2 October I Do! October 2, 2017By Barry Clair Sermons 0 September 24, 2017 - Pastor Dave Hintz - I Do! Video Audio Your web browser is not able to read this audio file. Please update your browser to its most recent version. Related Posts SELF-IMAGE: How God Wants You to See Yourself Part 5 Sermon Title: Seeing Yourself With A Transformed Mind - Part 2 In Proverbs 6:16-19, Solomon tell us of seven things the Lord hates. The #1 among those things is what he calls “haughty eyes” which simply means, looking down on other people. The Apostle Paul calls this in our text today, “thinking of yourself more highly than you ought.” When you think of yourself more highly, you tend to look down on others around you. God hates pride so much, that to keep Paul from becoming conceited because of all the revelations God gave him, that God afflicted Paul with a messenger from Satan to torment him, to keep him humble (2 Cor. 12:7). God hates pride, especially in those who he uses to advance His kingdom. He hates it. This is what we’ve been talking about for the last several weeks. The fact is that God wants us to see ourselves as dependent upon Him, His mercy and His grace. In a world that is self-obsessed, we’ve been trying to understand how God, through His Word wants us to see ourselves. Let’s look at our text, Romans 12:1-10, that is both a warning and an instruction. Video Audio Your web browser is not able to read this audio file. Please update your browser to its most recent version. SELF-IMAGE: How God Wants You to See Yourself Part 3 We are looking at this concept of a Biblical self-image. Last week, we looked at King Uzziah and how pride distorted his self-image. Today, we will look at King Saul and how insecurity affected his. We are going to see from our text and others that King Saul was destroyed by a poor self-image. He was plagued by insecurity. What is insecurity? Pastor James MacDonald says, “Insecurity...is defined as the awareness of the gap between who I want to be and who I am.” Jon Bloom, author and co-founder of the Desiring God website wrote this, “At the root of insecurity — the anxiety over how others think of us — is pride. This pride is an excessive desire for others to see us as impressive and admirable. Insecurity is the fear that they won’t, but instead they will see us as deficient.” Think about that! Let’s face it, we all struggle with insecurity. It’s human to see a gap between who we are and who we want to be. But the key is not to become preoccupied with the gap, to focus exclusively on the gap. When does normal, human insecurity become a problem? In his book The Tender Heart: Conquering Your Insecurity, renown Clinical Psychologist, Joseph Nowinski writes, “When insecurity becomes so intense and lasting that it seriously undermines our self-esteem and interferes with our ability to enjoy life, to build and to keep satisfying relationships, and to achieve our career potential, it is dysfunctional.” So there you have it. How do you know you have a problem with insecurity? When self-esteem is undermined, we can’t enjoy life, satisfying relationship or achieve career potential. How does God want you to see yourself?...as unaffected by insecurity. Audio Your web browser is not able to read this audio file. Please update your browser to its most recent version. The Priesthood of Believers- Old is the new New Series "Part 4" In November of 1517, a Catholic priest named Martin Luther, posted a paper called The 95 Theses, containing 95 protests against the Catholic Church on the door of The All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This event as well as other lesser-known events began what is now called The Protestant Reformation from which we, as a church movement, can trace our birth. Among those 95 protestations against the Roman Catholic Church was one that has come to be called The Priesthood of the Believer. Luther called for the reformation of the church in regards to a ruling class of clerics who monopolized and centralized all the power of the church which stated that only Ordained Priests could absolve sin, serve communion, pray prayers that God hears, and even excommunicate people which excluded them from salvation and heaven. The Protestant Reformation caught on and now we have pretty much destroyed the aristocracy of the church and declared that every believer is a priest needing no human mediator between God and man. But in our protest however, one fears we have thrown the baby out with the bathwater, the pendulum has swung way to far, and now the priesthood that God always intended is undermined and destroyed. Today, we want to take a fresh look at the priesthood of the believer and what that means. Video Audio Your web browser is not able to read this audio file. Please update your browser to its most recent version. TURNOVER Well, 2015 is in the books. It’s over… So, how’d you do last year? Are you happy with your life? Did you finish the year in the black? Did you meet your targeted goals? Is your family in a good place? Is your marriage on the right track? Are you happy in your situation? Are you growing in your faith? Or, did you suffer some setbacks in 2015? Did you struggle with some health issues? Did you lose a job? Take on some extra debt? Still practicing that sinful habit you can’t quite quit? Did you lose a friend or spouse or loved one? Is loneliness and grief still your companion? Are you struggling to keep the depression at bay? Angry? Hurt? Offended? Whether you’re building on the successes of 2015 or reversing the failures and downward trend of last year, all of us need to make some changes in 2016. Some of you only need to make small tweaks, a nudge here and there. Some of us on the other hand, need a major overhaul, massive reconstruction and a complete rehab. The New Year is a great time to pause and reevaluate where you’ve been and where you are going. Is the present course going to get you where you want to go? Or do you need a course correction to put you on the right trajectory? And what about your relationship with God? Is it on the right track? Is the graph moving up and to the right? Today, I begin a short series called TURNOVER. As we turnover the calendar to a new year, what changes do we need to make? Do you need to turn over a new leaf? Back in the 16th century, pages in books were referred to as leaves. Perhaps because paper was made out of tree pulp. So turning over a new leaf meant that one was turning to a blank page. This idiom is used to signify a new beginning, a major change in behavior, or a new stage in life. It means to start over, to act in a different manner or change your attitude about something. So, today, January 3rd what you have before you is a blank page. You can write your story in a different way than you did last year. We are turning over a new leaf; the year before us is a blank page, waiting to be written. Video Audio Your web browser is not able to read this audio file. Please update your browser to its most recent version. It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year Part 1 - Is Jesus the Reason For the Season? December 3, 2017 - Pastor Barry Clair starts a new Series messages based on this years theme for the Christmas holiday called "It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year" with the message "Is Jesus the Reason For the Season?". Every year about this time the culture wars heat up and both sides of the issue begins their holiday offensive. A blog writer for the Huffington Post calls it, and I quote, "A ridiculous rhetorical ritual that recycles righteous arguments about whether people should say to one another 'Happy Holidays' or 'Merry Christmas'. This question is one skirmish in the broader cultural and political battle that comes under the heavily laden frame of the 'War on Christmas'." Video Audio Your web browser is not able to read this audio file. Please update your browser to its most recent version. Rediscovering the Old- Old is the New New Series "Part 1" It has become increasingly obvious that many Christians have given up on the Old Testament. The reasons for this abandonment of the O.T. is that it is confusing in parts. It sometimes appears to be contradictory to their New Testament understanding of God. It seems boring, enigmatic and irrelevant. Consequently, more and more disciples of Jesus are Old Testament illiterate. They do not even realize that they are fighting the good fight with one hand tied behind their back. What we hope to accomplish in this series with the help of the Holy Spirit, is to affirm an essential unity to the Old and New Testament, inspire a revival of interest in Old Testament study and the maturing of faith that can only come when we hear and understand the whole council of God. Have you ever wondered what parts of the Old Testament Christians are required to obey today? Is the Law of Moses obsolete? What parts of the Old Covenant apply to the New Covenant? Why can't Jewish people eat bacon but I can? Should we ignore large portions of the Old Testament? Today, we will try to tackle these questions and more using 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 as a springboard. Video Audio Your web browser is not able to read this audio file. Please update your browser to its most recent version. Comments are closed.