Posts from February 2020

Posts from February 2020

The Lord Added to their Number Daily

Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ is busy saving souls. Right now, he is sending his Holy Spirit to work in people’s hearts, drawing them to himself. Our role as a church is not only to proclaim the good news but to create an environment where people who are being saved by Jesus can find a spiritual home. Put yourself in Jesus’ shoes for a moment. Suppose you have been working to bring someone to salvation. Their faith is tender, and…

People Spoke Well of Them

They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Acts 2:46) Pastor John’s Notes: The early church enjoyed the favor of all the people. The Christian community is a desirable community. The manner of our living should be noticeably better than what is in the world. When the church fails to center itself in the love of God and the love of others, we become something lesser, and the people…

Becoming Generous

Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. (Acts 2:44) Pastor John’s Notes: The early believers learned to think differently about their possessions. They didn’t count things as their own but gave to everyone as they had need. We begin to learn generosity when we give thanks to God for his provision. God provides what is needed at the time…

Devoted to the Fellowship

They devoted themselves … to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. (Acts 2:42) Pastor John’s Notes: Isolation and loss of community is an acute modern problem. While we are wired together through social media, our connections are superficial. As quickly and easily as we “friend” someone on Facebook, we can unfriend them. We seldom spend the time to build deep and meaningful relationships, even though this is what we all need. The people of the early…

Devoted to the Apostles’ Teaching

They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching. (Acts 2:42) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus chose twelve of his disciples to be his apostles, those whom he had authorized to speak and act on his behalf. The people recognized their authority and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. Everything we know about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ comes from their testimony. Their writings have been faithfully transmitted over the past 2000 years with unprecedented accuracy and commitment. The Bible has…

A Spiritual House – 1 Peter 2:5

This week, we will look at what the church can become in a series entitled, “A Spiritual House.” This phrase is taken from 1 Peter 2:5.  You yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5) Pastor John’s Notes: Through the church, God is bringing something new to the earth: a network of communities centered in the principles of the kingdom…

Keeping in Step with the Spirit – Galatians 5:25

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25) Pastor John’s Notes: Living by the Spirit brings our life into a beautiful synchronicity with God. Things begin to happen when our goals are in alignment with God’s goals. The flower of joy breaks open when our life is in harmony with God. Living by the Spirit is not laborious but easy. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are heavy burdened…for…

Crucifying the Flesh – Galatians 5:24

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24) Pastor John’s Notes: Living by the Spirit means putting our natural desires to death. Saint Paul uses the term “the flesh” to refer to our natural, sinful impulses and desires. Let’s consider what crucifixion is, and we will see how we must crucify our sin. First, crucifixion is not done in secret but is a public denouncement, so we must publicly denounce…

Spiritual Fruit of the Self-Control – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Pastor John’s Notes: The first fruits of the Spirit are those of the inner life: love, joy, and peace. The second fruits are those of the relational life: patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. The third is that self-governance, which is self-control. Let’s consider the Spiritual fruit of self-control. The Holy Spirit brings the fruit of self-control, the ability to put…

Spiritual Fruit of the Relational Life – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Pastor John’s Notes: The first fruits of the Spirit are those of the inner life: love, joy, and peace. The second fruits are those of the relational life: patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. The third is that self-governance, which is self-control. Yesterday we examined the fruits of the inner life. Today, let’s consider the fruit of our relational life: the…