Sunday, December 14, 2014
This is a season of preparation, anticipation, and expectation. The question is what is expected. What was expected in Jesus’ day? What do we expect today?
It’s really a question of who is Jesus and what is his purpose. It is really about Jesus’ identity. I want to invite you to spend some time looking together with me a Jesus’ identity as we walk through part of Isa 52 and Isa 53. Here we see Jesus identified, as the suffering servant, the Messiah, the Lamb of God and the perfect sacrifice who takes away sin of the world. Jesus’ identity is also affirmed in his baptism when God said, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased" (Luke 3:22).
Sunday, December 7, 2014
December 7, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | Second Sunday Of Advent: What A Great Grace Is Mine! | Ephesians 2:1-10
The sentiment has been expressed throughout the ages that if we do not first understand how miserable our condition was and how far we actually were from God, we will not fully appreciate how great the benefits to us are of the cross. As has been the case throughout all of history, our present culture wants to think about the goodness of man, the greatness of man, the kindness of man. In fact it is believed by most that if treated well, fed well, and given equal freedom and comforts, mankind would never turn to evil naturally.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
November 30, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | First Sunday of Advent: If Only There Were Someone! | Job 9:25-35
Often we minimize the importance of beginnings. All of us are affected by persons and events in our lives which shaped the pathway from where we came, who we are, what we believe, who we associate with, where we live, and what we do for work. As a human race we have a beginning which has deeply affected every person born since the creation of the earth.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
October 19, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | Marching to the Cross: Overcoming the Great Blindness | John 12:34-43
Jonathan Edwards, the greatest American theologian of the eighteenth century, once said that there are truths in the scriptures that are sweet as honey. These truth are easy to embrace because they conform to our understanding of life. On the other hand he also stated that there are truths that are like vinegar. These ideas are fully as true, but hard to grasp and even harder to accept as divine. These truth run in opposition to our worldview and our nature.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
October 5, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Spirit-filled Life: Being Filled with Honor | Ephesians 5:21
Though this is a very familiar passage, we must see it as a part of Paul’s subject which he began in verse 15 and centers in the statement in v.18: “be filled with the Spirit.” He has instructed us to Be Filled with Wisdom (v.15-18) and to Be Filled with Thanks (v.18-20). He now turns to his third imperative: Be Filled with Honor, which begins in v.21 and continues all the way through chapter 6:9. This section is the longest and includes a listing of Christian relationship all centered in the key of Honoring One Another or submitting to one another as he has stated in v.21.