The Power of Thankfulness

Sermon Title: The Power of Thankfulness
Scripture Reading: John 10:10; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-8; Colossians 3:15-17

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According to recent studies, America isn't a very happy place to be, as people's sense of well-being is at an all-time low. People are fearful, angry, depressed, discontented, and lacking purpose in life. Therefore, followers of Jesus need to be reminded of the full life that he promises (Jn 10:10). In The Power of Thankfulness, Pastor David shares how the Bible and recent neuroscience indicates that practicing gratitude can help us access the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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Leaving a Legacy of Faith

Sermon Title: Leaving a Legacy of Faith
Scripture Reading: Psalm 74:4; Hebrews 11:1-40; 12:1-3

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It's good for us to remember the people who have made an impact on our faith. And the author of Hebrews wants to encourage us to press on by remembering that we're a part of a bigger story in a long line of faith. In Leaving a Legacy of Faith, Pastor David invites us to honor those who have come before us and consider how we're passing on the faith to others.

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Beggar Spirituality

Sermon Title: Beggar Spirituality
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:3; Mark 10:35-52; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit" (Matt 5:3). In other words, in order for us to follow Jesus we must start by recognizing our own spiritual poverty and how much we need God. As we learn with the story of blind Bartimaeus, we should approach God for what really matters most and in a way that truly honors him as a loving Father. Listen as Pastor David shares what true faith looks like in a message entitled, Beggar Spirituality.

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Missions Sunday 2018

Missions Sunday 2018

Guest Speaker: Jonathan & Becky Owen
Sermon Title: Run the Whole Race
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

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Christians are called to a life of growth and increasing maturity. We need to submit our worldly ways of thinking to God, so that he can transform our minds and behavior. There is nothing wrong with being a beginner, but God calls us to seek to grow and help others grow too. In Run the Whole Race, Jonathan and Becky Owen (missionaries to Malawi) share what God is doing through their ministry and invites us to grow up into Christ.

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Streams (6 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title:
Our Streams, Our Witness
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 4:2-6; 1 Peter 2:9-12

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As the Brethren in Christ, we recognize what we share in common with the rest of historic Christianity (i.e. Apostles’ Creed), but we also want to own our unique heritage and embody our distinctives in love and grace, for such a time as this. What does that look like in a post-Christian America? In Our Streams, Our Witness (6 of 6), Pastor David calls us to pursue a gracious Christianity that looks like Jesus.

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Streams (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Evangelicalism: The Way of Passion
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:15-16, 9:35-38, 28:18-20; John 3:16-17; 1 Peter 3:15

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Evangelicalism is the final stream in our heritage, and it is by far the most problematic. The reason for that is because the evangelicalism of today is not the movement that the BIC first embraced in the 1950s. What is evangelicalism and how has it changed? Should we acknowledge it as one of our streams? In Evangelicalism: The Way of Passion (5 of 6), Pastor David helps us to see the best about historic evangelicalism and discard what can’t be synthesized with our other streams.

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Streams (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Wesleyanism: The Way of Holiness
Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-14, 7:14-25; Philippians 2:12; 1 Peter 1:14-16

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Wesleyanism is the third stream in our heritage, and it is the stream that emphasizes free will, God’s grace, and our call to holiness. What does it look like for us to choose to accept God’s grace and work out our salvation through holy living? In Wesleyanism: The Way of Holiness (4 of 6), Pastor David invites us to adopt religious habits that create space for the Spirit to fashion and form us into the image of Christ.

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Streams (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: Pietism: The Way of Renewal
Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:7-9; John 5:39-40; 15:5-8; Romans 8:5-11 MSG

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Pietism is the next stream in our heritage, and it is the stream that led to the birth of the Brethren in Christ. What is pietism and what difference does it make in how we follow Christ today? In Pietism: The Way of Renewal (3 of 6), Pastor David shares how true piety is born of the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts, who enables us to experience the real presence of God and bear fruitful lives of discipleship.

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Streams (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title:
Anabaptism: The Way of Peace
Scripture Reading: Leviticus 24:19-20; Matthew 5:38-48; Romans 12:17-21

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Anabaptism is the first stream in our heritage, and it is the one stream that sets the Brethren in Christ apart from most other denominations in America. This is where we receive our call to peace and hear Jesus’ command to love our enemies and live non-violently in the world. In Anabaptism: The Way of Peace (2 of 6), Pastor David invites us to love like Jesus and embody the gospel of peace by praying for our enemies.

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Streams (1 of 6)

Series Title: Streams: Embodying the Beliefs & Practices of the Brethren in Christ
Sermon Title: One Church, Many Expressions (1 of 6)
Scripture Reading: John 17:20-23; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Acts 15:1-4, 36-41

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Jesus prayed that his church would be one. Why then are there so many Christian denominations today? While many see this as an unfortunate result of the Protestant Reformation, there have actually been multiple expressions of the church since the first century. In One Church, Many Expressions (1 of 6), Pastor David helps us to see how God uses our differences to further the gospel of Christ.

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