the sacraments

Message Monday 11/30/15 – The Sacraments: Priesthood

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

What is it that we all need, perhaps more than anything else? What makes you feel affirmed, loved, supported, respected? What makes you feel safe as a person when you’re in the company of strangers? It’s when you have someone, even just one person, who knows you inside and out, but who still loves you unconditionally. That person has walked with you and been through some of the rawest parts of life with you. You know without a doubt that that person has your back, no matter what. They will represent you well and if necessary, at great cost to him or herself, stand up for you. (more…)

Message Monday 11/23/15 – The Sacraments: Work Of The People

Karl Ingraham – Creative Arts Director

If you are determined to study God’s Word and keep it with your whole heart, you should expect not only a moral, or “spiritual” transformation, but a transformation also of your whole person, or “material” self.

Message Monday 11/16/15 – The Sacraments: Born Of Water & The Spirit

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  And,  “…no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. ”  (John 3:3,5)  Jesus was talking about a real life change within.  Something has to happen to us for us to be with God and be a part of the Kingdom he is establishing on earth.  We have to start over, begin again—be reborn.  We have to be “given birth” by the Spirit of God. The good news in all of this is that God is willing to give us a new, clean slate and give us His Spirit to empower a new life within us.  It’s not something we can do for ourselves.  We can’t self-correct and God seems to know that we simply need a chance to push restart.  (more…)

Message Monday 11/09/15 – The Sacraments – Confession

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

Oh, the games we play in our own hearts and minds. We think we can sin and get away with it. Or that God might not have seen that one. Or at least it wasn’t as bad as someone else’s sin. Or we just can’t admit that we sin.

We need to learn the discipline of acknowledging our sins and confessing them to God and to a trusted friend. To learn to say like the psalmist in Psalm 41:4 – “O Lord, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

Our big idea for this week was this: confession is sharing your deepest weaknesses and failures with God and others you trust, so that you may enter God’s grace and mercy and experience His ready forgiveness and healing.

God convicts us of sin through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, and through other people. Witness David when confronted by Nathan in 2 Samuel 12. When confronted with his sin, he has the only appropriate response for any of us: “I have sinned against the Lord.”

When we confess sin, we are back in right relationship with God, and we can deal with the physical and relational consequences that we experience with unconfessed sin.

I want to challenge you and encourage you to confess sin to God and to a trusted friend so you can experience forgiveness, healing, mercy, grace and cleansing.

(See Psalm 51; Psalm 32:5; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9)