God's truth for today's world

Waiting and Hoping Message Introduction

Today we begin a new message series called “Christmas Brings Hope.” Of course, we’re not talking about the Christmas holiday per say, but about what it represents, the birth of Christ.

We live in a world that has a lot of hopelessness in it. Sin has brought many problems into the world. Many people fill hopeless and anxious in the light of the increase in terrorism. Economic problems, employment issues, relationship difficulties all cause stress and hopelessness. Why do people turn to various addictions such as alcohol, drugs, gambling and sexual perversions outside of marriage? Why do people harm themselves and others? Why do people commit suicide? Because they feel hopeless. The problems they face seem too big to overcome. So they seek to escape their problems with sin that destroys their lives and the lives of those around them.

Where can we find hope in our world today? The Bible tells us that outside of Jesus Christ, there is no lasting hope.

Ephesians 2:12 (NIV) remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

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Living in Community Message Introduction

Today, we’re concluding our message series “Basic Training.” In this series, we’ve covered many of the basic disciplines that every believer needs to practice in order to be effective for the Lord. Our last message in this series is entitled “Living in Community.” We’re going to be looking at the importance of being connected with other believers in the church community.

To begin our discussion today, let’s think about how a person becomes a believer. Every Sunday, we go over the basics of becoming a believer. First of all to give everyone here an opportunity to become a believer or to recommit their lives to the Lord. Secondly, we go over the basics, so that you will know how to lead someone else to faith in Jesus Christ.

Becoming a believer is something you do as an individual. You are not saved because your parents were believers or had you baptized as an infant. You are not saved because your spouse is a believer. The Bible clearly teaches that each person is saved by their own individual faith and commitment.

So, if we’re saved individually, why do we need other believers? What’s that point of church and the family of God? Sadly, many today are asking those questions and not finding good answers, they are trying to make it on their own without the church. Let’s look at what the Bible has to say in

1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)  The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.

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Seeking God’s Guidance Message Introduction

Today, we continue our message series “Basic Training.” One of the most important things for a soldier to learn is that they must follow closely the orders of their commanding officer. So, in order to follow those orders, they need to learn to listen carefully to what their commander tells them. In the battlefield, both their life and the lives of the unit depend on keeping the communication lines open. The same is true for you and I as soldiers in God’s army.

Today, our message is entitled “Seeking God’s Guidance.” One of the most important lessons that you can learn in life is to recognize that you don’t know enough to plan your own course in life. We all need God’s guidance to direct our decisions in life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

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Investing Your Life Message Introduction

Basic Training is the current message series. What are we training for? We are training as soldiers in the army of the Lord. Now, we don’t fight with bullets or bombs. But we do fight. We fight with spiritual weapons. What are we fighting for? We are fighting to expand the kingdom of God and to destroy the kingdom of darkness. How does that happen? It happens as your friends, relatives and neighbors get saved and in turn become soldiers in the Lord’s army. And as we fight in God’s army, God takes care of everything that we need.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

When you are seeking first to expand God’s kingdom, when you are seeking to be the best soldier you can be, than God will meet every need that you have in life.

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Breaking Barriers – Message Introduction

Last Sunday in our message series “Basic Training” we talked about Building Disciples of Jesus Christ. Making disciples is an adventure for each and every believer. Jesus commanded all of His followers in the Great Commission to …

Matthew 28:19a (NIV)  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations …

In this phrase we see two instructions. First of all we are to go. You can’t stay where you are at and make disciples. You have to go from your present situation in order to impact the lives of others. Secondly, Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations. The words that Jesus spoke in the Great Commission were spoken to Jews, who had never been outside of Israel. Yet Jesus was calling them and us today to make disciples of every kind of person who lives in the face of this planet.

Today, my message is entitled “Breaking Barriers.” The Gospel, the good news of the kingdom of God, must break barriers in order to make disciples. If no barriers are broken, the Gospel will not spread. Jesus told the first disciples in …

Acts 1:8 (NIV)  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

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