Set Your Mind On Things Above
Paul wrote, "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:1-3). Have you contemplated what they means? How do we seek those things which are above? How do we set our mind on such things? We invite you to listen to a short sermon that considers that question. It is titled, "Those Things Which Are Above," and it is avialable on our sermon page.
Are We His Disciples?
Jesus sent His apostles into the world to make disciples of all nations. Disciples were later called Christians at Antioch. The question for each of us is whether we are His disciple? We can be doing the right things but doing them for the wrong reasons. The sermon titled, "Are We His Disciples?" is a look at how we might be failing in our discipleship. We invite you to listen.
If The Lord Will
Jesus prayed three times that the cross might not be His to bear, but His attitude was, "Thy will be done." James teaches us to include God's will in all our plans, acknowledging success depends on, "If the Lord will." We see the apostle Paul dealing with God's will on his second missionary journey. We invite you to listen to a short sermon that looks at this idea and how we need to learn the attitude that truly says, "Not my will, but Thy will be done."
Walk Not As Other Gentiles Walk
Paul uses this phrase, "Walk not," twice in Romans and once in Ephesians. He says, "Walk not after the flesh," in the letter to the Romans. Then he says similarly, "Walk not as other Gentiles walk," in his letter to the Ephesians. We invite you to listen to a short sermon that looks at the forbidden walk. It is titled simply, "Walk Not As Other Gentiles Walk."
The Effects of Worldly Wisdom, James 4
We invite you to listen to a short study of James 4 titled, Wisdom That is From Beneath. James writes of the effects of worldly wisdom and then how to overcome it, or the effects of turning to the Lord for the wisdom that is from above.
The Strength That Christ Supplies
The apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Philippi, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Php. 4:13). He wrote that he had learned this, and it helped him be content in any situation. We invite you to listen to a sermon about the strength that God provides.
Our study of James continues with James 3. James warns about caution using our tongues, even with teachers who will receive a stricter judgment. He then turns to the wisdom from above and how a living active faith should move Christ's disciples to seek God's guidance and be changed by it in both word and deed.
Father's Day 2020
We don't honor fathers above Christ on the first day of the week. We will today, as we do each Sunday, partake of the Lord's Supper in memory of the Lord's death on the cross and contemplate His love for us and the forgiveness of sins we have in His blood. However, today is a day in the United States when we also thank our dads and honor their love. The lesson today is titled, "While He Spoke," and we will look at what God wants from Godly fathers and why faithful men are so important to His work on earth. We invite you to listen to the audio. The link will be available on our home page for a time and on our sermons page.
Outdoor Gospel Meeting
We are holding a series of outdoor meetings begin Sunday, June 14 at 9am and continuing Monday through Friday at 7pm each evening June 15-19, if the Lord wills. Larsen Plyler will be preaching. Each service should last about an hour. We will meet on the lot east of our building. We invite you to bring a lawn chair and join us. If it should rain, we will cancel the outdoor meeting by 5:30 p.m. and announce it on our Facebook page and on our website.
We Faint Not
The headlines are usually bad, and they are worse lately. A few samples: "How will we ever be safe inside?" (The Atlantic); "Why do some people refuse to wear masks? Definace, misguided thinking" (San Francisco Chronice); "Protests and unrest spread across the U.S. after cities impose curfews" (The Guardian); "Supreme Court, in 5-4 decision, rejects church's challenge to shutdown order" (New York Times). It would be easy for someone to lose heart if we only read the headlines, but times were hard and uncertain in Paul's day too. The work of the gospel had many challenges, and he wrote to the saints in Corinth, "we faint not." We invite you to listen to a sermon with the same title.
For You See Your Calling, Wednesday Study
Paul wrote, "For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called" (1 Cor. 1:26). Most Christians are of humble backgrounds. We are not striving for worldly success and noteriety. We are striving for God's approval. We invite you to listen to a short study of our calling in Christ titled, For You See Your Calling.
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
Jesus told His closest disciples that they should not let their hearts be troubled. He was promising the Helper, or Comforter - the Holy Spirit. The Spirit would lead them in all righteousness and truth. They could embark on the work that lay ahead, the greatest work in history in many ways, with the full assurance that God would be with them. We can have the same confidence in the peace that we have in Christ with God. We invite you to consider a short lesson on the idea of peace with God and comfort in Christ.
Paul's Letter to Philemon
Receive him as a brother. This was Paul's request of Philemon. Onesimus, a runaway slave, had been converted by Paul. Paul was sending Onesimus back to his master, Philemon, and asking him very tactfully, kindly, and diplomatically to receive his runaway slave back as a brother. Paul's example of love in dealing with both Onesimus and Philemon stands the test of time for you and me. We should deal with one another in the same way. We invite you to listen to a short study of Philemon on our sermons page.
Memorable Events and Spiritual Lessons
The latest sermon posted to our site is titled, Memorable Events. It is a brief look back at some Biblical events and some modern events that altered history either a little or a lot. There are always inquiries and questions in modern times about such events as men try to decide what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. This lesson is a look at some spiritual lessons that such events should remind of us. We hope you can listen. We're continuing to have outdoor worship Sunday's at 9am if you would like to join us. We hope to be returning inside soon as we decide how to do that safely and efficiently.