Upcoming Messages

We offer this tentative listing primarily for our worship leaders and their preparation. However, we also hope it will encourage everyone to read the Scripture passages in advance as you listen for God to speak.

 

2020

Jan 5  – Gifted: What are spiritual gifts and who has them? - 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them…Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”; Spiritual gifts are the varying manifestations of the Spirit of God at work in believers, distributed by the Spirit as He determines and utilized by believers for the glory of God and the common good; indwelling of the Holy Spirit; power of God; loving others in a variety of ways)

 

Jan 12 – Gifted: How your gifts fit in the Body – 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body… The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”… that its parts should have equal concern for each other.” Body of Christ marked by diverse gifts of the Spirit worked with humility; significance and worth of each person in the Body; unity and not division brought about by the use of spiritual gifts; Gifts meant to establish belonging, needing, and caring for one another in the Body)

 

Jan 19 – Gifted: The danger of spiritual gifts - 1 Corinthians 12:27 – 13:13 (“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”; spiritual gifts without love come to nothing; Love gives the right motive and proper expression to every gift in the context of relationships and community; God’s love empowers our loving words and actions)

 

Jan 26 – Gifted: Equipping the gifted – Ephesians 4:1-13 (“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”; using Jesus’ method of training his disciples for ministry: I do, you watch; I do you help; You do, I help; You do, I watch; discipleship and spiritual growth)

 

Feb 2 – Gifted: Offering our gifts as a living sacrifice - Romans 12:1-13 (in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship… just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” We must sacrifice our own desires and plans for how our spiritual gifts will be used and trust God’s will even when we don’t understand; We are not conformed to the world’s understanding for using our gifts and lives; Because God gives sacrificial love to us—God’s mercy—we are enabled to give sacrificial love to others through our gifts to others, and to see our place in the Body of Christ)

 

Feb 9 – Gifted: Growing in giftedness – 1 Timothy 4:11-16 and 2 Timothy 1:6-8 (“Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress…I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”; discipleship and spiritual growth; how effort and discipline work with spiritual gifts; accountability and encouragement; boldness in using our spiritual gifts)

Feb 16 – Responding to Christ crucified: Judas Iscariot – Matthew 27:1-10 (“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.”; difference between regret and repentance; seeking help and absolution; grace of God that has power to take away our sin and guilt)

Feb 23 – Responding to Christ crucified: Pilate and His Wife – Matthew 27:11-26 (“While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”; When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” Seeking innocence and avoiding suffering; Christ shows his love by entering our suffering to give us His innocence)