Prophetic words from the Old Testament indicated that the coming Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth up until the final days of Mary’s pregnancy. But God had a plan, using a Roman emperor named Caesar Augustus to get his people to the exact location they needed to be.
For this second week of advent we consider the word “hope.” While Mary was given opportunity to carry the Son of God, she also would have been confronted with hardship stemming from cultural stipulations placed on her. She had to wonder how her family, her community, and even her soon-to-be husband would respond to pregnancy. […]
For this first Sunday of advent we look at the theme of promise. The promise of a Savior goes back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first sinned. This promise continues to unfold as time moves forward. God knew people would choose the path of disobedience, so He provided […]
This is the final study on spiritual gifts. In this message, we take a look at the rest of the gifts listed in Scripture. While this may not be an exhaustive list of spiritual gifts, they are the gifts we are certain God has determined to give. Following this service, opportunity to take a spiritual […]
This week we begin to give definition to the spiritual gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, and Ephesians 4:11-12. As you listen, consider whether the Holy Spirit has gifted you with any of these particular gifts. If none of these gifts seem to describe you, that’s ok – there’s more […]
This is a look at the passages in Scripture that list spiritual gifts (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27-31; Ephesians 4:11-12). These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit as He determines, are all of great importance, and are given for the building up of the church. Can you identify how you are gifted?
Over the next few weeks we will engage a study on spiritual gifts. The foundation being laid for this series is a look at humility and the willingness to serve. For this, our attention is drawn to Jesus who demonstrated service when He washed the disciples feet. If the greatest takes the lowest position, why […]
In this message we look at our fourth and final character – Gehazi, the servant of Elisha. Gehazi allowed greed to get in the way. Greed led to Gehazi lying to try to cover himself up. Greed and lying had their consequences. While Gehazi had the freedom to do as he willed, he was not […]
This week we consider the perspective of Elisha, one of God’s prophets. Elisha was a man who was known, lived to make God known, and refused to be known for that which God is to be known. Elisha had a heart that is true. We too are known by those around us. How are you […]
This message takes a look at the narrative of Naaman, the leprous, but considers the perspective from his servant girl. Think about how difficult it would have been for this Israelite girl to be taken captive from her family and homeland and yet still be willing to offer hope to those she served. This passage […]
We have recorded in 2 Kings 5 an encounter of Naaman, a high ranking commander in the Aramean army, with Elisha the prophet of God from Israel. Their paths cross due to a disease called leprosy. God uses all means to demonstrate His pursuit of people. The main thing that often stands in the way […]
Habits can be good, but habits can also be dangerous. When we celebrate the Communion Table we need to guard that it doesn’t become a habit that is stripped of its meaning. This message revisits The Last Supper as recorded by the gospel writer Luke. The call to examine our life in light of the […]