The Spirit Is Providential

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Photo by Robert Linder via http://www.rgbstock.com

How Christ Works in His Body
1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Matthew Raley (5-10-15)

Last week we saw that the Holy Spirit is sovereign over the body of Christ. He is utterly free to assert his will, and he uses that freedom.

To say that God is free to do what he wants is to prompt the question we will be asking in today’s message: “How does God use that freedom?” He might, like many humans, use His freedom to be cruel. But Paul teaches that the Spirit of Christ uses his freedom to do good for the body. The character of the Spirit’s power is providential.

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May 10, 2015 Website sermon outline

Audio: The Spirit is Sovereign

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Photo by Robert Linder via http://www.rgbstock.com

How Christ Works in His Body
1 Corinthians 12:1-13
Matthew Raley (5-3-15)

Today’s text is so familiar that we think we know it, that all we need is a friendly reminder. To correct this dangerous overconfidence we need to go back to the basics and recover Paul’s point of view, to understand the basic assumptions he writes with.

Today we look at the first of these assumptions: Paul assumes the sovereignty of God. This is the doctrine that God does whatever he pleases. We will see that this has direct implications on how the Holy Spirit operates in the life of the church and its members.

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May 3, 2014 Sermon Website Outline

Audio: Power from the Holy Spirit

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Photo by Robert Linder via RGB Stock

The Christian Life Is a Miracle
1 Corinthians 12:3
Matthew Raley (4-26-15)

What does it mean to say “Jesus is Lord” by the power of the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit break down barriers to the Gospel? These are two of the questions Pastor Raley addresses in today’s message from 1 Corinthians 12.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the recording quality for this sermon is very poor and there is a lot of back ground noise.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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April 26, 2015 Sermon Website Outline

Audio: Barriers Against the Gospel

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No Trespassing – image courtesy of jazz4ev at http://www.freeimages.com

The Christian Life Is a Miracle
1 Corinthians 12:2
Matthew Raley (4-19-15)

We like to think that we have good reasons for our choices. But we are not as rational as we like to think. We have prejudices—assumptions that are so obvious to us we don’t question them. Each of us has a worldview that stands behind our thinking and leads our choices.

Do you know your default settings? In what ways are you a creature of your surroundings?  Those are among the questions we will be asking in today’s message.

April 19, 2015 Sermon Website Outline

 

Audio: Know the Holy Spirit

Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican) Image via Wikimedia Commons
Gian Lorenzo Bernini – Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican) Image via Wikimedia Commons

The Christian Life Is a Miracle
1 Corinthians 12:1
Matthew Raley (4-12-15)

What matters most when we come together? What really creates community? What is most crucial in bonding us together as one?

Those are the questions we will be asking today as we begin a journey through one of the most famous chapters in the Bible. It is one of the most clarifying texts on our life together as a church.

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April 12, 2014 Sermon Bulletin Outline

Audio: Wide Open Easter

Easter SunWide Open Easter for sermon blurbday 2015
Philippians 3:13
Matthew Raley (4-5-15)

This Easter Sunday the elders presented Pastor Raley with a prayerfully chosen sermon text. The message which followed is a challenge from the Holy Spirit to look out for the heresy of legalism and to ask ourselves, “What am I confident in?” and “What is Christianity to me?”

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Outline April 5, 2015 Easter