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Knowing God Through Scripture

February 28, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

We'll continue our new Knowing God series this Sunday. This week's message is "Knowing God through Scripture" from 2 Peter 1:12-21. To truly know God we must "meet Him" in the Bible, His inspired word to us. This Scripture answers some important questions for us like: Where did the Bible come from? How do we know it's reliable? What do we do with the Bible?

God Revealed

January 31, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

The message this week is "God Revealed" from Matthew 11:25-30. God is too high for us to search Him out and uncover the secrets of His being. But the good news is that while we are unable to scale the heights to discover Him, He willingly makes Himself known to the humble through Jesus Christ. I pray that over the coming weeks God will increase our hunger to know Him and open our eyes to see His glory more fully.

Commission to the World

January 24, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

As we continue with our 2021 theme of "changing lives through Christ", we seek not only to experience the life changing power of Christ in our lives but to share it with the world. To be a part of the mission of Jesus is probably at the same time one of the most terrifying things to many Christians and the most wonderful thing in which we could ever invest our lives. Thankfully with the call Jesus gives us the power to fulfill it. In the power of the Holy Spirit we become channels of the life-changing message of Jesus and His kingdom.

Community with Believers

January 17, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

As we continue to focus on our 2021 theme of "changing lives through Christ", we need to realize that being in community (close fellowship) with one another is essential. In community we serve one another and strengthen one another so that we all experience the life-changing power of Christ and grow strong in Him. Without Christian community we become poorer and weaker in our faith.

Commitment to Christ

January 10, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Our theme for 2021 is "changing lives through Christ." Last week I introduced three C's that are essential for changing lives through Christ. They are commitment to Christ, community with believers, and commission to the world. For the next three Sundays we'll take these one by one beginning with commitment to Christ. Our commitment to Christ is the result of and response to Christ's commitment to us. Experiencing His love deeply will turn our lives inside out and lead us into a great adventure of living with Him and for Him.

Souls on Fire

January 3, 2021 • Dr. Mark Kemp

We'll begin the New Year together with the Lord's Supper. Our Savior became flesh in the manger so that He could bear our sin in His body on the cross. We give thanks for the One who gave Himself for us. The message is "Souls on Fire" from Matthew 24:12-14. While many will grow spiritually cold in the last days, I pray that our souls will be on fire for our Lord and His kingdom in 2021.

Remember

December 27, 2020 • Mike Turnbow

Mike Turnbow will preach this Sunday. The title of his message is "Remember" and the Scriptures are Numbers 15:37-41, Joshua 4:3-7, and 1 Corinthians 11:14-26. As we end a year and prepare for the New Year it is good for us to remember God's works and renew our commitment to Him.

Christmas Eve Drive In Service

December 24, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Join us for our Christmas Eve Drive in Service December 24th @5:00pm. Check out the Christmas Eve Program and tune into 90.3 to listen along.

Humble and Glorious

December 20, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Christ birth is the most momentous event in history and yet it happened in an amazingly humble way. It's an old story, told often, celebrated annually, but it never grows old and always brings fresh hope to our souls.

Miracle of Christmas

December 13, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

The angel Gabriel revealed to Mary that through her He would supernaturally bring His Son into the world. Her question was "How will this be...?" The virgin birth is indeed a miracle beyond comprehension but in it is the wonderful truth that God broke into our world to save us from our sin.

Prepare for Christ

December 6, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

As we anticipate the celebration of Christmas it is important to prepare our hearts to experience the Christ whom God has graciously sent to us. God sent John to "make ready for the Lord a prepared people." His ministry continues to show us the way to receive and experience God's gift to us in Christ more deeply today.

For All the Nations

November 29, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

As we launch our Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions, we'll remember that God's heart is for the salvation of the lost of all nations. We who have been redeemed are His vessels to make His salvation known in our neighborhood and to the nations. The heart of the Christmas message is that Christ came as the ultimate expression of God's love for all the nations.

Look at Jesus

November 22, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Through the eyes of Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit, we'll endeavor to behold the wonder of Jesus' suffering and sacrifice for us as it is revealed in the garden as He poured out His soul to the heavenly Father. When we count our blessings this Thanksgiving season, our Savior's loving endurance and sacrifice for us will surely top the list.

Self-Love vs. Savior-Love

November 15, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

This passage presents a contrast between the kind of love that motivated Judas Iscariot and Mary of Bethany. Both acted out of love toward Jesus. One acted out of love for self and the other out of love for the Savior. The stark contrast helps us to examine our own hearts and inspires us to grow in true love for our Savior.

Always Ready

November 8, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

We will complete our look at Jesus' teaching on end times in Mark 13. Jesus' final word is the command to be alert for His return and faithful in His work until He comes or calls us home.

Tribulation and Triumph

November 1, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

We continue on with Jesus' teaching on end times in Mark 13. In our verses this week, Jesus both promised His glorious second coming but also warned there will be times of great distress prior to His return. We are encouraged to know we can trust Him as we live through troubled times while we wait for His glorious return.

Keep Your Focus

October 25, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Mark 13 is an extended discourse from Jesus to His disciples (and us) about the destruction of the temple and the end times. The temple is destroyed but the end is still to come. These are important words for us on how to live faithfully in the present times as we anticipate the end of time. We'll spend several weeks in this chapter. It starts with keeping our focus on our present mission as turbulent times unfold around us.

The Heart of Giving

October 18, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

By Jesus' measure, one poor widow gave more than many rich people when she placed her offering into the temple treasury. Jesus called her offering to His disciples attention then and it is recorded in Scripture for us now as a lesson the kind of giving the Lord delights in. It is not the amount but the heart that determines the ultimate value of our offering.

Neighbor Love

October 11, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Last week we focused on the first command to love the Lord our God with all that we are. But Jesus gave a second command as well. These two commands are inseparable. If we truly love God then we will also love our neighbor as He has called us to do. The world around us needs a good dose of true neighbor love and God wants us to be the people who show it to them.

Love Above All

October 4, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

Jesus said God's most important command is love. We are to first love God and then our neighbor. Neither of these great loves is complete without the other. It is challenging but a wonderfully life-changing truth when we learn to walk in it.

Resurrection: Absurd or Real?

September 27, 2020 • Dr. Mark Kemp

In answer to an a skeptical question, Jesus taught the important biblical truth that believers will experience resurrection and life after death. I'll preach on this wonderful truth and our Connection Groups will continue the conversation.

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