Everyday Missionaries Everywhere (Acts 1:8)

Our Italy mission team leaves this week! Our partnership with the Evangelical Church of Belluno is in its 4th year. God is doing great things in Belluno and the difference in the local church since 2016 is remarkable. Each year the team has gone we have seen new faces and growing enthusiasm. In 2016, weContinue reading “Everyday Missionaries Everywhere (Acts 1:8)”

Are we a Great Church? Our Measures

Most churches want to be great. Rarely do you find a church that wants to fail, close, or bring dishonor to the name of Christ. Most churches want to be great, but how do you know when a church is actually great? We have learned in this sermon series that it is God who determinesContinue reading “Are we a Great Church? Our Measures”

What Makes a Church Great?

What makes a church great? It depends on who you ask. There are some people who consider a church to be “great” when its average attendance reaches a certain point (e.g., 250 or 500). Only a great church—they argue—could attract that many people. The presence of many people is their proof that it is aContinue reading “What Makes a Church Great?”

Great Sorrow & Unceasing Anguish (Rom 9)

According to the Bible, a Christian should have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, great sorrow and unceasing anguish. No, those last two items are not a typo, but are vital characteristics of a Christian. How can this be? How can you have joy and sorrow and how can you have peaceContinue reading “Great Sorrow & Unceasing Anguish (Rom 9)”

7 Blessings of Forgiveness 

Did you know there is a Christian way to fight? Many Christians don’t know, so they fight just as they did before they became Christian. Fighting like a non-Christian is sinful because it is according to self-interest and self-preservation. It involves deceit and manipulation of others and results in anger, bitterness, and resentment. This isContinue reading “7 Blessings of Forgiveness “

Glad, Sad, and Mad (Luke 19:28-48)

Did you know that—according to the Bible—Jesus displayed many different emotions during His time on earth? This is significant because it reminds us that Jesus is not only completely God but completely man. He is God the Son who entered into this world as a man so that He would redeem mankind to God. InContinue reading “Glad, Sad, and Mad (Luke 19:28-48)”

A Lesson from the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19:1-10)

Our sermon today concerns an encounter Jesus had with a man named Zacchaeus who was sitting in a sycamore tree.  Zacchaeus is sort of an ironic fellow.  Zacchaeus is a Hebrew name meaning “clean or pure” but he was a corrupt tax collector who worked for the Roman Government.  Today, we shall read about thisContinue reading “A Lesson from the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19:1-10)”

But, What If They Say…?

In the “My3” Discipleship plan, you are asked to write out your three-part testimony and share it with the three people you circled on your prayer list.  The goal of sharing your story is to testify to the grace and mercy of Jesus and to tell people how they can become a Christian.  Ideally, theContinue reading “But, What If They Say…?”