April 24, 2016 – Worship

Songs:

  • Come Now is the Time to Worship
  • Not to Us
  • Here I Am to Worship (with Prayer)
  • Communion: We Believe
  • Offering: Come Now is the Time to Worship
  • Benediction

April 24, 2016 – I Have Never

Pastor Trevor Smith

Scripture:

  • Acts 11:1-19

Key Points:

  • Peter was criticized for being with the Gentiles, the unclean, the uncircumcised.  Something Jews would never do.  Consider, by Old Testament and New Testament standards, we are Gentiles.
  • Per the Law (Leviticus), you were unclean if you ate certain meat: cloven hoofed animals, swine, reptiles, certain birds, etc.
  • Peter is told in a vision: God proclaims, nothing from Him is unclean.  Those who have received Christ have been cleansed by God.  This removes the restrictions of the Law, where God was only accessible to the Jews.
  • Another standard, in Old Testament, the receiving of God was demonstrated by the speaking in tongues.  Peter witnessed God’s outpouring, as Gentiles were baptized by the Holy Spirit.

April 17, 2016 – Empowerment to Live the Call of Jesus

Pastor Jeff Purganan

Key Points:

  • Just this morning, we have seen many sermons of God’s call:
    • Call to let give your life over to God
    • We saw God’s mercy
    • We are all at God’s table, to gather as one body.
    • God is with us, to bring a message of hope and salvation.
  • John 21: Speaks to the intimacy of the conversation we can have with Jesus.
    • John 18: Peter watches Jesus on trial, at which point Peter denies Jesus three times.  Peter must have felt like a failure in his discipleship in Christ.
    • Throughout Peter’s story, Peter retreated to doing what he was comfortable with, rather than trusting to serve in the way God calls us, fearing the persecution that comes with following Christ.
    • We can relate in our own discipleship, to Peter.  How many opportunity have we missed in our lives to truly follow Christ as how he has individually called us.
    • Do we demonstrate that we love Jesus? Recall Jesus asking Peter three times, “Do you love?

 

April 17, 2016 – Worship

Songs:

  • At Your Name
  • Shout to the Lord
  • New Member: Dominic Torres
  • From the Inside Out (with Prayer)
  • Communion: Jesus Paid it All
  • Offering: Your Love Never Fails
  • Benediction

April 10, 2016 – Worship

Songs:

  • Today is the Day/Everyday
  • I Will Follow
  • Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
  • Oceans (with Prayer)
  • Communion: Behold the Lamb
  • Offering: Today is the Day/Everyday
  • Benediction

April 10, 2016 – Do You Love Me?

Janelle Stewart

Scripture:

  • John 21:1-19

Key Points:

  • The passages of Jesus asking Peter, “Do you love me?”
  • Video: Fiddler on the Roof, Do You Love Me?
  • Peter brash, outgoing, great leader
  • Examples of Peter following Jesus:
    • Luke 5:1-11
    • John 6:66-69
    • Matthew 14:25-33
    • Matthew 16:13-19
    • Mark 5:37-43
    • Mark 8:31-33: Jesus rebuke Peter
    • Mark 9:2-13: Peter witnessing The Transfiguration
    • Mark 10:28-31: First will be Last, Last will be First
    • John 13:6-9: Jesus washing Peter’s feet
    • Mark 14:27-31: Jesus tell Peter will deny him three times.
    • Mark 14:32-42: Peter sleeps at Gethsemane
    • Mark 14:66-72: Peter denies Jesus three times
    • John 20:1-10: Peters searches the tomb to find Jesus’ body missing, no understanding He has risen!
  • John 21:1-19: Jesus appears the third time after rising from the dead: direct Peter and the disciples where to fish (abundant).  At the meal, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him.
  • After his death, the disciples returned to their occupations after his crucifixion.  Rather than continue with the change in their lives, to move on with the ministry, they went back to what was comfortable.
  • Jesus was telling Simon Peter to go out, continue the ministry, to tend the flock.  Jesus wanted action, a commitment in being his follower.  He calls us to do the hard, laying our lives down for others, loving our enemies.
  • Do you love me? Peter is told to take care of Jesus’ sheep.  Care for them.  If we love Jesus, you heed his commands and teaching of love.
  • Brandon Sipes – A True, Jagged Love
  • In reflection on loving Jesus, ask these questions:
    • Do you LOVE Jesus?
    • How is it manifested in your life?
    • Do you go back to your old way of life when things become difficult for you as you aren’t sure what is going on?
  • How do you show your love for Jesus?  Are you able to show the hard, jagged love?  Remember, Jesus is with you, giving you freedom to love, even when it’s hard

April 3, 2016 – Witnessing: It Ain’t Easy

Rev. Jim Monck

Key Points:

  • Matthew 28: The Great Commission
  • Go, Get Going, As you go, make disciples and teach what Jesus had taught.
  • Promise: Our Lord is present as we execute the commission.  The Holy Spirit is the power of God.
  • We are witnesses to who Jesus is and the salvation in Christ.
  • Sadly, we get involved in cultural wars in “witnessing.”  The wrong message comes through.
  • As the Father sent me, I’m sending you.
  • Why? Focus is on how?  Who is witnessing?
  • #2: Concern over the cost: If I start witnessing, how religious do I need to be?  Do my standards have to raised? Do I need to be a better student?
  • #3: I don’t feed confident that I’m not doing better than expected.  Be honest, you’re still learning, growing.  Even when confident, expect a new test to continue learning and growing.  Build faith, trust in God through challenges, when not doing well.  This an opportunity to share God and how he’s working in your life.
  • #4: We get our prioritized messed up and get lazy.  We forget our purpose – share your faith so they can come to learn of Jesus.  You need to work at developing relationship for the witnessing to be more effective.  We tend to be share/witness with no follow-up. Be ready to take time and energy to build relationships.
  • #5: I don’t know what to talk about, as it can be hard to relate to people, whether not having things in common, or have conflicting views (religion and politics).  No matter, God love all of us, make it work!
  • #6: I’ve tried and don’t think it’s my spiritual gift.  I tried before and it didn’t go well.  Sometimes you need to listening to one another’s needs, hurts, desire.  Don’t force a message.  Take time to understand one another.
  • We don’t have the answers, but we’ve seen Jesus through the works, happenings in life.  We are witnesses to the impact Jesus has had in our lives.
  • Things to consider in witnessing: You profess, but be clear they have a choice.  Offer to the chance to accept Christ, again no attachment, but a choice.