We often skim through the greeting of a letter to get to the “meat.” But the greeting of Philippians 1 sets up the rest of the book. It’s a powerful example of Fellowship-Based-Encouragement. We briefly hit 10 principles of encouraging fellow Christians by walking through this text.
In signing off from the message of 2 Corinthians, Paul uses the expression “the fellowship of the Spirit” in his blessing to these fellow Christians. The expression is also used in Philippians 2. We explore how God’s Holy Spirit holds His people together in fellowship.
Jesus creates unlikely friendships. He was the reason these men were enemies. And then He became the reason they were friends. We examine the relationships between Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark to see what we learn about Christian friendship, especially what it is capable of enduring.
How should we use the term “Christian”?
What will happen to the unimmersed on the Day of Judgment?
Why do we not come together for prayer gatherings in response to crisis like past generations did?
Our culture now values youth over age, even to the point of sending us messages that we must conform to youth or be left behind. We consider a biblical perspective on age, on interactions between generations, and especially on treatment of older generations.
As a followup to last week’s sermon on Traditions, we explore the mindset which leads to division and sectarianism…and the path toward recovery and prevention.
We explore 3 kinds of traditions: those built on biblical precedent, those which violate biblical precedent, and those which are neutral and should be flexible. What are the dangers which can come with all 3 kinds?
We cap off our series on how the Christian handles Memory by exploring what the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper teaches us about our memories. We examine the remembering of our Lord from 3 angles: His Story, My Story, Our Story.
The implications of life on the Vine of Jesus are exciting. The implications of NOT being connected to Jesus are startling. We explore the multiple aspects of this vine metaphor Jesus uses to describe the contrast of life in Him vs. "life" apart from Him.