The Sermon on the Mount is all about surrendering to God, Pastor John says. “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope,” Jesus said in Matthew 5:3. “With less of you, there is more of God and his rule.” Message shared 7/14/19.
Wendy McDermott shared this before Pastor John spoke.
Pastor John opens a new teaching series on the Sermon on the Mount (related in Matthew 5) with the observation that the Sermon is so important because it is essentially Jesus’ first words of ministry. Basically, Jesus says, “This is what I want. This is who you should be. If you’re not this, you need to take a step back and take a look at who you are.” Shared 7/7/19
A part of God’s plan is that he prunes us, purposefully, in different seasons so that we can become fruitful. We misunderstand pruning as punishment, that we’ve done something wrong to deserve it. But it’s the pruning that prepares us for things he wants to do in us. Message delivered 5/19/19
When each of us accepts Christ into our life, we often find we are in a struggle between what we want, and the direction God created us for. Message delivered 4/28/19. Follow the scriptures Pastor John references here.
For his Easter message, Pastor John talked about the lives of three ordinary women who, because they gave their lives to God, are arguably the most famous women in the history of the world: the mother of Jesus, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, and Mary Magdalene. Message delivered 4/21/19.
Pastor John traces the final journey of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem where he was crucified. The events recorded in the Gospels of the last few weeks of his life and ministry each teach lessons about who Jesus was, who God is, and what life in Him makes possible for us.
Pastor John returns to the topic vital to the life of our church … making disciples. It’s not getting people to come to church with us, or making them follow rules. It is teaching others, by example, to love and obey Jesus. During the service, two members (Angie Visconti and Patti Lloret) share their experiences since beginning to study the principles of The Timothy Initiative. Message delivered 3/10/19.
You can follow Pastor John’s notes, on Bible.com, at this link.