Summer 2016

Summer can be a hectic time during the year. Join us as we dive into the Bible passages during the summer months. 

Philemon 1-25

Today’s message looks at an entire book of the Bible: Paul’s Letter to Philemon. In this 25-verse letter, we learn of a runaway slave named Onesimus, who came to faith in Christ after meeting Paul in Rome. Paul stands in the gap for the runaway, appealing to his master, Philemon, for his safe return. As you will see in this message, Christ has done the same for runaways like us! Let's see how the Lord Himself can use our lives to testify to His saving grace!

Luke 14:1-14

When invitations come in the mail, you’re asked to “R.S.V.P.” It’s French for, “Please respond!” Only a “Yes” or a “No” will do. In today’s message from Luke 14:1-14, we take a brief look at RSVP’s. How does Jesus respond when He’s invited to a feast? He mercifully heals and saves. How are we to respond to Jesus’ invitation to us? We humble ourselves so that He may lift us up. How are do we extend the invitation to others? We invite others to come to Jesus because it’s through other people that we see and serve Christ Himself. Be sure to RSVP today: Respond to the Savior’s Very Presence!

Luke 12:23-3

Jesus, on His way toward His goal, spends time teaching about the Kingdom of God. People, listening to what He says, begin asking questions about being saved, about entering this Kingdom. Jesus’ response is not what you'd expect. He speaks of the “narrow door” through which we must enter. Many choose to only know of Jesus from a distance without truly knowing Him. Those who enter through the “narrow door” of repentance and faith are the ones who truly know Jesus and are welcomed into His unending Kingdom.

Hebrews 12:1-3

The Olympic Games make us think about competitive races, imagining what it would feel like to stand on the platform during the playing of the National Anthem and receive the gold medal. The Bible uses the language of a “race” to describe the life of faith--training for the race, running it (we could also say swimming it) and then celebrating at the finish line. Today’s message from Hebrews 12:1-3 helps us to understand our roles in the race and to realize that a great crowd of witnesses is cheering us on to victory in Jesus.

Romans 5:1-5

Hebrews chapter 11 is the great “Hall of Faith”. This chapter cites many examples of people living by faith in the Lord and encourages us to imitate their pattern of life. Today’s message helps us to better understand God’s gift of faith and how living “by faith” prepares us for living “by sight” in the eternal life God has in store for those who trust in Jesus.

Colossians 3:1-4

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Those six questions are key to telling a story. Yet the most important questions come from the first question: Who am I? To whom do I belong? Identity is where your story begins. With our identity in Christ, we learn to see that our future glory is with Him. And when we focus our hearts and minds on Christ in the here and now, our future changes our present lives as well. Join us today as we dig into Colossians 3:1-4. 

Luke 11:9-10, Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 John 5:14-15

When many people pray, it's pretty much a cry of desperation. However, when Jesus teaches His disciples to pray, He invites them into a conversation. Today we look at what the Bible says about the gift of prayer, communicating not with a far away force or a distant deity, but talking with our loving Father in heaven. 

Luke 10:38-42

When we sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to His Word, as Mary did in Luke 10:38-42, we learn what true REST is. It's not the absence of stress or work, but the entrusting of your life to Christ and receiving what is His to give. Join Pastor Jeff for this week’s message as he guides us through the Word and shares personal experiences of learning to truly REST at Jesus’ feet.

Luke 10:25-36

 

Join guest Preacher Art Wehrmeister as we examine 'three good questions.' What must I do to inherit eternal life? And who is my neighbor? Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?
​"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."

Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:36-27

1 Timothy 2:1-7

As we celebrate the 240th birthday of our nation, we're reminded that freedom isn't free. That's especially the case when it comes to the blood-bought freedom we have in Christ. Today’s message shows us eight different ways we can pray for our country, asking the Father to use us as His spokespeople to share the Word which can set people free.

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