At ROC, we aim to offer a relatable approach to scripture without compromising God's Word. Listen to Pastor Bill Barnwell as he takes you on a journey of wisdom and encouragement from the Bible in a way in which you can apply to your daily life.
"A King is Born" (Luke 2:8-20)
How should we respond to the birth of the King?
I. We are called to be in the center of God's will (vs. 8)
II. We are called to fear not (vv. 9)
III. We are called to rejoice (vv. 10-13)
IV. We are called to praise (vv. 14-19)
V. We are called to experience and know the King (vv. 16-21)
Conclusion: Has the King's birth changed your life?
"A Promised Miracle" (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7)
God keeps and honors His promises to His people
I. God fulfilled His promised miracle to preserve His people. (Isaiah 7)
a. Preserve them from destruction
b. Preserve them from hopelessness
II. God fulfilled His promised miracle to deliver His people (Isaiah 7)
a. The "miracle" of Judah's deliverance
b. The miracle of humanity's deliverance in Christ
III. God fulfilled his promised miracle to rule His People (Isaiah 9)
IV. God fulfilled His promised miracle to save His people (Isaiah 9)
a. Salvation from darkness and distress through Jesus Christ
b. Salvation from sin and death through Jesus Christ
Conclusion: Handing over the darkness to the Cross and Christ
"An Eternal Plan" (Genesis 3)
The First Coming is part of an eternal plan that we do not deserve but are a part of anyway.
I. The First Coming occurred even though God knew our rebellion.
a. He knew before creation.
b. He knew in the garden.
II. The First Coming occurred, in part, because of us and in spite of us.
a. Because of humanity's rebellion.
b. Because He doesn't give up on His children.
c. Because of His life for His children.
III. The First Coming occurred to crush the head of Satan.
Conclusion: The First Coming is God's love and victory for His People.
"An Eternal King is Coming to Earth" (John 1:1-14)
I. Christ the Eternal. (John 1)
a. He pre-existed creation. (John 1:1)
b. He was the agent of creation (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16).
c. He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8, 22:13).
II. Christ the God-Man. (John 1:1, 14).
A. What doesn't this mean?
1. He was NOT half-man and half-God.
2. He was NOT just a man.
3. He was NOT just divine.
4. He did not “become” divine.
B. What DOES this mean?
1. He has two eternal and distinct natures (Colossians 2:9).
2. He became flesh during the incarnation (Matthew 1:18-24).
3. God has literally walked in your shoes (Hebrews 4:15)
| GOD | MAN
| He is worshiped (Matt. 2:2, 11; 14:33) | He worshiped the Father (John 17)
| He was called God (John 20:28; Heb. 1:8) | He was called man (Mark 15:39; John 19:5)
| He was called Son of God (Mark 1:1) | He was called Son of Man (John 9:35-37)
| He is prayed to (Acts 7:59) | He prayed to the Father (John 17)
| He is sinless (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15) | He was tempted (Matt. 4:1)
| He knows all things (John 21:17) | He grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52)
| He gives eternal life (John 10:28) | He died (Rom. 5:8)
| All the fullness of deity dwells in Him (Col. 2:9) | He has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39)
"Raising Up This Generation" (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
Theme: In order for us to raise up this generation in Christ, we must be a reflection of Christ.
Point 1- We must be unleashed for Christ. Verse 5.
Point 2: We must commit ourselves to the lord every day. Verse 6.
Point 3: We need to give this generation a firm foundation on Christ verses 6-9.
Point 4: We must then continue to train ourselves so we can then train and raise up this generation verses 6-9.
Conclusion: Are we living every day for Christ and are we being a reflection of Christ?
"Let your Light Shine" (Matthew 5:13-16)
Because we are a church seeking truth by embracing an authentic relationship with Jesus, we share the gospel locally and abroad.
I. We are called to be a spiritual "preservative" locally and abroad. (vs. 13)
a. We must retain our flavor
b. We must avoid pollution
II. We are called to be a light in the darkness locally and abroad (vs. 14)
III. We are called to be unashamed of our love for Christ locally and abroad (vv. 15-16)
a. Let others know who you serve
b. Show others who you serve
c. Don't forget who you serve
Conclusion: How is your light shining to those around you?
Forgiveness: Do I Have To?
Steve taught like Jesus taught, on everyday happenings, not on theological rhetoric, but down to earth real life application. Thanks Steven for exposing very sensitive areas of your life.