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  • Defeating Intolerance Series

    Contributed by Landon Winstead on Dec 31, 2013

    In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.

    At first glance, you might wonder just what all this writing about eating has to do with your Christian faith. After all, the text was penned with Jewish and Gentile Christians in mind and specifically written for the church at Rome. The Jewish converts had a problem with the rigid Jewish laws. ...read more

  • "In All Things, Love”

    Contributed by Keith Foskey on Jun 8, 2006
    based on 6 ratings

    INTRODUCTION: There is a famous quote used by many churches that goes like this: “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love.”

    A few months ago I was going through some of the church archives and I ran across this quote printed on a very old bulletin. The more I thought about the quote, the more I began to wonder where it came from and why we used it. I will ask you all to now humor me as I give you a very brief history ...read more

  • In Faith, Unity Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Apr 30, 2007
    based on 77 ratings

    Several 100 yrs ago, Augustine said "In faith unity. In doubtful things, liberty. In all things love". How can we apply that concept to our mission as a church?

    OPEN: There’s a Methodist minister named J. Gordon Melton who has an interesting hobby. He collects lists of church denominations in the United States... and his research has revealed there are 1517 different recognized denominations in USA. He includes all kinds of groups, including cults such as ...read more

  • Essentials Of Worship Series

    Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 17, 2006
    based on 4 ratings

    Helping the audience to develop a sound theology of worship by identifying some of the necessary elements of worship

    1. Title: Essentials of Worship 2. Text: (several) 3. Audience: Villa Heights Christian Church, AM crowd., October 1, 2006, First in the series on worship “Stand in Awe” 4. Objectives: -for the people to understand what constitutes an “essential” in worship; to understand why the essentials ...read more

  • What About The Christian Church? Series

    Contributed by Michael Luke on Mar 31, 2007
    based on 3 ratings

    The independent Christian church came out of the Restoration Movement of the 1800’s. What does that mean and how does that make us distinctive?

    (based on a message by Paul Snoddy) SERIES: “IMPORTANT QUESTIONS” TEXT: JOHN 17:20-23 TITLE: “WHAT ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH?” OPEN: A. Jn 17:20-23 – “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all ...read more

  • "His Temple” Series

    Contributed by Dave Mcfadden on Jun 14, 2010
    based on 3 ratings

    Paul tells us how God views His church as being His temple and how this should serve to unify us.

    "To dwell above with saints we love, O that will sure be glory. But to dwell below with saints we know, We; that’s a different story!” Sad to say, the fellowship of too many churches can be described by that little jingle. But while that may be so, it is not what God desires, nor is it what ...read more

  • Seven Foundational Pillars Of The Christian Faith

    Contributed by Gordon Weatherby on Jun 27, 2014

    There are aspects of the Christian faith in which there can be opinions. The Bible also lists some things in which there is a "Thus saith the Lord." Ephesians 4:1-6 is a passage dealing with essentials of the faith.

    SEVEN FOUNDATIONAL PILLARS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH EPHESIANS 4:1-6 This is remake of a portion of the sermon preached at Dorn Ridge, May 18 and 25, 2014 titled: “Building Up and Restoring the Body of Christ” INTRODUCTION; 1.) A traditional motto in our churches has been ...read more

  • “the Importance Of Unity” Series

    Contributed by Dave Mcfadden on Dec 18, 2014

    Unity is so important that those within the church must strive to maintain it.

    Today we are starting a series that will be based on this passage in Ephesians. We are going to think together about unity in the church and what binds us together. Paul says that unity is so important, that we are to pursue it “making every effort.” (READ TEXT) In his book The ...read more

  • Fortifying The Foundation Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 9, 2016
    based on 5 ratings

    Jesus is the foundation of the Church. A unified church fortifies that foundation. How do we avoid causing division? How do we handle the divisive person? Check out these thoughts from our Family Minister, Scott Jewell.

    (This is a sermon by our associate Scott Jewell concluding our sermon series "God's Blueprint For His Church") Jeff started this series a month ago telling us about an episode of “This Old House”. It was about a young couple who purchased a 1906 church building in San Francisco to ...read more

  • Seeing The Church As In Heaven Now

    Contributed by Greg Gordon on May 29, 2015

    After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their ha

    After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. - Revelation 7:9 What a beautiful ...read more

  • Diversity Within Unity Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on May 21, 2007
    based on 1 rating

    The church’s unity in "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, allows for great diversity in ministry.

    John 17:20-26 “Diversity Within Unity” INTRODUCTION What does “One” look like? Ever since Jesus prayed the prayer recorded in today’s gospel lesson, this has been a vital question for Christians and for the Christian Church. Jesus prayed for the unity of his followers. The primary ...read more

  • How To Be A Bad Christian

    Contributed by Robert Doran on Mar 7, 2007
    based on 10 ratings

    In this sermon I wish to encourage people to be real for God and to seek a relationship with Jesus Christ which is what everyone needs. We need to be careful about how we as believers treat those outside of the faith and those new to the faith.

    Sermon March 11,2007 ‘How to be a bad Christian’ Years ago ,a British missionary asked the former Prime Minister of India Dr. Gandhi If he would consider becoming a Christian. Gandhi said no The missionary said why Ghandi had seen how the so called Christians in South Africa had treated non ...read more

  • Life-Changing Encounters With Jesus: The Lame Man At The Pool Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Mcleod on Mar 17, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    Don’t let religious traditions become more important that people.

    The religious leaders did not ask, “Who healed you?” but rather, “Who told you to do this on the Sabbath?” They were more concerned about a broken rule than a miraculous healing. According to the Pharisees, carrying a mat on the Sabbath was work and was therefore unlawful. It did not break an ...read more

  • The Ministry Of Confrontation Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on May 28, 2009
    based on 9 ratings

    The Jerusalem Council had convened & doctrinal clarity had been established, but that did not mean the issue of how a person is saved was over. Is salvation only through Christ or by Christ & the law? Knowing the right answer & acting on or practicing

    GALATIANS 2:11-16 THE MINISTRY OF CONFRONTATION [Acts 10] The Jerusalem Council had convened and doctrinal clarity had been established, but that did not mean the issue of how a person is saved was over. Is salvation only through Christ or by Christ and the law? Knowing the right answer ...read more

  • Polarized Or Compromised

    Contributed by Dr. Ronald Shultz on Oct 18, 2009
    based on 7 ratings

    If we were listening to the Spirit there would be more unity.

    Polarized or Compromised April 6th, 1975 was the day I was saved by the mercy and grace of God when I only went to church to get a lad off my back. I thought I knew how much I needed that grace and mercy, but now thirty plus years later I learn nearly every day how much more I need it. I ...read more