Rights, Relationships, Responsibilities

August 14, 2016

We looked at 1 Corinthians 9 on Sunday:

1-2 And don’t tell me that I have no authority to write like this. I’m perfectly free to do this—isn’t that obvious? Haven’t I been given a job to do? Wasn’t I commissioned to this work in a face-to-face meeting with Jesus, our Master? Aren’t you yourselves proof of the good work that I’ve done for the Master? Even if no one else admits the authority of my commission, you can’t deny it. Why, my work with you is living proof of my authority!

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Food Idols

August 8, 2016

"Forrest Gump said that life is like a box of chocolates, Rod says that life is like an old fashioned doughnut with a hole in it. Some things like real idolatry are wrong every day of the week and five times on Sundays. Other things like eating food offered to idols or doing yoga are discretionary, they are not wrong in themselves but may do harm to others"

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Marriage

August 6, 2016

So I have no idea what this Christian life was all about, how do I now live, what’s important and what’s not? What
are the rules? How do I please God and avoid annoying him?

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Our Message

July 26, 2016

Your life is telling a story; what is it saying?  What words are you using to tell speak the gospel message?  Are you telling it?  Who is listening to your story?

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Faith - Love - Hope

July 17, 2016
Phil talked about building connections with his non Christian neighbors, do you have people in your life that you are praying will follow Christ?  What is the next step to take with those particular people? How can we support each other in evangelism?
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Corinthians Part 5

July 10, 2016

An excerpt... "When I was the pastor at Ilam Baptist, the whole gay marriage thing was going through and predictably many Christians were upset about it.  It seemed to me that there was a lot of shouting from both sides of the debate but little listening.  So I thought, how might we address that at our church."

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Corinthians Part 4

July 5, 2016

An excerpt:
"So we are never to judge our leaders? Are we supposed to park our own wisdom and discernment and just be obedient little clones? If we are not to judge people then how are we to select our leaders in the first place?"

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Corinthians Part 3 - Spiritual Maturity

June 26, 2016

An excerpt:
"Our leaders, our mentors contribute to our growth but they don’t determine it or make it happen.  God gives the growth.  When something that we read or hear leads us to change in a good way, it’s a still a work of God.  The Spirit may use someone else’s insight to grow you.  Ask any preacher – we all have stories of offhand or tangential comments that God has really used to heal or grow his people."

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Corintians Part 2 - Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God

June 19, 2016

To be a faithful Christian is by definition to be a fool by the standards that rule out there.  If we can embrace that reality then God can do great things with us and through us. 

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Corinthians Part 1

June 12, 2016

The key question in any sermon is so what, how does this affect our lived reality at this time in this place?

The 'take homes' from this passage are these:
· Even the worst church has enormous spiritual resources
· We need to strive to be united in mind and purpose
· God is the primary actor in our church, not us
· Giving our allegiance to faith heroes is fraught

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