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  • Developing The Outward Focus Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 17, 2014

    Paul has addressed our personal lives, church life, family life. These are introverted concerns, about us and those we are close to. As he concludes his letter, he wants to make sure we also transition to an extroverted focus.

    Developing the Outward Focus (Colossians 4:2-6) 1. I have my taxes all done. I am one of those persons who gets stressed up by paper work and red tape, so I found it stressful just preparing my stuff for the tax preparer. So I have to tell an IRS joke. 2. The pastor got a call form the IRS. more

  • A Humble Walk Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on May 23, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    The journey of faith is not necessarily a walk of holiness, but rather a walk of humility.

    Luke 18:9-14 “A Humble Walk” INTRODUCTION Christians have a saying among ourselves, “Please be patient, God isn’t through with me, yet.” This saying is talking about the Holy Spirit’s ongoing process of shaping us into the image of God, or as more

  • God Doesn't Choose Like We Do Series

    Contributed by David Rigg on Mar 29, 2014

    Here's a sermon about God's choice of David to become the next king of Israel.

    God Doesn't Choose Like We Do 1 Samuel 16:1-13 1 Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons." more

  • At War

    Contributed by Steve Shepherd on Nov 3, 2001
    based on 67 ratings

    We must have a Biblical focus, an inward focus, and an outward focus in order to defeat that terrorist, the devil.

    AT WAR Jude 17-23 INTRO.- ILL.- A man and his preacher were out on the golf course. He said to his preacher, "How do you let off steam with when you miss a shot and your ball goes into a sand trap?" His preacher replied, "I just the repeat the names of some of my church members with great more

  • Jesus Appoints The Twelve Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jul 5, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Is your faith totally inward focused or does it have a gospel shaped outward focus as well? Are you one of Jesus disciples so you can serve him or just yourself? Are you not just a disciple but an apostle as well?

    Imagine Jesus appeared in Melbourne today and was looking to form a band of disciples. What sorts of people do you think he might look for? People with influence? Media savvy types? University trained professionals? People who are good with words, good at presenting the right image? It’s more

  • The Perfect Church Series

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jun 6, 2006
    based on 11 ratings

    Fourth in a series of messages on the life of David. This message deals with how we live together in a community of faith.

    This week, I’d like to begin by sharing a couple of poems that I found this week. But there’s a twist. For now, I’m going to leave out the last verse of each poem and come back to them a little later on. The Perfect Church If you could find the perfect church Without one fault or smear For more

  • What A Biblical Church Looks Like Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Russell on Mar 17, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    The church in Antioch was filled with "real" Christians and shows us what a biblical church looks like.

    * The book of Acts holds up a mirror to our church today so we can get an accurate picture of how well we are functioning as a biblical church. * Many outward things about the church has changed in 2000 years, but what the church is and what we are to do has not...nor will it ever. * Yet a more

  • Your True Colors Series

    Contributed by Bob Hostetler on Jun 6, 2002
    based on 31 ratings

    Detailing the values of a new church

    Your True Colors Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:1-12 Good morning. My name is Bob Hostetler, and I’d like you to play a game with me, a game that almost everyone in the room can play-- maybe not Aidan Oglesbee but certainly Kyla; AS A MATTER OF FACT, even Graham Crain can play this more

  • Growing Pains Series

    Contributed by Jonathan Russell on Mar 13, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    The early church’s response to an internal problem teaches the contemporary church some valuable lessons.

    * The dramatic growth of the early church: last count (4:4) around 5,000 men (probably around 20,000 total) * Such growth led to a “good” problem: many more needed to be ministered to than there were people to minister * The 12 did not have the ability to both effectively deliver the Word and more

  • God's Goals Vs Satan's Goals

    Contributed by David Wilson on Sep 16, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    This sermon is a contrast between God's goals for the believer and the church and Satan's goals for individuals. God wants to make us like Christ, Satan wants to slowly destroy us.

    The Two Goals of the Church: 1) Reach people for Christ. 2) Grow people in Christ. Biblical basis: Matthew 28:18-20 (called the Great Commission) God's goal for You: To work in all things for our good in order to conform us to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ, Biblical basis: more

  • Seven Reasons Why Going To Church Is A Big Deal (Pt. 2) Series

    Contributed by Mike Fogerson on Aug 6, 2003
    based on 24 ratings

    Jesus is working through His church to bring salvation to a lost generation.

    Seven Reasons Why Going To Church Is A Big Deal 3 Part Series (2 of 3) June 29, 2003 Chester, FBC Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker Introduction: A Excuses abound for not attending church. a The Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia ran an ad targeted for more

  • What's Our Purpose? Series

    Contributed by T.j. Conwell on Jul 8, 2013

    The Church at Pine Level must identify itself with the Church at Antioch. We must have a clear purpose and do whatever it takes to serve Christ. With God's leadership, our new purpose will be: "Connecting people with Jesus and each other."

    What’s our Purpose? Acts 13:1-13 Introduction When this series first started we discussed the imp of being a biblical church -- The church of Acts is a tremendous road model for us to examine / follow -- When it comes to following Christ, there is really NO more perfect more

  • The Church On "High Alert"

    Contributed by Gary Cox on Sep 24, 2001
    based on 133 ratings

    The Church’s response to the Trade Center Tragedy

    The bloodiest day in United States History was September 17, 1862 when 4700 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War battle of Antietam. That was until September 11, 13 days ago when over 5000 ( and the number still rising) were killed in a well planned terrorist attack. By comparison, more

  • Becoming A Biblical Church

    Contributed by Ray Ellis on Jan 6, 2003
    based on 36 ratings

    In the life of Christ and the New Testament Church in Acts we see a clear picture of the purpose of the church and why the church exists.

    “Becoming a Biblical Church” Acts 2, 3, 4 Matthew 9:35-37 As we enter the New Year 2003, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a joyous New Year. Many of you have made new commitments and new resolutions and set goals for the coming year. A New Year more

  • Matthew 5 - Take A Bath! You Smell Like A Hypocrite! Series

    Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 27, 2009
    based on 13 ratings

    Take a bath! You smell like a hypocrite! Better to live like the unbeliever you are than to act like a Christian on Sundays. Because at least you won’t be deceiving yourself. Take the Purity in heart test from Matthew 5 and examine your motives!

    Matthew 5 - Take a bath! You smell like a hypocrite! I don’t know about you but I don’t like the term "pure in heart". It seems like woose talk or I think of someone with an intellectual disability or so totally naïve they don’t see bad things happening all around them. Maybe even children, up more