Sermons from October 2021

SOTM: Salt and Light

“Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Matthew 5:13 MSG “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by…

SOTM: Persecution

PROBLEM Shopping for a car experience For the first three centuries Christians knew that their conversion would not ease their life Is persecution only about those living in countries where people go to jail for their faith? GOD Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be…

SOTM: The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 PEACEMAKERS NOT PEACEKEEPERS PEACEKEEPERS OFTEN AVOID CONFLICT TO KEEP THE PEACE. PEACEMAKERS EMBRACE CONFLICT TO MAKE PEACE.  DON’T JUST WANT A CHRISTIAN LIFE AND HOME. WE WANT A CHRIST-CENTERED LIFE AND HOME. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace…

SOTM: Pure in Heart

Beatitudes –Divine Joy and Perfect Happiness Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 “The heart has reasonsthat reason does not know.” Pascal The heart is the control center of a person’s life.  “Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Matthew 15:1-2 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about…

Director of CityTeam in the Neighborhood & Church Engagement, Hermie Smit

CityTeam is founded on meeting local needs. Our programs across the United States offer help and hope to our neighbors in need with hot meals, groceries, shelter, housing and restorative programs, learning and career help, discovery Bible studies, and so much more. Each of our cities has customized programs to specifically meet the needs of their community. City Team, about Us Page: https://cityteam.org/who-we-are/ City Team, Testimony Page: https://cityteam.org/stories/ City Team Donation Page: https://cityteam.org/ways-to-give/ City Team Volunteer Page: https://cityteam.org/get-involved/ Contact Hermie:…

Adult & Teen Challenge CEO Randy Rowe

Adult & Teen Challenge USA are confident that a restored relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, can transform those who suffer from addiction into vibrant, free, and sober followers of the Lord. They base their curriculum and community of their addiction recovery centers on God’s Word—the Bible. Addiction recovery centers that offer practical, appropriate, and accessible Bible-based courses facilitate the transition from alcoholism and substance abuse to a life of freedom in Christ. At Adult and Teen Challenge USA, they…

SOTM: The Merciful

Intro The Jesus Prayer – Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner Most of the New Testament is really built upon the Sermon on the Mount First -inward in focus. Second -how our hearts changed to see people the way Jesus does Problem Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 Compassion vs. mercy- the one who doesn’t deserve it promotion  – cut in line – vacation this year  – cookies…