Choosing Wise Friends

Date: July 6, 2008


Series: God’s Wisdom for Everyday Life


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Who we choose as our closest friends will, to a large degree, affect the course of our life. Are the people who have the greatest influence on us helping to shape us into the image of Christ, and what are we doing to help bring that about in the lives of others?

Does Everyone Deserve God’s Grace?

Date: July 31, 2022 | Speaker:

“Grace.” It’s a beautiful word and something that we all hope will be shown to us when we sin. But could you name people who you feel don’t deserve grace — people who have personally wronged you and hurt you, or those who are committing terrible evil in the world in general? If so, this message will help you see that you don’t deserve grace any more than they do, and yet God has lavished His grace upon you. The Bible says you have been given grace upon grace! Having freely received God’s grace despite our sin, do we really have grounds for withholding grace from others? Maybe it’s time to find out for sure!

Do You Need a Second Chance?

Date: July 24, 2022 | Speaker:

There are certain opportunities in life that only come your way once. If you miss them, you’ll never get a second chance. But you should be encouraged to know that God doesn’t treat us that way when we fail Him. He is a God of fresh starts and new beginnings who is patient and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love. When we sin, God has every right to cast us aside forever, yet He forgives all who come to Him and restores them to useful service again. If you’ve failed in some way or you’ve turned away from God, turn back to Him now. He is ready to give you a second chance!

The Blessing of Being Humbled

Date: July 17, 2022 | Speaker:

The refining furnace that God sometimes puts us in is both necessary and beautiful. He places us there because—simply put—we need it. Being humbled tests us, proves us and drives us to God; and ultimately, anything that does that is a blessing! Don’t resent those times when God is breaking you of yourself. Thank Him for it and trust in His unfailing wisdom and goodness.

A Call to Remember

Date: July 10, 2022 | Speaker:

God’s great works throughout history always leaves behind a reminder that points to His Son’s redemptive work, whether by foreshadowing His coming, or by remembering His earthly ministry. Looking at the significance of the blood sacrifice at Passover, the Memorial Stones left behind at the Jordan’s crossing, or the events that occurred at Jesus’ death and resurrection, we will be challenged to remember His plan was forged from eternity past, to impact our future.

Holy Spirit: Controlled by the Holy Spirit

Date: June 12, 2022 | Speaker:

“be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) is to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. This is a present continuous action and requires a believer to be (a) daily yielded to God, (b) daily in repentance with confession with godly sorrow, (c) daily allowing the word of God to richly indwell the inner man. Being controlled by the Holy Spirit empowers a believer (a) daily in spiritual battle (Spirit versus flesh) and, (b) daily in living out the person and character and conduct of Christ and in being obedient to the will of God.

Holy Spirit: Pentecost and Spiritual Gifts

Date: June 5, 2022 | Speaker:

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred at Pentecost. The power of the Holy Spirit in union with the spoken word of the gospel of salvation resulted in the addition of 3000 souls and the beginning of the church at Pentecost. Each individual believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit is given at least one spiritual gift according to the grace of God for the purpose of (a) equipping of believers for serving fellow believers, (b) building up the body of Christ and, (c) glorifying God. Each believer is tasked of being a steward or manager of their spiritual gift/s; the expression of their gift being in love.

Holy Spirit: Spiritual Power

Date: May 29, 2022 | Speaker:

The power of the Holy Spirit is illustrated by (a) inspiration of scripture, (b) illumination of hearts, (c) regeneration of a believer, (d) indwelling presence in a believer, (e) baptism into the body of Christ, (f) sealing and giving of a pledge in a believer and, (g) filling in a believer.

Holy Spirit: Union and Ministry

Date: May 22, 2022 | Speaker:

The Holy Spirit abides (spiritual union) with and is in a believer from salvation to eternity. The three names of the Spirit a. Helper or Advocate = spiritual defense or intercession on behalf of a believer, b. Spirit of truth: truth the essence of Godhead and, c. Holy Spirit: holiness the essence of Godhead. The Holy Spirit continues the ministry of Jesus in teaching, guiding into truth, bearing witness of Jesus and glorifying Jesus. The Holy Spirit also convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement.