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Gospel | Church | Spirit | Mission

Glorification of Believers
October 18, Scott Parkison

 

The Ressurection of Believers
October 11, Scott Parkison

 

Sunday Morning, October 4
Jason Rice

 

Prophesy, Tongues, and Building Up of the Church
September 27, Scott Parkison

 

Love From the Spirit
September 20, Scott Parkison

 

Empowered for Service
September 6, Scott Parkison

 

Headship
August 30, Scott Parkison

 

The Lord's Supper
August 23, Scott Parkison

 

Released from Fear
August 17, Scott Parkison

 

Denied; My Preference
July 26, Scott Parkison

 

Denied; My Rights
July 19, Scott Parkison

 

Denied; My Freedom
July 12, Scott Parkison

 

July 5
Matt Rossman

 

A Christian Response to Obergefell vs Hodges 
June 28, Scott Parkison

 

Purity; in Marriage
June 21, Scott Parkison

 

Purity in God's Temple
June 7, Scott Parkison

 

Youth Sunday
May 31, Brenn Simmons

 

Purity in God's Kingdom
May 24, Scott Parkison

During my daily devotions I have been slowly making my way through the Gospel of Matthew. This past week I read several passages where Jesus spoke about the future Kingdom. He spoke about how he will one day return and gather his people from the four winds and bring us into the Kingdom prepared for us. It has been 2000 years since Jesus spoke those words. I wonder how much longer it will be? I am ready. Since Jan 29th, 1991 I have sought to live my life in a righteous manner. I have failed at times. But, overall, I am prepared to give an account to God for the choices I have made and the way I have lived for the past 24 years.

Unfortunately, there are many people who are not prepared for the coming of the Kingdom. In 1 Cor 6:9-11 the Bible says that unrighteous people will have no inheritance in God's future kingdom. This passage defines an unrighteous person in a very detailed manner. This passage is a warning that if we have been purified by Jesus our lives will show it. If Jesus has purified us we will no longer live in unrighteousness but will walk in holiness. My prayer for us today is that God would use this passage to release us from an apathetic attitude towards sin and motivate is to walk in the fullness of God's holiness.

Imperishable Beauty (Mother's Day)
May 10, Scott Parkison

The Bible says that when God created the world that he "created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Did you catch that last part? "male AND FEMALE he created them." I love moms because they possess a beauty that can only be traced back to the image of God. Though God is described in masculine terms all throughout the Bible we must never forget that women also bear the image of God. When I consider the love, patience, dedication, faithfulness, and tenderness that describe "mom" it is apparent to me that women sometimes bear the image of God best. There is very little that draws attention to the heart of God more than the heart of a godly woman that displays the beauty of God's character. The sermon this morning will be guided by the content of a very well known verse in 1 Peter 3:3-4. This verse reveals to all women what God sees as beautiful and how every woman can adorn herself with the beauty of God's character when she walks in close fellowship with Jesus.

Servants of Christ
May 3, Scott Parkison

Every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is called to serve.

Christianity is not a spectator sport. We are called to roll up our sleeves and labor for the Kingdom of God. We don't stand idly on the sidelines. We are to enter arena of service, labor, sweat, blood, tears, effort, striving for the upward call of God, unstoppable conquerors, with our eyes on the prize of hearing the words "well done good and faithful servant."

Serving Jesus is a race of endurance. It takes training, focus, and a resolve to keep moving forward in the power of the Holy Spirit. In the face of hardship, with Jesus as our example we look to the heavens where Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father and resolve in our hearts that we will finish the race no matter the cost enduring whatever hardship may come our way. God is cheering for you! I am praying for you!

Build Carefully
April 26, Scott Parkison

First among the problems that existed in the Church at Corinth was the problem of division. There was squabbling and infighting that was greatly affecting their ability to be the church God wanted them to be. In 1 Cor 3 there are four illustrations used to describe and correct this bad behavior. These illustrations point out something very important…division prevents mission. A church is to work together and be unified not simply for relational purposes…but for missional purposes. As we delve into the imagery of farming, construction, and temple worship we will see that all three of these images challenge us to embrace actions that lead to the growth and expansion of God’s church. Each of these illustrations has something to contribute to our overall understanding of God’s mission for his church and our responsibility to unite with others in promoting its growth and development.

Wisdom from the Spirit
April 19, Scott Parkison

It is common for me to regularly pray for you to hear God's voice during our services. Today this prayer is especially important as I will be preaching from 2 Cor 2:6-16. This passage specifically addresses the revelatory role of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit REVEALS God to us...meaning that it is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that God speaks to us. The Holy Spirit illuminates our hearts to what God has done for us in Christ, what God is doing in the world, and how God wants us to be a part of His plan. Without the Holy Spirit to "turn the light on" for us, we will forever grope in darkness. All of us need to hear from God. I hope that today the Holy Spirit will speak to you in a magnificent way! I am praying for you!

Power from the Spirit
April 12, Scott Parkison

This morning I will introduce a topic we will not fully cover until a later message in 1 Corinthians. As we read scripture this morning from chapter two you will notice a reference to the Holy Spirit. This is the first time the topic comes up in 1 Corinthians. In verse five there is a phrase that has captured my heart this week. It is the phrase "demonstration of the Spirit and of power." I don't know about you, but that is what I need in my life. I need the presence and the power of God to be evident in every area of my life. In fact, this is almost exclusively what I look for in my daily walk with Jesus. Whether I am attending worship, singing songs, reading my Bible, praying, witnessing to others, serving God on a mission field, attending a Christian conference...I desire to sense God is near and to know that his power is at work in me.

In the sermon this morning we will consider what a demonstration of the Spirits power looks like. We will use the teachings of Jesus on the topic of the Holy Spirit in order to stay grounded. But first we will consider two important prerequisites before the power of the Spirit can be manifest. I am praying for all of us this morning as we seek the Lord together.

Be Reconciled to God
April 5, Scott Parkison

And because Jesus has risen from the dead we can have a new life. A new life! That is a profound offer. Imagine if you could start over; if you could completely erase your past mistakes. What would it be like to begin life brand new, with a clean slate? This is what Jesus offers us. The Bible says: "...just as Christ was raised from the dead...we too might walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4.

Please understand the offer of new life presented to us. We can’t, physically, erase our current earthly life and live it again. But, spiritually, when it comes to our relationship with God, we CAN completely start over. We can be made a new person and have our sins completely removed from disrupting our relationship with God. In receiving Jesus we have "crossed over from death to life" JN 5:24. Death to life. This is the promise of the Gospel. This is what is offered to us...the resurrected life of Christ!

He is risen, indeed!

Wisdom of the Cross, Pt 2
March 29, Scott Parkison

I am so excited about the message today! I am LOVING 1 Corinthians.

Each week as I delve deeper and deeper into the text of Scripture God opens my eyes to his truth. I know that his truth will encourage you today as you "consider your calling" (1:26). In this powerful section of scripture God's Word reveals to us the wisdom in which God carried out his plan to provide salvation through the cross. Specifically, the people God used (and is using) in order to display his glorious salvation to the world. YOU are those people! Just as God displayed his wisdom through the cross, he continues to display his wisdom through you, his people, as we testify to what Jesus did for us at the cross. We will be especially reminded  today that we have no cause to boast. Just like the only hymn: "nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling". I am praying for you.

Wisdom of the Cross
March 22, Scott Parkison

Most of you in attendance this morning have a major problem in your life. You are struggling with a major illness, the loss of a loved one, or someone you love is terminally ill. You have emotional problems; depression, lack of self esteem, bi-polar, etc. Some of you are facing trials of life due to a relational strain...you are separated, going through a divorce, or are estranged from a parent or child. You may be hiding sin in your life; drug/alcohol addiction, lies, stealing, sexual sin. Some of you are being sinned against through verbal or physical abuse or through neglect. Some of you need wisdom with parenting, a job search, or a financial decision. Many of you here today have questions about God to which you can’t find the answer. You live in confusion and struggle to find hope and meaning in life. The list could go on...

Where do we go for the wisdom and power of God to deal with all these issues? The cross! At the cross Jesus sacrificed himself so that we could live lives free from sin. No matter how sin as trashed your life...Jesus saves! His wisdom and his power is all we need. Just as we received the wisdom and power of God at the cross for salvation from hell...we continually return to the cross for salvation from the grip of sin in our life.

I am praying for you.

No Division
March 15, Scott Parkison

We live in a world that is becoming more and more divided. At every turn there is an argument, a criticism, a war, a disagreement, and partisanism. It is an inescapable reality that we will experience division and factions in this world of sinfulness, selfishness, and narcissism. But in the Gospel there is Good News. The cross of Christ has reconciled us to God and restored us to a right relationship with God because of what Christ did.

The reality of the peace God established for us in Christ is to be evident in every relationship in life. Peacemaking behavior should be imbedded in the character of every believer. In reality, we do not live up to this as we ought. Unfortunately, Christian people are notorious for not being peacemakers. This is a grave error and demonstrates that we are still infants in Christ.

Called to be Saints
March 8, Scott Parkison

I am incredibly excited about the new series starting today in 1 Corinthians. There are some tough topics in this book. We will have a great time delving into it together. If you know anything about the Christians at Corinth you know that their lives (and their church) was a mess! More than any other church in the New Testament they were rife with problems. But their problems had little to do with their beliefs. Their problems were related to their behavior. This series will show us how the cross of Christ specifically shapes the practical issues of life.

In order to help you get the most out of this study, I have prepared a small booklet that outlines every sermon of the series. This is a resource you can bring with you each week, along with you Bible. The content is designed to draw your attention to the cross of Christ each week. Please pay special attention to the application questions at the end of each section. These are questions you can use in your personal quiet time each week as you apply God's Word to your life and seek to live out the Gospel. I am praying for you!