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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.
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 " 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.
The Joy of Confession
June 11, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 1:4 - 2:1
"The great paradox of true Christianity is that by acknowledging my sin I am living in the light...Jesus' grace for me becomes more gracious...the knowledge of sin [becomes] joyful Good News."What is confession to you? Do you see the knowledge of your sin as good news? In this sermon from our 1st John series, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches that confession can be and should be joyful for those who are in Christ, and confession is not only something we can do for just our own, personal sins but for our sins as God's Church. Listen for more on how "Confessing our sin[s] is one of the great comforts of true Christianity."
Pentecost Sunday
June 04, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Acts 19:6
Pastor Phil continues his 1st John sermon series. Pentecost is the initial coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples as we read in Acts 2. It is considered the birth of the New Testament church. Christ is central to our salvation, but our salvation is totally Trinitarian. It is initiated by the Father, accomplished by the Son, and is the experienced reality of the Holy Spirit upon us. For Paul, the Holy Spirit constitutes the whole of the Christian life from beginning to end.
The Word of the Lord Stands Forever
May 28, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1st John 2:1
"There is an importance to wrestling with how to communicate the Gospel in truth in a changing culture." In the book of 1st John, the apostle John spoke to his people (and to us) in the midst of cultural opposition, and in this sermon, Pastor Phil helps us see how this applies to how we speak truth to our culture today. Listen for more on how the Word of God can shape our outlook.
The Logos of Life
May 21, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 John 1:1-4; Revelation 19:12-13; Colossians 1:15-19
Pastor Phil continues our 1st John series this week with a sermon titled The Logos of Life. 1st John - like a number of other epistles - was written to counter certain false teachings that were unsettling and leading believers astray. The particular heresy was eventually known as Gnosticism. In 1 John 1:1-4 John sets a central diamond in place. What is the central diamond? The Word of Life.