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Oct 13, 2019
The “Good” Book
Series: "Doing Good"
   In our study of Paul’s letter to Titus, last week we looked at five negative character traits that Paul says, not just church leadership, but every follower of Christ should strive to avoid and five positive character traits we should be striving for in our lives.    In ch.1:9-2:1 of his letter to Titus, Paul next talks about the Elders and Pastors, the spiritual leadership of the church, being solid in their theology, their beliefs, and the importance of refuting false teaching as it tries to infiltrate the church and lead God’s people astray.    We will answer the questions, “Is there such a thing as true and false teaching? Is there really absolute truth and if so where can it be found?” Lastly we will address the motivation for our challenging false teaching with the truth.
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  • Oct 13, 2019The “Good” Book
    Oct 13, 2019
    The “Good” Book
    Series: "Doing Good"
       In our study of Paul’s letter to Titus, last week we looked at five negative character traits that Paul says, not just church leadership, but every follower of Christ should strive to avoid and five positive character traits we should be striving for in our lives.    In ch.1:9-2:1 of his letter to Titus, Paul next talks about the Elders and Pastors, the spiritual leadership of the church, being solid in their theology, their beliefs, and the importance of refuting false teaching as it tries to infiltrate the church and lead God’s people astray.    We will answer the questions, “Is there such a thing as true and false teaching? Is there really absolute truth and if so where can it be found?” Lastly we will address the motivation for our challenging false teaching with the truth.
  • Oct 6, 2019“Cultivating Character”
    Oct 6, 2019
    “Cultivating Character”
    Series: "Doing Good"
        This morning we return to our series on Paul’s letter to Titus paralleling our small group study Doing Good by Chip Ingram. Much of this letter is about the qualifications and character traits that Elders and Pastors must have but they are qualities that every follower of Christ should have. Last time we looked at spiritual maturity in the home with the importance of spouses being devoted to one another and to the spiritual upbringing of their children. In today’s message we will look at five negative character traits to strive against and six positive character traits to strive for that are necessary for leaders in the church but important for every follower of Christ. Paul is teaching Titus that character counts.
  • Sep 22, 2019“Spiritual Maturity in Leadership”
    Sep 22, 2019
    “Spiritual Maturity in Leadership”
    Series: "Doing Good"
        This is the 2nd message in our series on Paul’s letter to Titus. It will parallel our small group study Doing Good by Chip Ingram.  Last week we saw that having a reverence and respect for God will lead to our loving God and striving to honor Him in how we choose to live. Every Christian is to see oneself as a sent servant of God.    This morning we will begin to look at what Paul shares about the qualifications and character traits of Elders and Pastors, the spiritual leadership of churches. These are qualities every follower of Christ should have and every church leader must have. We will also address six primary tasks of an Elder and how they are similar to the primary tasks of spouses and parents as leaders in the home.  
  • Sep 15, 2019“Living as Sent Servants”
    Sep 15, 2019
    “Living as Sent Servants”
    Series: "Doing Good"
       Our new small group study for the fall is called Doing Good by Chip Ingram on the book of Titus. Paul stresses discipleship very much in Titus and doing good, being willing to love and serve God by loving and serving others, is a very important part of being a disciple and follower of Christ.          This morning we will look at Paul’s opening statement of this letter in Titus 1:1-4. Focusing on how Paul identifies himself, as a servant, gives us an idea of the calling that God has on every follower of Christ.    We will also address two things that lead to godliness which are having a reverence and respect for God that leads to our loving God and striving to honor Him in how we choose to live.
  • Sep 8, 2019“Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus”
    Sep 8, 2019
    “Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus”
    Series: (All)
       The theme this year for both our church and school is Fixing our Eyes on Jesus from Hebrews 12:1-3. The author reminds the Hebrew Christians he is writing to that this race called life can be difficult and agonizing.    The recipients of this letter had started their journey with Christ well but as they encountered times of persecution and hardship, they began to weaken and waiver in their faith. He tells them where their motivation and inner strength for being able to persevere comes from.    Because we live in a fallen world and relate to other fallen and broken people, all of us will experience difficulties of various kinds in our lives as well. This morning we will look at some things we need to take off and other things that we need to put on that will enable us to run our race of life well and how fixing our eyes on Jesus can give us the stamina and hope we need.
  • Sep 1, 2019“The Sword of the Spirit”
    Sep 1, 2019
    “The Sword of the Spirit”
       Today we are returning to our series on the armor of God from Ephesians 6. All the pieces of armor we have looked at have been defensive and needed for protection. The belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, sturdy sandals of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith and helmet of salvation were all needed to protect the soldier from attacks of the enemy. And they are all needed to protect us from the deceit, lies, and accusations of our spiritual enemy.    But the Roman soldier would have never gone into battle without an offensive weapon, particularly a small sword important in hand to hand combat.        This morning we will look at how we can use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God to counter the attacks of the enemy who is trying to discourage and wound us emotionally and spiritually. There is power in the Word of God when spoken.
  • Aug 25, 2019“Surprising Lessons for our Faith Journey”
    Aug 25, 2019
    “Surprising Lessons for our Faith Journey”
    Series: (All)
       Faith is truly a journey. As we move closer to the goal of Christ likeness, we either learn the lessons that our loving Father shows us, or we miss out on His best. Thankfully, God will give us time to rethink and receive. And He will display His precious works in those lives that are yielded to Him.    Like Naaman, we must learn the lessons of faith and believe so that we can see beyond our own needs, expectations and demands. God has great things to show us as He pursues His great purpose in the world.
  • Aug 18, 2019“Jesus the Healer”
    Aug 18, 2019
    “Jesus the Healer”
    Series: (All)
  • Aug 4, 2019“The Shield of Faith”
    Aug 4, 2019
    “The Shield of Faith”
        So far in our series on the armor of God from Ephesians ch. 6, we have looked at the importance and significance of the belt of truth, God’s word, the breastplate of God’s own righteousness that has been placed into our account, and the studded sandals of the gospel of peace that comes from being in a restored relationship with God.        This morning’s message is on the shield of faith. There were two shields used by Roman soldiers. The one Paul is referring to was quite large, fully protected the soldier as well as the other pieces of armor, and quenched the fiery arrows of the enemy.     How does our faith do the same in the spiritual realm? None of the other parts of the armor will function properly without faith; without a confident trust that what they represent is true.
  • Jul 28, 2019“Feet Fitted with the Readiness of the Gospel of Peace”
    Jul 28, 2019
    “Feet Fitted with the Readiness of the Gospel of Peace”
       In this series on the armor of God, we have seen that the first piece of armor needed is a knowledge of God’s truth, the Bible, and its authority. The 2nd piece of armor needed is the breastplate of righteousness. The moment a person receives Christ as one’s Lord and Savior God sees us as clothed in His very own righteousness and holiness. Living in that reality can protect us from the lies and deception of the enemy as well as the wounds of others.    Today we are looking at the sandals of a Roman soldier which represent standing firm and secure; prepared for the accusations, deceptions, and temptations hurled at us from the enemy by having a proper understanding of God’s gospel of peace. We will look at the difference between being at peace with God and having the peace of God.