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The church’s vision for 2020 and beyond!

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Teaching Christ, Becoming Christlike Taking Christ Beyond Church Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Col 1:28 A. Teaching Christ A focus and a simplicity Every gathering, every level Equipped to study The Bible alone B. Becoming Christlike This is God’s goal for us A changed heart, changing priorities, and a changing lifestyle. Yes, but how? The Bible alone A committed community C. Taking Christ Beyond Church Living out becoming Christlike Ready to give an answer Learning how to share the gospel with others Ambassadors for Christ Reproducing […]

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Baby Jesus, our King

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Christmas is just one week away! Can you believe it? It is easy to think about baby Jesus during this time of year. Unfortunately, that’s where many people leave Him—a helpless baby. Powerless to do anything in their lives. Last week as we studied the triumphal entry, we took a closer look at who Jesus is: prophet, priest and king. We saw all creation worship Him as King. And we saw Him as the final and best prophet from God as well as our great high priest. As we look at another part of the Christmas story this week from […]

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52: Prophet, Priest, and King

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2019-12-15 Jesus in the real world 52: Prophet, Priest, and King Luke 19:28-48 28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord […]

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Of donkeys, stones, and the King of Kings

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Last week I made a joke in the sermon about a donkey. Some of y’all got it. Some of y’all didn’t. And that’s okay. The donkey doesn’t care. Donkeys don’t care about a lot of things. But donkeys know why they are here. Donkeys are also stronger than they look. They can carry heavy loads and go long distances. They know how to work hard. But they can be stubborn at times. Just like us! Even though donkeys were created to work hard, they can get off track and not fulfill their purpose. Just like us! Everything has a purpose. […]

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51: How we live while we’re waiting

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2019-12-08 Jesus in the real world 51: How we live while we’re waiting Luke 19:11-27 11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, […]

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Waiting

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Silence. For more than 400 years between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament, God’s people heard nothing from Him. No prophets came on the scene to correct them. No one came forward to bring hope or encouragement to “press on to know the Lord.” There was just silence. Silence and waiting. God’s people didn’t live very well while they waited. They added lots of new rules and regulations about how they should live, but they didn’t go about the business of telling others about how great God is. And in their legalism and […]

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50: Wee little people

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2019-12-01 Jesus in the real world 50: Wee little people Luke 19:1-10 1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said […]