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Where Are You A Priest
October 22, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 Peter 2:9
Luther introduced radical shifts in perspective about a whole host of things that are relevant in our day. Every believer is a priest regardless of his or her full time occupation. Luther said there was not a secular & spiritual divide. Every part of a believer’s life was vocation, was spiritual. Spiritual was not what one did on Sunday while secular is what one did the other days of the week. The occupation of a believer was their priesthood - their ministry, vocation, calling. Pastor Phil continues his sermon discussion of Martin Luther and the Reformation.
Are you enjoying the game - Law and Liberty
October 15, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Galatians 2:16; Galatians 2:19-21
In this weeks Christian Fellowship sermon podcast Pastor Phil continues the discussion of Martin Luther and the Reformation. There is a difference between trying to be righteous by the law versus being righteous by faith in Christ, and now I am being conformed into the law by the Holy Spirit. Following the law will never make us righteous, only condemned. When Christianity is reduced to moral laws it is no longer the good news of God - no longer a gospel. When your faith is defined by the rules and morals it is no longer the good news of God, but the bad news of religion. It becomes sin-management. It becomes self-justification. Put simplistically, you are not having any fun. You don’t smile and laugh because of your faith. You are bound to a set of rules and just trying to live by them. When Martin Luther came upon the verse: The just shall live by faith it was the turning point in his understanding that the gospel is God’s good news for us who are in bondage & that includes all of us.
The Reformation of Martin Luther and All Who Put Their Trust in Christ
October 08, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Ezekiel 37:3
How does an event that happened 500 years ago affect us today? Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches us that Martin Luther's ideas, which shaped the Protestant Reformation, still shape our beliefs as Christians today. Martin Luther believed that mankind was not good on its own. That mankind is even unable to believe in God without the Holy Spirit; so, how is this good news? Watch as Pastor Phil breaks it down for us.
Sacrificial Love Flows from Seeing God
October 01, 2017 - Donnie Berry
3 John 1-15
Does the millennial generation have exclusive rights to a "Me First" attitude or is this a human condition that dates all the way back to Adam and Eve? The world has suffered under the brokenness and disorder unleashed that first day when “self comes first” became the mantra of the human race. Join Donnie Berry as he covers 3rd John. Those who live a “self comes first” kind of life show that they’ve not seen God – not as they’re meant to – when selfishness wins the day—as it does for all of us—we’ve lost sight of God – we’re not seeing God as we were meant to see Him.
No Son, No Father | Know Son, Know Father
September 24, 2017 - Michael Acock
2nd John
Sometimes, we view Jesus simply as a bridge that helps us know the Father, but Pastor Michael Acock prefers another illustration. Instead, he prefers to think on how Jesus, as God, has brought us into relationship with God in the midst of our shame, our betrayal, our failure - all of it. He stepped down into our failings and death so that we can step into his life. Listen to hear how we can step more into the truth that those who accept Jesus are truly alive.
The Radical Middle is the Gospel
September 17, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
John 8:3-12
Today Pastor Phil brings back a phrase he taught in our church a number of years ago. It has helped members of our church frame up how to think of various Biblical truths. We call it the Radical Middle. The radical middle is finding the center where the kingdom of God is displayed. The radical middle allows us as sinners to know God’s mercy is there for me & for the other.
Life-Giving Knowledge
September 10, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 5:18-20
"There's knowing and there is knowing." What's the difference? As Pastor Phil Schaefer concludes our 1st John sermon series, he talks on how we need to know God is faithful, but more than that, we need to know Him as having been faithful to us individually. In other words, we not only need to know things about God - we need to know God. The Christian life, when it is put into its right perspective is the most dynamic, most liberating, most settling, and most fascinating life you could ever hope for. Listen for more on this perspective.
The Anything and Whatever of Prayer
September 03, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1st John 5:14
Let's talk about prayer. Continuing in the 1st John sermon series, Pastor Phil Schaefer asks, "Is prayer about us getting God to do what we want him to do?...Who is working whom?" Pastor Phil teaches us that God is doing more a work in us through prayer than we are "working" him. God does not always say, "Yes," to our prayers, but he always hears our prayers. So why do we pray?"By prayer, God gives meaning to all the anythings and whatevers of our life." Thus, through prayer, we might learn that God is in any and all aspects of our lives.
Who Is Our God?
August 27, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Exodus 3:1-5, Exodus 3:13-14, John 8:57-58
In this week's message Pastor Phil goes back to Exodus and the story of Moses. Times then are similar to how life is for us today in our culture. Moses was insignificant and didn't know God. God reveals Himself to a man who was minding his own business living a mundane life. Moses' story is our story. It is the revelation of the God who stands over and against all human imagination and human activity and calls all of us into question. "I AM WHO I AM", speaks God and I am going to use you. I am going to reveal myself to you now and life will never be the same. It is a pronouncement to us that He knows our name, knows exactly where we are, and has designs for our lives. Who Is Your God?
What Burden Do You Carry
August 20, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 5: 1-5
Pastor Phil asks, "What do you put your faith in?" What is our framework for Jesus and His commandments? As we wind down our 1st John summer series Phil asks us the questions: "Where is your faith directed? In you or in Jesus Christ?" How do you frame your life?