Being a disciple of Jesus, Pastor John reminds us, means making disciples who, in turn, make more disciples. A vital part of that is sharing our personal testimony to show what trusting Jesus means to us.
Pastor John launches a sermon series reinforcing the message that we as a church need to be disciple-makers. We don’t want people to come to church: we want people to be the church. Message delivered 10/6/19.
Too often, Pastor John says, contemporary Christianity is inclined to view God as some kind of stern school master whose main concern is that we do our homework and follow a bunch of rules. However, the point of The Law, delivered to Moses, is to reveal our sin and to reveal out complete inability to overcome our sin on our own. Message delivered 9/29/19.
The key verse for Pastor John’s message was Galatians 6:1-3 — Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. … Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and com complete Christ’s law.
Pastor John continues his examination of the spiritual side of weakness and fear. Fear, he says, keeps us from doing so many things that God wants us to do. Weakness goes hand-in-hand with fear. We look at ourselves and we’re afraid of what we aren’t and what we don’t have and we overcompensate, trying to make ourselves better than we think we are. And what would Jesus have us do to counteract that? Surrender and let him be our strength. Message delivered 8/25/19.
Continuing his teaching series on the Sermon on the Mount, Pastor John says that a lot of things we do in our lives are attempts to compensate for our weaknesses. We fight weakness and are ashamed of it. But Christ, he says, has a whole different perspective on weakness. Message delivered 9/18/19.
Fourteen members of the N3C family spent the week of Aug. 4 at Elim Fellowship’s Camp Pinnacle near Carlisle, Pa. They shared about their activities and experiences during the week, and gave testimony how God had touched them.
Pastor John then spent a few minutes expounding on 2 Corinthians 6:3-13.
Continuing his teaching series on the Sermon on the Mount, Pastor John cites Matthew 5:8: “You’re blessed when you get your inside world — your mind and heart — put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” And then asks what that means. Is it something we can do ourselves? No, it is a consequence of surrendering to God, to let Him work in our hearts. Message shared 8/4/19.