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Sermon Outline, November 1, 2015, “Truth About Prejudice”

Truth about Prejudice

Revelation 7:9-17

Every Person is a Creation of God.

Every Person is created in the Image of God. ~ Genesis 1:26, 27

Therefore, every person is of Equal Value. ~ Psalm 8:4; Luke 12:7; Luke 12:24

Every Person is the Object of God’s Love.

Every Person has sinned. ~ Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23

All sin condemns to death. ~ Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4

God loves every person. ~ John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Romans 8:32

Every Person is the Target of the Church.

Respect every Person. ~ I Peter 2:17

Love every Person. ~ I Corinthians 13:4-8a

Serve every Person. ~ Galatians 6:10

Pray on ALL Occasions!

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” Ephesians 6:18

During a spring break trip in 2008, we experienced the need for special prayer, and we experienced a Mighty God at work because of prayer. Our son, Chase, experienced a complete break of both the tibia and fibula of his right leg while playing in a baseball tournament in Destin, Florida. We were far from home, knowing only our “team family”. We had no knowledge of area doctors or hospitals. Our son was badly injured and we needed help. Once we learned of the severity of his break, we began to pray. As parents, we pray for our children on ALL occasions. As we prayed, so were many others who were at the ball field that afternoon. As we stood on the sidelines of the field, we saw all the players kneeling in centerfield, lifting up prayers on behalf of our son. This was a public school from Barren County, Kentucky praying along side our school, Lexington Christian Academy. There are no words! Immediately, we began to see prayers being answered and our God at work. There was an orthopedic surgeon at the game who knew what to do for Chase right there in that critical moment. The number one surgeon, who was highly recommended to perform Chase’s surgery, was the doctor on call for the very hospital they were sending us to. Chase was taken to surgery where a titanium rod and screws were inserted into his right leg. Due to the severity of his injury, we were told Chase might never play ball again. Once again we saw prayers answered, after months of physical therapy and healing, Chase was conditioning with his team in October. Yes, pray in the Spirit on ALL occasions! He is faithful to His Word, He hears our prayers (Psalm 65:2) and He loves it when we call out His name for ALL the occasions we experience in this journey of life.
Pray on ALL occasions,

Danny and Anne Branham

The Truth

I think most of us will recognize these famous words that are used to begin the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776. The entire sentence reads: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
In our current political climate it is difficult to see these words honored and respected as patriots, but have you ever read these words and thought about their importance as we walk with Christ wearing His name as Christians?
They are even more powerful in that context.
There are so many passages in God’s Word that focus on truth. In fact, that is one definition of His Word: Truth! But as I read through the Sermon on the Mount, I see where Jesus reminds us of several truths:

Matthew 5:18 ~ I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Matthew 5:25-27 ~ Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Matthew 6:2 ~ So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

Matthew 6:5 ~ And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

Matthew 6:16 ~ When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

That is probably as much truth as we can handle for now!

Don Seevers

News from the Weeks

Hello Tates Creek Friends!
The past few months have been eventful for the Weeks family in Ethiopia. The summer for you is rainy season for us, and we’ve seen the rain transform the landscape from a scrubby, brown, dustbowl to a lush, green, garden of Eden. With all the rain, the Farming God’s Way garden test plots in both Nekempte and Mojo have taken off and the corn is almost ready for harvest. We’re excited to see what the yield is, but we know that no matter what the outcome, our harvest is not just in corn. We have been sowing the seed of friendship as well, and we believe that harvest will not come back lacking.
Travis has also been busy traveling to many villages doing biblical training, income generating activity (IGA) training, and repairing Solar Recharging Stations. At the end of July, our whole family traveled north to Yamp, a Gumuz village where our teammates the Moores currently live. Using a manual he created himself, Travis led training on how to manage and repair Solar Recharging Stations. Jake also taught on giving and stewardship. We believe our job in helping our Ethiopian partner churches to become more financially sustainable is not solely in creating a well-functioning IGA program. It is also to instill the biblical idea of generous and joyful giving. There was a good response from the evangelists at the meeting, and we are excited to move forward with similar trainings in other areas in the future.
In other news, we are excited to announce that Baby Weeks #2 is a girl! She is due to arrive December 26. At the end of October, I (Emily) will be traveling back to Georgia with Clare and my mom, who is coming to spend the month of October with us in Nekempte! We are excited to host both of my parents in Ethiopia and show them our life and ministry here. Travis will join us in Savannah at the end of November where we will eagerly await our baby’s arrival at Christmas time. Because returning to Ethiopia with a newborn requires all sorts of documentation and immunizations, we plan to return the first week of March. That being said, we would love to come visit all of you at Tates Creek after the baby is born! We are currently discussing dates and will be excited to see all of you this winter!
And last but not least, we would like to say a big THANK YOU for all of your prayers and financial support. Travis and I are almost 2 years into our first term and we are in the thick of things—starting a new life and ministry in a different culture is hard work. We cannot imagine doing this without you all behind us, encouraging us, and praying that God’s will be done. So thank you. We look forward to a sweet reunion with you this winter!

Travis, Emily, Clare, & Baby #2

Truth About Racism – Revelation 7:9-17

Anyone who reads and believes the Bible knows that racism can never be a part of our Christian lives. In the account of creation we read: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 ESV) If you examine the world and search every people group– from Iran to New Zealand, from South Africa to Ireland, anywhere and everywhere, looking into the eyes of every person– you will see the personhood of God.

Throughout scripture we see how God views people, and this is especially evident in the New Testament in the way Jesus loves. A great example of this love is seen with Jesus and his interaction with the woman at the well. By all accounts he should not have talked with her; she should not have approached him. First, he is a man, and she is a woman. In their culture it would not have been appropriate for them to speak to each other. He is a Jew, and she a Samaritan, and The Jews and Samaritans have hated each other for centuries. He is the Son of God, and she is a woman who has been married many times and now lives with a man who isn’t her husband. Despite all this, Jesus in a shocking way approaches her and offers her something she doesn’t even know she needs: true love, forgiveness, and grace.

1 John 3:11 says, “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” This is one thing I love about scripture: it is clear and it is honest. It doesn’t say to love those of our own culture, our own social status, or our own political beliefs. It says to love without prejudice and with equality! A little later John writes these instructions, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Jesus again sets the great example of this love by putting it into action on the Cross. This is the greatest example of love ever known. John 3:16 says, “for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.”

The love of God for ALL peoples comes to fruition in Revelation 7:10, “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

God loves every person, and with the evidence of Scripture, we are to do the same!

Nick Wallen

Some Things Never Change

Judges chapters 4-5, we have the Israelites who have been under severe oppression for 20 years. The enemy of Israel had 900 chariots and outnumbered the men of Israel. After the successful leadership of Joshua, Israel selected judges to lead the military to defend the people. However, after the leadership of Joshua, leadership seemed to diminish and enemies began to rise. In chapter 4, the men of Israel shrank back in fear of the enemy, not trusting in God for deliverance. No man was willing to step up to the plate to get the job done in leadership. So, Deborah, a woman, stepped up to the plate, assumed the leadership role, and got the job done.

Let me be very clear. I am not sexist by any means, nor do I believe that women have no business in leadership positions. According to scripture, yes, women have restrictions in roles of leadership but the problem isn’t so much in female leadership as much as it is in male passiveness. Like Deborah, women in our culture, churches, and families have to step up to the plate because “men”, “fathers”, and “daddies” have not. Churches desperately need real men, families desperately need fathers, and kids desperately need their daddy to step up to the calling Jesus has placed on their lives.

Can you believe there was not a single man in all of Israel willing to face the enemy in battle and trust the Lord? Not one! Men of Tates Creek Christian Church, let us not be like the men of Israel. Let us be men who answer to the calling Jesus has placed on our lives and in our hearts. To love our wives as Christ loved the church, to not spare the rod and curse the child, to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, to be in the world but not of the world, to not have a hint of sexual immorality among you, to love Jesus in all things, to read scripture, and to pray.

Conor Doyle

One Another

Working in youth ministry I’ve seen parents struggle with the new relationship that develops with their children as they move into their teenage years. Teenagers naturally are defining themselves as unique people, and that comes at the expense of the dependent relationship they had with their parents just a few years ago. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean it is easy or simple. Parents, and their children, have to learn to live with each other in a new way, and it requires give and take along with a healthy dose of patience.

This is why Paul takes pains to stress the mutuality of the household relationships that we live with as Christians in Ephesians 6:1-4. It isn’t merely a one-way street for Paul. Children need to obey their parents, but parents do not need to anger their children. In this way, they are submitting to one another. In fact, throughout this passage beginning all the way back in chapter 4 of Ephesians, Paul is stressing that we need to defer and bear with one another within the Church. It comes to a climax with the section on household codes. Husbands and wives need to submit to one another, parents and children need to submit to one another, and servants and masters need to submit to one another.

Perhaps the reason that Paul’s argument reaches its height here is that household relationships are the most intensive areas in which we learn to think less about ourselves and more about the other people close to us. It is in submitting our desires and wants to those closest to us that we learn what it means to take on Jesus’ loving perspective. In fact, the word “one another” occurs 100 times in the New Testament. If we are to grow in Jesus, we need to grow together.

And in that way, we can all take ahold of the promise in Ephesians 1:5, that we all are adopted as sons and daughters of God. God has no grandchildren, and that means we are all on the same plane in His sight.

Brad Haggard

Truth About Homosexuality – I Corinthians 6:9-11

The recent Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage has put homosexuality and other gender issues in a big spot light. Their actions are forcing us as a nation to look at homosexuality. We are now not allowed to discriminate against homosexuals for any reason and we are required to accept them as married couples.
No matter what the Supreme Court says, the Bible says that homosexuality and other sexually immoral acts are a sin. Leviticus 18 describes a number of sexually immoral behaviors. Leviticus 18:22 says “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, that is detestable.” Webster defines the word detestable as “arousing or meriting intense dislike: abominable”. Likewise, abominable is defined as “worthy of or causing disgust or hatred”. Homosexually is a sin that stirs the emotions of many people. Sexual immorality continues to be mentioned throughout the Bible as something that is displeasing to God.
Today, homosexuality more than any other sin, with the possible exception of abortion, stirs up much emotion in people. The only reason I can come up with as the cause for this elevated level of response is this: we are being required by the homosexual community, the court system and many, many individuals to say that homosexuality is not a sin. This goes against God’s Word; it goes against the truth.
However, regardless of the emotion level this detestable sin creates within you, we also must remember it is God’s will that we love the sinner and not the sin. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And dare I say some of us have done any number of detestable sins in the eyes of God. As a Christian, we are expected to share the love of God and the story of salvation with homosexuals and all sinners. The Word of God can soften hearts and change lives. The Truth has the power to remove detestable sin from peoples’ lives. Don’t let your emotions keep you from sharing the love of Jesus with those who need to hear it most.

Mike Mirre

Sermon Outline, October 18, 2015, “The Truth about Divorce”

Truth about Divorce

Matthew 19:3 ~ 9

Consider God’s Original Purpose for Marriage.

Marriage is God’s Building Block for Society.

~ Hebrews 13:4

God’s Original Purpose for Marriage did not include Divorce.

~ Malachi 2:16

Consider Biblical Reasons for Divorce.

Sexual Immorality is a Biblical Reason for Divorce.

~ Matthew 5:31 ~ 32

Desertion of an Unbeliever is a Biblical Reason for Divorce.

~ I Peter 3:1

Consider Starting Over.

Start over with Marriage.

~ Philippians 3:13

Start over with Forgiveness.

~ Psalm 103:12; Psalm 32:1; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 4:32


Family. So simple and so complicated, am I right? You’ve got those family members who you just sort of avoid throughout the year except when you see them on holidays (I know you’re thinking of a person right now) and then we have those people who we count on all the time, no matter what. When you think of family, do you think of those who are only related to you? Those who share your genes? Or, do you think outside of that circle? I personally see my church family as one of the most important in my life. I am actually doubly blessed because it also happens to be my work family, so I see these same faces more than I do some of my blood relatives. Those members of my church family, from the smallest child to the longest married couple, are the ones that I have come to count on the most when things begin to get difficult in life. I know there are quite a few other people at Tates Creek Christian that feel the same way. God has given us a great congregation, and I am so blessed to be able to call it my family. I hope you feel the same way.

Lesley Tipton

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