Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Great Humility Divide - Nathan Rages

1Peter 5:5 describes a great divide between the way God relates to people who are proud vs. those who are humble: "God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble."  This message explores this simple reality. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Resting - Nathan Rages

This is a simple message is about resting, specifically about these three kinds of rest that are described in Scripture:
1. Physical rest.
2. Salvation rest.
3. Heavenly rest.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Schedule Changes for Church Retreat

Because of a church retreat, we will not have our usual services at our building on Thursday, May 19 and Sunday, May 22.  Our normal meeting schedule resumes thereafter. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Source of Christ's Ministry Power - Nathan Rages

This message explores one question: "Who was the source of the divine power displayed throughout Christ’s earthly ministry?"  

Although we might assume that His power came from the God the Father or by Christ drawing upon His own divine nature, the Bible actually teaches that Christ ministered *as a man* by the power of the *Holy Spirit*.  

These passages teach this truth: Isaiah 11:1-2, Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:16-21, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-33, John 3:34, Luke 4:1, Luke 4:14, Matthew 12:22-32, Acts 10:38, and Philippians 2:6-8.

Here are three reasons why this teaching is important:
1. It shows that our theology must be derived from Scripture alone.
2. It affects how we think about Christ.
3. It affects how we think about ourselves.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Are You Motivated by a Love Relationship with Jesus? - Nathan Rages

A personal relationship of loving trust in the Lord Jesus lies at the heart of Christian experience.  This sermon explores both the positive and negative sides of this reality.

Bible examples of those doing unusually difficult, extreme things because of the motivation of love:   
1. David's Mighty Men (2Sam. 23:13-17).
2. Mary's lavish outpouring (Mark 14:3-9).
3. Paul's whole ministry (2Cor 5:14).

Problems often caused by a defective trust in or love for Christ:
1. Unsuccessfully trying to get saved.
2. Lack of assurance. 
3. Intellectual unbelief.
4. Critical spirit.
5. Bitterness about trials.
6. Boredom in devotional activities.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Nehemiah's Big Ministry Lessons for our Church - Nathan Rages

In this capstone message for our 12-part preaching series through the first six chapters of Nehemiah, we summarize the six biggest lessons and how to apply them to our church -- particularly as we embrace future ministry opportunities:
1. Burdened leadership.
2. Personal sacrifice.
3. Unified workers.
4. Relentless opposition.
5. Constant prayer.
6. Ultimate joy.