The Difference Between An ACT of Faith and An ACTIVE Faith - Part Four

August 22, 2007Paul said, “we live by faith and not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The faith dilemma is a vision dilemma.

In Sunday's message, Part IV of our series The Difference Between An Act Of Faith And An Active Faith, we will examine how Jesus attempts to get His disciples to look at the world with different eyes. Jesus is wanting all of His followers to look at life with different eyes because everything we see with our physical eyes is perishing.

In our study we will address principles behind a new set of eyes and what event changed the eyesight of the disciples, and how this event affects our lives.

The Difference Between An ACT of Faith and An ACTIVE Faith - Part Three

August 17, 2007Paul said, “we live by faith and not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). Living by faith means we this faith is a lifestyle and not an event.

In Sunday's message we will deal with Mark 9 when the disciples were unable to heal a boy with an incurable disease. They hit a brick wall with their faith. They believed just like before, but this time the power was missing. They were stumped. What made things worse was the scribes were hanging around calling attention to their failure. Fortunately, Jesus showed up not to take up the debate, but to bring wholeness in the diseased boy.

Sunday's message will reveal the principles behind faith's failures and some keys to understanding what's more important than form.

Happy Birthday, Church!

May 21, 2007

 

This Sunday (May 27th) is Pentecost Sunday.  It was on Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2) that the church was born.  I find it strange that we observe the birth of Christ which was not a holiday in the beginning, but don't observe the birth of the church which was a holiday all through the centuries following the first Christian Pentecost.

My message this Sunday, “Downsizing The Spirit” is a look at why there has been a de-emphasis on Pentecost and how this lack of attention has contributed to the “downsizing” of the Spirit in the modern church. 

The last thing we need today is to downsize the source of power to move the body of Christ ahead in a world similar to the world of the first century. 

We will examine the Promise of Pentecost and the Presence of Pentecost.  I suggest reading John 14 and Acts 2 in preparation. 

 

Jim 

A Father to Pharaoh

April 30, 2007Moses, Daniel, Elijah, and Joseph had this in common:  They were all sent by Yahweh to unbelieving kings or leaders for His purpose.  Each went armed with two things:  A message and a miracle.  The miracle would confirm that the message was valid.We remember well the miracles of Moses, Daniel, and Elijah, but what miracle did Joseph perform before Pharaoh?  Moses, Daniel, and Elijah all did acts that defied nature that would get anyone's attention.  Not Joseph.  God used another wonder in penetrating the heart of this Egyptian king.  This coming Sunday, we will study what God employed that would alter the history of Egypt and Israel.  It's truly a remarkable story of Yahweh's wisdom that confounds the mightiest of rulers.  Genesis 41 will be our main text.  See ya, Sunday!

The Epistle To Philemon

April 23, 2007

Paul's letter to Philemon is the shortest of all Paul's writings, and yet it deals with a big problem:  the problem and practice of slavery.  The epistle suggests that Paul was in prison at the time of the writing.  Philemon was a slave-owner who also hosted a house church.  During the time of Paul's ministry in Ephesus, Philemon had likely journeyed to the city, heard Paul's preaching and became a Christian.  Philemon had a slave, Onesimus, who robbed from Philemon and then ran away.  Onesimus made his way to Rome and found Paul, and like his slave owner, became a Christian. 

 

The Book of Philemon is about Paul's efforts to reconcile slave and slave owner, but in the spirit as brothers.  Paul's brief letter is to the point on our responsibility toward each other as employers and employees.  The apostle did not deal with the social implications as much as the spiritual implications of responsibility.  “Christian love is alive in the marketplace” says Paul.  Only the power of this love can eventually undo the snare of any slavery.

 

Fred Sitter will be presenting a unique approach to this postcard epistle this coming Sunday.

 

Jim

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