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February 26th, 2012 by Will Martin

Scripture: James 1:22-25

Scripture Memory:  James 1: 22, 25

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  . . . whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Journey:  So that we can be faithful in applying Scripture, today we will take the time to go back and think more carefully on a couple of themes from previous weeks of the series, “The Church Is To Be A Community . . .”

Praying for you to be blessed,

Will (for the pastors)

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A Community Of Sacrificial Compassion

February 5th, 2012 by Will Martin

Scripture1 John 3:14-20   


Scripture Memory1 John 3:17-18

 

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 


Journey: We’ll think today about how Christ’s mission for us as His people includes spreading the Gospel through words and through sacrificial deeds. If you had to measure your own performance in sharing the Gospel with others which of these two (words or deeds) would you say is your natural strength?


I think as we’ll see today as we look in 1 John that our words should follow our deeds in terms of priority – not the other way around – because that is what shows we’re the real deal.  


May His glory shine among us,

 

Will (for the pastors)

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A Community Of Wonder To The Angels

January 29th, 2012 by Will Martin

Scripture1 Peter 1:3-13   


Scripture Memory1 Peter 1:3-4

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.


Journey: So far in our series that has the subject “The Church is to be . .  .” we have covered the following complements (1) a community of hope (2) a community that rejoices in the Gospel (3) a community of encouragement (4) a community of strong marriages. 


Instead of giving away today’s sermon with a summary preview in words I’ll just let you read the passage and then you can wonder what the Angels really have to wonder about!    


Hoping that Angels look on you with amazement,


Will (for the pastors)

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A Community of Strong Marriages

January 22nd, 2012 by Will Martin

ScriptureEphesians 5:21-33   


Scripture MemoryEphesians 5:18-20 

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Journey: If you were here a few months ago when we did our series on marriage I’m guessing that you’re thinking “We’re not talking about marriage again are we?” Well, yes we are and here  are just two reasons why:


(1) We all have a tendency to forget, or to fail on following through with even important priorities. More than likely, most of us who are married were thinking a few months ago something like “I really do need to work harder at my relationship with my spouse.” And I’m guessing that quite a few of us in the intervening months, even those if us who took steps forward with our spouses, have also dropped the ball on one or two of the initiatives we established in that regard. This sermon should give us a chance to reevaluate and renew our intent to bless our wives and husbands. 


(2) The biblical model for marriage is based on Christ’s relationship with His church and that in turn is a model for all of our relationships within the church. Christ intends for His followers to be “others” centered in a way that causes them to pour their lives out for the blessing of other people. We are not called to live for ourselves but for others and looking at how Christ calls people to do that within a marriage covenant provides us a picture of how all of us (married and singles) should seek to serve and relate to others (especially in the church).          


Thankful for His call on you,


Will (for the pastors)

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A Community of Encouragement

January 15th, 2012 by Will Martin

ScriptureHebrews 10:19-25   


Scripture MemoryHebrews 10:19-22 

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.


Journey: For a few weeks we’ll be thinking about the subject “God intends for the church to be . . .”  If you are reading this you must be in church today and you likely have some desire for the way church ought to be. Perhaps you want church to provoke great thoughts that translate to meaningful action. Perhaps you want church to be a comforting, healing environment. Perhaps you want church to be a fun place for kids where they are taught the truth about who God is in ways they understand. Perhaps you want church to be a place of vibrant praise and prayer.


It seems to me that just about everyone has thoughts about what the church should be so here’s an exercise for you: Take your most cherished assumptions you believe should be true about the church and then see if you can support those ideas with the clear teachings of the Bible.


We ought to be able to do that right? I mean, we do say we believe that God is the one who created the church. And after all, (and I’m not just trying to posit a politically correct platitude) we also say we believe God is infinitely wiser, more creative, and knows infinitely more about fun and joy than any of us so if we really seek His mind on what the church should be what do we have to lose? I would say that we have nothing at all to lose – and everything to gain.   


Always hoping for your gain,


Will (for the pastors)

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