Reflections On Our Nation – Sermon July 2

Pastor Gary speaks about following Jesus in a politically divided world.

Reflections On Our Nation

We have some concerns….

So, what does the church do in politically turbulent times?

  1. We proclaim God’s truth.  (Zech. 7:9-10)
  2. We humble ourselves before God and others.  (Acts 12:21-24)
  3. We make disciples.

So how do we as individuals respond?

  1. Pray
  2. Act
  3. Love

The following is a part of a commitment card that Dr. Martin Luther King gave to people who wanted to be a part of a movement of justice and love. They would commit to doing these steps:

  1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
  2. Remember always that we seek justice and reconciliation, not victory.
  3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
  4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.
  5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.
  6. Observe, with both foe and friend, the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
  8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.

 

 

 

 

Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide – Sermon June 25

Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

God has given an incredible gift to us. Sometimes we’re not as appreciative of it as we should be, because it can really be irritating. Fortunately, at times it commends us, as well. It’s called the conscience.

What is it?

There are reasons that your conscience may be wrong in what it’s telling you.

  1. Your conscience may need to be further educated.  (Psalm 119:11)
  2. Your conscience may be wrong if it’s become seared.  (I Tim. 4:2).

It can be retrained again:

  1. Through taking in God’s word
  2. Through obeying its promptings

An illustration of ignoring your conscience   (1 Samuel 27:3-4)

Can you hear it now?

 

Face to Face (Series Part 2: Following God In A Smart Phone World) Sermon June 18

Part 2 of Pastor Gary’s series – Following Jesus In a Smart Phone World.

Face to Face

We’re going to talk about the 10 commandments of digital life. Following these will allow us to lead appropriate digital lives with God’s help.

  1. Make technology your servant, not your master. – Matthew 7:12
  2. Don’t compare your actual inside to another person’s virtual outside. – 2 Corinthians 10:12
  3. Don’t allow digital discontent to produce an ungrateful heart. – 1 Timothy 6:6
  4. Post humbly – Proverbs 3:34
  5. Don’t confuse online popularity with authentic community. – Proverbs 18:24
  6. Spend more time face-to-face than on Facebook. – Genesis 40:7
  7. Don’t write something online you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. – Matthew 18:15
  8. Behave on your little screen like it’s going to be seen on a big screen. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  9. Honor the digital Sabbath and keep it holy. – Romans 8:6, Romans 12:12
  10. Who you are in God matters more than who you are online. – Romans 5:8

Derived from the writings of John Ortberg

For further reading:
12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
by Tony Reinke, John Piper

 

All By My Selfie (Series Part 1-Following Jesus In A Smart Phone World) Sermon June 11

All By My Selfie – Psalm 139

Technology has brought a great deal of blessing to our lives.

Technology can be disruptive to our lives, our brains and our relationships.
It can be ______________.
It can cause _______________ with others.

If I’m going to connect with God, sometimes, I have to ________________ from technology.    (Psalm 46:10)

Possible applications:

  1. Declare a tech _____________.
  2. Spend some ______________________ time in relationships.
  3. Start your day with _________, and end your day with ___________.
  4. Read a book together.

12 “potential” ways that your phone habits may be changing you—and in ways you might not want:

  1. We Are Addicted to Distraction
  2. We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood
  3. We Crave Immediate Approval
  4. We Lose Our Literacy
  5. We Feed on the Produced
  6. We Become Like What We “Like”
  7. We Get Lonely
  8. We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices
  9. We Lose Meaning
  10. We Fear Missing Out
  11. We Become Harsh to One Another
  12. We Lose Our Place in Time

12 Ways your Phone Is Changing You  by Tony Reinke, John Piper

 

Choose God’s Protection (Series-The Good Life) Sermon June 4

Pastor Mark’s sermon concludes our series The Good Life.

Choose God’s Protection  (Ephesians 6:10-18)

  1. Be alert (v. 18)     1 Peter 5:8
  2. Be strong in the Lord (v. 10)
  3. Put on God’s armor (v. 11)
  4. Extinguish (v. 16)     Key = Faith!
  5. Stand (vv. 11, 13, 14)      2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 3:3.  1 John 4:4, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ~James 4:7
  6. Pray/Keep on praying (v. 18)     Prayer is connection    Prayer is a weapon

“The Victor is sure and the victory secure, but till judgment we all must endure…”~Bob Hartman, Petra “This Means War”