Contributed by Paul Clemente on Jun 15, 2011 (message contributor)
1. Instruments For God’s Glorious Purpose
Contributed on Jun 15, 2011
Like the Gospel writer Luke, as Christians pray and offer whatever they are doing for Jesus Christ, God will use them for His glorious purposes!
We are starting a new message series with the Gospel of Luke. As you know, the New Testament starts with 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. What does the word Gospel mean?? The word gospel came from the old English word “Godspell”, which means good news. The Biblical Greek word for ...read more
2. Salvation Before Christ
Contributed on Jun 20, 2011
There is salvation for people who lived and died during the Mosaic, Age of The Law, through God’s grace but only realized through Jesus Christ.
We started a new message series last week. Please grab a Bible and open it to the Gospel of Luke. Before looking at v5-10 today, read again with me Luke 1:3-4….. Luke as led by God the Holy Spirit carefully investigated not only the writings that were already available about Christ but he ...read more
3. Handling Fears
Contributed on Jun 28, 2011
We handle fear by affirming God is in control, with prayer, and obedience!
In our text today, there are 3 main questions we will ask: 1. Do things happen by chance? 2. Is it alright to have fears? 3. Can we question God? Many of us go through life either having these questions unanswered or we don’t think about the importance of the answers to these questions. Knowing ...read more
4. Responding To The Good Work Of God
Contributed on Jul 5, 2011
What great things has God done and is doing for us and how are we responding to this Holy God?
Last week, through the story of a Jewish Priest named Zechariah, we noted that In spite of what we think, nothing happens by chance in the hands of the Almighty God. Today in our passage we will note another truth which supports that God is Almighty: Nothing is impossible with God! Maybe you ...read more
5. Quality Of Worship
Contributed on Jul 11, 2011
The quality of our worship of God is not totally dependent on a worship team or the preacher; it is a matter of knowledge and heart!
How is our worship of God? In your own mind what score (from 1-10, 10 being perfect) would you give your worship of God when you come to church on a Sunday? Here’s a peek into the main point of the message today: the quality of your worship of God does not totally depend on the worship team or ...read more
6. God’s Plan Includes Every Christian
Contributed on Jul 18, 2011
God has a prefect plan; God is faithful; God will use us for His plan!
Please open your Bibles to the Gospel of Luke. In the beginning of Luke Chapter 1, we noted the story of the godly priest Zechariah. God told Zechariah that through him and his wife Elizabeth they were going to have a son even in their old age. Zechariah did not believe the word of God therefore ...read more
7. Living At God’s Speed
Contributed on Jul 26, 2011
We are to live lives based on God’s perfect time by walking daily with Jesus at His pace not our own!
Last week we noted, If you want to experience this glorious God, find out what He is doing then join Him! In our passage today, we will also note that because God’s plan is perfect, God’s plan will always happen at the right time! A question: How fast is life moving today? If there was no speed ...read more
8. Responding To God’s Word And Action
Contributed on Aug 1, 2011
Because God said and took action for us to experience, we are to treasure, ponder, and tell others what God has done and said, and always think highly of God and sing praises to honor Him!
We continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. Please open your Bibles to Chapter 2 of Luke. Last week we noted that through the birth of Jesus Christ: God’s plan happens at the right time and place! God shares His plans! God will use circumstances for His divine and glorious plan! God will do ...read more
9. Faithful Parents Mary & Joseph
Contributed on Aug 8, 2011
In spite of the hardships Mary and Joseph had to deal with, they were faithful to God!
We continue to study the Gospel of Luke. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem because His earth parents Joseph and Mary had to go there to register for the Roman Empire. In our passage today we will read that the family went to Jerusalem. Here’s a question: As Mary and Joseph dealt with Baby Jesus or ...read more
10. Opportunities To Testify
Contributed on Aug 15, 2011
God wants us to tell people about Jesus Christ and God gives us many opportunities to do so.
Let’s start with a little game. I’m going to give you a name and you tell me the work associated with them: George Lucas…… Frank Lloyd Wright…… Betsy Ross…… Alexander Graham Bell……. How about Juan Valdez? One more for us Filipinos; What work did Pedro Florez do?? Don’t you get excited when ...read more
11. Christ’s Childhood
Contributed on Aug 22, 2011
As Christians, we have responsibilities on earth (family, work, school, society, etc…), but we must always remember where we ultimately belong (we are citizens of heaven)!
When Jesus Christ was on earth, He was fully man and fully God! This of course is a mystery, but it is truth. This is similar to the truth and mystery of God is One but exists in Three Persons. If Jesus Christ was fully man and fully God on earth, how was His growing up? God gives us a glimpse ...read more
12. Water Baptism?
Contributed on Aug 29, 2011
Water baptism is only a symbol of what has happened in a person’s heart!
As a church, one of our Statement of Faith is: Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. We also do not require water baptism for membership. Why do we say this? Being saved ...read more
13. Why Baptize Jesus?
Contributed on Sep 6, 2011
Jesus told John that it was the right thing to do and event hough John didn’t understand it, he obeyed Jesus.
We noted last week that John the Baptist baptized with water to prepare people for the coming Messiah Jesus Christ and to teach them about the good news of ultimate forgiveness of sins. We will read in our passage today that the Messiah Jesus Christ Himself was baptized by John. Why did John ...read more
14. Dealing With Temptations
Contributed on Sep 12, 2011
Know and use your godly weapons for temptations!
The Christian Apostle Paul states in Romans 7:21-23, “So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a ...read more
15. Scripture Is Fulfilled In Christ And In Us
Contributed on Sep 19, 2011
Know who you are in Christ; affirm it daily, live it out!
Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your only God and Savior? If so, then you are a Christian, meaning you are in Christ! It is wonderful if you believe in Christ! But here’s something to think about as you live your daily life: Do you really believe that you are a Christian? Do we really tell ...read more
16. Why Doesn’t God Heal Everybody?
Contributed on Sep 26, 2011
There here are many reasons why a loving God allow His children to be sick.
Anybody knows how many diseases are out there in our world?? According to the World Health Organization, there are over 20000 diagnoses of diseases. Have you ever heard this statement? If God exists and He is a loving God, why allow all these diseases? A Christian’s response is the answer to ...read more
17. Fishers Of Men
Contributed on Oct 3, 2011
If we do not allow anything to get in the way of following Jesus Christ, we will be “fishers of men” as well, leading them to be saved from their sins!
A couple of questions to start out with: Who was the first person that Jesus called to be one of the 12 Disciples? Open your Bibles briefly to John 1:37….. Now, what was the big Lake or Sea near Nazareth where Jesus grew up? Of the original 12, how many were fishermen? = at least 7 ...read more
18. The Way To Pray
Contributed on Oct 10, 2011
Do we really see the need to pray and are we praying effectively?
What would happen if there wasn’t a thing called prayer?? Prayer acknowledges the reality of God! Prayer connects us with God! Prayer is a way to ask God directly for something! Prayer provides peace of heart! Prayer is a weapon against the devil! Prayer is power! How is our prayer life? ...read more
19. Jesus: Always New, Nothing Borrowed!
Contributed on Oct 17, 2011
We will not know everything till we get to heaven and so always humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and keep on listening and learning from Jesus Christ!
We continue our study of the Gospel (the Good News) according to Luke. Remember that Luke was not one of the first 12 disciples of Jesus Christ; but, he was likely one of the 70 disciples mentioned in the Gospels. Luke accompanied the Apostle Paul in many of the Missionary Journeys. Luke either ...read more
20. Lord Of The Sabbath
Contributed on Oct 24, 2011
Jesus, who is over and beyond the Sabbath, brings rest, learning, worship, and holiness forever!
As we will read in our passage today, Jesus Christ proclaimed Himself as the “Lord of the Sabbath”. What does this mean? Let’s first read our text then we’ll answer the question; for Scriptures answer Scriptures in context! Open your Bibles to the Gospel of Luke Chapter 6. Read along with me ...read more
21. True Disciples Of Christ
Contributed on Oct 31, 2011
A disciple is simply a pupil not necessarily a true disciple of Christ even though they follow Christ.
When someone says they are Christian, what do you think they mean?? There are too many definitions of Christianity out there. Which one is right? Let me ask this important question: What is the main root word of the word “Christian”?? Since the main root of the word Christian is Christ, the ...read more
22. Jesus - Master Teacher
Contributed on Nov 7, 2011
Master Jesus is committed to teaching us everyday and His desire is for every Christian to be more and more like Him (“everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Who is Jesus to you?? In John 13:13 Jesus said, "You call me ’Teacher’ and ’Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.” Jesus is Lord and Jesus is Master Teacher! If Jesus is our Lord, we are to worship Him ALWAYS! If Jesus is our Master Teacher, we are to learn from Him ...read more
23. We Call Him Lord?
Contributed on Nov 14, 2011
When one does do what Jesus says, their lives will stand strong even when troubles come!
Let’s see how well you like and know the song “Lord I Lift Your Name On High”. I will start a phrase and you finish it: He came from heaven to earth, …… From the earth to the cross, ……… From the cross to the grave, ……… Lord, …… (picture) Anybody knows what event this was?? It was a ...read more
24. "Paying Back" To Jesus?
Contributed on Nov 29, 2011
Follow the example of worship of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet!
Do we owe anything to God and why?? God has given us everything we need! In our passage this morning we will learn from a woman who tried to pay back God. What did God say about it? Please open your Bibles to the Gospel of Luke; we are now in Chapter 7; we will look at v36-50 today; we will go ...read more
25. Jesus Said It, That Settles It!
Contributed on Dec 5, 2011
We live daily with physical truths without questioning; shouldn’t we also live with spiritual truths in the same way?
There are many truths in the physical world to which we live with everyday without thinking about it. For example, if I let go of this mug of coffee, what will happen??? It’s a given that gravity exists and glass will likely break at impact and liquid spilled will spread out! Therefore, I will ...read more
26. Doubting Who Jesus Is
Contributed on Dec 12, 2011
God understands our doubts but we must learn how to handle them and remain in Christ!
Is it wrong to ever wonder and have questions like, “Is there really a God? Is this Jesus stuff real? Is Jesus really coming back to earth for me?” We will read today in our passage John the Baptist asking Jesus, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" How did ...read more
Contributed on Dec 19, 2011
Which type of wisdom are we really listening to?
One of my favorite scenes in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is when the protector of the Holy Grail told the seekers, “But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.” One of the Seekers was this “Nazi” Guy who went first and ...read more
28. Results Of Faith
Contributed on Jan 9, 2012
What is true faith and what are the results?
We continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. Please open your Bibles to Luke Chapter 8. Luke 8 starts with “After this”. What happened before Chapter 8; chapter 7 of course! We studied the different stories there in Luke 7; but there is really one main theme in that Chapter before we move on to ...read more
29. Devil Takes Away Truths
Contributed on Jan 15, 2012
The devil can take away truths from our hearts if we let him.
Last week we noted that Jesus emphasized the importance of faith in Luke 7. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Saving faith is believing the Word of God and taking action with that belief. In the beginning of Luke 8, we noted some results of saving faith. Open your Bibles and read along ...read more
30. Head Knowledge Only?
Contributed on Jan 23, 2012
Many people just have head knowledge, when what really matters is heart knowledge!
Please grab a Bible and open it to the Gospel of Luke Chapter 8. We have noted that in Luke 7 that saving faith is believing the Word of God and taking action with that belief. And in the beginning of Luke 8, we noted some results of saving faith. True saving faith results in: - Following ...read more