Apr 10, 2022
The Mountain of Invitation
Matthew 21:1-11
  • Apr 10, 2022The Mountain of Invitation
    Apr 10, 2022
    The Mountain of Invitation
    Matthew 21:1-11
  • Apr 3, 2022The Mountain of Transfiguration
    Apr 3, 2022
    The Mountain of Transfiguration
    Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration of Jesus took place one week after Peter’s confession of faith at Caesarea Philippi.  Three of the disciples accompanied Jesus up to a mountain top where they witnessed him shining like the sun and talking with the Old Testament heroes, Moses and Elijah.  The unique experience helped the disciples—and us—understand who Jesus truly is.
    • It shows us Jesus’ divine glory.
    • It clarifies his unique mission.
    • It attests to his absolute authority.
  • Mar 27, 2022The Mountain of Prayer
    Mar 27, 2022
    The Mountain of Prayer
    “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.”    Matthew 14:22
    • Sincere prayer arises out of real life situations.
    • Fervent prayer requires dismissing some things that may distract us or detract from our connection with God.
    • Effective prayer always looks ahead toward what God has for us next.
  • Mar 20, 2022The Mountain of Proclamation
    Mar 20, 2022
    The Mountain of Proclamation
    Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.  His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying …” Matthew 5:1-2 Our “mountain of proclamation” is any place and any time we have an opportunity to share with others the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Why is it so important that this be our priority?
    • The world is full of lost and hurting people.
    • We have experienced the grace of God and have been entrusted with the message of hope that can transform lives.
    • It is only through hearing and understanding that people are drawn to a saving faith in God through Christ.
  • Mar 13, 2022The Mountain of Temptation
    Mar 13, 2022
    The Mountain of Temptation
    Matthew 4:1-11 Just after his baptism, and before beginning his public ministry, Jesus followed the leadership of the Holy Spirit into the wilderness.  It was there, after forty days of fasting, that the devil presented Jesus with temptations which could undermine his divine calling. 
    • “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (v.3)
    • “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down…” (v.6)
    • “All this I will give to you if you will bow down and worship me.” (v.9)
    The final encounter with Satan came on a mountaintop.  From there, Jesus triumphed over temptation, remaining the sinless Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  With his example before us and strength within us, we too can be victorious over temptation and sin!
  • Mar 6, 2022What To Bring To The LORD’s Table
    Mar 6, 2022
    What To Bring To The LORD’s Table
    Series: (All)
    1 Corinthians 10 & 11  Bring your spiritual appetite.
    • Matthew 5:6
    Bring clean hands and a pure heart.
    • Psalm 24:3-4
    Bring a spirit of unity.
    • 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
    Bring a heart of gratitude.
    • Psalm 100:4
    Bring your undying loyalty.
    • John 6:67-68
  • Feb 27, 2022A Survival Kit for Christians
    Feb 27, 2022
    A Survival Kit for Christians
    Series: (All)
    1 Peter 1:3-9 Life for Christians in the first century was difficult.  On top of regular trials and hardships, they were often persecuted for their faith and allegiance to Jesus.  But the Apostle Peter shared how God had equipped them for victorious living.  Those gifts are still available to us today!
    • God has given us a New Birth. (v.3)
    • God has given us a Living Hope. (v.3)
    • God has given us an Eternal Inheritance. (v.4)
    • God has given us an Inexpressible Joy! (v.8)
  • Feb 20, 2022Lessons of the Vine: The Procedure of the Gardener
    Feb 20, 2022
    Lessons of the Vine: The Procedure of the Gardener
    In Jesus’ grapevine illustration, the heavenly Father is the gardener, or vine-dresser.  (“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.”) The removal of the fruitless branches points to His divine judgment.  (“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit…”) The pruning of the fruitful branches points to His divine discipline.  (“… while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”) THOUGHTS ON GOD’S DISCIPLINE/PRUNING— Hebrews 12:5-12
    • God’s discipline is a sign of His love for us.
    • It may come in the form of punishment.
    • It may come by experiencing the consequences of sin.
    • It is often simply the discipline of learning through trials.
    • Though unpleasant at the time, it is for our ultimate good.
    • “Pruning” is God’s job, not ours!
    • God’s pruning is both for fruitfulness and for shape. As we become more fruitful, we also better reflect the likeness of Christ.
  • Feb 13, 2022Lessons of the Vine: The Provision of the Vine
    Feb 13, 2022
    Lessons of the Vine: The Provision of the Vine
    John 15:1-17 Jesus provides us with His word.
    • “If you remain in me and my words remain in you ...“ (v.7)
    Jesus provides us with His love.
    • “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” (v.9)
    Jesus provides us with His joy.
    • “… that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.” (v.11)
    Jesus provides us with His friendship.
    • “I no longer call you servants … Instead I have called you friends.” (v.15)
        Jesus provides us with His power.
    • “Then my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (v.16b)
  • Feb 6, 2022Lessons of the Vine: The Produce of the Branches
    Feb 6, 2022
    Lessons of the Vine: The Produce of the Branches
    John 15:1-8 John 15 records for us an illustration Jesus used involving grape vines.  It presents to us three powerful images:                   1) Jesus is the vine.                   2) The Heavenly Father is the gardener.                   3) We are the branches of the vine from which fruit should grow. It is important we understand what kind of “fruit” God expects from us. The fruit God is looking for is not the balance of your bank account, the size of your family, the number of people you know, diplomas you have on your wall, or how many cars are in your garage.  In and of themselves, they have no lasting value. God is looking for spiritual fruit that has an eternal value.
    • Inner Fruit = developing the character of Christ
    • Outer Fruit = good deeds that positively impact people and glorify God
    • Evangelism = helping people come to know Christ as Lord
    How fruitful have you been for God? 
    How fruitful do you want to be?