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THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: and His Life-Transforming Power (Message #3/3 * Romans 8) 02-22-2015

1. For those who are in Christ Jesus… ● there is now no condemnation (v1) ● we have been set free from sin by the indwelling Spirit’s power (vs2-4) ● the Spirit dwells within us because we belong to Christ (vs4-11) 2. The Holy Spirit Dwells within Us ● we set our minds on the things of the Spirit (v5) ● we put sin to death by the Spirit’s power (vs5-13) ● we are sons of God (not slaves of sin) who are led by the Spirit (vs14-17) ● the Spirit helps us in our weakness & intercedes for us (vs26-27) 3. Walking in the Spirit’s Fellowship & His Life-transforming Power (Ro 12) ● Present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice (vs1-2) ● Be a united Christ-centered body who is humble & uses our gifts (vs3-8) ● Embrace true agape love: with brotherly affection for each other & by blessing our enemies (vs9-21)

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THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: and His Inexpressible Joy (Message #2/3 * 1 Peter 1:8-9) 02-15-2015

1. Why do we have Inexpressible Joy? ● we know & love Jesus: having first been loved & forgiven by God (1Pe 1:8) ● we have Christ-centered identity & acceptance: which gives us confidence & assurance (Gal 3:28f; Eph 2:13) ● we have purpose in life & in suffering: amidst God’s comfort & healing (1Pe 2:9ff; 1Pe 5:1ff; Jm 1:2ff; 2Co 1:3ff) ● we are promised an imperishable inheritance: & God glorifies Himself thru us while we wait, watch, & work (1Pe 1:4; Col 1:16) 2. How do we live with Inexpressible Joy? ● by Faith: standing firm in God’s grace thru Christ (1Pe 5:12; 1:13) ● as a Holy Lifestyle: sojourners abiding in Christ (1Pe 1:14ff; 2:11f; Jn 15:1ff) ● by Choice: rejoicing in the Lord (1Pe 1:6; Php 4:4ff)

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THE LOVE OF GOD: and His Eternal Glory (Trinity/Message #1/3 * John 3:16) 02-08-2015

1. The Love of God ● God loves because God is love: and He created us in His image & for His own glory (1Jn 4:7, Ge 1-2; Rev 21-22) ● God hates sin: & unbelieving sinners are separated from God & under His wrath (Pv 6:16; Heb 7:26; Jn 3:36) ● God loves His chosen people with unmerited love (Dt 7:6ff; Eph 1:3ff) ● God loves His people by calling us His children and through His discipline (Hos 1:10; 1Jn 3:1; Pv 3:11f; Heb 12:6) ● God so loved the world He gave & sent His only Son: to save those who would believe (Jn 3:16-17) ● God loved sinners thru the cross and Jesus loves me (Ro 5:6ff; Gal 2:20) ● God our Father saves us by grace thru faith in Christ: andpours His love into our hearts thru the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:17; Ro 5) ● Christ loves His church and is coming back for His bride (Eph 5:25ff; Rev 19) ● Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ro 8:31ff; Jn 10:28f) ● God’s salvific-love brings Him eternal glory: which He shares with us (Jn 17; Ro 1:5-7) 2. Loving God unto His Eternal Glory ● Love God, thru Christ, with all our being (1Jn 4 & 5; Dt 6:4ff) → Love one another as Jesus loved us (Jn 13:34; 1Jn 4:7ff) → Love our neighbors & our enemies (Mt 5:43ff; Lk 10:29ff) ● Trust & Rejoice in God’s promises (for those who love Him) → all things work together for good... (Ro 8:28) → God disciplines those He loves… (Heb 12:6) → we will receive the crown of life… (Jm 1:12)

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RACIAL RECONCILIATION, THE GOSPEL, AND THE CHURCH (Topical Message * Ephesians 2:13-16) 01-25-2015

1. Some Examples of Racism (pride, self-righteousness, etc.) ● in the Bible (Ephesians 2:14; Esther 2; Jonah 4; John 4:9; Luke 9:51-56; Ac 22:21f) ● in History & our Modern culture (in the U.S./Western World) → Native Americans (quote from Michael T. Cooper on Native American/U.S. relations) → Jews (quote from Joe Carter/Editor of The Gospel Coalition about Auschwitz) → Hispanics (quote from “Harvest of Empire” by Juan Gonzalez) → African-Americans (quote from Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile on African American relations with Police) 2. Racism, Jesus, & the Gospel: a Christian-theological perspective ● Racism, our sin nature & fallen world → the root problem of racism is sin → racism is driven by pride, greed, fear, revenge, ignorance, & the evil one → racism is individual & systematic, in the oppressor & the oppressed → King Jesus will end racism when He returns ● Christ’s victory thru the Cross (Eph 2) → we are dead in our sin & at enmity with God & one another → God makes us alive thru Christ, who reconciles us with God & one another → So be saved by God’s grace thru faith in Christ & live as His people 3. Racial Reconciliation & the Church: Where do we go from here? ● Embrace a “cross-cultural” Christian theology & fellowship ● Repent of racism & worldliness, and bear with one another (quote by Joe Carter, Editor of The Gospel Coalition; on the Southern Baptist Convention) ● Be holistic in our prophetic voice & embrace corporate reconciliation (see “A Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in “The Atlantic” journal, June 2014). ● Christ is coming back for His purified & unified bride – so live accordingly

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ABORTION, GOD'S LOVE, AND THE GOSPEL (Topical Message * Psalm 139:13-16) 01-18-2015

1. We are Created by God in His Image ● God’s Purpose for Our Lives: to glorify & enjoy God as His people & witnesses ● God’s Gift & Plan for Sex: to enhance marital companionship & for procreation ● God’s Priority for Women, Mothers & Children: He blesses & uses them for His kingdom & glory 2. Thinking Biblically about Abortion & the Love of God ● The Pregnant Woman in a Fallen World ● The unborn Child & Abortion 3. Obey the Life-transforming Gospel ● Follow King Jesus & make disciples ● Love & Honor Women, Mothers & Children (including the unborn child) ● Be a Prophetic Voice to the Culture

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