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  • Free To Be The Bride Of Christ Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jul 3, 2020

    Paul’s point in this text is that the only way to be released from the Law was to die to it, and to be united to Christ.

    SET FREE TO BE THE BRIDE OF CHRIST Text: Romans 7:1-6 Introduction 1. Illustration: Evangelist Fred Brown used three images to describe the purpose of the law. First, he likened it to a dentist’s little mirror, which he sticks into the patient’s mouth. With the mirror he can detect any cavities. more

  • We Are All Slaves Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jun 30, 2020

    As followers of Christ, we are slaves to holiness and grace.

    WE ARE ALL SLAVES Text: Romans 6:15-23 Introduction 1. Illustration: In 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation was proclaimed in America. The word spread from Capitol Hill down into the valleys of Virginia, and the Carolinas, and evens into the plantations of Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. The more

  • The Death Giving Sin Vs. The Life Giving Gift Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on May 22, 2020

    In our text today, Paul brings up this concept of original sin, because Adam and Eve chose to sin, all people are born in sin and have the tendency to sin. However, he also shows how Jesus sacrificial death reverses the curse of original sin.

    The Death-Giving Sin Vs. The Life-Giving Gift Text: Rom. 5:12-21 Introduction 1. What is original sin? 2. Picture your ancestors as plantation farmers in the South. They have many acres of farmland and need to manage those crops. To help them accomplish this task, they go to the docks and buy a more

  • Past, Present And Future Of Justification Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on May 15, 2020

    Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, it’s as if I never sinned!

  • The Ramifications Of Faith Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on May 4, 2020

    Through faith we appropriate God’s free gift of salvation.

    The Ramifications Of Faith Text: Romans 4:13-25 Introduction 1. Illustration: For God does not want to save us by our own but by an extraneous righteousness, one that does not originate in ourselves but comes to us from beyond ourselves, which does not arise on earth but comes from heaven. – more

  • See The Vision Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Apr 23, 2020
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    A Holy Spirit given vision is a snap shot of the way the church will be in the future.

    SEE THE VISION Text: Acts 10:9-33; 44-48 Introduction 1. Illustration: Walt Disney never lived to see the opening of Disney World. During the opening ceremonies, someone is reputed to have said to Walt’s wife, "It’s a shame Walt is not here to see this." To which she responded, "He more

  • Can Rituals Save You? Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Apr 23, 2020

    Rituals won’t change us, but a relationship and faith in Jesus will.

    Can Rituals Save You? Text: Rom. 4:9-12 Introduction 1. Illustration: Growing up in the Catholic church I knew a lot about rituals. I went to church six, sometimes 7 days a week. I was baptized as a baby. I went to confession to a priest. I was confirmed. I served as an altar boy. The problem was more

  • Sola Fide Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Mar 26, 2020

    Salvation is a gift from God that we can only receive by faith in Jesus.

    Sola Fide Text: Rom. 3:27-31 Introduction 1. Illustration: One of the most important events in both world and church history was the Protestant Reformation. People like Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Knox began to question the practices of the Roman Catholic Church and sought to bring reform more

  • The Great Acquittal Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Feb 19, 2020

    The bad news is that we are guilty before God; the good news is that Jesus paid the price for our redemption, and now we are acquitted of all our sins by receiving it by faith.

    THE GREAT ACQUITTAL Text: Rom. 3:21-26 Introduction 1. Illustration: Back during the Civil War Era there was a law where a black slave could earn money for his work, and after they had saved up enough money, they could actually buy their freedom from their master. During Sherman’s infamous march more

  • The Problem Of Sin Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Feb 12, 2020

    Paul’s point in our text today is that when it comes to sin, we are all in it together. We are all sinners and stand guilty before God.

    THE PROBLEM WITH SIN Text: Rom. 3:9-20 Introduction 1. Illustration: One of the greatest powers of rationalization ever seen is the ability of people to explain away their sin. Our society finds all types of excuses, like poor parenting, social disadvantages, mistreatment by others and so on. more

  • Teach Us To Pray Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Feb 4, 2020

    We need to pray as Jesus instructed us.

    TEACH US TO PRAY Text: Matt. 6:9-13 Introduction 1. Illustration: In his classic book With Christ In The School Of Prayer, author Andrew Murray says, “Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only how to pray.” 2. We have designated 2020 as a year of rest and reflection. During that time, more

  • Is God A Just God? Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jan 25, 2020

    : If God isn't just then he's not loving.

    IS GOD A JUST GOD? Text: Rom. 3:1-8 INTRODUCTION 1. Illustration: "A god who is all love, all grace, all mercy, no sovereignty, no justice, no holiness and no wrath is an idol." (R.C.Sproul) 2. Many people want to know the answer to the question: is God just? 3. Romans chapter 3 is a more

  • Matter Of The Heart Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jan 22, 2020

    A true Christian is one who has been changed on the inside by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Matter Of The Heart Text: Rom. 2:25-29 Introduction 1. "Anyone who has ever taught or attempted to lead others knows the tendency in all of us toward exaggerating our depth of character while treating leniently our flaws. The Bible calls this tendency hypocrisy. We consciously or more

  • The Problem With Religion Series

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jan 15, 2020

    Let’s live lives that honor God in every way.

    THE PROBLEM WITH RELIGION Text: Rom. 2:17-24 Introduction 1. Illustration: When we Pastored in Yellville, AR there was a little restaurant that I used to like to hang out at called The Hill Top. One day a man from a nearby town called Zinc stopped in for lunch. The town of Zinc was famous for more

  • Staying Connected

    Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Jan 8, 2020
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    In order to hear from the Father we must stay connected to Jesus.

    STAYING CONNECTED Text: John 15:1-8 Introduction 1. Today we begin a year of rest and reflection. A. Resting from outreach. B. Reflecting on our ministry. 2. We will be seeking God for... A. A New Vision: What does the Lord want our church to look like B. A New Focus: Who does the Lord want us more