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Dead faith or pointless works?

Posted by Stephen on  January 24, 2021
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Category: Weekly Message
Unit 29 Session 4 – James 2:14-26 Is it enough to just believe in Jesus? Our works actively demonstrate our faitha. Verse 18, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”b. Matt 25:37-40 – Jesus expected that faith would be demonstrated through practical good works.Faith alone is not enougha. Demons know who Jesus is, yet they aren’t going

Stephen, the Preachin’ Deacon

Posted by Stephen on  January 17, 2021
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Acts 6 & 7Stephen teaches us what we need to do to prepare for persecution.I. Get better at the message. (6:8-10) A. Stephen’s eloquent preaching was authenticated by powerful miracles. B. Since they couldn’t refute his message, they decided to kill him. II. Fight for what is true according to the Bible. (7:44-51) A. Stephen defended Jesus instead of himself. B. “Preach the gospel every day, and if you must, use words.” St. Francis of

Live Generously

Posted by Stephen on  January 10, 2021
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“Live Generously” Acts 4:32 – 5:16I. Generosity is a natural effect of the gospel. A. Barnabas and others willingly surrendered their wealth. B. Ananias and Sapphira were under no obligation. II. Greed is blasphemy against the goodness of God. A. Ananias & Sapphira sinned as a couple. B. Peter/God acted to protect the integrity church. III. God’s kingdom advances through a purified church. A. The church enjoyed a temporary freedom to worship and teach publicly.

How Grace Works

Posted by Stephen on  January 3, 2021
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2 Peter 1:3-11 To thrive in following Jesus we must be different.  We need God’s power, all our effort, and time overcome sin.  God’s Power.  (3-4)  All we need for godly living.  Calling to his excellent glory.  Precious and very great promises. Partakers of divine nature.    Our Every Effort.  (5-7) Faith: Virtue: Knowledge: Self-control: Steadfastness: Godliness:   Brotherly affection: Love: Time.  (8-11)  The cost of not persevering: The reward of persevering: 

The Surprising path to Joy

Posted by Stephen on  December 27, 2020
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“Come and Thrive with us in Christ”1 Peter, the surprising path to joy. I. Practice gratitude when life is hard. 1:6-8 II. Be different; overcome, don’t overlook evil. 1:13-15 III. Cherish community with other believers; reject individualism. 2:4-5, 9 IV. Be ready in Submission and Suffering. 2:16, 21; 3:15 V. Own the Mission: everyone, every day. 4:10-11, 5:1 Our dream is to become a church which stands against apathy; where each of us owns the