Sunday, June 2, 2019

June 2, 2019 | Pastor Roger Melson | The Eternal Perspective of Our Faith | Genesis 11:27-12:4


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June 2, 2019 | Pastor Roger Melson | The Eternal Perspective of Our Faith | Genesis 11:27-12:4

The Eternal Perspective of Our Faith
Genesis 11:27-12:4


                                               Roger and Marsha Melson

Sunday, May 26, 2019

May 26, 2019 | Pastor John Bayles | Parables of the Kingdom of God: The Parable of the Sower | Mark 4:1-12


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May 26, 2019 | Pastor John Bayles | Parables of the Kingdom of God: The Parable of the Sower | Mark 4:1-12

Parables of the Kingdom of God (Chapter 4:1-33)
The Parable of the Sower
Mark 4:1-12

In this sermon, a brief overview of the characteristics of Parable literature and then goes a detailed teaching of the Parable of the Sower are given. In the process of interpreting of the Scriptures, it important to recognize and be familiar with the characteristics of the literary type that is being used by the author to present the Gospel. Parable literature is certainly no exception to this rule. The basic definition of a parable is “to throw alongside.” A parable, like an illustration, places a known and an unknown truth beside one another in order to make an illuminating comparison A parable, like a good joke or short story is dependent upon timing - hiding the main point until the very last moment. The more the hearer has in common with the story, the greater the reaction. This surprises of shocks the hearer by the response of laughter, conviction, and in some cases anger, depending upon the purpose of the one telling the parable. Jesus’ audiences were made up of friends, skeptics and outright enemies like the Pharisees, teachers (scribes) and priests. When Jesus told a parable the element of mystery was always present. This mystery was not simply solving an unknown idea. As several author’s have stated: “It (mystery) is not something we don’t know, but something that is too much to know.” “Mystery is not the absence of meaning, but the presence of more meaning than we can comprehend.” In this text of the Scriptures, mystery has a dual meaning. On the one hand, the characteristic of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God were being hidden or downplayed by certain hearers, yet, on the other hand the message was filled with life-changing truth, redemption, awe and majesty for those who were Christ’s sheep. The goal of this sermon today is to amplify the mystery and the conviction that the parable of the sower presents both then and now.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019 | Pastor John Bayles | Experiencing Together the Love of God | Ephesians 3:16-19


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May 19, 2019 | Pastor John Bayles | Experiencing Together the Love of God | Ephesians 3:16-19

Experiencing Together the Love of God
Ephesians 3:16-19

We have all experienced God’s love through emotional, overwhelming feeling of kindness, mercy, and correction. We have read the Word and have been impressed about love. We have we can seen it in the grace God has extended to each of us. We have watched when people who we thought had every right to be angry, unforgiving, and even justified to show revenge, responded with forgiveness and love toward others. Our response is that only God’s love could bring about such a reaction. In our lives we have failed to live up to our standards of behavior and known the forgiveness and love of God. Often the thought, “How could God love me?” In this text Paul is praying for us. He is praying that we will come to know the love of God even more fully. Today my hope is that we can all grasp more fully how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019 | Pastor John Bayles | The Later Galilean Ministry - Solitude in an Insane World | Mark 3:7-12


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The Later Galilean Ministry (Mark 3:7–6:13)
Solitude in an Insane World
Mark 3:7–12

   What message can we discover in this text beyond the description of Jesus becoming overwhelmed by the size and demand of the needy near-mob of people who were seeking his attention night and day. The numbers are not stated here, but Mark later gives a figure: “44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand” (Mar.6:44). That’s just the number of men! I can’t imagine the impossibility of functioning at all in this context. However, today we will see that this crowd, though formidable, did not deter Jesus from His methods and mission. There is both a reaction that we can have from this text today and a life-instructions as well.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

March 31, 2019 | Pastor Roger Melson | The Centrality of Public Worship in the Life of a Christian | Hebrews 12:18-24


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The Centrality of Public Worship in the Life of a Christian
Hebrews 12:18-24

                                               Roger and Marsha Melson

Sunday, March 24, 2019

March 24, 2019 | Pastor John Bayles | The Galilean Ministry - Days of Conflict #4: The Lord of the Sabbath | Mark 2:18-22


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The Galilean Ministry (Mark 1:14 to 3:6)
Days of Conflict #4: The Lord of the Sabbath
Mark 2:18-22

In this text today, Mark highlights the incident of the disciples taking grain as they walked with Jesus in a wheat or Barley field, rubbing off the grain from the head of the stalk and eating it raw. It was the Sabbath. In Rabbinical tradition this action was was a violation of the Law. As was the case in several of the previous narratives, we see the Pharisees following Jesus and scrutinizing his every word and action. This is not a friendly relationship. These Pharisees have likely been assigned to follow and watch this mysterious man who preaches in such a way as to drive people to near insanity, forgives sins, works miracles of healing and casts out demons. A dangerous man indeed.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 6, 2019 | Pastor John Bayles | Baptism Into a Fallen Humanity | Mark 1:9-11


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Baptism Into a Fallen Humanity
Mark 1:9-11

    As we study the prologue to the Mark’s Gospel, he continues to introduce the person and mission of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In these verses today we see a presentation of His redemptive work pictured for us in His baptism. As we begin the question comes prominently to our thoughts, why is Jesus coming to be baptized for repentance and forgiveness of sins? This was sharply John’s own quetion recorded in the Gospel of Matthew: “But John tried to deter him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Mat.3:14). In sharp contrast to all the people who came out into the wilderness to hear John and receive his baptism of repentance, the very idea the Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God would also ask for this same blessing is far outside our understanding of what Jesus needs. It has been asked, Did Jesus need to be baptized? Was Jesus a sinner up until the moment he was baptized? And the more troubling idea: was Jesus’ understanding of his life and mission progressive? That is, did Jesus become aware that he was the Messiah during this moment of baptism, as modern media asserts? In all these questions lies a view that Jesus was something before his baptism and became something after. Today we will see that all these questions are outside the meaning of the inspired truth Mark is presenting.