May 29, 2017

Sermon May 28, 2017: Free Servants

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Free Servants” and his scripture reference is 1 Peter 2. Listen and follow along:

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10, NLT)

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. (1 Peter 2:11-12, NLT)

For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. (1 Peter 2:13-15, NLT)

For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. (1 Peter 2:16-17, NLT)

Songs: Sing Sing Sing, Hosanna (Praise Is Rising), Cornerstone, In Christ Alone, and Amazing Grace – My Chains Are Gone

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Sermon May 21, 2017: Got That?

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Got That?” and his scripture reference is 1 Peter 2:1-3. Listen and follow along:

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. (1 Peter 2:1-3, NLT)

  1. So…get rid of it!
    • Deceit… (Fraud)
    • Hypocrisy… Showing outward signs, without an inward experience. (Putting on a show)
    • Jealousy… Envies
    • Unkind speech… (Talking Down, Vilifying)

  2. Crave the good stuff!
    • Stuff that’s pure…unadulterated
    • Stuff that will help you grow.
      • Sound teaching…
      • Challenging materials…
      • Good interaction…
      • Examined experience…
  3. Grow into a “full experience”…
    • There’s one self test for that… “Are you growing?”
  4. Cry out for it!

Songs: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Blessed Be Your Name, I’m Yours, We Believe, and Revelation Song

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Sermon May 14, 2017: Jesus Colored Glasses

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus Colored Glasses” and his scripture reference is Exodus 34:6-7. Listen and follow along:

“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7)

  1. Compassionate and gracious!
  2. Slow to anger!
  3. Abounding in love and faithfulness!
  4. Maintaining love to thousands!
  5. Maintaining love to thousands!
  6. Forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
  7. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.
  8. The third and fourth generation?


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Songs: The Joy Of The Lord, Your Grace Is Enough, Holy Is The Lord, Overcome, and The Stand

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Sermon May 7, 2017: Bad Advice – How To Become An Addict

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Bad Advice – How To Become An Addict” and his scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 6:12. Listen and follow along:

“I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”- but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)

mastered: exousiasthēsomai; to be controlled by or enslaved, brought under the power of something.

WHAT HAS MASTERED YOU?

He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak… It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it... He prays to it and says, “Save me! you are my god!” (Isaiah 44:14-15,17)

  • We’re seeking to find what only God can provide.

HOW TO BECOME AN ADDICT

  1. Don’t ever admit you have a problem.
    Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against the Lord your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols… (Jeremiah 3:13 NLT)
  2. Gratify your fleshly desires.
    So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (Galatians 5:16-17)
  3. Keep your addiction a secret.
    Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)
  4. Depend on your own power—never God’s.
    For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

Songs: Come Now Is The Time To Worship, Open the Eyes of My Heart, Forever, Let My Words Be Few, and I Stand In Awe

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Sermon April 30, 2017: Who Are You Following?

Today Pastor Krystal delivered the sermon. Her message is titled “Who Are You Following?” and her scripture reference is John 10:1-15. Listen and follow along:

We are the sheep
Characteristics of sheep:

  • Sheep are dumb
  • Sheep are stubborn
  • Sheep are boring
  • Sheep are defenseless

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

  • Jesus wants to get personal
    “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:14)
  • Jesus is our guide

    “…the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3)
  • Jesus leads His sheep
    “…he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:4)
  • Jesus is our protector
    “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.” (John 10:7)
  • Jesus is the only way in
    “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1)

Songs: Thrive, This Is Amazing Grace, Greater, Because He Lives, and How Great Is Our God

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Sermon April 23, 2017: Jesus “With Us Always”

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “With Us Always”” and his scripture reference is Luke 24:13-35. Listen and follow along:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)

  1. The travelers were probably filled with…
    …disappointment and doubt
    …disillusionment and defeat
    …discouragement and despair

    • You can probably put yourself in their shoes in your walk with Jesus.
  2. Jesus explained how he was revealed from Moses through the prophets.

    • When you begin to understand the scriptures, you begin to understand Jesus.
    • The building blocks of your spiritual life are…
      • Faith (belief)
        Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:25-27)
      • Knowledge
      • Love in action
        In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:17)
  3. There comes a point where we recognize Jesus.
    • He is not hiding from us.
    • He is not running from us.
    • He is not trying to confuse us.

Songs: Hear Our Praises, We Give You Glory, Friend of God, Draw Me Close, and Lord I Need You

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Sermon April 16, 2017: Jesus “Believing the Victory”

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “Believing the Victory”” and his scripture reference is Luke 24:36-39. Listen and follow along:

  1. Most people struggle with spiritual doubt…
    While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. [Jesus] said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see. (Luke 24:36-39)
    Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24-25)
  2. Doubt is fueled by lots of things.
    • We’ve heard all roads lead to God…
    • God seemingly allows terrible things to happen…
    • It doesn’t make intellectual sense…
    • We may not feel worthy…

  3. God has a way to move us past our doubts.
    A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:26-27)
    Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)

    • An inner “knowing”…
    • Evidence that satisfies us …
    • A person that influences us.
    • A step of faith …

    Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Songs: Arise, My Redeemer Lives, Lord I Lift Your Name On High, Forever, and Worthy Is The Lamb

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Sermon April 14, 2017: Everybody Has A Problem With The Cross

This evening Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Everybody Has A Problem With The Cross“. Listen and follow along:

Songs: Above All, At the Foot of the Cross, At The Cross, You Are My King, The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, and The Old Rugged Cross

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Sermon April 9, 2017: Jesus “Hard-hitting Talk” Suffering

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “Hard-hitting Talk” Suffering” and his scripture reference is Luke 9. Listen and follow along:

And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? (Luke 9:21-25)

  1. Invest in yourself for your benefit = loss
    • Self centeredness…
      …It makes you out of step with your surroundings.
      …It’s outright irreligious…

  2. Divesting yourself for His Kingdom = eternity.
    To dispossess yourself of …

    • stuff
    • titles
    • rights
    • authority
    • pleasures

    As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
    He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
    Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
    (Luke 9:57-22)

  3. Recognize what it will cost…

Songs: O Praise Him, Hosanna (Praise Is Rising), Here for You, Hosanna (I See the King), and Here I Am to Worship

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Sermon April 2, 2017: Jesus “Rules for Walking on Water” Authority

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “Rules for Walking on Water” Authority” and his scripture reference is Matthew 14:22-33. Listen and follow along:

  1. Don’t be afraid.
  2. Ask Him first.
  3. Get out of the boat.
  4. Ignore the wind and waves.
  5. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Songs: We Give You Glory, When We All Get to Heaven, The Wonderful Cross, We Believe, and I Give You My Heart

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