Guest Speaker Bradley Fisher shares his testimony.
Christmas isn’t about this church or even a religion. It’s about relationship with God. It’s about love, life, and a real freedom.
Worship or Tradtion: What is the true spirit of Christmas? For King Harod, the birth of the Messiah produced a spirit of self interest and a desire to protect the tradition of his power. The wise men, on the other hand, meet Christ’s birth with the spirit of worship. As Christmas nears, let’s seek God and give Him the worship and praise He rightly deserves as wise men.
Life can be hard, but we know the truth the shepherds held. The Savoir has come! In Him, we are saved. In Him, we win. The amazing thing is, no matter what happens, that can never be taken away from us. So don’t settle for anything less.
It’s difficult to share the message of God’s peace, when we’re stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Our proclamation must first begin with us accepting and embracing the peace we have in God.
All the prophets of the Old Testament looked and longed for the coming of Jesus. Prophets were chosen people who God spoke to and sent to His people in order to prepare the people to turn back to God. Advent is the perfect time for us to wait and prepare. As the prophets waited for Jesus’ arrival, we wait and prepare for His Second Coming.
The same Holy Spirit that was given to the disciples, converted Paul to a follower of Jesus Christ, and converted all those Gentiles that formed those first ecclesias, is the same Holy Spirit that is in each and every one of us here today. We too can make a really big difference in our generation and world.
We’re nearing the end of the series called BIG Church. It’s called BIG Church not because we are a big church, but because the Church is a really big deal. Recap We’ve been talking about how the Church got started and how the message of Jesus survived the first century? So much happened in that period of history from persecution to destruction of ancient Judaism that it’s actually pretty amazing that it did survive. However, we know Jesus said not…
When the local church gets this right, that it’s not a balancing act, it’s not a clean yourself up first….and neither is it let’s throw away the standards so everybody feels good about themselves…when the local church gets this right, when we come together in the name of Jesus, there should be an embodiment of grace and truth in such a way that forgiveness isn’t dumbed down, grace isn’t dumbed down, and neither are the morals of Christianity. That somehow, they co-exist in a powerful way.
Christ died for our sin. He was buried. He was raised.He appeared. That’s it. That’s the Gospel—that’s the starting point. That’s not the point you get to after you get all your questions answered. That’s the simple message we are to take to the world.