Good morning! While we missed Pastor Alan last Sunday, we were blessed to have Terry step in to take us through chapters 6 & 7 of the Book of Judges, teaching us about God uses unlikely heroes. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included some notes and links to Scriptures he references. Enjoy!
In the Old Testament, the Spirit came when needed, but then departed.
In the New Testament/Covenant, the Holy Spirit ABIDES in His people
Judges 6:37-40 – Gideon, still wanting to make sure this is from God, asked for more signs.
Judges 7:1-8 – God winnowed down the Israelite forces until only 300 remained to go against over 135,000 Midianite forces, so there’d be no doubt Who defeated the Midianites.
Judges 7:9 – God had already won the battle, already knew the outcome. All that was left was for Gideon and his 300 men to remain faithful.
Judges 7:10-14 – God knew Gideon’s heart, so He gave Gideon a fourth sign.
Judges 7:16-22 – Gideon & his men were “armed” with trumpets, torches, and pitchers to cover the torches. God did the work – He confused the enemy & they destroyed themselves. Not one of Gideon’s 300 men were killed!
The story of Gideon shows us that the idols in our lives must come down first before God can prove Himself mighty in/through us.
Hebrews 12:1-2 – throw off those things holding us down, so that we can finish strong
Good afternoon! Pastor Alan recently continued his message series from the Gospel of John by teaching about the work of the Holy Spirit. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor Alan’s outline with links to the verses he references. Enjoy!
The first Sunday in July, we joined Ridgway Community Church for the 35th Annual Sunday in the Park in Ridgway (always a wonderful time & highly recommended, if you’re in the area). Last Sunday, Pastor Alan taught us about John 15 and how to relate to Christ, to our fellow believers, and to those who stand against us. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below.
Life flows from Jesus, and if there is life there will be some degree of fruit.
This is the last of the seven “I Am’s” in John’s gospel. All of them show the uniqueness of Jesus.
Jesus doesn’t say, “I am a vine.” He doesn’t say, “I am the vine.” He emphatically says, “I am the true vine.” So, in essence, Jesus is saying you don’t have to be of Israel to be right with God. You only need to find life in Him.
So, what is the evidence of being a living branch that is abiding in Christ?
There is pruning.
Those the Lord loves, He disciplines.
A constant conviction, perhaps to get rid of the dead wood in life. (v. 2)
There is assurance.
Yes, there needs to be personal examination but don’t become depressed and paralyzed by over-examination.
Abiding is putting His Word in you and asking of Him through prayer.
Connection is strengthened by communication. (v. 7)
What we ask for is shaped by the Word.
There is love.
Obedience doesn’t earn love, but it’s the evidential measure of love.
There is joy.
Joy is linked to connection, obedience, and assurance.
It’s ultimately not letting the world get you in a state of constantly being overwhelmed. (v. 11)
If you grew up in an environment that dished out portions of love in connection to your performance and obedience, this concept may be hard to grasp.
Jesus wants you to have a joy that overcomes a dark world.
If we are connected to Christ, have even the slightest conviction about His teaching, and reflect His life, we will be hated. The hatred toward Christianity in this country is growing. How should we respond?
Good evening! I’m trying to get caught up, and I apologize for the late postings. This message was from the last Sunday in June. Pastor Alan was away, so we got to learn from Terry about Matthew 5:13-16. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below.
The Church of Laodicea is the church of the last days. (Revelation 3:14-22) But, Jesus doesn’t talk to the CHURCH who overcomes… He speaks to the ONE who overcomes… (Revelation 3:21) It’s an individual calling to rise above, be salty, and shine your light.
v. 16 is also an INDIVIDUAL command, not a corporate one. Don’t wait for the Church to shine; it’s on you!