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Colossians – The Recap

October 16th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians (assorted)  

Scripture MemoryJohn 5:24

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Journey: For our last week in the book of Colossians we’ll skim over some of the previous week’s passages to remind ourselves of what God has said to us in this portion of His word. As we prepare to do that please thin about James 1:22:  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Will (for the pastors)

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Evangelism in the City

October 9th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Acts 28:16-31


Scripture Memory:
John 1:12

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. . .”

Journey: Last week, in this section of the bulletin, we asked a question about evangelism. Here it is again: “When it comes to evangelism what would you say are the three great

priorities?” If you would like to try and answer the question please tell me (Will) your thoughts. I would really love to hear from you on this.

Today, we are again thinking about evangelism; specifically, we’re thinking about evangelism in the city. If you have time this morning please read Acts 28:16-31 and see if you can identify 4 key principles for evangelism in the life of Paul.

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Devoted to the Growth of God’s Kingdom

October 2nd, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 4:2-6

Scripture Memory: Psalm 86:5-7

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, LORD;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.

Journey: As we look back at Colossians 4:2-6 today let me ask you a question to get you thinking about the subject of that passage. “When it comes to evangelism what would you say are the three great priorities? What three things must be an absolute reality if people are to be set free from their sins (for the Kingdom to grow through a particular people in a particular place)?”

I would imagine that you know the answer,

Will (for the pastors)

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Devoted to the Growth of God’s Kingdom

September 25th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 4:3-6 

 

Scripture Memory:  Psalm 77:1-2


 I cried out to God for help;
   I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
   at night I stretched out untiring hands,
   and I would not be comforted.


Journey: As we’re nearing the end of our study of Colossians I find it interesting that the very last “instruction” Paul gives concerns how we relate to people outside of the church. Paul has just given a general exhortation to prayer and then he says, “And pray for us too, that God may open a door for our message . . . “ (Col 4:3). 

  

So Paul starts the book setting us straight on who Christ is, portraying Him in all of His greatness as the one in whom we find all we need. He then gets very practical and describes many implications of the Gospel for our relationships within the church, in our homes and in our places of work and now he turns the focus outward.


What about our relationships with those who do not believe what we believe and do not live the life we live? How should we think about them? How should we relate to them?   A question: Do we think about them? Do we relate to them? I’ve got a rap to share with you on this passage – can’t wait for you to hear it. 

   

God’s blessings,  


Will (for the pastors)

 

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Prayer

September 18th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 4:2 

Scripture Memory:  Psalm 62:1-2

1 Truly my soul finds rest in God;
   my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
   he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.  


Journey: Since we’re thinking about prayer today here’s a short passage to move us in that direction:  

 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. . .  (Luke 11:1-3).


It has been said, “Just as every day has it’s demand for bread (and many other things), so every day has it’s demand for prayer.” A question: Do you think that is really true?    


Seeking, knocking and asking,  


Will (for the pastors)

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Devoted to Prayer

September 11th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 4:2 

Scripture Memory:  Psalm 55:16-17

As for me, I call to God,
   and the LORD saves me.
Evening, morning and noon
   I cry out in distress,
   and he hears my voice.

 

Journey: Chances are that many of us will “yawn” when we read the title of this morning’s sermon. It almost sounds mundane. Honestly, what provokes more immediate excitement and a greater sense of anticipation, “How to Have Great Sex” “5 Principles for Absolute Financial Freedom” or “Devoted to Prayer”?

 

Maybe the title should be “Face to Face with an Awesome God.” That is more to the point anyway. When I weigh the experiences of my life (and there have been quite a few that have really caused my heart to redline) I don’t think there is anything I could compare to standing face to face with God Almighty, speaking with Him and Him speaking to Me.

 

When I think about it that way, maybe there’s really nothing mundane about the title “Devoted to Prayer.” Perhaps what is mundane and ordinary is our understanding of and personal experience of God which causes us to read the title “Devoted to Prayer” so sleepily. What do you think?         

 

Hoping to chase the good things in life with you,  

 

Will (for the pastors)

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A Promise of Life

August 7th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Colossians 3:20-21; Ephesians 6:1-4 

Scripture Memory:  Psalm 9:1-2

1 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
   I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
   I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. 

Journey: The relationships between children and parents can often be as demanding and as difficult as the relationship between husbands and wives. Of course, those relationships are also a great source of blessing in life but in order for that to be true there needs to be wisdom, love and grace in a family. Today in our Journey in the Word we will be hoping to set clear (1) why children should obey and honor their parents and (2) how parents (especially fathers) can take their role as “disciple makers” seriously.  

Hoping for our homes to grow in goodness,  

Will (for the pastors)

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Marriage by God’s Design (Submission, Headship, Love and Respect)

July 31st, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33 

Scripture Memory:  Psalm 1:1-3

 1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
      follow the advice of the wicked,
      or stand around with sinners,
      or join in with mockers.
 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
      meditating on it day and night.
 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
      bearing fruit each season.
   Their leaves never wither,
      and they prosper in all they do.

Journey: Today is our last day (really, it is!) of focusing on the theme of marriage and we’re returning to  Ephesians 5 to carefully consider the difficult but critical subjects of submission and Christ-like love in the context of marriage.

One Statement and Two Questions: If we named the title of today’s message “Radically Submissive Wives, Loving Husbands, Happy Homes” we would be very close to summarizing what the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 5 about marriage. How does that make you feel? Why?      

Glad to pursue His blessing on our marriages with you,  

Will (for the pastors)

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Marriage by God’s Design (Submission, Headship, Love and Respect)

July 24th, 2011 by Will Martin

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33 

Scripture Memory:  Mark:34-35

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

Journey: Today is our last day of focusing on the theme of marriage and we’re returning to  Ephesians 5 to carefully consider the difficult but critical subjects of submission and Christ-like love in the context of marriage.

One Statement and Two Questions: “If we named the title of today’s message “Radically Submissive Wives, Christ-like Loving Husbands, Happy Homes” we would be very close to summarizing what the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 5 about marriage. How does that make you “feel”? Why?      

Glad to pursue His blessing on our marriages with you,  

Will (for the pastors)

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Keys to A Great Marriage (Questions About Divorce and Remarriage)

July 17th, 2011 by Will Martin
Scripture: Matthew 5:31-32 
Scripture Memory:  Matthew 28:18-20
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Journey: We’ve been talking about marriage for a few weeks now and we’ll stick with it just two more Sundays. This Sunday we’ll focus on questions related to divorce and remarriage and next Sunday we’ll look one last time at Ephesians 5 to carefully consider the words of positive encouragement for those who are married.
Praying for you!    
Will (for the pastors)
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