Oct 17, 2021
WTDASCC Part 9: Gracious Giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
We don't give to God via the local church because the local church needs it, although that may be the case.  We give because we have been called through the scriptures to surrender our money to ministries where God is moving for the sake of the Gospel, Discipleship, and Evangelism.  If God wants the local church to have funds for the sake of ministry God will see to it that it is done, but more than that, God wants believers to be the conduit through which His financial blessings move to the places he wants it being used!  Therefore we plan personally to give regularly for the purposes of God. 
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  • Oct 17, 2021WTDASCC Part 9: Gracious Giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
    Oct 17, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 9: Gracious Giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
    We don't give to God via the local church because the local church needs it, although that may be the case.  We give because we have been called through the scriptures to surrender our money to ministries where God is moving for the sake of the Gospel, Discipleship, and Evangelism.  If God wants the local church to have funds for the sake of ministry God will see to it that it is done, but more than that, God wants believers to be the conduit through which His financial blessings move to the places he wants it being used!  Therefore we plan personally to give regularly for the purposes of God. 
  • Oct 10, 2021WTDASCC Part 8: Strategic Missions (Revelation 5:1-10)
    Oct 10, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 8: Strategic Missions (Revelation 5:1-10)
    Every Christian is called to the ministry of taking the Gospel to the ends of the Earth. Even if you feel call to stay in the states, you must figure out how to be actively involved in the sending of people you trust to take the greatest message of all time to those who have never heard it! How are you doing this?
  • Oct 3, 2021WTDASCC Part 7: Relational Outreach (Matthew 5:16)
    Oct 3, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 7: Relational Outreach (Matthew 5:16)
    We must reach our world (our neighbors, our community, and our targeted foreign mission fields) with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  For centuries the American Church has tried to take short cuts to reach people.  Either through quick exchanges or through simple church invites, many of us have abdicated our responsibilities of fishing for men and outsourced it to others.  If we are to be obedient to our Lord's commission we must actually reach people the way Jesus and the Bible models it; relational outreach.  The process is simple, yet lengthy and hard.  First, we must look for opportunities to care for people's needs.  Secondly, we must meet those needs sacrificially.  Thirdly, we must take advantage of the care we've given to them and use that to form a relationship with them.  In time, if formed correctly, that relationship will lead to an opportunity to share the Gospel in a manner that is natural and well received!   If you want to reach people with the Gospel, you must give a care and you must be there! 
  • Sep 26, 2021WTDASCC Part 6: Familial Fellowship (Hebrews 14:24-25)
    Sep 26, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 6: Familial Fellowship (Hebrews 14:24-25)
    Church was never meant to be something you came to on Sunday mornings for an hour or two.  Church is meant to be a family of people who love one another as though they were their blood brothers and sisters.  True fellowship means family.  When we learn how to become the faith family that God has designed for us to be, we will truly change the world the way God has called us to.  
  • Sep 19, 2021WTDASCC Part 5: Consistent Prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
    Sep 19, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 5: Consistent Prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
    We depend on Christ through consistent prayer.  Consistent prayer means prayer is our first response not our last resort.  Consistent prayer means prayer is a continuous conversation with God.  And, Consistent prayer means prayer is about God's will, not ours!  When we realize that prayer is about a relationship with God and not about what God can do for us we will be able to talk with him all day long, in every situation.  
  • Sep 12, 2021WTDASCC Part 4: Christ Focused Ordinances (1Corinthians 11:17-34, Romans 6:1-5)
    Sep 12, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 4: Christ Focused Ordinances (1Corinthians 11:17-34, Romans 6:1-5)
    The ordinances of the church are opportunities to focus on Christ!  In communion we remember the work of Christ for us.  In Baptism we profess the work of Christ in us! 
  • Sep 5, 2021WTDASCC Part 3: Authentic Worship (Romans 12:1-2)
    Sep 5, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 3: Authentic Worship (Romans 12:1-2)
    When God speaks it demands a response and the way we respond to God as believers is what we call worship.   In the Old Testament followers of God would worship God predominantly through the act of sacrifice.  Their whole system of worship revolved around the killing of animals and the spilling of their blood for the remission of sins.  Thank God, Christ came to be the final sacrifice doing away with that system, but today we are still called to sacrificial worship.  Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we are to be "living sacrifices."  That means that who we are as authentic disciples of Christ is who we are in our worship.  We are authentic worshipers when we live everyday as living sacrifices for Christ.  For us at Stone Creek Church we say that authentic worship is a lifestyle of joyful obedience, not reluctant observance.  Be real, be the church, worship Jesus.  Be set apart, seek God's will, and live sacrificially in response to Christ's sacrifice. 
  • Aug 29, 2021WTDASCC Part 2: Biblical Teaching and Preaching (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
    Aug 29, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 2: Biblical Teaching and Preaching (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
    Depending on Christ we will reach our world with the Gospel to see lives completely transformed.  One of the ways we depend upon Christ is through our first core value; a reliance on the Word of God.  It is the responsibility of every believer to have a reliance upon the Word as the absolute standard of truth.  They must read it, meditate on it, memorize it, and share it.  The church's responsibility is to encourage the individual believer to engage with the Bible but we cannot make anyone actually do it.  What we can do is teach and preach the entirety of the Bible.  Biblical teaching and preaching is what the deal is at Stone Creek Church.  Whether it's popular or not, whether it is in season or not, we must preach the Word of God unfiltered.  
  • Aug 22, 2021WTDASCC Part 1: Gospel Centered Vision (Mt 28:18-20, Acts 2:42-47)
    Aug 22, 2021
    WTDASCC Part 1: Gospel Centered Vision (Mt 28:18-20, Acts 2:42-47)

    We may have changed our location, we may have changed our name, but the same spiritual blood we had at our birth in 1914 still flows in our veins. Therefore it is our responsibility to reclaim the vision, to a lesser extent, for the sake of the legacy of Third Avenue Church, and to a greater extent, for the sake of God's Glory! When we look back at what our church was able to accomplish for the kingdom 80 years ago we may be tempted to think, there's no way God can use us like that again... but this morning I'm here to tell you, if we reclaim God's vision for the Church, the best days are not behind us but yet to come. Let me say that again, if we reclaim God's vision for this church... the best days for Stone Creek Church are not behind us but in front of us.