Called to Follow – Sharonda Medina

Matthew 4:18-20

“8 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”20 At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Called: Spiritual Gifts – Sharonda Medina

“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” 1 Corinthians 12:1 NIV
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. ” 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT

Moses: No Excuses – Sharonda Medina

We’re not the first generation to make excuses, even to God. Moses, when he was confronted with God’s call at the burning bush (Exodus 2-3), looked for just the right excuse, thinking that God would change his mind. This message challenges us to live out our own call, without excuses.

Upgrade: Living – Sharonda Medina

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 NIV

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 The Message

Upgrade: Praying – Sharonda Medina

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

“Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.”
2 Corinthians 11: 24-27 NLT

Sermon Video: Sharonda Medina


 

Stewardship Video: Taylor

Near or Far-sighted? — Josh Gray

Scripture: Genesis 39:1-6a
When we think about ourselves and the time span of our lives, oftentimes we tend to focus on our present or on our future. Maybe we have a really bad now, and all we can think of is getting out of it some day in the future. Or maybe what we having going on right now has us so consumed that we forget that there is a tomorrow on the other side of today. Thinking too much on our present or on our future tricks us into seeing our lives out of focus. The story of Joseph is an amazing account of a young man who didn’t focus on his present or future in excess. He wasn’t near or far sighted. Though Joseph existed in a bad “now”, he never forgot about what God had in store for him one day. And even though he knew one day he’d be free to fulfill the dreams he had been given, he didn’t let that affect how he served and honored God with his work in his now.

 

 

Everybody Dance – Steve Casteel


Why Me? – Steve Casteel

The story of Moses hits close to home on so many fronts. Why does God pick us to do His work? What does God see in us?

Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Exodus 3:11

Sermon Audio:

Videos below include  special music during the Connection service,  featuring Tom Edwards, Tommy Steadman and Jon Steadman as well as the message by Steve Casteel.

How Great Thou Art

Are You Comfortable? – Greg Taylor

Where is it written that you are supposed to be comfortable at church?  Many people are never comfortable at church.  Sometimes it is through our discomfort that God reaches us.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2