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The Balance of Truth and Love

How do we persuade others to know the truth?  Not with authority, as Paul states in vs 8, but he would prefer to appeal to them out of love. When we appeal to others it should be out of love first, before authority.  God showed great love to Adam and Eve, then showed authority by telling them not to eat a specific fruit.  It is the same way we should lead...

Becoming a Disciple

The mission of the church is to make disciples.  Last week we found out that the character of a person is the foundation of what it means to become a disciple.  This week we will learn how do we become a disciple, a follower of Jesus Christ.  In Acts 16 Paul encounters a jailer while imprisoned in Philippi.  An earthquake loosen the chains of the prisoners and the jailer feared...

Discipleship

Jesus called us to go into the world and make disciples.  This is the mission of the church.  Lets begin to look at what is the character of a disciple?  Genesis 39 tells us the account of Joseph, a good example of a follower of Jesus Christ. The first character trait we will learn is the foundation of a disciple, have a love for God.  Joseph knew without a doubt,...

Praying Effectively For Fellow Believers

Paul had a pattern for praying, genuine praying.  He reminds us that we need to be be praying with gratitude, thanking god for what he has done and for each other.  Paul knows that God can change the heart of a anyone, even a slave owner.  We should not take each other for granted, we serve together in partnership. Paul was very encouraged knowing that others had been praying for...

The Church’s Mission

What is the Mission of our church?  Jesus told us to go out and make disciples.  Today we are looking at three challenges and how we should respond to them. Make sure you are living under the Lordship of Christ.  Matthew 28:18 says that Jesus was given all authority.  Not by my authority, or even the church’s, but only Jesus.  We are commanded to go and make disciples of all...

The Centrality of the Bible, Part 2

You’ve heard the saying “if it seems to good to be true, it probably is to good to be true.”  Many people say that the Bible is to good to be true – we know that’s not the case, we know God’s word is true! In last weeks message from 2 Timothy we learned the first implication, which is that the Bible is the spoken word of God and is...

Importance of Prayer

It is important to pray as we think about our fellowship, we are fellow believers.  Paul’s letter is written to Philemon,  a wealthy slave owner who held fellowship, church, in his house. It is good to pray for others to encourage them, but this book is a reminder that we need to be praying for those who have lost their gratitude for their salvation, and for the ones that have...

The Centrality of the Bible

We are Bible believing Christians.  Our focus is on the Bible as the Word of God.  The Gospel is central, it’s message is the core.  Everything in the Bible is meant to be Good News.  The Bible is central to all that we do. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that all scripture is spoken (inspired) by God and is profitable, useful, beneficial and without error.  God did not dictate, he...

Evangelicals and the Gospel

As we heard from Pastor Ben a few weeks ago, our identity is very important.  We are Evangelical Christians and we focus on the Good News of Jesus Christ. Romans 1:16-17 tells us that we should not be ashamed of the Gospel.  It is the power of God to save, our faith is the means, by God’s power.  Paul suffered much, but states that we was not ashamed of the...

Looking at the New Year

As we face a new year, we are challenged with these three words:  Purpose, Attitude, and Motivation. Paul’s entire purpose is stated in Philippians 3:10 – his all consuming desire was “that I may know Him.”  For us this year we need to look deeper and let our desire be more personal than ever before , in a way that brings glory to God. Attitude is extremely important, it determines...
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