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Can the Church Count On Me?

King David made a great statement in 1 Chronicles 29:3 when he said, "I have set my affection on the house of my God." David had a desire to build a house for God. That did not fall to him, but to his son, Solomon. Yet David's love for God's house was not contingent on whether or not things were going his way or conditional on whether or not he got his way. Our church buildings and property--they were not built for us. Our church lands and facilities belong to God. The church is for God. In this message, Dr. Merritt follows David's example as he asks what a life looks like whose affection is for the things of Christ and His church. If Christ loved the church and gave His life for it (Ephesians 5:25), what does that mean for us today as a body of believers? What is our responsibility to the body and how is our church (physical location) a part of that?

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Explore the Evidence

Was Jesus really raised from the dead? What if this primary fact of the Gospel was put to the legal test? Would the evidence stand in a court of law? Jesus doesn't need anyone to defend Him--but there are questions in the hearts of men that caused the apostle Luke to write an account of Christ's resurrection that looks much like a lawyer's argument of a case. Many people call Jesus a great man, others call Him a great teacher, still others call Him a great philosopher and almost everyone agrees He was a great moral example. The reality is that He is none-of-the-above if He died and did not come back from the grave. He himself promised over and over that He would--and He did! In this message, Dr. Merritt presents convincing proof from the Bible that the resurrection of Christ did occur exactly as written. Two billion people have staked their lives and their eternity of this fact. Explore the evidence of the greatest miracle in all of human history.

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Both Genesis and Hebrews tell brief accounts of a man named Enoch. We do not know much about him--but there is one sentence describing him with great substance--"Enoch walked with God" (Genesis 5:24). Enoch was one of only two human beings to live, but to never die--the other was Elijah. The Bible says of Enoch, "...God took him." From Enoch's life we have to ask, what does it really mean to walk with God? More importantly, can you and I walk with God as well? In this message, Dr. Merritt shares biblical principles we can learn from the life of Enoch. Learn how to walk with God daily, intimately and powerfully, so that you too can have a life that is summed up in a short, rich and wonderful testimony--"One that walked with God."

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With the End in Mind

Picture yourself as a guest at your own funeral--a little morbid, perhaps, but there's a great point to be made. As you look to transitions in life--a new season, a new year, a new job or a big change--your glance turns forward as you look to what lies ahead. But what if instead we looked at the end of our lives? What would we want to have accomplished, to have said and done, between now and our last day on earth? The apostle Paul had a tremendous gift to look at his life while always keeping the end-goal in mind. It might be said that no one had a more productive life, a more impactful life for Christ, than this man. His example planted seeds that led to an explosion of Christianity worldwide after his death that we still see more than 2,000 years later. In this message, Dr. Merritt encourages us to be like Paul--to put our lives in the rear-view mirror and ponder what we can do today that will help us keep the end in mind. Note: This message was originally preached at the end of December and makes a great New Year's or year end sermon.

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God's Guidance System

When God saves us, He does not leave us to wonder and wander without direction. He enables us to walk with Him through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives in us, moves us and goes before us. For the sinner, the Holy Spirit convicts. For the believer, the Spirit communicates. The Spirit guides us--He is the only guide that we need. In this message, Dr. Merritt unpacks the role of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has come to guide us into the truth about God, the truth about sin, the truth about salvation, the truth about life, the truth about death, the truth about heaven, the truth about hell. In other words, He has come to guide us into the truth that really matters.

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