Jan 9, 2022
More Like Jesus Part 1: The Pursuit of Righteousness (Matthew 3:13-4:11)
If Jesus is the most important figure in all of history; if He is as Spurgeon says, "the most unique, credible, and undeniable case of the diety of God in human form," then we must pay attention to who he is and how he lived. If there is none like unto him as the Son of God then we have two divine directives; to know him more and to be more like Him.
Our 10 week series begins by exploring the two events Jesus had to endure in order to be prepared to launch his earthly ministry; his baptism and his temptation. In looking at Jesus' life through these two events we see how we as believers are to pursue righteousness in everything we do. Spiritual Baptism is the beginning of the pursuit of righteousness. it is sustained through sinless living as we resist the temptations of the enemy.
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  • Jan 9, 2022More Like Jesus Part 1: The Pursuit of Righteousness (Matthew 3:13-4:11)
    Jan 9, 2022
    More Like Jesus Part 1: The Pursuit of Righteousness (Matthew 3:13-4:11)
    If Jesus is the most important figure in all of history; if He is as Spurgeon says, "the most unique, credible, and undeniable case of the diety of God in human form," then we must pay attention to who he is and how he lived. If there is none like unto him as the Son of God then we have two divine directives; to know him more and to be more like Him.
    Our 10 week series begins by exploring the two events Jesus had to endure in order to be prepared to launch his earthly ministry; his baptism and his temptation. In looking at Jesus' life through these two events we see how we as believers are to pursue righteousness in everything we do. Spiritual Baptism is the beginning of the pursuit of righteousness. it is sustained through sinless living as we resist the temptations of the enemy.
  • Jan 2, 2022Why The Gospels: An Intro To Year of The Gospels (Luke 1:1-4, John 20:30-31)
    Jan 2, 2022
    Why The Gospels: An Intro To Year of The Gospels (Luke 1:1-4, John 20:30-31)
    Series: Stand Alone
    In 2022 we are going to be focusing on the four Gospels.  The word "Gospel" simply means Good News and each of the four Gospels presents the good news of Jesus Christ through unique perspectives.  But the reason they were written remains the same; to tell of who Jesus is, what he was sent to do, and what our response to that should be.  As Luke says to Theophilus, the Gospels are written to us for the sake of knowing Jesus, and thus we must, as Luke, share Jesus to those who don't know him.  This is the Good News. 
  • Dec 27, 2021Christmas Unwrapped Part 4: Where Is Christmas? (Job 9:31-36)
    Dec 27, 2021
    Christmas Unwrapped Part 4: Where Is Christmas? (Job 9:31-36)
    Though Christmas was conceived in Heaven, birthed in Bethlehem, and celebrated in excess by the western world, you will only find true Christmas in those who have accepted Christ as the only mediator who can touch both God and man.    
  • Dec 19, 2021Christmas Unwrapped Part 3: Who Is Christmas (Luke 2:17-35)
    Dec 19, 2021
    Christmas Unwrapped Part 3: Who Is Christmas (Luke 2:17-35)

    Mary has to stop and Ponder what the Shepherds meant when they told her that Jesus was her Lord.  Could she come to grips with the idea that her son, Jesus, would be the warden of sinners and the master of slaves? In today's culture we wince at the thought of slavery, almost to the point that we have ridden our society of all vestiges of what it did to our country. We don't talk about it. Why? Because we know that it is wrong for any person to own another person like a piece of property. I'm sure in Mary's day they struggled with this notion to pretty much the same extent. So when the shepherds mentioned to her that Jesus would be her Lord, It meant that in a sense, she would be enslaved to him. That he would be so great, so awesome, so holy, that she could not help but find herself under his control. After all of the Lord's the people had seen for the last thousand years. The evil kings of Israel and Judah, the pagan kings of Babylon, Persia, and now Rome. The fake pretenders like Herod and the Pharisees. What would a good and Godly Lord even look like?

    We too must ponder this. What does it mean to subject ourselves to Jesus as our Lord? It means we are servants and slaves under his control. It means we do what he says, we go where he sends, we work his fields, we feed his sheep, we follow in his steps, we suffer for his cause, we carry his banner, we fight in his army, we reap his harvest, and if need be, we carry his cross. When we subject ourselves to Jesus as Lord, we become faithful and willing slaves committed to His cause and for His glory! Can you do this? Can you submit to Jesus as your Lord? Romans 10:9-10 tells us that we must confess that Jesus is Lord and believe it in our hearts and then we will be saved. This is how we must come to Jesus. This is how we truly experience Christmas. Jesus truly is Who Christmas is all about!

  • Dec 12, 2021Christmas Unwrapped Part 2: What Is Christmas (Galatians 4:4, Luke 2:8-16)
    Dec 12, 2021
    Christmas Unwrapped Part 2: What Is Christmas (Galatians 4:4, Luke 2:8-16)
    The wrapping paper of Christmas looks like a lot of things; shopping, parties, television specials, music, movies, giving gifts, family reunions, egg nog, mistletoe, carols, elf on the shelf, and on and on... but thats not the real gift! The present under the wrapping paper is way more important and substantial! Christmas is about the fact that God kept his promise, sent his Son Jesus to earth as a man, to die for our sins and give us eternal life. If we focus on the wrapping paper we may become more selfish, more stressed, more worldly... but when we focus on the actual gift of Christmas, the gift of Jesus Christs given for the sins of all mankind, it transforms your life. It helps us keep our promises, it helps us trade our carnal life in for a life of true godliness, and it helps us recognize that we need salvation... we need to be born again. This morning... what is Christmas? Christmas is God with us, God for us, God born to die for our sins! Christmas is one of the greatest miracles the world has ever known and it should change who we are! If you know what Christmas is really all about, it should change your life.Christmas is about a night when a virgin favored by God gave birth to the son of God knowing that in due time he would give his life for the sins of the world! This why the nativity matters... this is what Christmas means. Yes, Charlie Brown... this is what Christmas is really all about!
     
  • Dec 5, 2021Christmas Unwrapped Part 1: When Is Christmas (Luke 2:1-7)
    Dec 5, 2021
    Christmas Unwrapped Part 1: When Is Christmas (Luke 2:1-7)
    Do we really know what Christmas is all about or is it like a Christmas present where the wrapping paper that we focus on is keeping us from seeing the true gift beneath?   When discussing the truth of when is Christmas, the wrapping paper is the date we focus on; December 25th.  While December 25th might be the exact date that Jesus was born on, though doubtful, it doesn't matter.  All that matters is that we do celebrate the fact that Jesus was born;  the fact that God became flesh and dwelt among us.  When is Christmas?  We should celebrate Christmas everyday! 
  • Nov 28, 2021WTDASCC Part 15: Kingdom Focus (1 Corinthians 3:4-9)
    Nov 28, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 15: Kingdom Focus (1 Corinthians 3:4-9)
    There's something within the American church that wars against the Kingdom of God. It's the desire of wayward men to place the advancement of God's kingdom second to the advancement of their own kingdoms. Unfortunately we see this in churches all the time don't we. We see it on roadside billboards advertising that their church is better than other churches in the area. We see it on giant banners promoting a man and his ministry over the ministry of God. We see it in sermons promoting health, wealth, and prosperity over the blessings of transformation and suffering. We see it when a man who claims to be a pastor gets on television and preaches self help motivational God is love sermons but forgets to mention sin and repentance. And we see it on every street that has one, two, even three churches within walking distance to one another and yet rather than combining their efforts to share the love of Christ with their community they are in competition with one another. Instead of the pastors praying together and loving on one another, they gossip about one another and run one another down. Their main pursuit has become gaining more marketshare. They want to see their “churches” become great so that their name becomes great and all the while the world sees us acting like spoiled brats running Jesus' name through the mud! It's disgusting!

    We haven't been called to build the kingdom of Stone Creek Church, or the kingdom of Shevi Sloane... how dare we. We've been called to build the kingdom of God!

  • Nov 21, 2021WTDASCC Part 14: Covenant Partnership (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
    Nov 21, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 14: Covenant Partnership (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
    Covenant partnership is not something just reserved for Sunday, It's something expected every day!  When we come together as a body of believers and a faith family we come with a promise to be slow to push away from the table and quick to establish common ground and unity in Christ.  We then partner together to accomplish our Vision Statement for the sake of seeing people saved and transformed by the Gospel. 
  • Nov 14, 2021WTDASCC Part 13: Accountability & Discipline (Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-17)
    Nov 14, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 13: Accountability & Discipline (Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-17)
    It is absolutely necessary that we as members of the local church not only commit to keeping our brothers and sisters accountable but that we allow them the same access to keeping us accountable. Accountability is an act of grace by which we, in love, gently help one another remove the deadly sin within our lives as to be a more righteous and pure bride of Christ.
     
    Church discipline is only necessary in the unlikely event that accountability does not produce repentance and restoration in the heart of a believer. Christian accountability is the first line of defense. Church discipline is a last resort. Accountability is for righteousness. Discipline is for restoration.
     
    So... who are you accountable to and who are you accountable for?
  • Nov 7, 2021WTDASCC Part 12: Orthodox Beliefs (Romans 15:13)
    Nov 7, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 12: Orthodox Beliefs (Romans 15:13)
    Romans 15:13 says, "may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  We must have a set of beliefs.  Why?  For joy.  Knowing what we believe no matter what happens in our lives; knowing we are living for a greater purpose gives us a joy.  For peace.  Adhering to a specific set of beliefs assures us that no matter how hard or long the war is, we will be victorious.  For hope.  Embracing orthodox beliefs gives us an assurance of God's blessing in this life and eternal life in the next. The point is simple.  Until we know what we believe and why we believe it we will fail to live it.