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January 2017

Deliverance: Noah, Jesus, and the New Creation

God provides an instrument for salvation for those who will obediently follow His instructions.



Faithfulness

Eve undoubtedly felt like God’s promise of victory over the serpent was lost when one son was killed and the other exiled. Perhaps, she felt as though she had received the stomping. However, God is always faithful and opened another pathway to promise fulfillment … a promise finally realized in Christ.

 
 
 


Sin: Paradise Lost

Adam and Eve were placed in paradise, but it didn’t take long for paradise to be lost to sin. Since we live in a world that follows Adam into sin, we too don’t experience paradise.
 
Yet, in this story of the fall into sin is the beginning of a message of hope and grace. God gives this couple two signs of his ultimate victory over sin, and paradise restored.


Control

When we look at the Creation story, we tend to look to answer the 20th century question of HOW. Yet God in telling his story of Creation answers the greater question, WHO and WHY. 
 
His message, in a world of chaos, God is in control. In creation, God defeats the other gods of the Ancient Near East, in preparation for taking his kingly throne in the presence of humanity.


New Growth Commitment

Growth is a normal thing. However, as Christians many fall into the habit of putting growth in neutral. Jesus’ spiritual growth was intentional. Neither gospel writer spends much time on his infancy because Jesus grew.
 
In his spiritual development, he lays for us some markers for our own growth in Luke 2.


December 2016

Jesus, Suffering Savior

Christmas was never meant to be about an infant cozied in a manger. Christmas is about the reason that child came … to suffer and die for humanity sins. Isaiah prophecies that suffering in Isaiah 53.



Jesus, Hope For The Broken

The Servant of Isaiah offers life-giving hope to the broken, oppressed, rejected, and outcast. Matthew reflects Jesus as the fulfillment of this Servant. In spite of currently broken lives, hope can be offered to those who accept the gracious ministry of the Servant because Jesus brings healing to broken lives, and puts things right for everyone open to his work.



Christ, the Child-King

The Child-King of Isaiah 9 anticipates the one who helps us confront some of the hardest questions of our life with a positive answer. Each name prophesied of Jesus speaks to real needs within our lives.



November 2016

Time Treasure 2016

TIME – Dwayne Lones
 
Big Idea: God has gifted each of us with 24 hours. Howe we use our time to advance the Kingdom is part of our tithe.
 
TREASURE – Steven Chapman
Big Idea: Giving of our treasures is more about HEART and HOW MUCH>


Touches & Temple

God asks us to be broad stewards of many things that he has poured into our lives. The 6Ts give us a glimpse into a broader approach to stewardship that goes far beyond money. The following message is the third and fourth Ts in the series.
 
TOUCH: Our culture defines value by net-worth but God sees value in relationships, and he desires to use those relationships as avenues for demonstrating His love.
 
TEMPLE: We are to see ourselves as the holy dwelling place of God. Yet, our culture has traded the holiness of godly morality and sexual purity for temporal gratification.


Task – Talents 2016

6t-web-bannersWhen speaking of stewardship we often limit the discussion to money. However, God has much more for us to steward, and if we don’t first give ourselves to these things the giving of our money will never be as he asks. This message introduces the 6Ts, and addresses the first two in


We Are On Purpose – We Are At Our Best

core-valuesSimplicity:

 Focusing on our defined purpose in ministry keeps us from being distracted by cultural clutter.

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