Generations - #2 - All for Him

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This was going to be a sermon about budgets and money management - God's way.  But God's Word has a way of guiding our thoughts in a different path. And so this will not be a sermon about budgets.  This is not a sermon about money. This is a sermon about vocation. This is a sermon about our callings.  This is a sermon about how God does his work in the world. And wonder of wonders, he let's us be a part of it!  Listen in and marvel with us.

Generations - #1 - Building the Walls

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Each generation has the important job of passing down the legacy of God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus to the next. Each generation has the important job of passing on this legacy to the people of that current generation.  Each and every generation has great work to do. And God has given each one of us the resources to do exactly what he wants us to do in our lives.  In this short series, we’ll look briefly at how we can use what God has given us in our callings as members of a church, as members of our families, and as members of a community.  God lets each generation play a vital role in how God does his work in this world.

Ride the Wave - Mission 2018 and Beyond

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2017 has been a tough year for the members of Abiding Faith.  We don’t know exactly what God will give us in 2018, but we’re going to ride the wave.  We’re going to plan some things and as God grants it to us we’ll do them. We’re going to be consistent in what we do. And we’ll ride the wave.  We’ll enjoy the time that we have together.  We’ll learn to trust him more.  We’ll learn to live in the moment and make the most of every opportunity.  We’ll learn to enjoy the work that God has given us to do.  And we’ll pray desperately that God would bless his church how and when he will.  And we know that it will be good.  In this we’ll ride the wave of his grace whatever that waves looks like.  We’ll learn to wait on him as watchman wait for the morning. 

Fight for the Faith - #3 - Tag Team

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As America moves further and further away from being a “Christian nation”, culture and even church opposition continues to increase.  There is a greater need than ever for perseverance, wisdom, and courage to stand with Christ.  There is a greater need than ever to stand on the Scriptures and to cling to Christ.  Jude calls us to this fight and urges us to “Fight for the Faith” in this one-chapter book.  Today, as we learn a valuable truth from Bible history, the story of God’s faithfulness throughout the ages.  It’s a powerful and comforting truth that we see as we unpack the words of Jude and see God’s defense for us.  Listen in and know the victory that you have even when the Devil fights to have you eternally. 

Fight for the Faith - #2 - The Opponent

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As America moves further and further away from being a “Christian nation”, culture and even church opposition continues to increase.  There is a greater need than ever for perseverance, wisdom, and courage to stand with Christ.  There is a greater need than ever to stand on the Scriptures and to cling to Christ.  Jude calls us to this fight and urges us to “Fight for the Faith” in this one-chapter book.  Today, as we continue our series through the book of Jude, he identifies for us our opponent, who and what we’re up against in this fight for the faith.  Listen in and find out where we find our greatest freedom and enjoy the greatest victory.  Jude 3-4

Fight for the Faith - #1 - The Fighter

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The church is in trouble.  The church in danger because there seems to be a proliferation and explosion of false teachers within the Christian Church.  They’re everywhere.  Flip the television on Sunday morning and you’re bound be exposed to some false teacher.  Turn on public radio on Sunday morning and you’re bound to hear some false teaching.  Maybe you don’t notice.  Maybe it doesn’t bother you.  But I can’t stomach some of it.  There is an explosion of false teachings and an explosion of false teachings.  And whether you know it or not, you’ve been affected and even infected by them.  As your pastor, I see you confused and wandering at times because of all the false teaching and the true ones that bombard your ears.  As a pastor in this community, I see people lost and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.  They’re not sure what to believe anymore.  The church is in trouble and each soul is too!

That’s why I don’t think there is a more fitting time for this series and this book.  We are the church at war.  We are sometimes called the church militant.  And out of love for souls, out of love for the gospel, I’m going to stand up and “Fight for the Faith.”  Out of love for souls and out of love for the gospel, I pray that you hear Jude’s call and that you too would stand up and “Fight for the Faith.” Each one of us and all us need to hear these words to “Fight for the Faith” that was once handed down to us.  We need to know it and fight to keep it.  In this short little book, Jude climbs into the ring with us and gives us help from God.  In this little book that not many people know much about, Jude not only calls the church to action but he gets us ready for action.  And this is how he starts.

God and We - #4 - Rest for the Weary

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Seven billion people occupy this tiny slice of history. This is when we live.  This slice of space we as a church and we as individuals occupy.  And it's not by accident.  God put us here and now to make a difference–but He doesn’t want us to do it alone. Find out how in God and We. In this fourth and final message in the series, we hear Jesus call us to work and then provides exactly what we need

God and We - #3 - Crosstian Church

Seven billion people occupy this tiny slice of history. This is when we live.  This slice of space we as a church and we as individuals occupy.  And it's not by accident.  God put us here and now to make a difference–but He doesn’t want us to do it alone. Find out how in God and We. In this third message of the series, we learn that the church does not exist for us. Instead, we are the church and we exist for the world.

God and We #2 | Faith-Filled

Seven billion people occupy this tiny slice of history. This is when we live.  This slice of space we as a church and we as individuals occupy.  And it's not by accident.  God put us here and now to make a difference–but He doesn’t want us to do it alone. Find out how in God and We. In this second message of the series, we learn from Jonathan to be a faith-filled, bet the farm church because God... 1 Samuel 14:6-7.

God and We #1 | Church on the Move

Seven billion people occupy this tiny slice of history. This is when we live.  This slice of space we as a church and we as individuals occupy.  And it's not by accident.  God put us here and now to make a difference–but He doesn’t want us to do it alone. Find out how in God and We. In this first message of the series, we look at Nehemiah 1.  We learn to fall on God for his forgiveness, his grace and mercy as we look to the future.

Pray for Texas

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There is a great joy that people have in helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can see it all over the place; in almost every news report people are overjoyed to help.  People are overjoyed and overwhelmed to be helped. Everyone finds finds joy in giving; they find joy in the kindness and the giving to others.  How much more so for us!  How much greater is the joy of God’s child to show compassion and give gifts to help people in their time of need. There is so much joy to be found in giving to others in their need.  2 Corinthians 9:6-15 

Friendship 4 | Honesty is the Best Policy

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Telling the truth is tough business, especially with our closest friends.  But that is exactly what they need from us and precisely what we need from them.  Love teaches and helps us to speak carefully and with candor about even the toughest subject.

Friendship 3 | Fill Me Up

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True friendship is an intimate and a deep relationship.  We share a deep emotional connection with another person.  And so our friends ride life’s roller coaster with us – and we with them.  They carefully stand by us – and we by them – so that they might fill us up in just the right way, at just the right time.  Jesus gets us and he is always right there with a timely word and timely help in our time of need.