Christian Fellowship Church's Sermons

A Momentous Move
A Momentous Move - Part III
October 21, 2018 - Michael Acock
Ephesians 2: 8-10, Judges 3: 1-4, Matthew 9: 14-17
How to move forward as a church. Continuing the sermon series, A Momentous Move, from last week, Pastor Michael Acock teaches again this morning on what it looks like for our church to move forward, to grow.Pastor Mike starts out today by revisiting the 7 progressions he spoke about last week. There are 7 steps or progressions in moving forward:A deep internal sense that in this present moment the past will not and cannot define the future life. A dynamic vision of what the future could be. A single act of obedience to yes to what could be. A season of preparation in light of where you are and what you see as the future. An active step toward the future. A de-romanticized expectation of the journey. A relentless seizing of the opportunity to create a future that does not currently exist.What does this look like? Pastor Mike explains these points in more detail. In regard to the first progression Pastor Mike reminds us to honor the past, but stay loyal to the future. Then when talking about the second progression, Mike reminds us that who we are in God is not determined by what we do, but rather who we are in God determines what we do. Next, we look at what it means to say yes as an act of obedience and how saying yes acts as a guide in our journey. The next progression is a season preparation which is where it becomes the real thing, this is where we are right now in our church. Mike presents us with the analogy of preparing kids to move out and preparing to run a marathon. Then Mike goes into depth explaining the de-romanticized expectation of the journey. We are reminded that this journey will not be easy. We will have trouble, we will wrestle, we will have temptation, we will have trials, and we will suffer. These challenges are going to make us stronger when we reach the end of this journey. Then we will be ready for the seventh progression where we seize the next opportunity.Pastor Mike ends with the explanation of Matthew 9: 14-17. We need God to give us new wine and new wineskins. If we try to do something new with what we have now, it won't work, but we need God to give us new wineskins to expand where God would have us go.In closing, Mike exhorts us to fall in love with the mission God has given us and not the method. Systems and processes will change, but who God is will never change. Our fuel is God himself, not the vision.
A Momentous Move - Part II
October 14, 2018 - Michael Acock
Ephesians 2: 8-10, Matthew 9: 14-17
How do we move forward as a church? Continuing the sermon series, A Momentous Move, from last week, Pastor Michael Acock teaches this morning on what it looks like for our church to move forward, to grow. Pastor Mike starts the sermon with some history about Christian Fellowship, and then he moves to encourage us and inspire us in our building project. But first, it's important that we know who we are. We are not called to do church but to be the church. We are called out the world and given a new identity and then we follow Christ and go back in the world to change it. Who we are in God is not determined by what we do! Who we are in God determines what we do. We must know who God has called us to be. We will never step into the life God has for us trying to live out someone else's calling. As Jesus told Peter in John 21:20, we are to follow him. What is it to us what Jesus has called others to do. There are 7 steps or progressions in moving forward:A deep internal sense that in this present moment the past will not and cannot define the future life. A dynamic vision of what the future could be. A single act of obedience to yes to what could be. A season of preparation in light of where you are and what you see as the future. An active step toward the future. A de-romanticized expectation of the journey. A relentless seizing of the opportunity to create a future that does not currently exist.What does this look like? Pastor Mike explains some of these points in more detail, and he ends with the explanation of Matthew 9: 14-17. We need God to give us new wine and new wineskins. If we try to do something new with what we have now, it won't work, but we need God to give us new wineskins to expand where God would have us go. In closing, Mike exhorts us to fall in love with the mission God has given us and not the method. Systems and processes will change, but who God is will never change. Our fuel is God himself, not the vision.
A Momentous Move
October 07, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Joshua 1:3
Bold Faith - When we look at the story of God's people, we see there are moments when God leads momentous moves, and we believe that our church is on the doorstep of our own move.In today's sermon, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on why we, our church are building a new church. Even Pastor Phil has asked himself if this is insane, and as others have asked him why we are doing this, the answer that he as to obey is this: God told us to make this move. At every stage of our history, God has put the next moves in front of us. It's been - "Here is your next move. Are you willing to take it? Here is a need. Are you willing to meet it?"Christian Fellowship, us as a group, hasn't been the driving force behind this; the Holy Spirit has been pushing this forward in his way, in his time, and he is who we are following. We are on a journey - a spiritual/physical/material journey following God. We have always been on a journey, and if we are to remain a thriving church, as a people known as Christian Fellowship, we must continue to be on a journey all our days. Your faith is not just about you; your faith is about the people of God.Phil was discussing this topic with people recently, and he blurted out: "We are doing this because it is a matter of life and death for us as a church." Phil didn't know where it came from, but he realized that we as a church cannot settle. If we do, our congregation will grow old and diminish. None of us can avoid growing old, but no church can afford to settle. This will not be Christian Fellowship's story.There are countless Momentous Moves in the Bible that changed the trajectory, the story of God's people in that time. They were bold and scary. Life and death are in the balance. How do they relate to our story?God is giving us a story that is about faith, boldness, risk - stepping into the unknown to see what God will do. God is not going to answer all our questions beforehand. Faith, by its nature, never has the answer ahead of time. This is why the Bible says, "Fear not" so often. These Momentous Moves are the kind of moves that shape your life on a larger scale. It can look irrational and dangerous, and yet, it changes the whole trajectory of a person's life - not just a person, but a people.We are the people of God in this day. We are a people being prepared for a Momentous Move.It is not just about a building. It is about building (a verb). It is about stepping into what God has put in front of us, stepping into needs and meeting them, being future directed so that we do not settle and die.