Contributed on Aug 1, 2016
What does the word "sacrament" mean? Is it in the Bible? And what effect does this concept have on the church?
OPEN: When I was in my early 20s I worked in a mobile home factory. My job was to help install insulation in the sides and roofs of the trailers as they made their way down the track. One day, as I was blowing insulation onto the roof of one trailer (walking along the trusses), I stepped a little ...read more
Contributed on Jun 19, 2016
Iniquity is sin at its worst. It is the a state where a person is so depraved that evil is normal. How do people get into that way of living and thinking? And how can they escape it?
Open: Our sermon series over the next few weeks is called “Christianeze” – Christian words that the world around us may not understand. And today’s sermon is on Biblical word: “INIQUITY”. As I was preparing this sermon, one of the questions that came to mind ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2016
What exactly does God save us from and how can that effect how I share my faith with others?
OPEN: I read the true story of a teenager was out on his driveway one day playing basketball and he lost one of his contact lens. He was frustrated. He searched and searched and searched for it but couldn’t find it. Totally discouraged he finally went into house and told his mother that the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 5, 2016
Did you realize most English Bibles never uses the word "evangelism?" The Greek word "euanggelion" is actually translated "Gospel"... but what does that mean? And how can that impact how we witness for Christ?
OPEN: There’s a true story about a church down south where the preacher had been preaching about the importance of witnessing to people about Christ. One particular person took this to heart – a mentally handicapped young man – and he began telling everyone who would listen about ...read more
Contributed on Jul 24, 2016
What does fellowship look like and how does Church fellowship benefit us?
OPEN: Once upon a time (as all good stories begin), a group of people agreed that they should spend each Sunday in the presence of one another. Many were not satisfied with the 6 or 8 hours each week, but also came together each Saturday for several more hours of fellowship.They did not count the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 17, 2016
Sanctification can be a very intimidating word. But why is that? What does it mean? And how can I be "sanctified?"
Do you remember your days in High School? Do you remember being asked questions on tests and you didn’t know the answer? What did you do when that happened? (Some left the space blank, others made it up) Well, here are actual answers given by High School students to real test ...read more
Contributed on Jul 10, 2016
Justification sounds like a $20 word that nobody would use outside of Church. But surprisingly the words justify and justification are interwoven into our culture and are used in ways that tell us a lot about what God did when He justified us.
I’m going to show you a list of some common English sayings on the screen. Tell me you recognize them. A thorn in the side Eat, drink, and be merry Handwriting on the wall. The blind leading the blind. Like a lamb to the slaughter Do not throw your pearls before swine Can a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 3, 2016
Jesus came to free us from our sins. But then, why do so many not sense the need to to be freed from those chains? To them it seems that the phrase "freed from sin" is mere Christianese. But is it?
OPEN: How many of you have ever heard of a movie/play entitled “The King and I”? The movie version starred Yul Brynner and Debra Kerr, and has been popular for decades. But many people don’t realize the movie and play were based on a true story of a widowed Englishwoman named ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2016
Everyone wants to be righteous, but what does that even mean? How do we gain that status? Check out this debate as presented by our Family Minister Scott Jewell.
Read Romans 4 and pray We’re continuing our series about Christianese- those code words often only recognized by those who have been in the faith for some time. By brushing up on these words, it’s our hope to better use or describe the terminology so that the world might come to ...read more