Worship - Because Your Fellow Christians Need You

We’ve all been through challenging phases of life.  Hardship and struggle are never fun. But, could you imagine facing that hardest challenge of our life -- and having to do it alone?  The Christian life is never easy. But we don’t have to face it alone. We have our brothers and sisters in Christ. Worship because your fellow Christians need you.

We climb a better mountain

At the foot of Mt. Sinai, God gave his law. Divine justice would not leave the guilty unpunished. But we have a better mountain. The new covenant, given through Jesus Christ, invites the nations to come to Mt. Calvary with the confidence that we have been declared innocent and made perfect through Jesus. Because of him, we enter the narrow door to paradise. By faith – We climb a better Mountain.

We see hardship as a sign of love

Running the race of life requires perseverance. There will be hardships that cause the heart to grow weary. But God promises that these trials are meant for our good. They are God’s way of disciplining us as his sons. The result will be a harvest of righteousness in our lives and peace in our hearts. The Christian faces the hardships of life by fixing his eyes on Jesus. By faith – we see hardship as a sign of love.

We live for heaven

How long seems the road from grace to glory! We cry with saints across the centuries, “How long, O Lord?” Using the life of Abraham as an example, the writer to the Hebrews encourages faithful living that looks forward to the fulfilled promises of the Lord. Jesus promises to us the same heavenly country, the same eternal city prepared for the faithful. By faith -- We live for heaven.

Managing...Relationships

Hugh Mackay, an Australian psychologist has said, "Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational." Our own imperfections combined with those of people in our lives make managing relationships one of the biggest challenges we face in life. Done well, relationships promise the greatest joy. Done poorly, relationships can be the greatest source of sorrow in life. In our service and sermon today we will look for the wisdom God provides for "Managing Relationships."

Managing...Success

Most of us would NOT think of 'success' or 'prosperity' as a problem. In fact, those things are part of what we like to think of as the American Dream! We are encouraged to strive for prosperity and success. The Biblical record would suggest that success and prosperity do pose very really threats to our spiritual well-being. Today we'll consider how Moses both warned and encouraged the people of Israel to manage success and prosperity as they prepared to enter the promised land. Their experience offers some great lessons for all of us.

God's grace calls to committed service

There is always so much Kingdom work to do - so much so that our work in God’s Kingdom isn’t complete until the day he takes us home with him. So that the work can continue when we are gone, we’re called to pass the task of Kingdom work on to the next generation. This is no task for the feint of heart. History speaks, declaring that God’s grace calls to committed service.

God’s Grace Abounds Even in Wicked Times

What does God do when wickedness increases in the world?  How does he battle against it? Certainly, he has many means, but the chief way that God makes war against wickedness is by raising up faithful people to proclaim his Word. History tells us that God does not abandon the world into its wickedness, but his grace abounds in sending prophets to confront wickedness with his Word.

As we proclaim with the power of the Holy Spirit

The Christ-promised coming of the Holy Spirit reverses the confusion of Babel as the disciples are given the gift of speaking in tongues. In a rush of wind and with tongues of flame the prophecy of Joel is fulfilled. The timidity of the Twelve dissolves in fiery witnessing to the Truth. What began in the streets of Jerusalem, is even now carried to the ends of the earth

Let Your Kingdom Come As We Proclaim Jesus in Spite of Opposition

Have you noticed how two different people can sometimes see and hear the exact same event and have two radically different takes on it?

This often happens when we speak God's Word. Some hear it gladly. Others, not so much. So then, what are we to do when opposed?

That's what we see in this sermon based on Acts 13

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We proclaim Jesus in spite of opposition