What do you do when you have great news? What do you when you are so excited about something? Furthermore, what do you do when you experience something wonderful and exhilarating and awesome? Well, we go and tell people about it, especially the people we love the most.
In this week's story, Philip was converted to Christ and realized that Jesus is truly the Messiah that the prophet had talked about. So he seeks out his best friend Nathaniel, who is also called Bartholomew, to tell him about it. However, Nathaniel was a skeptic and reacted condescendingly to where the Messiah came from. His response was, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"
Philip showed us an example of how to share our faith, not by arguments or by coercion. He was just calm and filled with hope, and told Nathaniel to come and see for himself. Nathaniel follows him and in doing so, meets Jesus the Messiah and becomes one of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Join us this week as we continue our Great Commission Series, learning from Philip to "Tell" others about what God has done for us, especially those closest to us.
Starting this week, we will embark on a new series titled "The Great Commission". All Christians are commanded by God to share our faith about Christ. This is what we call "an imperative". Since it is a command it is incumbent upon us to carry it out.
There are so many opportunities for us to share our faith in church, volunteering in church, and in the community, being involved with what God is doing, sharing our personal stories of faith, and doing acts of kindness.
Join us as we learn more about this final instruction Jesus gave to His disciples.
This week we will explore a very important topic about some of the insights Paul offers to the Christians in Ephesus and, by extension, to all of us. He prays specifically about things we ought to know as Christians. He prays that God will give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation. He prays that we will know the hope of our calling in Christ. He prays we will know the glorious inheritance that is set aside for the saints and the incredible power at work in us. Sometimes we who profess to be Christians do not have all the information we need to live a victorious life. So Paul prays that we have this knowledge or information to help us do just that.
Please join us as we look to gain a new perspective in our Christian faith.
Where do you find comfort? Do you have someplace to run to when you feel weak or alone?
One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. The Comforter is One who comes to our side and picks us up when we are down. According to the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15
Easter and the Resurrection are a big deal. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. We make this proclamation each year at Easter because the Resurrection of Christ makes all the difference in our Christian faith. Paul, in the Book of Corinthians, explains to us the significance of the Resurrection. He said the whole gospel is centered on Jesus Christ and he makes four important points that I would like to share with you today.
Join us as we re-discover how our lives can be transformed because of the power of the resurrection.
Please note the recording is split into 2 parts so be sure to catch the ending in the second video!
Special Feature: Praise Dance to "Above All" song by Lenny LeBlanc (minute marker 24:47 - 29:29 of first video) - featuring Paige Tallmadge, Darian Drugatz & Sarah Ashley.
Sermon begins at 30:25 of first video.
There are moments in life when something special happens. These can be moments of revelation or inspiration. They can be snapshots on a timeline, they are not destinations or goals or places where we can end a journey, but rather they are significant points of transition, which can be pivotal in our lives.
Many of us have encountered our own defining moments when we made a decision that changed our lives forever. Palm Sunday is such a moment that changed history. Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem riding on a donkey. This day, Palm Sunday, is called the Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem, which begins what Christians call "Holy Week". It is a day of celebration and joy, with shouts of "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Join us as we re-live this wonderful event that changed the course of history forever.
Every person who is a follower of Christ will be tempted one way or another. There is a difference between temptation and testing. A test or trial is an opportunity for us to practice what we believe about God. It is an opportunity to honor God and prove your convictions to yourself. So God allows us to go through some trials and tribulations for the purpose of bringing the best out of us.
Temptation on the hand is an enticement to disobey God and satisfy our own selfish desires. Yielding to temptation often leads to destructive consequences. Someone said temptations are like black ice in a parking lot. One careless move leaves you falling flat on your face. Temptations are spiritual danger zones. When we see the warning signs, we have to keep out.
We read in this passage that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for the very purpose of facing temptations from the devil. Join us as we examine what happened and what we can learn from Jesus' example.
Movies like "Indiana Jones" and "National Treasure" have captivated many audiences for many years. The thrill, excitement, and mystery of solving clues and following maps to where "X marks the spot" is always intriguing. These movies feature all sorts of choices that had to be made to find the treasure. Bad choices ended in a wild goose chase that led them away from the treasure, while good choices led them to the treasure.
But treasure hunts like these are in search of worldly treasure.