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Christ Community Church of the Nazarene Audio sermons

July 2, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: An Unexpected Request

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • God had promised Abraham generations to come.
  • Abraham had received the blessing of his only son.
  • Unexpected: God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.
  • Abraham goes through process of sacrificing – obediently.
  • This is the preview of the sacrifice of Jesus.
  • Here God spares Isaac, however, God took on the sacrifice.
  • Difference with Jesus: God never intended for sacrifice of Isaac, but intended for Jesus to be sacrificed. The love for His children, that all sin is put onto to Jesus. Jesus took the punishment for man’s sin and we are redeemed.
  • As follower’s of Jesus, we are saved and call to live as a living sacrifice, offering ourselves up to God.
  • Suggestion for reading scripture: 1) Read in context; 2) read as a community – hear different perspective and gain better understanding; 3) When needing understand – go to Jesus.  Read scripture of Jesus.

May 28, 2017 – Do Good, Fear Not

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • There are many examples in the Bible are harmed for doing good.
  • In the passage, we are told to do the good thing, right thing.
  • Today, the church is viewed as a moral step down, due to impressions made based on negative acts of “the church.”
  • Part of doing good is stop doing evil.
  • Keep in mind, we live in a world with sin.
  • In doing good, we need to unlearn evil.
  • There’s also fear of persecution for doing good in Jesus’ name.  Peter tells us: Fear not!
  • Jesus tells us people suffer for doing righteousness.
  • Gain: New life, in the resurrection life.
  • Doing good may be annoying to people, but we do it because we are good to do so.
  • We can face persecution because we are cleansed and reborn through baptism, and promise of faithful hope.
  • Fear not of doing good, even in the face of persecution.  Our acts of doing good becomes a testimony.
  • Do Good. Unlearn evil. Have no fear.  If persecution occurs, be ready to testify why you do good – for the love of Jesus.

May 21, 2017 – Dream Out Loud

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • At first calling, Abram and Sarai did not know who God was.
  • God revealed himself as Abram developed the covenant-based relationship.
  • God changes the names to Abraham and Sarah, then came the the covenant (unconditional promises).
  • God demonstrates his covenant with countless stars, trust starts. We can began to dream
  • Signs of trust:
    • Community love
    • Christ’s presence is known, seen, felt.  Let’s live up to the name of this church
    • Future is brighter than the past, embrace change for great new things
    • Let’s embrace again a multi-congregational church.
    •  community outreach.  This is the community’s church.
    • Future: Discipleship
  • What are the dreams of the congregation as we build the church.

 

April 23, 2017 – Peace Be With You

Pastor Jeff Purganan

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • In John 14, Peace is referenced as not being afraid, not being troubled.
  • The disciples had been locked up in fear of the Jewish leaders.
  • None were living in peace.
  • With the Peace of Christ, we are enabled to go out and share Christ.  We are armed with the courage, the ability to forgive one another.
  • Peace with you!