12Dec

Sunday, December 10, 2017 -ACTS

So often, we pray against difficulties in our lives. Many times, we equate "God's blessings" with things that have little to do with God and more to do with our selfish desires. The human nature in each one of us craves easy, comfortable and safe; Jesus' followers faced the opposite and prayed for great boldness in the face of opposition. 

As Kenny leads us in our fourth message of "Acts: What The Modern Church Isn't Doing", one overarching truth is seen time and time again in the lives of Christ followers. Our ultimate goal is to be closer to Jesus, not for life to be easy. 

 

Acts 4:23-31

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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9Dec

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

If you are a believer in Christ and a follower of Him, you are alive in Christ. We are free to live because God raised Jesus from the dead. We can live with great expectation and look forward to an eternity with Jesus. That is our hope. 

"True hope lies in what happens after we die." - Keith Wilson

 

1 Peter 1:1-7

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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5Dec

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In this message from John Henderson, we see no matter where we go, we cannot outrun God. John shares with us the story of Jonah, in the book by the same name, and how trying to take matters into our own hands will only lead to our ultimate ruin. Just like Jonah, we have all determined at some point we have a "better idea" than the one God has placed on our heart. Oftentimes, it takes a major wake up call to get our attention and realize God is sovereign and obedience is what He desires from us.

 

Jonah 

John Henderson

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2Dec

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

James, the earthly brother of Jesus, encourages us to count all hardships as joy and challenges us to not only know God's word, but obey it as well. He explains the purpose of walking in the truth of what God has revealed to us and the importance of staying unstained from the world. Staying connected to Christ will be what allows our faith, perserverance and endurance to stretch and grow.

 

James 1

Rachel Wallace

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28Nov

Sunday, November 26, 2017- ACT

As we walk through part three of our series, "ACT: What the Modern Church Isn't Doing", Kenny explains the importance of not becoming complacent in the place God has led us to. Actively pursuing a life that follows Christ will require full reliance on the Holy Spirit, with that comes the awareness of our lives not belonging to us. Being poised and ready to go when God calls is what He wants from His people, which is the exact opposite of comfort and complacency. 

In the same way Peter explained God wanted to restore the people who needed healing and for them to repent and follow Jesus, He wants the same for us today. In order to be fully restored and live in the hope He has promised through Jesus' sacrifice, we have to recognize we need healing in our hearts. We are broken and only Jesus can restore us through His salvation and our repentance. 

In absolute surrender, there is undeniable freedom.

 

Acts 3:1-26

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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25Nov

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 -God’s Word

Continuing in our series, "God's Word", the gospel writer John shows us Jesus is the living, breathing Word of God. The book of John is written to show us Jesus is the Son of God, able to change hearts even today.  As Kenny explains in this message, Jesus is God's expression to mankind. Much like an artist expresses himself to the world through his art, God has expressed Himself through Jesus. 

 

John 1:1-5, 14

Kenny Nix, Pastor

 

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21Nov

Sunday, November 19, 2017- ACT

Part two of our series, "Act: What the Modern Church Isn't Doing", begins with us taking a look into the first century church. Immediately, we sense the familial connection through the Holy Spirit these believers had. They were deeply devoted to hearing the teachings from the apostles. They shared meals together and they prayed with one another. The followers of Christ during that time literally took care of each other by offering everything to their group. 

When we take a look at what the modern church of America emulates today, it looks nothing like the church of the first century. When everything is stripped away, what holds us to Christ? 

 

Acts 2:42-47

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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18Nov

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -God’s Word

As Keith explains in our continued series, "God's Word", we make following Christ burdensome. So often, we take our eyes off Jesus and do not rest in Him or follow the leading of the Spirit. In the gospel of Matthew, we see Jesus' burden is light and His yolk is easy if we will link up and lean into Him. Jesus wants to carry our weight and have us rest in Him. When we are following the Holy Spirit and become totally reliant on Christ, we are not working on our own; we are working with Christ. 

Matthew 11

Keith Wilson, Youth Pastor

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15Nov

Sunday, November 12, 2017- ACT

In part one of our new series, "Act: What the Modern Church Isn't Doing" we begin with one simple, yet profound truth. Following the Holy Spirit is the most important thing we can do in our pursuit of Christ. When we depend fully on the Holy Spirit to lead our lives, He speaks to us and He gives us confidence to speak about Him to other people. 

Discipleship is what followers of Christ are called to do, yet it is the thing that is neglected by so many Christians. God will lead us to the people He wants us to invest in and the Holy Spirit will speak to those we pour ourselves into. As we share life with each other by walking toward Christ, we are able to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ as a family and encourage each other on our journey of faith.

 

Acts 1:1-11

Kenny Nix, Pastor

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10Nov

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -God’s Word

When life hits hard, where do you find peace? As Connie shares with us a time she faced a difficult moment, trusting God and leaning into the truth of His word is what ultimately led her out of the darkness. We all face the ugliness of life and all it throws at us when we least expect it. If our faith lies in Christ and the hope we have in our surrender to Him, we can fully believe we are storing up an eternal weight for all we go through. Regardless of what we see in our circumstances, we are able to honor God in our struggles. 

Even Joshua, the leader of the Israelites, found himself lying on the ground and begging God to save them all from their enemy. God says the same thing to us today that He said to Joshua, "Get up." 

As followers of Christ, we are called to proclaim the truth of the Good News while pouring that truth into the lives of those around us. Life is often difficult for so many reasons. We do not walk alone and Jesus is worth every step.

 

Joshua 1:2-5, 7-8; Joshua 6:3-5; Joshua 7:5-13; 1 John 1:1

Connie Champion

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