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Spiritual Gifts Today (1 Corinthians 12:1–13)

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The following sermon, preached on June 4th, 2017, focuses on spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are a hot topic today. What are they? What does Scripture mean by them? Don’t folks in churches lie when they pretend to work miracles? What about speaking in tongues? The message is that together the body of Christ in community through the Spirit of God works together to build each other up for the purpose of God’s mission in the world——spreading the Gospel and glorifying God. The Spirit gifts us according to God’s purposes to accomplish God’s work of doing justice, loving mercy (Micah 6:8), and tangibly rescuing people from danger and sin. Love is the most excellent way and the greatest spiritual gift, because all other gifts like tongues and prophecies, will fade away (1 Corinthians 13). However, in our modern society we have forgotten that true love really is a spiritual gift——something profound and rare. Hear what Scripture has to say about the spiritual gifts in this sermon.

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Thirsting For God (John 7:37–39)

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The following sermon, preached on May 21st, 2017, focuses on Jesus as the quencher of our souls. We all thirst for real purpose, value, and love in our lives. How do we get it? The answer is Jesus.

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Is The Lord Your Shepherd? Psalm 23

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The following sermon, preached on May 7th, 2017, focuses on Jesus as our shepherd. It is amazing how God provides for us, and yet fear takes over so easily. What can we do about this? Is there an answer? Psalm 23 answers our questions.

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Receive The Holy Spirit: John 20:19–31

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The following sermon, preached on April 23th, 2017, focuses on the often overlooked importance of Jesus’ breathing of the Holy Spirit. This sacramental act recalls the creation of human beings in Genesis. As new creations in Christ through the power of the Spirit, Christians are now empowered to live and minister in a Spirit-gifted, Spirit-enabled, and Spirit-dependent existence—even in the face of persecution.

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The Message of Easter: Go and Make Disciples! (Matthew 28)

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The following sermon, preached on April 16th, 2017, Easter Sunday, focuses on the NEW LIFE of Jesus on Easter for all of us today. TODAY we can be empowered by the new life of Jesus through the Holy Spirit, and God’s new creational power will propel us into God’s mission, to “go and make disciples.”

Many people do not realize that Easter is about God’s mission. Jesus says “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). But where is Jesus? Jesus is with us IN MISSION, to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Yes, absolutely, the resurrection and new life of Christ constitute the center of Easter—but we have to ask: why? The answer is mission. Christ died for the sins of the world to instill within believers the power of His new life through the Holy Spirit for the purpose of mission! The mission of God is to bless all peoples through the chosen seed, who is the raised Jesus Christ. That mission has not changed; Easter is the means to new life for the purpose of God’s mission. Now, because of Easter, we go with Christ on the *CO-* mission of God.

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(How) Is God Revealing Himself To You? Matthew 21:1–11

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The following sermon, preached on April 9th, 2017, Palm Sunday, focuses on God’s self-revelation as centered in Jesus Christ. Through the Spirit of God, God reveals Himself to God’s children. Are you receiving the revelation of Jesus Christ? Do you know that you are a child of God? Do you have that blessed assurance of the Spirit of God witnessing in your heart that you are forgiven, adopted, and set free from slavery to sin, having become a slave to Jesus Christ?

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the people championed him as the Messiah. But they were wrong about him! They thought—reading the same Old Testament that we read today—that Jesus was a conquering warlord, come to rid the state from foreigners and restore the former, nationalistic glory. Ironically, Jesus would function as the Savior, but not in the way they expected. How can we avoid the same mistake today? Is God revealing God’s true self to you?

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The Power of God For Us Today: Ezekiel 37:1–14

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The following sermon, preached on April 2nd, 2017, focuses on Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones. Most churches that are waning in number do not realize how GOOD they have it. Most have a roof, a baptistry, heating and air conditioning—but none of those things really matter. Most importantly, they have the Holy Spirit of God breathing new life into dry bones, with Christ, the head of the Church. The power of God for us today is the power to turn life to death, lifelessness into abundance of life, and empowerment for mission in the world, now! The challenge for the waning-in-number Church, or any Church: are you telling your friends, your coworkers, your neighbors, your “random people you see,” about God, the Gospel, or the Church? “Faith comes from hearing the message” (Romans 10:17) and “And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” “As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (10:14–15). Spread the word about how GOOD you have it!

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Are You Living the Christ Life? Romans 5:1–11

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The following sermon, preached on March 19th, 2017, focuses on the crazy verse, Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were STILL SINNERS, Christ died for us.” Christ did not die for us after we repented and then were justified, declared righteous, OK. Nope! Christ died for us WHILE we were STILL SINNERS! God’s love saves us while we are actively rebelling against God! This goes against all common sense (we are dealing with God after all). But the question is: if we have received new life in Jesus, are we nurturing it through the means of grace and the Spirit?

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Following Jesus With Everything: John 3:1–21

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The following sermon, preached on March 12th, 2017, focuses on how John 3:16 is the most widely known, yet misunderstood, verse in the entire Bible. Why? People know the verse, but people do not shape their life around the verse as Christ calls us to do—so the significance is lost. Jesus calls us to drop EVERYTHING we have and make sacrifices and follow him. What better time to start than this season of Lent?

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Are You Participating in the Divine Nature? 2 Peter 1:4ff., 16–21

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The following sermon, preached on February 26th, 2017, examines how Christians PARTICIPATE in the DIVINE NATURE. Do other people look at you and immediately know that you are Christian? Can you look at your walk with the Lord and KNOW you are participating in the divine nature? Or, is your Christianity more like your old life or the way the rest of the world acts, only with a new set of beliefs?

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