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Christmas from GOD’S Point of View

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

It is worth observing that God emphasizes elements of Jesus’ coming that we often do not during this season. God also does not emphasize many things that we do emphasize. In this passage, Philippians 2:1-11, we see that God highlights Jesus’ humble sacrifice, death, and ultimate exaltation and mandate of worship, not his infancy. Regarding Jesus’ coming at “Christmas,” what do you emphasize?

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A Walk-Through Christmas: Key Events Surrounding Jesus’ Birth

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Christmas is much more than a single moment of time. The Old Testament prophesies of Jesus’ birth in Genesis! In this “walk-through” Christmas, we focus on the earthly timeline of events as revealed in the Gospels. As we read the texts of Scripture, several from our congregation do a “walk-through,” representing the various individuals identified in the Biblical account. We begin when the angel appears to Mary, and we end when Jesus is a young man. Get a better picture of the entire account of Jesus’ Christmas coming!

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God Wants ALL of ME: How It Looks in Action (Romans 12:9-21)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  How It LOOKS in ACTION (Romans 12:9-21)

After God describes His will for us in Romans 12:1-8, wanting our bodiesas living sacrifices, renewing our minds to replace worldly thinking, andgifting us to serve one another, He uses the rest of the chapter to paint apicture to show us how this looks in action. God describes our attitudes, actions, and relationships as they look when we are yielding our bodies, our minds, and our time to Him. This is the last of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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God Wants ALL of ME: My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

God saves us to live for Him. He commands us to yield our bodies to Him, and to be renewing our minds for Him. He does so that we might fully live for Him, serving Him by serving others. God desires for us to serve Him with our time, effort, energy, and abilities. As God is the Lord of our bodies and our minds, He becomes the Lord of all that we do. A major part of that is serving other believers with one or more spiritual abilities that God gives for that very reason.  (This is the third of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants ALL of ME: My MIND (Romans 12:2)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Lord of My MIND

God Wants ALL of ME:  My MIND (Romans 12:2)

God saves us to make us completely new. True Christianity involves giving God our body as a living sacrifice (the first lesson in this series) and allowing God to renew our MIND as well. God is to be the Lord of our thoughts as well as our bodies. He desires to prevent us from being programmed by the world, and instead to fill our minds with what is good, acceptable, and perfect. That is God’s will for us. (This is the second of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants All of Me: MY BODY (Romans 12:1)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My BODY (Romans 12:1)

Christianity is much more than just participating in external rituals like attending church services or giving money to God’s work. Though these practices are good, God clearly communicates that He wants ALL of you. He wants each believer to yield his or her body to God as worship to Him. This is the first of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES: What You Believe Matters: Revelation and Interpretation (Part 2)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES:  Revelation and Interpretation – 7 Watershed Views Which Determine Our Approach to God and His Word, Part 2
WATERSHED: a crucial dividing point, line, or factor (Merriam‐Webster.com) Where you come to place your belief on any these crucial doctrines as a Christian (one who believes in Jesus as Savior and seeks to follow Him) will impact and affect how you interpret and view truth, life, the home, the Church, the culture, and the future. Each view is a dividing point – a fork in the road that leads away from the opposing views and often impacts many beliefs downstream. These are not opinions, but frameworks of belief. These are embraced by ones regardless of their personal study. It is imperative to understand the reasons and arguments before making up your mind. Base your conclusions on the best Biblical reasoning possible. A key to discerning the truth is not to pursue what you want to be true, but to approach the Word of God with a teachable spirit. The Bible is not a personal smorgasbord from which we pick and choose what we want to believe.
Our first watershed topic focuses on where and how we find the truth. We look at the concepts of revelation and interpretation. These concepts include the following:
Part 1:

1 – Verbal (Every Word), Plenary Inspiration versus No or Limited Inspiration

2 – Transcendence of the Word versus Culturally Discounting the Word

3 – Literal Interpretation versus Allegorical Interpretation

4 – Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology

Part 2:

5 – Cessationism versus Continuationism (Charismatic Movement)

6 – Biblical Wisdom versus Mysticism

7 – Sufficiency of the Word versus Psychology

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BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES: What You Believe Matters: Revelation and Interpretation (Part 1)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES:  Revelation and Interpretation – 7 Watershed Views Which Determine Our Approach to God and His Word, Part 1
WATERSHED: a crucial dividing point, line, or factor (Merriam‐Webster.com) Where you come to place your belief on any these crucial doctrines as a Christian (one who believes in Jesus as Savior and seeks to follow Him) will impact and affect how you interpret and view truth, life, the home, the Church, the culture, and the future. Each view is a dividing point – a fork in the road that leads away from the opposing views and often impacts many beliefs downstream. These are not opinions, but frameworks of belief. These are embraced by ones regardless of their personal study. It is imperative to understand the reasons and arguments before making up your mind. Base your conclusions on the best Biblical reasoning possible. A key to discerning the truth is not to pursue what you want to be true, but to approach the Word of God with a teachable spirit. The Bible is not a personal smorgasbord from which we pick and choose what we want to believe.
Our first watershed topic focuses on where and how we find the truth. We look at the concepts of revelation and interpretation. These concepts include the following:
Part 1:

1 – Verbal (Every Word), Plenary Inspiration versus No or Limited Inspiration

2 – Transcendence of the Word versus Culturally Discounting the Word

3 – Literal Interpretation versus Allegorical Interpretation

4 – Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology

Part 2:

5 – Cessationism versus Continuationism (Charismatic Movement)

6 – Biblical Wisdom versus Mysticism

7 – Sufficiency of the Word versus Psychology

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Jesus Is Presented as Messiah King (Luke 19:29-40)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jesus Is Presented as Messiah King (Luke 19:29-40)

An event which in our day is called “Palm Sunday,” Jesus instructs a couple of His followers to do something rather strange: “Gotoo a village and get a colt that is tied up there.” In a fairly brief account, the details given are clear. Jesus presents Himself as the Messiah, the One promised of God throughout the Old Testament. How do Jesus’ followers react? How do religious leaders react? We find the answer to both questions. We also find seven lessons we ourselves can learn from this account. Have YOU acknowledged Jesus as the One God promised?

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5 “Looks” of Communion (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

5 “Looks” of Communion (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
Communion (sometimes called “The Lord’s Table”) is more than a tack-on at the end of a service. Communion, as Jesus instituted, is intended to remind us regularly of several truths, and to have us measure ourselves by these truths. In this study, we will highlight 5 focuses or “looks” that Jesus intended for us to take each time we participate in communion. With these 5 looks, we offer 10 questions to ask oneself to help prompt us as we examine these focuses.

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