Posts Tagged ‘sacrifice’


THE GOSPEL – Our Message for the Mission Part 3: JESUS

Sunday, June 27th, 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 three: JESUS (who He is, what He has done, and what He has promised to do).

The Message of the Mission Part 3: JESUS

1. Jesus is fully God and fully man.

A. Jesus was born of a virgin. (Luke 1:34-35)
B. The Son is one in essence with the Father. (John 1:1, 14)

2. Jesus is without sin.

1. Jesus is our sacrifice.
(1 Corinthians 5:7)
A. We deserve to die as the penalty for sin.
B. Jesus paid the penalty that we deserve.

2. Jesus is our propitiation. (Romans 3:23-25)
A. We deserve to bear God’s wrath against sin.
B. Jesus bore God’s wrath toward us in full.
C. Jesus changed God’s wrath toward us into favor.

3. Jesus is our reconciliation. (Romans 5:10-11; Colossians 1:19-23)
A. We are separated from God by our sin.
B. Jesus removed enmity between God and us.
C. Jesus restored fellowship between God and us.

4. Jesus is our redemption. (Mark 10:45; Galatians 3:13; Colossians 1:13-14)
A. We are in bondage to sin and Satan’s kingdom.
B. Jesus purchased us out of our bondage.
C. Jesus paid the ransom to God.

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THE CORE: Worship (Hebrews 13:15-17)

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Our latest sermon series is based on our Core Values. Each week we will be covering one of our church’s five core values. This week we are talking about worship. Unlike what most people think when they hear the word worship, it is not simply what we do when we sing songs about God. We are born worshipping. We are either worshipping someone or something or we are worshipping our Creator. This week we are going to try and understand what worship is and how we can align our hearts and minds to make sure we worship the only one who deserves to be worshipped…our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

THE CORE: Worship
Hebrews 13:15-17

I. We Are Created Worshipping

1. Worship is honoring someone or something: glory.
2. Worship is something we do: sacrifice.
Our lives are about not doing some things so we can find time or money to do things more important to us.

II. We Have a Worship Problem

1. Sin is making something else more central to your significance, purpose, and happiness than your relationship with God.
2. Whatever we base our identity and value on becomes deified.
3. The root of the problem is always that you are worshipping something or someone over God.
4. We must constantly seek and smash our idols!

III. The Essentials of Biblical Worship

1. Praise
2. Proclamation: lips that confess Jesus’ name
3. Service: doing good as a demonstration of the gospel
4. Participation: sharing with others as a demonstration of grace
5. Sacrifice: giving of time, talent, and treasure
6. Submission: respecting godly authority placed over us

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Church Membership

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Membership is about more than attending church meetings. Members who enter into a covenant with us are called to a higher degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice. By becoming a Covenant Member you are committing to be part of a spiritual family that will provide support and encouragement in your walk with Christ. Our elders and leadership pledge to assist our Covenant Members first and foremost, by providing care and counsel as well as pray, teach and guide as necessary. This week’s sermon reveals the ten essential qualities needed in the members of our church for our church to be healthy. Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

I. Two problems we have in this day and age:

Commitment-Phobia & Lone-Rangerism.

II. A healthy Church is filled with Men and Women who:

1. See Scripture as the final authority on all things.
2. Are pursuing Jesus as the ultimate treasure.
3. Follow in obedience after Christ in the ordinances.
4. Genuinely love one another and enjoy participating with one another in healthy biblical community.
5. Make up an open-handed church.
6. Walk in holiness as an act of worship to Jesus by the Spirit.
7. Take serious the areas of life that the Scriptures deem foolish.
8. Take the responsibility of Christian freedom seriously.
9. Are willing to engage one another over sin and who are also willing to be engaged.
10. When we fail at all of this, we are quick to: a) Confess it to God and to one another b) Repent and seek to put that sin to death

III. Covenant Membership: 3 Step Process

1. Attend the Covenant Membership Class (Luke 14:27-28)
2. Believer’s Baptism
3. Signing the Covenant

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Submitting to God pt. 2: Husbands (Eph 5:25-33)

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

God gave us the institution of marriage ultimately to point us toward the relationship between Jesus and his bride, the church. In fact, the gift of marriage was given not just for us and our enjoyment, but to help us display the glory of God to the world. This text is the second in a short series within Ephesians on how we are to submit to authority in order to display God’s glory and magnify our Lord, Jesus. This week we are focused on how husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave himself up for her. Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

Submitting to God pt. 2: Husbands

Husbands, love your wives as Jesus loves the church:

1. Jesus feeds his bride.
2. Jesus lavishes his bride with gifts.
3. Jesus knows his bride intimately.
4. Jesus is long-suffering with his bride.
5. Jesus continually encourages his bride.
6. Jesus pursues his bride, wooing her.
7. Jesus fought for the purity and holiness of his bride.
8. Jesus gives himself fully to his bride.
9. Jesus sacrificed everything for his bride.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast, it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices wit the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

Marriage was created to point to Jesus and the gospel.

The Great Exchange
“This is that mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s, and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied himself of his righteousness that he might clothe us with it and fill us with it; and he has taken our evils upon himself that he might deliver us from them.” – Martin Luther

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