Good News

25
Jun

Out In the World

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

19
Jun

The Grace in Which We Stand

Romans 5:1-11
The Grace in Which We Stand
What’s the “therefore” there for?
Peace with God

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Being in God’s Grace

Through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand;

11
Jun

Following Jesus’ Instructions

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

04
Jun

Are YOU a prophet?

But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!”

01
Jun

Verse of the Month — June 2017

Truth

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
John 16:13a

28
May

Eternal Life – Together!

And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

21
May

How to Live as a Christian

May 21 2017

1 Peter 3:8-22

3:8 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

3:9 Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse, but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called — that you might inherit a blessing.

3:10 For “Those who ;desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit;

3:11 let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it.

3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

3:13 Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?

3:14 But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated,

3:15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you;

3:16 yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.

3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.

3:18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,

3:19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison,

3:20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.

3:21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

3:22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

How to Live as a Christian

Unity, Love, tender heart, humble mind (8)

Peter is appealing to his readers (first century Christians) to look to the quality of their own character, and therefore to the nature of their own relationships, as the measure of their faith in Christ. He wrote during a time of persecution, and is especially concerned that his readers distinguish themselves in this way from those who mistreat them.

Responding to Mistreatment (13-17)

Be a source of blessing (9-12)

The admonitions to not repay evil for evil comes from Jesus himself, and is being passed along here by Peter, in the trenches of persecution. We are equipped to not react in kind when mistreated.

Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse, but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing.  It is for this you were called – that you might inherit a blessing.

Responding to Mistreatment (13-17)

* You are always blessed!

3:14 But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated,

Jesus said that there is a blessing for the persecuted. We are set free from the fear of death, because we associate with the One who has been there, done that.

Responding to Mistreatment (13-17)

Be ready!

3:15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you;

so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.

3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.

When we respond with love, rather than react in fear or anger, people will ask.  The world and the devil do not understand such motivations.

Christ our Example (18)

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God.

We follow him in death and resurrection (19-22)

Very truly I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)

We begin in a condition of death, with respect to God. Jesus has brought us to life.  The flip side of this is that now we are dead to the things of this life that could rob us of our peace and joy.  Instead we are called to infect the world with the life of Christ:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving
that we receive;
it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.

14
May

The Rock

1 Peter 2:1-10

2:1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy and all slander.
2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation-
2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
2:4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and
2:5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
2:6 For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
2:7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,”
2:8 and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Today’s Message:  The Rock  (1 Peter 2:1-10)
The Rock: Don’t look back!
The Rock:  Peter
Be A Baby
Drink milk!
Grow!
Have you tasted?
The Rock: Living Stones
Rejected
Chosen
Built Together
The Stone the Builders Rejected
A People with a Purpose
God’s Own People

 

07
May

Sticks and Stones

Sunday morning worship on May 7, 2017 with guest preacher Rev. Jerry Seaman bringing the message. Sermon begins at about 00:30:00 on the video.
3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
3:2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.
3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.
 3:4 Or look at ships: though they are so large it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
3:5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
3:5 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and si itself set on fire by hell.
3:7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,
3:8 but no one can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
3:9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.
3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.
3:11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?
3:12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
Rev. Jerry Seaman
Today’s Message

Sticks and Stones: James 3:1-12

Sticks and Stones:  The Power of the Spoken Word
Sticks and Stones:  How do we stop the hate?
  • Manifestations of hate and its origin
  • How do we stop the hate?
  • Can we stop hate?
Sticks and Stones:  What words can do
  • Gossip
  • Name calling
  • Insulting People (insulting God)
Sticks and Stones:  The Usefulness of Words
  • God used words to create
  • Jesus and the Apostles used words to comfort and heal
  • Words are used to encourage and strengthen
  • A kind answer turns away wrath
As the Body of Christ, we are obligated to speak kindness.

 

NEXT WEEK:  Pastor Bob Buehler will bring a message on 1 Peter 2:2-10.  Christ the Cornerstone.

01
May

Verse of the Month – May 2017

Renewal

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

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