Intimacy with God: The Great Cover-Up | Epidemics of Christianity

Many Christians spend more time covering up their sins or weaknesses by pretending to be something they are not. Rather than frankly admitting their weaknesses and attempting to take advantage of God’s resources in Christ, many Christians are content with living an incongruent public and private life. “Fake it till you make it” may be a popular sales slogan, but it has NO place in Christianity. Let’s examine the need for personal intimacy and fellowship with God.

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"What's In It for Me?", The Epidemic of Consumerism In The Church | Epidemics of Christianity

This morning we look at another epidemic that is spreading and doing great harm to the Church of Jesus Christ – a consumerist view of church. The question, “What’s in it for me?” is the wrong question to ask when it comes to the Church of Jesus Christ, and yet for many this question permeates their thinking. Our Christian culture views church as one more entity in life that exists to meet my needs. If a church does not do so, many are quick to move on down the road to the next church who will. We are missing the “main point” of what Church should be all about. Join us this morning as we examine God’s mechanism for accomplishing His mission.

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The Lost Art of Disciple Making | Epidemics of Christianity

This morning we look at another epidemic that is spreading and doing great harm to the Church of Jesus Christ – we have lost the art of disciple-making.

The making of disciples is the church’s primary function, and yet often times this task does not enter our thinking on a day to day basis. Much of what passes for discipleship in our churches today is a Western model of academia where the church produces “students,” NOT future disciple-makers. For some, this message will be a simple reminder or re-focus, and for others this will be a paradigm shift in thinking. We’ll consider the art of disciple-making this morning.

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Lack of True Community | Epidemics of Christianity

This morning we look at one of the epidemics that is spreading and doing great harm to the Church of Jesus Christ – a lack of true community.

True community is what many believers are starving for. To be in a group that spurs you on to greater fellowship with the Lord and with each other is indeed ideal. However, is that ideal attainable in the Church of Jesus Christ? We’ll consider this question this morning.

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Conflict Resolution, How To Handle Conflict Biblically | Epidemics of Christianity

This morning we look at one of the epidemics that is spreading and doing great harm to the Church of Jesus Christ – poor conflict resolution.

Many Christians desire “church” to be free of any conflicts or drama, because their lives are filled with both in every other sphere (family, friendships, work, etc.). Unfortunately for those wanting to avoid conflict, conflict is a tool in God’s tool-belt designed for our spiritual growth and for the health of His Church. If this is the case, how can we do it well?

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What Is Jesus Up To? | Epidemics of Christianity | Week 1

This morning, we begin a six part series entitled the “Epidemics of Christianity.” If you could know exactly what Jesus Christ is interested in, passionate about, and if you could know exactly how Jesus Christ would spend His time if He was on earth today, would you want to know? Thankfully, the Word of God tells us that the primary thing Jesus Christ is passionate about is BUILDING His Church! However, many distractions have crept in and infiltrated our churches, much like an epidemic disease – these must be recognized and rejected.

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God Is Not Like Us | Romans 11:32-36 | Week 67

In today’s passage, we look at Paul’s honest and heartfelt declaration regarding God’s salvation plan for Israel and the nations. Summarized, we could say Paul simply said, “Wow!” God truly is amazing, and his wisdom and knowledge are far beyond what anyone could imagine. Praise God that He is not like us! He does things the right way, the best way, and the most perfect way – we cannot even fathom how wonderful He is!

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God is Faithful Because... | Romans 11:28-31 | Week 66

In this morning’s passage, Paul briefly summarizes his argument for Chapter 11. God has a future for Israel that He will be faithful to accomplish. The ONLY reason that God will do this is because of His mercy and grace. It will not be on the basis of Israel’s faithfulness to God or unfaithfulness to Him. All have been committed to disobedience (including both Jew and Gentile), so that all may be extended mercy and grace.

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