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May Newsletter Article from the Pastor

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Dear Faith Family,

I’m a man filled with hate. I hate the sins that seem to be unshakeable in my life. I hate that I seem to always do the things that I don’t want to do. And I don’t seem to do the things I really want to do. I hate that I am unable to be the husband I want to be for my wife. I hate that I am unable to be the pastor that I want to be for my faith family. And I hate that I can never really be the lover of my God and Savior that I know I need to be.

It seems to come so easy for some people, but it isn’t easy for me. Maybe you know the frustration I feel. Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to live a life of worship if that’s what we were created to live? Do you ever get so frustrated with your sin that you want to scream and curse yourself for your continual failures? I do. It seems the more I try to live right for God, the more I fall on my face in utter failure and despair.

Recently, God’s been working within me to show me a few things that I hope will be as helpful to you as they have been to me.

I’ve come to understand that the temptations we face and the sins we struggle with are not simply a judgment from God. Of course sometimes we do receive the punishment we are due for going against our creator, but that is not the only reason we face temptations in our lives.

Our Father loves us. And because He loves us, he sometimes allows us to be tempted for a purpose. The Bible is clear that He is not the one tempting us, but He does allow us to be tempted.  He doesn’t allow temptation just to test us to see if we will love Him more or to see if we will be able to overcome sin by our own will power.

I believe one of the main reasons He allows us to be tempted is to drive us into His loving arms. You see we will never be strong enough in our own power to avoid the temptations and sins that we face every day. God does command us to be holy, but we are unable to work hard enough to beat the sin that so easily entangles us.

When we are tempted, it is God’s desire that we would humble ourselves and fall at His feet asking Him to deliver us from the temptation to sin against Him. He isn’t looking for us to try and defeat sin in our own power. He wants us to realize our dependence on Him and ask Him, our Father, to deliver us from our sin and even from ourselves. He wants us to tap into the power of the gospel by depending on Him, not ourselves.

The Christian life isn’t about us striving harder to be better people. It’s about us realizing we can’t will ourselves into perfection. It’s about us realizing we were not created to live under our own power, but we were created to embrace the One who holds all power over sin. We were created to be loved by God in order that we might then love Him back because of what He has done for us in Christ Jesus, His Son. When we love God and wholly depend on Him for deliverance from our sinfulness, we are finally living life the way it was originally intended. It’s not about us working harder to win the war. It’s about us depending on God and resting in the love He has shown us by winning the war for us through Jesus going to the cross in our place.

So the next time you are tempted to sin, don’t rely on your own strength. We aren’t strong enough…and that’s ok. God is strong enough and He simply wants to love us and deliver us as any good Father wants to do for His children…so let Him. Don’t try to take it all on yourselves. Instead, turn toward God and fall into His embrace, allowing Him to love you and deliver you. For this is why He has created us…to show us the love of a perfect Father.

Your fellow failure,
Thomas

HEROES: Noah and the Ark

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Our newest sermon series is entitled HEROES. Throughout this series, we will revisit the stories we grew up learning in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, but we will look at them with fresh eyes and for maybe the first time we will see and understand how they fit into the grand narrative of Scripture. We’re finally going to understand how these stories relate to us today and how they all point us to the One True Hero. This week, we are looking in Genesis 6:9-9:17 to revisit the spectacular story of Noah and the Ark. Here are some notes to help you follow along.

God’s Eternal Plan:
“And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12

God makes new beginnings to continue his good kingdom on earth.

1. The final outcome of human sin is God’s judgment and death.
A. The Flood
B. Israel in the Desert
C. Israel in Exile
D. Jesus on Calvary

2. God has made a covenant with his people. (Genesis 9:8-11)
A. Noah and the Flood
B. Israel in Moab
C. Israel in Exile (Isaiah 54:9-10)
D. Jesus on Calvary (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

3. Through Jesus, God makes a completely new start with his people.
A. He gives us clean hearts.
B. He gives us hope of a new creation.

4. God remembers us, his remnant. (Genesis 8:1)

5. God is making for us a new beginning to continue his good kingdom on earth.

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THE GOSPEL – Our Message for the Mission Pt. 2: Man

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Our Mission is to glorify God through lives changed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This mission has many facets, but the foundation of the mission is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the rock upon which His church is built, the cornerstone of our knowledge of God and our faith in God. The Great Commission found in the last few verses of Matthew 28 was Jesus’ mission for His church. The way we are to accomplish this mission is to proclaim the truth about Jesus to all the nations, making disciples of them, baptizing them, and teaching them all that Jesus has commanded of us. This message is what we are studying in this four week series, THE GOSPEL. This week we are talking about part two: Man (the creation of mankind, the Fall, and sin).

THE GOSPEL
The Message of the Mission Part 2: Man

1. In the Beginning, Adam Sinned (Gen 3)

A. They rejected God’s authority over them.
B. They declared their independence from God.

2. We Are Sinners by Nature, Not because We Sin

A. We are born children of wrath. (Eph 2:1-3)
B. The inevitable result of our sinful nature is death. (Rom 5:12)

3. We Are Totally Depraved

A. No one deserves God’s love. (Rom 3:9-12)
B. Everyone misses the mark. (Rom 3:23)
C. Our best deeds are filthy to God. (Isa 64:6a)

4. God’s Judgment Is Active (Isaiah 59:1-2; Rev 19:15)

A. Your sinfulness has separated you from God. (Isa 59:1-2)
B. God’s wrath will be forever poured out on sinners. (Rev 19:15)

5. The Unrepentant Inherit Hell

A. Hell is worse than we can understand. (Matt 10:28)
B. Hell is real…it’s hot and it hurts. (Mark 9:43, 48)
C. Only those who repent will be saved. (Luke 13:3, 5)

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