May 14, 2017 “How to Love”

The Bible gives a detailed description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Fifteen different descriptive words define love. What’s it takes to love in this extravagant way? It takes dying to self, dying to self-seeking, self-absorbed, me. This doesn’t mean we feel bad about ourselves or that we have a low self-esteem. It means we don’t put ourselves on a pedestal above others. We don’t have a “me first” attitude. Are we willing to die to selfishness in order to love extravagantly?

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Sermon Length – 34:15

May 7, 2017 “Christ Our Example”

Followers of Jesus love one another in humble, obedient, servant-hood ways. The power/ability to do this is by staying connected to Jesus. Loving one another means we love imperfect, sinful people in the midst of their sin (1 Peter 4:8). The church that loves this way can tolerate more differences and forgive more wrongs. It will be a community noted for hospitality, warmth and kindness. The cause of Christ is advanced when we love each other through thick and thin, when we love each other deeply.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-8

Sermon Length – 24:32

April 30, 2017 The Stand Strength Team

Faith:

  1. The Attitude of Faith: God will use your weak faith if we trust Him.
  2. The Ability of Faith: Don’t worry about your abilities, be determined to follow Christ and be used by Him.
  3. The Adventure of Faith: Christians always persevere, you can’t stop them. It’s a great adventure.

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 11

Sermon Length – 1:10

April 23, 2017 “A New Command – Love”

We are commanded to Love one another. This is not a suggestion. Jesus wills for His followers to love each other through thick and thin. Christian love can push through the pain of revenge, deep hurt, betrayal, hypocrisy and selfishness. Jesus’ pattern for love is doing practical helpful, deeds of service. The power  to love comes from staying close to and connected to Jesus (John 15). And, just having the power to love doesn’t mean it’s easy. Loving Christians in unhappy, ugly circumstances is difficult, but that’s God’s will for us – to love one another.

Scripture Reading: John 13:31-35

Sermon Length – 29:28