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Leviticus Study Chapter 4

May 18, 20170 Comments

We are posting our weekly Bible Study here for your convenience on Online Ministry Training. In this weeks study we continue on in our study of Leviticus. Chapter 4 and the beginning of Chapter 5 deal with the sin offering. Sin separates us from God. God makes a way for us to be reconciled to Him in Christ. The sacrifices in Leviticus for sin are a picture of the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sin which is Jesus.

Living Invitations Part 4 Ministry Chat

May 13, 20170 Comments

This Sermon prep Ministry Chat on Online Ministry Training is bout integrity. During our celebration services this weekend we are going to begin a discussion on the spiritual battle we are engaged in on behalf of our neighbors. We are going to looking at the armor we have for the battle and this week it is the belt of truth. When I think about being a person of truth I think about integrity. Integrity is about doing the right thing, regardless of who is watching. Since we talk about living by dong the next right thing all the time, I thought this was very interesting and that it was worth all of us thinking about. Integrity is a heart issue. While at some level I want to do what is right because of my family and friends and church, is that enough if my heart really isn’t in it? If I thought that a wrong decision could be done so no one would know, would I still choose to do what is right? And that is what I think integrity is about. I think most of us have experienced justifying and rationalizing our wrong choices. No one will know. I deserve it. Life isn’t fair. Who will it hurt? I am tired of waiting. And of course, the biggest rational lie of them all, “God wants me to be happy doesn’t He?” He does, but not at the expense of your integrity.

Living Invitations Part 3 Ministry Chat

May 8, 20170 Comments

The hope of these ministry chats on Online Ministry Training is to help prepare everyone to get the most out of our time together during the message on the weekend. This week I am going to talk about the importance of hospitality. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said,

“The Church is the Church only when it exists for others…not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.”

Last week I said that the church is ultimately about relationships. Relationship with God, relationship with the people of God, and relationship with those who do not yet know Jesus. I want to spend the next few weeks talking about developing our relationships with the people who do not yet know Jesus. I am going to use the parable of the Good Samaritan to start this discussion.

Luke 10:25-37

So who is your neighbor? They are the people that we encounter in the course of our lives who need the mercy of God.

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