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Sermons in this series
Sun, Nov 05, 2023
We need a sixth sense. We need that ability to perceive the spiritual real. To see God's glory shimmering in creation. To see Christ's victory looming over our sin. To see the devil's schemes, so they do not ensnare us. Ours is a spiritual world. Elisha perceived this. He prayed others would, as well. In this final message of the series, we observe Elisha standing firm in a spiritual battle because he knows God's invisible army outnumbers his Aramean opponents.
Sun, Oct 29, 2023
Duration: 46 mins 13 secs
God's redemptive story enfolds unlikely people. Outsiders become insiders. The ritually unclean become righteous. Sinners become saints. Sadly, the inverse happens: insiders become outsiders. Entitlement, greed, and idolatry affect religious people, exposing their lack of commitment to God. This story contrasts the paths of Naaman -- an outsider -- with Gehazi -- an insider -- showing God can reach anyone who is open to him.
Sun, Oct 15, 2023
Duration: 45 mins 17 secs
Elijah and Elisha's mentoring relationship comes to a dramatic end. God calls Elijah heavenward; he ascends in a whirlwind with a chariot of fire leading the way. Elisha grieves and goes, picking up where Elijah left off. He had work to do. So do we. The meantime is our time to join God's mission.
Sun, Oct 08, 2023
Mentors mold us, shape us, and make us into more effective workers for God's kingdom. The Bible is full of mentoring relationships, from Moses and Joshua to Paul and Timothy. Likewise, Jesus called his twelve disciples to learn how to live as kingdom saints. Modern mentorship provides the same growth opportunities through personal relationship. This sermon will be conversational, sharing with one another about mentoring.
Sun, Oct 01, 2023
Elijah's defeat of the prophets of Baal was a mountain top experience. But the elation did not last. Jezebel conspired to kill Elijah, so he fled. The running and hiding, exhaustion and hunger drained him. Elijah wandered in the wilderness with a death wish. But God spared him, spoke to him, and renewed his calling. For anyone who has suffered alone, this story reminds us that God provides, speaks, and gives us purpose. He is for us; we need to hear this!
Sun, Sep 24, 2023
The showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal is outstanding. Yahweh's servant stands alone but radiates confidence. He demands an audience with the king, proposes a contest with his prophets, and calls on God to show his glory. He does in dramatic fashion. The episode ends with shouts of praise, bloodshed, and long-awaited rain. The story teaches the power of prayer.
Sun, Sep 17, 2023
When famine comes, feasting ceases. Drought brings desperation. These are the conditions when Elijah the prophet bursts onto the scene. This man of God says and does outstanding things in service of Yahweh. In his premier, he denounces king Ahab, predicts a long drought, manufactures food for a widow, and raises her only son from dead. Each outstanding act showcases the power and provision of our God, who is able to do more than we could ever ask.
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