First Things First – How the World Came to Be 1. “In the Beginning” - The Most Important Verse in the Bible Genesis 1: 1 We are beginning a new series - First Things First: How the World Came to Be. We’ll be looking in detail at the opening chapters of the Bible, Genesis 1-11. Our goal is simple. We want to know what God has said about the origin of the universe. We want to know where we came from and how we got here. Are we the chance products of mindless evolution or are we
Galatians – A call to freedom –
10. Not enslaved again
Galatians 4:8-10English Standard Version (ESV)
Paul's Concern for the Galatians 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and
It’s Time! Engage in Prayer for Our Nation 2 Chronicles 7: 14 As a call to worship I’d like to read the first 3 verses of this chapter. The context is King Solomon praying after finishing the construction of the Temple – v. 1 - 3. • The word “engage” means, “to get and keep someone’s attention and interest, to occupy, attract, or become involved in.” It can also mean to start fighting against an opponent. • The word “disengage” refers to releasing or detaching oneself; to wit
Galatians: A Call to Freedom
9.A slave or a Child
Galatians 3:26-4:7New International Version (NIV)
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the
Barry’s message on Friday afternoon ended on a sense of hope because it would be a pity to send you home with a sense of the dread and disaster which the disciples went home with on that first Easter Friday. As Jesus hung dying on the cross, His mother Mary, as well as John, and a number of other of Jesus’ followers watched Him. It was a surprisingly quick death, because crucifixions were designed to be long-lasting and induce as much suffering as possible for as long as poss
“I AM…” – How Jesus Meets Our Deepest Needs 8. The Resurrection and the Life The Comeback John 11: 17 - 27 Bethany Hamilton was just 13 years old when her left arm got bitten off by a shark while surfing. After a month of medical operations, she returned and learned how to surf with one arm. She courageously overcame all odds to become a champion surfer again through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and ne
Easter Friday 2017: The Goodness of Friday.
Matthew 27:45-54New International Version (NIV)
The Death of Jesus 45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a]lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b] 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran a
Palm Sunday: not the Jesus we want; the Jesus we need.
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to
Galatians – A Call to Freedom 8
Law or Promise?
Galatians 3:15-25New International Version (NIV)
The Law and the Promise 15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[a]meaning one person, wh
Living to Please ? Intro Good evening. I’ll be preaching tonight from a book that I’m studying through with a bunch of our teens, so I hope I’m on the ball here because they are watching me to make sure I preach right. Please turn with me to Colossians. Before I start, let me share something to give you a hint of what we’re going to be talking about tonight. [Play video] In our passage for tonight, Paul talks about a rescue. In the video we saw t