David was just a boy; perhaps a teenager. His dad sent him to resupply his older brothers who in the Israelite army. They were facing off with the Philistines and technologically advanced military force compared to Israel. But what really terrified the Israelites was the size and intimidating strength of Goliath. But, David was not afraid of the Philistine champion. He had faith in God. He knew the battle belonged to the Lord.
We can be encouraged in our work as a church and as individuals by this story. At times we feel overwhelmed. We are out tooled and out matched in many of our challenges. We must remember that God is bigger than any challenge and He can provide us with victory.
Do Christians want "The World" to act like them? Are we surprised when the standards of those around do seem to match ours? Do we treat others with contempt and a scornful eye? We need to remember the words of Peter when he reminded the Christians living near the Black Sea (think Crimea) that they were strangers and aliens living in the World. He encourages them to live in their relationships as real people and real Christians that they might have a positive impact on those around them. We should strive to have the same influence today.
The New Christians Bible Class is a study of basic principles of Christianity. The study reviews principles of worship, Christian service, and foundation teachings. For those who have been Christians for a longer period of time, the study is a reminder of these principles. The class is held at 9:30 prior to worship.
Jesus confronted religion. He confronted the selfish religion of the scribes and Pharisees of His day. They had cold hearts. They were seemingly unconcerned for the lost. They were self-righteous. They placed themselves in place of God. We need to be careful to avoid temptations to fall in the similar traps today.
Our Bible class continues with a study of worship centered on Psalm 95.
We continue our study of worship with a focus on 1 Corinthians 14.
Sunday AM Sermon 2016-01-31
Is it possible to sin so that God will not forgive you? Sometimes we feel so guilty for our sin that we have a hard time forgiving ourselves. So when John writes that there is a sin that leads to death, (1 John 5:16-17), what does he mean? Is it possible to sin so deeply that God will not hear the prayer for forgiveness? Let's explore this together.
The adult Bible class series for young or new Christian continues the discussion of worship. This morning we consider why we sing and the purpose of singing in a worship assembly.
Jesus tells His disciples a parable of a dishonest manager. But the owner of the estate in Jesus' story seems to praise the manager by calling him shrewd. Jesus then seems to tell His disciples that they should be shrewd like the manager. How can this be? What lessons can we learn from this story?
Why did Jesus have to die? If God is so loving and all powerful why was it necessary for His Son to die? Jesus died because there had to be a death as consequence for sin each one of us has made. We must be "in Him" in order to do away with our body of sin.