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.
Psalm 64. We finish our study of the Psalms with a look at Psalm 64 written by King David. This song was written for the congregation to sin during times of verbal assault from surrounding nations. David himself had his share of these moments. As he points us to in this psalm, David places his place of comfort and aide in the strength and protection of the Lord and not his own retribution.
We also had the opportunity to listen to the testimonies of brother and sisters in Christ and witness their baptisms.
We were unable to produce a recording of the sermon this week, but were able to produce the testimonies. Please give them a listen and we apologize for any inconvenience in not having the sermon.
1 Thessalonians 3. We are challenged today to think about and possibly come to a better understanding of what the term “missions” actually means. Jonathan shares the pattern of Paul’s missionary journeys in the first century, and uses this chapter from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians to reveal the heart and drive behind the mission of God.
Psalm 115. One act of rebellion that constantly plagued the nation of Israel was the worship of idols. Today’s psalm challenges its singers to gaze upon the glory of God and the effect that should have on where they place their trust. When we focus on God’s glory it will help us turn away from idols
Psalm 112. This psalm calls it singers to praise the Lord for the way that He blesses His family. What are these blessings? The psalmist lists many of the blessings that comes from being a part of the family. Our sermon is followed with a testimony and baptism!
Luke 15. We take a break from the Psalms again today to focus on three of parables shared by Jesus in the Gospel according to Luke. Jesus was very aware of the audiences that his words were being spoken too- including sinners, pharisees, and the readers of His word today.