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Love Cares

Text: Romans 12:15-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 25, 2010

A problem in many evangelical churches in our day is excessive emotionalism which sometimes is detached from the Word of God.

On the other hand, it is also possible for churches to be overly rationalistic while ignoring the emotional element of our love for God and others.

God is sovereign both over our minds and our emotions. His emotions are expressed throughout the Scriptures and are most plainly seen in our Lord Jesus Christ who rejoiced, felt compassion, and wept.

This Sunday we will continue our mini-series in Romans 12. We have already seen that love is a commitment expressed in action.

This week, in verses 15-16, Paul tells us to love by rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep.

Just as we need to work on our knowledge of the truth and our acts of love towards God and the brethren, we need to work towards having Christlike emotions towards one another.

This passage is having a great impact on me and I hope it will be a blessing to you.


Redemption Accomplished and Applied

Text: Ephesians 1:7-8
Speaker: Curt Arend
Outline: PDF
Date: April 18, 2010

This Lord’s Day Jim and I am swapping pulpits. I plan to speak from Ephesians 1:7-8 on the theme of Redemption Accomplished and Applied.
We often become so distracted by the world and its cares that we can forget our abundant riches in Christ as we live our lives. We need to keep the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done in making us the very children of God on the forefronts of our minds. This will effect not only our joy, but enable us to glorify Him more effectively.

These two verses are packed full with theological truths that we will unpack slowly in our worship services this Sunday. We will consider what Redemption is, what was the method of payment securing our redemption, and finally the results and riches of Redemption.


Love in Action

Text: Romans 12:11-13
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 11, 2010

Many people come to church for an experience (typically in worship) or for education (to learn from the sermon). It is certainly appropriate to experience strong emotions as we worship God together, and to gain in knowledge of the truth as the Word is proclaimed. But the church is much more than what we get out of the Sunday services. God has made us a community, a body, and a family.

In this week’s text Paul reminds us that we are called upon to be fervent in our loving service to one another, to identify and meet one another’s needs, and to open our homes and our lives to one another.

All of this is both necessary and possible because of Christ Who, in love, served us, met our greatest need through the gift of Himself, and welcomes us into the family of God.


Knowing the Power of Christ’s Resurrection

Text: Philippians 3:8-11
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

The resurrection of Christ makes Christianity unique among the religions of the world (whose founders are all dead).

What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection to us today?

The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 3:10-11, states his passionate desire to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.

This Sunday we will examine what the power of Christ’s resurrection meant to Paul and should mean to us.

1. Resurrection power flows to us from the historic event of Jesus’ resurrection.
2. Resurrection power justifies us, not by our works, but through faith in the work of Christ.
3. Resurrection power is transforming (sanctifying) us now, conforming us to Christ.
4. Resurrection power will bring us to glory with the risen Christ at His return.


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