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Guest speaker Sarah Shin teaches about revisiting the way we think about race.
Sermon Notes - January 17, 2021
RESET - Sarah Shin
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.
that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. I am sending him — who is my very heart — back to you. I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever — no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord. So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
Many, But One
Kevin teaches about reestablishing our connection and roles in the body of Christ.
Sermon Notes - January 10
Reset: Many, but One - Kevin Wehr
Many, but One
We are united WITH diversity
Romans 12:3a (NIV)
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think more highly of yourselves than you ought…
Honor is one of the most beautiful and neglected virtues in our world today.
Unlike criticism, contempt is particularly toxic because it assumes a moral superiority in the speaker.
The toxic power of contempt lies in its evaluation of others.
Romans 12:3b-6a (NIV)
But rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function. So in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
1 Corinthians 12:7 (NIV)
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
We love to apply these verses to ourselves, endlessly taking personality tests to understand who we are and what our calling is. Then with great intentionality, we try to honor the sacred journey God has for us. But I wonder how often we apply this same perspective to others. They, too, are here for a purpose. They, too, were made who they are for a reason. They, too, have good works to walk in.
Honor doesn’t just consider our own calling and doesn’t just view others as those here to help us fulfill it; honor respects and supports the plans and purposes of others and considers it a deep privilege to help others realize their destiny - Jon Tyson
Everyday, everyone needs something and has something to give.
I cannot be all I was meant to be without you, and cannot be all that you were meant to be without me.
Above The Noise
Megan teaches about removing all the voices and listening to the one true voice of God.
Sermon Notes - January 3, 2021
RESET: Above the Noise - Megan Lemmons
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Let God transform you by renewing the way you think.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT)
Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Reset by knowing God
Colossians 3:10 (NLT)
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
John 10:14-15 (NIV)
I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.
Reset by changing our inputs
Abide in me, and I will Abide in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you Abide in me.
To abide means: To belong to; to endure; to stop & wait; or to stay.
“Soaking in God’s presence is an act of trusting that God is at work in and through us even when we aren’t doing anything. It allows us to make space for God to restore us, give us rest, and maybe speak to us. As we practice soaking in God’s presence, we make ourselves more aware of how God is moving in our day-to-day moments” Brandi Miller
Adele Calhoun Contemplative prayer is a way of being with God that does not depend on giving the holy One information about what we would like done in the world. Just as friends can enjoy one another without conversing, contemplative prayer is a way of being with God without wordiness. In contemplative prayer we rest and wait. Keeping our hearts alert and awake to the presence of God and his Word, we listen.
In celebration of the coming of the one who has the power to bring hope, healing, and joy, Dayne Scanlon closes out our advent series "All Is Bright?"
Sermon Notes - December 27
All is Bright? Unplanned Journey- Dayne Scanlon
When they (the Shepherds) had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.
When you trust in Jesus, you experience unshaken perseverance Christ-Like character, and a hope that doesn’t disappoint.
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
IF 2021 is worse than 2020… then that might be good news for us.
but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.
Hope that doesn’t disappoint
For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Healthy Spiritual Community
Praise God always
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
In celebration of the coming of the one who has the power to bring hope, healing, and joy, Brian Becker teaches for the third week of our Advent series.
Unconventional Delivery Room
In celebration of the coming of the one who has the power to bring hope, healing, and joy, Kevin Wehr teaches for the second week of our Advent series.
Sermon Notes - December 13
All is Bright? Unconventional Delivery - Kevin Wehr
All is Bright?
Philippians 2: 5-7 (NLT)
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)
All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a song and we will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).
Matthew 1:18-23 (NLT)
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream.”Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
John 1:14 (MSG)
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one of a kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
Luke 2:6-7 (NLT)
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
John 8:41b (NLT)
“We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.”.
Luke 2:10 (NLT)
but the angel reassured them.”Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
Luke 2:13-14 (NLT)
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven-praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Peace on earth to those with whom… GOD IS WELL PLEASED!
"Quotes from Tim Keller"
The biblical God is infinitely holy, so our sin could not be shrugged off.
It had to be dealt with. He is also infinitely loving.
He knows we could never climb up to him, so he has come down to us. God had come himself and did what we could not do.
Immanuel’ means the ideal has become real!
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