Brick by Brick (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church
Sermon Title: The Purpose of Public Space (3 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Mark 12:35; Luke 4:16; Acts 2:46; 1 Corinthians 14:26

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In the previous message, we looked at what it means to be "living stones" built into a spiritual house. If we're going to be properly fashioned as Christ disciples, we must be active in a variety of spaces that exist within the church. How was Jesus active in the "public" spaces? What does this mean for congregational worship? In The Purpose of Public Space (3 of 6), Pastor David addresses the importance of our corporate worship services while recognizing the limits of large gatherings.

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September 24 bulletin
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Brick by Brick (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church
Sermon Title: The Call to be Living Stones (2 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5

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Jesus calls us to be disciples. It's through discipleship that we're built into living stones for a spiritual house unto the Lord. Therefore, the local church is only as healthy and strong as the depth of discipleship and the spiritual formation of her members. What does discipleship look like today? How are we to be chiseled and shaped into living stones that fit into the beautiful building of God? In The Call to be Living Stones (2 of 6), Pastor David invites us to be spiritually formed in community.

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September 17 bulletin
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Brick by Brick (1 of 6)

Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church

Fall 2017 Sermon Series | Sept 10 - Oct 22

It’s in the letter to the Ephesian church that the apostle Paul presented the “eternal purpose” of God to form one new humanity out of Christ and the apostles. And that through the church, Christ would bring about God’s Kingdom on the earth.

Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church, is a series that looks at God’s way of building us into a “spiritual house” made up of “living stones” (1 Peter 2:4-5). 

In our Brick by Brick series, we will be challenged to consider what it looks like for us to become disciples of Christ, to be shaped and fashioned for his divine purposes. We will be encouraged to participate in various spaces of the church that deepen discipleship.

Sermon Series: Brick by Brick: How Christ Builds His Church
Sermon Title: The Master's Plan for the Church (1 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:16-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:10-11 

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The apostle Paul called God’s grand design for the church his “eternal purpose” (Eph 3:10-11). The church is God’s chosen instrument for bringing the kingdom to the world. Jesus said that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church and his intentions to build his kingdom here on earth. While the church in America is currently facing some serious challenges, we would do well to trust in God's plans for the church. In The Master's Plan for the Church (1 of 6), Pastor David helps us to see the bigger picture of what the Spirit wants to accomplish through the church in the world. 

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September 10 bulletin
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Getting the Gospel Right

Sermon Title: Getting the Gospel Right
Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Ephesians 2:8-10

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A few years ago Barna found that 90% of children that grow up in evangelical homes make a decision to follow Jesus, but less that 25% are still following Jesus by the time they're 35. What is going on that so many adults who make a profession of faith in Christ when they were young aren’t continuing to follow him today? Could it be that much of the church hasn't fully embraced the gospel of Jesus? In Getting the Gospel Right, Pastor David says we haven't, and he challenges us to embrace the totality of the gospel message.

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September 3 bulletin
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The Table of Memory & Mystery

Sermon Title: The Table of Memory & Mystery
Scripture Reading:  Luke 22:14-20; John 6:53-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

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In their final Passover together, Jesus infuses new meaning into the community meal of God’s people. He tells his disciples that the bread and cup of the table now represents his broken body and blood shed for the sins of the world. He commands us to remember him and the New Covenant each time we receive it. In The Table of Memory & Mystery, Pastor David helps us to see the real purpose of communion and the subversive nature of Christ's table.

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August 27 bulletin
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Buried & Raised with Christ

Sermon Title: Buried & Raised with Christ
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-11

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Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River in order to publicly identify with the Kingdom that is marked by repentance and heart change. Later, Jesus commands his own disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in order to identify with him as Lord and outwardly signify a real inner change. In Buried & Raised with Christ, Pastor David helps us understand the meaning of baptism and why it is necessary for believers.

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August 20 bulletin
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What Do These Stones Mean?

Guest Speaker:  Todd Allen
Sermon Title:  What Do These Stones Mean?
Scripture Reading:  Joshua 4:21-24

Dr. Todd Allen, an incoming prof at Messiah College, founded The Common Ground Project, a community based non-profit dedicated to promoting an understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.  For the past 16 years, in partnership with the PNC Foundation, Dr. Allen has led the “Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights” bus tour, an educational tour which visits many of the key southern sites of the Civil Rights Movement. Listen as Todd speaks to us about the struggle for justice that still continues to this day, in a message entitled, What Do These Stones Mean?

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August 13 bulletin
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The God Who Looks Like Jesus

Sermon Title: The God Who Looks Like Jesus
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:51-56; John 14:5-9, Hebrews 1:1-3

Jesus is what God is like and what God has always been like. But unfortunately, many people have allowed competing portraits of God to negatively shape their lives. Current brain research has found that distorted images and negative concepts of God lead us to unhealthy patterns of self-defeating behaviors and toxic relationships. In The God Who Looks Like Jesus, Pastor David challenges us to align our thoughts about God to reflect what has been fully revealed in Christ.

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August 6 bulletin
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Living with Joy

Sermon Title:  Living with Joy
Scripture Reading:  Matthew 6:19-34; John 10:10; 15:9-12; Philippians 4:6-8

Jesus said that he came to give us abundant life. He wants his joy to be complete in us. But what does that mean and how does that happen? And if Jesus offers us his life, why do many Christians continually live with fear, anxiety, and depression, instead of living with joy? In Living with Joy, Pastor David shares how we must discipline ourselves to abide in Christ and seek his Kingdom before everything else.

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July 30 bulletin
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Dealing with Doubt

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Doubt
Scripture Reading:  John 11:16; 20:24-29; James 1:5-8; 2:14-17

There is a great misconception about faith that is fairly popular today. Many people think that their faith is only as strong as they are psychologically certain. Therefore, doubt becomes a threat to faith, even to our salvation. But is that really what the Bible teaches? Should we really just push aside our doubts and not ask questions. In Dealing with Doubt, Pastor David shares how doubt isn't the enemy of faith, but rather it's an opportunity to grow in our relationship with Christ.

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