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Sermon Outline, Nov. 29, 2015, “What is Ailing America”

What is Ailing America?

Romans 1:21

Complaint:____2 Timothy 3:1-4_

Diagnosis:____Romans 1:21___

Affects: ______Numbers 14:26-29

Prescription: __Hebrews 3:12-13_

Follow Up: ____Psalm 100:1-5__

 

Her Name was Grace

I have been privileged to enjoy special friendships throughout my 40 plus years of ministry. These friends are the ones who are always there to encourage me when needed and to also help me see where I need to improve. Quite often, they have also been generous in helping me financially or by supporting needs in the youth and worship ministry. (Yes, I was a youth minister for 4 years!) And, most of these friends were not members of the local church I was serving at the time.
One such friend was Grace Eynon. Grace married into a family involved in ministry. Her father-in-law had been a preacher and later a Bible college professor. Her sister-in-law had served as an editor at Standard Publishing Company and later as a Bible college professor. So, she was married to a “preacher’s kid”. Grace and her husband struggled to have children and decided to adopt. About the time they were ready to adopt, she found herself expecting their first child. Two other children soon followed. They were grateful that they were finally able to have children of their own. Life was good for awhile.
Grace was a registered nurse specializing in pediatric care until their youngest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at age 13 and died within 2 months. She could no longer work with young, sick children, so she moved to serving as an operating room nurse. As those who have lost a child understand, life changes radically after the death of that child. She began walking 6 miles per day to help with the sorrow, but she continued to invest her life in the lives of her other two children and of the youth at their church, directing youth choirs, singing in the choir, and always encouraging when quite often she needed encouragement.
When I moved to Orlando, Grace and her husband provided housing for me until I could find a place of my own. She helped me paint the entire house I was going to rent. I have to be brief here, but her name was perfect for her as she constantly demonstrated grace to those who needed it in her family and church. I had never known anyone named Grace before and thought it was a beautiful name. Unfortunately, Grace succumbed to “early onset” Alzheimer’s disease and left this life much to early, but not before demonstrating the grace of our Lord in so many lives.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding”. (Ephesians 1:7-8)

Don Seevers

News from Judy Fish

Our two-hour drive began on pavement which turned into a bumpy dirt road with deep ruts carved out by downpours in the rainy season here in Malawi. The dirt road turned into a footpath signaling the edge of the village of Kutobah, our destination where I would provide Community Health Evangelism (CHE) training at the Namikango Mission, a Bible school.

With hundreds of churches now planted in Malawi and Mozambique by Namikango students who “went forth,” the mission continues to grow. Today, they operate a maternity clinic and a primary school. Believing the church to be God’s chosen vessel to bring restoration to a fallen world, Namikango desires to begin an outreach ministry within those communities where churches are planted. CHE is the strategy they have chosen to do such! It was my joy to take the Namikango Mission staff and missionaries through an intensive 3 weeks of CHE training to equip them for holistic development.

The final week in Malawi was spent in talking with staff members and missionaries, visiting the maternity clinic, and discussing potential ways to improve medical care. We also considered medicinal and income-generating artemisia, eucalyptus, coffee, and macadamia nut trees to be planted on the mission grounds. We discussed possible microenterprise endeavors for participants of future Village Savings and Loans groups … offering hope in the midst of poverty.

And all of this took place because of faithful prayer warriors and financial supporters. YOU! I look forward to seeing how God will use this time of “pouring into” our Malawian brothers and sisters. Join me in lifting this past month of ministry before His throne … that He would nurture, grow, and multiply.

Judy Fish

Thankful for Family

When the month of November arrives, our thoughts begin to migrate toward the Thanksgiving Holiday. I appreciate each of the holidays. Thanksgiving ranks right at the top of my favorites because it is very simple and because it provides a great opportunity for our family to be together.
When I was growing up, our family always worked on the farm on Thanksgiving Day. We were out of school for the holiday, and Dad & Mom were excited there were more hands to accomplish more work. And since we were working on the farm, the Thanksgiving Holiday was pretty much just like any other day of the year, except we were out of school. As I reflect back on those days during my childhood, I realize that working together as a family so much of the time really helped us to become a very close family. Those close family ties strengthen us as we experience difficult times and bless us as we celebrate good times. Even though our family is larger now, meaning more schedules to coordinate, those strong and close family ties bring us together. I am very grateful for a close and loving family.
I am also very thankful for a very close church family here at Tates Creek. As we worship together each Lord’s day, meet in our Sunday school classes and small groups, serve alongside each other, walk through difficult times, and celebrate joyous occasions, we cultivate and build strong Christian relationships in our Tates Creek Church family. Zella and I are very thankful for each of you ~ your prayers, your encouragement, your support, and your love. We are very blessed to serve with each of you!
I am most thankful for our Lord Jesus Christ! Paul writes in
II Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” Jesus is an indescribable gift! Through Him we receive the precious gift of the forgiveness of all our sins! Through Him we receive the great gift of the Holy Spirit! Through Him we receive the anticipated promise of eternal life in the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ! Through Him we experience the fellowship of the church! Through Him we experience immeasurable grace, unfailing love, peace, joy, and hope. Through Jesus we receive purpose for life! Through Jesus we receive opportunities to serve one another and to serve people who have not yet come to Jesus! Our Heavenly Father is very good to each of us!

Tommy Simpson

Sermon Outline, November 22, 2015, “Truth About Grace”

Truth about Grace

Ephesians 2:1-10

God’s Grace Surpasses.

Surpasses the Life of Sin.

~ Romans 5:20

Surpasses the Past.

~ I Corinthians 5:10; Romans 3:24

God’s Grace Saves.

Saves from Death.

~ Romans 6:23

Saves from Hell.

~ Romans 5:9

God’s Grace Reigns.

With a Fresh Start.

~ II Corinthians 5:17

With a Fresh Look.

~ Lamentations 3:23

With a Fresh Significance.

~ Matthew 5:16; Galatians 6:9-10

Sin & Grace, Simplified

When dealing with the preschoolers, we usually don’t go into dramatic detail when it comes to the more serious things in the Bible. For example: Potiphar’s wife wanted to “kiss” Joseph. Sixth Commandment—Don’t hurt people. It’s all in how you word things, and making sure to get the point across for their young minds without missing the point. Teaching a child about sin, and the grace we are given when we do sin, seems easy enough, right? Kind of. First, you have to tell a child that everyone does bad things. Yikes! I’ve just told a 3 year old that even their parents do things that aren’t good?! Yep. We also then get to explain how that’s possible…. because Jesus died for us he took away our sin.
Then, you tell them that no matter what, God is going to forgive them, because he loves them. “Great, so I can keep doing things that may not be very good (like obeying mom and dad) because God will forgive me!” Well, no. To really teach a child about grace, you have to explain that all of us do things that make God (and parents!) sad. But when we are truly sorry for the things that we have done, and we ask for those things to be forgiven, it will happen. This is all because of the sacrifice Jesus gave for all of us, and because He loves us!

Lesley Tipton

Giving Grace

There are so many great songs written about the grace of God. The songs “Amazing Grace”, “Your Grace is Enough”, and “Your Grace Finds Me” are just a few from a long list of songs written about God’s great grace for us. Why are so many songs written on this topic? Because the grace God has shown us through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus provides forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life! What greater thing is there to sing about?

Sin is a big problem. So big that it affects, well, 100% of people. Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. This sin problem affects you and me both. Thankfully God has given us what we need and not what we deserve because of our sin. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. What our sin has earned us is death. Death is what we deserve, it’s what we have earned. But instead God gives us what we NEED. That is, forgiveness through Jesus and eternal life with God. Because of this, many define God’s grace as “God’s unmerited favor”. I think this is a great definition. God, thankfully, gives us what we need and not what we deserve.

Sometimes we have trouble showing the same grace to others that God has shown to us. Sometimes we are even unwilling to accept grace ourselves. We would rather live in our guilt and shame than let God or anyone else show us grace. Maybe the reason we have a hard time accepting grace is because we are unwilling to show grace to others. Let an understanding of God’s grace sink into your heart in the next several days and weeks. The book of Romans has some great insight on Sin and Grace. That would be a great text to read. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in showing His grace to the people around you. What an Amazing Grace to share!

Mike Allen

Grace then Works

For some reason, our culture has confused grace with works and works with grace. According to scripture, they are separate; however, one must follow the other. In other words, grace, found in the blood of Jesus, is what saves us from our sin and eternal punishment in Hell. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” But, if grace is followed with no evidence of a changed heart and a changed life, how then, was the accepted grace genuine? Notice what James 2:24 says, “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.”

Yes, grace is what saves you and me. It is not about what we have done nor is it about our religious performance, but it is what Jesus has done through the finished work of the cross! However, to validate or confirm that grace, there must be works that follow. A person who accepted the grace offered to them by Jesus CAN’T NOT have works. If a person accepts Jesus, is baptized but then carries on with their prior life before baptism, what good is the grace? Please don’t miss this! If a person has a relationship with Jesus, they should go to church, tithe, read their Bibles, pray, etc. Notice, however, that these things are not what saves us. Going to church every Sunday or having good, godly parents isn’t what saves us. It is the blood of Jesus that saves us!

The grace of our Lord is offered to anyone and everyone. So, come to Jesus. Accept his grace and “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38

Conor Doyle

Truth about Grace – Ephesians 2:1-10

The Holy Scripture tells us we are all sinners. Satan is always out there tempting each person. It is so easy for anyone to follow the ways of the world and not what our Lord desires.
Tommy Simpson and Conor Doyle are leading a study group on Wednesday evenings entitled “A Man and His Traps.” The theme of the study centers on our idols. We all have idols of one form or another. Idols consist sometimes of going overboard for worldly activities and events not connected to our Lord. Idols separate us from our Lord. When anything comes between you and God it is a sin. I know that I am guilty of this when it comes to sports. I am a big follower of the University of Kentucky basketball and football teams. Also, I keep up as much as possible with the Cincinnati Reds in baseball. I have questioned myself often with the thought, “Am I placing the sport activities first in my life and putting my relationship with the Lord as second or third?” What I am really saying is, my first duty in life is to follow the Lord in everything I do. Following sports shall come second or third.
Even though we all are sinners, there is good news! In Ephesians
2:4-10, it states “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of this grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
It is by grace I have been saved and by grace I am forgiven when I put things before our Lord. With that, pray each day that you love Him and will follow Him throughout eternity.

R. W. Ellington

Sermon Outline, November 15, 2015, “Truth About Sin”

Truth about Sin

I John 3:4

Acknowledge the Power of Sin.

Sin rebels against God.

~ I John 3:4; Romans 3:23; I John 1:8

Sin enslaves those who Practice it.

~ John 8:34

Sin incurs a Debt.

~ I Peter 2:24

Acknowledge the Consequences of Sin.

First consequence of sin is Guilt.

~ II Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10, 12

Second consequence of sin is Condemnation.

~ Matthew 25:41

Third consequence of sin is Death.

~ Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4

Fourth consequence of sin is God’s Judgment.

~ Revelation 21:8; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 14:11; Mark 9:48; Matthew 8:12

Embrace the Savior.

The Blood of Jesus removes sin.

~ I John 1:7; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18 -19; Romans 5:9

Accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.

~ Acts 4:12

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