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Living Legacy

There are attributes of character that everyone values in the lives of people around them. You want these attributes in the people you decide to spend your life with, go into business with, and so on. In the Bible, these common attributes are called “the Fruit of the Spirit,” that is, these qualitie

Patience

April 24, 2022 • Dustin Funk • Psalm 37:7, 2 Peter 3:8, Proverbs 15:18, 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

We live in a culture that doesn’t value patience. And yet, in our waiting sometimes God does incredible work inside of us. This message explores the benefits of patience. Psalm 37 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. 2 Peter 3 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. Proverbs 15 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. 1 Corinthians 13 Love is patient… Love has no limits to its endurance. No fading of its hope. It can outlast anything. 2 Peter 3 The lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness but he is patient, not wishing anyone to perish but that all would come to repentance

Self Control

May 1, 2022 • Dustin Funk • Proverbs 25:28, 1 Corinthians 9:24–27, James 1:21, Galatians 5:22–23, Proverbs 14:12

Self-Control is our capacity to set aside the immediate gratification of our personal desires for the sake of long-term or higher goals. This message explores the questions: why is Self-Control so important? How do we get more of it in our lives? Proverbs 25 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a person who lacks self-control. 1 Corinthians 9 Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. James 1 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. Proverbs 14 & 16 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. 2 Timothy 4 Keep your head in all things. Luke 6 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. Galatians 5 What happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard. We find ourselves…able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Gifted

May 15, 2022 • Dustin Funk • Luke 6:38, Mark 8:35, Romans 12:1–8, Luke 12:48

This message explores how God invest gifts into the lives of every one of his followers and expects them to be a vital part of a local church. ROMANS 12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Luke 12 “Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” - Jesus Luke 6 “Give away your life; you’ll find a life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing.” - Jesus MARK 8 Only those who give away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live. - Jesus

Faithfulness

May 22, 2022 • Troy Selley • Genesis 6:9, Genesis 17:1, Habakkuk 2:4, 2 Timothy 2:13, Revelation 19:11

What legacy do you want to leave behind? Faithfulness is one of the most undervalued character traits in our world today, but the Holy Spirit is helping us to build a legacy of faithfulness. When we see faithfulness as “a long obedience in the same direction” we will start to build a legacy of faithfulness to Jesus that brings us to the final day when we hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Genesis 6 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Genesis 17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Habakkuk 2 “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. 2 Timothy 2 If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. Revelation 19 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. 2 Timothy 4 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Peace

May 29, 2022 • Dustin Funk

Anxiety is now the number one mental health concern in Canada. How do we have more peace in our lives? How do we experience the peace Jesus offers? “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (-Jesus, John 14:27) Mark 4 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Psalm 118 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?