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Our Response of Sacrifice

Our Response of Sacrifice

Lesson on Romans 12:1-3 originally delivered on 4/22.

 

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Romans has three movements
    1. Our condition without Christ
    2. God’s act of salvation
    3. Our response
  • Because of Romans 1-11, we should respond (Romans 12)
    1. Plea to lay down ourselves (V. 1)
      • The only thing we can really give is ourselves
        • Christ bids man to come and die
        • The condition of the life we offer matters
          • Leviticus 22:19-22
          • Ephesians 1:4, 5:27, Colossians 1:22
    2. Why we should respond this way (V. 2)
      • Conformity to the world happens without intentionality in the other direction
        • 2 Corinthians 4:18
          • We are called to the eternal
        • Hebrews 11:10
          • What can I do to turn my gaze to heaven?
      • The process is not the result
      • We know the will of God by laying ourselves down (Submitting to Him)
    3. How do I live God’s way?
      1. Think about ourselves correctly by immersing ourselves daily in the reality of who we are in Christ and who He is to us
      2. John 4:34 – Like Jesus, we must desire the will of the Father.
  • How is the Holy Spirit asking me to respond?

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The Way of Salvation

The Way of Salvation

Lesson on Romans 10 originally delivered on 4/15

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Matthew 1:21
    • Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua (Yeshuah), His name means “Yahweh saves”
    • “For he will save his people from their sins”
  • We should be excited about our salvation
  • Obedience in the midst of relationship
    • Nehemiah 9:29
    • Romans 7:10
  • We need to be zealous for God as it relates to righteousness
  • Deuteronomy 30:11-14
    • God’s salvation, that which he offers, is not impossible through him.
  • Romans 10:9
    • Confessing and Believing
      • Confession of Christ is our public declaration of the Lordship of Christ in our lives
      • Belief details the heart — Our confession needs to be an inward expression of our hearts
  • 1 Corinthians 15:16-17
    • The resurrection means everything to the Christian faith.
    • Salvation is something we enter into and that propels us forward — Jesus satisfies
  • What does it mean to call on the name of the Lord?
    1. To recognize Christ as the only authority
    2. To know we have access to Him and He can do something about it.

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The Content of the Gospel – Part 2

The Content of the Gospel – Part 2

Lesson originally delivered on 1/28

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Romans 2:1-16
    • God’s judgment is right
      • Ezekiel 18
    • God’s impartial judgment is based on what we do
      • Free grace is not a license to freely sin
      • V. 4-11- God’s grace is given to us so we can do good
  • Romans 2:17-29
    • Paul is not condemning the church here, but rather asking them questions. Condemnation comes only if we don’t line up our actions with our beliefs.
    • God judges both Jews and Gentiles by their actions
    • All people who live by faith in Jesus are saved
  • Romans 3:1-4
    • Even though all are judged equally, it is of advantage to have grown up in the Covenant
      • Growing up in the church is an advantage, but we should take better advantage
    • Wherever we are with our walk with God, He only desires us to grow closer to him

Additional Resources to consider

Becca Vandekemp | What We Get Wrong About “Giving Our Testimony”

Carolyn Mahaney | The Cure for Most of Your Unhappiness

Russell  Moore | Have Bible Quoters Replaced Bible Readers?

Glen Stanton | New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Gro

The Content of the Gospel – Part 1

The Content of the Gospel – Part 1

Lesson originally delivered on 1/21

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • The point of studying Romans is not to argue over theological jargon, but to focus on what Paul is seeking for us to understand about the gospel and its implications for our lives.
  • Four parts
    • The Content of the Gospel (Romans 1:1-6)
    • The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1:15-17)
      • 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1:9; 2:13
        • Gospel Proclamation has effect through the power of the Holy Spirit and its ability to change lives
      • Paul lived as if the Kingdom of God was at hand
      • Righteousness = A fulfillment of expectations
    • Why the Gospel is Necessary (Romans 1:21, 28-32)
      • The Gospel changes our lives. How we live changes the lives of others.
    • We are both special and not special at the same time (Romans 2:1-16)
      • God shows no partiality
      • This should both scare us and comfort us

Additional Resources to consider

The Bible Project | The Gospel of the Kingdom

Tim Keller | The Meaning of the Gospel

David Nicholas, Ed Stetzer | What is the Gospel?

Rob Nicholes | Gospel Proclamation Handout

 

Christmas Prisoner Packets

Christmas Prisoner Packets

 

Many men, women and youth have no one who cares for them. They have no visitors, nor do they receive gifts at Christmas. You make Christmas special for them through this ministry. You provide hope and love. As a result, some have received the true Christmas gift. They have come to know Christ because you care.

Consider a gift this year to the Christmas Prisoner Packet Ministry. Click Here for more details

Thank you.

For more information please contact Harriet Johnson at 803.318.3853

Take a Nap

Take a Nap

“Sometimes the most spiritual thing a person can do is sleep.” – C. H. Spurgeon

Every now and then I get really busy, and I mean so busy to the point where if you asked me what superpower I want if I could have any (which, by the way, is a question I hope you have considered before now) my answer would actually be the power to stay awake forever. Gone are the days of wishing I could fly, because even if I could there would still be several hours of the day when I couldn’t fly because I would have to sleep. We all know what it’s like to be busy and stressed out. I’m sure you have found yourself wishing there were more hours in the day, so I want to ask, how many hours in a day do you set aside to rest? Continue reading →

Kids vs. Marriage

Kids vs. Marriage

Should children be parents’ number one priority?

 

It almost sounds heretical to suggest otherwise. Of course, the nurture and guidance of our children is a very important responsibility of any parent. Deuteronomy 6 states that our number one responsibility is to love God with all our heart, soul and strength. Then we are to teach that “diligently” to our children. But this command should not be interpreted to mean that our children are our second highest priority after loving God. What it says is that teaching them to love God should be second only to our own love for the Lord. One of the best ways to teach them this is by having all other relationships in proper priority. When our world revolves around our children we are teaching them that they are our number one priority.
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Wednesday Night Supper

Wednesday Night Supper

NOTE: The kitchen is now latex free for anyone who might have latex allergies. 

Menu

Fried Chicken

Salisbury Steak w/ Gravy

Mac & Cheese

Homestyle Green Beans

Sliced Watermelon

Yeast Rolls w/ Butter

Assortment of Desserts – including sugar free

Tea, Coffee, Water

 

Kids Menu

Cheese Pizza

Fruit Cups

Milk

 

 

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