God Is Our Refuge

Good afternoon! For the past few weeks, Pastor Alan has not been able to be at church, but our teacher, Terry Melton, has taken us through some beautiful promises of God. He began with the promise found in Psalm 46:1. To listen to his message from January 23, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included links to some of the Scriptures Terry references in his message. Enjoy!

Psalm 46:1

2 Timothy 1:7

Psalm 46:2-3

Isaiah 26:3

Hebrews 6:19

Don’t forfeit the strength, peace, presence of God. Rest in the everlasting arms!

I will post the past two Sundays’ messages from Terry as soon as I can. Until then, may God bless you abundantly!

Important Questions to Answer

Good afternoon! This past Sunday, Pastor Alan taught about John 7 and the important questions found in that chapter. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor’s outline of the message and links to the verses he references.

John 7 – Important Questions to Answer

  1. Where is Jesus? John 7:1-13 (vs.11)
    • Jesus never pandered to the demand of popularity or position. He didn’t show up based on others’ demands.
  2. How does Jesus know so much? John 7:14-18 (vs.15)
    • Spiritual knowledge is in direct proportion to a submissive will. Romans 12:1-3
  3. Who wants to kill Jesus? John 7:19-24 (vs.19)
    • Self-righteousness desires to kill Jesus and ignore grace.  Don’t be a grace killer.
  4. Who is Jesus really? John 7:25-31
    • An understanding of Passover and Festival of Shelters answers the questions. Jesus is both Provider and Deliverer.
  5. Will you come to Jesus? John 7:32-39
    • The invitation is for the thirsty to come.  If you come you receive living water which is the Holy Spirit.
    • What keeps people from coming and believing?
  6. Do you believe his prophetic credentials? John 7:40-52
    • The question that arises, as to who Jesus was, is based on the geographical location of where he was from. 
    • Both locations as to where Jesus was from fulfilled in O.T. prophecy of the Messiah. Matthew 2:5-6Matthew 2:23, Isaiah 11:1-2
    • Jesus was born in Bethlehem (House of Bread) and grew up in Nazareth (Branch town)

Jesus: The Bread of Life

Good afternoon! This past Sunday, Pastor Alan continued his series on the Gospel of John with a wonderful teaching on John 6:25-70. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor Alan’s outline and links to the verses.

  1. Jesus is Our Food from Heaven John 6:25-34
  2. Jesus is the One to Be Taken InJohn 6:52-59
    • If Christ is in you, you have eternal life.
    • We are to “feed” on Jesus
    • Life is of the Sprit not the flesh — John 1:11-13
  3. Jesus’s Words Offend ManyJohn 6:60-70
    • He offends the pride we depend on.
    • He offends our terms of who He is supposed to be.
    • He draws a line between his chosen and Satan’s tools.

Conclusion

  • What is our food each day?
  • What does His choice of you mean to you? 
  • Do you have Christ in you?

Feeding of the 5000

Hello! Last Sunday, Pastor Alan taught about the most recorded miracle of Jesus: the feeding of the 5,000 (plus women and children) from John 6. To listen to this lesson, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Pastor’s outline and links to the verses. Enjoy!

  1. Old Testament Background
    • Jesus is like Moses but greater than Moses — John 6:14
  2. The Miracle ItselfJohn 6:1-15
    • Why do we follow Jesus? John 6:1-2
    • What “mountain top” experiences have you had with Jesus? John 6:3
    • What is your “Passover” experience? John 6:4
    • Do you operate from rational limitation or do you count on God’s provision? John 6:5-9
    • Do you unlock God’s provision by asking with grateful thanksgiving? John 6:11
    • Will you “gather up the fragments” so there will be less wasted? John 6:12-13
    • Will you step aside so Christ’s purposes might be done? John 6:14-15

WE AT COLONA COMMUNITY CHURCH ARE BOTH SADDENED AND JOYFUL TO NOTE THAT OUR DEAR, LONGTIME PASTOR, DEAN FREED, PASSED ON TO GLORY YESTERDAY. WE CAN ALMOST PICTURE HIM, NOW THAT HIS “ZIPPER BAG” OF QUESTIONS HAS BEEN OPENED AND HE IS SAFE IN THE ARMS OF THE JESUS HE LOVED. WE WILL MISS HIM, BUT WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AGAIN.

The Christ Who Came

Hello again! Yesterday, Pastor Alan shared a wonderful message about how Jesus is portrayed in each of the Gospels. To listen to this message, click play on the audio player below. You’ll also find Pastor Alan’s outline below, as well as links to the verses. I pray you are blessed by this message!

The Christ Who Came

  • MatthewThe One Who Fulfills
  • Mark:  The Suffering Servant
    • 3 things about Jesus, Mark 8:27-38
      1. Who He was: The suffering servant and Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14)
      2. What He came to do: Go to a cross
      3. What He requires of us: A willingness to die to self and follow.  Galatians 2:19-20
  • Luke:  The Savior of All 
    • Luke 2:30-32
    • Salvation in Luke’s gospel focuses on 2 things
      1. Forgiveness of sin (our past)
      2. New life through the Spirit (present and future)
  • John:  The Incarnate WordJohn 1:14
    • He became man and dwelt among us.
    • The emphasis is on signs and their purpose of teaching.
    • In Christ 7 things linked to 7 miracles.
      1. Christ ushers in a new beginning: water into wine.
      2. Christ has the power to give life: the official’s son
      3. Christ has the power to judge: the lame man.
      4. Christ can satisfy what we are really hungering and thirsting for if we would let him:  Feeding the 5000.
      5. Christ has the authority over creation:  Christ walking on the water.
      6. Christ lights our way as the light of the world: Healing the blind.
      7. Christ is the resurrection and the life:  Resurrection of Lazarus.

Conclusion:  What do you believe about Christ?

A three-fold test –

3 liars:

  1. Whoever denies that Jesus is the Eternal Christ that came in the flesh is a liar. 1 John 2:22
  2. Whoever claims to have fellowship with God and walks in darkness is a liar. 1 John 1:6
  3. Whoever says he loves God but hates his brother is a liar.  1 John 4:20

So, do we believe all we see about Christ?

The Authority of Jesus Christ

Good evening, again! Here’s is Pastor Alan’s message from December 12th, teaching about John 5:16-47. To listen to this message, click play on the audio player below. Also included is Pastor Alan’s outline and links to verses on Bible Gateway. 🙂

Background – a question of his authority to heal on the Sabbath. John 5:16-18

  1. Jesus has authority from God the Father. John 5:19-20
  2. Jesus has authority to give life. John 5:21, 24-26, 28-29
  3. Jesus has authority to judge. John 5:22, 27, 30
  4. Jesus has multiple witnesses to who he is and his authority.
  5. The response to the witnesses and Jesus himself.  John 5:40-44

What is our response to Jesus’s call for authority over our lives?

Authentic Belief

Good evening! I finally have a chance to post Pastor Alan’s messages for the past two Sundays. The message below is from December 5th and is based on John 4:46-5:16. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included notes from the message with links to the verses on Bible Gateway. Enjoy!

Why did John write his gospel? John 20:30-31

  1. Healing a Nobleman’s Son
    • John 4:43-45
      • some consider this a Bible contradiction, but Jesus was welcomed not honored; do we want Jesus for Himself or for what He can give us?
    • John 4:46-48
      • the world says that seeing is believing; God says BELIEVING IS SEEING
      • Hebrews 11:1-3
    • John 4:47
      • there will always be a point in our lives when something will hit us that we have no control over.
      • Mark 9:14-29
    • John 4:49-54
      • Jesus is not limited by the necessity of His presence
      • “I believe. Help my unbelief.”
      • Authentic belief abides in Christ and grows in Christ
  2. The Healing at Bethesda
    • John 5:1-9
      • Jesus miraculously healed the man
    • John 5:10
      • outward obedience does not equal inward change/faith
    • John 5:11
      • the ungrateful man threw Jesus “under the bus”
    • John 5:12-14
      • the man was so self-involved, he didn’t even know who Jesus was
    • John 5:15
      • unlike the nobleman, this man never put his faith in Christ
    • John 5:16-18
      • the moment when Jesus & the Pharisees really began to butt heads

Things to note

  1. Obedience isn’t always a mark of saving faith.
    • Three Requirements to be a Christ Follower
      1. be born again
      2. live in dependence on Christ
      3. obey
  2. Not always, but sometimes, sickness can be a direct result of sin (v. 14)
    • 1 John 5:16-17 — habitual, unrepentant sin can lead to physical death
  3. We must be careful not to put our rules above compassion
  4. Jesus is equal to God (v. 18)

Sowing & Reaping

Hello again! Pastor Alan continued our journey through the Gospel of John today with John 4:27-42. To listen to this message about sowing and reaping, simply click play on the audio player below. Also included is an outline of the message with some of the quotes Pastor Alan shares and links to the verses. Enjoy!

Principles for Sowing & Reaping John 4:27-42

  • “Woe to those who are silent about you. However garrulous they are in general, they are mute about what counts.” -St. Augustine
  • v. 27: The Good News is for everyone to hear and for us to share
    • Women were often the first to share the Good News about Jesus
    • Phoebe: Romans 16:1diakonos (deacon/teacher/preacher)
  • v. 28: Do we get so caught up in Jesus that we “leave our water behind”?
  • v. 29a: Invite others to come and see Jesus
  • v. 29b: Be excited about who Jesus is
    • When you’re talking about heaven, at least put a smile on your face. When you’re talking about hell, your normal face will do. -Charles Spurgeon
  • vv. 31-34: Is doing God’s will what feeds you?
  • v. 34b: Complete the work God has sent you to do.
  • v. 35a: Don’t procrastinate!
    • “Get action. Do things. Be sane. Don’t fritter away your time. Create. Act. Take a place wherever you and be somebody. Get action!” -Teddy Roosevelt
  • v. 35b: Opportunities are all around to sow (share) & reap (see results)
  • vv. 36-38: Appreciate everyone’s efforts to share the Good News
  • v. 36: Rejoice in sharing the efforts of sowing & reaping
  • v. 36: Realize the eternal significance of sowing & reaping
  • vv. 39-40: You may be the spark that the Spirit will use to bring many to salvation
  • v. 41: You are telling people about a universal Savior that everyone needs
  • v. 42: Jesus is the Savior of the world.
  • vv. 43-45: Be wise with your sharing — some will believe and some will not.
  • “You are ever active yet always at rest. You gather all things to yourself, though you suffer no need…you welcome those who come to you, though you never lost them. You release us from our debts, but you lose nothing thereby. You are my God, my Life, my holy delight, but is that enough to say of you? Can anyone say enough what they speak of you? Yet woe betide those who are silent about you!” -St. Augustine

Living Water & Worship

Good afternoon! Pastor Alan continued his series on the Gospel of John this morning by taking us through the first part of John 4, where Jesus meets the Samaritan woman. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included his outline with links to the verses he references in his message and the quotes he shared with us. Enjoy!

Living Water & Worship

I. Everyone has a need to feel as if they belong: John 4:1-7, 16, 27

  • Nicodemus: morally upright — came at night for fear of rejection
  • Samaritan woman: not morally upright — came at noon because she was already rejected
  • Jesus was available to both
  • How open are we to everyone?

II. Everyone has a need to feel satisfied in life: John 4:9-18

  • Ecclesiastes 2
  • Everyone is thirsty and hungry for something that satisfies them.
  • Jesus is more than temporary satisfaction.
  • John 7:37-39
  • “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

III. Everyone has a need to worship: John 4:19-26

  • It’s not important where, but to whom and how.
  • In Spirit — emphasis on being born again
  • In Truth — the object
  • Examine your heart: why are you coming to church?

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” -John Piper

“Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.” -Thomas Watson

“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” -John Newton

Praying you have a blessed Thanksgiving!