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Job’s Suffering, Job’s Questions, & Job’s God - Part 1
May 27, 2018 - Donnie Berry
Job 1; Job 2
This week Donnie begins a 2-week mini-series on the book of Job. Job is a story about suffering, about the questions our suffering raises, and about our response to God in the midst of suffering. Suffering is one of the most unavoidable aspects of life. Live long enough, and you will suffer. Your heart will break. In big ways and small ways. And Suffering is one of the most puzzling aspects of life. It raises all kinds of questions for us—questions about ourselves, questions about the world, questions about God and his goodness and his justice. Suffering can be absolutely disorienting. It can leave us shaken to the core. Like it did Job. Instead of explaining our suffering our God shares it.
Pentecost Sunday: The Holy Spirit Is God's Agency Among US
May 20, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Acts 2: 15-18
On Sunday, May 20th, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Watch or listen as Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on how the Holy Spirit working within us today. From Acts 2: 15-18, we read the early church's first encounter with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and yet, the modern church often pushes back against being anointed in the Spirit today. The Holy Spirit is God's agent of activity now. The Spirit is the experienced and empowering return of God's own personal presence in us and among us; the Holy Spirit Life is the goal. On top of that, the spirit is what knits us into the church as brothers and sisters. The Spirit brings heaven to earth. These are a lot of heady statements, but they mean something for us. Watch or listen to hear what this looks like in our everyday.
Lydia and the Spread of the Gospel
May 13, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Act 16:6-15
Today we learn about Lydia, a woman who influenced Paul and was the genesis of the church at Philippi. Pastor Phil gives his Mother's Day teaching on the how the Holy Spirit led Paul to a group of women to help spread the Gospel.
The Glorious Scandal of Particularity
May 06, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 1:23
Who defines you? Who defines humanity? Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on our answer to those questions; the answer to those questions. We often read the Bible looking for universal truths. While there are universal truths to be found in Scripture, that's not the point of the Bible, but instead, the Bible is God's story of how he uses specific people, at specific times, in a specific place. This could be scandalous to us today. Think about it. That God's universal love is in Jesus Christ alone sounds offensive in modern times, but that's the story of the Bible. And the story is the main point. This story involves you. It means God has chosen you not because you're special, and He hasn't chosen you so that you can do your thing. No, God has chosen you because He wanted to choose you, and He chose you so that you can do His thing and reveal his love to others. This gives your life meaning. It means that it's not enough to "love everybody," but that you are called to love the person in front of you, of us. It means that it is not enough to say the Church, but that you are called to be a part of a church that is uniquely yours alongside people who are different than you. It means that everything we do is a part of the story. And so, we ask ourselves: Who am I in this story? What role has God called me to? How am I to live my life?
April 29, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Luke 4:18-19
What is your goal as a Christian? What do you think is the goal of Christianity? Is your goal to get to heaven? Or is your goal a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells? Jesus in his earthly ministry brought heaven down and so, we too are called to this ministry. Jesus taught his disciples to pray because we are to be signs, servants, and demonstrations of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. This Sunday's sermon, Pastor Phil shares his message on Our Destiny.
Our Territory
April 22, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Isaiah 54: 2-3, 1 Samuel 7:12
What has God given us a church? What is our spiritual territory? Today, Pastor Phil Schaefer talks on the areas of prayer and ministry that God has given us to walk in as God's people in this church. From areas of worship, benevolence, Christian Education to perseverance, relationships, grace and many more, God has given us much as a people. Watch today's sermon to hear more about the gifting that the Holy Spirit has given us. Every Sunday in April, we are celebrating our church's 40th Anniversary by recognizing an aspect of what makes our church, Christian Fellowship. Today we recognize the spiritual territory that God has given us.
We Are Family and This is Home
April 15, 2018 - Dr. Ellis Ingram
Matthew 12:47-49
Join Pastor Phil today as he welcomes Dr. Ellis Ingram to preach Sunday's sermon. Dr. Ingram shares his stores of the past 40 years at Christian Fellowship. Christ brought them to an all White church in 1978 and how wonderful a picture that is. Ellis and his wife Pamela have been part of and seen the growth of our church from quite humble beginnings. Listen how Christian Fellowship became both Family and Home to the Ingram family. Forty years later these values still ring true today.
Hear the Word of the Lord
April 08, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Ezekiel 37:1-14
In Ezekiel 37:4, The Holy Spirit directs the Son of Man to prophecy over these bones and to hear the word of the Lord. As a church, we have had literally hundreds of prophecies given over 4 decades from people all over the world who have come here and fortunately for us most of them were written down. In this week's sermon hear how history and hope go together. That is why the Bible is always rehearsing history. It is to establish us in hope in God.  
Easter Sunday 2018 - Finding Forgiveness
April 01, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Ephesians 1:10
On Good Friday, we had to ask, "What was God doing?" On this Easter Sunday, Pastor Phil Schaefer speaks on entering the Easter story for ourselves. The Bible reveals that mankind cannot know God without sinning, but Jesus' death and resurrection brings the entire story into focus. That's where we start. When Jesus died on the cross, something had radically changed. Jesus was bringing the entire world into his arms. In His arms, all our activity (our jobs, our relationships, our eating, our fun, our sadness, and everything in between) is found in the kingdom of God. Today, Pastor Phil invites us to enter the Easter story for ourselves.
Jesus the King Who Brings Peace
March 25, 2018 - Mike Acock
John 12: 12-15, Mark 11: 1-11, Matthew 27: 1-2, 11-50
As we prepare our hearts for Easter on Palm Sunday, Pastor Mike leads us in reflecting on what Jesus came to bring. Where was Jesus going as He prepared to die on a cross? As we told Him He wasn't enough for us? He was bringing us peace. Watch to discover more on how Jesus was bringing us peace.