Sermons

What Must Die So Christ May Live: Hatred

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.

What I Believe Most About God

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

Resurrection: Fact or Fable?

There are 4 major theories advanced to attempt to disprove the resurrection.

  1. The followers went to the wrong tomb.
  2. The disciples stole the body. Matt 28:11-15
  3. The swoon theory, that Jesus woke up and went on His own power.
  4. The hallucination theory: the disciples hallucinated and though they saw Jesus.

 

10 reasons we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus.

  1. No body was produced; the tomb was empty.
  2. The dramatic change in the disciples, from fearful to bold.
  3. The grave clothes left in the tomb. John 20:3-8
  4. Jesus was seen at least ten times and by over 500 people at once.
  5. The Resurrection was preached shortly after Jesus’ Resurrection.
  6. The existence of the church today.
  7. The change of the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.
  8. The change of the calendar, from BC to AD.
  9. People have experienced Christ’s life changing power for almost 2000 years.
  10. Women were the first to report the empty tomb.

 

The Resurrection of Jesus says a number of things to us.

  1. We are not hopeless.
  2. Christ’s death for our sins was a sufficient price for our sins. Our sins are forgiven.
  3. God is a God of 2nd, 3rd, and more chances.
  4. Jesus is Lord of life and death.
  5. I do not have to fear death.
  6. I have a Savior who has faced all I have faced or will face and has conquered it all.
  7. My losses can be gains.
  8. Jesus gives me real love.
  9. Jesus gives us life abundantly John 10:10
  10. All the promises of God are yes in Christ. 2 COr 1:20

 

Expectations

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?

  1. We can cast all our care upon Him. 1 Peter 5:7
  2. He will never leave us or forsake us and He is with us always . Hebrews 13:5-6; Matthew 28:20
  3. He causes all things to work together for good.  Romans 8:28
  4. He really loves us no matter what. Romans 5:18; Psalm 136; Romans 8:35-39
  5. Jesus intercedes for us. Hebrews 7:25
  6. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and makes intercession for us. Romans 8:25-26
  7. He helps us in our weaknesses and temptations. Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 10:13
Here is the bulletin for this week.

Idolatry

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.

  1. Who or what are we worshipping?
  2. What comes to mind when you think about idolatry?
  3. 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.

Impurity

In this message Pastor Shane Smith continued a series called “What Must Die so Christ May Live.”

Gal 2:20 is the centerpiece of the series. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

For this message consider these two passages.

  • Gal 5:13-21 tells us much about freedom, love, and ways to NOT love our neighbor.
  • in 2 Sam 11:1-5 we see the following regarding his affair with a married woman.
  1. David Saw Her
  2. David Sent for Her
  3. David Slept with Her

What comes from this? Among other things, Psalm 51. If we are ever in a place where we think we need to repent but are falling short of the words to do this in prayer, have a look at this Psalm.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Honoring God With Our Bodies

This is the first message for a new series by Pastor Shane Smith entitled What Must Die…So Christ May Live.

Gal 2:20 is the key passage for the series: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

See also Gal 5:13-21 for some teaching on the flesh.

  • Walk by the Spirit
  • Stay in Step with the Spirit
  • Don’t gratify or give in to the flesh
  1. You are not your own
  2. You were Bought at a high price
  3. Honor God with your body
  4. The body was made by the Lord and it is meant for the Lord.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Friend and Slave

In this message Pastor Brian spoke to the congregation about John 15, starting with verses 1-11 to lay some foundational groundwork before progressing on to 12-17 to discuss the relationship of friendship with Jesus, and how it is impacted by obedience to Him and also testifies to our faith.

Verses 14 and 15 sum this up. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Devoted to Faith Family

This week Pastor Shane Smith continued to speak to us about the devotion shown in Scripture to others to the faith family.

Ruth 1:16-17

  • But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

1 Samuel 19:1-2

  • Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there.

1 Samuel 23:16

  • And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.

Galatians 6:2

  • Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 12:15

  • Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Hebrews 10:25

  • Do not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Devoted to Teaching

In this message Pastor Shane Smith, recently relocated to San Diego, introduced himself to us and then spoke to us about being devoted.

I’m afraid that far too many of the things to which we attach value and prioritize, things that have managed to capture our devotion, have little to no value in the life to come. (Shane Smith)

Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved

1 Timothy 4:8 –

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Jesus said in Mark 8:36

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Luke 12:15 –

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Verses like these, really cause us to pause and think about:

Our Time

Our Investment

Our Priorities

Our Value

Our Possessions

Our Devotion

Here is this week’s bulletin.

Advent & Love: What Are We Waiting For?

The passage for this week is 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16.

Israel stops thinking in terms of, “If I do this God will do this”, and instead thinks in terms of nevertheless God will do this.”

God’s coming reveals of those around Him.

This text reminds us that it does not matter what we come to God with, but what matters is what we receive from God.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

 

Advent & Joy: What Are We Waiting For?

The Scripture for this week is Isaiah 61:1-11.

God has redeemed us so that we can offer the world to God and offer God back to the world.

Remember that God loves justice.

Recognize how much we do not always like the reframing that Jesus is doing.

Realize that God is a God who proclaims redemption on the world, and we get to participate in what God is doing in the world.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Advent & Peace: What Are We Waiting For?

The passage for this week is Isaiah 40:1-11.

What is the problem?

Sin is the problem, both ours and others.

What is the solution?

God is the solution; God wants to comfort and redeem us.

What should we do about it?

We need to have faith in Christ’s changing power. We need to allow God to work in our lives and change the lives of those around us.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Advent & Hope: What Are We Waiting For?

The passage for today’s service is Isaiah 64:1-9.

Advent: What Are We Waiting For?

  1. Christ is present in our suffering.
  2. Hope in God’s light that can penetrate our despair.
  3. Hope in God’s goodness that can overcome the chaos of our evil.
  4. Hope in God’s grace can transform the rubble of our sin.
  5. Hope in God’s Son who can make all things new.

Thanksgiving, How and Why

In this message Brian spoke to us again, starting off with Psalm 23:6 and how that pursuit is another example of Him seeking us.

We have much to be thankful for. Psalm 100 gives us some instructions regarding how and why.

Many other Psalms also mention thanksgiving.

We have so much to be thankful for; God’s pursuit of us is just one reason among many.

We see this pursuit or divine remedy first mentioned in Genesis 3:15.