Feb 032014

We will be starting a new series this Wednesday night for our Midweek Discipleship:  “What We Believe and Why We Believe It.”  This will be a time for looking at the foundations for our faith.  We will look at scripture, church documents, history, early creeds, and many other things to discover the foundation upon which we build our faith and how best to carry forward and pass along the building blocks of our faith to our family, friends, acquaintances, those who are hurting or in need, people in our local area, and even the whole world.

“We believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth…”

 Posted by at 9:58 am
Jan 042014

With a wonderful Advent Season behind us, we look toward the New Year with anticipation about what God is going to do in our midst.  What an encouraging time of worship last Sunday, as we celebrated Christ’s birth and shared hopes for what 2014 will hold for Emmanuel Church.  We pray that we will all keep looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God.  Because we can trust our salvation and our faith to the One who is the author and finisher of it, we have nothing to fear.  We look toward the New Year with confidence not in ourselves, but in the One who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or think.  To Him be the glory forever!

 Posted by at 3:46 pm
Nov 162013

We are continuing our series of messages through the book of Hebrews.  The series began in week 1 as we looked at at chapters 1-2 and discovered that “Jesus Is Better.”  In week 2, we looked at Hebrews 2-3 and saw that Jesus is the “Captain of Our Salvation. In week 3, we looked at Hebrews 4 where we see the Final Word and the Final Priest. In week 4, we contemplated what it means to be “All Grown Up” in the faith from Hebrews 5:11 – 6:2. In week 5, we had a “One Point Sermon” about what it means to be mature in Christ from Hebrews 6.

In week 6, we saw “The Greater Promise” from Hebrews 8 in which we saw an inner covenant (Hebrews 8:10), a relational covenant (Hebrews 8:10 & 1 John 3:1), an inclusive covenant (Hebrews 8:11 & I Peter 2:9), and an eternal covenant (Hebrews 8:12).

In week 7, we see “The Better Sacrifice” from Hebrews 9-10:18. We saw that there is a remedy which affects the conscience (v. 11-14), there is a remedy which offers forgiveness (v. 15-22), and there is a remedy not needing repetition. (v. 23-28)

In week 8, we saw “The Faithful Response” from Hebrews 10:1 – 12:3. What should our response be to all the “better” things that we have learned about in Hebrews? We can answer that by answering these questions:
• Have you been cleansed? – Hebrews 10:22
• Are you committed? – Hebrews 10:23
• Have you experienced the fellowship of the saints? - Hebrews 10:24-25
• Has there been a redirection of your will? – Hebrews 10:26

Praise God for His better plan!

 Posted by at 10:33 pm
Oct 272013

In our Sunday morning worship together, we are in the midst of a series of messages through the book of Hebrews.  It begins with the premise that “Jesus Is Better.”  In week 1, we began   by looking at chapters 1-2 and discovered that “Only The Best Will Do” as we see the supremacy of the Son of God.  He is the heir of all things, the creator of all things, the sustainer of the universe, the radiance of God’s glory, and the exact representation of the Father.

In week 2, we looked at Hebrews 2-3 and saw that Jesus is the “Captain of Our Salvation.  He came to regain our lost destiny, relate to our difficulties, release us from bondage to death, and restore us from defeat.

In week 3, we looked at Hebrews 4 where we see the Final Word and the Final Priest.  The Word is a living, powerful, penetrating, and discerning word.  Our High Priest is a great high priest, has passed through the heavens, is the Son of God, is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, has been tempted in every way, and was without sin.

In week 4, we contemplated what it means to be “All Grown Up” in the faith from Hebrews 5:11 – 6:2.   Spiritual immaturity is marked by dullness of hearing, inability to share the Word, and an insufficient diet.  We went over some rules for growth:  daily food (the Word), fresh air of the Holy Spirit, regular exercise of spiritual gifts, adequate rest in the Lord, clean surroundings (as in not letting anything unwholesome before our eyes, loving care for those around us, and periodic checkups to make sure we are living healthy.

In week 5, we had a “One Point Sermon” from Hebrews 6.  We saw that maturity in Christ is built on foundational truths (Heb. 6:1-3) and understanding our position in salvation (Heb. 6:4-9) and we can rejoice that maturity is noticed by the Father (Heb. 6:10-12).  And the “One Point” is that to be a disciple fo Jesus we must be committed to Him above everything else.


 Posted by at 7:30 pm
Jul 162013

We are continuing our summer sermon series:  ”What If… Living Large in a Micro World.”  How can we live large for Christ in a world where everything is micro-managed and micro-examined?  The news, on a daily basis, saturates us with a multitude and minutia of information on just about every subject you can imagine.   We MUST learn to focus on Truth in the vast mire of all the information out there.  By examining God’s Word, we hope to discover how we actually can Live Large in a Micro World.

Message 1:  “What If Excuses Were Eliminated?” from:  John 10:10 and Mark 1:43-2:12

Message 2:  “What If We Could Repel the Torpedoes That Sink Relationships?” from Psalms 127:1, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, and Acts 4:36-37, 9:26-27, 11:22-26

Message 3 (Father’s Day): “What If Men Were Courageous?” from 1 Corinthians 10:1-33

Message 4:  “What If We Could Side-Step More of the Pitfalls of Life?” from Psalm 31:1-20 and Genesis 12

Message 5:  “What If American Believers Honored the Lord?” from Psalm 33 and 2 Chronicles 7:14

Message 6:  “What If We Loved People Enough Not To Hide Necessary Information?” from Psalm 33 and 2 Chronicles 7:14

Message 7:  “What If We Put a Value On Life According to God’s Accounting?” from Philippians 3:7-16

Message 8:  “What If God Had Questions For Us?”  from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Exodus 4:2, 2 Kings 4:1-2, and 2 Kings 6:17

 Posted by at 3:29 pm