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Death’s Power Shall Be Removed

Text: Isaiah 25
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: September 30, 2012

An evening service sermon from Mike Kelley.

The Law and the Promise

Text: Galatians 3:15-22
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 30, 2012

Tomorrow we will resume our series through Galatians.

The Jews of Paul’s day, including many who professed faith in Jesus, loved the Law of Moses, but they didn’t really understand its true purpose.  They thought that they could be justified by keeping the law.   They tried to compel Gentile Christians to come under the Law of Moses.

In Galatians 3:15-22 Paul shows that God’s covenant with Abraham is the primary covenant which makes promises to those who believe.  The Law of Moses which was added over 400 years later does not change the terms of the Abrahamic Covenant.

Paul explains that the purpose of the Mosaic Covenant was not to be a means by which men could justify themselves through obedience, but rather the Law was given so that men would see that we can only be saved by God’s grace.

Please read Galatians 3 before coming to church (and if you have time you could also read Romans 4).

Come prepared to pay careful attention to God’s Word.   Our passage is not easy, but what God has to say about the gospel of promise is very important for all of us.

Here is what John Piper said to his congregation before he preached this text.

“Whether you have patience to look with me at Gal. 3:15-18 for 30 minutes depends in large measure on the way you live your life. This text has nothing in it that is immediately practical. It has to do with the historical and theological relationship of the Abrahamic covenant and the Mosaic Covenant which was given 430 years later. If you live your life on the basis of spiritual pep pills that give an immediate emotional charge and specific practical guidance, then you will have a hard time w/the next 30 minutes. But if you live your life on the basis of an ever deepening understanding of the ways of God in Scripture, then you will see to enlarge and if necessary correct the theological foundation in your life.”

Pursuing Peace Through Biblical Conflict Resolution

Text: Matthew 5:9
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 23, 2012

This Sunday we will finish our four part series on peacemaking.

We have spoken about the dangers and opportunities of conflict, how we need to first get the log out of our own eye (confessing our sins), how to gently restore a brother who has done wrong, and forgiveness.  This final message will cover biblical principles to help believers deal with conflict when both parties believe the fault is primarily on the other side.  The Bible teaches attitudes we should have and principles we can following practically pursuing peace.  Also, the Scripture sets forth mediation and arbitration as means by which conflict can be resolved.  In Corinth believers were suing each other in court.  In Philippi two ladies who had worked together for the gospel were at odds.  Similar situations continue today.  Just this week I have heard of several cases of believers going to court against each other.  Scripture teaches a better way.

Love Which Swims in the Element of the Infinite

Text: Matthew 22:34-40, Romans 13:8-10, 1 John 4:19-20
Speaker: Josh Henson
Date: September 23, 2012

An evening service sermon from Josh Henson.

Pursuing Peace by Forgiving Others

Text: Matthew 18:21-35
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 16, 2012

CS Lewis said, “Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.”  We have all been hurt by others. We know that we should forgive, but forgiveness can be very hard.

This Sunday we will have the third sermon in our series on biblical peacemaking. We will focus on Matthew 18:21-35 which teaches us how much we have forgiven as the basis for our forgiving others. God’s grace shows us what real forgiveness looks like and it empowers us to forgive.

We will also deal with some of the hard questions regarding forgiveness, such as, “What if the person who has wronged me won’t seek my forgiveness?”

Pursuing Peace by Gently Restoring Others

Text: Matthew 18:15-20
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 9, 2012

I plan to continue the series on biblical peacemaking which I began last week.

This week we will focus on Matthew 18:15-20 and Galatians 6:1 as we talk about pursuing peace through restoring one another.

The Importance of Our Spiritual Family

Text: Luke 12:51-53
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: September 9, 2012

An evening service sermon from Craig Marshall.

Big God, Big Requests, Big Answers

Text: Ephesians 3:14-21
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Date: September 2, 2012

An evening service sermon from Jim Newheiser

Humbly Pursuing Peace

Text: Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14, Matthew 5:9
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 2, 2012

There is conflict among nations, political conflict within nations, conflict in families, conflicts among friends and neighbors, and even conflicts in churches.  The root of all our conflict is our conflict with God (sin).  Jesus came to make peace between us and God (Romans 5:1).  Through Him we are able to live at peace with one another.

Perhaps you may be wondering, Is there some problem which has led the elders to talk about peacemaking?  Actually we are thankful for the harmony we enjoy.  The best time for a church to learn to learn how to develop a culture of peace is when there is no crisis.

It is my plan over the next few weeks to cover biblical principles of peacemaking.  While we will not focus on a particular text, each message will be saturated with Scripture.

This week we will talk about the nature of conflict and how many conflicts can be avoided or resolved through humbly following biblical principles.

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