Grace Assured
Sun, May 14, 2017
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. -- 2 Peter 1:9-10 (ESV) Have you ever doubted your salvation? Did you really mean the prayer you prayed? Have you done enough? How does God look at you? These are important and can be scary questions. When the answers to these questions linger we start to live in a circle of fear for our soul. Peter's statement here does not seem to quell those questions. Or do they? This week we will struggle with the ideas of assurance, election, and salvation. So it will be a light, easy sermon (Just kidding). I want to encourage you to read through 2 Peter 1 to remind yourself of the context.
Salvation, Church, & Future Things
Wed, May 10, 2017
How are we saved? What is salvation? Who is part of the church? What happens when we die? What happens at the end of time?
Grace Unleashed
Sun, May 07, 2017
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. -- 2 Peter 1:5-7 (ESV) How would you describe the gospel? What adjective best displays it’s nature? Some of my favorites are - amazing, scandalous, grand, and gracious. To take sinful, rebellious creatures and redeem them through sacrificial love can only be described as super-natural. But that is exactly what God did through Christ. And that act is applied to us through the Holy Spirit granting us life, relationship, and family. When we understand this movement of God, we are driven to respond. That’s what we find in 2 Peter 1:5-7, our natural response to the gracious movement of God. This week instead of seeing these as a chain of virtues, I want you to understand these as appropriate and empowered responses to the gift of the gospel. And when we do, these become not a task list, to painfully accomplish, but a worshipful, thank you note written across our lives.
Finding Empowering Grace
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence -- 2 Peter 1:3 (ESV) The machine of marketing is constantly running in our culture. Do you need more or something that’s bigger, faster, cooler, better, or cleaner? Then get, get, get. What we need and what we want becomes conflated. And after a while an expectation is built into us that drives us. Contentment is almost impossible to find. This kind of marketing is not exclusive to things. Go to a Christianbookstore. Your spiritual life is in need of an upgrade as well. If you do this study or read this book or have this new experience, then you can climb that spiritual mountain and overcome any negatives. Is that how the Christian life works? This week we take a look at our Christian growth through the lens of 2 Peter. We want to examine what the believer already possesses. Because, when we understand this, it produces in us contentment and gratitude which moves us even closer toward Christ. Do you have it?
Angels, Man, Sin?
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
What are angels? What is man? How are we put together? What is sin?
Introduction to Grace
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:1-2 (ESV) Sometimes it feels like there are those good, together, super Christians. Then there are the rest of us. We would like to do and be better but we aren’t. We seem to wrestle with the same things over and over again. Our spiritual growth seems to go through peaks and lulls. When it comes to the spiritual disciplines, well, let’s just say we had resolutions in January but now its April. Is there any hope for us? In Peter's second letter, the apostle is writing to people like you and me. They are struggling to live out their faith in a complicated and diverse world. And to add to this complexity, there are a few ‘teachers’ telling them that they have some secret special sauce to being a Christian. Peter writes this letter near the end of his life to reassure them and point them toward the one unchanging source of their righteousness - Christ.
Who is Christ? Who is the Holy Spirit?
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
Who is Christ? Who is the Holy Spirit? Trinity?
What if Death and Taxes weren't Certainties
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
No one escapes death. No one. But what if some one did. The question would be numerous. How? Why them? What about everyone else? Join us this Easter as we consider the One who came and beat death.
Tenebrae Service
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Tenebrae Service --- this worship service is filled with scripture, songs, and symbols. We will be examining the last seven words of Christ. We will celebrate communion. And we will picturing the impending death of Christ by extinguishing a candle after we look at each saying of Christ. Please join us and invite a friend.
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