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SERMON OF THE WEEK, February 19, 2017

 

#7 - 7 Events a Year

Kent Mattox

As we conclude this series, we see THE BIG PICTURE! The Church is an aircraft carrier and NOT a luxury cruiseship. This means that each and every one of us a fighter plane -- we're here to empower and equip armies for the Lord! 

We have three major feasts a year, Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. These are feasts in the old testement that still hold power today. We also have 4 equipping seminars every year that are designed to equip and empower us to go out and equip and empower OTHERS! 

Ephesians 4:11-16 sums it up perfectly: 

And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit].  But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up in [unselfish] love.

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The Big Picture- January / February 2017

Let's face it. Church wasn't meant to be a Sunday thing. We are the Church- and we're EVERYDAY kind of people.

This year, we're going to BE the church- and, in every area of life, we're skipping the resolutions and moving straight to results. Together!

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It all comes back to Grace- December 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year- and the most difficult. Christmas is a time when everyone feels extreme joy- and despair. Throughout the month of December, we circle back to a common theme- the reason Jesus came in the first place. Grace. Lots of it.

 

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Jesus is Already Here- November 2016

In Jesus' day, everyone was looking for the Messiah. We tend to do that, too. We find ourselves wondering where He went, or we anticipate when He might return and get us out of the mess we're all in. Jesus was right there- when everyone was looking for a Messiah and missed him! Turns out, too, He's right here, as well.

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