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2017-2018 Sermon Series

The sermon series for Advent is entitled, “Sing of His Birth.”  For centuries, composers have been inspired by the incarnation of Jesus Christ for their musical compositions.  Each Sunday, we will highlight a particular carol and the story behind it in the bulletin.  Enjoy, and make sure you add your own voice to the chorus that is singing of His birth!

 

 

Winter Sermon Series

Renewal of Baptism—We begin 2018 with an opportunity to renew our baptismal vows.  The first Sunday of the year is known as “Baptism of the Lord” in the liturgical calendar.  It has become a tradition here to give the congregation on opportunity to renew their baptismal vows.  The baptismal reaffirmation liturgy includes the opportunity to respond to the following questions:

  • Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do.
  • Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do.
  • Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help.

 Join us in the new year with a re-commitment to being a lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ!

 Character Sketches—On January 14, we begin a five-week series looking at different “characters” from the Old Testament.  These ordinary men and women were confronted with situations that tested their faith, and we can learn much from their example.  Watch the bulletin each week to learn more about each character!

 

 

 

2016-17 Sermon Series: Becoming A Disciple of Jesus

Once we are introduced to him, we spend the rest of our lives becoming a disciple of Jesus.  This year’s sermon series is comprised of several steps to facilitate the discipleship process.  Each month or season, a different step is introduced.  Usually one Sunday of the month will focus on a key Christian belief to THINK about, one on an ACTion to do, and one on a way to BE.  Interspersed periodically are also opportunities to EXPERIENCE and SERVE God in meaningful ways.

Our topics are selected from the “Believe” series by Randy Frazee.  The congregation is invited to purchase an age-appropriate Believe resource from the Wisdom Well bookstore, and follow along with their own devotions on the topic introduced.  Click on the links for the sermon series and topic schedule:

September-December schedule

January-June schedule

2015-2016 Sermon Series: The  Bible In 100 Words

Click here to download all the 100 words, supporting Scriptures and bulletin inserts that were used during the 2015-2016 series for worship and discipleship!

Though God’s Word is divided into an Old and New Testament, with many different kinds of writings not always arranged chronologically, it is still a unified story of God’s relationship with His people.  It also is a  “salvation history,” where we can learn not only God’s intentions for how we should live, but the wonderful way He rescues us from our sinfulness with the gift of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We can see throughout the Bible that this was God’s plan from the beginning, with the people of the Old Testament demonstrating so clearly our need for God’s grace and redemption.

We’ve chosen 50 two-word phrases to try to convey in a memorable way the story of God’s Word, and each Sunday we’ll look at the Scripture passage that tells that part of the story.  To cover the Bible during the appropriate times of the church year, we’re beginning the series in August.  Look for a bookmark with all 100 words, and plan to join us each Sunday as we explore God’s word together!

 

2014-2015 Sermon Series:  Passport To The Kingdom

Throughout the year, we highlighted the physical and spiritual places that were introduced in the sermon text each week.  Each Sunday, we included a handout that provided in depth information about the place, its significance, and often how we can apply the lessons learned there to our own lives.

 

 

2013-2014 Sermon Series: Word of the Lord

The word “word” (dabar in the Old Testament Hebrew, and logos in the New Testament Greek) has a rich history in the Bible and is layered with multiple meanings.  God’s speech, his very words, caused the world to come into being.  The collection of writings we now know as the Bible were deemed by the early church fathers to be divinely inspired, and for us are received as the Word of God.  When we pray for the Holy Spirit to illuminate our hearts and minds before we read or hear the Bible, we are asking for an act of revelation and for God to speak directly to us in our present situation.  We have learned through research that reading God’s Word is the number one catalyst for spiritual growth.

 

Euangelion:  Gospel, Good News

Soteria:  Salvation

Pistis:  Faith

Koinonia:  Fellowship

Philia:  Friendship

Agape:  Love

Oikonomos:  Stewardship

Christos:  Christ

Messiah:  Christ

Logos/Dabar:  Word

Charis:  Grace

Hesed:  Loving Kindness

Metanoia:  Repent

Metamorphoo:  Transform/Transfigure

Anastasis:  Resurrection

Ekklesia:  Church

Pneuma/Ruach:  Spirit

 

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