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Eucharisteo and Thankfulness
November 19, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 11:23-25
We say the original sin was disobedience and that’s true, but it can be argued the original sin was ingratitude. Isn’t that the catalyst for all sin? Our Fall is, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. At Thanksgiving we give thanks for provision, for food, family, friends, a day off. It’s all good. Who is behind all that provision?When looked at this way, thankfulness is an expression of my theology. The very purpose of salvation is that we might be able to see God for Who He is & in seeing Him for Who He is we will only & ever want to give Him thanks. In thanksgiving, we are expressing that we are receiving from Him. Here's a short guide to Gratitude during this holiday season: Gratitude is an art form because it requires discipline & practice & imagination & soul Offer 2 thanksgivings for every petition offered Faith looks like thanksgiving Thanksgiving helps us to live the commandments There are many expressions to a thank-filled life besides the verbal Go thru your day with the intent of looking for ways to say thank-you The daily practice of thankfulness
God's Awesome Ways
November 12, 2017 - Phil Schaefer
Exodus 32
Do you see God as Awesome? Many of us read the Old Testament looking for the moral of the story, or looking for how we should or should not behave. It seems that in much of the Old Testament there is a lot of failure. And we tend to read it as to how can I avoid the pitfalls that these guys fell into. The story literally shows all the ins and outs of our thinking about God, and our emotions, and our misbehaviors. It could be an example of our daily life: I’m close to God, I’ve lost track of God, I love people, I am so angry I could kill (fill in blank), don’t blame me. What is Moses doing? He is willing to take his place alongside the condemned, alongside the worst of sinners, alongside the unfaithful. Blot me out of your book. Rom.3:21: But now a righteousness of God apart from the Law is revealed – what does it say – being witnessed by the Law & the prophets, it is the righteousness that comes by God. This is the revelation of the story. This is the work of God & it is truly awe-creating. This is a powerful work of God which only he can do in our hearts.
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 05, 2017 - Mike Acock
Matthew 5: 10-12
Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and in this sermon, Pastor Michael Acock leads us through learning about and praying for those who are suffering in Jesus' name. He shares stories of Christians who have been and are being persecuted along with videos and images. Maybe, this topic makes you wonder how this applies to your situation or how we can even make a difference. To help answer those questions, Pastor Mike gives 10 ways we can pray for the persecuted church today, and he leads us through 3 prayer times at the end of this sermon. Listen or watch to join in with us.
The Reformation and the God-Breathed Story of the Bible
October 29, 2017 - Donnie Berry
2 Timothy 3:14-16
What does the Bible mean to you? To Martin Luther, it was only 100% accurate source of God's authority, and we carry on that truth today. This means that the Bible shapes how we see and know God. It's easy to make God agree with our own opinions, but the Bible has the last word. That's one reason that the Bible is so amazing - We can discover and personally know God in its pages! Watch (or listen) as Pastor Donnie Berry teaches us on how we can read the Bible.
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 and 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.