August 14, 2016
We looked at 1 Corinthians 9 on Sunday:
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!
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"
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?
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?
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?
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
July 5, 2016
"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?"
June 26, 2016
"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."
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.
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