February 19, 2018

Sermon February 18, 2018: Everyone Plays! Everyone Matters! Part Deux

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Everyone Plays! Everyone Matters! Part Deux.” Listen and follow along:

Everyone is called to serve.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  (Galatians 5:13)

Everyone is called to encourage.
…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  (Hebrews 10:25b)

Everyone is called to give.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Everyone is called to make disciples.
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, (Matthew 28:19)

Everyone is called be kind.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

Everyone is called to live by faith.
For we live by faith, not by sight.  (2 Cor. 5:7)

Everyone is called to witness.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15)

Songs: Come Now Is The Time to Worship, The Joy of the Lord, Friend of God, Holy Is the Lord, How Great Is Our God

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Sermon February 11, 2018: Everyone Plays! Everyone Matters!

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Everyone Plays! Everyone Matters!” and his scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 12:12-30. Listen and follow along:

ALMOST MYSTICAL UNITY WITH CHRIST

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” (vs. 12-14)

INFERIORITY CREATES DYSFUNCTION

“Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (vs. 15-20)

Jealousy, rebellion, resistance.

ARROGANCE IS SENSELESS

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (vs. 21-26)

When one is honored, all are honored.

When one is disgraced, all are disgraced.

SOLO ACTS DON’T WORK

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” (vs. 27-30)

You are wonderfully incomplete!

LAZINESS SLOWS PROGRESS

Songs: We Give You Glory, There Is Power in the Blood, Let It Rise, Revelation Song, Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)

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Sermon February 4, 2018: Gift Principles

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Gift Principles” and his scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 12:1-7. Listen and follow along:

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be people of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

  1. Spiritual Gifts are important (12:1-3)
    Three important distinctions

    • The GIFT of the Spirit: God working in us producing a Christian Life.
      …you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
    • The FRUIT of the Spirit: God working on us producing Christian Character.
      But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
    • The GIFTS of the Spirit: God working through us producing Christian Service.

  2. The Source of Spiritual Gifts (12:4-7)
    • Varieties of gifts
      There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. (verse 4, NLT)
    • Varieties of ministries
      There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. (verse 5, NLT)
    • Varieties of effects
      God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. (verse 6, NLT)
  3. The Purpose
    A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (verse 7, NLT)
    When you withhold…

    • …others do without.
    • …the Church suffers.
    • …you miss out.

Songs: Thrive (partial), Hear Our Praises, Your Grace Is Enough (partial)

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Sermon January 28, 2018: Life Principles

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Life Principles” and his scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 9:1-18. Listen and follow along:

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be people of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

  1. HUMILITY – Credibility is More Important Than Credentials (9:1-3)
    • Trustworthy
    • Reliability
    • Dependability
  2. INVESTING in What Matters (9:4-11)
    • Does teaching matter?
    • Does leadership matter?
    • Does spiritual growth matter?

  3. SELF-SACRIFICE (9:12)
    • What are you willing to sacrifice spur on the gospel of Christ?
    • What are you willing to put up with?
  4. HARD WORK (9:13-18)
    • What are your positive compulsions?
    • What would you have to do without compensation?
  5. WIN! (Paul’s Goals and Methods) (9:19-23)
    • Adjustments for different situations.
    • “By all possible means I might save some.”
    • Recognition of a failure rate.

Songs: Build Your Kingdom Here, Greater, Better Is One Day, Lord I Need You, and Forever Reign

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Sermon January 21, 2018: The Race

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “The Race” and his scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 9:23-27. Listen and follow along:

Run to win.
Train hard.
Finish strong and don’t get sloppy.
Stay alert.

Songs: Days of Elijah, Blessed Be Your Name, Overcome, Worthy Is The Lamb, and The Master’s Calling

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Sermon January 14, 2018: Making Changes – Less Is More

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Making Changes – Less Is More” and his scripture reference is Ecclesiastes 4:6. Listen and follow along:

Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (Ecclesiastes 4:6 NIV)

If you had three months to live, what would be important to you?

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)

LESS IS MORE LIVING

  • Cut back!
      Tyranny of stuff!
  • Clear out!
  • Pay off!


Better is one handful and…

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. (Psalm 37:16-17 NIV)

Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. (Proverbs 15:16 NLT)

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich. (Proverbs 28:6 NLT)

Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them. (Proverbs 28:6 NLT)

Songs: Marvelous Light, Glory in the Highest, and Great Are You Lord

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Sermon January 7, 2018: Walking Through the Pieces

Today Pastor Krystal’s message is titled “Walking Through the Pieces” and her scripture reference is Genesis 15:1-18. Listen and follow along:

Cod’s covenant is still valid.

God wants to make a vow with you.

  • He loves you
  • He has an amazing plan for your life.

God expects your action.

  • Commit to God.
  • Commit to God.
  • Surrender your will to God.

Good news! God takes the heat when we fall short.

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Sermon December 31, 2017: Happy New Year!?

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Who Needs Christmas?” and his scripture reference is parts of Genesis 12:1 – Galatians 4:4. Listen and follow along:


1. We can’t control our 2018, but we can control our mindset.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (Philippians 3:13)

We don’t forget the past, but we don’t live there.

  • You can get “stuck” in past failures.
  • You can get “stuck” in past successes.
  • We can even make our old disasters seem not so bad.

We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (Numbers 11:5-6)
2. We can’t control our 2018, but we can control our efforts.

  • No effort = no results.
  • Growing spiritually doesn’t happen by magic.
  • The basics for being spiritually alive…

Worship
Fellowship
Discipleship
Evangelism
Ministry/Service
Prayer
3. We can’t control our 2018, but we can control our expectations.
If we choose to know and follow Jesus, we will experience…
…the power of his resurrection and…

… participation in his sufferings

  • The good times and the bad times happen at the same time.

Songs: What A Beautiful Name, O Come To The Altar, How Great Is Our God, and How Great Thou Art

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Sermon December 24, 2017: Who Needs Christmas? We Do…

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Who Needs Christmas?” and his scripture reference is parts of Genesis 12:1 – Galatians 4:4. Listen and follow along:

The message and meaning of Christmas is bigger and better than we make it.

Jesus Came to Us to…

… give us a full life.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

Sin:
Deceives
Entraps
Agendizes
Destroys

… set us free from sin.

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

… give us a new direction.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:12-13)

Question of the Day

Songs: Angels We Have Heard On High, Angels From The Realms Of Glory, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The First Noel, and Do You Hear What I Hear

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Sermon December 17, 2017: Who Needs Christmas?

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Who Needs Christmas?” and his scripture reference is parts of Genesis 12:1 – Galatians 4:4. Listen and follow along:

The Christmas Story itself is crazy.

The Christmas Story becomes the Remarkable Story

An unbelievable, incoherent, impossible promise….

“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

Blessed?

  • Conquered
  • Enslaved
  • Plundered

Abraham chose to believe the unbelievable.

You should read this part of the Bible, it will make you feel better about your own family.

Then God sent a deliverer named Moses…

The Kingdom of Israel

David the Warrior King

Solomon the Builder King

The Kingdom of Israel was divided.

In the midst of that chaos God sends a prophet to speak to the people…

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 1:11)

All the nations would not be blessed through Israel.
Israel would not be the light to the Gentiles.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, … (Galatians 4:4)

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:27-33)

Who needs Christmas? God decided the World needed Christmas…

Songs: Emmanuel, O Come O Come Emmanuel, The Drummer Boy, Your Name, and Christmas Offering

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