Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

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Exam Time

Handout Just as physical examinations are necessary for a healthy physical life, spiritual examinations are necessary for a healthy spiritual life. And throughout the Bible you will encounter occasions when God’s messengers call on God’s people to examine themselves (Lamentations 3:40; 1 Corinthians 11:27-28; 2 Corinthians 13:5). So, scripture clearly teaches that spiritual examinations are essential, but what exactly should we be looking for when we are examining ourselves? In this lesson, we will consider 3 spiritual hazards for which…
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The Blessing Of Prayer

Handout Scripture repeatedly presents prayer as a privilege (Matthew 7:7-8; Philippians 4:6; James 5:16; 1 John 5:14-15) and an expectation (Matthew 6:5-7; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17), and, yet, it is so easy for us to neglect prayer. Why is prayer such a big deal? More importantly, why should we view prayer as a blessing? And, if prayer is so important, then should we not always be trying to improve our practice of it? 7 “Ask, and it will be…
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Rejected At Home

Handout The New Testament only records one occasion when Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth after beginning His ministry. This homecoming incited emotions ranging from excitement to anger. Today, we examine how the people of Nazareth reacted to Jesus when He returned home because their varying degrees of reaction reveal the two options we have when it comes to how we respond to Jesus.   54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they…
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Too Far Gone? – The Life of Ahab

27 And when Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his flesh and fasted and lay in sackcloth and went about dejectedly. 28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house.” 1 Kings 21:27-29

A STRANGE BELIEF ABOUT THE END

Handout Do you ever feel out of place? Do you ever feel like you are different? Do you ever feel like you are a stranger? As Christians, we are supposed to feel this way because, according to 1 Peter 2:11, we are “aliens and strangers” in this world. But what does such an identity entail? The book of 1 Peter is a “how to” guide for strangeness, and, so, we turn to it to discover how we are to be…
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Future Tense Living

Handout Outside of Jesus, it could be argued that no biblical figure is more important than Abraham. He’s the individual through whom God chose to bless the entire world (Genesis 12:3). He’s the individual who so modeled faith that he could be called “the man of faith” (Galatians 3:9). He’s the individual who had such an intimate relationship with God that he “was called a friend of God” (James 2:23). What can we learn from the first follower? 7 And he…
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Got Faith?

Handout Outside of Jesus, it could be argued that no biblical figure is more important than Abraham. He’s the individual through whom God chose to bless the entire world (Genesis 12:3). He’s the individual who so modeled faith that he could be called “the man of faith” (Galatians 3:9). He’s the individual who had such an intimate relationship with God that he “was called a friend of God” (James 2:23). What can we learn from the first follower?   15 After…

A STRANGE VIEW OF REALITY

Handout Do you ever feel out of place? Do you ever feel like you are different? Do you ever feel like you are a stranger? As Christians, we are supposed to feel this way because, according to 1 Peter 2:11, we are “aliens and strangers” in this world. But what does such an identity entail? The book of 1 Peter is a “how to” guide for strangeness, and, so, we turn to it to discover how we are to be…
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CROWNING THE KING

Outside of Jesus, it could be argued that no biblical figure is more important than Abraham. He’s the individual through whom God chose to bless the entire world (Genesis 12:3). He’s the individual who so modeled faith that he could be called “the man of faith” (Galatians 3:9). He’s the individual who had such an intimate relationship with God that he “was called a friend of God” (James 2:23). What can we learn from the first follower? 17 After his return…

A STRANGE DYNAMIC IN THE CHURCH

Do you ever feel out of place? Do you ever feel like you are different? Do you ever feel like you are a stranger? As Christians, we are supposed to feel this way because, according to 1 Peter 2:11, we are “aliens and strangers” in this world. But what does such an identity entail? The book of 1 Peter is a “how to” guide for strangeness, and, so, we turn to it to discover how we are to be odd…
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LOSING A LOT

Sermon Handout Outside of Jesus, it could be argued that no biblical figure is more important than Abraham. He’s the individual through whom God chose to bless the entire world (Genesis 12:3). He’s the individual who so modeled faith that he could be called “the man of faith” (Galatians 3:9). He’s the individual who had such an intimate relationship with God that he “was called a friend of God” (James 2:23). What can we learn from the first follower?  …