Deacon Bayham Ordination

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August 13, 2017

Jesus: the Glory of God

Text: Exodus 34:1-9
Pastor James Pavlic

With echoes of today’s passage in John 1:1-18, along with Moses, we are invited to peer into the glory of God as revealed to us in Christ. As we behold our God who abounds in covenant love for His people, may we be moved like Moses to bow down and worship.

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August 6, 2017

God’s Mercy Receives Others

Text: Luke 15
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Our final week in the rich series of parables in Luke 15 helps us to see that there is no punishment or revenge in any of these three parables of lost things. Instead we see that the wildest sinner can be forgiven through God’s mercy, and we are called to extend mercy, too.

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July 30, 2017

Mercy Runs!

Text: Luke 15:11-24
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We continue through Luke 15 to the third of the parables of lost things, today’s well-known and well-loved parable of the prodigal son. In it we find an illustration of our Heavenly Father who stands ready to run toward sinners with His mercy.

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July 23, 2017

Serving Christ and His Bride

Text: Acts 6:1-7
Pastor Curt Stapleton

A growing church often goes through growing pains, increasing ministry needs. As Mercy celebrates the ordination of a new deacon today, we look at the implied model of this office from the early church, an office that demands both spiritual character and “getting one’s hands dirty”.

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July 16, 2017

Rejoice With Me

Text: Luke 15:1-2, 8-10
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The second parable in Luke 15 concerning lost things demonstrates the love of God for the lost. Our God is a seeking God, and there is worship in heaven whenever someone comes to faith in Him.

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July 9, 2017

God’s Joy in Your Salvation

Text: Luke 15:1-7
Pastor Curt Stapleton

It’s not a compliment when Jesus compares us to sheep as He does in today’s parable. None of us “has it all together”; we all have a messy spiritual junk drawer. The gospel calls us into community with other sinners, one that is characterized by joy and humility.

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July 2, 2017

A Living Faith

Text: James 2:14-26
Pastor James Pavlic

Do I merely intellectually assent to my faith, or am I living it? A faith without works is false and cannot save. A living faith produces good works through the power of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

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June 25, 2017

The Breaking of Bread

Text: Acts 2:42-46, 20:7-12
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we consider today’s subject of the Lord’s Supper, it’s important to consider what the Scriptures teach us about the proper observance of this sacrament. Some aspects are explicitly addressed, and others are implied. Our goal is to not go beyond Scripture’s teaching nor to fall short of it.

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June 18, 2017

Mercy Wins

Text: James 2:1-13
Pastor James Pavlic

We see evidence of partiality on all sides beginning at a very early age. However, the reality of how we attain a right standing before God leaves us no grounds for showing partiality, and leaves us condemned. The beauty of the gospel is that Christ’s mercy toward us triumphs over judgment.

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