Contributed on Sep 3, 2006
Was Jesus teaching us that we can "buy" our way into heaven by doing good works?
OPEN: One night a woman dreamed that she was having a conversation with God. She was angry about all the suffering and evil she saw around her, so she complained to the Lord. “God, why don’t You do something about all this?” God gently replied: “I did. I created you.” APPLY: Over the next ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2006
What is the mark of Christ’s ownership of you? How can people know what Jesus has done for you?
OPEN: When we go into a store, we oftentimes will look for name-brand products that we know we can trust. We’ll recognize those products by their trademarks or logos. (at this point we showed a series various trademarks from local companies) Companies spend thousands of dollars on a trademark ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2006
Many Christians believe that ministry should only be attempted by "trained professional". "Don’t try this at home" is their mantra. But Ephesians 4 teaches something entirely different.
OPEN: (The following illustration originated from either Tom Osborn or Lynn Malone here on sermoncentral.com) I read the following description of a preacher’s job from someone who had known a number of preachers over their lifetime, and they had put together a synthesized view of a man they ...read more