Sermons

No One Like You

No One Like You
May 2020 - Jul 2020
This summer, we are starting a new series called, No One Like You. We want to explore who the God of scripture really is. What is He like? What are His attributes? What even are attributes? We are going to use the first statement from our EFCA doctrincal statement as a blueprint to explore, outline and apply some of these attributes.

Sermons in this series

No One Like You - God is Triune
Sun, Jul 05, 2020
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV) The Trinity is a mysterious and difficult idea to understand. No analogy does it justice (in fact most of them lead into or are at the edge of a heresy). Yet it is true that we worship One God in Three Person - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This week we continue our series of No One Like You as Mickey Counter opens up God's word to us.
No One Like Him - God is Love
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:16-21 (ESV) If there is one attribute of God that people know and generally are comfortable with it is that God is Love. When most people conceive of a god, they make him as a benevolent deity. It is one of the three things that scripture directly and specifically says that God is. (Spirit (Jn 4:24) & Light (1 Jn 1:5) are the other two). That should make this week easy, warm, and non-controversial. Right? Well, not exactly. The problem we encounter is just like other attributes we want to make God like us. We want to think of His love in very human terms or we want to make His love the overarching, predominate attribute. Most of us conceive of God's love as first and primarily directed toward us. When we do we will shrink Him and His love into a creature-sized package. This week we continue in our series - No One Like You - to talk about God's Love. What we find in the scripture is surpising and encompassing. It will confront (and empower) us. I want to encourage you to take some time to read through 1 John 4 and consider God's Love.
No One Like You - God is Perfect
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. - Matthew 5:44-48 (ESV) In a post on the Thought Catalog, Lindsay Zdep wrote "You know that person who seems to have it all? Well, that's me. I am, and always was, considered the "golden child" and am living a life that many would consider "perfect." A dream filled with a tree that grows money, the ability to eat cake and not get fat, and relaxing afternoons lying on a hammock. An existence where nothing goes wrong and I seem to float effortlessly through it all." She goes on to say that's not true at all and explores things she's learned being labeled "perfect." My bet is that some of us fall into this category of having most things feel/look perfect and maybe "seem to float effortlessly through it all" and others torture ourselves for not being perfect, or at least "good enough." But we, as Christians, are called to be perfect. Matthew 5:48 reads "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." How in the world do we accomplish this and what does it mean to be perfect anyway? More importantly what does it mean that our God is infinitely perfect and do we really believe that? Join us this Sunday as we export that our God is infinitely perfect and how we are to accomplish the encouragement in Matthew 5:48.
No One Like Him - God is HOLY
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" - Isaiah 6:1-3 (ESV) Isaiah 6 is written in a time of uncertainity and unrest. Israel had settled leadership in King Uzziah. He had led them into a era of prolonged prosperity, but now he was dead. What would happen next? Who would rule? How would they guide the nation? Would the enemies of Israel take advantage of this moment of weakness and confusion? In the midst of this Isaiah had a vision. It's a picture of another throne room. It's a picture of a greater king. With so much uncertainty, I would have expected the Lord would have declared Himself as - sovereign, sovereign, sovereign. That's not the call of the angelic heralds. Instead they declare - Holy, holy, holy! What do they mean? What is God's holiness? What does that have to say to our world that's in unrest? This week we look at God's Holiness in our series - No One Like Him. I'd encourage you to read Isaiah 6 in preparation. Derek Flesichmann will be opening up God's word for us.
No One Like You - God is Creator
Sun, Jun 07, 2020
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. - Acts 17:26-27 (ESV) The world is one of design. On both the micro and macro levels there is a pattern and imprint that can be see of a Divine hand. It's hard to miss, but people do. We do. When we dismiss this critical idea it skews not only our understanding about God but about ourselves, the people around us, and the world itself. This week we are going to continue our series: No One Like You. This week we will talk about God as our Creator. Take some time to read through Acts 17 as Paul describes God.
No One Like Him - God's One-ness
Sun, May 31, 2020
He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. - Isaiah 44:14-15 (ESV) We are monotheist. We believe and confess that there is one God. That's one of the things that makes Judeo-Christian belief unique both historically and among world religions. We almost take it for granted that people would believe otherwise. But what does that mean? How does the scripture talk about it? And why is that important? This week we begin to look at the attributes of God through our doctrinal statement by considering the Oneness of God. I want to encourage you to read through Isaiah 44 as we start this study. This will provide an important grid for the rest of our study.
No One Like You: Intro
Sun, May 24, 2020
The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? - Psalm 113:4-6 (ESV) Zeus, Apollos, Hercules, and Aphrodite are a few of the names I remember. Reading Greek and Roman myths are a mainstay in most educations in the humanities. This pantheon of gods are a heavenly soap opera that's used to explain the world around us and the difficulties in it. These immortals suffered from all the human foibles, just super-sized. Is that what the God of the Bible is like? Is He just a super-sized version of us?
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