Last Words

The Word of Distress

March 26, 2017

What are you thirsty for? What desire goes unsatisfied, so that you thirst for it always? Have you tried to quench your thirst with material things? You spend money you do not have to purchase things that will not satisfy. Yet, the thirst remains, so you keep spending. You thirst for love and relationship, so you give your body away, and settle for lust rather than waiting for covenantal love. So your thirst remains. We thirst for significance, for meaning, for happiness, yet the more we have, the more we drink from every worldly fountain, the more we thirst!

In the gospel of John, Jesus cried out from the cross “I thirst,” so that the deepest thirst of humanity might be fully satisfied. We can have our deepest thirst fully satisfied in Christ. How does the cross of Christ fully satisfy our deepest thirst? The text gives three ways that Christ fully satisfies our deepest thirst.

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The Word of Despair

March 19, 2017

Have you ever cried out to God like Jesus did? Have you ever felt forsaken and alone? Have you ever felt distant from God? Have you cried, “God, where are you?” We all feel lonely at times. We all want acceptance. We want to be accepted and approved. But instead, we often feel rejected and alone.

In the gospel of Mark, Jesus cried out in despair to God as He experienced the extravagant exchange that it cost Him for our reconciliation. We can understand the cost of this extravagant exchange. Why did Christ cry out in despair when He paid for this extravagant exchange? The text offers three reasons for why Christ cried out in despair when paying for this extravagant exchange.

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The Word of Salvation

March 5, 2017

Who is in need of salvation, of a rescue? I know I do, how about you? “Then what must I do to be saved, How can I be sure I have salvation, What happens to us when we die?”

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus responded with a promise of salvation to the criminal hanging on the cross next to Him, who had called on Jesus to remember him. In Christ’s response to the criminal on the cross, He revealed the promised salvation He has for us. How can we respond to Christ’s promised word of salvation? The text gives three insights on responding to Christ’s promised salvation.

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The Word of Forgiveness

February 26, 2017

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

In the gospel of Luke, we have the record of Christ’s first word on the cross and it was a word of forgiveness. It was a prayer to His Father, that He would forgive those who were crucifying Him. In this prayer, Jesus revealed the boundless forgiveness He has for us.

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Life on Life Discipleship

Be a Disciple Making Church

February 19, 2017

Our desire is to be a disciple-making church. Pastor Gary laid out the strategy we have been working on for the past year to be a church full of disciples who are making disciples through our Life On Life Discipleship process. We are following the pattern established by Jesus to pour his life into a few people who then turned the world upside down with relational and strategic relationships, one on one, over the years. The the apostle Paul instructed Timothy in this pattern as well in 2 Timothy 2:2, saying “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

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Be a Disciple Maker

February 12, 2017

Disciple making begins with being a witness for Christ, sharing the gospel and inviting others to attend church with you. But why don’t more Christians witness? Recent statistics state that “86% of people who visit were invited by a friend or relative.” Yet, “only 2% of church people have invited an unchurched person to church with them.” What kind of a disciple are you? Do you want to be a disciple who makes disciples?

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus commissioned his disciples to be disciple-makers. We call this the Great Commission. Christ made being a disciple and making-disciples inseparable. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, you will be a disciple-maker. In Christ’s Great Commission, he taught them how to make disciples. We can obey Christ’s call to be disciples who make disciples. The text gives three steps on how to be a disciple maker of Jesus.

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Be a Disciple

February 5, 2017

Often we claim to follow Christ, but we continue to talk the same, look the same and behave the same as the culture we live in. While we are attracted to Jesus’ forgiveness and his offer of abundant and eternal life, we struggle to really answer the call to be one of His disciples. No wonder we see the world around us getting worse and people calling us hypocrites. The American church is not really making disciples in the way that Jesus did.

In the book of Matthew, Jesus described what it meant to answer the call to come after Him and be one of His disciples. We can answer the call to be a disciple of Jesus. The text gives three traits of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus.

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Financial Freedom

Free to Fully Follow Jesus

January 29, 2017

Do you want to be free from financial worry and stress? Why do we want to be financially free? Will it lessen our anxiety? Yes. Will it reduce our stress? Yes. But life has a way of causing us to have worry and stress anyway. Following biblical principles for financial freedom will help, but it won’t solve all of your problems. Nor is it a method of becoming wealthy for the sake of your own comfort and pleasure. God doesn’t want us to be a slave to the lender. He wants us to be free to serve the Lord. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus called Peter to follow Him, turning all that he was and all that he had over Christ. Peter obeyed and followed Christ. We can turn all that we are and all that we have over to Christ and be set free to fully follow Him.

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Get Free of Debt

January 22, 2017

Americans are awash in credit card and consumer debt! We are tempted by ads like, “Buy now, pay later.” Or “Now you can own anything, any time, anywhere!” Do you feel overwhelmed and trapped by debt? Maybe even a little ashamed? The truth is that your financial condition says a lot about your spiritual condition. There is a way out. God wants you to be debt free, so that you are free to be what He has called you to be.

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Know Your Financial Condition

January 15, 2017

Jesus told a parable that illustrates how our spiritual condition and our finances are linked. We know this story as the parable of the Prodigal Son. This parable is often taught to warn us against rebellious living or illustrate the love of the Heavenly Father and both of those applications are correct and useful. But in this sermon, we look at this story from a different angle and see that it gives us both a warning and a proper perspective on how to handle money. Here’s a man who learned lessons on financial freedom the hard way.

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