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THE CORE: AUTHENTICITY 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 6:3-11; Philippians 3:12-16 AUTHENTICITY’S ENEMY . . . One of the greatest hindrances to authenticity is fear. AT THE CORE OF AUTHENTICITY . . . Authenticity is not being true to yourself but being true to who you are in Christ. “Spiritual pride is the illusion that we are competent to run our own lives, achieve our own sense of self-worth, and find a purpose big enough to give us meaning in life without God.” Tim...



Psalm 133:1-3 Ephesians 4:32 Matthew 18:21-35 Psalm 139:23-24


Why Does Missions Matter?

Matthew 28:18-20 1) God's mission is to reach the world. 2) All Christians are called to join God in His mission. 3) Effective Participation in God's mission demands discipline.


Vision Sunday (2018)



Prayer - Praying Boldly

PRAYER: MORE THAN JUST WORDS Joshua 6:1-20 “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention. But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron axhead, and God is moved to omnipotent action.” Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker God is the One...


Prayer - Spiritual Battle

THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE . . . “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,...


Prayer: More Than Just Words - Part II

Matthew 6:5-13 PRAYING GOD’S WORD . . . Powerful and effective prayer is shaped by the abiding word of Christ in you. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 God answers prayers that are saturated with the truth of His word. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 “God only answers petitions that His Son...


Prayer: More Than Just Words

Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:12b “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 “ . . . pray without ceasing . . .” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “ . . . be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12b GOD’S INVITATION . . . Prayer is God’s invitation to enter into His presence. Everything flows from the presence of God. “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures...


The Gift of Administration

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (ESV) Luke 22:24-26 (ESV) The Gift of Administration leads the church to be a people of order while reminding the church of the God of order. 2 Timothy 2:4 1 Corinthians 14:33 Psalm 19:1 Romans 11:36 Works Cited/Further Reading: ESV Study BibleThe MacArthur Study Bible (NASB)Hidden ChristmasSpurgeon on LeadershipCome and See


The Gift Of Prophecy

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: PROPHECY 1 Corinthians 14:1-33, 39 YOU MAY HAVE THE GIFT OF PROPHECY IF . . . You have a desire to serve God, empowered by His Spirit, to boldly and fearlessly proclaim God’s truth. You have a sense of discernment and a desire to make people aware of sin in their lives, so they will repent. You have the ability to easily spot what is wrong and often have to look to find something right. You have a strong burden over the brokenness of people that compels you to pray...


The Gift Of Serving

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: SERVING 1 Peter 4:10- 11; Romans 12:7 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 THE GIFT OF SERVING . . . THE GRACE AND GLORY OF GOD IN SERVING . ....


The Gift Of Teaching

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: TEACHING Ephesians 4:11; Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 The spiritual gift of teaching is a gift given and empowered by the Spirit for the purpose of teaching truth with accuracy and in a way that others gain understanding. YOU MIGHT HAVE THE GIFT OF TEACHING IF . . . You have a strong desire, accompanied by a capable ability, to teach Scripture. “ . . . and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able...


The Gift Of Mercy

Romans 12:1-8 (ESV) How the Gift of Mercy edifies the body of Christ: Romans 12:1 (ESV) Exodus 34:6 (ESV) “God's mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.” - Charles Spurgeon “There is more mercy in Christ, than sin in us.” - Richard Sibbes Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) It makes the body more merciful as a whole. Romans 12:4-5 (ESV) Proverbs 27:17 (ESV) It mercifully...


The Gift Of Shepherding

YOU MIGHT BE A SHEPHERD IF . . . THE GIFT OF SHEPHERDING . . . The one who has a shepherding heart is always leading. “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2-3a “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalms 23:3b “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 The one who...


The Gift Of Exhortation

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: EXHORTATION Romans 12:6-8; 1 Timothy 4:13-14a THE GIFT OF EXHORTATION . . . The gift of exhortation is speaking encouragement or correction, that is intentional and directional, into the lives of others. YOU MIGHT HAVE THE GIFT . . . “Him (Jesus Christ), warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Colossians 1:28 “ . . . to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,...


The Gift of Evangelism

SPIRITUAL GIFTS: EVANGELISM Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13 Categories of Gifts . . . Gifts without Love . . . A deep love for Christ is the source for you to genuinely love others, expressed most visibly and tangibly through how God has gifted you. “If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mystery and knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove...



#DADLIFE Mark 6:30-44 DAD AS A SHEPHERD . . . “And He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (v. 34) You are like Jesus when you show compassion to those whom God has given you to shepherd. “And He began to teach them many things.” (v. 34b) The greatest need your child has, above all else, is to know the truth about Jesus. “You give them something to eat.” (v. 35-37) Your children need to feast from your table, not the world’s table. “How many...


What Are Spiritual Gifts?

WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS? Abilities given by the Spirit of God by grace through which He works for the common good of the body of Christ, for the glory of God. “A spiritual gift is an ability given by the Holy Spirit to express our faith effectively (in word or deed) for the strengthening of someone else’s faith.” John Piper “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both...


The Role You Play In God's Story

THE ROLE YOU PLAY IN GOD’S STORY 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11 WHAT IS MY S.H.A.P.E.? S—H—A—P—E—