Description Session 1 of a 3-week study. So you may think it strange to say to someone, “I’m glad you have “the big C”. That is because we think “The Big C” is Coronavirus, cancer, or crisis. But these and many other c-words are the problem. Not the answer. “The Big C” that gives life and hope is Christ.
Grace - God's Gift
Description Grace is like a diamond. It has so many facets. We are saved by the grace of God. Focus on five aspects of Saving Grace. How is it you know for sure you are going to heaven when you die?
Philippians - Joy in Harmony
Session 4 of a 4-week study in Philippians. Remember joy comes from unity. Unity is living in and at peace with one another. What does peace do? Through Christ it watches over our heart, mind, body and soul.
The Heart of A Mom
Description Mothers teach us many things, but most of all what it means to love. A real mother shows true devotion to her children. She values her children. Every child is a gift from God. A real mother knows her children and her love is undying. Today we celebrate the gift of Moms!
Philippians - Joy in Position
Philippians - Joy In Being There
Walking in Peace
Description With everything thing that is happening around us today, it may not feel like this is a peaceful journey. Let’s look at what it means to be “Walking with Jesus along the road to peace.” True peace is recognizing God’s presence in our life. He is in control. Peace is not passive, it is powerful!
A Word for Today
Description God has spoken a word to my heart and I believe it’s also a word for you too. It’s about traditions. Life is crazy now. And it will probably never look the same again, it will be different. There is a shaking going on in the world today, in and outside of the church. What does that mean for us?
Philippians - Joy in Thankfulness
Description Session 1 of a 4-week study in Philippians. Paul writes from jail to believers in Philippi. He encourages unity through love and the result is joy. Do we need to check our level of joy? Listen to our own voices and our own thoughts.
1 Corinthians 2:5
1 Corinthians 2:5
Description God doesn’t want us to just call on Him when things are bad, He wants us to enjoy relationship with Him whenever and wherever life may carry us. How do we keep moving forward? Pastor Tim Wright will give us three areas to work on that will help you move forward in life. God has more than enough time for us. Do we have time for Him?
Jesus Calms the Storm
Description Kids sing-a-long with Nick Wentworth, then listen to the story of how Jesus calmed the storm for his disciples. When you feel afraid…when you feel alone…when you are hurting, you only need to do what Peter did and call on Jesus to help you.
I Am the Lord
Description Like the U.S., Israel was facing its worst national crisis. Was God relevant? Was He big enough? Could He help? They knew Him as God Almighty, but He wanted them to know Him as Lord. Let’s look together and discover what that really means and realize He wants the same for me and you.
Is He Worthy
Description So why did Jesus come? Why the miracles? Why the cross? John 8 tells us about WHO He is and WHY He came…Jesus offers light, life, and liberty. This Easter celebrate in worship and song; and be inspired with a message of eternal hope. Is He worthy? Yes, He is.
Description Words are the "Currency of Life". Can you imagine a life without words? Listen to this practical message as Pastor Tim shares the importance of our words.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Description Join us for worship and an encouraging word from Pastor Tim Wright. Even faithful people can experience heartache to the point of losing hope. God knows what you are going through, and He has a plan. Find out how we can restore our hope.
Pray, Don't Panic
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Description Pray, don't panic. Be anxious for nothing. Since time has begun the world has faced illness and disease, tragedies and catastrophies. We always want to be in control, but sometimes things get out of control.
What are the things we can not control? Crises, our country, our citizens, our critics, and our circumstances.
What are the things we can control? Our time in the Word and prayer, our thoughts, our tongue, our unrest, our time and our treasure. We can only control these with the power of the Holy Spirit active in our lives.
What are the things only Jesus can control? The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord. He controls it all. All things were made through Him and He is working on our behalf.
Three things to think about: Trouble, we can help others. Truth, not the media hype. Fear, if you have been panicked, repent and remember His Word. Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer let your requests be known to God. Run to Jesus.
Description The Holy Spirit is a Person. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is omnipresent (everywhere). He is Omnipotent (all powerful). He is Omniscient (all knowing).The Holy Spirit is our Helper Advocate. He will do the same for us as Jesus did for His disciples. Jesus said that because He is going to the Father, we will be able to do greater things. (John 14:12)
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Executor The Holy Spirit is carrying out Jesus' wishes for our lives and the life of the church. Through time spent in God's Word and prayer, the Holy Spirit reveals God's will. The Holy Spirit dispenses the promises of God along with gifts and talents those who would be heirs of salvation. General promises of god become specific promises through the Holy Spirit's instructions. When our minds are perplexed, He gives answers; when we need an encouraging promise, He provides God's Word; when we are lost, He shows us the way. He is responsible to go out and find those whoare potential heirs. He bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God.
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Energizer God has infused us with His divine power. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God has given us the victory and the power to demolish all the attacks against us. If we are held by any sort of bondage - addiction, fear, depression, discouragement, etc. - the power of the Holy Spirit can blast apart those chains that bind us.
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Equipper The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Holy Spirit reproduces within us the qualities of Christ's character. There are also different kinds of spiritual gifts and the Holy Spirit decides which gift each person should have. And there are spiritual weapons: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peace, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, and praying in the Spirit. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood. Be strong in the Lord.
The Work of the Holy Spirit as Encourager The Father has given us a Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) to be with us forever.
When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, He fills us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit by His divine power will provide us with everything we are going to need to make a difference and live effective lives for God's Kingdom.
Description Jesus said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me." Mark 8:34 NLT These words of Jesus demand our full commitment to Him. To really follow Jesus in ALL (words, deeds, actions), we need to put aside our selfish desires and give our lives to Him.
Nothing is more important than our eternal soul. Make the decision now. The Good News is Jesus paid the price for our sin. But when we accept Jesus as Lord, we can no longer live however we want. Ask God to empower us with the Holy Spirit to take up our cross.
Have you taken up your cross? It is only when we crucify self that we live in genuine repentance. Repentance is a change of mind. When we change our mind, we also change our attitude, then we are likely to change our actions.We we change our minds about sinful behavior, we make the promise to God to stop loving only self, we promise to consider the needs of others, and we promise to serve Him placing His will and purpose above our own. It's a change of mind and attitude evident in our actions. Not just outward behavior modification, but deep inward transformation of the heart.
There is a cost involved in following Jesus. True discipleship is demanding. Place Him first. Christ gave everything for our salvation. Are you willing to take up your cross for Him?
The Old Covenant It was a system of laws, codes, rituals, and observances. Every time the people failed to live by the standards, they had to offer a sacrifice to God. It was impossible to completely follow the rules. Everyone was guilty. The purpose was to show people that they were guilty before God and needed a Savior.
The New Covenant Jesus became the only sacrifice that could pay the price for our sin! It is finished! No other sacrifices were required. It is finished!
The New Covenant between God and you Forgiveness for our sins. Promise of eternal life. Assurance of heaven. It is finished. What is our part of the covenant? To believe and receive by faith what Jesus did for us! Then in His strength and power live for Him and tell others about Him.
Description There is a basic fact of life - we are going to be hurt by someone. There's nothing complicated about forgiveness. It's in the application that we find difficulty.
Why should we forgive?
Because God has forgiven us. Ephesians 4:32
Resentment doesn't work. Resentment always hurts us more than the person we are resenting. Resentment is unreasonable, unhelpful, and is unhealthy. It never changes what has happened and is the single most destructive emotion we can have.
Because we need forgiveness. Forgiveness is a two-way street. What we sow is what we are going to reap.
Forgiveness does not and is not:
Minimize the offense. It doesn't pretend the offense never happened. It really did hurt.
Immediately restore trust. Trust is earned and therefore takes time.
Mean there won't be changes. Once harm has been done, things will never return to normal. Forgiveness is the starting point that will allow for a new beginning, a new normal.
Forgetting. It is choosing to no longery remember the offense against them. Forgivness is choosing to love.
How can we experience freedom that comes through offering forgiveness?
Recognize we are imperfect. We all have intentionally and unintentionally wronged people. Unforgiveness is a sin. When we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive.
Relinquish our right to get even. Offering forgiveness is an ongoing process. How many times should we forgive? An infinite amount of times until the job of forgiveness is done. When is that? When we reach the point that it doesn't eat our guts out every time we think about it. Release our right to get even and let God settle the score His way.
Respond to evil with good. Love, do good, bless, and pray for those who hurt us.
Refocus on God's plan. Refocus on God's purpose for your life. We become exactly like what we focus on. Put our hearts right with God. Reach out to God. Face life again. The Holy Spirit will empower us to be overcomers.
Forgiveness calls for a decision. We choose to forgive. When we forgive, we'll receive the fullness of God's forgiveness in our lives.
Description In a game of "Tag" it's interesting to see what happens when someone is tagged "It". First, they are prey, running away, hiding, whatever it takes to avoid being tagged. But once they are tagged, it is evident to all who is "it". They are now the predator. They act differently. Instead of running away, they're running after. The same happens when we become a Christian. Now instead of trying to avoid God and the truth of His Word, we embrace it and our lives change. It is evident to those around us. When we hear truth, we believe and trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ. And by this act of faith, we receive the Holy Spirit as the seal and guarantee from God.
What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise?
To authenticate as genuine and true
Being sealed with the Holy Spirit is God's way of authenticating the fact that we are now His
It's the presence of the Holy Spirit in us activating His gifts and talents, producing within us the fruit of the Spirit - their presence confirms that we are indeed Christians.
To mark someone's property
The seal of the Holy Spirit is internal
We are His because He purchased us through the price of Jesus Christ paid when He died on the cross for our sins
To make secure
His guarantee of our ultimate salvation
How is the Holy Spirit our guarantee?
A "down payment" - secures the transaction with a promise that more will come
God gave the Holy Spirit as a "down payment"
This present life in the Spirit is God's promise of something more
What we have experienced of the Holy Spirit is only a foretast
Certain things we must avoid:
Quenching the Holy Spirit
Grieving the Holy Spirit
When we quench or grieve the Holy Spirit we lose the joy of our salvation and the fullness of the Spirit's blessing.
How can we get back to the fullness?
It begins with repentance
Accept God's gift of salvation
Invite the Holy Spirit to come in and fill you to overflowing
Description Our identity in Christ implies influence for Christ. "You ARE the salt of the earth...you ARE the light of the world." Christians must permeate society as agents of redemption.
We are the Salt of the Earth Christians delay decay. The purpose of salt is to fight deterioration, and therefore it must not itself deteriorate. "Loses its saltiness" reads literally "is defiled." Believers who fail to arrest corruption become worthless as agents of change and redemption.
We are the Light of the World Lights is visible. There is no excuse for secret discipleship. "A city set on a hill cannot be hid."
We must remain active preservative agents in calling the world to listen to God. How are we to be salt and light? We have the power of Christ to be an influence for Christ.
We have the power of prayer.
We have the power of truth.
We have the power of example.
We have the power of group.
We have a a part to play and the power to play it.
Description Who are you going to live your life trying to please? The "Fear of Man" is about our desire for approval and validation. Our consuming desire to please people can actually get in the way of our pleasing God. If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection. Where the problem lies...we obey the one we fear.
When we live for people's approval...you will eventually do something stupid. God gave Saul specific instructions. If you are consumed with trying to please people eventually you have to choose God's way or man's way. Live for an audience of One.
Whe you live for people's approveal...you will eventually make God sad. Saul feared man more than he feared God. Saul's heart belonged more to his own self-interest than it did to the purposes of God.
When you live for people's approval...God's glory often becomes less important than yours. Pride is subtle. Pride separates us from an appropriate relationship with God.
When you live for people's approval...you are inviting unnecessary drama and frustration into your life. You are bound to eventually upset someone. Saul tried to please men so he only partially obeyed the Lord's instructions - partial obedience is disobedience. Make every effort to please God.
When you live for people's approval...you will end up redefining success to meet someone else's standards. God told Saul what was required for victory. He allowed the people around him to re-define success.
When you live for people's approval...you will eventually have a hard time recognizing truth. Saul was decieving himself. There's one voice you must be certain you hear, listen to, and follow.
When you life for people's approval...you will eventually become apathetic in your faith. Apathy: A lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern. Your heart is going to beat for something...and whatever it beats for...that's what will live. The Bible says God is searching the earth...looking for those whose hearts are completely devoted to Him.
When you live for people's approval...it will eventually cost you your destiny. We are not trying to please people, but God.
Who are you going to spend your life focused on pleasing?
Description One Encounter with Jesus Can Change Everything Two times in Scripture we are told Jesus was amazed. Faith was the focus of His amazement. Faith simply put, is trust. It's an action word. We place our faith or trust in Jesus. Our faith is based on God's character, God's track record, and God's Word.
The Story of the Roman Centurion Let's look at why Jesus was amazed. The Centurion was one of the most unlikely people you would ever expect to amaze Jesus. The Centurion's servant is sick and near death, but he can't heal him.The elders of the Jews try to convince Jesus that because of how good this man is...he deserves a miracle. The Centurion wanted Jesus to heal his slave...he just didn't want Jesus to come. This man has a clear understanding of who Jesus is. He recognizes that Jesus has authority in the spirit world to heal. Jesus was amazed at his faith. Then Jesus healed the servant without saying a word.
You Don't Need A Word Faith is all that is needed. By faith possess what God has already provided. John 19:30 says, "It is finished." According to Ephesians Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. He has blessed us with every blessing in heaven because we belong to Christ.
God Honors Simple Trust Faith honors God and God honors faith. You can pray here and miracles can happen there!
Description To fast or not to fast? That's the question. Let me begin by sharing with you three reasons not to fast. Be careful not to conclude that I am saying fasting is not a valid practice for today.
To be noticed by men.
To get whatever you want from your deep-pocketed God.
If you don't understand it.
Having covered the reasons not to fast, let me give you six reasons why you should fast.
Fasting is feasting on God.
You are giving yourself to prayer over an urgent matter.
Your food is to do the will of the Fasther.
You want to express sorrow for your sin.
You want to express a desire to share in Christ's suffering for men.
You want to express a desire for Christ to come back.
Now, to fast or not to fast. What will your answer be?
Description The Great Commission Today let's look at Matthew's account of what Jesus said before he ascends to heaven. The New Testament was originally written in Greek, which is very different from the English language. Because of the Greek words used in the Great Commission, I think it can be summed up by saying, "Go and Make".
The Greek word for "make." It's only used four times in the New Testament. It has a very specific focus on instructing and teaching a person. Each one of us is called to "go and make." We go, but I'm not sure we are doing a good job of making. Jesus recreated Himself in people. He was relational with His disciples. Jesus is our model.
Are you "going and making"? We are constantly going, but are we constantly making? Are we living a lifestyle where we are teaching others to following Christ. Jesus gave correction with those He taught. He could only do that because of relationship. There can be no discipleship without relationship. Where are you in your relationships? Plant seeds and show people the love of God that has been shown to you. Offer something that people will follow. Love people the way you are called to.
Let's love, relate, and disciple differently in the coming year. Let's GO and MAKE!
The Gift Exchange: Give God Your Grief and He'll Give You Joy
Description This side of eternity, grief is a reality. If you have not already, at some point you will experience grief. Our normal plan for dealing with our grief is to wait silently. We deny our losses. We delay our pain. We distract ourselves.
God's plan for our grief is to talk to Him about it. To acknowledge the reality of our pain. To tell Him about our pain and losses. And to hear from Him about His comfort.
When we give God our grief, He gives us His joy. God comforts us now by reminding us that He has walked through grief Himself. God comforts us later by removing every reason for grieving for all of eternity.
The Gift Exchange: Give God your hurts and He'll give you healing
Description First, let's look at five wrong ways we handle hurt:
Ignore it - Deny it, delay it, mimimize it. Ignoring hurt never heals it.
Run from it - Escape. Retreat. Run as fast as you can.
Hide it - Revealing your feelings is the beginning of healing. Everybody has a hurt.
Worry over it - Worry is playing the pain repeatedly in your life.
Become bitter about it - Bitterness never makes you better. Bitterness is self-destructive behavior
In 2 Corinthians 11 we read that Paul had many hurts in his life. How did he handle so many troubles? 2 Corinthians 1 tells us and presents us with two big challenges when we're overwhelmed with trouble.
When you give your problems to God, He will give you His comfort. He is the God of all comfort. Troubles is a general word for affiliction, annoyance, inconvenience. God has all comfort for all troubles.
When God gives you His comfort, you can give comfort to others. Look at the life and ministry of Jesus.
Write down your troubles and bring them to the altar. Let's pray for the God of all comfort to give us His healing!