Sep 11, 2016
Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
Nearly everyone understands that they are not as they should be. Many self-help tips and “new” systems are offered as a way to remake ourselves, peddling hope based on personal efforts and actions. However, the Bible cuts right through all of this noise, and tells us something we do not want to hear. We are broken. We are ever so much more broken than we even realize. In today’s American culture, there is much time and talk given to indulging in “natural” desires. But God’s Word speaks a different report. Our desires may be natural to us, unconsciously arising from within, but this does not mean those desires are not distorted affections. In this message, we will seek to understand what Jesus has said on this matter and how He has promised to reorient our distorted affections.
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  • Sep 11, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Sep 11, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Nearly everyone understands that they are not as they should be. Many self-help tips and “new” systems are offered as a way to remake ourselves, peddling hope based on personal efforts and actions. However, the Bible cuts right through all of this noise, and tells us something we do not want to hear. We are broken. We are ever so much more broken than we even realize. In today’s American culture, there is much time and talk given to indulging in “natural” desires. But God’s Word speaks a different report. Our desires may be natural to us, unconsciously arising from within, but this does not mean those desires are not distorted affections. In this message, we will seek to understand what Jesus has said on this matter and how He has promised to reorient our distorted affections.
  • Sep 4, 2016Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Sep 4, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Our culture has experienced a sexual revolution. Of course, homosexuality is not the first or only part of that revolution, but it is a major part of it today. Christians who think that they can simply avoid this subject are foolish. Also foolish are those Christians who try to speak about this subject without first thinking long and hard about what is biblically faithful. Therefore, we are addressing a subject that is of great concern to our culture generally and to our church family specifically. Our aim to think biblically, speak thoughtfully, and act graciously.
  • Aug 28, 2016Genesis | A People From A Man
    Aug 28, 2016
    Genesis | A People From A Man
    A mass of humanity is represented in Jacob, and he is truly the father of a nation. Many individuals became a notable people, and they all may trace their origin to this man. Like Jacob, Adam is also a man from whom a people have emerged. Humanity owes its origin to this one man. Adam, however, is not usually viewed in positive light, because his representation of humanity was the quintessential bad representation. And yet, there was a “second Adam” who represented humanity well. Jesus Christ is the better representative, and He too creates a people for Himself. Those who love and trust in Christ, are a people from a man, and we shall consider the depths of this profound reality in this message.
  • Aug 21, 2016Wisdom Begins With Respect
    Aug 21, 2016
    Wisdom Begins With Respect
    The average person is unlikely to say that they do not want to be wise, but the average person is also unlikely to do anything in pursuit of real wisdom. This contradiction provides the very evidence of lacking wisdom among many people today. There are many intelligent and many experienced people around us, but we are often amazed when we encounter someone with wisdom. What is wisdom? Do some people just have it, while others don’t? How can we improve our own level of wisdom? And, where does the Gospel fit into all of this? These are the questions we seek to answer in this message from the opening verses of Proverbs. 
  • Aug 14, 2016Genesis | God’s Prevailing Promise
    Aug 14, 2016
    Genesis | God’s Prevailing Promise
    Isaac, like Abraham, was blessed by God. Isaac’s son, Jacob, also enjoyed the blessing of God. However, when we read the account of the “life and times” of these men, we do not see picturesque examples of godliness and fidelity. Instead, we see the same expressions of sinful human nature that we observe in all people everywhere. In such a display, we are reminded of what it really means that God is gracious. God’s gracious blessing is based on (you guessed it) grace. In this message we will look at the dysfunction of sinful humanity and the grace by which God blesses sinners. 
  • Jul 31, 2016Genesis | The Lord Keeps His Promises
    Jul 31, 2016
    Genesis | The Lord Keeps His Promises
    In our day, it is very common for adults to admit high levels of anxiety and depression. Such things are complicated topics, but at the core of both is the experience and/or anticipation of unmet expectations. The Bible is not silent about expectations, and God is repeatedly affirmed as superbly faithful. In fact, Abraham was blessed by God beyond measure, and God’s faithfulness was on display time after time in Abraham’s life. In this message we will look at a specific time when God’s faithfulness took center stage, and we will consider the implications of God’s promises and His fidelity for us today.
  • Jul 24, 2016Genesis | Rescue from the City of Destruction
    Jul 24, 2016
    Genesis | Rescue from the City of Destruction
    The events surrounding the destruction of great ancient cities are fascinating and sobering. Sodom and Gomorrah are notorious cities, and even non-Christians know something of the biblical storyline. However, the big picture does not focus on what the distracted reader might think. In fact, it may surprise you that this is a story of God’s gracious ability to save in the midst of awful judgment. In this message, we will look at the way the whole Bible understands the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, and we will hear a message of both warning and rescue.
  • Jun 26, 2016Living With Open Hands
    Jun 26, 2016
    Living With Open Hands
    "He is no fool who loses what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot spoke these words from a steely resolve to live a life utterly given to Christ and others. He was determined to make Christ known to a people who were abysmally lost in sin and ignorant of the Gospel. Jim did lose his mortal life at the murderous hands of the very people he endeavored to evangelize, but the Gospel broke in upon this dark tribe in spite of such a grievous loss. Jim gained an eternal reward, and a tribe of sinners gained a Gospel hearing. May God create in all Christians the same kind of resolve – to live a life utterly given to Christ and others.
  • Jun 12, 2016Genesis | Remeber the Smoke and the Flame
    Jun 12, 2016
    Genesis | Remeber the Smoke and the Flame
    From the very beginning, the Bible tells humans how they may have right relationship with God. God’s word comes in the form of a promise or “covenant,” and humans are to respond with belief and trust. God is the author and actor on the stage of accomplishment, and those who experience God’s blessing are simply those who trust in Him. God does the work, He applies it, and He promises blessing to those who love and trust Him. This is true from Genesis to Revelation, and it is true from the beginning of creation to eternity.
  • Jun 5, 2016Genesis | Gratitude For God’s Gracious Provision
    Jun 5, 2016
    Genesis | Gratitude For God’s Gracious Provision
    We live in a world that seems dominated by those with the biggest stick or the most wealth. Truly, in many cases power and wealth do win the day. However, the Bible reminds us that things are not always as they seem, and God is the real King of everyone and everything. In Genesis 14 we encounter a story that seems familiar in many respects. Powerful and ruthless kings take advantage of lesser rulers, and people are caught in crossfire. However, the victor in this exchange is ultimately the one upon whom God’s blessing resides. This is a reminder to us all: God is King, and those who love and trust Him enjoy His providential blessings.