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Blueprint for a Healthy Church

What makes a great church? We hear that expression often–”a great church”–but no one knows exactly what it means. How do you know when a church has truly become “great?” To begin with, humility, participation, cooperation and the exercise of the spiritual gifts are signs of a church that is healthy and on track.

Text: Romans 12:3-8
Sermon Series: The Transformed Life (Romans 12-16)
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No Place for Pride

Tell them, Pastor Ray, tell them that nothing matters except Christ. The young people need to know this before it’s […]

Text: Romans 11:17-24
Sermon Series: Understanding God's Plan (Romans 9-11)
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Straight Talk About Predestination

In the history of the Christian church, few doctrines have been so hotly debated as the doctrine of predestination. Since predestination is a biblical concept, we must face this doctrine squarely whether we like it or not. It’s in the Bible, therefore we must first seek to understand it and then to ask what difference it makes.

Text: Romans 9:19-29
Sermon Series: Understanding God's Plan (Romans 9-11)
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Singing Your Way to Victory

“I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the […]

Text: 2 Chronicles 20
Sermon Series: Asymmetric Spiritual Warfare
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The Wind Blows Wherever It Wills

The Holy Spirit brings us continually into a deeper, more profound experience of who God is. He brings more of God to us as we bring more of us to him.

Text: John 3:8
Sermon Series: Experiencing God Today: Six Sermons on the Holy Spirit
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A Survival Kit for Tough Times

We come this morning to the end of our series on I Peter. This is the 24th and final message. […]

Text: 1 Peter 5
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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How to Inherit a Blessing

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do […]

Text: 1 Peter 3:8-12
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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In His Steps

The Christian walk is synonymous with innocent suffering and pain, through which Christ our Lord suffered and died. He left us all an example of how to follow him in this. A Christian’s call to this behavior goes against the grain of his human tendencies: to suffer unjust treatment without retaliation, trusting only that God would be the judge of things ultimately. Jesus lived the sacrificial life to which he calls all his believers. It is a life that leads to the cross, and he has modeled how to live this sacrificial life for us. When we suffer unjustly, we share in a tiny portion of what happened to him. When we are mistreated, we are to turn the other check, bless those who curse us, and return good for evil. We are not to retaliate, not to threaten, not to get even. Jesus showed us how to live, and he showed us how to die. This response is a miracle in itself and is under girded and made possible only by the gift of grace from God.

Text: 1 Peter 2:21-25
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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Living in the Fear of God

After a six-week break, we are returning to our study of I Peter. I want to begin by reminding you […]

Text: 1 Peter 1:17-21
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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You Can Stumble But You Won’t Fall

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, […]

Text: Psalm 37:23-24
Sermon Series: New Year’s Day Messages
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