Synopsis: In our first message from this text we looked at the meaning of hope, the need for hope and the source of hope. As we continue unpacking this verse, another question comes to the forefront: How do we obtain this hope? Our text reveals the channel for this hope.
Synopsis: Tonight our pastor shared a PowerPoint presentation that incorporates the new ministry theme for 2021 as it relates to church ministry this year. The new theme was introduced in this morning's message and expanded upon tonight. We take a brief look at the past year, where we are now, where we go from here.
Synopsis: Romans 15:13 can be seen two different ways and it holds a two-fold significance--for born-again believers and those who need to be born-again! Given the uncertainty of our times and of our future as a nation, people are looking for hope and many despair of hope. Thankfully God's Word provides solutions and the hope we need. Today's message is part one as we begin unpacking the truth found in this verse that serves as the basis for our new 2021 ministry theme: "Abounding Hope."
Synopsis: In Philippians 3 we see the heart of a man who didn't get sidetracked in following society's definition of success. In verses 13-14, we find what we need to know and do in order to have a successful new year in 2021.
Synopsis: In Romans 8:31-35, Paul raises seven questions about every influence possible that might obstruct the believer's confident, hope-filled assurance of present preservation and future glory. These challenges, in the form of questions, give rise to three fundamental, hope-filled reasons why in this new year, neither "things present nor things to come" (v. 38b) can prevent any Christian from being "more than conqueror through him that loved us" (v. 37).
Synopsis: This past Friday we celebrated Christ's birth and exchanged Christmas gifts with loved ones. The idea of gift giving brings two thought-provoking questions to mind: 1) Have you ever considered a gift exchange with God? 2) What have you given to God to express your love and gratitude for His gifts to you?
The psalmist seems to be thinking along the same lines with his question in Psalm 116:12. Using the acronym "S.T.O.P.", let's take some time to stop and consider what gift we should give to God in return to His many benefits to us.
Synopsis: In one sense, the challenges to Zacharias' and Mary's faith are no different than the challenges to our faith that we experience today. The specific circumstances of their test of faith is different from ours, but are there not things that we face that tempt us to respond with unbelief because we don't understand how God will supply our need or we don't see how things could possibly work for our good and His glory? In today's message we learn important truths from these two parents that we can apply to our lives today.
Synopsis: Even though much is said about the origins of Christmas from a skeptic's viewpoint or from well-intentioned believers who try to convince others the holiday should not be celebrated by Christians, I want us tonight to go to Scripture to learn the true Origins of Christmas. What we find may surprise you!
Synopsis: Tradition and time have embellished much of the events surrounding Christ's arrival to earth, His birth in Bethlehem. Though the simple facts of our text this morning may "pop the balloon" of excitement surrounding the traditionally portrayed account of Jesus' birth, yet the truths revealed in Matthew 2 do not diminish the real joy that is to be experienced! There is a great and holy celebration that occurs in this text of Scripture that we don't want to miss or downplay.
How did the Wise Men celebrate the arrival of Christ? Our text reveals two ways. We can know the same joy when we take the note of the cause for their celebration and the manner in which they celebrated the arrival of Christ.
Synopsis: Mary celebrates the coming arrival of Christ to earth by reflecting upon God's person and work in a hymn of praise known as "The Magnificat." If we are to celebrate Christ's coming to Bethlehem as Mary did, our celebration needs to be patterned after hers.
Synopsis: In the previous messages, we focused on the effect God's love has upon us, in particular as it relates to people. In this message we now consider the effect God's love has upon us as it relates to our present circumstances and to our future.