Rest A While

Mark 6:30-32
After his disciples returned from ministering to people, Jesus made a surprising statement: “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” What? After seeing such success as demons were being cast out, the sick being healed, and the gospel was being preached? Even while there were still so many pressing against them for ministry even now? Why does Jesus command them to rest? Christ teaches us the importance of “taking care of our tools.”

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Why We Must Go

Matthew 28:16-20
Why should anyone engage in missions? If we focus upon ourselves, then it’s not hard to make a case against it. Jesus answers our fears and concerns, however, with two powerful statements about his mission.”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” and “I am with you always.” Because of these two truths, there is nothing more foolish and fruitless than to oppose the mission of Christ–but there is also nothing more safe, wise, and profitable than to take up that mission.

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Called to Suffer

Isaiah 6; 2 Timothy 2:10
Isaiah had one of the most famous visions of God in all the Bible. He was cleansed by God, and called to ministry by God in God’s very presence. Yet, he was called to what would seem to be a failing ministry. Why? Paul was called to be the apostle to the Gentiles, and he died a Roman prisoner, abandoned by nearly everyone. Why?

Through these men’s ministries and preaching, we see something important and foundational to God’s purposes in calling us today, even when He calls us to suffer and to seem to fail.

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The Exalted Son

Ephesians 1
Cultural ideas of Jesus often influence our thoughts of Him. A crucifix, a frail figure in a long robe, etc. Scripture, however, gives us a clear–and very different–picture of Christ after His death and resurrection. He is exalted at the right hand of the Father. In this sermon, we’ll complete our short study of Christ’s death and resurrection.

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Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be

The Epistle of Jude
This short, succinct letter from Jude to an unknown church with problems serves to challenge all congregations and individual believers to self examination, and gives a strong and inspiring call not only to sound doctrine, healthy love, and upright behavior, but also to the primary pursuits that result in those ends.

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