Mar 15, 2015
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Series: 5 Practices
4th in our series on the 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on Bishop Robert Schnase's book of the same name. Pastor Jeff based this message on Psalm 26:1-8 and Matthew 16:24-28. According to Bishop Schnase, "This involves work that stretches people, causing them to do something for the good of others that they would never have considered doing if it were not for their relationship with Christ and their desire to serve Him. These churches not only solicit and encourage ordinary service to support the work of the congregation, but they also consciously seek to motivate people to more extraordinary service. They lift examples in preaching and teaching. As congregations move beyond their comfort zones and follow Christ into more adventurous encounters with people, God’s Spirit changes them, changes others, and changes churches."
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  • Mar 15, 2015Risk-Taking Mission and Service
    Mar 15, 2015
    Risk-Taking Mission and Service
    Series: 5 Practices
    4th in our series on the 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on Bishop Robert Schnase's book of the same name. Pastor Jeff based this message on Psalm 26:1-8 and Matthew 16:24-28. According to Bishop Schnase, "This involves work that stretches people, causing them to do something for the good of others that they would never have considered doing if it were not for their relationship with Christ and their desire to serve Him. These churches not only solicit and encourage ordinary service to support the work of the congregation, but they also consciously seek to motivate people to more extraordinary service. They lift examples in preaching and teaching. As congregations move beyond their comfort zones and follow Christ into more adventurous encounters with people, God’s Spirit changes them, changes others, and changes churches."
  • Mar 15, 2015Risk-Taking Mission And Service
    Mar 15, 2015
    Risk-Taking Mission And Service
    4th in our series on the 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on Bishop Robert Schnase's book of the same name. Pastor Jeff based this message on Psalm 26:1-8 and Matthew 16:24-28. According to Bishop Schnase, "This involves work that stretches people, causing them to do something for the good of others that they would never have considered doing if it were not for their relationship with Christ and their desire to serve Him. These churches not only solicit and encourage ordinary service to support the work of the congregation, but they also consciously seek to motivate people to more extraordinary service. They lift examples in preaching and teaching. As congregations move beyond their comfort zones and follow Christ into more adventurous encounters with people, God’s Spirit changes them, changes others, and changes churches."
  • Mar 15, 2015Relentless: Building Spiritual Character
    Mar 15, 2015
    Relentless: Building Spiritual Character
    Today was the opening message in a new series called "Fearless: The Courage to Question". Sue's message today was based on Matthew 4:1-11; she pointed out that - among other things - good, healthy spiritual practices help us resist temptation when it comes our way.
  • Mar 8, 2015Intentional Faith Development
    Mar 8, 2015
    Intentional Faith Development
    Series: 5 Practices
    3rd in our series on the 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on Bishop Robert Schnase's book of the same name. Pastor Jeff based today's message on Psalm 119:57-64 and Hebrews 10:19-25. According to Bishop Schnase, "Transformation comes through learning in community. Congregational leaders that practice Intentional Faith Development carefully consider the full life-cycle of members and look for ways the church forms faith at every age. They look for gaps, opportunities, and unmet needs to round out their ministries and ask how they can do better. They explore new ways of forming learning communities–blogs, chat rooms, e-mail Bible studies, and downloadable materials."
  • Mar 8, 2015Intentional Faith Development
    Mar 8, 2015
    Intentional Faith Development
    3rd in our series on the 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on Bishop Robert Schnase's book of the same name. Pastor Jeff based today's message on Psalm 119:57-64 and Hebrews 10:19-25. According to Bishop Schnase, "Transformation comes through learning in community. Congregational leaders that practice Intentional Faith Development carefully consider the full life-cycle of members and look for ways the church forms faith at every age. They look for gaps, opportunities, and unmet needs to round out their ministries and ask how they can do better. They explore new ways of forming learning communities–blogs, chat rooms, e-mail Bible studies, and downloadable materials."
  • Mar 8, 2015Rowdy Kindness
    Mar 8, 2015
    Rowdy Kindness
    It was the 5th and final week of our Faith Commander sermon series from the Robinson family of Duck Dynasty fame. We looked at Jesus' parables, and how they apply to our everyday lives. In today's message, based on the parable of the Good Samaritan, in Luke 10: 25-37, Kevin said that Jesus wants us to be a neighbor to EVERYONE, and be kind to the point of being rowdy.
  • Mar 1, 2015Passionate Worship
    Mar 1, 2015
    Passionate Worship
    Series: 5 Practices
    2nd in the series on 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on Bishop Robert Schnase's book of the same name. Pastor Jeff's message today was based on Psalm 63:1-8 and John 4:19-30. According to Bishop Schnase, "In passionate worship, people are honest before God and one another, and they are open to God’s presence and will for their lives. People so eagerly desire such worship that they will reorder their lives to attend. Worship is God’s gift and task, a sacred trust that requires our utmost and highest."
  • Mar 1, 2015Passionate Worship
    Mar 1, 2015
    Passionate Worship
    2nd in the series on 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations, based on Bishop Robert Schnase's book of the same name. Pastor Jeff's message today was based on Psalm 63:1-8 and John 4:19-30. According to Bishop Schnase, "In passionate worship, people are honest before God and one another, and they are open to God’s presence and will for their lives. People so eagerly desire such worship that they will reorder their lives to attend. Worship is God’s gift and task, a sacred trust that requires our utmost and highest."
  • Mar 1, 2015Real Obedience
    Mar 1, 2015
    Real Obedience
    Today was the fourth in our "Faith Commander" sermon series, applying Jesus' parables to how we live our everyday lives, written by Duck Dynasty's Korie Robinson and her mother. Jeff's message today was based on the parable of the disobedient son in Matthew 21:23-32, and makes the point that our obedience puts God on display to the rest of the world. Dwight Moody, founder of the Moody Bible Institute said this, “For every one person who reads the Bible, a thousand will read you and me.”
  • Feb 22, 2015Radical Hospitality
    Feb 22, 2015
    Radical Hospitality
    Series: 5 Practices
    We worshiped today despite the snow and ice, as Pastor Jeff began a sermon series on 5 Practices of Fruitful Living, based on a book by UM Bishop Robert Schnase. Today's message was based on Psalm 22:25-31 and 1 John 4:17-21. Pastor Jeff reminded us that we need to get RADICAL in our practice of hospitality.
    Due to the weather and low attendance, we made a video of this sermon that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/e8mwsqvpdUo