1 Corinthians: Grow – David McNeely – Deacon/Elder Ordination Service

by | 02.12.2018

1 Corinthians 3

1. Where do you see signs of immaturity and maturity in your own life?

2. In what ways are God’s people called to become fools?

Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself.  After you become a leader, success is about growing others.
Jack Welch, Winning

1 Corinthians: Revealed By The Spirit – 2-4-2018

by | 02.05.2018

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

  1. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
  2. What’s one way you can spend this week dependent on the Spirit for wisdom, knowledge and understanding?

God has made us for himself, but we have run from him. The heart of our
lostness is our profound self-focus. We do not want to know him, if knowing him is on his terms. We are happy to have a god we can more or less manipulate; we do not want a god to whom we admit that we are rebels in heart and mind, that we do not deserve his favor, and that our only hope is in his pardoning and transforming grace. Or, more precisely, we cannot fathom such things unless we have the Spirit of God.
D.A. Carson

We need to repent of the haughty way in which we sometimes stand in
judgment upon Scripture and must learn to sit humbly under its judgments
instead. If we come to Scripture with our minds made up, expecting to hear
from it only an echo of our own thoughts and never the thunderclap of God’s, then indeed he will not speak to us and we shall only be confirmed in our own prejudices. We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.
John Stott

Winter Term – Is the Bible Trustworthy? – Interpreting the Bible – 1-25-2018 – Duke Kwon

by | 01.30.2018

Some of the things written in the Bible are confusing or seem archaic, how are we supposed to understand them? How can we read the Bible so that we get the most out of its meaning and teachings?

Here Duke Kwon describes how to interpret the Bible.

Please feel free to follow along with the audio with the Handout, attached.

How to Read and Study the Bible (Handout)


Winter Term – Is the Bible Trustworthy? – The Authority and Inspiration – 1-18-2018 – Russ Whitfield

Who wrote the Bible? How can we trust what they wrote and believe that what is in the Bible is true and accurate?

Here, Rev. Russ Whitfield describes the Authority and the Inspiration of the Bible.

Please feel free to follow along with the audio with the Slides, attached.

Is the Bible Trustworthy_ (Authority) Slides

Winter Term – Is the Bible Trustworthy? – The Canon – 1-11-2018 – Glenn Hoburg

by | 01.29.2018

Who decided which books to put in the Bible? How did the books that are in the Bible get there? Why aren’t we adding more books to the Bible or updating the books as times change?

Here Rev. Glenn Hoburg describes the Canon of the Bible and what that means.

Please feel free to follow along with the audio with the Slides and Handout, attached.

The Canon Slides

Can the Canon Be Trusted Handout

Keep Your Head in the Clouds – Irwyn Ince – 1-28-2018

by | 01.29.2018

Colossians 3:1-17

1. What does it mean in everyday life as Christians to “keep our heads in the clouds?”
2. What are the ways that being shaped into a new “we” as a diverse church can be disorienting?
3. What does it mean to understand our ethnic identity as subservient to our identity in Jesus Christ?
“If Jesus, the Christ, is so highly favored and acknowledged to be God’s ‘right-hand man’ with all power and authority to effect God’s will and to protect his own—which is implicit in that claim—then Christian life should be entirely oriented by reference to this Christ.”  – James Dunn
“It is only those who are the most heavenly minded that are actually able to labor for the most earthly good. Why? Because our longing for peace, healing, and restoration is not rooted in the ability of this world to manufacture it.

1 Corinthians – The Foolishness and Weakness of the Cross – 1-21-2018

by | 01.22.2018

1 Corinthians 1:18–2:5

1) In your own words, what is the “paradox” of the cross?

2) God extends his grace to “weak,” “foolish,” and “lowly” people in the
world. How is this good news to us today?

We have to humble ourselves at the foot of the cross, confess that we have
sinned and deserve nothing at his hand but judgment, thank him that he
loved us and died for us, and receive from him a full and free forgiveness.
Against this self-humbling our ingrained pride rebels. We resent the idea that
we cannot earn – or even contribute to – our own salvation. So we stumble,
as Paul put it, over the stumbling-block of the cross.
John Stott

The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it
remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity.
R.C. Sproul

God’s grace can reach anyone. … God is not impressed by the public
philosophies, political clout, and extravagant wealth that the word so greatly
admires. … Modern Western evangelicalism is deeply infested with the virus
of triumphalism, and the resulting illness destroys humility, minimizes grace,
and offers far too much homage to the money and influence and “wisdom” of
our day.
D.A. Carson

1 Corinthians – One Church Under God, Indivisible? – 1-14-2018

by | 01.17.2018

1 Corinthians 1:1-17

1) Do you struggle to give thanks for Christ’s church? Name 5 things
you’re grateful for in the Church.

2) In what ways do you see the Church divided? How can we foster a
healthy, cross-centered “unity” at our church?

Divisions in the church are contrary to the gospel. We must not divide the
church along lines of loyalty to human leaders.
Richard Pratt

In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. But be
assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep
disappointment where there is not deep love. Yes, I love the church. How
could I do otherwise? I am in the rather unique position of being the son, the
grandson and the great grandson of preachers. Yes, I see the church as the
body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body
through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many of us have so succumbed to the tribalism in the church that we’ve
started labeling people who are like us as “right” and people who are
different than us as “wrong.”
Christena Cleveland

The Unexpected – Mike Higgins – 1-7-2018 Yancie’s Ordination Service

by | 01.08.2018

Verse 7  “Why does this man speak like that?”
Verse 12 “We never saw anything like this.”
1. Who can forgive sins but but alone?
2. Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?

Starting at the Finish Line – 12-31-2017

by | 01.03.2018

John 19:16b-19; 28-30

1) What are you most looking forward to in the new year? Most dreading?
2) What difference would it make for you to start the new year believing
that, in Jesus, “it is finished”?

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should
have a new soul.
G.K. Chesterton

Darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines,
it will shine out the clearer.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings