Contributed on Jul 1, 2019
As God in the flesh, Jesus lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way. We too live extraordinarily in the ordinary because of the Spirit of Christ (or Holy Spirit) who indwells us.
1. A few weeks ago I made the statement in the sermon that disciples should like Jesus. I want to explore this reality over the next few weeks. I want us to look at some of the key characteristics of Jesus and make application to ourselves. If I am going to follow Jesus that means I am going to ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2019
In imitating Jesus we see a call to community (team).
1. Show Ben Franklin’s "Join, or Die" Political Cartoon (Originally for French and Indian War then for the War for Independence) We have recently celebrated our Independence Day, a lesson from history applies to the Body of Christ. Prior to July 4, 1776, there were only thirteen British ...read more
Contributed on Jul 18, 2019
As imitators of Jesus we "pass the baton" to others through teaching.
1. A great scholar was once asked about a young man who was in his class. The person said, "So and so tells me that he was one of your students." The scholar just smiled sadly and said, "Well, he may have attended my lectures, but he was not one of my students.” a. We’ve been talking ...read more
Contributed on Jul 31, 2019
The Lord's Supper reminds us that we participate with God through Jesus in our Christian walk but also with our fellow Christians.
1. Justin Martyr (early 2C) recorded the actions of the early community of God when they came together: “On the day called “Sun Day” believers gathered in one place; writings of apostles or prophets are read; then when reader has ceased, the President instructs to imitation of these good things; he ...read more
Contributed on Aug 6, 2019
In Christ we are to be transformed and be agents of transformation through whom the Holy Spirit works.
1. Transformer Toys and Movies (6 with a 7th on the way -- $BILLIONS) The Autobots and Decepticons exert an incredible new force from the Allspark! Both sides use the power to master mysterious new abilities by converting Earth vehicles into Spark Armor: battle-ready gear they’ll use to take the ...read more