Messages that Build a Christ Connection
God Keeps His Promises
Who can you trust these days?
- The government? Don’t make me laugh.
- The press? Don’t make me mad?
- The airlines? Hey, that’s getting personal.
Let’s face it: there is little that we can truly trust these days. Plenty of promises are made, and plenty are broken. We don’t know who we can trust anymore.
Fortunately, God makes promises… and He keeps them!
We will study ten promises that we can count on God to keep. Come join us
August 14 “Forgiveness and Freedom” Video Text
August 21 “Assurance and Hope” Video Text
August 28 “Calling and Gifting” Video Text
September 4 “Strength and Rest” Video Text
September 11 “Value and Purpose” Video Text
School of Prayer
It is the first spiritual discipline one can practice. A child can do it before he or she can do any other. It is the simplest of Spiritual Disciplines. Yet, ask someone to do it in public, and they will freeze in fear. They believe the cannot do it, that they are bad at it, and that it never works for them.
We enter the School of Prayer to learn about this vital Spiritual Discipline.
Kathy preached a message entitled “Engage.”
July 3 Engage Video
The Bible. The best selling book of all time. Nothing else has ever compared to it. More than 100 translations of the Bible have been written in English. It has stood the test of time for its authority on a relationship with God, its message of salvation through Jesus Christ, and equipping of the saints for ministry.
During our series, we took a 30,000 foot look at the Bible, saw the mega themes of its various sections, the key verses, and how each page of Scripture points to Jesus, the Son of God.
It’s The Resurrection
We tend to be a little confused about all this Holy Week stuff. There are so many different things that happen. We move from the high emotion of a day called “Palm Sunday,” to the lowest point of the week called “Good Friday,” that really doesn’t sound good at all, then back to celebration today, “Easter Sunday.” It is all quite confusing, or maybe it’s just that we gave up chocolate for Lent and today we are a bit of a sugar buzz.
We are uncertain not only of the events of Holy Week, but in fact the validity and relevance of the events. A poll of Americans reported that a vast majority believe in God, are religious, and believe Jesus died on a cross, yet only 15% believe He rose from the dead.
We talked about the importance, accuracy, and relevance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
His Last Day
Have you ever seen this meme:
Sometimes I joke about what I’d do if I had one day left to live. Eat junk food, go crazy, etc. Today it hit me: Jesus knew. And He washed feet.
During Lent, we looked at Jesus’ final night through the eyes of the Apostle John. We discovered what Jesus felt was important to convey to the disciples, and to us, before He was crucified.
March 6 “Service” Video Text
March 13 “The Departure Temptation” Video Text
March 20 “The Way to the Father” Video Text
March 27 “A New Commandment” Video Text
April 3 “Connected” Video Text
April 10 “Look Beyond” Video Text
April 14 “Asking” Video Text
The Armor of God
Ephesians 6 and the Armor of God. Often, people either love the passage, find it archaic, or hate its militaristic imagery. But look at the reason why Paul uses the analogy:
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:11-13, NLT2)
When we realize that we are in a battle for our spiritual souls, then we will find how the truths of the passage will help us “stand firm.”
Promises You Can Trust
We live our lives based on promises. We go to worship, believing the promise that we would hold worship, that our cars would get us here and back safely, and that this sermon wouldn’t be too boring!
We go to bed tonight with the promise that we will be safe from the elements and that our alarm will get us up for another day.
We also rely on the promises of God.
The prophet Isaiah, writing about the captivity of his people Israel in Babylon, after they had turned from God and failed to follow His commands, and after He had punished them, He gave them promises. We looked at eight of them.
Are You Driften’?
Imagine drifting in the Pacific Ocean for five months!
Drifting can be a terrible feeling, when you go in a direction not of your own choosing, helpless. Sometimes, we allow ourselves to drift. We put on a few pounds. We stop exercising as we should. These are usually the things we make New Year’s resolutions about.
It is easy to drift in our spiritual lives as well. One of our greatest temptations as Christians is simply to drift away from Christ.
In the message, Gary talked about seven warning signs you are drifting from God, then three things to do if you feel disconnected to God. Then we celebrated the Wesley Covenant Service.