2021-04-18
The Five-fold Purpose of the Church
Today Pastor Kevin begins a new series entitled, "Come Together".  In today's lesson Pastor Kevin answers the question, "What is the purpose of the Church?"  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from Acts 2:42-47.  God’s people gather in a variety of places and settings — and yet they gather for the same grand purpose.  The church is God’s idea and is God’s plan, and no matter what the building looks like or how the programs are organized, the church must be absolutely committed to what God wants His church to be.
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  • 2021-04-18The Five-fold Purpose of the Church
    2021-04-18
    The Five-fold Purpose of the Church
    Today Pastor Kevin begins a new series entitled, "Come Together".  In today's lesson Pastor Kevin answers the question, "What is the purpose of the Church?"  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from Acts 2:42-47.  God’s people gather in a variety of places and settings — and yet they gather for the same grand purpose.  The church is God’s idea and is God’s plan, and no matter what the building looks like or how the programs are organized, the church must be absolutely committed to what God wants His church to be.
  • 2021-04-04Celebrating the Risen Jesus!
    2021-04-04
    Celebrating the Risen Jesus!
    Series: Easter Week
    Today is Easter Sunday.  He has Risen!  Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53). Believing that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead is essential for Christians. Merely recognizing that He died for our sins is not enough; we must accept His resurrection in order to receive eternal life. Christ paid our debt, but His sacrifice on the cross means nothing if He possesses no power over the grave. In vanquishing evil and death, the Lord made our salvation possible. Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin.
  • 2021-04-02Good Friday Service
    2021-04-02
    Good Friday Service
    Series: Easter Week
    God is holy and mankind is sinful; holiness is incompatible with sin, so humanity's sin separates us from God. The punishment for sin is eternal death. But human death and animal sacrifices are insufficient to atone for sin.  Atonement requires a perfect, spotless sacrifice, offered in just the right way. Jesus Christ is the one and only perfect God-man, and His death provided the perfect atoning sacrifice for sin and that through Jesus, our own sins can be forgiven. Consequently, when we accept Jesus Christ's payment for sin, he washes away our sin and restores our right standing with God; God's mercy and grace make salvation possible and we receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.  These beliefs explain why the date of Jesus' crucifixion is considered a "Good" Friday.
  • 2021-03-28Jesus: Prophet, King and Savior!
    2021-03-28
    Jesus: Prophet, King and Savior!
    Series: Easter Week
    Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week.  It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem as Savior and King.  As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment.  The hundreds of people shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
  • 2021-03-21The Prospective of Praise
    2021-03-21
    The Prospective of Praise
  • 2021-03-14Praying Through the Pain
    2021-03-14
    Praying Through the Pain
    Today Pastor Kevin teaches the second installment of his series entitled, "Anxious for Nothing".  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from 1 Peter 5:6-8 about how we need to be praying through the pain.  Also, Pastor Kevin describes the cycle of anxiety.  Peter encourages Christians to cast their cares on God, because God cares for them. This might mean giving worries to God, knowing He’ll work all things for good.
  • 2021-03-07When You’ve Had Enough
    2021-03-07
    When You’ve Had Enough
    Today Pastor Kevin begins a new series, entitled "Anxious for Nothing".  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from 1 Kings 19:3-4 about the prophet Elijah.  In this story Elijah flees to the wilderness.  Just like Elijah, Pastor Kevin shares the four things that can happen to us when we had enough.  Please join us in memorizing this verse:  Philippians 4:4-7 NIV - "4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
     
     
     
  • 2021-02-28Employing Your Experiences
    2021-02-28
    Employing Your Experiences
    Experience is one of life’s greatest teachers – and God often uses it to shape us into the men and women he needs us to be. Moses didn’t lead the People of Israel out of Egypt until he was about 80. Meanwhile, Jesus didn’t perform his first miracle until the age of 30. During these extended periods of time, both Moses and Jesus discovered their missions – and how to perform their purpose effectively. What have your past experiences taught you? The highest points and the lowest points can often be springboards for serving God. Whether you excelled at math in school or floundered, you can use your experience to connect with others. Whether you had wonderful parents or harsh parents, you can use your experience to relate to others. God gives us experiences so that we, as the body of Christ, can connect with the diverse world around us.
  • 2021-02-21The Purpose of Your God-Given Personality
    2021-02-21
    The Purpose of Your God-Given Personality
    What is PERSONALITY? It is our unique set of personal traits and preferences. It’s how we react to things, how we do things, how we relate to people, and how we prefer to live. Personality is who we really are and what we’re really like; it is our personal uniqueness. It was God’s plan to design each of us differently. There is no right or wrong personality. God made you to be you, and me to be me. Each one of us has a personality that was crafted to serve God. When we stop fighting our natural characteristics and start embracing them, we can make a far larger difference in the world around us.
  • 2021-02-14Using Your God-Given Abilities
    2021-02-14
    Using Your God-Given Abilities
    What are you really good at? Painting? Counseling? Maybe you’ve never met a car problem you couldn’t repair, or you’re an amazing chef. Perhaps you just find opportunities to help people wherever you go. Whatever your talent or skill is, guess what? God’s behind it! But He doesn’t bless us with talents or skills so we can get noticed or earn lots of cash. Yes, that can be a result of it. But it’s so much bigger than that. God wants us to honor Him with those gifts! He wants us to be “good and faithful servants” with our talents. How exactly does God want us to use our talents for Him? Let's listen to today's message and find out.
     
  • 2021-01-31Your God-Given Heart and Passion
    2021-01-31
    Your God-Given Heart and Passion
    In this third installment of the SHAPE series, Pastor Kevin explores how God uses your HEART (your interests, passions and desires) to serve Him and others.  "As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person.”, Proverbs 27:19 (NLT).  Let's listen as Pastor Kevin identifies five things that can keep us from following our God-given heart.
  • 2021-01-24Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts
    2021-01-24
    Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts
    Spiritual gifts are something every believer is given when they receive the gift of salvation.  Just as the gift of salvation is by grace through faith, so are the spiritual gifts.  Our God is so generous.  He is constantly giving us things.  “Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us.” (Ephesians 4:7 CEV).  It’s His grace at work in our lives. Today Pastor Kevin discusses in the second lesson of his S.H.A.P.E. series, the four gifts you'll receive when Christ saves you.  Also, he will explain the four steps to using your spiritual gits.  If you would like to take your free S.H.A.P.E. test that Pastor Kevin mentioned in today's message, you can find the link to it here: https://www.freeshapetest.com/
     
  • 2021-01-10Why Are You in the S.H.A.P.E. You’re In?
    2021-01-10
    Why Are You in the S.H.A.P.E. You’re In?
    Today Pastor Kevin will begin a new series titled, "Getting into Spiritual "S.H.A.P.E.".  Now the word SHAPE in this instance is an acrostic that Pastor Kevin will explain in this lesson. God made us for a purpose. Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV) says, "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well".  And your SHAPE reveals God's purpose for you.
  • 2021-01-03RESET: A New Year, A New Start!
    2021-01-03
    RESET: A New Year, A New Start!
    Series: Reset
    Happy New Year! Many people make some sort of resolution at the start of the year—whether it’s to lose weight, eliminate debt, or read through the Bible. Today Pastor Kevin will explain Reset, a new start. a new season in our church. In the busyness of life, it can be easy to forget that we are commanded to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27). Embrace this spirit and remind people of the most important resolution of all: to make Jesus first in their life.
  • 2020-11-29A Season of Expectation: Our Hope is God
    2020-11-29
    A Season of Expectation: Our Hope is God
    Series: Advent
    Today is the first Sunday in the season of Advent. The word advent itself comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “arrival.” We prepare for the arrival of Christ. Most churches will have an advent wreath, holding four candles on the outside, and a candle in the center. Churches will light a new candle each week, leading up to Christmas, and on Christmas or Christmas Eve, light the center candle. This Sunday we will light the candle of Hope. Also known as the “prophecy candle,” the candle of hope for Advent assures us we can have hope that God will fulfill the prophecies declared in the Old Testament about Jesus. Hope doesn’t disappoint us (Romans 5:5).
  • 2020-11-22Why Thanksgiving and Generosity Go Together
    2020-11-22
    Why Thanksgiving and Generosity Go Together
    Series: Thanksgiving
    Giving thanks is an attitude that shows maturity in our walk with the Lord.  The Psalmist wrote: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” (Psalm 9:1a) We can choose to grumble or we can choose to give thanks for what we have, be it a little or a lot.  As Paul said, “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b) Paul is an extremely reliable person on this topic.  He was in prison much of his life and also ridiculed by many men of his day for his faith in God.  Paul said, “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17b) Being persecuted as he was, he always found time to give thanks. (Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:3, Colossians 1:3, etc.) So, what does the Bible say about giving thanks?  Let’s hear what God says about it!
  • 2020-11-15Heaven Songs Part 2
    2020-11-15
    Heaven Songs Part 2
    Series: The End
    As we mentioned two weeks ago, chapters four and five form a unit, and should be regarded as one chapter.  Two weeks back  we covered chapter four, today we continue the scene in Heaven with chapter 5.  Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God.  In chapter five, this seven-seal book is a book of revelation.  Thus, it’s a book of revelation within a book of revelation, because it reveals the events of the world from the time of the Apostle John to the return of Christ. The seven seals lead to the seven trumpets and the trumpets lead to the seven bowls of wrath or plagues. It’s a revelation of the defeat of Christ’s enemies, as well as the persecution and suffering of Christ’s followers.
  • 2020-11-02Heaven Songs Part 1
    2020-11-02
    Heaven Songs Part 1
    Series: The End
    Chapters four and five of the Book of Revelation form a unit, and should be regarded as one chapter.  Pastor Kevin will cover chapter four today and then chapter five next week.  The actual events of Revelation begin in chapter six.  Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God.  Persecution and suffering are themes of the seven churches that Jesus addressed in chapters two and three, and this vision of Heaven serves to comfort and encourage Christians in the midst of it.  We’re to live with eternity in view, and this vision of Heaven and of God’s glory, helps us to keep our focus where it needs to be as we go through the difficulties of this life.
  • 2020-10-25Laodicea: The Nauseating Church
    2020-10-25
    Laodicea: The Nauseating Church
    Series: The End
    The seventh and final letter to the churches of ancient Asia Minor is to the church in the city of Laodicea.  This last message is found in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea was a wealthy, industrious city in the province of Phrygia in the Lycos Valley.  The message is from the Lord Jesus Christ via an angel or messenger (likely a reference to the church’s pastor): “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write . . .” (Revelation 3:14).  This was not simply John’s message to those in Laodicea; it was a message from the Lord. Jesus identifies Himself thus: “The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.”  These titles emphasize the Lord’s faithfulness, sovereignty, and power to bring all things to their proper completion (the “Amen”).
  • 2020-10-18Philadelphia: The Great Commission Church
    2020-10-18
    Philadelphia: The Great Commission Church
    Series: The End
    The ancient city of Philadelphia, which sits near the Cogamus River, is 44 kilometers (27 miles) from Sardis and 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Laodicea. It is located in the Kuzucay valley, near the bottom of Mount Bozdad, in modern Turkey's province of Manisa. Behind the city are volcanic cliffs which the locals call 'inkwells.' The church in Philadelphia was the sixth of seven churches who received a spiritual evaluation directly from God through Jesus Christ. Jesus affirms the church’s positive actions: “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8). The church of Philadelphia was weak in some respects, yet they had remained faithful in the face of trial. Because of this, the Lord promises them an “open door” of blessing.