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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?
The Irreligion of Love
August 13, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 4:16
In this week's sermon, Phil preaches on the topic of Love in our 1st John series. John is often referred to as the apostle of love not because he loved more than the other apostles but because he understood love as the defining action on God’s part toward sinful man. The group the Apostle John is writing against - the Gnostics - does not know love nor practice love. Its pursuit is about becoming more spiritual. It’s pursuit is self-oriented, self-directed, self-developing - How can I become a more spiritual person? How can I maintain my spirituality? How can I keep myself on the right side of God? All of these are properly religious questions.
Born Of God
August 06, 2017 - Donnie Berry
1 John 3:4-10
Donnie continues in 1st John in this weeks sermon. Jesus has taken the penalty for our sin, and also has broken Sin’s power over us. God’s nature is one of fullness and joy and love and generosity and beauty – it is happy to be like God! True Christians confess their sins, and they run to Christ, their Advocate. A Christian is one who has been born again. God’s Spirit gives a new kind of life, the very life of God in us – and that makes a radical difference.
Children Of God
July 30, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 3:1
Please listen in as Pastor Phil continues our summer series on 1st John. If there is one point to be made in this series; one thing ‘that you know that you know’ it is this: Religion - is what man does for God. Christianity - is what God has altogether done for man. Religion - what man must do. Christianity - what God has done. Religion - based upon good works Christianity - based upon grace - the absolute unmerited favor of God toward us as sinners. If we get the 1st point correct we line up with all the subsequent points. If we get the 1st point incorrect all the rest of my points will be misaligned. Christianity, when properly understood is the end of religion.
Abide In Him
July 23, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 2:28, 1 John 2:24 , 1 John 4:15
Like a fine wine sommelier paring the perfect wine with a five star meal the Word of God pairs our Faith with Abiding in the Lord. In this weeks continuation of the 1st John series Pastor Phil gives us insights into what it means to Abide. To abide implies something on my part, but it also implies something on God’s part. Abiding is a million acts done over time.
Letting Truth Be
July 16, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 2:12-14
This week we continue our 1st John series. Pastor Phil teaches about John's message in 1 John 2:12-14. John changes his writing style for this piece of scripture. Phil describes this as a gospel proclamation - not in prose but in poetry. John is writing this way to help us remember essential truths. He doesn't tell them to do anything. He tells them what has been done. Your sins are forgiven. You know Him who is from the beginning. You have overcome the wicked one. You know the Father. You are strong. God's word abides in you.
Love Not the World
July 09, 2017 - Scott Williams
1st John 2:15 -17
In 1st John 2: 15-17, the apostle John tells Christians to not love the things of this world, but what does that mean? What does he mean here when he refers to  "love" and the "world?" Pastor Scott Williams breaks down these concepts, and he shows that this verse is more about what you love most rather than what we're not supposed to love. For example, we would find it crazy if a woman loved her engagement ring more than her fiance. So what or who is it we should love most? Click above to listen to the rest of the sermon to find out.
Gnosticism
July 02, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1st John 1 - 5
What is Gnosticism? While this word sounds strange, it's actually very important in determining what Christianity is not. Continuing in the book 1st John, Pastor Phil helps us understand what Gnosticism is so that we might better know what Christianity is about, and Pastor Phil hopes that you might better know that you know God. For..."[we are] Saved, not by our efforts...But saved by the grace and mercy of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Listen for more on how we can know God.
What Is Freedom
June 25, 2017 - Aaron Williams
This week we had the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Aaron Williams. Though a guest, Aaron grew up at Christian Fellowship as son of Scott and Jane Williams. Before leaving to attend seminary, Aaron served on Christian Fellowship's staff, and following his studies in Dallas, he was appointed an Anglican Deacon. Aaron is currently working on finishing his doctorate at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. Out of his studies, Aaron brings this teaching on what Freedom is and how that correlates to Marriage and the Family.
To Know That We Know Him
June 18, 2017 - Clay Spencer
1 John 1:6
How can we know that we know God? That we have a personal relationship with God? Continuing in our series from 1st John, Pastor Clay Spencer, using a "...man on the street sort of view," teaches on how we can be more certain that we know God. Just knowing God is a miracle in itself, and whether we truly know God can sometimes leave us feeling unsure. However, the book of 1st John helps us find answers to this question. Pastor Clay helps us discover these answers.