comments Add comment
    If Jesus were to spend a day in Fayetteville who would he hang out with? How would he spend His time? Where would he go? These are some questions that we need to ask ourselves in order to challenge ourselves to look more like Jesus. Another tough question I want to propose to you is if Jesus were to spend a day in your town, would you get any one-on-one face time with Him? Today we will look at three different passages from scripture to see what type of people Jesus would most likely spend His time with if he were to drop by Fayetteville on his walking tour across the country. 

    These three passages will shine a light on who Jesus would more than likely spend His time with. We may not have every conversation He has with these people recorded, but it's safe to assume how he treats them is quite incredible based on the responses we see from these individuals. We all have people in our lives that come to mind when we think about these people in scripture, and those are often times the people we have the hardest time loving and communicating with. As Christians, we often forget that at one time or another we have probably been in their shoes. It is my hope that these passages of scripture challenge you to look at those people in your life a little bit differently.
    Audio Pathway_08_04_2013.mp3

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