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Sermons (Page 2)

Sermons (Page 2)

I Won’t Condemn

As we examine ourselves under the Law, we feel shame. We know nothing we could ever do would allow us to earn our way into Heaven. But through Jesus, God promises to never condemn us or forsake us. Resting in this promise helps take away our guilt and fix our eyes on the miracle and gift of God’s grace. Scriptures: Psalm 32 Sermon Text: Romans 8:1
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I’ll Answer

Through trials and challenges, we struggle to pray. We don’t know that there will be an answer or that God hears our prayers. But we can rest in God’s promise that he hears our every prayer, whether spoken or unspoken. This promise gives us the confidence to pray boldly, knowing our Heavenly Father listens to our every word. Scriptures: Psalm 116 Sermon Text: John 16:22-24
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Self-Control, Not Willpower

Whether it’s junk food, acting on lust, over-committing, or some other sin we know we should avoid, saying no to temptation is hard. What we often forget when struggling with self-control is that it’s not all on us to stay away from sin. We don’t have to rely on sheer willpower; we can rely on God to help control our desires and be the people God intended us to be. Scriptures: Proverbs 25:27-28 Sermon Text: Titus 2:11-12
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Faithfulness, Not Convenience

It’s hard to stick to our promises to ourselves to stay healthy when it’s more convenient to go through the fast food drive-through or skip a workout. It may be easier to skip your daily devotion or going to church to make sure you’ve got time to get everything else done, but what’s the result of this? God is always faithful to you, and being intentional about spending time with him helps you set priorities straight, making time for the…
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Patience and Forgiveness, Not Judgment

We quickly judge the world around us and the people in it. Rather than taking people’s words and actions in the kindest possible way, we quickly assess their sin and dismiss them. We lack patience to see people and situations for what they truly are: opportunities to show and share the love of Jesus. God demonstrates the most extreme patience with us, forgiving our sins over and over. Scriptures: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21-35
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Peace, Not Tolerance

In order to achieve peace, we often compromise. Even though we don’t agree with someone’s viewpoint or actions, we tolerate it because we want to keep the peace. We tolerate our circumstances, but we aren’t content in them. True peace comes from God, from immersing ourselves in his promises and knowing that his love for us never fails. Scriptures: Psalm 16 Sermon Text: John 14:26-27
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Joy, Not Pleasure

When our favorite sports teams win, we celebrate. When we complete a major project, we are ecstatic. As we monitor our bank accounts, we find satisfaction when we see the amounts increase. These experiences are full of happiness and pleasure. But we don’t have to feel happy and pleased to experience joy. Joy comes from knowing our eternity is secure in Jesus. Scriptures: Psalm 16:5-11 Sermon Text: Nehemiah 8:10
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Love, Not Lust

The world uses “love” as a term to describe how we feel about everything from food to TV shows to other people. In this context, love is conditional; our feelings of love change based on circumstances and what we think about these circumstances. They are often feelings of lust, desiring after a person based on physical attraction. The love that Jesus has for us, that he showed us on the cross, is never-failing. This unconditional love is what we strive…
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Change Agents for Christ

A church building may exist at a specific mailing address, but the Church doesn’t end when the property line does or after Sunday services. You are not only a recipient of reconciliation but an ambassador of Christ, to seek and save the lost. As we build relationships with family, community, culture, and even strangers, the Holy Spirit is there to make a change in people’s lives, just as light changes darkness and salt change food. You want to be a…
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Changed through Baptism

Baptism isn’t just ceremony; it is a sacred act in which God either brings a person to faith or strengthens faith, adopts the person into his family, forgives sins, makes a person a temple of the Holy Spirit, makes heirs of eternal life, and changes a person’s eternal destiny. Remember your baptism: it gives you power from God to say no to sin and yes to righteousness, a power to do what is right in the face of the pressure…
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How Jesus Changed the World View of You

Jesus viewed women as image bearers of God and so he treated them as such. Jesus met the woman at the well and appeared to the women first after his resurrection. Women played a significant support role in Paul’s ministry; Priscilla helped, supported, encouraged, and taught the apostle Paul. Here’s the bottom line: although men and women serve different roles in God’s kingdom, we are all one in Christ. Because we are God’s children, we are changed for eternity. Scriptures: Luke…
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Change The Way You Think Of The Church

Reaching milestones in life, such as Confirmation, warrants celebration. But often, these milestones are just the beginning to a new journey. The Holy Spirit works through the Word to bring all of us along the path of maturity. Because of this, we grow in faith and our relationship with Christ every time we engage in God’s Word, making us stronger disciples of Christ and growing the church as a whole. Acts 2:1-4