Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017 | Pastor John Bayles | The Unimpeachable Authority of Christ | Colossians 2:9-15



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June 18, 2017 | Pastor John Bayles | The Unimpeachable Authority of Christ | Colossians 2:9-15

The Unimpeachable Authority of Christ
Colossians 2:9-15

Today we will see that It is not what the cross did to Jesus, it what Jesus did to sin, our sin by the use of he cross. It is what Jesus did to the pagan practices of this world by the use of the cross. It is what Jesus did to Satan’s fraudulent rulership of the earth (and all those powers who claim the same fraudulent claim to the lives of men and women in every age), using the instrument of the cross. This the work of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017 | Pastor John Bayles | Things that Deceive: The Pagan Influence | Colossians 2:6-15



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June 11, 2017 | Pastor John Bayles | Things that Deceive: The Pagan Influence | Colossians 2:6-15

Things that Deceive: The Pagan Influence
Colossians 2:6-15

In today’s text we have a unique, yet familiar challenge. What was common to the recipients of this letter and to the Apostle Paul is more distant to our contemporary experience. We can bring some historical context to the passage, but in part (or in whole) we are seeking to understand pagan religious language and practice which is largely lost to us today. This dynamic is something we have seen in many portions of our study of the Scriptures. This does not however mean that there is a wealth of application which is maintained which thunders into our present lives.

We will begin with verse 6, which sets the verse we left off with last time. This is because it serves as the conclusion to the earlier passage and also forms the foundation for the verses that follow. In summary, we understand the view that Christ is supreme to all religious forms: those which have substance only in the thinking of the pagan mind (those forms which are imaginations) and those religious forms which touch the human experience on a substantive level - they are real, but wrong; they have form, but are forbidden. They have power and an authority, but have been dominated over by the living Christ at the cross.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 28, 2017 | Roger Melson | Perspectives of Christian Living (Part 2)| Genesis 5:1-5;21-24



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May 28, 2017 | Roger Melson | Perspectives of Christian Living (Part 2)| Genesis 5:1-5;21-24



                                             
                                                   Roger and Marsha Melson

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 21, 2017 | Roger Melson | Perspectives of Christian Living | Genesis 5:1-32



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May 21, 2017 | Roger Melson | Perspectives of Christian Living | Genesis 5:1-32



                                        
                                           Roger and Marsha Melson

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017 | Pastor Mike Ibay | The Real Mother | 1 Kings 3:16-28



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May 14, 2017 | Pastor Mike Ibay | The Real Mother | 1 Kings 3:16-28

The Real Mother
1 Kings 3:16-28


                                                    
                                             River of Life Pastors Mike and Grace Ibay

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017 | Pastor Bayles | The Wonderful Cross | Colossians 2:6-15



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May 7, 2017 | Pastor Bayles | The Wonderful Cross | Colossians 2:6-15

The Wonderful Cross
Colossians 2:6-15

There is a center to the faith. Something that makes Christianity come into the human experience. The resurrection demonstrates the power and glory of God in redemption. The cross brings us to the very bottom of our depravity. Sin, is the great enemy of our life. And sin is highlighted by the law. Without the moral standard of the law, we could declare ourselves to be good, most of the time, people. But, in the presence of the law, every defect of our fallen nature is revealed. The Apostle Paul lamented, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”(Rom.7:24). “This body of death,” what is the apostle talking about? It is what we all know about ourselves. We try to hide it, to distract attention to it, to even be deceptive in order to keep others from seeing our dirty secrets. But, it is there in all of us. Depravity. The condition of sin. The rotting, hopeless connection to a nature that is birthed in the sin of our father Adam and has effected every aspect of our thinking and doing lives. Today the Apostle sends us a message of hope. We are not children of Adam any longer, but children of God. And it is because of the cross that this is how we are viewed by God. As a result, we must turn our eyes toward what we know is true. Only the cross makes us whole. We must see our lives and thinking through he prism of the cross where our sins: past, present and future, were nailed and taken away.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017 | Pastor Bayles | The Mystery of Christ's Identity | Colossians 2:1-5



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April 30, 2017 | Pastor Bayles | The Mystery of Christ's Identity | Colossians 2:1-5

The Mystery of Christ’s Identity
Colossians 2:1-5

What is the work of discipleship? The first part is a gathering task. Jesus left his disciples with the task of sharing the Gospel in order to gather His sheep, His own, His elect from “the four winds of the earth” (Mat.24:31). In 2 Corinthians 5 Paul stresses that this task is accomplished by preaching the message of Christ: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor.5:14-21). The second part of discipleship is is a teaching task. Jesus said, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Mat.28:19). In today’s text we will see this part of discipleship in full action. It should not surprise us that at the center of the task of teaching, the subject of the person of Christ is prominent. As we have discovered again and again, the substance of the Christian message is a person, a very unique person, Jesus the Christ. Here Paul emphasizes that the nature of Christ is a mystery, complex, yet a knowable. It is at the forefront of his teaching to the Colossian church and to us today.