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Does God Love Us?

Bible VersesMalachi 1:1-5

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April 11, 2021

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By Malachi's day, Israel was a mere shadow of its former self. Their depressed state led them to question God’s love, and such doubts resulted in spiritual apathy – the main concern of the book. But before the LORD confronts their apathy, he begins with an affirmation of his sovereign, electing love for them.

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Alive to God in Christ

Bible VersesRomans 6:5-11

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April 4, 2021

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For non-believers, skepticism of the Resurrection is what leads to doubts about regeneration. But for believers, it's often our skepticism of regeneration that has led to doubts about the Resurrection. Because of the lack of real change in our life, we begin to question everything about our faith. This Easter morning’s passage reminds Christians how the reality of the Resurrection ought to result in real change and the newness of life.

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Foundations of a Flourishing Church: The Holy and Blameless Life

Bible Verses1 Thessalonians 5:23-28

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March 21, 2021

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The Apostle Paul concludes his first letter to the Thessalonians with a prayer for their sanctification. For each believer, he asks for God himself to wholly sanctify the whole person – a work that will only be completed at the second coming of Christ. As we examine this prayer, we will learn more about sanctification and the holy and blameless life to which we've been called.

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Foundations of a Flourishing Church: The Imminent Return of Christ

Bible Verses1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

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March 7, 2021

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Last week’s text considered what will become of those who died in Christ when He returns. Today’s text considers how we who are alive in Christ ought to live in light of His return. Simply put, we should always be prepared. Ready and waiting. Awake and sober. Christ’s return may be unpredictable, but for the faithful in Christ, it should not be unexpected.

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Foundations of a Flourishing Church: Now Concerning Brotherly Love

Bible Verses1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

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February 21, 2021

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In our text, Paul addresses a troubling attitude developing among a minority of believers in the Thessalonian church. While they had a strong reputation for brotherly love, some among them were selfishly exploiting kindness and embracing idleness. From this brief passage, we can identify three practical principles concerning the brotherly love that ought to flourish in the church.

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Foundations of a Flourishing Church: The Joy of Gospel Perseverance

Bible Verses1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

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February 7, 2021

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In today's passage, Paul is overjoyed by the good news that the Thessalonians are still walking strong in the Lord. Both his anxiety and exuberance over their perseverance in the gospel is both inspiring and instructive – offering us four lessons to apply.

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Love Thy Neighbor: No Matter Their Size

Bible VersesLuke 10:25-37

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January 17, 2021

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On the third Sunday of January, churches across our nation observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday as a way to commemorate the lives lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade on January 23, 1973. This morning we will see how the Parable of the Good Samaritan affirms the dignity of every human person – no matter their size – and how it calls us to show neighborly love towards all, including the inhabitants of the womb.

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Foundations of a Flourishing Church: The World Turned Upside Down

Bible Verses1 Thessalonians 1:1, Acts 17:1-9

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January 3, 2021

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The Thessalonian church had a rough start. They faced persecution from day one, and their discipleship under Paul was abruptly cut short. And yet in spite of the challenges, the church continued to flourish in the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit. This introductory message will explore the historical background of the church's origin and examine its foundations.

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Behold the God of Diverse Excellencies: Behold the Savior Who was Silent

Bible VersesIsaiah 52:13-53:12

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December 27, 2020

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The theme of salvation by way of substitution runs throughout the Bible. It began with sheep in the place of sinners, but by the time we reach Isaiah 53, the substitutionary sheep is replaced by a person – the Servant of the LORD. We are told that this enigmatic figure will manifest God’s own saving power, and yet he will be despised and rejected by those he came to save. He will be as innocent as a lamb, and yet he will be counted and punished as a transgressor. Who has believed this perplexing message? Only those who recognize and revere the unique juxtapositions found in the one Servant of the LORD.

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Behold the God of Diverse Excellencies: Behold the Lion Who is the Lamb

Bible VersesRevelation 5:1-10

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November 1, 2020

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With the presidential election days away, many Christians feel frustrated that their choices come down to two imperfect candidates associated with either character traits or policies they find unworthy of the office. They wish, in an ideal world, for a candidate who possesses all the qualities they desire. And that is why Revelation 5 is a most timely passage for us – because here we are given a vision of a leader, who comes from the ideal world, who possesses everything we are looking for. Far from being a jumble of contradictions, Jesus is the embodiment of an array of diverse excellencies.

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