From Prayer to Community

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The body of Christ living together in biblical community is one of the greatest ways that the Lord reveals himself and carries out his plans and purposes in the world. In this message, we look at four characteristics of biblical community from Ephesians 4:25-32. As we look at each one, we will also emphasize that we can only live in these ways as we live out of our new life in Christ.

Beginning With Prayer

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As we prepare for our prayer service on Wednesday, January 16, we will be "Beginning with Prayer," taken from Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21. Many of us may feel that our prayer lives are inconsistent at best, so it is important for us to revisit this topic often in order that we may continue to learn to pray together. Please join us this Sunday as we consider this practice that is so crucial to knowing and experiencing God.

Pause

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Galatians 5:16-24 - Often in this season we get wrapped up in all the things we need to do, and it invariably bleeds over into how we approach Christ.  Instead of focusing on the many things we could be doing, may we take this time to hit the pause button and reflect on our relationship with Christ, our life with Christ, and our understanding of Christ, remembering that it starts and ends with grace by the work of the Holy Spirit.

Comfort in Affliction

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2 Corinthians 1:3-7 - The presence of suffering in the world can be difficult to reconcile with the existence of a good God, and yet God used the suffering of Christ to accomplish his redemptive purposes. As we follow Christ, we share in his sufferings, and our suffering can also be used by God in ways that accomplish his redemptive purposes in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Comfort in God's Word

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Psalm 119:49-56 - On this first Sunday of Advent, we look at how the psalmist encourages us to experience the Lord through his words. In doing so, we will remember that God's words to us in the Bible point us ultimately to Christ, who is described in John 1 as the living Word, one who came as a light into the darkness of our world and the darkness of our own hearts.

The God of All Comfort

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Luke 2:25-35 - As we enter into the holiday season that can often be filled with much noise, busyness, relational struggles, sadness, and disappointments, may we remember that God is one who offers comfort. And because Christ came to earth, died on our behalf, and rose again to new life, we now have access to God as our Comforter.

Guarding Our Hearts - Mercy

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Mercy. A great Bible word that perhaps many of us don't quite understand. What is mercy? Why is it important? How do I get it? How do I practice it? How do we relate to God and others through the lens of mercy? All of these are questions are addressed in this final sermon in our "Guarding Our Hearts" series as we look at Matthew 20:20-34.

Guarding our Hearts - Humility

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In Proverbs 4:23, we are told to "guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." Given the importance of our hearts, we must learn to not only recognize the sins that can subtly creep into our hearts but also learn to cultivate hearts that truly delight in the Lord. Our first topic of the series focused on humility and was taken from Matthew 18:1-14.

Life Together - The Permanency of Love

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In our final "Life Together" series sermon, we focus on "The Permanency of Love." Though our love toward one another can often feel fleeting and short-lived, I Corinthians 13:8-13 reminds us that God's love toward us is steadfast and permanent. As we learn to rest in the love he has demonstrated toward us through Christ, we are freed up to enjoy the opportunities he brings our way to love one another.

Life Together - Gifts of Grace

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Using I Corinthians 12:4-11, we will look at "Gifts of Grace," spending time considering spiritual gifts: what they are, why they're important, and how we use them. Ultimately, we will see how they are one particular way we experience God's grace through Christ and are also tools for us to use in extending God's grace to each other.