Luke 1:26-38 When a baby is born it is normally a happy event. Contrast that with the events of Jesus’ birth. Jesus was born of a virgin, far away from home. Jesus is Savior Mary was concerned, God named the child Jesus – Savior. Luke 1:76-79, 7:47-50, Isaiah 45:21-23, Daniel 9:24, Psalm 98:1-6, Matt. 1:21…

John. 13:1-17 Some lessons are difficult to learn. We especially have trouble with lessons in humility. When we hear, but don’t learn we miss the blessings God has for us. John 13:1-17 – Here just before Jesus is arrested, he is teaching a lesson about servanthood True Service is Humble Matt. 20:20-28- Mother asking for…

Eph. 4:11-16 Leaders are supposed to equip those they lead. A Frequent Sequence People are attracted There is no place for their talents Spiritual growth stagnates People leave Healthy Churches help members: Form genuine relationships Find gifts Equip with knowledge and skills Get involved in Church’s mission Take ownership of Church work God wants his…

A Biblical look at Spiritual Leadership Principles Shepherding Mentoring Equipping People of Experience Character Vision Fresh Look at Biblical models of leadership Encourage qualified people To accept responsibilities Use skills and abilities given to you Develop additional skills Improve trusting relationships Require heart and skills  Shepherd – Dominant model of leadership Sheep and shepherds were…

We make lots of choices in life.  As we choose, so does God.  Chosen out of the World John 15:18-19 – God sets us apart from the world.  The world doesn’t like us because we are different from the world.  Phil. 3:20 – We are citizens of heaven. 1 Peter 1:1-2 – Christians are chosen…

What comes to mind when you hear, What is something that you are “always” doing?  Breathing, eating, hurting, other things? Always Giving Thanks Eph. 5:20 – Paul says we should always thank God for all things. Phil. 4:6 – Let your requests be known to God after giving thanks for all things.  Giving thanks in…

This past week was the twentieth anniversary of the breaking down of the Berlin Wall. This wall separated in a physical way the differing thoughts on how to govern people.  The communists believed in telling people how to live and what to have and the other side believed in more of a personal freedom approach. …

An Empowering Motivation  Jesus has the power to save us even when our faith falters.  An example of this is the story of Peter walking on the water toward Jesus.  Do we show that we love Jesus enough to step out?  Can people see that we love Christ? Paul’s Love for Christ 2 Tim. 4:6-8…

John 10:9-11  There are no earthly guarantees against death.  Death is the only certainty for the human body.  Winter has been seen as a season of death.  The ancient Celts celebrated “Samhain” on October 31.  The people thought they could be possessed by dead evil spirits.  They lived a hopeless life.  Today we are able…

Responding to a Young Atheist  God created the earth.  Not everyone believes that God exists or that He created the earth.  Atheists are often angry at God and at other’s faith. Atheist Attitudes The Anger of the Atheist Replacing Anger with Peace Eph. 4:31-5:2 – God has a better way for humans to live.  Replace…

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