Easter Sunday 2017

 

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Christianity didn’t start because people believed and liked the teachings of Jesus.  Christianity began because of something people saw –a resurrected man named Jesus.  Christianity is a faith that is founded on this event.  Want to know Jesus?  Start at the resurrection. 

Our sermon today is an Easter sermon from John 20, where we invite you to re-engage with Jesus.  

Some notes from the message:

A necessary definition:  

Untermensch |ˈo͝on(t)ərˌmen(t)SH|  - noun (plural Untermenschen |-ˌmenCHən| ) 
a person considered racially or socially inferior.

From this article quoted on the show:

Tom Holland in The New Statesman:  Why I Was Wrong About Christianity

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/religion/2016/09/tom-holland-why-i-was-wrong-about-christianity

The True Celebrity - Palm Sunday

There is one true celebrity –it’s Jesus Christ.  He needs to have our regard in every way – but we should be encouraged – to him, there are a lot of celebrities – and that includes you.  You are famous in heaven!  It’s true.

Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus has a bigger agenda than we do – and his agenda is right.  He is the true celebrity and deserves all of our regard.   So we’ll get into that today from Matthew chapter 21.

The Freedom of Self-Control - Modern Faith 11

Self-control is the key to unlocking freedom in your life.  Maybe that sounds backwards, if you want the freedom to just do whatever you want.   But just doing whatever we want leads to tyranny and anarchy and destruction, even in any personal sense.   But self-control leads to making good decisions and putting the right priorities in the right order in our lives.  The result of doing that is great freedom.  Self-control is our subject as we conclude our series today on the Fruit of the Spirit called Modern Faith on the Cultivating Ethos program, right here on AM 1210, KPRZ, the Christian station.

Today is the final message in our series on The Fruit of the Spirit called Modern Faith.   The subject is Self-Control and our main passage is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

Gentle Courage - Modern Faith 10

Gentle people see people the way Jesus sees them.  That’s why it’s such and important topic.  We need to see others the way God see them – the way God sees you.  And God has shown you gentleness through Christ.

Gentleness takes great courage.  In Galatians 6:1-10, Paul gives us an idea of some areas that God is working with us to develop this characteristic.  Gentleness in dealing with the sins of others, gentleness with how we handle each others burdens, and gentleness with ourselves when we examine our own lives.

This is week 10 in our series, Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.

Faithfulness and Confidence - Modern Faith 9

Mentioned in Today's Broadcast:  Mere Christianity

This week we continue our series through the Fruit of the Spirit called Modern Fatih.  This week, our subject is "Faithfulness."  

There is a difference between being religious and being faithful.  In a similar way, there is a difference between believing in Jesus and actually believing Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is working on us to believe the truth that comes through Jesus Christ - in Him there is no falsehood at all.   This means he is perfectly trustworthy.

One of my favorite quotes from CS Lewis is from Mere Christianity:

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
 

So, are you religious or faithful?  The main passages for this week are 1 John 1:5-10 and Galatians 5:22-25. 

Goodness - Two Wrongs and a Right

This is week number 9 in our series on the Fruit of the Spirit called Modern Fatih.  

Are we becoming more good?  It doesn't seem like it. 

"Who is Good?" Jesus asked the man... so how is "Goodness" a Fruit of the Spirit if no one is good, only God?  The Bible answers this question very well.  The book of Micah gives us 3 answers, 2 are the wrong answers, and 1 is the right answer.  It is the key to Goodness.

The subject this week is Goodness and the main passages are Mark 10:17-18, 26-27, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 22:37-40, and Galatians 5:22-25. 

Modern Fatih 7 - An Oasis of Kindness

Links from this week's show:

Everyone likes to be around kind people.  "Excuse me, where are the mean people, I want to sit with them" said no one ever.  

Our testimony is radically affected by how we treat others.  This is why the Holy Spirit is developing Kindness in us.  In today's message, we see that kindness is intentional, kindness is an oasis, and kindness is rewarding.

The subject this week is Kindness and the main passages for this week's message are Galatians 5:22-26, Proverbs 3:3-4,  Ephesians 2:7-10, and Ephesians 4:22-32.  

Air Date February 26 - Modern Faith 6 - Patience

In today's episode, we realize that your marriage is impacted by patience, or a lack thereof, so we promoted FamilyLife "Weekend to Remember."   Kristy and I and many on our staff have been to this marriage retreat.  It's a great tune up even if you are doing well, and it's a great help when you are struggling.    You can find out more at http://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember.

The subject is patience, or forbearance, and the main passage is James 5:7-11.  Why "forbearance" and not "patience."  Well most translations say "patience" of course, but the 2011 NIV says forbearance, and although it is very similar, forbearance may be the better word.  But we'll use patience because it's more common.  We typically use the 2011 New International Version in messages because that version is the most typical today, especially on mobile devices...

Patience is something that many of us struggle with, especially when we are dealing with people or with circumstances that don't go our way.  But patience matters - without it, we operate in a world that is not in reality.  The inner conversation we have with ourselves is key to our ability to allow God to give us more patience so that we are more effective in ministry for Him.

Air Date February 19, 2017 - Modern Faith 5 - Freedom

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

 - Book of the Month:  8 to 15 - The World is Smaller Than You Think

This is week 5 of our series called Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Today, our subject is "freedom."   Our main passage is Galatians 5:13-23.

It's President's Day weekend, and it seems like a good week to talk about the context of the Fruit of the Spirit - which is freedom.   We hope you enjoy the message today, which includes some history about our country and a bit about one of our greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln.

As we go through this sermon series called Modern Faith, we'll look at each part of the Fruit of the Spirit, as well as focusing on our freedom and other matters in the context of Galatians 5. 

You stream this episode below or you can subscribe to our Podcast at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cultivating-ethos-pastor-scott/id1195492047

Air Date February 12, 2017 - Modern Faith 4 - Peace

Links from this episode:

 - Book of the Month:  8 to 15 - The World is Smaller Than You Think

This is week 4 of our series called Modern Faith, a look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Today, our subject is "peace."   Our main passage is Philippians 4:4-9.

The opposite of peace is anxiety.  We're not talking about medical conditions, or just the day to day concerns of anyone's life.  We're talking about anxiety that is debilitating and worrisome.  The kind that so many of us struggle with in a world that is lacking Peace.  How then do we have the Peace of God?   Paul teaches us that it can be learned with the help of God.  This is not something that develops overnight - it is part of a process of change that the Holy Spirit does with us as we grow spiritually.   

As we go through this sermon series called Modern Faith, we'll look at each part of the Fruit of the Spirit, as well as focusing on our freedom and other matters in the context of Galatians 5. 

You stream this episode below or you can subscribe to our Podcast at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cultivating-ethos-pastor-scott/id1195492047