Sunday, March 28, 2021

Righteous Worship - Jesus' Triumphant Entry

Those who worship Jesus righteously worship Him in truth. We worship Him as a gift sent from God. We worship Him as Lord of lords. He is mighty in battle and defeats our greatest enemies. We worship Jesus as Savior. We cry out to Jesus, “hoshiya na, save us, please.” We worship Jesus as our loving Savior.
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Sunday, March 07, 2021

What is the Fruit of Salvation? (part two)

Fruit is as important to our salvation as it is to the health of our bodies. What Jesus says at the beginning of John 15 (v. 1-17) proves this to be true. God purposes in us that we bear fruit. He prunes and cultivates us, so we produce the maximum amount of fruit. All who abide in Jesus will bear fruit. Our fruit is proof that we are disciples of Jesus and in union with Him. And, bearing fruit brings us fulness of joy.
Sunday, February 28, 2021

What is the Fruit of Salvation? (part one)

Jesus speaks of four aspects of the vineyard; the vine, the branches, the fruit, and the vinedresser. Jesus is the vine. He is the one from which the water and nutrients pass along to the branches of the vine. We, the disciples of Jesus, are the branches which come off the vine. The fruit grows off the branches. The fruit grows because the vine feeds the branch. God the Father is the vinedresser. He watches over the process to make sure there is much fruit. We will see five truths about the fruit of our faith. 1) Bearing fruit is God’s aim. 2) Bearing fruit requires Jesus. 3) Bearing fruit is proof. 4) Bearing fruit brings joy 5) Bearing fruit requires going.
Scripture: John 15:1-10
Sunday, February 21, 2021

What is Saving Faith?

We do good deeds before people, so Jesus gets the glory! God is working through us for the glory of His Son. Our good works are a testimony before people, and the principalities and powers of the heavenly places. Our born again life is a testimony to all creation, seen and unseen, of the glorious work of Jesus!
Scripture: James 2:14-26
Sunday, February 14, 2021

What is Righteousness by Faith? (part two)

MAIN IDEA: Know we are adorned with Christ’s perfect righteousness when we put our faith in the gospel. We see three truths about the righteousness we receive from Christ. 1) It is a righteousness of surpassing value. 2) It is a righteousness that is perfect. 3) It is a righteousness that adorns.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:1-11, Romans 5:19
Sunday, February 07, 2021

What is Righteousness by Faith? (part one)

All the promises of God find their yes, their fulfillment in Christ. The promise in the Garden to give a Savior, to Abraham to be a father of many nations, to David that his descendant will sit on an eternal throne, and so forth. Jesus fulfills every promise that God makes. All who put their faith in Jesus Christ, that Jesus is God in the flesh, and that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for our salvation, receive righteousness by faith.
Scripture: Romans 4
Sunday, December 13, 2020

O Holy Night

We are looking at popular Christmas hymns and their origins in Biblical truth during this advent season. Our objective is not to exposit the hymns, but to worship along with the hymn writer and the countless others who know the hymn. We will look at the Biblical truths that inspire the hymn. This week we are singing the hymn, “O Holy Night.”
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Sunday, December 06, 2020

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

The writers of the hymns are moved by the truth of Christmas, and they use their talents to write songs of worship and adoration. We join in with these songwriters by singing with them in unity as we rejoice together. Many of the Christmas hymns are deep in theology. We want to explore the Biblical truths expressed by the writer of the hymn so we may sing them with the depth of passion and worship they felt as they wrote the hymn.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7
Sunday, November 29, 2020

Attitude of Unity

We need to consider that the yoke we are wearing is a yoke of pride and self-centeredness. As long as we wear the yoke of pride, we will always find life to be hard. But, if we learn from Jesus, and we humble ourselves and seek to be gentle and serve others, our soul will find rest. Our church will be in unity. If our church becomes full of people who are humble, gentle and serving, the church will be a place where our soul finds rest. God will exalt us. We will find honor in the eyes of God. Let’s find unity and rest in the humility of Christ.
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Unity of the Body

The Bible continually reminds us to increase in our maturity as Christians. We begin as born-again Christians who feed on the milk of the word. From there, we progress in maturity until we eat upon the meat of the word. We grow in maturity in character, wisdom, and bearing fruit. Part of our maturity requires us to be mature in our relationship with the body of Christ by being in unity.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Sunday, October 18, 2020

“In Christ” – Union with Jesus (part one)

Paul does not use the word Christian to describe who we are as believers. His most common phrase for those who put their faith in Jesus and follow Him is that they are “in Christ.” It is a short phrase that is easy to read over. But, do not undervalue the phrase's significance. Being ‘in Christ’ is the essence of the Christian experience.
Scripture: John 15:1-11
Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Destruction of Unity

In the beginning, everything in the universe works in one accord. Water and land, plants and animals, stars and planets, and light and darkness worked in unity. The universe was a display of perfection. But, today, we witness that the universe is not perfect. Unity is gone. Wars, fighting, conflict, discord, strife, arguing, and trouble are found on every street and in every house. Something happened. What happened to God’s perfect design?
Scripture: Genesis 3:1-19