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Derek Fleischmann

Derek Fleischmann
Role: Elder

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God's Justifying Grace must not be separated from his Sanctification
Sun, Jul 04, 2021
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:6 (ESV) When you were a kid, did you have parents who would let you go see movies with friends that other kids weren’t allowed to see? Or did you think your Mom and Dad were “overly protective”? The kind who wouldn’t let you have a computer because it had a ‘curser’ . . . or who wouldn’t buy a certain kind of vacuum cleaner because it was a Dirt Devil. This week Derek will begin our study of the second of the two articles we are exploring, Article 8, Christian Living. This Article begins with a statement that we must believe that God’s justifying grace, or right mercy, cannot be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. This means that we are not only saved by his mercy but that our redemption has within it a power and purpose to showcase the very nature of God, that He is ‘gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love’(Psalm 145:8), for His glory and not our own. We’re able to work out our faith because of His power, not ours – for His purposes to find us complete upon Christ’s final victory. To prepare for this week, please read and meditate on the words of Isaiah 43: 1-11
Here is the Church - Introduction
Sun, May 30, 2021
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. I Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV) In God We Trust You've probably heard or seen that somewhere, right? Most of us probably don't remember a time when our national motto (adopted in 1956) wasn't printed on all of our coins and paper currency. Our national motto encapsulates the beliefs and ideals which we want to guide our Nation. The Nation of Israel had similar, though not formally adopted 'mottos'. The Shema (שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד׃), which serves as the centerpiece of morning and evening Jewish prayers, captures the monotheistic essence of Judaism, "Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One." Additionally, tucked away near the end of the song David composed to celebrate the Ark of the Covenant being brought to the tent he'd pitched for it in Jerusalem, is another phrase which became regularly used throughout the rest of Israel's history. 1 Chronicles 16:34 summarizes the nature of God as He revealed Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai, "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" The historic Christian church has similarly composed and used creeds and confessions to make a formal statement of our beliefs as Christians (think of the Nicene Creed or the Apostle's Creed.) This Sunday, we'll enjoy an extended time of musical worship and have a shorter sermon to introduce our summer series "Here is the Church". We'll briefly examine the purpose of a creed or confession and how they inform and help us to understand what we believe about what 'the church' is and how it acts corporately and what 'Christian living' is and what that looks like both corporately and individually. Sola Scriptura (by scripture alone) is a foundational doctrine by which all of our creeds and confessions are derived, so it might be useful to you to prepare for Sunday (and the upcoming series) by looking at some of the scripture passages upon which some of these historical creeds are founded. (e.g. I Timothy 2:5-6 and 3:16; Matthew 16:16; Colossians 1:12-20 and 2:9-15; Romans 10:9-10; John 1:1-3, 10,12-14; Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 12:29-31 and I Corinthians 8:6 and 15:3-4)
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.
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