Thriller - Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

Thriller - Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

Romans 6:4 tells us that "We died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives." A Christian can sin, he does sin, but he doesn't want to sin. Why? Because he loves God and doesn't want to be separated from him.

Action Steps:

1) Don't confuse freedom with permission. Don't forfeit the grace God has given you.

2) Deny sin the attention it demands.

3) Focus on worship.

Where's the Unity?

Where's the Unity?

We are created for one another. So that, together, we can worship God and tend to creation, to multiply God's goodness throughout the world, care for one another and announce the reign of God to all creation. This is God's design for, not only the Church, but for all creation.

Action Items:

1) Focus on Jesus

2) Set your ego aside

3) Be patient with others

4) Listen to the Spirit

Commutiny: Dealing with Conflict in the Church

Commutiny: Dealing with Conflict in the Church

The world handles conflict in a variety of ways: violence, ignoring it, letting it build up, bitterness, broken relationships, walking away, blaming and name-calling. However, God calls his church to a higher standard - He sets us apart. Jesus is our standard. We are called to settle our differences in his love and holiness; in ways that glorify him.

Action Steps:

1) When conflict arises, always remember that Jesus' desire for the church is unity, not division

2) Always check your own heart

3) Take interest in others!

4) Make Jesus your standard!

From Joy to Being Content

From Joy to Being Content

Nearly 1/2 of the world's population - more than 3 billion people - live on less than $2.50 per day and more than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty - less than $1 per day. And yet...many of these people live in the contentment of one treasure alone: Jesus! If we are looking for joy in the things of this world, it will be elusive, but when our live becomes about Jesus and pouring into others, our perspective is changed.

The Cost of Joy

The Cost of Joy

Joy is not found in what we bring to the table, rather it is found in what we lay down at the feet of Jesus, in hopes of joining him in his suffering. So that, we may experience the joy of knowing him intimately.  There is a theme of joy in the book of Philippians, but it is secondary to the theme of pursuing or knowing Jesus. Joy is the byproduct of knowing Jesus.

Worship

Worship

Worship is how we express our love, adoration, admiration, and wonder at God's presence. The Christian breathes in God's goodness and exhales worship." - Jayson D. Bradley

Real worship is never about us, it is about God. If we don't learn the necessity of real worship both in the church and in our personal lives, we're trapped within ourselves and within the peace-less, powerless, preoccupied world in which we live, and we miss the freedom of being in the peaceful, powerful, otherworldly presence of God.

Renew: Changing the Way We Think

Renew: Changing the Way We Think

Jesus came to free us from our sins and indeed he has, but we may still be captive to the thinking of this world. God has come to free us, not only from sinful actions, but also from our sinful thoughts and motives. We need God to transform our minds and change the way we think.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Submit & Resist

Submit & Resist

The Bible teaches that we are in this world, but not of it! We’ve been sent into the world as God’s ambassadors to share the life-giving message of his eternal Kingdom. We live here, but we live by a different set of rules. As God’s ambassadors, we must submit to his ways and resist sin where we are drawn to it.

The Problem With People

The Problem With People

Are we more concerned about what people can do for us, or about their souls? It's easy to focus on how people can make us feel loved or what they can do for us, but when we do that, we miss that they are people made in God's image. As the rich young man demonstrates, one of God's requirements for us is to love people. If we're not loving people, then are we really loving God. We need to live every day remembering that everyone matters.

Together at the Table

Our guest speakers today were Cheryl and Kristie Mansell. Cheryl is the wife of our former District Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Mansell, who is now the Executive Director of Seven Baskets Community Development in Columbus, Ohio. Both Cheryl and Kristie (their daughter) serve passionately at Seven Baskets as well. They are both excellent speakers. Their topic will be: Together at the Table.

Honor

Honor

When we think of the Christian life we need to think of honor in 3 different ways. We need to:
1)    Honor God
2)    Live honorable lives
3)    Honor others
 
All of those things are dynamically interconnected. If we’ll truly honor God the rest will fall into place.

Balance

Balance is a simple principle that means everything. Life's journey will be rough and will include on spill after another, but balance can eliminate many needless spills. Consistent lack of balance can end in disaster and heartache.

John Wooden - "Next to love, balance is the most important thing."