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Telling Our Story

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When Jesus saved each of us, He brought us out of darkness to the light, from death to life. He rescued us from an eternity separated from His mercy and grace because of our sin. We are forever indebted to Him because of the pardon for our sin and His adoption of us into His family.

Christ has given us, who are His children, His will and purpose for our lives. It is to be involved in spreading the good news that Jesus saves to those who need Him. He promised us that He would be with us in this great endeavor to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus asked His disciples to follow Him and be involved in sharing the news of salvation to others all over the world. Jesus taught His disciples how to encounter people and how to trust Him to help them persuade others that Jesus is the way of salvation.

In Mark 4:25-41 and Mark 5:1-15, Jesus demonstrated how to reach out to those who needed Him. He taught His disciples five things that would help them be a faithful witness:

1. The Holy Spirit would lead them.
2. He would always be with them.
3. They have to encounter people where they are.
4. They would have authority over the circumstances.
5. They had a story to tell (their personal testimony).

We all are called to be faithful witnesses for Christ. These five things that Christ has taught us will help relieve the fear and anxiety we have about sharing our faith. We must tell others what Christ has done in our lives to save us! Your personal testimony is the greatest tool you have to share with others. May we pray for each other that as disciples of Jesus, we will tell our story.

Listen to the sermon "Telling Your Story" 

Growing In Christ

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When we trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation, His Spirit comes to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit begins to work in us to grow us in our faith, in wisdom and in character as He slowly makes a new creation that brings Him glory. Giant oak trees do not spring up over night, like a mushroom does, but over time their roots grow deep as they receive the things that are necessary for their growth and survival.

The Bible encourages us to become oaks of righteousness.  We are to grow and become mature in our faith, our wisdom and character. We must allow the Holy Spirit to build spiritual disciplines in our life if we are to mature to become oaks of righteousness.

  • Abiding in Christ
  • Living Out the Word
  • Praying in Power
  • Believers Building Bridges
  • Being a Lifeline to Christ
  • Serving Just Like Jesus

These disciplines are virtues that characterize the life of a believer. It has been a joy to focus on the virtues that will lead us to be over-comers these past few weeks. Learning to abide in Christ, to live out His Word and to be empowered through prayer puts us on a path toward the abundant life that God has for us.  

These Six Virtues that we are considering in our Sunday morning worship service are the spiritual disciplines that shape us to be true followers of Christ.  Each discipline works together with the others to produce maturity, bless us with wisdom and build our character.  May we consider them, practice them and trust God to use them to accomplish His purpose in our lives.

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