What Love Looks Like

Rev. Stacey Cox

What Love Looks Like

We use the word LOVE so loosely now we're in danger of losing its meaning. What is love? The great 20th-century icon Forrest Gump famously said, "I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is." What is it? What's the difference between "loving" your favorite (insert college team here) and loving your relative who hurt you deeply? Or loving a Christian brother versus loving someone who is hostile towards your faith? That's where we are headed Sunday. Make plans to join us for "What Love Looks Like"!  

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Gospel Shipmates

Rev. Stacey Cox

Gospel Shipmates

 

The ship was an ancient Christian symbol. It was a picture of the church cutting through the sea of disbelief and darkness, the troubled waters of this world, but finally reaching Heaven's safe harbor with the souls of God's redeemed. Question: Which type of ship did early Christians envision the church to be? Did they have a 1st century 'Love Boat' cruise liner in mind or was it a ship of war, a battleship? Mission and mindset make all the difference for the voyage ahead. This was so in the 1st century and holds true today. Make plans to join us Sunday as we explore this important matter!  

What's In Your Obituary?

Rev. Lane Stephenson

What's In Your Obituary?

What's in your obituary? Or perhaps I should say, "What is not in your obituary?" For things important to the world are often insignificant in God's sight. Through Paul's admonition of Romans 8:3-8 regarding spiritual gifts, we learn that the first mark of presenting ourselves to God as a living sacrifice (vs 1-2) is that of committing ourselves to one another in the body of Christ. Our life together calls for a proper view of ourselves so that we may faithfully utilize our God-given gifts for the well-being of the one body. In these words, we find direction for a well-lived life that brings honor to God.

Walkology: Putting Feet to Our Faith

Rev. Stacey Cox

Walkology: Putting Feet to our Faith

During a game, a coach will typically draw his players in at halftime. Whether ahead or behind, a good coach wants to rally his team - motivate them to finish strong. Developing players is a never-ending task. This is the essence of what we find Paul doing in the second half of his epistle to the Romans, where he transitions in Romans 12 from deep theology to practical "walkology." We are to live out what we believe. That's where we are headed Sunday. Hope you'll join us!

God and Israel: Grace Prevails!

Rev. Stacey Cox

God and Israel: Grace Prevails!

No one can deny that the Jews are a unique people. What other people can trace their lineage to Abraham and the human ancestry of Jesus to their stock? Jesus was Jewish. Yet, given their response to the Messiah when he came, has God given up on ethnic Israel? Is anyone beyond the grace of God? Those are the questions Paul addresses in Romans 11. Join us Sunday for "God and Israel: Grace Prevails!"

Beautiful Feet

Rev. Stacey Cox

Beautiful Feet

'Feet selfies' find their way to social media from time to time. Often they involve sand sun, and water. Although pedicured and golden, uneven toes - even on a sunny beach - are usually in need of a good pair of shoes. But, Scripture does describe feet that heaven declares are always "beautiful". They aren't the ones that make it to social media, but those that deliver the message of the gospel! Join us Sunday for "Beautiful Feet"!

God's Sovereign Choice - Part 2

Rev. Stacey Cox

God's Sovereign Choice - Part 2

Everyday instances of grace and mercy are common: one needy school receives a generous gift from a wealthy donor, ten others don't; one speeding motorist is issued a citation, another is given a warning; the restaurant manager surprises a customer with a free dessert and not every customer. Yet, we are ready to quarrel with sovereign grace, if it doesn't align to our personal sense of fairness. Paul anticipates such reactions and objections to the sovereignty of God in election and answers each in his Romans 9 instruction. Sunday we return to this incredibly relevant doctrine. Join us for "God's Sovereign Choice - Part 2!"

God's Sovereign Choice

Rev. Stacey Cox

God's Sovereign Choice

Here's a thought to consider: God has never been surprised - not one time. He's sovereign over all of His creation. Zero in on the middle portion of the term. See the word within the word? Sove-reign-ty. God reigns over everything that happens: Dolphins giving birth, waves crashing onto shores. And, yes, salvation. We tend to have a natural hostility towards the sovereignty of grace, but removing it from scripture requires busy scissors and results in a hole-y Bible. So join us Sunday for "God's Sovereign Choice"!  

Christ-Like Love: Persuasive and Victorious

Rev. Kurt Frank

Christ-Like Love: Persuasive and Victorious

When ancient Rome, its culture, politics, family life, and sport were sinking to the lowest moral denominator, the Apostle Paul had the audacity to proclaim everywhere this truth: "I am persuaded that the love of Jesus Christ, God's son, turns persecuted Christians into Christ-like victors over evil opposition." With America's moral decline can today's Christian minority become persuasive and victorious? Yes! Come and learn how from retired Pastor, Dr. Kurt Frank, our guest preacher.

Comfort Gospel

Rev. Lane Stephenson

Gospel Comfort

Believers live in a continual tension while in this world. On the one hand, we have great ignorance and weakness. "We do not know what to pray for as we ought," Paul writes in Romans 8:26. On the other hand, we have assurance that we may possess with an unshakable confidence. Only two verses after verse 26, Paul begins a great affirmation with the words "We know." We who know Christ have gospel comfort that rests upon God's unchanging and certain purpose. Join us this Sunday for "Gospel Comfort".

Groaning for Glory

Rev. Stacey Cox

Groaning for Glory

J. Vernon McGee once made the following observation: "Nature sings in minor key. The wind blowing through the pine trees on a mountainside and the breaking of the surf on some lonely shore - both emit the same sob. The music of trees has been recorded, and it is doleful. The startled cry of some frightened animal or bird pierces the night air and chills the blood. Surely nature bears audible testimony to the accuracy of Scripture." Creation longs. Paul described it as 'groaning.' It's not only around us, it's within us. What's going on here? Hope you will join us for "Groaning for Glory" Sunday!

All I Have is Christ!

Rev. Stacey Cox

Abba! Father!

We vandalized His creation, disobeyed His loving directives, and created chaos where there was only peace.  It would have been one thing to love us when we were loving, obedient, and willing.  But when we rebelled?  What a test of love!  It's a love that predates time.  The love of a great Father that was driven not by our actions but by His promises, promises that assured a day would come when renegades and rebels would joyfully cry out, 'Daddy!'  Sunday we continue our study in Romans with "Abba! Father!"  Hope you will join us.

 

 

Now No Condemnation

Rev. Stacey Cox

Now No Condemnation

Treadmills are unforgiving taskmasters. There's only one reason I'm for a treadmill: I enjoy eating. That's it. Period. Now pass the pizza. Thus far in Romans 1-7, we've basked in the wonderful truths of the gospel: Justification by faith, union with Christ, and salvation through Christ alone. Sunday we transition into the second half of the book. Paul will pick up the pace in examining how faith in Christ leads to real life change. If we've been saved by grace, we are able to live by grace, and put the performance treadmill away. Make plans to join us this week for "Now No Condemnation".

Never Ceasing Struggle. Never Ending Dependency.

Aaron Mann

Never Ceasing Struggle. Never Ending Dependency.

Romans 7:13-25

Throughout church history, Romans 7 has been one of the most controversial and misinterpreted chapters in all of the Bible. Many questions surround this chapter regarding the nature of God's Law and the Christian's lasting relationship with sin. Despite all of the questions, two things rise to the top. The Christian will never cease to struggle with sin this side of heaven and the Christian will never stop depending on the grace of God in temptation. Join us this Sunday morning as we continue in our series Not Ashamed: A Series in Romans.

Proclaiming The Mighty Acts of God

Rev. Lane Stephenson

Proclaiming the Mighty Acts of God

Acts 2:1-13

Revelation 5:9 states that Christ, by His blood, has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. We are also told in Revelation 7:9 that heaven will be filled with an innumerable multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language. The Spirit of God has been given to the Church that the gospel of Christ may be proclaimed to every tribe, language, people and nation. According to the website ethnologue.com, there are 7,099 known living languages in the world. By the gift of His Holy Spirit, God has endowed and equipped His Church for this great mission of proclaiming the gospel!

Our Ascended Priest

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Our Ascended Priest

When we think of the gospel, we often go to Bethlehem and the empty tomb. The ascension of Christ forty days following his resurrection is hardly thought of as good news - but it is! Without the ascension, there could be no salvation and no mission. As we grow in our understanding of the ascension, we will discover it brings us great comfort. Jesus is our ascended priest in heaven. He's there for us and on our behalf, securing our salvation by His presence. Make plans to join us Sunday for "Our Ascended Priest"!

We Belong to Jesus

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

We Belong to Jesus

If someone asked, "What does it mean to live the Christian life?" how would you respond? I'm reminded of the memorable scene between "Mitch" and "Curly" in the movie City Slickers. What's the "one thing," as Curly would say, that should shape our whole existence as believers? This one thing makes all the difference in life and death. Join us Sunday for "We Belong to Jesus."

Dying to Live

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Dying to Live

Spring is upon us - a time for cleaning, sneezing, and sowing. Out with the old, in with new. We often toss items that find their way to a landfill where they are buried and forgotten. But bury a seed in the spring and something amazing happens; the seed transforms into something it was not - a plant or tree which produces fruit. Now it isn't just getting life; it's giving life - but it had to die first. Jesus said transformation comes through mortification. Paul unpacks this for us in Romans 6. Join us Sunday for "Dying to Live."

Who is Your Line Leader?

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Who's Your Line Leader?

There are many memories that come to mind when I think of grade school: Mrs. Marshall, safety patrol, peaches, and lines.  Sometime I might share a bit about the first three; but lines should be familiar to anyone who has ever done time in grade school.  Lines to recess, lines to lunch, lines to the library, etc.  And, usually, there was a plea to be 'the line leader.' (Line leaders were the cool kids.)  An argument can be made life is all about two lines: Adam's and Christ's.  Every person is in one or the other, which makes all the difference.  Hope you will join us Sunday for "Who's Your Line Leader?"  

The You God Wants

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

The You God Wants

What's one of the most misquoted "verses" in the Bible? It's this one: 'God will never give you more than you can handle.' Not only is that "verse" not in the Bible, it's totally wrong. Ask Moses about it. Jonah would be glad to share his experience with - after he wipes the whale vomit off. What we know is that God will never place us in situations He can't handle. God is good, and is up to something good inside us regardless of what's happening outside us. Join us Sunday for "The You God Wants"!