Faith in action

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There’s a temptation in Christianity to think of faith as a way of getting things we want. Pastor John goes into detail how it is a destination: Jesus, no his answers. Then two members of the body, Bob Laberta and Arthur Robinson, give two very different testimonies on how listening to Jesus changed their lives. Message delivered 6/10/18.

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Faith … and Joyce Rupp remembered

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Pastor John discusses the essence of living by faith, especially as exemplified by a matriarch of the N3C body, Joyce Rupp, who passed away May 25. She didn’t want a funeral, so the N3C family shared memories of how she influenced their lives. 6/3/18.

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Commands of Christ — Make disciples

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One of the seven specific things Jesus commands his disciples to do is to make disciples. If we’ll make disciples, he’ll build the church. Pastor John shares on the subject, then plays a video of an an interview with Christian comedian Jeff Foxworthy that relates to the subject. Shared 5/20/18.

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The commands of Christ — Make disciples

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Pastor John uses the example of his own life to illustrate that what God really wants when he sends us out to make disciples is for us to be obedient. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect or anything else special, but simply to obey and go. Message delivered 4/15/18.

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The Commands of Christ 8 — Make disciples

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Jesus commanded us to make disciples, and as a model of what he expects he sent out the 72. He 1) sent them, 2) promised he would be with them, 3) they understood they were like sheep (basically helpless) and 4) rejection wasn’t about them, but about Jesus. He sends us the same way, if we’ll go… Message delivered 4/8/18.

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Easter 2018 — Choices for life

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Pastor John shares an Easter message focusing on the choices that Jesus made and the choices we have. Message delivered 4/1/18.

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As part of the Easter presentation, Assistant Pastor Zach Zirbel delivered a spoken word testimony that he wrote after finding new life in Jesus.

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Jesus’ triumphal entry

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Pastor John walks us through the event celebrated in Christianity as Palm Sunday — the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He examines the symbolism of each detail. Message delivered 3/25/18.

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Commands of Christ 7 — Baptism and giving

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Jesus commanded his disciples to give cheerfully and baptize new believers. Pastor John explains why. Message delivered 3/18/18.

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Seven commands of Christ 5 — Repent

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Pastor John continues his study of the seven direct commands given by Jesus. He uses the story of the Prodigal Son to examine the nature of repentance and to examine God’s reaction to our repentance. Message delivered 2/25/18.

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Seven commands of Christ 4 — Love

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What’s the greatest command of Christ? To love God with all your heart, mind and strength, and your neighbor … even if that neighbor is an enemy. Message delivered 2/11/18.

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