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September 24, 2017 - Our Shared Life - Galatians 6:1-5

posted by Grant Garber   [ updated ]

  • The Christian walk is a shared journey. We don’t walk alone; others walk with us.
  • In our shared life….
    • We “carry each other’s burdens”.
    • We learn to listen to each other.
    • We are available to each other in love.
  • Self-understanding, self-appreciation and self-affirmation are marks of authentic Christian faith.
    • The truly humble know who they are; they know their strengths as well as their weaknesses.
  • There are some duties and tasks which we alone can perform, for which we alone must accept responsibility.
    • In this context the “load” we must bear on our own is the job of self-examination and self-correction.
    • We must never measure ourselves against other Christians.
  • At the heart of our shared life is the ministry of spiritual support, guidance and restoration.
    • We are all vulnerable. Any of us may slip.
    • Within our shared life we make judgments of each other, but this judgment is an assessment made in love, not condemnation.
    • The mutual support and correcting we provide for each other is done in the Spirit of Christ who is gentle and calls us to gentleness.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 6:1-5

September 17, 2017 - Jesus Makes Change Possible

posted by Grant Garber

Bev Nottingham

September 10, 2017 - Our Spiritual Identity Crisis - Galatians 5:16-26

posted by Grant Garber

  • We Christians have an ongoing spiritual identity crisis because we are both sinners and saints at the same time.
  • What will we allow to dominate? – That is the question. Flesh or Spirit?
  • The flesh will always continue to stress its desires in opposition to the Spirit; but the Spirit who indwells every Christian declares opposition to the flesh. Paul is certain who will be triumphant – and we can be certain if we “live by the Spirit”.
Paul catalogs the works of the flesh -- -
  • Sexual sins and impurity
  • Sins against God
  • Sins of excess
  • Sins in human relationship
  • As believers we don’t find our identity in sin, or in the label “sinner”, although we do struggle daily against sin. Instead Paul reminds us that in authentic Christianity we are of the Holy Spirit.
  • Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the flesh.
  • We are completely capable of walking in step with Jesus and serving others thereby reflecting the love of God in our lives.
  • If we want to be led by the Spirit, then we must feed the saint inside us, the new person in Christ who can defeat and overcome the desires of the flesh.
  • When you are “in Christ”, and are moved by the Spirit, the unexpected and the unlisted will come.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 2:6-16

September 3, 2017 - Set Free to Freely Love - Galatians 5:1-15

posted by Grant Garber

Main Thought
Paul has quite a bit to say about what we do with the freedom that we have spiritually in Christ.
  • Christ set you free from sin -- - so that you would be forever free from it!
  • Why would anyone want to throw away freedom? Because freedom is a scary thing.
  • Jesus’ freedom enables us to move forward and freely love others.
  • Love is a far more powerful motivator than fear, slavery, debt, or orders.
  • We are free, but we are free to finally belong to God, free to follow His will, and free to love Him because He first loved us.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 5:1-15

August 27, 2017 - Team Promise - Galatians 4:21-31

posted by Grant Garber

Allegory = A story that has a deeper meaning behind it
  1. The Historical Story.
  2. The Spiritual Truths.
    • The Two Sons -- -
      • Isaac was born by God’s power.
      • Isaac brought joy.
      • Isaac grew and was weaned.
      • Isaac was persecuted by Ishmael.
    • The Two Wives -- -
      • Hagar was Abraham’s second wife.
      • Hagar was a slave.
      • Hagar wasn’t meant to bear a child.
      • Hagar gave birth to a slave.
      • Hagar was cast out.
      • Hagar wasn’t married again.
  • What team do you want to be on….Team Promise or Team Slavery?
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 4:21-31

August 20, 2017 - Let’s Grow Up - Galatians 4:8-20

posted Aug 20, 2017, 11:53 AM by Grant Garber

  • We need to recognize that there are evil forces operating in the world, and we must be cautious against them. The power to overcome these forces belongs to every Christian.
  • We so desire power and are so attracted to any promise to control our destiny that we are tempted to take that power from wherever it is available. So we substitute all sorts of gods for God.
  • The Gospel must be seen in the person seeking to communicate it.
  • Limitations don’t have to limit.
  • In the power of the person and the personal, love can be tough and integrity can be preserved.
    • Two pitfalls –
      • A tolerance that makes no demands and reaps no harvest.
      • A rigid intolerance that insists on “my way or the highway”.
      • What is needed is a wide-reaching, all-embracing approach to Christianity which holds firmly to the central tenets of the Gospel.
  • Personal Christian maturity comes as Christ is formed in us.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 4:8-20

August 6, 2017 - The Pure, Sweet Gospel of Jesus Christ - Galatians 2:6-16

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:51 AM by Grant Garber

  • In the economy of the Kingdom of God all persons are of equal value.
  • The Gospel is relevant to all. It can and should be made original to every racial, cultural, and national setting.
  • It is necessary in the complex cultural situation of our day for the church to “fit” the people she seeks to reach culturally.
  • The early Christians realized that “man does not live by bread alone”, but they also recognized that he/she doesn’t live without bread. We must always remember the poor.
  • It isn’t easy to resist the pressures of our peers, or to go against the cultural customs and values of the community in which we live.
  • Conflict can only be resolved in face-to- face encounter. No positive outcome is ever achieved by “behind the back” accusations.
  • All of us are potential victims of the pressures that would deceive, lead astray and weaken our witness.
Three Key Words in Verse 16 –
  • Law
    • For the Jews obedience to the Law made one in right relationship to God and therefore acceptable to God.
  • Justification
    • To be justified means that as sinners we are “acquitted”, “accepted”, “set right with God”, and “saved” in spite of our sin.
  • Faith
    • Faith is a personal decision and commitment.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 2:6-16

August 6, 2017 - Facing Up to Death - I Corinthians 15:55

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:47 AM by Grant Garber

Main Question

Can we meet death head-on with the confidence that we aren’t death’s victims but death’s victors?

  1. The two extremes people go to when they talk about death.
    • Some say “death is nothing”, even calling it “beautiful”.
    • Some say “death is everything”, making too much of it.
  2. Jesus Christ offers people a faith that enables them to acknowledge the reality of death and at the same time to insist upon the victory of life – life in and through Him.
    • These people of faith have the assurance that enables them to say something to death.
    • Three views of death –
      • Death as we see it in the experience of Jesus.
      • Death as we face it in our own human experience.
      • Death is overcome and swept away through the resurrection of the body.
    • “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” You can say that to death – if you have Christ!
Pastor Jim Spon | I Corinthians 15:55

July 30, 2017 - Gideon Message

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:44 AM by Grant Garber

Burt Lundquist, Bob Wonsetler, Jack Doyle

July 23, 2017 - Personal Responsibility - Romans 14:12

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:42 AM by Grant Garber

  1. Let us try to understand our evasions of personal responsibility in the important concerns of life.
    • What has contributed to the breakdown of personal responsibility?
      • Socialized responsibility
      • Self-pity
      • Crying over our circumstances
    • Responsible living – that’s what these times demand!
  2. Some of the expressions of this law of personal responsibility in Christian living.
    • Each of us is responsible for having an enlightened conscience.
      • Christian principle of liberty (14:5)
      • Christian principle of responsibility (14:14)
      • Limits on my Christian liberty (14:13)
    • Each of us is responsible for a careful and constructive use of our opportunities (II Corinthians 5:10-11).
Pastor Jim Spon | Romans 14:12

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