December 5, 2016 Leave a comment
Pursuing Christ's Likeness through Love, Relationships, and Service to the World.
November 28, 2016 Leave a comment
It’s that time again. Our annual “Sounds N’ Tastes of Christmas” will be held Sunday, December 11th at 6:30pm. To put it simply, we’d like you to share some “sounds,” and “tastes.” That is to say, sign up to sing a song, recite a poem, read a story for the kiddos, play a song on your instrument, perform a skit, or whatever else you would like to do. AND/OR: Bring something tasty for everyone to enjoy afterwards. This is always a great time for the whole church to share in the talents and personalities of the congregation while getting into the Christmas spirit. Please don’t be shy, all levels of talent are encouraged to sign up. You can use the form below to sign up, or Contact us directly at the church.
November 28, 2016 Leave a comment
Big Idea #1—In the bible there is only one family tree that matters—
Gal. 3:26-29 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Big Idea #2—Your Legacy makes a difference.
Gen. 5:1-2 When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.
Gen. 5:3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
What family legacy did you receive?
What are you passing down?
Big Idea #3—Life is best lived walking moment by moment with The Father.
Genesis 5:22-24—Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
Hebrews 11:5-7 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Adam-Eve: Gen. 3:8-9 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
Noah—Gen. 6:9– These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God;
What does it mean to walk with God?
What does your walk with the Lord look like currently?
November 21, 2016 Leave a comment
Read Genesis 4
Compare and contrast Eve’s declarations at the beginning and end of the chapter. Who is the object of the sentences? What is God’s role? What consequences immediately follow each statement?
What is the problem with Cain’s offering?
What does God’s response to Cain tell us about God?
What do we learn about ourselves / mankind in this story?
What are you going to do differently this week because of this story?
November 14, 2016 Leave a comment
This section of Genesis 3 explores, among other things, the Effects of sin, described in a series of curses. In a nutshell, sin destroys relationships.
Pray for one another.
November 7, 2016 Leave a comment
Genesis 3 provides deep insights into the topic of Sin. In particular, this message explores the Root of Sin, the Essence of Sin, and the Result of Sin.
James 1:14-15: 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Dissatisfaction –> Desire –> Lust (Coveting) –> Redefining Good and Evil in order to gratify lust –> Rejection of Calling and Identity –> Nakedness and Shame –> Hiding from God –> Conformity to the object of our lust –> Dehumanization and death.
October 31, 2016 Leave a comment
Dominate Thought: Your life on this earth, your relationships, your marriage, and even your family are not about you—they are a picture, a preparation, even a dress rehearsal for something far greater and much more long lasting.
Quote from the Message: “Husbands, it’s a picture of sacrificial love, and protection. A picture of initiating, not waiting for your wife to do this and this and this and then you will love her. No, it’s a picture of you going first. Nourishing her, cherishing her, cleansing her, pursuing her and loving her because she is a daughter of the King and He has entrusted his valuable daughter into your protection for a time to teach you how to love more fully than you would ever know on your ow, because that is the way He loves us.
Wives, this picture for you is one of not holding onto power over your husband, or attempting to guide, control or even manipulate his life. Instead it is one of fully trusting and surrendering yourself over to his care and protection. As I say those words I cringe knowing that there are so many stories in this very room of men who have abused that trust and used it to cause great harm. And if I’m very honest I know that there times that selfishness has caused me to overlook my wife, to not protect her, cherish her and value her the way that Christ wants me to. (Illustration—Mark grabbing Manna’s arm). Men we must repent of that now. But women God isn’t asking you to let go of that control and submit yourself to your husbands love and protection alone—he is asking you to do it as an act of submitting to Him—To God. He is saying, “Trust me.” Let go of control.
Does that mean you put up with abuse in your relationship? No, you don’t. And I don’t know fully what this looks like, or how exactly we do this, but we as a Church are called by God to walk with you and help you remove yourself from this and get the help you need. Does this mean you allow your husband or wife to do whatever he or she wants? No, there are boundaries that you set up through prayer and godly counsel. And you actually enforce them. It’s not loving to set a boundary and then allow someone else to bust it over and over—that’s more of a temptation than a boundary.
Singles, Young men and young women, Teenagers, Kids… You, like Paul, are meant to pursue and display and live out the kingdom of God on this earth and show the world what a man or a woman, teenage young man or young women, or a young boy or girl who is fully pursuing God looks like.”
Marriages will one day end. (1 Cor. 7:39, Rom. 7:2, Matt. 22:30)
Rev. 19:6-9 – Picture of the bigger image that marriage points to.