What are you afraid of?

Posted: 14th January 2018 in Sermon Audio

What are you afraid of?
What are you afraid of? – By Pastor Mike Stephens –
What are you afraid of? Why are you letting it hold you back? How can you change your approach?
This message discusses the topic of fear and the role faith plays in putting it it’s place.

What are you afraid of? – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

2Ti.1: 3-7 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

  • is the .

Faith replaces fear using three different tools:

1: .

Php.4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens .me.

2: .

3: .

1Pe.5: 8 Be sober (sensible), be vigilant (alert); because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Rom.12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (change how you think), that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 


Is It Time For A Reset?

Posted: 12th January 2018 in Sermon Audio

Is It Time For A Reset?
Is It Time For A Reset? – Doug Dillon.

We all like New Years messages, right? Most of us make New Years resolutions, right? (Ok, maybe not, but play along). With Pastor Mike being out of town this Sunday, Doug will be filling in. He has a very interesting message planned for us about resetting. The buzz amongst those in the know is the key phrase, “New Year, New You”.

Is It Time For A Reset? – Doug Dillon


Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

Luke 17:3-4, Luke 6:38, 2Co.9:7, Lamentations 3:22

1: Reset My ?

Luke 17: 3-4 “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

2: Reset My ?

3: Reset My ?

Luke 6: 38 “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

2 Corinthians 9: 7 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. “

4: Reset My ?

Lamentations 3: 22 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. “

Finish Strong

Posted: 1st January 2018 in Sermon Audio
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Finish Strong. - Pastor Mike Stephens

Finish Strong

Finish Strong. – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

Sermon Points: Finish Strong. Php.3:12-16, Rom.7:19, Gen.19:17, 26, Mat.18:3 (NIV)

  1. You don’t have to be to on.

Php.3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” – Rom.7:19

  1. You can’t in the and towards the .

Php.3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Gen.19:17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”

Gen.19:26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

  1. You won’t move if you also the .

Php.3:15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

Mat.18:3, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV)

  1. Don’t forget you are part of .

Php.3:16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
 


The ABC’s of Christmas

Posted: 24th December 2017 in Blogs, Sermons
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A is for ANGEL. The ANGEL Gabriel began the story by telling Mary,

Luke 1:28-33 – 28 And having come in, the ANGEL said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the ANGEL said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

B is for Bethlehem, where our story takes place. People traveled from far and wide to get to Bethlehem, which was not a very big village.

C is for Census, which means an official counting of all the people. The reason so many people came to Bethlehem.

D is for Donkey. A donkey carried the family on their long journey. Mary and Joseph had to travel 107 miles along the Jordan River to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem. That’s a pretty long journey.

E is for Exhausted. That’s how everyone must have felt when they arrived. It would take about 36 hours of walking to go that far. That’s three days in a row of doing nothing but walking.

F is for Family. Mary and Joseph and their new baby Jesus created a new family, one that would bless the whole world.

Luke 2:6-8 – 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 Now there were in the same country SHEPHERDS living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

G is for the Good News about to be shared with all the earth. This is what the ANGELS said:

Luke 2:10-14 10 Then the ANGELS said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the ANGEL a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

H is for Hope. Hope is knowing that good news is coming, even when things look bleak. Jesus is the source of our hope.

I is for Imagine. If we close our eyes and imagine the scene, we can see the beauty and wonder of the ANGELS proclaiming good news to all men and women. We can see the SHEPHERDS, first terrified, but then overcome with joy as they hear the good news. If we try even harder, we can imagine a world where God’s peace reigns, where there is no war or hunger. And if we can imagine it, we can do it with God’s help.

J is for Joy. Joy is a kind of happiness that comes from God. It cannot be dampened, and is always shared. The birth of Jesus gives us joy.

K is for King. Though Jesus would be King, he was not the kind of King people were used to. Most kings are born in palaces, surrounded by servants. He was born in a stable, surrounded by dirty, smelly SHEPHERDS. Most kings rule with power and fear. Jesus rules with mercy and love.

L is for Lost. When Jesus grew up he told a lot of stories, and three of them were about lost things that were found. He loved to find lost things, and when you are with Jesus, you will never be lost. He is the good SHEPHERD, who do anything to find his lost sheep.

L is also for Love. Jesus summarized his ministry by saying “Love God…” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

M is for Manger. A manger is usually used to hold food for animals, but this time it held the baby because he had no crib.

N is for Noel. Noel is another word for Christmas. It means new birth, and that’s what happened in our story. That’s what happens every year at Christmas time. That’s what happens every time we decide to follow Jesus – he is born anew in us.

O is for Offering. The WISE MEN gave gifts to the baby, and we can offer our gifts every day. We give our time, our talents, and our treasure to God, and pray that as a Church, we are good stewards of all that is entrusted to us. So we share our gifts now.

P is for Peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and is the source of the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding.

Q is for Quiet. We begin a time of prayer in quiet, allowing God to speak to us, and joyful when the quiet is broken by small voices.

R is for Revealed. Revealed means “showing us something that was once hidden.” God revealed to us what love looks like by giving us Jesus. Jesus is love, and reveals to us the way to love one another.

S is for Star. One special star guided WISE MEN to come to see the baby. They were mysterious, and they lived far away, but they brought gifts to Jesus because they knew that he would grow up to be a King.

Matthew 2:9-11 – 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

T is for Table. When Jesus grew up he invited all to his table. He gave his friends bread and wine, and told them to remember him always. When we gather at the Lord’s Table today, we call it Communion because we come together. So, at this table, we also remember the next letter:

U is for Unity. Communion is a time when all people can come together and be one. Just as many grains come together to form one bread. We, who are many people, come together to be one body of Christ.

Luke 22:19-20 – 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

V is for Vulnerable. Vulnerable means, “able to be hurt.” Every baby is very vulnerable, and so are we when we love one another. God became vulnerable when Jesus was born, and we are called to be vulnerable when we love our brothers and sisters.

W is for Wonder. Like the WISE MEN, we stand in awe and wonder of the newborn King.

X is for Christ. X is the Greek letter Chi, the first letter in the word “Christ.” The X is one of the most ancient symbols of Christianity. People have been using the letter X to stand for Christ for centuries. And now we light the Christ candle, symbolizing the coming of light into the world. Jesus is born.

Y is for You. You ANGELS. You WISE MEN. You SHEPHERDS. You sons and daughters. You mothers and fathers. You friends and strangers. You are all here to worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Z is for Zeal. Let your zeal for Christ burn brightly. The light of God is steadfast, and endures forever.

 

Classic Christmas – Sermon Series

Posted: 10th December 2017 in Sermon Audio
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"Classic Christmas" Sermon Series - Pastor Mike Stephens

Classic Christmas – Sermon Series – Pastor Mike Stephens
Let’s get into the Christmas spirit together by remembering the reason for the season.
Service starts at 10:30 am. Feel free to invite a friend!


Classic Christmas Part 1 – “The Wise Men

Classic Christmas Part 1 – “The Wise Men” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

Scripture – Matthew. 2:1-12

  1. There is in seeking .

2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”

  1. is what Jesus .

7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the HOUSE, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

  1. that God what He is .

12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.


Classic Christmas Part 2 – “When Plans Change: Mary

“Classic Christmas Part 2 – “When Plans Change: Mary” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

Scripture – Luke 1:26-38, James 4:13-15

Luke 1: 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 

  1. God’s doesn’t with us.

 

  1. God’s and our aren’t always the .

 

  1. God’s isn’t up for .

 

  1. Learn to the right .

 


 

The Greatest Homecoming

Posted: 18th November 2017 in Sermon Audio
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The Greatest Homecoming

Reverend Billy Davidson welcomes us all back home for this special 65th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration and delivers his message concerning what he terms “The Greatest Homecoming”

The Greatest Homecoming – Billy Davidson

Revelation 21:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”


Accompanying Reverend Davidson today are his talented granddaughters
offering very special songs of praise and worship.

Homecoming 2017 – The Davidson Girls

Church. What’s the point?

Posted: 22nd October 2017 in Sermon Audio
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"Church. What’s the point?" Sermon Series - Pastor Mike Stephens

Church. What’s the point?

This series is designed as a way of reminding each of us what the local church is all about. In his book, The Purpose Driven Church, Rick Warren spells out what he believes to be the five purposes of every local church: Worship, ministry, evangelism, fellowship and discipleship.

This 5 part series investigates those 5 purposes…



Week 1 – “To Worship

Whats The Point, Part 1 – “To Worship” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

The Great CommandmentMatthew 22: 37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

The Great CommissionMatthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

1. We are called to worship .

1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

Hebrews 10:24-25 – “24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Matthew 18:20 – “20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

2. We are called to worship in .

3 For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. 4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it;And His hands formed the dry land.

John 4:23 – But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers (infers there are not-true worshipers) will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

3. We are called to worship with .

Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture,

And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice:

Isaiah 29:13 – Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men

Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

4. We are called to worship to .

8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work. 10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation, And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.’ 11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”



Week 2 – “Ministry

Whats The Point, Part 2 – “Ministry” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

Scripture: Mat.22:37-40, Rom.12:1-8, Mat.7:12, Mar.9:33-37

  1. Ministry is loving my as .

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

  1. Ministry is .

Romans 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may PROVE what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

  1. Ministry requires a .

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Mark 9:33 Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. 35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”

  1. Ministry includes .

Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.



Week 3 – “Evangelism

Whats The Point, Part 3 – “Evangelism” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 10:9, 13-15, 17

  1. Evangelism is .

Matthew 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “ALL authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

  • What is the danger of delegating church functions to “specialists”?

Romans 10:13-15 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent?

  1. Jesus requires .
  • Who is a “whoever” in your life that doesn’t know Jesus?

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

  1. requires .
  • Why can it be dangerous to assume?
  1. requires a .
  • Who is supposed to preach the Gospel?
  1. requires someone be .
  • What happens to a church that doesn’t take the Gospel to the world?

Your Answer Here:

 




Mid-Series Review

Whats The Point – “Mid-Series Review” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding: 

    1. Loving God with all our is .

The Great CommandmentMatthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:20

Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

  1. Loving my as myself is .
  2. is God’s Word.

The Great CommissionMatthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “ALL authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent?

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

How can we pray for you?

 




Week 4 – “Fellowship

What’s The Point, Part 4 – “Fellowship” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

  1. Baptism displays the of in me.
  2. Christians are called to , not just .

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God – Ephesians 2:19, NKJV

19 Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian – Ephesians 2:19, TLB

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

  1. When we love like loves us…

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

  1. …other people will .

Matt. 7:16 – “By their fruits you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”

Luke 22:19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.


Week 5 – “Discipleship

Church. What’s the Point? Part 5 – “Discipleship” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

  1. Following Jesus means .

Matthew 10: 24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is ENOUGH for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.

  1. The Bible should have the and in my life.

John 8: 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

  1. A disciple must of following Christ.

Luke 14: 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.

  1. Following Jesus means .

John 15: 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 13: 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 


Does God Really Love Me?

Posted: 19th October 2017 in Sermon Audio
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Does God Really Love Me? - Doug Dillon
Does God Really Love Me?
Doug Dillon

Does God Really Love Me? – Doug Dillon


Follow along for greater understanding:

Does God Really Love Me?

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:26-27 – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Genesis 2:7 – And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

John 19:30 – So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Romans 5:8, 19 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.. 19: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

 


The Reality of Sin

Posted: 8th October 2017 in Sermon Audio
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The Reality of Sin

The Reality of Sin –

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

This message takes a look at something that is, feating our culture alive and something that is sabotaging each of us, individually, as well.!

The Reality of Sin – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture Reference: Romans 7:13-8:11
Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:

  1. Sin has over me. (7:13-24)

13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

2 Cor. 2:7 → “ so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.”

  1. Jesus me . (7:25-8:4)

25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

“But God demonstrates His love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8)

  1. life on God’s . (8:5-11)

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31B-32, NKJV)


Better Together

Posted: 3rd October 2017 in Sermon Audio
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Better Together

Better Together –
What do Christians have in common with geese? Both are better together!

Listen to this message as we discuss James 3:18-4:10. Share it with a friend!

Better Together – Pastor Mike Stephens


Scripture Reference: James 3:18 – 4:10 & Pro.16:18

Follow along and fill in the blanks for greater understanding:

  1. We are on the .

Jam.3:18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. 4:1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

  1. where you’re .

Jam.4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

  1. Get your (and ) .

Jam.4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Pro.16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Think About It: How are we better together? Where are you struggling to apply this?