“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” Here we find an example of Jesus comforting his disciples. When He tells them not to be troubled, He is comforting them. He then encourages them to trust, to trust in God and trust in the One sent by God, Jesus Christ. Here we must remember that Jesus walked this earth for thirty-three years and...
Author: Brianna Barrier Wetherbee
Topic: Preaching & Teaching, Family
Dear Roger, I am so pleased to find this site as I am a former Casas member. We are in another state now, and attend a PCA Presbyterian church (reformed). My trouble with Presbyterians is they practice what I call a "wet dedication." Baptize infants by sprinkling as a symbol of the parents' promise to raise the child in a Godly home. I never heard of the early reasons for...
Type: Ask Roger
Topic: Salvation, Church , Family
The narrative of the Bible teaches of God's interactions with man. From the sacrifice at the fall to cover man's sin, we see God's covenant promises again and again to deepen our faith in His love.
Peter teaches that your choices and life direction should reflect God's love for you as His chosen treasure. You are a royal priesthood, expressing His grace and sacrifice through Jesus, His Son.
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-9
The brutal battle Jesus fought to obtain our freedom from sin is described. Adam left us a death sentence: We are separated from God as a result of sin. Sin is the root cause of our emptiness and our unhappiness. Because of sin, we are always weighed down. Jesus freed us from our life sentence. We have life because Jesus' sacrifice.
Scripture: 1 John 3:2, 1 John 3:8, 2 Timothy 1:10, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Colossians 2:15
Topic: The Resurrection of Christ
Old Testament shepherds sacrificed their sheep. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, sacrificed Himself for us, His sheep. False shepherds only care about fleecing the sheep and stealing away their lives and their joy. Our only success in fulfilling our purpose in life is due to the unselfish love of the Good Shepherd, our Guide and Protector.
Scripture: John 10, Luke 15
Topic: Pastoral Ministry
Over the last two weeks, we announced that the U.S. now has at least 8,000 multisite churches (by the broadest definition) and also 5 trends in how multisites launch and grow . On March 11, we’ll release an illustrated report covering over 25 major findings. It’s titled the Leadership Network/ Generis Multisite Church Scorecard —you can sign up at the bottom of...
Author: Warren Bird
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Velcro love sticks and stays. God's HESED love causes us to act on commitment, not feelings first. Suffering is the context where true love begins. Christ's sacrifice is the embodiment of unselfish, unwavering love. Preached at Fellowship Church. Taken from creativepastors.com. Used by permission.
Speaker: Ed Young Jr.
Scripture: Ruth 1:8, Ruth 1:14, Ruth 2:20, Ruth 3:10, Galatians 2:20
Topic: Loving Others
The beautiful love poem of Solomon to his bride teaches much about the passion, permanence, power and procreative purpose of marriage. Marriage is a holy covenant based on sacrifice and cherishing one's spouse. Preached at Chase Oaks Church. Used by permission
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: Song of Solomon 8:4-7, Song of Solomon 8:13-14, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
In my book, Revise Us Again , I argued at length that the Christian life is becoming who you already are. In Ephesians, Paul says two times to “speak the truth in love” to one another. In context, Paul is exhorting God’s people to remind one another of who they are in Christ . . . to remind one another about the new self into which they have been made . . . to remind one...
Author: Frank Viola
Topic: Preaching & Teaching