All throughout Paul’s writings, we see this emphasis placed on Christ being the meaning of life for the believer. To live is Christ…when Christ who is your life appears…I am crucified with Christ.
You are not your own …bought at a high price (the death of Jesus) so we are called to honor God in the way that we live.
The apostle Paul speaks to us about identifying ourselves with Christ in his life, dearth, and resurrection.
The passage for this week is Galatians 5:13-21.
Self must die so Christ can live! When we indulge and engage the flesh we are not allowing Christ to rule and reign in our lives.
Other key pieces come from these passages.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! The below should all be occurring in us.
- The Denial of Self
- The Death of Self
- The Different Self
In this message Pastor Shane Smith continued his series on what must die so Christ may live in us, preaching primarily about jealousy and envy.
Galatians 2:20; 5:13-21 are the key passages for the series.
For this message there are a few key passages including the following.
In this message Brian preached to the congregation about unity. Specifically, three passages were used.
1 John 3:13-24 In this passage we heard something about Who or what we should be united under.
Ephesians 4:11-16 Here we heard about the church’s job to equip the saints and how we are all unique.
John 17:20-26 Here Jesus prays for those who will eventually come to faith through the work of His alive at that time followers. The unity talk here should get us to thinking about it as more than working together with others in the church. Rather think of it as a being united in faith. The Holy Spirit lives in us.
In this message, Doctor Kent Dougharty, father of Bryant Dougharty, preached to us about missions, giving a bit of the history of medical missions before telling the story of his family and the work they did, focused on some time in Africa. He has been involved in Nazarene Medical Missions and promoted them as well.
In this message, Rev. Shane Smith continued his series, speaking about putting the sin of hatred to death.
There are multiple passages about hate in the Bible; see some of them here.
Let us also see that even though Scripture says God is love, there are things He hates. See Prov 6:16-19 for some of that.
Here is the bulletin for the week.
In this message Rev. Larry Powell preached to us using several passages to outline what he believes most about God and why.
The key passages for this message are as follows. Romans 5:8; 8:28-29; 11:33-36; Genesis 3; 50:20; Joshua 24:14-15; John 3:16-17; Acts 2:23; 3:18; 4:27-28; I John 4:16, 19; I Peter 1:18-21; Psalm 139:15-17; Micah 7:18; Isaiah 49: 15-16; Jeremiah 29:11-12; Jonah 4:1-2, 10-11.
“What comes to a person’s mind when one thinks of God is the most important thing about that person.” A. W. Tozer
How do we __________about God? Romans 11:33-36
1. ______________Psalm 19:1
2. God’s ______________word, the Old Testament and New Testament. Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:16-17
3. God has supremely ___________________Himself in Christ. John 1:1, 14,18; 14:9
Here are some truths I absolutely _____________about God:
1. God is a God of ___________and He loves us _______________. Romans 5:8; 8:35-39; I John 4:16, 19; Micah 7:18; Jonah 4:1-2, 10-11; John 3:16-17
2. For love to be real there has to be _________________so God gave man free ____________. Genesis 2:16-17; Joshua 24:1-16
3. God is a ___________God. He cannot be ______________by sin, nor _______________sin!! Isaiah 6:1-5; Ex. 3; 15:11; Rev. 4:8
4. God in His great love is always _______________His lost sheep. Luke 15; Genesis 3:8; Jonah 4:2, 10-11; I Timothy 2:3-6; Romans 5:8
5. _______________ takes God by _____________. Acts 2:23; 3:18; 4:27-28; Psalm 139:15-16; Genesis 50:20; Revelation 13:8
6. God is always at _________________for our __________and________________________. Romans 8:28-29; Genesis 50:20;Jeremiah 29:11-12
There are 4 major theories advanced to attempt to disprove the resurrection.
- The followers went to the wrong tomb.
- The disciples stole the body. Matt 28:11-15
- The swoon theory, that Jesus woke up and went on His own power.
- The hallucination theory: the disciples hallucinated and though they saw Jesus.
10 reasons we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus.
- No body was produced; the tomb was empty.
- The dramatic change in the disciples, from fearful to bold.
- The grave clothes left in the tomb. John 20:3-8
- Jesus was seen at least ten times and by over 500 people at once.
- The Resurrection was preached shortly after Jesus’ Resurrection.
- The existence of the church today.
- The change of the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.
- The change of the calendar, from BC to AD.
- People have experienced Christ’s life changing power for almost 2000 years.
- Women were the first to report the empty tomb.
The Resurrection of Jesus says a number of things to us.
- We are not hopeless.
- Christ’s death for our sins was a sufficient price for our sins. Our sins are forgiven.
- God is a God of 2nd, 3rd, and more chances.
- Jesus is Lord of life and death.
- I do not have to fear death.
- I have a Savior who has faced all I have faced or will face and has conquered it all.
- My losses can be gains.
- Jesus gives me real love.
- Jesus gives us life abundantly John 10:10
- All the promises of God are yes in Christ. 2 COr 1:20
Rev. Larry Powell preached a message for us today.
Why were the Jewish people of Jesus’ day so far off in their expectations?
What can we learn from their error in reading and interpreting Scripture?
What are your expectations of God?
What are some assurances we have from God for us?
- We can cast all our care upon Him. 1 Peter 5:7
- He will never leave us or forsake us and He is with us always . Hebrews 13:5-6; Matthew 28:20
- He causes all things to work together for good. Romans 8:28
- He really loves us no matter what. Romans 5:18; Psalm 136; Romans 8:35-39
- Jesus intercedes for us. Hebrews 7:25
- The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and makes intercession for us. Romans 8:25-26
- He helps us in our weaknesses and temptations. Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 10:13
In this post there are three pieces.
As has been the case with Pastor Shane in the past, communion happens before the message; the first eleven or so minutes include that and some important truths of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
Next there is a message . largely focused on idolatry.
- Who or what are we worshipping?
- What comes to mind when you think about idolatry?
- Do we think of it as worship of a thing or person who is not God as God?
Finally there was an epilogue of sorts, where the message was seemingly over but he kept teaching in a way we believe many will find useful.
Here is the bulletin for the week.