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!
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  • 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.
  • 2020-10-11Sardis: The Dying Church
    2020-10-11
    Sardis: The Dying Church
    Series: The End
    Sardis was about 40 miles (60 kilometers) south of Thyatira. The Christians in the other churches believed that the church in Sardis was doing well. Perhaps the church members at Sardis believed that too. However, Christ knew the truth about that church. It is the Spirit that gives life. That was what the church at Sardis needed. Christ considered it dead, or almost dead. Jesus quickly and clearly condemns the lifeless state of the Sardian church: “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead” (Revelation 3:2). This church may have had a good reputation, but they were spiritually lifeless. In other words, the church was filled with unsaved people going through the motions of religion. Jesus then calls them to repent of their sin: “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you received and heard; obey it, and repent”
  • 2020-10-04Thyatira: The Tolerant Church
    2020-10-04
    Thyatira: The Tolerant Church
    Series: The End
    As we look at these seven letters in the book of Revelation, it is helpful to remember two things about them: First, they are a picture of seven kinds of churches that you find in any age, in any period of history. Every church in the world today will fall into one or more of these categories of churches. We fit into one of these ourselves. The second thing is the prophetic nature of these letters. They are a preview of the entire age of the church, falling into seven periods, from the first coming of our Lord to his second appearing.  Today we come to the fourth of these churches, the church at Thyatira. Beginning in Verse 18 of Chapter 2, the Lord addresses the angel of the church. Thyatira was located about 35 miles southeast of Pergamum. It was a very small city, but a busy commercial center. It was on a major road of the Roman Empire, and, because of this, many trade unions had settled in this city.
  • 2020-09-20Smyrna: The Faithful Church
    2020-09-20
    Smyrna: The Faithful Church
    Series: The End
    A church like Smyrna, poor in economic terms, but rich in spiritual terms, is being praised by Jesus.  This is the kind of church that can survive the Tribulation.  Their treasure and their hearts were in Heaven.  Can we say the same thing?
  • 2020-09-13Ephesus: The Loveless Church
    2020-09-13
    Ephesus: The Loveless Church
    Series: The End
    In today's message, Pastor Kevin examines the first letter to the seven churches in Asia Minor, beginning with the church at Ephesus. Many of the churches had lost their way in one form or another, and they needed to turn back to Christ.  We will see part of that repentance was turning their focus from their sins back to Jesus and locking their eyes on Him no matter what situation they were in.
  • 2020-09-06Communion at Home
    2020-09-06
    Communion at Home
    Due to the excessive heat (it's supposed to be 100 degrees at 10 AM today in San Marcos), the elders decided to stream today's communion service.  Pastor Kevin will have a pre-recorded communion message that will be available Sunday morning.  Please prepare yourself with some juice & crackers to take the Lord's Supper along with Pastor Kevin.  The message he had planned for today on Revelation 2:1-7 will be given the following Sunday (09/13) as we continue our series called - The End: A Study of Revelation.
  • 2020-08-30A Christ Centered Vision
    2020-08-30
    A Christ Centered Vision
    Series: The End
    In today's session, we begin with Jesus revealing Himself in a vision to His beloved disciple John.  We will see that Jesus is revealed in the glory of the most holy God, affirming that He is the Son of God.  Then we will see Jesus reveal His power over time, death, and hell, each of which factor significantly in the rest of Revelation.
  • 2020-08-23The Revelation of Jesus Christ
    2020-08-23
    The Revelation of Jesus Christ
    Series: The End
    Today Pastor Kevin is beginning a new series called "The End: A Study of Revelation".  In today's message, Pastor Kevin will start by answering some basic questions, like, "What is the Book of Revelation?" and "Why was the Book of Revelation written?"  He will also cover the four different interpretations of the study of Revelation and the three millennial views.
  • 2020-08-09While We Wait, Pt 2
    2020-08-09
    While We Wait, Pt 2
    Today Pastor Kevin completes part two of this session in 2 Peter.  We see that God works on His own timetable, not ours, and that what seems like slowness to us is actually God's perfect timing.  Because of this, the church is to be holy and godly as we anticipate the return of Christ, knowing that it will happen suddenly at just the right time, whether that is today, tomorrow, or one day a long time from now.
  • 2020-08-02While We Wait, Pt 1
    2020-08-02
    While We Wait, Pt 1
    Today Pastor Kevin is returning to "The Gospel Project".  Like Jude, 2 Peter was written to encourage believers who were living with false teachers in their midst.  These false teachers were leading some of the church away from the gospel and were confusing others, so Peter wrote to the church to encourage them to live faithfully and patiently.  In this session, we will see that part of combating false teachings is remembering the commands of the prophets and apostles-God's words to His people.
  • 2020-07-19Walk Humbly
    2020-07-19
    Walk Humbly
    Today Pastor Kevin teaches the fourth installment of his series entitled, "#MoreThanAHashtag".  As a sign of genuine religion ( Mic 6:8 ) humility is necessary to enter God's kingdom.  When we come to Christ as sinners, we must come in humility. We acknowledge that we are paupers and beggars who come with nothing to offer Him but our sin and our need for salvation.  We recognize our lack of merit and our complete inability to save ourselves.  Then when He offers the grace and mercy of God, we accept it in humble gratitude and commit our lives to Him and to others.  The clearest picture of humility in the Bible, indeed, in history, is Jesus Christ.  He modeled godly humility for us.
  • 2020-07-05Act Justly
    2020-07-05
    Act Justly
    Today Pastor Kevin teaches the third installment of his series entitled, "#MoreThanAHashtag".  "Justice" is a felt need in our world today, and a controversial topic.  But what is justice, exactly, and who gets to define it?  In today's message Pastor Kevin we'll explore the biblical theme of Justice and discover how it's deeply rooted in the storyline of the Bible that leads to Jesus.
  • 2020-06-28Love Mercy
    2020-06-28
    Love Mercy
    Today Pastor Kevin returns to the series he started two weeks ago entitled, "#MoreThanAHashtag".  In today's message we learn about the biblical concept of Mercy and how we should extend that mercy to others.  God's mercy is reflected in the cross of Christ, a direct reflection of His love for us.  Mercy is a characteristic of the One True God.
  • 2020-06-21Priscilla and Aquila: A Spiritual Legacy
    2020-06-21
    Priscilla and Aquila: A Spiritual Legacy
    Series: Father's Day
    Today is Father's Day.  A day to honor and thank our Father's and Grandfather's.  Pastor Kevin will be teaching from the Book of Acts this morning.  Pastor Kevin will be examining the life and ministry of Aquila and Priscilla, and what we can lean from them.  To obtain the resources for this study please click on the link under the notes heading to access our worship guide.  You will have access to the sermon notes and slides.  God bless!
  • 2020-06-14Do Something!
    2020-06-14
    Do Something!
    Our world is not as it should be. There is pain, evil, and injustice all around us. In the age of social media, it is easier than ever to stay informed about all sorts of injustices, but is sending a tweet, posting a selfie, or sharing a video about an inspiring cause really all it takes to make a difference in the world?  Or is it possible that justice is about something much more than a hashtag?  In this 4-week series, Pastor Kevin Ibanez challenges us to not just post about the injustices around them, but to actually do something about them by loving mercy, acting justly, and walking humbly.  Sermon PowerPoint Slides are available here.
  • 2020-06-07I Am The True Vine
    2020-06-07
    I Am The True Vine
    Series: I Am Jesus
    Today Pastor Kevin concludes his teaching from a series entitled, "I Am Jesus.  This is the final message of the seven "I am" statements Jesus made about Himself in the Gospel of John.  This week's message is on Jesus saying that He is The True Vine (John 15:1-8). Sermon PowerPoint Slides are available here.