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  • In Christ, I Am...a Bridge Builder Series

    Contributed by Vic Folkert on Aug 17, 2018

    The church is more than a social club. Why is it difficult for some people to fit in, and how can we build bridges?

    IN CHRIST, I AM…A BRIDGE-BUILDER—Ephesians 2:11-22 (Series on Ephesians: In Christ, I Am…) My wife and I retired in Texas a few months ago, and we found ourselves, for the first time in our marriage, looking for a church to call home. We were looking beyond the friendly greeters holding the more

  • "My" Pew Or God's Pew?

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Mar 9, 2018

    how do we welcome strangers in our midst

    I wish I could say this is a made-up story, but unfortunately it is not. We recently had a couple visit Saint John’s while looking for a new church home. They were warmly greeted by the ushers and told to sit anywhere they wished. So, they picked a pew about midway up the aisle. The people more

  • "Come And See" (Belonging I) Series

    Contributed by Monty Newton on Sep 29, 2014

    Throuoghout the gospels Jesus treated outsiders like insiders, extending a sense of belonging to people even before they believed. As his followers we befriend people by helping them belong as a first step toward believing.

    Title: “Come and See” (Belonging I) Text: John 1:35-46 Thesis: Throughout the gospels Jesus treated outsiders like insiders, extending a sense of belonging to people even before they believed. As his followers we befriend people by helping them belong as a first step toward more

  • Pull Up A Chair Series

    Contributed by Ernie Arnold on Aug 24, 2016
    based on 3 ratings

    In this passage Jesus teaches us to: 1. Reach out and accept everyone 2. Reach out and rescue the lost 3. Reach out and build relationships

    Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 Proper 19 (24) Title: Pull Up A Chair! In this passage Jesus is telling us to 1. Reach out and accept everyone 2. Reach out and rescue the lost 3. Reach out and build relationships Proposition: INTRO: Grace and peace from God our more

  • Welcoming The Unwelcome Series

    Contributed by Fr Mund Cargill Thompson on Dec 21, 2014
    based on 1 rating

    Paddington Bear, Nadia Bolz-Webber and an old lady called Betty challenge us on what it means to welcome the unwelcome

  • Welcoming Jesus Series

    Contributed by Greg Nance on Jan 3, 2004
    based on 32 ratings

    How do you welcome Jesus and keep the welcome warm. Welcome others. Share the welcome and enjoy the wonder.

    When I was in high school there was a Christian College group that came to our chapel assembly and did some skits. I think they were called the Ambassadors or something, I can’t remember their name exactly, but I remember one skit that impressed me. I’ve updated it a little for this more

  • Jesus Death & Discipleship Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Feb 23, 2015

    The call to be salty is a call for us to persevere as real disciples, who are inwardly pure. Who’ve held nothing back in following Jesus. It’s a call for us to be real disciples who welcome others and who glory in each other’s success.

    This morning we remember those who served, and who gave their lives, in not just the Great War, but in all wars. We remember and give thanks for their dedication and service, their bravery and commitment. I know there are some here who have lost friends or family to war, or who have experienced more

  • Commitment Is To Getting Involve

    Contributed by Gilbert Varela on Aug 17, 2011

    Many people in our society and well in churches today talks about commitment... but they don't want to get involve.. This sermon answer that questions with an imperative called to be involve in in the cause of Christ.

    Commitment= Getting Involved/ Comprometerse Es Involucrarse Romans 15:1-7 (NIV) 1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, more

  • Hospitality As A Core Value Series

    Contributed by Michael Erwin on Aug 2, 2003
    based on 14 ratings

    Hospitality is a core value of Judaism and Christianity.

    1. Entering kindergarten, all kids are strangers. Some handle this better than others, but all are in a new place, a strange place. 2. As adults, we often find ourselves in the role of stranger. Examples. 3. Perhaps this is why we connect with the story of God’s people: bondage in Egypt, more

  • A Tale Of Two Men

    Contributed by T.j. Conwell on Jan 14, 2016
    based on 1 rating

    Gaius was a personal friend of John’s and receives a warm greeting in this letter, but then John contrasts two men in the church who are acting in opposition to one another and what Christ has called us to do.

    A Tale of Two Men 3 John Introduction - Tonight we will examine 3 John and see a very familiar theme -- John’s writings later in his life all surround a reminder for the entire church -- The reminder is regarding faithfulness to what we have been taught - This letter is more

  • Walking In Example Series

    Contributed by Shawn Drake on Oct 23, 2003
    based on 59 ratings

    This is the 12th study in the study "Light In The Darkness".

    WALKING IN EXAMPLE 3 John 1:1-14 We live in a world where people are looking for “role models”. Unfortunately, many of these “role models” are “Movie Stars” and “Super Star Athletes” that model evil. (I do realize that not all “Movie Stars” and “Super Star Athletes” are evil.) The more

  • Talent Development Series

    Contributed by Larry Pozza on Feb 13, 2007

    Every believer has a unique role in the body of Christ.

    Talent Development “And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe, and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles” Acts 2:43 Every believer is given a spiritual gift by the Holy Spirit and that gift is to be used for the common good. Paul gives a clear vision for the body of more

  • Welcome! Series

    Contributed by Clair Sauer on Sep 15, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    As much as the church is about serving one another, it's even moreso about serving the world in Christ's name! If we are really being hospitable and welcoming in the way that Christ teaches us to be, we would extend those acts we do for one another out in

    Have you ever thought what the church would look like if we really, and I mean really, ministered the way Christ calls his followers to minister? You know, if we did things the way Christ did. It's possible we wouldn't even have church buildings! We would just be out in the world, preaching and more

  • Worship

    Contributed by George Crumbly on Jul 22, 2013

    A description of our worshipping God

    [Psalm 122:1] “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” I read something the other day that has stuck with me for two weeks, it goes like this: “In worship, we come together as a family of believers who welcome others. We learn through more

  • From Visitor To Guest

    Contributed by Guy Glass on Feb 24, 2008

    God is concerned about the treatment of people. He wanted them to feel welcome. Our churches today need to view visitors differently, sharing with them the same concern God has. This message looks at some easy things we can do to chage our perception o

    From Visitor To Guest Romans 15:7 Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Lev 19:33 - Lev 19:34 (TMSG) “When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don’t take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him more