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Sermons on Living Our Faith

Sermons on Living Our Faith

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High Anxiety: Find Purpose in Suffering

When you’re suffering and in the middle of a tough time, it’s often difficult to find joy. The people to whom Peter was writing were being persecuted for sharing Jesus with their culture. Peter encourages them to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” We can learn from this advice too; when we focus on the promises of God and His love for us, rather than our earthly suffering, our perspective changes and we find purpose…
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Live for God

Jesus is a life-changer. People who were once lost in sin are now alive in Christ. Peter reminds his readers of this when he writes, “they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” Live for God as seen in your purity and unity. This may not be popular in a culture who is against Christ, but God has you where you are to share the Gospel. Lead…
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Hope Under Pressure

It’s a challenge to remain hopeful and not bitter when we’re under pressure. Let’s face it: we’re not going to always agree with the people around us. But that shouldn’t prevent us from serving them and caring for them. Peter calls his readers to “submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority” and “repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” Do good in the world for Christ while…
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Thriving in Exile

It’s hard to think about thriving while in a tough situation. It would be easier to hide our faith, worship God in private, and keep Him to ourselves. But that’s not what faith calls us to do. Peter tells us that we are a “chosen people … that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Our identity is in Christ, so the Holy Spirit is the governor of our hearts.…
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The Goal of Wisdom

When we let God decide what is wise, what is good and evil, then we begin to experience a taste of the Garden. Wisdom will not keep us from all pain and suffering, but when we live according to God’s wisdom we do experience blessing. The goal of wisdom is not necessarily for us to be healthy, wealthy, and happy. But as we walk in God’s ways, trusting in his wisdom and power, we do experience a sense of purpose…
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The Pursuit of Wisdom

The Proverbs describe wisdom as an endless journey and a pursuit. We are to cry out for wisdom. James says we should be praying for wisdom and God will give it. Every new stage in life, every new challenge calls for us to pursue fresh wisdom from God. Using God’s wisdom to guide our decisions doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing for our lives, but it does give us peace as we rely on God’s will for our lives. Sermon Text: Proverbs 2:1-11
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Core Values: Pursuing Excellence

The Apostle Paul pursued excellence. As best he could, he preached the truth in a way that everyone in his audience could understand. He knew that Jesus was the only one who could achieve perfection. Yet, Paul worked tirelessly to reach people with Jesus. We give God our first and our best, pursuing excellence in all we do to be positive representatives of His Kingdom. Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
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Welcoming – Victory Core Value

The early Christians didn’t have worship spaces with electricity, heat, and plumbing. But they did have each other. They gave up everything to meet the needs of the poor, shared meals together, and grew in faith as a united group of believers. When we say one of our core values is to be welcoming, we mean that we share life together through worship, small groups, serving, and meeting the needs of the people in our church and our community. Sermon…
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When There is Pain…Forgive

Retaliation is easier than to forgive. It may seem more satisfying to “get back” at those who hurt us. But in the end, we’re left feeling worse because the guilt of retribution is added to the grudge we hold. Jesus had every right to be angry; he was condemned to death despite complete innocence. Yet, some of his last words were asking his Father to forgive us. What would our lives look like if we chose forgiveness over retaliation? Sermon…
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When It’s Difficult to be Patient…Judge With Wisdom and Grace

Opinions are polarizing. We get entrenched in our own viewpoints about life. We judge others who don’t have the same viewpoints, lacking the patience to understand them. Meanwhile, we don’t recognize or choose to ignore the flaws in our own reasoning and lifestyles. Jesus, the only person who had the authority to judge, chose to listen and understand. And, rather than judging, Jesus chose to demonstrate patience with those who had gone astray. Would our lives be different if we…
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When There’s Need…Give

We don’t have to look far to see needs in our community. No matter where you live, you can find people struggling, whom God calls us to serve. Even in our own homes, we may have children who need to hear about God’s love. Jesus met the physical needs of the poor and needy by feeding and healing them. Most importantly, he met the spiritual needs of all of us by reconciling us to God. How would the world be…
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When the enemy is near…show love

It’s easy to love people who love us; anyone can do that. But when people judge us, persecute us, or drive us crazy, love becomes more difficult. Jesus, however, showed us how we can love our enemy. He loved even those who caused him to suffer. Despite our sin, he loved us enough to die for us on the cross and take away our sins forever. How would our lives be different if we loved our enemies as we love…