Sunday, August 1, 2021

Six Parts of a Powerful Prayer Life - Nathan Rages


“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” Eph. 6:18

1. Variety: “with all prayer and petition”
2. Frequency: “at all times”
3. Spirituality: “in the Spirit”
4. Alertness: “be on the alert”
5. Perseverance: “with all perseverance”
6. Inclusiveness: “petition for all the saints”

Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Sword of the Spirit - Nathan Rages


“And take … the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  Eph. 6:17

1. The sword represents God’s Word.
2. The sword is given and empowered by the Spirit.
3. Suggestions for effective sword usage:
     LEARN specific Bible verses.
     UNDERSTAND the meaning of those Bible verses.
     APPLY the words of Scripture authoritatively.
     TRUST the Spirit to powerfully use the Word.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Helmet of Salvation - Nathan Rages


Eph. 6:17 "and take the helmet of salvation..."

The helmet of salvation is how we Christians think about the fact that we are saved by a wonderful Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our salvation includes all three "tenses", and we need to think rightly about each one:

1. Salvation Past.  "I have been saved." Justification.  Eph. 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

2. Salvation Present.  "I am now being saved (gradually)." Sanctification.  2Cor. 2:15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

3. Salvation Future.  "I will be saved (perfectly)." Glorification.  Rom. 13:11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Fall Fellowship Camp Registration is now OPEN

Registration for the Fall Fellowship Camp, October 7-10, 2021 is now OPEN.  See this page for all the details and registration form. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

My Hope for America (on July 4th) - Nathan Rages


Though many Christians feel grave concerns about the moral and spiritual direction of our nation this July 4th, this message gives three reasons for hopeful optimism about our future:
1. We can shine brightly for the Lord, no matter how dark things get (Philippians 2:15). 
2. We can pray to an almighty and merciful God (1Timothy 2:1-2, Acts 4:23-31, and 2Chronicles 7:14).
3. We can imagine God pouring out His Spirit in true revival (Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 64:1-3, and Psalm 44:1,23,26).

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Shield of Faith - Nathan Rages


Eph 6:16 "in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." 

1. The Devil’s method of attack: “flaming arrows”.
2. The saints’ means of defense: “shield of faith”.
     Universal effectiveness: “all”
     Personal responsibility: “taking up”
3. Examples of common arrows and faith’s response (from various Scriptures).

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Gospel Shoes - Nathan Rages


Eph. 6:15 "and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace." 

1. Why are a soldier’s shoes important?
2. What is the Gospel?
3. Where does the Gospel produce peace?
   With God.
   Within yourself.
   With others.
4. How does the Gospel prepare us for action?
   Stability.
   Flexibility.
   Mobility.