April 15, 2018 | By: Tom Hall | Scripture: Numbers 6:22-27
In today's market-oriented society, we are constantly being sold, coerced, and manipulated into being aligned with and branded by various products, beliefs, and "norms". If we are believers in and followers of Jesus Christ, then we have already been "branded" by Him and the power of His name, which can keep us from falling into traps skillfully laid out by enemies of the cross.
April 8, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5
The CEO model of church leadership is not biblical. God actually intended the oversight of the church to be handled by a team of
godly men who were more concerned with souls than dollars. The elders’ primary role is really to be a co-equal shepherd (spiritual care provider) with the primary pastor-teacher!
April 1, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-5
All true believers accept the actual, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as historical fact. The resurrection has as much credibility as any other event in all of recorded history. By his rising we are commissioned to proclaim his good news authoritatively and expand the reach of his kingdom. Because he lives, we can rest in the promise that death truly has no power over us and that we will one day rise just like he did and join him forever!
March 25, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: John 12:12-15
Christ didn’t die to start a religion, or make you behave, or simply to enable you to enjoy a glorious afterlife. His purpose was to make a brand new kind of people for his own possession and fellowship. His intention was for this state to begin now, and not only when we die or the world ends.
What is the Mission of the Church Pt 4 Marching Orders
March 18, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Luke 10:1-12
All of us who claim to be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ have a responsibility to proclaim His message, to demonstrate His power, proclaim His authority, and to represent His presence. However, we cannot convince anyone. The Holy Spirit’s job is to convince people. Our responsibility lies in proclamation and nothing more. We are not God’s salesmen, but his ambassadors.
What is the Mission of the Church Pt 3 The Great Need
March 11, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 John 5:19-21
3.2 billion people worldwide have never (or only minimally)
heard the story of Jesus! Additionally, 81% of Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus have no contact with a single Christ follower. That may be sad, but what can you possibly do about it? What should you do about it? A lot actually!
What is the Mission of the Church Pt 2 Nature of the Gospel
March 4, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Mark 1:9-15
Our prayer is that we will be a church that has highly-developed spiritual senses to discern what is and is not the gospel, and that we will be clear in the proclamation and application of it. We must all become so clear on this all important message, so that we can encourage each other to believe it fully and apply it deeply.
February 25, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Our mission as a church is to proclaim the message of Christ Jesus clearly, backed by Christ’s authority and assured of his presence, in order to make disciples of all nations - a daunting task indeed, but one which cannot fail because it is the intent of almighty God to have a people for himself.
Suffering Crucified Raised and Reigning with Christ
February 18, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:27-27
As individuals and as a church, let us commit our hearts to knowing Jesus in purity, undistracted by the values and idols of this world. Let us be found as a people increasingly dead to sin and self. Let us identify with his death and resurrection and all of it’s attendant power that gives us 24/7 access to the throne room, as well as a
newer, better perspective. Let us reign as his ambassadors, passionately making God’s appeal to the fallen, broken and sinful world.