Our preaching focus this summer is called “Counter-cultural Character Qualities” These messages are not focused on politics or even directly on the ills of our culture, but on what God can do in each of us to help us stand out as a light in this cultural moment. These messages are going to be extremely practical, and therefore also a bit challenging. But if you want to live in the blessing of the Bible’s pattern, this is the series for you.
Here’s the plan
Date: June 3, 2018 (Communion)
Topic: Friendship (vs. loneliness)
Text: John 15:12-17
Title: I Have Called You Friends
Key Sentence: Jesus is the model of what it means to value friends
Worship: My Hope is Built!
Date: June 10, 2018 (Hannah’s team June 10 – June 16)
Topic: Hospitality (Rosaria Butterfield)
Text: John 21:4-14
Title: The Hospitality of Jesus
Key Sentence: We’re called to hospitality. Jesus shows us how to do it.
Worship: Jesus Jireh
Date: June 17, 2018 (Todd to Slovakia June 26 to July 14)
Topic: Teachability (engagement with Scripture, “lifelong learner”)
Text: Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 1:1-33, Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Title: A Life Lived Listening to Wisdom
Key Sentence: The life-long learner tunes his antenna to the wise and the word
Worship: Be Thou My Vision, (and Laden with Guilt)
Date: June 24, 2018 (Bob vacation June 19 – July 3)
Topic: TBD (Murry Billingsley)
Date: July 01, 2018 (communion) (Bob vacation June 19 – July 3)
Topic: Rest (David Jackson)
Date: July 8, 2018
Topic: Giving (generosity)
Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 (with 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8)
Title: The Overflow of Joy and Poverty
Key Sentence: Giving is the concrete, joyful, trusting imitation of the grace of God
Worship: He Gave Himself for Us
Date: July 15, 2018
Text: Philippians 2:3-11
Title: The Depths of Other-Centeredness
Key Sentence: Humility calls us to the extreme of putting others first
Worship: Even Death on a Cross
Date: July 22, 2018
Topic: Submission (obedience vs. “you’re not the boss of me”)
Text: Mark 14:36, James 4:7, Romans 13:1, Ephesians 5:22, Hebrews 13:17
Title: The Right to Tell Me What to Do
Key Sentence: In a world full of rights, we voluntarily yield ours.
Worship: I Will Follow
Date: July 29, 2018 (GUM, Monday to Thursday)
Topic: Grieving (vs. Anger)
Text: Luke 19:41-44, Matthew 23:37,
Title: Substitute Grief for Anger
Key Sentence: Grief for others is way better than anger at them.
Worship: Did Christ Over Sinners Weep?
Date: August 5, 2018 (DeGray family to the farm)
Topic: Rejoicing (vs. anxiety)
Text: Philippians 4:4-7
Title: Rejoicing vs. Anxiety
Key Sentence: Commands like ‘rejoice’ and ‘do not be anxious’ are not as hard as they sound.
Worship: The Joy of the Lord
Date: August 12, 2018
Topic: Moral Courage (Todd Cobbs)
Date: August 19, 2018
Topic: Diligence (vs. laziness)
Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Title: Willing to Work
Key Sentence: Key Sentence: Idleness does not befit or benefit God’s people.
Worship: God is at Work
Date: August 26, 2018
Topic: Civility (vs. incivility)
Text: 1 Peter 3:8-17
Title: Walking and Whispering
Key Sentence: We make a difference in a polarized culture by walking in integrity and speaking with civility.
Worship: Honor Christ the Lord as Holy
Date: September 2, 2018
Topic: Fall Series Starts – this will be “A Hundred Days in Proverbs” I hope all of us will read or listen to the book of Proverbs three times in these hundred days, and we’ll be looking at the very practical teaching of Proverbs on topics important to our daily lives.