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. 
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  • 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.
  • Jul 17, 2016Joe Hamper
    Jul 17, 2016
    Joe Hamper
    Joe Hamper
  • Jul 10, 2016Laying Your Cares Before the Lord
    Jul 10, 2016
    Laying Your Cares Before the Lord
    Michael Pettiette explained two separate occasions when Hezekiah, one of the kings of Judah, responded to the concerns of life. First, Hezekiah responded with humility and trust in God. But then, he seems to think more highly of the relationship he might have with a Babylonian king rather than his relationship to God.
     
    Of course, as Michael considered on Sunday, we too can often vacillate between trust in God and relying more on earthly powers and relationships.
  • Jul 3, 2016Life On Missions
    Jul 3, 2016
    Life On Missions
     
    Cody Howard shared his story of “Life on Mission,” and the Gospel motivation for that kind of life. Cody is not a super Christian, nor does the Bible advocate for only some Christians to engage the world around them for the sake of the Gospel and the glory of Christ.
     
    All Christians are to live their lives on “mission,” but we must understand the many and diverse ways that Christians can do just that. This handout is intended to help us to think through this general concept (Life on Mission), and to help us apply ourselves to living as lights in the world.
  • 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.
  • May 29, 2016Deacons Amoung Us
    May 29, 2016
    Deacons Amoung Us
    In our culture today, serving others is only popular if one can actually do little of it and be largely recognized for it. “Servant-leadership” may be a popular phrase in some circles, but many more people want only the “leadership” part of that model, and they are quite unwilling to be committed to the "servant” part. In the local church, God has established two offices – the Elders/Pastors and the Deacons. Deacons are individuals named for the task of service, and these are meant to be godly examples of just this kind of person. All true Christians are servants of Christ and others, but deacons act as exemplary servants, and the benefits are enormous.