Who Am I?
I Am A Member of God’s Family
February 7, 2016 • Pastor Patrick Bowler
Family is powerful, appearing in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and the story of Jesus can not be told apart from family. God is our father, a title he has chosen for himself, and we have spiritual siblings, with Jesus being our older brother. We are members of God’s family.
I Am a Citizen of Heaven
January 24, 2016 • Pastor Patrick Bowler
If I forget that the fourth part of the Gospel is “restoration” (creation, fall, redemption, restoration) and that it is yet to come, then I’ll look for it in this world, and I won’t find it. This is not my home… “I Am A Citizen of Heaven.” The implication here are staggering: emotionally, physically, spiritually, relationally, and politically.
I Am Free From Condemnation
January 17, 2016 • Pastor Patrick Bowler
For the believer, there is no possible condemnation. We cannot be separated from God because Jesus experienced separation from God in our place. If you are believer and you still live in condemnation, then what you have heard of the Gospel is incomplete.
I Am A Friend of God
December 13, 2015 • Pastor Patrick Bowler
Our relationship with God is a true friendship. It is a mutual relationship that is initiated by Jesus, and is covenantal and everlasting, signed in Jesus’ blood. This friendship is a sacrificial relationship because Jesus laid down his life. Finally, it is also a relationship of trust, God considers us his partners and co-workers.
I Am a Slave of Christ
November 29, 2015 • Tanner Sheahan
In our American culture, being asked to be a servant can make us cringe, and being asked to be a slave is totally unacceptable. Yet many writers of New Testament books refer to themselves as slaves to Christ. Being a slave means not being your own. In Christ we are given a new name and a new identity, and there is absolute freedom in being owned by him. The second part of this message is Pastor Patrick Bowler interviewing Tanner Sheahan about plans to plant a church in La Grande, Oregon.
I Am Accepted
November 22, 2015 • Pastor Patrick Bowler
The story of Jacob’s wives, Rachel and Leah, has many elements of acceptance and rejection. Leah was rejected, and yet God chose her to have a son named Judah, in the lineage of the Messiah. One day the answer for our struggle with acceptance would come from her offspring.