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Are You Prepared to Suffer for Christ?

Are you prepared to suffer for Christ? For most of us, the answer is no. For most of the Christians […]

Text: 1 Peter 3:13-17
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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Great Joy in the City

Throughout history, God has grown and moved his church as his people scattered to diverse locations geographically. This pattern has not changed and believers are still called to grow and expand as a church today, whether we move across national boundaries, ethnic and cultural boundaries, or do church planting in our immediate communities. Beginning with the first generation of believers in the book of Acts, we hear of Phillip, who was emboldened and changed by the power of God as he moved out in obedience to spread the Gospel. Despite severe persecution, great joy descended on those who received the truth that came with power. In this present age, we have the account of the phenomenal growth of the church in China. In 1949 all Christian missionaries were evicted leaving less than one million indigenous believers behind. They faced relentless bloodbaths and eradication. Yet the church grew in the midst of that persecution when determined believers scattered and went underground. The challenge to believers today remains the same—to be willing to be moved out of our personal comfort zones, to walk in faith, to make personal sacrifices, and most importantly, to trust God for our personal well-being and needs.

Text: Acts 8:4-8
Sermon Series: The Church in Many Places
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Welcome to the Priesthood

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like […]

Text: 1 Peter 2:4-10
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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Love One Another Deeply

I have three things on my mind that I want to talk to you about. These are really three different […]

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-25
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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Christ-Like Love in a World of Hate

This is the final message in the God Speaks Today series. As I look back on all that has happened, […]

Text: Luke 15:1-7
Sermon Series: God Speaks Today
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Loving the Unseen Christ

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe […]

Text: 1 Peter 1:8-9
Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
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Going All In: “The Third Day He Rose from the Dead”

Sooner or later, we all have to commit ourselves regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Being a Christian means going “all in” that Jesus really did rise from the dead.

Text: I Corinthians 15:17-19
Sermon Series: The Apostles’ Creed
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Who’s in Charge Here? “I Believe in God the Father Almighty”

All week long I’ve been thinking about the phrase “Father Almighty” and trying to decide what it really means. It’s […]

Text: Various
Sermon Series: The Apostles’ Creed
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The Greatest Risk You’ll Ever Take: “I Believe in God”

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists […]

Text: Hebrews 11:6
Sermon Series: The Apostles’ Creed

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