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The Glory of Christ

Text: Colossians 1:15-20
Speaker: David Alexander
Date: May 30, 2010

This is probably the fullest brief description in the whole New
Testament of the person and work of our Lord Jesus. But Paul wasn’t
simply presenting cold data. He was writing a pastoral letter to a
young church that was being tempted to tone down their focus on Jesus,
and to add some other things to their beliefs that would make them
more culturally acceptable in a pluralistic society. Things haven’t
changed much in nearly 2000 years, have they?

How does Paul combat this temptation? He shows the Colossians how
magnificent Jesus really is, so that they will know him, have full
confidence in him, love him, and praise him. May these things also be
true of us as we consider this Scripture together.

Look Up! Your Keeper is on Duty

Text: Psalm 121
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: May 23, 2010

Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will be preaching Psalm 121. The message is entitled “Look Up! Your Keeper is on Duty.” Could I encourage you all to read this Psalm before our time together tomorrow? Would you consider again the richness of the care that the Lord promises to provide to us as His people? Think long on the perspective that such delighful truths should produce in our souls as we journey through the various seasons of this temporal life. Be reminded of how each and every moment He carefully preserves and protects us in all that we do. Obviously His goodness is beyond our ability to comprehend! But let’s try anyway . . .

Loving Those who are Lost: Evangelism

Text: Romans 10:1-17
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 16, 2010

As we have gone through Romans 12 we have seen that:

1. The love of God for us comes first. Rom. 12:1a
2. Then our love for God. Rom. 12:1b-2
3. Then our love for each other. Rom. 12:3-16

Two weeks ago we considered our duty to love our enemies (Romans 12:17-21).

This week we will jump back to Romans 10 to learn how we should love the lost by bringing them the gospel.

This is appropriate because many of us will be involved in the Escondido Street Faire on Sunday.

Romans 10:15 states, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”

Many of us (and I would include myself) feel a bit insecure about the appearance of our feet.

Some of us have a hard time sharing our faith. Why is evangelism so hard for some of us?

It may be because we don’t care enough about the lost.

Some of us may be unsure of what to say, or we feel that we aren’t gifted in evangelism.

Many of us are reluctant to evangelize because we are afraid to look like fools in the eyes of our family and friends, or we may fear consequences at school or at work.

We all may have been tempted to be discouraged by a lack of fruit in our efforts to reach family members and friends in recent years.

Paul answers these concerns in Romans 10 by helping us to revive our concern for the lost, reminding us of the simplicity of the gospel, and declaring the means God uses to save the lost.

My prayer is that we will all be encouraged to go and to send, not just this week at the Street Faire, but daily until the Lord returns.

The Virtuous Wife (and Mother)

Text: Proverbs 31
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 9, 2010

This Sunday I will be preaching from Proverbs 31. I realize that for some mothers this is a hard text which can produce a lot of guilt. Well meaning preachers may have brought more discouragement than blessing to many mothers on Mothers Day. My desire is to offer encouragement to the moms in our congregation in that our virtue is found in Christ, and that Christ is working His virtue in us (even if the progress isn’t as outstanding and rapid as we would like for it to be). I also plan to offer some exhortation to husband and children as to how specifically we can be a blessing to our wives and mothers.

Finally, we realize that Mothers Day can be hard for those women among us with no children, wayward children, or other difficult family circumstances. My prayer is that you too will find hope in Christ Who is our Wisdom and our Virtue.

Love Your Enemies

Text: Romans 12:17-21
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 2, 2010

This Sunday we will finish our mini-series in Romans 12.

So far, we have seen that the most important love is God’s love for us (Romans 12:1a).

Then comes our love for Him (Romans 12:1b-2).

Then comes our love for one-another (Romans 12:3-16).

This week we will cover a more challenging kind of love: the love we are to have for our enemies (Romans 12:17-21).

Our natural inclination when others hurt us is to take revenge (fighting fire with fire). Now that we are united to Christ we have a new nature and are able to overcome evil with good.

We also are set free from the temptation to take revenge because we can trust God to bring about justice.

While we may find it difficult to be kind to unbelievers who persecute us, the hardest of all kinds of love may be when those closest to us, including other believers, wound us.

Paul was deeply hurt by others who claimed to preach the gospel (Philippians 1:15-18). He also was concerned by the conflict between two women in the church in Philippi (Philippians 4:1-2).

Believers in Corinth were suing each other (I Corinthians 6).

I have been very encouraged to see some practical responses to the sermon series on love.

If you did not hear last week’s sermon, I encourage you to download the audio or to get a CD (we will have copies available this Sunday).

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