Stuff God Is Doing – Sermon July 9

Stuff God Is Doing

This year celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of our denomination – the Church of the United Brethren in Christ!
This week, ministers and delegates from all over the U.S. will gather for our national conference where we will celebrate God’s work over the past 2 and 1/2 centuries and spend time articulating our historic position on issues regarding human sexuality.
The report of the United Brethren Human Sexuality Task Force can be found at this address. http://ub.org/events/nc/hstf-report/ You can also find it by visiting ub.org. Click on the header, “NC 2017” then scroll down to “human sexuality task force”
Please pray for the following this week:
Praise:
Praise God for being a good and caring Creator and designer of humans.  Praise Him for His good works!
Thanksgiving: Thank God for bringing together Boehm and Otterbein in that barn 250 years ago.  Thank Him for our denomination’s enduring commitment to share the gospel with lost people. Thank Him for His work in our young people  this summer with 13 recommitments, 2 baptisms, and 1 salvation!
Clarity: Pray that all who gather at National Conference 2017 will have clarity of mind to understand the proposals, and to understand the will of God as we gather and discuss important issues.
Purity: Pray that all who gather will have purity of heart before the Lord, to hear from Him, and to speak as He prompts.
Unity: Pray that our pastors and delegates will be unified by the Holy Spirit.  Pray for a spirit of humility among participants and that love and trust for one another will pervade the conference. Pray that we land together in agreement with discipline additions and amendments that need to be made during the conference.

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