Do The Right Thing (Sermon Mar 22)

Pastor Gary begins a three week series on characters that were part of Holy Week.

Scripture Reference – Luke 23: 1-25

Soil (Sermon March 15)

Pastor Mark Vincenti provides tips and ideas on reading the Bible.
Soil

Two common hang-ups to Bible reading:
1) I don’t know where to start.
2) I don’t know how to get anything out of what I read.

I would recommend starting in two places:
1) Read a chapter of Proverbs every day.  There are 31 chapters so there is one for each day of each month.  Just turn to the chapter that corresponds to whichever day it is.
2) Begin reading through the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.  Pick one and start reading about the life of Jesus.

Tips for increased engagement when reading the Bible:
1) Pray before you read.  Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart up so that you can be good soil for God’s Word to take root and grow in your life.
2) Ask questions when you read, like:  What does this say about God?  What does this teach about myself, or life in general?  What do I need to do about it?
3) When something strikes you, stop and dialogue with God about it.  Why does this strike you?  Why is this so significant?  What is God saying to you?
4) Commit to obey what God is teaching you through His Word and ask for His grace to empower you to follow Him!

Remember, the goal of Bible reading isn’t to finish.  It is to be changed!
See this book – this unique, God-breathed, God-given gift to you – as an invitation to a real encounter with the Living God through His Word!

Open the Bible. Open your heart!
Get into the Word.
Let the Word get into you!

Setting Boundaries 2 (Sermon Mar 8)

Pastor Gary concludes the sermon series “Relationships” with Part 2 of Setting Boundaries

Reference Scripture: Galatians 6:7, Exodus 32

 

Who Is This Man? (Sermon March 1)

Guest Speaker: Rev. Todd Fetters
“Who Is This Man?”

The Most Interesting Man in the World…

I. Some Observations from the Sea. (Mark 4:35-41)

  1. The Guys Who Launched the Boat.
  2. The Storm that Rocked the Boat.
  3. The Words that Calmed the Storm.
  4. The Response that Exalted the Lord.

II. Who Is this Man? (Colossians 1:15-17)

  • “Jesus is the _______________________ man in the world.” (Dallas Willard)

 III. Some Application for the Storms (and/or the Calm) of Life.

      1. ________________ to Jesus, He will ________________ you.
      2.  ________________ with Jesus, He will ______________ you.

The Most Interesting Man in the World…Is Interested in You

Relationships: Setting Boundaries (Sermon Feb. 22)

Setting Boundaries  (Matthew 5:33-37)

There are two little words that are probably the most important words in your vocabulary.    __________ and  ___________.

They need to line up with your _______ and ________ in life.

A boundary is kind of a personal property line that marks me off as an individual.

What are a couple of boundary problems people have?
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How might we know that we have boundary problems in relationships?

Some possible questions that might arise:
How might setting boundaries help you fulfill your purpose in life?  Why can setting boundaries actually feel liberating?
On the other hand, what might a life without boundaries look like?
What are examples of boundaries a person may have to set in relationships?
What is the danger in not setting boundaries in relationships?
How do you say no to your friends/significant others?
What are the risks you’ll have to take to develop meaningful relationships?