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24 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
Strengthening Your Mind - Philippians 4:4-9
On October 24, Scott continues Ken's series on The Mind Matters with a message on How to Strengthen Your Mind, from Philippians 4:4-9. Here are five ways to build walls of protection around our minds: THE WALL OF PRAISE (Philippians 4:4) THE WALL OF PATIENCE (Philippians 4:5) THE WALL OF PRAYER (Philippians 4:5b-7) THE WALL OF PURITY (Philippians 4:8) THE WALL OF PRACTICE (Philippians 4:9)
36 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
Changing Your Mind - Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 1:21-22
On October 17, Ken continues his fall teaching series on the Mind Matters with this message called, Changing Your Mind, from Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 1:21-22. The Context of this Challenge: an absolute truth. The Critical Nature of this Challenge: a significant moral dilemma. The Challenge: the renewal of your mind.
33 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
The Mind Deceived - 2 Corinthians 11:3
On October 10, Ken continues his Fall series called, The Mind Matters, with this message, the Mind Deceived - 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” The Human Context (1-2) A Warning Against Deception (3) 4 facts of deception The Possibility of Deception – but I am afraid . . . that you will be led astray The Source of Deception – the serpent’s cunning The Objective of Deception – leading you from devotion to Christ The Location of Deception – your minds Conclusion: your sincere and pure devotion to Jesus
35 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
The Mind Under Attack - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
On October 3, Ken continues his Fall teaching series, the Mind Matters, with a message called, "The Mind Under Attack" from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 1. There Exists Spiritual Battles 1) Spiritual Battles Are Personal - Coming from People - Coming as Personal Accusations 2) Spiritual Battles Call Forth Spiritual Weapons 2. The Mind Represents the Location of These Battles 1) Two Ways of Attack - Arguments - High and Lofty Things 2) Two Spiritual Responses - Demolish - Take every thought captive in obedience to Christ
43 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
5 Irrefutable Facts of Church as Community - Ephesians 2:19-20, 4:11-13, Hebrews 3:13-14
On September 26, Ken talked about community on our special Celebrate Community Sunday. 5 IRREFUTABLE FACTS OF CHURCH AS COMMUNITY We are a community as one new man (Ephesians 2:15-19a) We are a community of supernatural existence (Ephesians 2:19-20) We are a community that prioritized the presence of God (Ephesians 2:21-22) We are a community fundamentally built upon the identity of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13) We are a community that genuinely expresses encouragement for one another (Hebrews 3:12-13) ONENESS - Ephesians 2:19-20 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. AUTHENTICITY - Ephesians 4:11-13 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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. ENCOURAGEMENT - Hebrews 3:13-14 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
38 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
The Mind of Christ - 1 Corinthians 2:16
On September 19, Ken continues a new teaching series called, MIND MATTERS, today's message is, The Mind of Christ, from 1 Corinthians 2:16. “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him. But we have the mind of Christ.” Two Steps closer to the Mind of Christ in Your Life. First, become more fully aware of the mind of Christ. 1) To have the “mind of Christ” indicates that we understand God’s plan in the world. 2) To have the “mind of Christ” indicates that we identify with Christ’s purpose “to seek and to save what was lost” 3) To have the mind of Christ indicates that we share Jesus’ perspective of ... - Humility and obedience - Compassion - Prayerful and Relational Dependence Upon God Second, Intentionally Apply His Mind to Your Life. 1) Build the Contrast (1 Corinthians 2:4-6) 2) Live by the reality of your salvation (1 Corinthians 2:7-9) 3) Depend Upon the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-15) Conclusion: The Mind of Christ
38 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
What‘s on Your Mind (and why it matters) - Philippians 4:8
On September 12, Ken begins a new teaching series called, MIND MATTERS, today's message is, What’s On Your Mind (and why it matters). 5 Appraisals of the Mind 1. God’s standard for our mind: “whatever is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8) (A test of our thoughts) Whatever is true. Whatever is honorable (noble). Whatever is right. Whatever is pure. Whatever is lovely. Whatever is of a good report. Excellent or praiseworthy. 2. The source and significance of our thoughts. “Guard your heart (mind).” (Proverbs 4:23) 3.The problem with our own thoughts. “Whoever trusts his own mind is a fool.” (Proverbs 18:26) 4. The direction of our thoughts. “You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is stayed on you” (Isaiah 26:3) 5. The genuineness of our thoughts. “Love the Lord with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)
25 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
The Temple of God - Various Scriptures
On September 5, our guest speaker today is Julia Wallace Butler, our missions partner serving in Lebanon for the past year. She is a product of the ministry of King's Grant, and she and her husband are being used greatly, making a difference in the kingdom of God overseas. Her message is on the Temple of God, guiding us from the beginning of the Old Testament until the filling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and each believer.
28 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
See With Eyes of Faith - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
On August 29, in Pastor Ken concludes our summer teaching series on overcoming discouragement with this message, SEE WITH EYES OF FAITH - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 1. Consider What is Seen 2. Consider What is Unseen
22 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
Anticipate Eternity - 2 Corinthians 4:13-15
On August 22, in Pastor Ken's absence, Scott continues our summer teaching series on overcoming discouragement with this message, Anticipate Eternity, 2 Corinthians 4:13-15. We can endure a lot when we have the hope that this earthly life is not all that there is. To remember this teaching, let's use the acrostic HEAVEN... H -- Heaven (2 Corinthians 12:1-9, Genesis 1:14-18, John 3:16, 14:2, Ephesians 4:8, Revelation 20:4, 6, 22:1-2, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 1 John 3:2) E -- Evangelism (Romans 10:13-15, Acts 1:8) A -- Anticipation (Philippians 3:20, Matthew 24:43, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4) V -- Victory (Revelation 12:11) E -- Entreaties (1 Timothy 2:1) N -- New Birth (John 3:3, 16, Romans 5:8, Genesis 1:27, 3:6)
42 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
Live in Christ - 2 Corinthians 4:10-12
On August 15, Pastor Ken continues his summer teaching series on overcoming discouragement with this message, Live in Christ, 2 Corinthians 4:10-12. Discovering the “what”, “how”, and “why” of living in Christ. The "WHAT" – (an explanation, v. 10) – The issue of identity (‘in Christ”) Person Practice Purpose Promise The "HOW" – (an application, v. 11) – The issue of certainty (‘in Christ”) There will be sufferings There will be opportunities for the life of Christ to be seen The "WHY" – (a manifestation, v. 12) – The issue of ministry death in us life in you
42 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
Recognize the Power of God - 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
On August 8, Pastor Ken continues his summer teaching series on overcoming discouragement with this message, Recognize the Power of God, 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. Overview: Resolves Results 3 RESOLVES THAT MOVE YOU PAST DISCOURAGEMENT (“the great paradox”) WEAKNESS TREASURE POWER 4 DEFINITE RESULTS (“but not”) hard-pressed but not crushed perplexed but not in despair persecuted but not abandoned struck down but not destroyed
40 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Prioritize Spiritual Understanding - 2 Corinthians 4:5-6
On August 1, Pastor Ken continues his summer teaching series on overcoming discouragement with this message on Prioritizing Spiritual Understanding, from 2 Corinthians 4:5-6. Introduction. “The Emphasis upon Knowledge” A Spiritual Knowledge An Understanding of What God has Accomplished in Christ An Expression of the Relationship Two Necessary Responses: A Proper Perspective of Self Prioritizing Spiritual Understanding - “truly knowing” “We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus as Lord and ourselves as your servants for Christ’s sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5) A Proper Perspective of Self - (“why Paul said what He said”): A Defense (the human context) An Understanding that Leads to Surrender The Motive of Selflessness Prioritizing Spiritual Understanding - (the Journey of the Knowledge of Him): Under His Lordship Self Out of the Way Growing in the Knowledge of His Glory Lessons Learned Along the Way Lesson #1 – Apathetic Knowledge Lesson #2 – the Mind of Christ Lesson #3 – God Alone Brings the Change
53 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Focus on the Glory of Jesus - 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, 6
On July 25, Pastor Ken continued his summer teaching series on overcoming discouragement with this message challenging us to focus on the glory of Jesus, from 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, 6. Today, Ken made 2 observations: The Human Context Paul’s Critics Paul’s Calling Paul’s Concession Paul’s Conclusion Paul’s Community A Personal Reality (What do we see?) We see the Gospel More significantly, we see the Light of the Gospel Ultimately, we see the Light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ
41 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Emphasize the Truth - 2 Corinthians 4:2
On July 18, Vince continued Ken’s summer teaching series on OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT, called, Beyond the Faint Heart, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-16… with a message called, Emphasize the Truth: Paul’s Place Preaching Problems Paul’s Power Vince discusses Paul's teaching on the Old Covenant and the New Covenant in 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, including the veil and fading glory.
43 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
Realize What We Have Received - 2 Corinthians 4:1
On July 11, Ken began his new summer teaching series on OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT, called, Beyond the Faint Heart, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-16... Realize What We Have Received A Human Context: Paul had opportunity for discouragement. Paul experienced success in the face of discouragement. Our Practical Application: How can we not lose heart? Why should we not lose heart?
39 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
5 Facts of Our Freedom in Christ - John 8:31-36
On July 4, Ken talked about 5 Facts of Our Freedom in Christ from 5 different passages in the New Testament. Let's view our country and patriotism from God's perspective when it comes to acceptable worship of our Lord and Savior. Freedom that is Absolute - John 8:36 - “If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed” Freedom in Knowing God Personally - 2 Corinthians 3:17 - “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” Freedom from the Bondage of Sin. - Galatians 5:1 - “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke slavery.” Freedom of Belonging (Community) - Galatians 5:13-14 - “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’." Freedom to Enter God’s Presence - Ephesians 3:12 - “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
38 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Self-examination - Part 3 - Hebrews 12:1-2
On June 27, Pastor Ken concludes his mini-series on self-examination, focusing on Hebrews 12:1-2. QUESTION #5 - Is Jesus the true orientation of your life, or have you reduced Him to only one expression of your life’s commitments? Hebrews 12:2, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Contextually – how do we fix our eyes? - Let's go back one verse for some context. Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Symbolically - “run with perseverance” – the narrative of an athlete Practically - We keep our eyes fixed on the One who is our goal (no room for competing allegiances) Questions Review: Q1 - Are you seeking God with all your heart? Q2 - Which best defines your life: striving to be like Christ or being in Christ? Q3 - Are you spiritually hungry and thirsty, or are you easily satisfied with brief moments of religious involvement? Q4 - Are you as privately committed to Jesus as much as it appears you are publicly. Q5 – Is Jesus the true orientation of your life, or have you reduced Him to only one expression of your life’s commitments? Summary question - Which perspective do you live by most: going to church or being the church?
42 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Self-examination - Part 2 - Matthew 5:6, Galatians 2:20
On June 20, pastor Ken delivered part 2 of the Self-examination Series called, 5 Questions for Self-Examination (5 questions we are afraid to ask ourselves.) Review the first two questions from June 13... Q1 – Are you seeking God with all your heart? Q2 – Which best defines your life: striving to be like Christ, or being in Christ? Question #3. Q3 – Are you spiritually hungry and thirsty, or are you easily satisfied with brief moments of religious involvement? Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 Question #4. Q4 – Are you as privately committed to Jesus as much as it appears you are publicly? I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20
40 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Self-examination - Part 1 - Psalm 105:1-4
On June 13, at our outdoor service, pastor Ken began a new mini-series on questions we must ask ourselves for proper self-examination. Today are questions 1 and 2 ... Q1 - Do you truly seek God with all your heart? (Psalm 105:4) Repentance, turn from our wicked ways (2 Chronicles 7:14) Seeking God’s face. Recognizing our own sin. Worship, look to him. Let’s not just assume that we seek after God with all our heart. Three specific ways we are called to seek God: a. With all our heart represents a single focus (Psalm 105:1), no competition of other affections in our life, seek God’s face is to seek his presence, left our first love (Revelation 2:4), our love of Jesus can fade and transform into works – busy serving Jesus without true affection, b. With all your heart represents a covenant relationship (Psalm 105:2), “all of his wonderful works” among his people, all his faithfulness to us, constantly in his presence, not just in a 10-minute devotional time, checking off our task list, c. With all your heart focuses on his name (Psalm 105:3), name represents his character and nature, drawn to him observing his greatness, manifested in the face of Christ, not seeking out of routine or participation, drawn to his beauty and majesty, seeking God alone (Thomas a’Kempis) Q2 - Which best defines your life? Striving to be “like Christ” or “in Christ”? (2 Corinthians 5:17) We will never fully be like Christ until we’re with him. Our status – we are a new creation, right with God, brand new in Christ, not partially new, defined by status rather than striving. Seven facts of a life living in Christ… New Creation – the purpose of the cross. Our sin debt is cancelled – our brokenness caused by sin has been restored. Christ’s righteousness has been substituted for our own failed attempts to be right with God. Our faith… in the work of Christ. Faith placed in him, not a righteousness of our own. Christ, through the Holy Spirit, is in us transforming us. The lordship of Christ over our life – we live for him, our ultimate affection – living in response to him. Our hearts surrendered to his love – that keeps us surrendering every day.
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