The Greatest Homecoming

Posted: 18th November 2017 in Sermon Audio

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.”


Accompaning Reverend Davidson today are his talented grandaughters 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:

 


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?


Forgiveness

Posted: 26th September 2017 in Sermon Audio
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Forgiveness

Forgiveness –

Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy, right? Wrong. All of us struggle with forgiveness at some point. Jesus knew that would be the case when he told the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35.

Listen to this message that explores what Christ had to say about forgiveness and what that means for us.

Forgiveness – Pastor Mike Stephens


Scripture Reference: Matthew 18:21-35

Follow along and fill in the blanks for greater understanding:

  1. How many should I ?

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

  1. Jesus my debt.

23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

  1. We are with .

28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.

  1. When I to forgive I the .

31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”


Poíēma

Posted: 17th September 2017 in Sermon Audio
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Poíēma

Poíēma –

Have you ever thought your life was a mistake? Think again!

Listen to this message that takes a look at what God thinks about your life.

Poíēma – Pastor Mike Stephens


Scripture Reference: Gen. 1:26-27, 31, Romans 8:37-39, Is. 45:18, James 1:17-18, John 3:16-17, Matt. 28:18-20, Jer. 1:5, Eph. 2:8-10, Jer. 29:11

  1. My life is .

Gen. 1:26 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. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. My life is to God.

Is. 45:18 For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” and, despite said beauty, “18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures.”

John 3:16 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.

  1. My life is of God’s .

Matthew 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.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

  1. My life is a .

Eph 2:8 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. 10 For we are His workmanship (Greek – “poiema”), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Jer. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


REACH – Sermon Series

Posted: 13th August 2017 in Sermon Audio
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"REACH" Sermon Series - Pastor Mike Stephens

“REACH” – Sermon Series


REACH Part 1 – Reach Up.

REACH Series, Part 1 – “Reach Up” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture Reference: John 4:7-26

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

  1. We worship what we to be . (7-15)

* Who or what is your current object of worship?

  1. Our worship should be . (16-20)

* What might be holding you back from authentic worship?

  1. we worship matters more than . (21-24)

* Is your worship reflected in your lifestyle? In your attitude, actions and words?

  1. our worship. (25-26)

* If worship comes down to who Jesus is, who is He to you? Where does Jesus fall in your list of priorities?


REACH Part 2 – Reachable.

REACH Series, Part 2 – “Reachable” – Pastor Mike Stephens – 8/20/2017

Follow along and fill-in the blanks for greater understanding:
Scripture Reference1Sa.3:1 – 4:1

Want to be reachable? Here are four things you can do:

  1. Don’t just be . Be .
  2. Make yourself to God.
  3. Become a better .
  4. Be to let God use .


REACH Part 3 – Reach Out.

REACH Series, Part 3 – “Reach Out” – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture Reference: Matthew 20:20-28 & 7:7

  1. Be careful not to lose sight of the .
  2. Everything has a associated with it.
  3. Jesus came to and we are to do .


REACH Part 4 – Reach Deep.

REACH Part 4 – Reach Deep. – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:14-30

  1. Identify your .

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

What are my resources? How will I use them to make a kingdom impact?

  • .
  • .
  • .
  1. the out of them.

20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

“Doing nothing is the quiet killer of the gospel.”

  1. Don’t it .

24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy (slothful, KJV) servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

In what way is fear holding you back?

 


REACH Part 5 – Unreached.

REACH Part 5 – Unreached. – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:19-20, Ezekiel 37:1-14

Life Cycle of a Church


You Are Not Inadequate

Posted: 6th August 2017 in Sermon Audio
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You Are Not Inadequate - Pastor Mike Stephens
You Are Not Inadequate – Pastor Mike Stephens

We’ve all felt inadequate at times and have become convinced that there are some things that we will never be very good at, so we tend to stay away from them.

Can you feed thousands with five loaves and two fishes?..

 

You Are Not Inadequate – Pastor Mike Stephens


Scripture Reference: Mark 6:30-44

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

  1. causes us to see others .

32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. 33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.

  1. We have to stop for the .

35 When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.” 37 But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”

  1. Jesus makes the .

38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. 41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. 42 So they all ate and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. 44 Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.

Where do you feel inadequate?

What would change if you realized, “…we are God’s masterpiece?” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)

 


The Eye of the Storm

Posted: 30th July 2017 in Sermon Audio
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The Eye of the Storm - Pastor Mike Stephens
The Eye of the Storm – Pastor Mike Stephens


The Eye of the Storm – Pastor Mike Stephens

Scripture Reference: Mark 4:35-41

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

  1. is usually uncomfortable.

35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.

  1. can stand where end.

37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

  1. There is no storm cannot .

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

  1. can lead to .

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”