6/25/17

Content In Christ

6/25/17

Description:Sunday ServiceContent In ChristPhilippians 4:10-20THEME: As Paul concluded his letter to the church in Philippi, he wanted to express his gratitude to them for their faithful and generous financial support. But at the same time, he wanted to make sure they knew he was in no way dependent on their support since he had learned to be content in whatever circumstances Christ ordained for his life. In this passage, Paul shared SIX SECRETS to being content in Christ like he was.1. UNDERSTAND GOD'S PROCESS (v. 11a)2. EMBRACE GOD'S PROVIDENCE (vv. 11b-12)3. RELY ON GOD'S POWER (v. 13)4. FOCUS ON GOD'S PEOPLE (vv. 14-17)5. TRUST GOD'S PROVISION (vv. 18-19)6. SING GOD'S PRAISE (v. 20)Praise and thank God for the many ways and times He has been faithful to put on display His wise, loving, and sweet providence in your life. Ask Him to help you rest in His arms like a weaned child in their mother's arms (cf. Psalm 131:2). Pray that He would help you to learn to be content with what He provides to you, even when it isn't what you wanted or thought you needed.

6/18/17

A Prescription For Peace - Part 3

6/18/17

Description:Sunday ServiceA Prescription for Peace - Part 3Philippians 4:4-9THEME: We live in a fast-paced, stressed-out world where the majority of us try our best to maintain crazy-busy lives with jam-packed schedules, never-ending demands, and ever-growing list of things to do. The hectic, chaotic pace of life coupled with the unavoidable pressures and problems and pains that are part of all of our lives has left most of us feeling frazzled and exhausted and longing for peace. Peace is something everyone wants but few seem to find. At the end of his letter to the believers in Philippi, Paul gave a series of practical exhortations we need to follow in order to experience the peace God has promised to provide us in Christ. Like a skilled spiritual physician, Paul provided the Philippians and us with a prescription for peace. There are FIVE STEPS in his treatment plan that if carefully followed will alleviate all our fears and anxieties along with all our guilt and shame.1. BE JOYFUL ALL THE TIME (v. 4)2. TREAT EVERYONE GRACIOUSLY (v. 5)3. WORRY ABOUT NOTHING - PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING (vv. 6-7)4. THINK ONLY ABOUT THE RIGHT THINGS (v. 8)5. ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT (v. 9)Thank God that He is a God of peace who provides you His peace through His Son Jesus Christ who lives in you. Ask Him to help you be like that bird hidden in the cleft of the waterfall who experiences that peace which surpasses all comprehension regardless of the circumstances (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:16).

6/4/17

Trust In The Lord

6/4/17

Description:Sunday ServiceTrust In The LordProverbs 3:5,6THEME: Solomon wrote Proverbs to teach his sons how to fear the Lord and become wise. The wisdom in the book of Proverbs can only be unlocked by the one who fears the Lord (1:7). With great authority and affection Solomon appeals to the spiritual youth to trust in the Lord so that the Lord might make his path straight in life (3:1-6). All who desire to become wise know that trustiung God is difficult because of how hard life is. Heartache, disappointment, grief, frustration, dashed hopes, dull aches, stabbing pain, humiliation, demotion, rejection, failure - it is all part of living in this cursed world. In Proverbs 3:5, 6, we find three parts of the command to trust the Lord so that our path in life will be made straight no matter what comes at us.1. THE COMMAND TO TRUST IN THE LORD (3:5-6a) a. TRUST (3:5a) b. LEAN (3:5b) c. KNOW (3:6a)2. THE CONSEQUENCE OF TRUST IN THE LORD (3:6b)The Lord promises to make your way smooth or straight as you trust, lean, and know Him more. This means that no matter what the circumstances or challenges of life, God will show you the morally straight way to walk. Think practically. How is it a benefit to know God's revealed will in His Word when you are wrestling with knowing what God is doing with your life?

5/28/17

A Prescription For Peace - Part 2

5/28/17

Description:Sunday ServiceA Prescription for Peace - Part 2Philippians 4:4-9THEME: We live in a fast-paced, stressed-out world where the majority of us try our best to maintain crazy-busy lives with jam-packed schedules, never-ending demands, and ever-growing list of things to do. The hectic, chaotic pace of life coupled with the unavoidable pressures and problems and pains that are part of all of our lives has left most of us feeling frazzled and exhausted and longing for peace. Peace is something everyone wants but few seem to find. At the end of his letter to the believers in Philippi, Paul gave a series of practical exhortations we need to follow in order to experience the peace God has promised to provide us in Christ. Like a skilled spiritual physician, Paul provided the Philippians and us with a prescription for peace. There are FIVE STEPS in his treatment plan that if carefully followed will alleviate all our fears and anxieties along with all our guilt and shame.1. BE JOYFUL ALL THE TIME (v. 4)2. TREAT EVERYONE GRACIOUSLY (v. 5)3. WORRY ABOUT NOTHING - PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING (vv. 6-7)4. THINK ONLY ABOUT THE RIGHT THINGS (v. 8)5. ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT (v. 9)Thank God that based on who He is and the promises He has made to you in His Word you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Ask Him to teach you to turn you r cares into prayers so you can enjoy His unexplainable peace no matter how you are feeling or what you are facing (cf. 1 Peter 5:7).

5/21/17

A Prescription For Peace - Part 1

5/21/17

Description:Sunday ServiceA Prescription for Peace - Part 1Philippians 4:4-9THEME: We live in a fast-paced, stressed-out world where the majority of us try our best to maintain crazy-busy lives with jam-packed schedules, never-ending demands, and ever-growing list of things to do. The hectic, chaotic pace of life coupled with the unavoidable pressures and problems and pains that are part of all of our lives has left most of us feeling frazzled and exhausted and longing for peace. Peace is something everyone wants but few seem to find. At the end of his letter to the believers in Philippi, Paul gave a series of practical exhortations we need to follow in order to experience the peace God has promised to provide us in Christ. Like a skilled spiritual physician, Paul provided the Philippians and us with a prescription for peace. There are FIVE STEPS in his treatment plan that if carefully followed will alleviate all our fears and anxieties along with all our guilt and shame.1. BE JOYFUL ALL THE TIME (v. 4)2. TREAT EVERYONE GRACIOUSLY (v. 5)3. WORRY ABOUT NOTHING - PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING (vv. 6-7)4. THINK ONLY ABOUT THE RIGHT THINGS (v. 8)5. ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT (v. 9)Thank God that based on who He is and the promises He has made to you in His Word you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Ask Him to teach you to turn you r cares into prayers so you can enjoy His unexplainable peace no matter how you are feeling or what you are facing (cf. 1 Peter 5:7).

5/14/17

A True Cinderella Story

5/14/17

Description:Sunday ServiceA True Cinderella Story1 Samuel 25THEME: In Samuel’s record of the kingly transition between Saul and David, we are introduced to a woman named Abigail whose passing role in God’s overarching plan for David steals the show. She exemplified most, if not all, of the characteristics of a godly woman explained, commanded, or illustrated throughout the Bible. The following NINE QUALITIES of a winsome woman are seen in Abigail’s life.1. OBEDIENT & CONTENT (vv. 1-3)2. APPROACHABLE & REASONABLE (vv. 4-17)3. GENEROUS & HOSPITABLE (v. 18)4. WISE & DISCERING (v. 19)5. CONFIDENT & COURAGEOUS (vv. 20-22)6. HUMBLE & RESPECTFUL (vv. 23-25)7. GOD-FOCUSED & KINGDOM-MINDED (vv. 26-31)8. PACIFIER & PEACEMAKER (vv. 32-38)9. SUBMISSIVE & SACRIFICIAL (vv. 39-42)Thank God for providing you a godly mother and/or wife. Ask Him to make them more like Abigail. Pray that God would help you learn to patiently and obediently wait on Him and never take matters into your own hands like David was tempted to do in this story.

5/7/17

A Purifying Hope

5/7/17

Description:Sunday ServiceA Purifying Hope1 John 3:1-3THEME: John wrote this letter to Gentile Christians while he was pastoring a church in Ephesus. These first century Christians were faced with false teaching )probably against Christ’s incarnation) that was threatening to destroy the fundamentals of their faith. John positively attacks this heresy by reasserting the basics of Christian faith and life. In 1 John 5:13 he makes it clear that he wants to give assurance of salvation to these Christians through a series of tests to measure themselves. True Christians will display the characteristics of genuine Christianity in sound doctrine, faith, obedience and love. Here in 1 John 3:1-3, we are provided three reasons why we should be eagerly waiting for Christ’s return, which is an indicator of true, Christian faith.1. WHAT WE ARE: CHILDREN OF GOD (v. 1)2. WHAT WE SHALL BE: PERFECTLY LIKE CHRIST (v. 2)3. WHAT WE SHOULD BE: PURE, AS CHRIST IS PURE (v. 3)a) Hope’s Focusb) Hope’s Impact“The hope of appearing before God’s presence, and of seeing Christ as He is, necessarily inspires its recipients with the desire of putting away every defilement that clouds the vision of God.”- A. E. Brooke, The International Critical Commentary, p. 84

4/30/17

What Might Have Been

4/30/17

Description:Join Pastor Ramey as he teaches from the Book of Judges. In this morning's message, we examine the life of Samson, who was a mighty and fearsom warrior against the Philistines, but could not be used by God to his full potential because he lacked spiritual discipline.

4/23/17

Diffusing Disunity

4/23/17

Description:Sunday ServiceDefusing DisunityPhilippians 4:1-3THEME: As you read through Philippians, it seems that there was some kind of conflict going on in the church in Philippi. Those suspicions are confirmed in the final chapter where Paul named two ladies who had an open conflict with each other. We don’t know much about the conflict, other than it was serious enough for Paul to address it publicly. Apparently, these two ladies were prominent members in the Philippian church who either had a personal conflict or they may have been the leaders of two opposing factions in the church. Either way, Paul urged them to resolve their conflict. In this text, Paul provided FIVE DIRECTIONS for defusing disunity among church members. These five directions can be used to resolve conflict in any situation involving husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters, bosses and employees, two friends, or two factions in a church.1. DON’T EVER RUN AWAY FROM CONFLICT (v. 1)2. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PART IN THE CONFLICT (v. 2a)3. MAINTAIN CHRISTLIKE ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS (v. 2b)4. WORK TOGETHER TO RESOLVE THE CONFLICT (v. 3a)5. CONTEND FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST (v. 3b)Thank God for providing you with practical steps to resolve conflict and be reconciled with others. Ask Him to grant you the wisdom and courage you need to tie up any loose ends in your life. Pray that nothing would ever disrupt the unity of our church and we would always remember our purpose is not to contend with one another but to contend together for the cause of Christ (cf. Philippians 1:27).

4/16/17

Our Glorious Hope

4/16/17

Description:Easter Sunday ServiceOur Glorious HopePhilippians 3:20-21THEME: Whenever we hear the word “resurrection,” particularly on Easter Sunday, we naturally think about Jesus rising from the dead. But it is also important and appropriate for us to consider how Christ’s resurrection provides us with both a preview and the proof of our future resurrection when Jesus returns. Someday all who have committed their lives to follow and obey Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will experience the same kind of supernatural transformation that He did when He rose from the dead, This amazing change will happen in the twinkling of an eye when our perishable body will miraculously morph into one that is imperishable just like the resurrected, glorified body Jesus has. In these two verses, Paul explained how understanding and staying focused on our coming glorification is critical to us being conformed to the image of Christ. He listed THREE WAYS to keep focused and motivated in our pursuit of Christlikeness.1. Exist like this world is not your home (v. 20a)2. Expect Christ to return for you at any moment (v. 20b)3. Envision what you will be like in heaven (v. 21)Thank God that while He may not have said enough in His Word to satisfy your curiosity regarding your future glorified state, He said enough to supply you with plenty of comfort and hope while you wait here in your soon-cursed, pain-racked body of death for His promise of glorification to be fulfilled.

4/14/17

Defanging Death And The Devil

4/14/17

Description:Join Pastor Ramey for this Good Friday Message frpm the book of Hebrews. Christ's death not only removed the fear of death for believers, but it defeated Satan's power of death for all of eternity.

4/9/17

What The Bible Says About Baptism

4/9/17

Description:Join Pastor Ramey as he delivers a sermon on what the Bible teaches about the ordinance of Baptism. This sermon precedes the baptism service at Lakeside Bible Church.

3/26/17

The Surpassing Value Of Knowing Christ - Part 3

3/26/17

Description:Sunday ServiceThe Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ - Part 3Philippians 3:12-16THEME: Paul’s relentless pursuit of conformity to Christ is the best example in the Bible that there is more to being a Christian than just the initial experience of coming to faith in Christ. God’s plan of salvation involves far more than simply saving us from death and hell; He saved us to make us like Jesus. Being a Christian is not only about coming to know Christ; it’s ultimately about being conformed to the image of Christ. The whole of the Christian life is essentially a quest for Christlikeness. Every Christian should want to be work to be as much like Christ as humanly possible. That was Paul’s greatest ambition for Himself and those he led to Christ and discipled. From his explanation and example of pursuing Christ in verses 12-16, we can discern SIX WINNING ATTITUDES that we must have in order to be more and more like Christ in every area of our lives.1. PAUL’S APPRAISAL OF HIS PAST (vv. 7-9)2. PAUL’S ASPIRATION FOR HIS FUTURE (vv. 10-11)3. PAUL’S ATTITUDE IN THE PRESENT (vv. 12-16)NOTE: In order for us to be conformed to Christ, there are a number of things we must know and do:Realize why you were saved to begin with (vv. 12-13a)Admit that you still have a long way to go (vv. 12-13a)Forget about the past; stay focused on the prize (v. 13b)Pursue Christ with every fiber of your being (v. 14)Remember you are not in this alone (v. 15)Don’t ever let up; stick with it no matter what (v. 16)Thank God that while you are not all you need to be, at least you are not what you used to be. Ask Him to grant you determination and concentration in your ongoing quest for Christlikeness.

3/12/17

The Surpassing Value Of Knowing Christ - Part 2

3/12/17

Description:Sunday ServiceThe Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ - Part 2Philippians 3:7-11THEME: Getting saved is a lot like getting married. Those of us who are married have some added insight into what Paul was saying in these verses about his relationship with Jesus Christ. Our marriage began when we walked down the aisle and made a commitment to love each other no matter what for the rest of our lives. But as special as that wedding day was, and despite all that we knew about our mate and how much we loved them before we got married, that was just the beginning. Marriage is a lifelong pursuit of getting to know our spouses better and growing more in love with them. That’s the way it was for Paul and his relationship to Christ. From the moment he met Christ on the road to Damascus and committed his life to obey and serve Him, he wanted to know Him more and more and be more like Him. That blinding encounter with the risen Lord Jesus completely changed Paul’s life and he became a new man with new values, new passions, new goals, and new hopes. In verses 7-11, Paul explained this radical reversal of values, passions, goals, and hopes he experienced when he was born again.1. PAUL’S APPRAISAL OF HIS PAST (vv.7-9)2. PAUL’S ASPIRATION FOR HIS FUTURE (vv. 10-11) - FIVE WAYS TO KNOW CHRIST AND GROW TO BE LIKE CHRIST - YOU NEED TO EXPERIENCE CHRIST - YOU NEED TO RELY ON CHRIST’S POWER - YOU NEED TO SUFFER WITH CHRIST - YOU NEED TO OBEY LIKE CHRIST - YOU NEED TO LONG FOR CHRIST’S RETURNThank God for the hope of heaven you have based on your relationship with Christ. Ask Him to grant you greater intimacy with Christ and greater conformity to Christ so that when people spend time with you they feel like they are in the presence of Jesus.

3/5/17

The Surpassing Value Of Knowing Christ - Part 1

3/5/17

Description:Sunday ServiceThe Surpassing Value of Knowing ChristPhilippians 3:7-11THEME: Bankruptcy is a legal process involving a person or business that is unable to repay outstanding debts. Sadly, when someone files for bankruptcy it often results in financial ruin, it wipes them out completely, they go broke, they are left destitute and it brings them to their knees. For some people however, filing for bankruptcy provides a way out of debt and a fresh financial start. That’s true of everyone who files for spiritual bankruptcy. The great Apostle Paul went bankrupt despite his rich heritage and many religious achievements he had earned. His bankruptcy took place while he was on his way to arrest Christians in the City of Damascus. This proud, self-righteous Pharisee was brought to his knees when he came face to face with the risen Lord Jesus Christ and realized he was spiritually broke even though he had spent his life amassing all sorts of things to gain God’s approval and earn acceptance into heaven. Paul rejected his works-based righteousness and received God’s gift of faith-based righteousness in Christ and God graciously granted him a fresh spiritual start. He became a new man with new values, new passions, and goals that he experienced when he was born again.1. PAUL’S APPRAISAL OF HIS PAST (vv. 7-9)2. PAUL’S ASPIRATION FOR HIS FUTURE (VV. 10-11)Thank God for graciously replacing your rancid rags with Christ’s righteous robes so you are now presentable before Him. Ask Him to help you not fall back into trusting in your own self-effort to earn His approval. Pray that you will live in such a way that others will know Christ matters more to you than anything else in life so that they would want to know Him too.

2/26/17

Look Out For Legalism

2/26/17

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 3:1-6THEME: The difference between Christianity and every other religion in the world is simply this: religion is what man has to do in order to have a right relationship with God, whereas, Christianity is what God has done so that man can have a right relationship with Him. It’s no wonder that Christianity has been misunderstood and maligned from its inception since Christians believe that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. The good news is God graciously sent His Son to die on a cross to save us. Therefore, He gets the glory for our salvation and any boasting we do is in what Christ has done for us and not in anything we have done to somehow earn God’s favor. True Christians believe salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ’s work alone for God’s glory alone. Requiring/adding anything else besides repentance and faith in order to be saved is called legalism. Legalism is the belief that a person can gain God’s approval and earn salvation through human effort (i.e., performing rituals, keeping rules, doing good works). In verses 1-6, Paul explained the difference between false teachers/believers and true teachers/believers in order to safeguard the Philippians and us from legalism.1. MARKS OF FALSE TEACHERS/BELIEVERS (V. 2)Galatians 6:12; Deuteronomy 30:62. MARKS OF TRUE TEACHERS/BELIEVERS (VV. 3-6)Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 1:31; 15:10; Romans 7:18; 8:7Thank God for graciously crediting Christ’s righteousness to your account solely based on your faith in what He did for you on the cross. Ask Him to provide you opportunities to share the good news of salvation by grace through faith alone with those who are hopelessly attempting to earn their way to heaven by their own good works.

2/19/17

Set Your Hope

2/19/17

Description:Sunday Service1 Peter 1:13Set Your HopeTHEME: We need hope. We need to set our hope. We need to set our hope fully. And we need to set our hope fully in the right place. After praising God for how great a salvation we have in Jesus Christ (1:3-12), Peter now turns our attention to how great a response we should have toward God. In 1 Peter 1:13-21, the born-again believer is called to a life of hope (1:13), holiness (1:14-16), and honor (1:17-21). Focusing on just verse 13, it is clear that we have three specific instructions to help us set our hope fully on the future grace in Jesus Christ. With this hope of heaven as an anchor for our soul, no storm will be able to move us in this life.1. GIRD UP2. SOBER UP3. LOOK UPSpend some time thanking God for the many blessings of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Confess any sinful thoughts or actions that do not fit the new life you now have in Him. Consider the weight of future glory when Christ returns. Meditate on certain Scriptures that strengthen your hope in God.

2/12/17

Model Servants - Part 2

2/12/17

Description:Sunday ServiceModel Servants - Part 2Philippians 2:19-30THEME: There are many war stories that could be told of daring soldiers who served above and beyond the call of duty. In today’s text, Paul, who was the Commanding General of the army of spiritual soldiers fighting to advance the gospel throughout the known world at the time, gave a glowing commendation of one of the bravest soldiers he ever had the privilege of serving alongside. His name was Epaphroditus, and he wasn’t anyone special in the sense that he wasn’t a pastor or elder, nor did he take the gospel to some unreached people group, nor did he receive divine revelation. He was just an ordinary member of the church in Philippi who was chosen to deliver a financial gift to Paul and serve his practical needs while he was under house arrest in Rome. But Paul considered this simple layman who was willing to do routine, menial work and serve quietly and inconspicuously behind the scenes as a hero of the Christian faith. And he wanted to make sure this daring soldier who literally put his life on the line for the cause of Christ received the recognition he deserved when he returned home to Philippi. After painting a brief sketch of Epaphroditus.Together these TWO SKETCHES are worthy of emulation.1. TIMOTHY: THE CARING SERVANT (vv. 19-24) A. He was genuinely concerned for others (v. 20) B. He was solely devoted to Christ’s interests (v. 21) C. He was loyally committed to the gospel (v. 22)2. EPAPHRODITUS: THE DARING SOLDIER (vv. 25-30) A. His Honorable Discharge (vv. 25-28) B. His Meritorious Salute (vv. 29-30)Thank God for providing great examples like Timothy and Epaphroditus to pattern your life after. Ask Him to grant you grace to live with reckless devotion to Christ and honor and esteem those who do.

2/5/17

Model Servants - Part 1

2/5/17

Description:Sunday ServiceModel Servants - Part 1Philippians 2:19-30THEME: There are many war stories that could be told of daring soldiers who served above and beyond the call of duty. In today’s text, Paul, who was the Commanding General of the army of spiritual soldiers fighting to advance the gospel throughout the known world at the time, gave a glowing commendation of one of the bravest soldiers he ever had the privilege of serving alongside. His name was Epaphroditus, and he wasn’t anyone special in the sense that he wasn’t a pastor or elder, nor did he take the gospel to some unreached people group, nor did he receive divine revelation. He was just an ordinary member of the church in Philippi who was chosen to deliver a financial gift to Paul and serve his practical needs while he was under house arrest in Rome. But Paul considered this simple layman who was willing to do routine, menial work and serve quietly and inconspicuously behind the scenes as a hero of the Christian faith. And he wanted to make sure this daring soldier who literally put his life on the line for the cause of Christ received the recognition he deserved when he returned home to Philippi. After painting a brief sketch of Epaphroditus.Together these TWO SKETCHES are worthy of emulation.1. TIMOTHY: THE CARING SERVANT (vv. 19-24) A. He was genuinely concerned for others (v. 20) B. He was solely devoted to Christ’s interests (v. 21) C. He was loyally committed to the gospel (v. 22)2. EPAPHRODITUS: THE DARING SOLDIER (vv. 25-30) A. His Honorable Discharge (vv. 25-28) B. His Meritorious Salute (vv. 29-30)Thank God for providing great examples like Timothy and Epaphroditus to pattern your life after. Ask Him to grant you grace to live with reckless devotion to Christ and honor and esteem those who do.

1/29/17

A Joyful Sacrificial Servant

1/29/17

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 2:17-18THEME: Despite the tremendous sacrifice required of all those who faithfully serve the Lord with their lives, they all will heartily agree that nothing brings them more joy than knowing they are being used by the Lord to help others come to know Christ and/or grow in Christ. Paul likened his service to an Old Testament drink offering that was poured over a burning sacrifice and emitted a fragrant aroma that was pleasing to God. In other words, he viewed his service along with the service of the Philippians as an act of worship. In this passage, Paul expressed his joy in sacrificially serving Christ and exhorted them to share his joy in sacrificially serving Christ. A fellowship of believers that sacrifices and serves together for the sake of the gospel also rejoices together because of the transformed lives that result from their mutual ministry.1. His EXPRESSION OF JOY in sacrificially serving Christ (v. 17)2. His EXHORTATION TO JOY in sacrificially serving Christ (v. 18)Thank God for the joy and privilege of knowing Him and serving Him. Ask Him to make you a more joyful, sacrificial servant and use you to help others come to know Christ and grow to be like Him.

1/22/17

Christian Citizenship

1/22/17

Description:Sunday ServiceTitus 3:1-8Two days ago Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. While we have a new conservative president, it is important for us as Christians to remember that Jesus is still the king. And while it is appropriate to be grateful and proud that we are Americans who enjoy freedom and prosperity like no other country in the world, we must always remember we are ultimately citizens of heaven. We need to faithfully exercise our duties as U.S. citizens while at the same time seeking to lead others to salvation in Christ by proclaiming and modeling the transforming power of the gospel by living a life that is zealous for good deeds. In this passage, Paul gave FOUR REMINDERS that will help us be the best citizens and the best witnesses in this lost and dying world in which we live and minister.1. Never forget your dutiful obligation to the world (vv. 1-2)2. Never forget your sinful connection with the world (v. 3)3. Never forget your merciful salvation from the world (vv. 4-7)4. Never forget your powerful mission in the world (v. 8)Thank God for mercifully rescuing you from your own sinful depravity and the sinful, depraved culture in which we live. Ask Him to help you be a faithful ambassador for Christ who is always looking for opportunities to share with others how they can be reconciled to God (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

1/15/17

Glow In The Dark

1/15/17

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 2:14-16From the moment we come out of the womb, we are skilled at expressing our dissatisfaction or annoyance about things. Even before we are able to talk, we fuss and complain when we’re hungry or when we’re tired or when we need to haver our diaper changed or when we don’t get what we want. And the fussing and whining continues throughout our lives. We tend to complain about everything, the weather, the traffic, food, service, houses, cars, parents, kids, siblings, neighbors, chores, jobs, bosses, classes, teachers, coaches, refs, churches, pastors, etc. In verses 14-16, Paul laid down a RULE about complaining and proceeded to explain the REASONS for the rule. Nothing threatens the harmony of a church more than critical moments or questions by a handful of disgruntled members. Furthermore, nothing hurts the testimony of a church in its community more than when its members grouse and bicker among themselves. By simply not complaining, we will be radically different than everyone else in the world and be able to shine forth the light of the gospel to those who desperately need Christ.1. THE RULE TO NEVER COMPLAIN (v. 14)2. THE REASONS TO NEVER COMPLAIN (vv. 15-16) • It demonstrates that we are truly saved. • It shines the light of the gospel to the world. • It brings joy to our spiritual leaders/mentors.Thank God for being merciful to you in light of all the times you complain. Ask Him to help you always trust that He is in control, wise, good, loving, and fair and always submit to His will for your life. Ask Him to cause your life to shine brightly and to burden you to boldly share the gospel with others.

1/8/17

Being A Balanced Believer

1/8/17

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 2:12-13These two verses have caused much confusion for Christians throughout the history of the church. We humans are prone to try to reconcile everything in our minds and rationally do away with the apparent contradictions in Scripture. Whenever we do that, we are inevitably drawn to the extremes. We tend to emphasize one doctrine or truth at the expense of some other truth that seems to contradict it. In regards to the doctrine of sanctification, the question is who is responsible for it; God or us? In this passage, Paul carefully maintained the balance between our role and God’s role in sanctification so that we would clearly understand and carefully maintain the TWO KEYS to being a balanced believer. In the end, living the Christian life is a mysterious blend of us doing what we need to do and depending on what God has already done and is doing.1. WE NEED TO BE OBEDIENT (v. 12)2. WE NEED TO BE DEPENDENT (v.13)Thank God that He hasn’t left you alone to work out your salvation on your own but is accomplishing His work by the power of His Spirit who indwells you. Thank Him for not expecting you to do anything without also empowering you to do it. Ask Him to make you willing and able to obey Him and to work in you that which is pleasing to Him.

1/1/17

Joyful Surrender

1/1/17

Description:Join Pastor Ramey for his New Year's Day message as he preaches from the Book of Matthew on the treasure that is heaven.

12/25/16

The Cradle, Cross And Crown

12/25/16

Description:Christmas Day ServicePhilippians 2:5-11Verses 5-11 in chapter 2 of Philippians encapsulates the entire Christmas story and essentially characterizes the drama of Christ’s redemption. As such, these verses can be thought of as an act that can be divided into three scenes, beginning with the cradle and leading to death at the cross at Golgotha, and culminating with ascension to the glorious throne room in heaven. The first scene begins with the incarnation of Christ; Scene Two takes us to the crucifixion of Christ, and Scene Three culminates with God the Father bestowing upon His Son Jesus the Crown of Glory and restoring Him to His rightful place in heaven. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all!Join Pastor Ramey as he preaches from God’s Word on Christmas Day.

12/18/16

KEEPING THE PEACE

12/18/16

Description:THEME: One of the common expressions we have grown used to seeing and hearing around Christmas time is “Peace On Earth.” This phrase has been adopted as a slogan for world peace and meant to encourage nations and people groups to get along with each other. Sadly, however, there seems to be constant conflict not just throughout our world but in our homes, communities, workplaces, and churches. In this passage, Paul listed FIVE ATTITUDES that are essential to maintaining unity in the church, or said another way, keeping the peace among believers. These attitudes also serve to keep the peace in our marriages, families, neighborhoods, and workplaces.I. BE HUMBLE-Don’t be pridefulII. BE GENTLE-Don’t be harshIII. BE PATIENT-Don’t be impatient

12/11/16

Unity Through Humility

12/11/16

Description:THEME: We all know there is no such thing as a perfect church but that doesn’t stop us from trying to find one. Even if we were able to find a perfect church, it would no longer be perfect after we joined it. The reason there are no perfect churches is because there are no perfect people and churches are made up of people. We are all by nature selfish and prideful and that is what causes strife between us. Can you imagine what it would be like to be a part of a church where everyone treated each other as more important than themselves and cared about everyone else’s interests more than their own and never insisted on getting their own way but were committed to making sure others got to do or have what they wanted? That’s exactly how Paul challenged the believers in Philippi to think and act toward each other. In today’s text, Paul explained the THREE ELEMENTS of unity every church must understand and practice in order to experience the kind of unity that brings joy and honor to Christ.I. THE MOTIVES FOR UNITY-Why we should seek unity (v. 1)II. THE MARKS OF UNITY-What it means to have unity (v. 2)III. THE MEANS TO UNITY-How we can achieve unity (vv. 3-4)

12/4/16

United We Stand

12/4/16

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 1:27-30You’ve all heard the familiar phrase “United we stand, divided we fall.” This is not only a timeless principle but also a biblical principle taught by Jesus Himself. When the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan who is the ruler of demons, He said, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. A house divided against itself falls” (Mark 3:24-25). Likewise, a church divided against itself cannot stand; it will inevitably fall apart and fail to fulfill its purpose of proclaiming the good news of salvation in Jesus to a lost and dying world. That is the point Paul made in his letter to the Philippian church. Despite all their strengths, there was an undercurrent of strife among the precious saints in Philippi. So Paul exhorted them to resolve whatever differences they had so they could stop contending against one another and get back to contending alongside one another for the cause of Christ. In verses 27-30, Paul explained FOUR CHARACTERISTICS of a church that successfully advertises and advances the gospel. 1. THE CHURCH SYNCS TOGETHER (v. 27a)2. THE CHURCH STANDS TOGETHER (v. 27b)3. THE CHURCH STRIVES TOGETHER (vv. 27c)4. THE CHURCH SUFFERS TOGETHER (vv. 28-30)Thank God for granting you the privilege of not only believing in Christ but also suffering for Christ. Ask Him to help everyone who attends our church to be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

11/27/16

A Faithful Finish

11/27/16

Description:Sunday Service2 Timothy 4:6-8In the Christian life, it is not how you start that matters, but how you finish. Anyone can start well; finishing well is the hard part. Based on statistics, the sad reality is more falter than finish. Remaining faithful to the end of our lives isn’t easy but it’s not impossible; Paul proved that. And here in his final charge to his young disciple Timothy, he challenged him to be faithful to the finish just like he had been faithful to the finish. It’s as if Paul was lying on his deathbed and his life was flashing before him. He first considered his current situation, then he reflected back over the last 30 years of life and ministry, and finally, he pondered the glories that awaited him in heaven. He focused his attention on THREE DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS; the present, the past, and the future. In Paul’s legendary words to Timothy, we are taught how to live and how to die well.1. PAUL CONSIDERED THE PRESENT (v. 6)2. PAUL REFLECTED ON THE PAST (v. 7) • A FIGHT WELL-FOUGHT • A RACE WELL-RUN • A FAITH WELL-KEPT3. PAUL PONDERED THE FUTURE (v. 8)Thank God for His amazing grace that has saved a wretch like you and that has brought you safely through many dangers, toils, and snares and will ultimately lead you home to heaven someday. Ask Him to let you get home before dark.

11/20/16

The Ultimate Win-Win Situation

11/20/16

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 1:19-26When you read Paul’s letter to the Philippians, based on his joyful, peaceful tone, you might think he was writing from a cruise ship on the Mediterranean. But he was under house arrest in Rome where he was chained to a Roman soldier 24 hours a day awaiting his trial before Nero and facing the very real possibility of being executed for the cause of Christ. He was truly in a life and death situation. Nevertheless, sitting there chained to a guard and staring death in the face provided Paul a rare opportunity to contemplate his life and possible death and to communicate his internal struggle with the Philippian church. Despite his uncertainty of whether he would live or die, he was sure of at least two things and he shared them in this text. These TWO CONVICTIONS provide us with helpful insight as to how we should view our life and our death.1. Paul was convinced that Christ would be exalted by his death (vv. 18-21)2. Paul was convinced that the Church would be edified by his life (vv. 22-26)Thank God for His sovereignty over everything that happens in this world and in your life. Ask Him to make it your ultimate passion that Christ would be exalted by your life no matter what happens to you and that you can honestly say that for you, “to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

11/13/16

Advancing Through Adversity

11/13/16

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 1:12-18Ever since the church of Jesus Christ began, Satan and evil men have sought to destroy it primarily through persecution. But persecution always backfires and rather than destroying the church, God uses it to grow and expand the church and cause the gospel to advance into new territories. No one understood the paradox of persecution better than Paul who was the mastermind behind the persecution of the early church. Based on his own personal testimony, he know that persecution was the God-ordained means to advance the gospel and for people to come to know Christ. So whenever he experienced suffering and persecution, he rejoiced knowing that it would cause Christianity to flourish. In today’s passage, Paul explained how God used TWO UNLIKELY CATALYSTS to advance the cause of Christ. His unfortunate circumstances actually provided him unprecedented opportunities to share Christ with people he would have never been able to reach if he hadn’t been arrested and imprisoned in Rome. And for that Paul rejoiced and wanted everyone in the fellowship of the gospel to rejoice too.1. HIS CHAINS - Paul rejoiced that Christ’s cause progressed (vv. 12-14)2. HIS CRITICS - Paul rejoiced that Christ’s name was proclaimed (vv. 15-18)Thank God that the freedom you have to worship and serve Christ here in America. Pray for your brothers and sisters around the world who share your faith but not your freedom. Ask God to make the advancement of the gospel in this community and around the world your greatest aspiration.

11/6/16

Growing For God's Glory

11/6/16

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 1:9-11Throughout the Bible, God’s people are likened to growing, thriving trees with strong roots, green leaves, many branches, much fruit and which are able to withstand the most adverse conditions. Trees symbolize the kind of strength and stability God intends us to have as we grow and mature spiritually, which enables us to endure all sorts of difficult circumstances and live long, fruitful, productive lives that bring great glory to God. In these verses, Paul shared FOUR PRAYER REQUESTS which are essential to our spiritual growth and maturity as Christians. Each of these requests is sequential; they each build on the foundation of the previous one. The progression of Paul’s prayer follows the progression of how God works in our lives to complete and perfect us. When love abounds in our lives, we develop discernment, which results in a life of integrity that is full of fruit which brings glory and honor to God.1. ABOUNDING AFFECTION (v. 9)2. DEVELOPING DISCERNMENT (v. 10a)3. INCREASING INTEGRITY (v. 10b)4. FLOURISHING FRUITFULNESS (v. 11)Praise and thank God for His saving and sanctifying work in your life. Ask Him to continue to grow and mature you into the likeness of Christ so that your life will bring Him great honor and glory. Pray what Paul prayed for the believers in Thessalonica (cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13).

10/30/16

A Pastor And His People

10/30/16

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 1:3-8During our lifetimes, we develop special bonds with certain people like our family members, our neighbors, our teachers, our schoolmates, and our co-workers. Few bonds in life are stronger than those forged between members of the military who have served in combat together. Soldiers share a unique camaraderie, they are a part of a close fraternity, a band of brothers, an esprit de corps that is unmatched by few if any other groups. The apostle Paul viewed those who served alongside him in the work of the gospel as his brothers in arms, comrades, and fellow soldiers. Nothing causes a greater bond to grow between people than when they struggle and sacrifice and suffer in the trenches together for the cause of Christ. It was their mutual commitment to this great mission that forged this strong bond between Paul and the Philippians believers. In this passage, Paul shared THREE REASONS why he was so elated by them and endeared to them. This also explains the special relationship shared between a pastor and his people.1. ASSOCIATION - He was grateful for their participation (vv. 3-5)2. ANTICIPATION - He was confident about their salvation (v. 6)3. AFFECTION - He was endeared by their devotion (vv. 7-8)Praise and thank God for saving you and giving you the joy and privilege of partnering with others in the cause of Christ. Ask Him to intensify the bond you share with your leaders and ministry partners and make you even more united and committed to praising the gospel and proclaiming it to others.

10/23/16

Together For The Gospel: Joyfully Partnering In The Cause Of Christ

10/23/16

Description:Sunday ServicePhilippians 1:1-2The book of Philippians is typically referred to as “the epistle of joy” because of the many references Paul makes to joy and rejoicing. But there is a more subtle, underlying theme that is much deeper and richer and serves as the well out of which the joy that Paul talks about so much flows. Paul’s joy was based on his partnership with the Philippians in the work of the gospel, God had sovereignly brought him and the believers in Philippi together to form a heroic fellowship that was mutually committed to the epic purpose of spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth. After all, the gospel is great news of great joy for everyone. The gospel produces great joy in us, which in turn promotes how great the gospel is to unbelievers. When we experience genuine, deep-down joy, despite our circumstances in life, that makes Christianity contagious. Others see our joy and want what we have. Every church in every generation has the joy and privilege of sharing Paul’s struggle in the cause of the gospel. The advancement of the gospel is what should connect us, consume us, and compel us as a church. We gather with the Philippians in the work of the gospel is weaved throughout the letter and is alluded to in his opening introduction to the letter.Praise and thank God for saving you and giving you the joy and privilege of partnering with others in the cause of Christ. Ask Him to help your unwavering joy in Christ make the gospel sparkle and shine and give you opportunities to tell others how Christ can change their lives.

10/16/16

When It Is Not Well With My Soul - Part 2

10/16/16

Description:Sunday ServicePsalm 42This beloved psalm is a divinely prescribed antidepressant for the soul. We all get depressed at times and we allow the circumstances of life to steal our joy. Rather than praising God and trusting Him, we question Him and complain about the troubles and difficulties He has ordained for our lives. Psalm 42 offers us great hope and help whenever we find ourselves in a spiritual funk. The Psalmist honestly admitted that he was discouraged and distressed and that his heart was fluctuating between faith and doubt, hope and despair, and peace and distress. In light of the ups and downs of life, he modeled how not to be controlled by our feelings or let our joy be dictated by our circumstances. His spirits were lifted when he reminded himself that while there were plenty of problems in his life to make him sad, there were far more promises in God’s Word to give him hope. When our soul is sad because of our feelings, enemies, trials, memories, etc., we have a simple choice to make; we can either throw ourselves a pity party or give ourselves a pep talk. What we choose makes all the difference in how we respond to the problems and pressures of life. Ultimately, it is our confident faith in who God is and what He has done and will do that soothes and steadies our soul.1. THE CAUSES OF DEPRESSION (vv. 1-4; 6-11; 43:1-4) A. ABANDONED BY GOD B. ANTAGONIZED BY ENEMIES C. AFFLICTED BY TRIALS2. THE CURE FOR DEPRESSION (vv. 5, 11; 43:5)Praise and thank God for ordaining depressing and distressing trials in your life so you can learn to trust Him and find your joy in Him and not your circumstances. Ask Him to grant you the same grace to not throw yourself a pity party but give yourself a pep talk whenever you are feeling sad or depressed.

10/9/16

When It Is Not Well With My Soul

10/9/16

Description:Sunday ServicePsalm 42This beloved psalm is a divinely prescribed antidepressant for the soul. We all get depressed at times and we allow the circumstances of life to steal our joy. Rather than praising God and trusting Him, we question Him and complain about the troubles and difficulties He has ordained for our lives. Psalm 42 offers us great hope and help whenever we find ourselves in a spiritual funk. The Psalmist honestly admitted that he was discouraged and distressed and that his heart was fluctuating between faith and doubt, hope and despair, and peace and distress. In light of the ups and downs of life, he modeled how not to be controlled by our feelings or let our joy be dictated by our circumstances. His spirits were lifted when he reminded himself that while there were plenty of problems in his life to make him sad, there were far more promises in God’s Word to give him hope. When our soul is sad because of our feelings, enemies, trials, memories, etc., we have a simple choice to make; we can either throw ourselves a pity party or give ourselves a pep talk. What we choose makes all the difference in how we respond to the problems and pressures of life. Ultimately, it is our confident faith in who God is and what He has done and will do that soothes and steadies our soul.1. THE CAUSES OF DEPRESSION (vv. 1-4; 6-11; 43:1-4) A. ABANDONED BY GOD B. ANTAGONIZED BY ENEMIES C. AFFLICTED BY TRIALS2. THE CURE FOR DEPRESSION (vv. 5, 11; 43:5)Praise and thank God for ordaining depressing and distressing trials in your life so you can learn to trust Him and find your joy in Him and not your circumstances. Ask Him to grant you the same grace to not throw yourself a pity party but give yourself a pep talk whenever you are feeling sad or depressed.

10/2/16

The God Of Glory Thunders

10/2/16

Description:Sunday ServicePsalm 29You and I were hard-wired for an all-satisfying awe of God. The problem is that we don’t often experience this satisfaction that comes from giving God the glory. This morning, we turn to Psalm 29 in hopes to increase our awe of God. To do so, we will observe three realms of God’s supremacy in which He shows us His glory. Let us walk out of here today thinking, feeling, and believing, “God is awesome!”1. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS SUPREMACY OVER HEAVEN (29:1-2)2. PRAISE FOR HIS SUPREMACY OVER NATURE (29:3-9)3. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS SUPREMACY OVER HUMANITY (29:10-11)Spend some time in prayer asking God to give you a greater awareness of any awe problems in your heart. Spend some time in focused adoration of the Lord. Commit your life to bringing Him glory and not yourself. Trust in the God of glory who sits enthroned as King forever. Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

9/25/16

The Dangerous Duty Of Delight

9/25/16

Description:Sunday ServicePsalm 37:4Psalm 37 is centered on the age-old problem of why the righteous suffers while the wicked prosper. David instructs the righteous not to be anxious or envious (v. 1) over the apparent prosperity of the wicked who reject God and delight in worldly, sinful pleasures. The success of the wicked is superficial and does not last (vv. 2, 35-36), because in the end, God’s retribution is just and final (vv. 9, 13, 38). Verse 4 provides insight into how the righteous might fight the temptation to sinfully find satisfaction in the world rather than in God. As we grow to truly delight in the Lord, it further aligns our desires with God’s enabling us to joyfully find satisfaction in God through our life and ministry, bringing God all the more glory.I. How can we engage in the dangerous duty of delight? (An examination of Psalm 37:4)“Delight” =“In the Lord” (1 Timothy 6:8-10, 17; Psalm 37:16) =Psalm 32:11, “Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you are upright in heart!”(Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8)“Desires” (Psalm 20:5; 73:28; James 1:25; Psalm 84:11; 145:19; 16:11) = II. Three practical “duties” to delight in the Lord and be satisfied.1. Look Up: to the person of God. (Ephesians 1:17-19a)“The Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.” (John Stott)“We make time for what we truly value. We build habits and routines around the things that really matter to us. This is an important principle to understand as we seek to build our lives around the gospel. Do you want a cross centered life? A cross centered life is made up of cross centered days.” (C. J. Mahoney)2. Look Forward: to the promises of God. (Psalm 37:34; 42:5; Romans 5:5; 15:13)3. Look Around: to the purposes of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Romans 14:18; Ephesians 1:6; Colossians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; Hebrews 12:28)“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses, 1-2

9/18/16

The Cure For Conflict- A Biblical Perspective On Conflict Resolution

9/18/16

Description:Join Kris Stire as he teaches from the Book of James about conflict. In this message, we learn how we can be God-honoring and magnify Christ by resolving conflict biblically.

9/11/16

Finding And Leaving A Church

9/11/16

Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesEvery one of us as Christians has dad to deal with the difficult, frustrating, painful, and even heart-breaking process of finding and leaving a church. But there are few decisions we make that have a greater affect on us and our families in this life and the life to come than what church we choose to attend. Today we will consider this all-important decision and take all we’ve been learning about the church and seek to apply it practically when we find ourselves in that awkward, unenviable position of having to find or leave a church.1. FINDING A GOOD CHURCHThe members are genuinely and discernibly saved.The gospel is accurately and unashamedly proclaimed.God’s Word is faithfully and authoritatively preachedThe leadership is properly and recognizably qualified.Church discipline is regularly and lovingly practiced.2. LEAVING A BAD CHURCHThere are certainly legitimate, God-honoring reasons for leaving a church, but regardless of the motivation, it means a break of covenant that was made when the church was joined in membership, so it is good to ensure that the departure is made on good terms and that the Pastor is notified and he is counseled with for advice. Thank God for sovereignly including you in Christ’s Church. Ask Him to continue to sanctify your spots and wrinkles so you can stand before Him holy and blameless when He returns (cf. Philippians 1:6).

9/4/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 10

9/4/16

Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesEver since Christ’s church began on the Day of Pentecost, His followers have gathered together on the first day of the week to praise and thank God for loving them and rescuing them from His wrath against sin through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus. This new Testament gathering or assembly of God’s rescued people was patterned after the worship gatherings of God’s people in the Old Testament beginning at Mt. Sinai and later in the Tabernacle and the Temple, which both served as God’s dwelling place and the place of worship for the people of Israel. Above all else, we come to church to worship God, and the must always be our main priority when we gather together.Join Pastor Ramey as he concludes this 10-part series on Why We Come To Church.

8/28/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 9

8/28/16

Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesJoin Pastor Ramey as he uses God’s Word to teach on the topic of listening. Listening is actually a form of worship, and in this sermon, some practical suggestions are given for individuals and families regarding our role as listeners to preaching. This teaching is aimed at helping us to get the most out of the sermons we hear. THREE SUMMARY STATEMENTS that pertain to the listener’s responsibilities is as follows:1. ANTICIPATION: The Listener’s Responsibility Before the Word is Preached2. ATTENTION: The Listener’s Responsibility While the Word is Preached3. APPLICATION: The Listener’s Responsibility After the Word is PreachedCongregations honor God more than by reverently listening to His Word with full purpose of praising and obeying Him once they see what He has done… and what they are called to do. -J. I. Packer

8/14/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 7

8/14/16

Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesEver since Christ’s church began on the Day of Pentecost, His followers have gathered together on the first day of the week to praise and thank God for loving them and rescuing them from His wrath against sin through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus. This new Testament gathering or assembly of God’s rescued people was patterned after the worship gatherings of God’s people in the Old Testament beginning at Mt. Sinai and later in the Tabernacle and the Temple, which both served as God’s dwelling place and the place of worship for the people of Israel. Above all else, we come to church to worship God, and the must always be our main priority when we gather together. There are SIX ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES involved in corporate worship that honors and pleases God. In other words, there are six things God’s people must do whenever we assemble in order to worship God the way He desires and deserves.1. SINGING2. PRAYING3. OBSERVING4. SERVING5. GIVING6. LISTENINGPraise and thank God for His all-satisfying, soul-thrilling, sin-killing glory and majesty. Ask Him to help you learn to sing and pray in a way that blesses both Him and others.

8/7/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 6

8/7/16

Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesEver since Christ’s church began on the Day of Pentecost, His followers have gathered together on the first day of the week to praise and thank God for loving them and rescuing them from His wrath against sin through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus. This new Testament gathering or assembly of God’s rescued people was patterned after the worship gatherings of God’s people in the Old Testament beginning at Mt. Sinai and later in the Tabernacle and the Temple, which both served as God’s dwelling place and the place of worship for the people of Israel. Above all else, we come to church to worship God, and the must always be our main priority when we gather together. There are SIX ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES involved in corporate worship that honors and pleases God. In other words, there are six things God’s people must do whenever we assemble in order to worship God the way He desires and deserves.1. SINGING2. PRAYING3. OBSERVING4. SERVING5. GIVING6. LISTENINGPraise and thank God for His all-satisfying, soul-thrilling, sin-killing glory and majesty. Ask Him to help you learn to sing and pray in a way that blesses both Him and others.

7/31/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 5

7/31/16

Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesEver since Christ’s church began on the Day of Pentecost, His followers have gathered together on the first day of the week to praise and thank God for loving them and rescuing them from His wrath against sin through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus. This new Testament gathering or assembly of God’s rescued people was patterned after the worship gatherings of God’s people in the Old Testament beginning at Mt. Sinai and later in the Tabernacle and the Temple, which both served as God’s dwelling place and the place of worship for the people of Israel. Above all else, we come to church to worship God, and the must always be our main priority when we gather together. There are SIX ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES involved in corporate worship that honors and pleases God. In other words, there are six things God’s people must do whenever we assemble in order to worship God the way He desires and deserves.1. SINGING2. PRAYING3. OBSERVING4. SERVING5. GIVING6. LISTENINGPraise and thank God for loving you and rescuing you from His wrath through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. Ask Him to help you make much of Him and that worship would not just be something you do when you come to church but it would become a way of life for you.

7/24/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 4

7/24/16

Description:Sunday ServiceWhether you’ve grown up in church or you’ve just started coming to church, we all must realize that attending church is not an optional activity but an absolute necessity. God requires all those who He has called out of this world as His own to gather on a regular basis so we can intentionally interact with other believers in order to encourage them and to be encouraged by them. The best way to faithfully fulfill this basic responsibility to our fellow members in the body of Christ is to practice all the biblical commands about what we should and shouldn’t do to “one another.”Thank God for providing you an embassy to serve as a safe haven for your soul as you sojourn in a foreign, hostile world. Ask Him to help you come to church as a contributor seeking encouragement rather than a consumer seeking entertainment.

7/20/16

The Pharisee And The Tax Collector

7/20/16

Description:Summer Super StudyMatthew 25:14-30Join David Smith as he preaches from verses 9-14 in Chapter 18 of the Gospel of Luke. These verses include Christ's teaching to those who trust in themselves that they are righteous. This is part of the Summer Super Study series on the Parables.

7/17/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 3

7/17/16

Description:Sunday ServiceWhether you've grown up in church or you've just started coming to church, we all must realize that attending church is not an optional activity but an absolute necessity. God requires all those who He has called out of this world as His own to gather together on a regular basis so we can intentionally interact with other believers in order to encourage them and to be encouraged by them. The best way to faithfully fulfill this basic rsponsibility to our fellow members in the body of Christ is to practice all the biblical commands about what we should and shouldn't do to "one another."Thank God for loving you so much that He sent Christ to die not just to provide you forgiveness for sin and eternal life in heaven, but also to provide you with a group of people with whom you can live life together with here on earth until He comes back to get you. Ask Him to help you stay intentionally focused on and actively engaged in providing encouragement to others within the body of Christ and that in so doing you would be encouraged as well.

7/13/16

The Parable Of The Talents

7/13/16

Description:Summer Super StudyMatthew 25:14-30Join Kris Stire as he preaches from verses 14-30 in Chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew. These verses include Christ's teaching about what it means to be a faithful servant through The Parable of the Talents. This is part of the Summer Super Study series on the Parables.

7/10/16

Why We Come To Church - Part 2

7/10/16

Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesGod used a number of vivid pictures, metaphors, or symbols to explain this mysterious thing called the church. Throughout the New Testament, there are at least SEVEN PICTURES of the church that should compel us to never become complacent about the church but to always stay connected and committed to it.1. A FAMILY - We are an adopted child.[John 1:12; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:4-7; 6:10; Ephesians 2:18-19; 3:14-15; 5:1; 1 Timothy 3:15; 5:1-2]2. A BODY - We are a needed member.[Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; 5:22-24, 30; Colossians 1:18]3. A MARRIAGE - We are a beloved bride.[2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-32; Revelation 19:7-9; 21:9]4. A TEMPLE - We are a fitted stone.[1 Corinthians 3:9-11; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5]5. A VINE - We are a connected branch.[John 15:1-5]6. A FLOCK - We are a returned sheep.[John 10:11; Hebrews 13:20-21; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:1-4]7. A KINGDOM - We are an exalted priest.[Ephesians 2:19; Hebrews 10:19-22; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; 5:9-10; 20:6]Praise and thank God that you are part of a great congregation of forgiven sinners He is gathering around Himself through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ. As a member of God’s family, ask Him to help you love and serve other members of your spiritual family in such a way that church would truly be the dearest place on earth for you and them.