Romans 6:23. Last week we learned that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That is not news to any of us. We are ready enough to admit that. Today’s message is a little harder to swallow. But as we look at the big picture we see that it is absolutely necessary for us to hear the hard part of the Good News.
Romans 3:23. There are many ways that we can love our neighbor. There are many physical, emotional, and relational provisions that we can supply for our neighbor’s needs. All of these things are good, but they are temporal. At the forefront of our minds and hearts must be their greatest need. Today we learn that everyone’s greatest need is the same and it’s eternal. Sin has separated us from God. But Jesus has brought salvation!
Luke 10:25-37. Today we review the method of Love Listen Discern and Respond used by the Time to Revive team. This method is taught to the gathering before they go into the streets.
Before the method can be used properly there must be a compassion in our hearts for those who do not know the Lord. We review the story of the Good Samaritan in order to self assess our own walk and ask ourselves the question, “Are we proving to be neighbor?”
Eric uses this morning to review the method used by the Time to Revive team that joined the county in December. This method is not the only way to minister to our community, but it is a good one. After reviewing the method, Eric tells us where we are headed as a church to be equipped to go and make disciples.
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2. Reconciliation with God begins with our believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That leads to not only reconciliation, but also to new birth. Along with this new birth comes this passion for sharing the treasure of the gospel with the rest of the world.
This morning we celebrate the greatest gift given to all of mankind. God has given us himself through the birth of His Son Jesus Christ. What makes this gift so special? We discuss that this morning. Merry Christmas!
2 Corinthians 5:11-15. Why is it that we go out and tell of the good news? What is it that drives us? As a church we have been reminded this week, through the encouragement of Revive Ohio, that this going out and persuading others should be a lifestyle controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Paul uses this section of the letter to compare the earthly tent that our bodies are now to the heavenly bodies that are to come for those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are fix our thoughts and hopes on what is to come rather than the tent that we are in now.
We also get to listen to a testimony and witness a baptism.
2 Corinthians 4:7-18. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God. Paul describes some of the results that come from having the power of God [this treasure] at work inside of believers [jars of clay.] We dig into how this treasure gives believers life in the midst of death, an outspoken spirit of faith, and eyes of faith to see the unseen.
Like many of us, some of you may have questions regarding Duane’s suicide. I tried to answer three of these questions during the funeral message. They included:
- Is suicide a sin?
- Am I responsible in some way for Duane’s death?
- Does suicide keep a person from going to heaven?
God has given us an opportunity in this Thanksgiving season to remind ourselves of who He is and what He has done and what He will do. As we reflect on these things we are humbled by the way He provides all things. Even in our darkest days, He gives comfort and light! Let us all tell of His deeds amongst us.
2 Corinthians 4:1-6. By the mercy of God, all of those who have turned toward the Lord with unveiled face are working as ministers of the gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ. Having this ministry as a gift from God, believers will not lose heart and will continue to share the light of the gospel that has the power to save.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18. After claiming that he and his team are ministers of the new covenant of Christ by the grace of God, Paul now uses the second half of chapter 3 to begin detailing how the glory of this new covenant far exceeds the glory of the old. With the new covenant comes the Holy Spirit who works in believers bringing them from one degree of glory to another.
2 Corinthians 3:1-6. Paul now turns his focus towards his sufficiency in being able to proclaim the gospel. Where did it come from and how was it authenticated? In our study this morning we are taught that Paul’s letters of recommendation were none other than the readers themselves. Their transformed lives were authenticated testimony of the power of the gospel message that God graced Paul to preach. How does your living letter read?
2 Corinthians 2:12-17. Jesus Christ has gained victory over the world and death for those who follow him. This victory evidences itself in the lifestyles of Jesus’ disciples. Christians share the fragrance of the gospel as they are led by Christ in triumphal procession through the watching world.
2 Corinthians 2:5-11. What is church discipline? What is the purpose of church discipline? How is church discipline to be practiced? The subject of church discipline is sometimes altogether avoided by the church and at other times implemented poorly. Today we study a scriptural background of the subject.
2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4. Everyone experiences conflict in many, if not all, of their relationships with others due to the fallen state of the world. As Paul describes how and why he has responded to this conflict in our study this morning, we find that our response to conflicts is a strong indicator of our faith.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11. Paul ends the introduction to this letter with an example of how God uses his own affliction to help comfort and strengthen the church. Paul shows how affliction causes us to move from self-reliance to a strengthened reliance on God who raises the dead!
2 Corinthians 1:1-7. We begin our study of 2 Corinthians today by introducing the purpose and the occasion of the letter. The overarching proclamation in this introduction to the letter is that God will comfort the church in all of their afflictions.
Philippians. Bill Mills, who is our brother in Christ and partner in the ministry of the gospel, led Covenant Community Church in a gospel conference today. Bill leads the congregation through a three session study of the letter of Paul to the Philippians. Paul continues throughout the letter to point to the supreme worth of Jesus to be the bearer of the Good News! Listen to all three sessions below.