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“So let’s do it—full of belief... Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on.” –Hebrews 10:24-25

Sunday, January 6th 2019

Text: Psalm 61:1-3, Colossians 4:2

Sermon Title: Permission to Speak Freely: Where is God in my Praying?

 

 

Theme:  There are times in most people’s lives when they wonder if God really hears our prayers.  It is easy for our faith to be tossed about by our feelings, but there is more to prayer than just our feelings.

 

Questions to Think About as You Read:

How do you “feel” about God when a prayer has been answered?

When have you felt like God wasn’t listening to your prayers?  

 

 


Sunday, December 30th 2018

Text: Luke 2:41-52

Sermon Title: Jesus Ditches Mary and Joseph


Theme: While growing up Jesus finds himself separated from his
parents. Mary and Joseph react like typical parents who can’t find their child. Jesus’ reaction gives us a glimpse into how he understands his real identity.


Questions to Think About as You Read:
 Jesus is obviously “comfortable in his own skin”. How can knowing and trusting that you are a child of God make you comfortable in your own skin?
 The Bible tells us very little about Jesus between his birth and when he starts his ministry at about age 30. What do you think he was like?


Sunday, December 24th 2018 - CHRISTMAS EVE

Text: Luke 2:1-20

Sermon Title: Pageant or Praise?


Theme: In an increasingly secular world when religion in all forms is
increasingly taking a back seat to everything else Christmas is still
important for many reasons. But the real question is this: Has it
become just a pageant that brings families together or is it a chance to praise God for what The Lord

accomplished through Christ.
Questions to think About as You Read:
 How can Christmas become more than just a pageant for you?
 What are you favorite Christmas memories?


Sunday, December 23rd 2018

Text: Luke 1:39-55

Sermon Title: Mary The Magnificent


Theme: Mary rejoices in being chosen by God and Mary’s words of praise are some of the most beautiful in the entire Bible. Though we each serve God in different ways we are also called to rejoice even though it might not always be easy. We praise because we are called by God.


Questions to Think About as You Read:
 When have you been grateful for an opportunity to serve?
 What do Mary’s words make you feel inside? Do you relate to any of them?


Sunday, December 16th 2018

Text: Luke 3:7-8

Sermon Title: How to Prepare for Christmas!

Theme: In a continuation of last week’s reading, John the Baptist has some specific suggestions on how to prepare for Jesus. He’s also very quick to point to Jesus and not himself. A good lesson for all of us.


Questions to Think About as You Read:
 What were John The Baptist’s specific instructions on how to prepare for Jesus?
 Why is it so important for us to point to Jesus instead of ourselves?


Sunday, December 9th 2018

Text: Luke 3:1-6

Sermon Title: Prepare the Way of the Lord

Theme: In ancient times before a King or Ruler would travel and an
advance party would go out and fix the roads/paths so the King or
Rulers trip wouldn’t be bumpy. We too are called to prepare the way of The Lord in our lives.


Questions to Think About as You Read:
 What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
 What can you to prepare the way of the Lord and be spiritually ready for Christmas?


Sunday, November 25th 2018

Text: Luke 1:25-38

Sermon Title:“A Heaven Sent Message”

Theme: In this passage the Angel Gabriel comes to Mary and announces that she would bear a son and his name would be Jesus. This would be very contro-versial on a lot of different levels and yet Mary was willing to be a servant of The Lord.


Questions to Think About as You Read:
 When does God call us to be a servant when it might be counter-cultural?
 In what ways do you feel like you are serving God?


Sunday, November 18th 2018

Text: Romans 3:23 & Matthew 7:1-6

Sermon Title:“Iron Sharpens Iron 4 of 4: When the Church Comes Up Short”

Theme: Despite all of the talk about love and forgiveness we hear in church sometimes people get hurt by others in church. Though not usually intentional it does happen. When it does how can we deal with it effectively?


Questions to Think About as You Read:
 Have you or someone you know ever been hurt by something someone said or did in church?
 Why does that hypocrite label tend to stick when the church comes up short?


Sunday November 11th, 2018

Text: Psalm 133

Sermon Title:“When Iron Sharpens Iron 3 of 4: Who Needs Community?”

Theme: Whether it’s family, friends, people at church or school mates we all in-teract with people each day. This passage reminds us how good life can be when people get along.
Questions to Think About as You Read:


 How might a spiritual friendship help us get along better with others?
 Can you think of a time when most of your relationships “felt good”? If so, is there a common thread that runs through them?

 


Sunday November 4th, 2018

Text: Galatians 6:1-10

Sermon Title:“Iron Sharpens Iron 2 of 4: Marks of Biblical Community”

Theme: A spiritual friend helps bear our burdens and we as a spiritual friend bear another’s burden. A spiritual friend reminds us of what’s most important in life and also at times might hold us accountable.

Questions to Think About as You Read:
 What is the difference between a good friend we might talk to about stuff and a spiritual friend?
 What can it be so difficult to find a spiritual friend?