Sermon Notes
 
 
 
CHRISTIAN – PART 4
 
SHOWING UP ANDY STANLEY
 
Matthew 5:1-12; 13-16 (NIV)
 
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
 
 
As we continue our consideration of what it means to be a Christian, Pastor Andy Stanley offers us an extended series called Christian (2012), which examines the difficulty many of us may have with the term itself, and instead challenges us to tether our spiritual identity to the far more biblically supported and established term of disciple.
 
 
In part 4 of the series, we find that the early Christians in Rome did not have it easy. They were persecuted, blamed for crimes they didn’t commit, even fed to lions. Yet Jesus painted an encouraging picture of their circumstances; he said they were “the salt of the earth,” and “the light of the world.” While they were simply trying to stay alive, Jesus was saying that they had been strategically placed by God. Could this be true of your life and your circumstances too? In this message, Andy Stanley explains the influence we may not even know we have.
 
 
In this message, Andy reveals that the little group of people Jesus spoke to during his Sermon on the Mount went out and within three hundred years, they changed the world. They didn’t settle for being Christian. They were salt. They were light.
 
 
Reflection Point If you’re a Christian, it’s because someone was salt and light in your life. You’ve had providential relationships. When you look back on your life, those people were “towns on a hill,” showing you the way to God’s grace. Their persistence may have been a little irritating, but their love changed your life.
 
 
SALT ALWAYS PRESERVES, LIGHT ALWAYS SHOWS THE WAY.
 
 
ARE YOU A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?
 
CHRISTIAN – PART 3
INSIDERS OUTSIDERS
ANDY STANLEY
 
 
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (NIV)
9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people- 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
 
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
 
 
As we continue our consideration of what it means to be a Christian, Pastor Andy Stanley offers us an extended series called Christian (2012), which examines the difficulty many of us may have with the term itself, and instead challenges us to tether our spiritual identity to the far more biblically supported and established term of disciple.
 
 
In part 3 of the series, we consider that without intending it, Christianity won the West. It toppled the Roman Empire. And it did so without raising a sword. What was the secret of the early church’s influence? And where did we go wrong?
 
 
In this message, Andy reveals the secret-and a lesson for us about judging others. This may be exactly where the church has gone wrong.
 
 
Reflection Point
 
When we judge nonbelievers, we lose our influence.
Can you imagine where we’d be if we’d never abandoned love as our primary influence? Let’s decide together that we’re going to work to love one another better and we’re going to stop judging others.
 
 
1 Corinthians 9:19 (NIV)
 
19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
 
 
ARE YOU A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?
 
CHRISTIAN – PART 2 QUITTERS ANDY STANLEY
 
 
1 John 4:7-11 (NIV)
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
 
 
As we continue our consideration of what it means to be a Christian, Pastor Andy Stanley offers us an extended series called Christian (2012), which examines the difficulty many of us may have with the term itself, and instead challenges us to tether our spiritual identity to the far more biblically supported and established term of disciple.
 
In part 2 of the series, we consider that the words used to describe Christians today often bear no resemblance to the one word Jesus wanted his followers to be known for. What if we as Christians embodied this one word? What if our behavior was so consistent with this word that folks around us were drawn to us – and to God.
 
In this message, Andy challenges us to change the name and reputation of Christianity by becoming a group of followers characterized by this one thing.
 
Reflection Point Jesus would say we give up our leverage in culture when we focus on anything but love. If we loved like He calls us to love, people wouldn’t feel condemned by Christians or coerced to join the faith. In fact, they’d feel drawn to the church. What does love look like in the marketplace? In our families? In our marriages? If we don’t love well, it doesn’t really matter what else we do. So try it. Focus on it. Meditate on it. This week, practice loving people around you. Remember: we owe it to God to love others.
 
ARE YOU A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?
 
CHRISTIAN – PART 1 BRAND RECOGNITION ANDY STANLEY John 13:31-38 (NIV)
 
31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
 
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
 
As we continue our consideration of what it means to be a Christian, Pastor Andy Stanley offers us an extended series called Christian (2015), which examines the difficulty many of us may have with the term itself, and instead challenges us to tether our spiritual identity to the far more biblically supported and established term of disciple.
 
In part 1of the series, which we will view this morning, Andy defines a disciple as follows:
 
Learner, Pupil, Apprentice, Adherent, Follower
 
At the end of the message today, Andy challenges us to consider whether we are willing to be true disciples of Jesus? Are we willing to love people the way He role modeled, prayed for and commanded His disciples to love one another?
 
 
ARE YOU A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN*
 
How long have you been a Christian now? How long have you been living in the Spirit now? Do you know what it is to love Jesus Christ? Do you know what it is to have your love unsatisfied, endured in loneliness, and ready to burst your restless, ravenous heart? Do you know what it is to have the pain taken away, the hole filled up, to reach out and embrace this sacred Man and say sincerely, “I cannot let you go. In good times and bad, victory and defeat, my life has no meaning without you”? If this experience has not shown your life darker by its brilliance, then regardless of age, disposition, and state in life, you do not understand what it means to be a Christian.
 
This and this alone is authentic Christianity. Not a code of dos and don’ts, not a tedious moralizing, not a list of forbidding commandments, and certainly not the necessary minimum requirement for avoiding the pains of hell. Life in the Spirit is the thrill and the excitement of falling in love with Jesus Christ. If the Spirit is not fire, it does not exist. The prayer that rises from my heart is this-if you haven’t already, may you come to know in surpassing measure the incredible, passionate joy that I have come to know in the love of Jesus Christ Crucified, power of God, and the wisdom of God.
 
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit if wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.
Ephesians 1:17
 
 
* Taken from Reflections for Ragamuffins, by Brennan Manning, pg. 192
 
WELCOME TO VBS SUNDAY
 
 
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
 
Our College Students:
New: Rachel Conhoff – Ursinus College in PA Jenna Canegata – Roanoke College in VA Ly’Nese Setorie – Temple University in PA Madeline Claeys – Bethel College in IN Molly Claeys – Bethel College in IN JD Cory – John Brown University in AK Kaylan DaCosta – UVI STT Thea D’Eramo – Notre Dame in IN Stephen Edwards – Rochester Institute of Technology in NY Nate James – UVI STX Emily Snow – Palasky University in Czech Republic Faith Snow – U.S. Coast Guard Academy Aiden Stevens – Judson College in IL
 
 
Please keep them all in prayer
as they begin their new school year.
 
YOUTH SUNDAY SERVICE
Pastor Dave & Shelley Claeys Directors, Youth & Family Ministry This is our first Youth Sunday service since 2017!
 
Worship Team
Canon Claeys, Hannah Peifer, Meg Claeys, Sophia Peifer, Lyla Boyan and Cai Claeys
 
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Skit
 
Testimony – Thea D’Eramo Youth With A Mission (YWAM) base in Yosemite, CA Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach to Greece
 
Prayer for our College Students: Rachel Conhoff – Ursinus College in PA Jenna Canegata – Roanoke College in VA Ly’Nese Setorie – Temple University in PA Madeline Claeys – Bethel College in IN
Molly Claeys – Bethel College in IN JD Cory – John Brown University in AK Kaylan DaCosta – UVI STT Stephen Edwards – Rochester Institute of Technology in NY Nate James – UVI STX Emily Snow – Palasky University in Czech Republic Faith Snow – U.S. Coast Guard Academy
 
My Lighthouse by Rend Collective
Elementary & Preschool Classes
 
Grace for Every Moment Skit
High School & Middle School
 
Our high school and middle school class has been growing in GRACE and LOVE through the summer.
 
TRUSTING GOD IN A STORM – PART 2 MARK 6:45-52 (NLT2)
 
45 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home. 46 After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.
 
47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him.
 
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, 52 for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.
 
1. Circumstantial Storm – A tumultuous gale-force storm that is destructive, overwhelming and completely out of one’s control.
 
2. Emotional Storm – An inner storm of emotional instability brought on by external circumstances.
 
3. Theological Storm – A spiritual storm which can lead one to question God’s concern for them personally, as well as His sovereignty over the greater events taking place around them.
 
TRIALS ARE A NECESSARY JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY TOWARD FINDING OUT WHO GOD REALLY IS! DR. TONY EVANS
 
today will be a special testimony service
where we have an opportunity to share what 
god is speaking to our hearts, changing in our thoughts
and attitudes, and being reflected in our actions.
 
 
continue to reflect on the message 
of last week.
 
 
TRUSTING GOD IN A STORM DR. TONY EVANS MARK 4:35-41 (NKJV)
 
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” 
 
Last week, Dr. Tony Evans challengeD us to consider what it means to face tumultuous storms, even when you are walking in God’s will. In this particular passage of Mark 4, he pointed out that there were actually three storms impacting the disciples:
 
1. Circumstantial Storm – A tumultuous gale-force storm that is destructive, overwhelming and completely out of one’s control.
 
2. Emotional Storm – An inner storm of emotional instability brought on by external circumstances.
 
3. Theological Storm – A spiritual storm which can lead one to question God’s concern for them personally, as well as His sovereignty over greater events taking place around them.
 
TRIALS ARE A NECESSARY JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY TOWARD FINDING OUT WHO GOD REALLY IS! DR. TONY EVANS
 
TRUSTING GOD IN A STORM DR. TONY EVANS MARK 4:35-41 (NKJV)
 
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” 
 
Today, Dr. Tony Evans will challenge us to consider what it means to face tumultuous storms, even when you are walking in God’s will. In this particular passage of Mark 4, he points out that there were actually three storms impacting the disciples:
 
1. Circumstantial Storm – A tumultuous gale-force storm that is destructive, overwhelming and completely out of one’s control.
 
2. Emotional Storm – An inner storm of emotional instability brought on by external circumstances.
 
3. Theological Storm – A spiritual storm which can lead one to question God’s concern for them personally, as well as His sovereignty over greater events taking place around them.
 
TRIALS ARE A NECESSARY JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY TOWARD FINDING OUT WHO GOD REALLY IS! DR. TONY EVANS
 
THE EIGHT ATTRIBUTES OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY LifeWay Christian Resources
 
An extensive research project was undertaken by LifeWay Christian Resources, a Christian publishing and media company, which helped identify eight attributes* “that are the most statistically significant spiritual markers which indicate ongoing spiritual growth.”
 
I urge you to consider setting some time aside for a spiritual tune-up, taking time to evaluate whether these attributes are operational in your spiritual life.
 
1. BIBLE ENGAGEMENT – Transformation can be recognized when we allow the Bible to sharpen our minds, shape our perspectives, and direct our actions. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
 
2. OBEYING GOD AND DENYING SELF – Discipleship is the process of obedience to one who is in authority over us. Transformation can be seen when we progressively set aside earthly delights for Kingdom priorities. (Luke 9:23)
 
3. SERVING GOD – Transformation is evident when personal and even dreams are set aside for the needs we see in others. (Matthew 25:40)
 
4. SHARING CHRIST – Even with the need to live out the effects of the gospel, maturing believers know that speaking about the message is a necessity. Transformation is evident when we talk about the source of our new life in Christ. ( I Peter 3:15)
 
5. EXERCISING FAITH – Transformation is seen in believers when risk-aversion is set aside and out lives are characterized by faithful obedience to God’s will. (Galatians 2:20)
 
6. SEEKING GOD – Transformation is seen when our desire is to know God more deeply and experience His work more fully. (Matthew 6:33)
 
7. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS – Our faith is personal but it is not intended to be private. Our horizontal relationships should develop just as out vertical relationship with God does. Transformation is occurring when relational maturity is evident in our lives. (Acts 2:42)
 
8. UNASHAMED – Transformation is evident when believers are unashamed in presenting their own lives as being aligned with Christ. (Romans 1:16)
 
* Taken from: LifeWay Christian Resources – Bible Studies For Life Curriculum Sampler, p. 40
 
MEANINGFUL MANHOOD SESSION 12: REVERSING THE CURSE DR. TONY EVANS
 
 
Malachi 4:5-6
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
 
As we celebrate Father’s Day today as a congregation, community, culture and society, we would be remiss if we did not thank God for all of the Christian fathers that stood with their families throughout the generations before us, and even today continue to stand as a testimony and witness of what Godly fatherhood should be within society. I pray you all take a moment at some point during the day to say thank you to the Godly fathers that have influenced your lives.
 
However, I would also urge you to thank the non-Christian fathers who honored their families, respected their neighbors, served their communities and obey the authorities over them as a public witness of uprightness within our society. And yet, no matter what part of the U.S. you come from, your life has been impacted by the problem of fatherlessness, which is widespread throughout our nation.
 
 
Consider the following statistics regarding fatherless children of the U.S., according to Dr. Evans:
 
 
24 million children grow up with no father in the home. 7 of 10 African American children are born into single parented homes with no biological father involvement, resulting in: increased drug addiction, poverty, and juvenile delinquency. 63% of youth who commit suicide have no father in the home. 90% of homeless youth have no father in the home. 80% of young rapists have no father in the home. 71% of school dropouts have no father in the home. 70% of juvenile delinquents have no father in the home. 94% of prisoners in jail grew up with no father in the home.
 
 
In his message today, Dr. Evans will explain that the problem of fatherlessness is far more than a social problem which can be solved by social approaches; it is a spiritual problem requiring a spiritual solution. He shares the biblical nature of blessings and curses and their application to the family.
 
RIGHTEOUS LIVING 101 1 Peter 1:13-25 (NLT2)
 
13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
 
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.
 
21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
 
22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
 
23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.
 
 
TIMELESS PRAYERS FOR THE CHURCH Christ’s Prayer for Future Believers John 17:20-26 (NLT2)
 
 
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
 
 
24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! 25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
 
 
Apostle Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesian Church Ephesians 1:15-23 (NLT2)
 
 
15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
 
 
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
 
 
MAY UNITY AND WISDOM IN CHRIST BE ABUNDANT UNTO US IN ALL THINGS
 
 
ON WHAT GROUND ARE YOU STANDING? Psalm 138:1-8 (NKJV)
 
1 I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. 2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. 3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, When they hear the words of Your mouth. 5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, For great is the glory of the LORD. 6 Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8 The LORD will perfect* that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
 
2 I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs* all things for me.
 
Philippians 1:3-7 (NKJV)
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete* it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
 
* The idea is that God begins to work out His purposes in the life of His servant and continues His work until it is absolutely and completely done.
Taken from New Spirit Filled Life Bible, Word Wealth, p. 792
 
 
 
 
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) www.ywamstcoix.org Jason & Vanessa Peifer, Directors
 
 
Cherilyn Derusha is on staff at the YWAM base and a member of SCCC. Cherilyn, along with their four Discipleship Training School (DTS) students, will share with us this morning. The students have been on island completing the 3 month lecture phase of DTS before leaving on outreach to assist our own Monaco Herrick, who is on staff at the YWAM base in Lebanon.
 
 
WHO, ME? GIFTED? MICHAEL YOUSSEF, Ph.D PART 6: THE GIFT OF HEALING (RIGHTNOW MEDIA)

 

The Bible tells us that we receive gifts on the day of our spiritual birth. We are charged with using these gifts to build up the body of Christ. If members of the body do not use these gifts for the common good of the church, everyone suffers. In Who, Me? Gifted? Michael Youssef unpacks the gifts of the Holy Spirit one by one so that believers everywhere will experience fulfillment, spiritual maturity, and unexpected blessings.

 

Notes:
 
1 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
9  to another faith by the same Spirit,
to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
 
 
1.   Spiritual Healing (Matt. 13:15; 1Peter 2:24)

 

 

2.  Emotional Healing (Luke 4:18)

 

 

3.  Physical Healing (Acts 3:6, 8:6-7, 28:8; Phil. 2:25; 2 Tim. 4:20; Matt. 9:35; 1 Corn. 11:30; John. 9:2-3; 2 Corn. 12:7)

 

 
THE NECESSITY OF UNITY – Part 2 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31 (NLT2)
 
1 Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
 
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
 
1 Corinthians 12:27-31 (NLT2)
27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.
29 Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30 Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.
 
 
THE NECESSITY OF UNITY Ephesians 4:1-16 (NLT)
 
1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
 
7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. 8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. 10 And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.
 
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
 
 
 
 
FROM GOD WE LEARN HOW TO LIVE Job 12:13-25 (The Message)
 
 
13 “True wisdom and real power belong to God; from him we learn how to live, and also what to live for. 14 If he tears something down, it’s down for good; if he locks people up, they’re locked up for good. 15 If he holds back the rain, there’s a drought; if he lets it loose, there’s a flood. 16 Strength and success belong to God; both deceived and deceiver must answer to him.
 
 
17 He strips experts of their vaunted credentials, exposes judges as witless fools. 18 He divests kings of their royal garments, then ties a rag around their waists. 19 He strips priests of their robes, and fires high officials from their jobs. 20 He forces trusted sages to keep silence, deprives elders of their good sense and wisdom. 21 He dumps contempt on famous people, disarms the strong and mighty.
 
 
22 He shines a spotlight into caves of darkness, hauls deepest darkness into the noonday sun. 23 He makes nations rise and then fall, builds up some and abandons others. 24 He robs world leaders of their reason, and sends them off into no man’s land. 25 They grope in the dark without a clue, lurching and staggering like drunks.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
April 8th – Shelley Claeys
 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
 

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 

We are hard pressed on every side,but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 

persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 

10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 

11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 

12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,

14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 

17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 
 
 
 
WHO IS THIS JESUS? – Part 2
APRIL 1, 2018 Romans 6:1-19 (NLT)
 
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
 
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
 
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
 
15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
 
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
 
 
WHO IS THIS JESUS?
MARCH 25, 2018 Mark 11:1-11 (NKJV)
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; 2 and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”
 
4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. 5 But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” 6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.
 
8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
 
“Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ 10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
 
11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.
 
QUESTIONS FOR THIS PASSION WEEK
1. WHO IS JESUS TO YOU? 2. HOW IS THAT IMPACTING YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE? 3. HOW IS THAT IMPACTING YOUR HEART LIFE? 4. HOW IS THAT IMPACTING YOUR THOUGHT LIFE? 5. HOW IS THAT IMPACTING YOUR COMMUNITY LIFE?
 
SCCC OVERVIEW: THE BASICS
March 11 &  18, 2018
 
 
Who is SCCC?
SCCC was founded in 1985. A fellowship of denominationally mixed believers who find themselves at the crossroads of cultural, generational, and ultimately, theological change.
 
What is our Vision?
The vision of SCCC is that every person would experience a transforming life through faith in Jesus Christ.
 
What is our Mission?
The mission of SCCC is to demonstrate God’s transforming work through loving God wholeheartedly, loving others genuinely and serving our world generously.
 
Romans 12:1-2 (AMP) 1 I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
 
EMERGING FROM THE STORMS – PART 5
Hebrews 12:14-29 (NLT)
March 4, 2018
 
14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. 16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. 17 You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears. 
 
18 You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. 19 For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. 20 They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.”
 
22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.
 
25 Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” 27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.
 
28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire.
 
 
Dom Lapp – Youth With A Mission (YWAM) James 1:2-4, 12 and Hebrews 12:1-12, 16-17 (NIV)
 
 
James 1:2-4, 12
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, [a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
 
Hebrews 12:1-12, 16-17 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
 
5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciples the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
 
7 [a] Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplines by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined -and everyone undergoes discipline- then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
 
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
 
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he would not change what he had done.
 
 
 
EMERGING FROM THE STORMS – Part 4b 1 Peter 2:9-20 (NLT)
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
13 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. 15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.
18 You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. 19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
 
WHEN GRACE CHANGES THE HEART, submission out of fear changes to submission out of love, and true humility is born.
 
William Hendriksen, Exposition of Philippians
 
 
ARE YOU MORE CHRISTLIKE OR LESS FOR 
HAVING EXPERIENCED THE STORMS OF 2017?
EMERGING FROM THE STORMS – Part 4 Romans 13:1-7 (NLT)
 
 
1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.
 
 
6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
 
 
Although submitting to God is our most basic responsibility, God has placed us in situations that offer daily lessons in submission. If we don’t learn proper submission in those areas, our submission to God may be imaginary. To measure our progress in learning practical submission we can ask:
 
1. Which of the following challenge me to practice submission: family, school, work, sports, civil government?
 
2. To what persons in authority am I personally accountable?
 
3. How submissive is my attitude toward each of those authorities?
 
4. How well am I able to separate issues of authority from
matters like personality differences, disagreements,
envy, and ambition?
 
5. In what specific ways can I demonstrate respect
for the authority of even those
whom I do not admire?
 
 
We can learn how to submit to God by submitting to those whom God has placed in authority over us. What grade would you give yourself for how you are doing in God’s class on submission? Taken from: Life Application Bible Commentary – Romans.
 
 
 
ARE YOU MORE CHRISTLIKE OR LESS FOR 
HAVING EXPERIENCED THE STORMS OF 2017?
EMERGING FROM THE STORMS – Part 3 2 Peter 3:1-18 (NLT)
 
1 This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
   11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
15 And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
17 I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends. Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.  
 
ARE YOU MORE CHRISTLIKE OR LESS FOR 
HAVING EXPERIENCED THE STORMS OF 2017?
 
EMERGING FROM THE STORMS – Part 2 Philippians 3:1-16 (NLT)
1 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.
 
2 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4 though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
5 I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. 6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.
 
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
 
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear Brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
 
15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
 
 
ARE YOU MORE CHRISTLIKE OR LESS FOR 
HAVING EXPERIENCED THE STORMS OF 2017?
EMERGING FROM THE STORMS Ephesians 4:17-32 (NLT)
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
 
20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. 
 
 
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
 
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
 
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
 
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
ARE YOU MORE CHRISTLIKE OR LESS FOR HAVING EXPERIENCED THE STORMS OF 2017?
  
 
 A CONCERT OF PRAYER ACTS Prayer Model
Matthew 6:9-13 (NLT) 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
 
 
ADORATION – Praise God for who He is.
Psalm 48:1 (NLT) 1 How great is the LORD, how deserving of praise, in the city of our God, which sits on his holy mountain!
 
 
CONFESSION – Confess your sins to God.
1 John 1:9 (NLT) 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
 
 
THANKSGIVING – Thank God for what He has done.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
 
SUPPLICATION – Request God’s help for yourself and others.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
  
 
 
December 17, 2017
AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS PART 1 – THE GUEST LIST Pastor Andy Stanley Matthew 1 (TNIV)
Shake any family tree and you never know what kind of people might fall out. Let’s face it; we all have an uncle or cousin we whisper about behind closed doors. We all have a relative or two we try to avoid at family gatherings. No surprise there. But here’s something you may not know. Jesus had a few shady characters in his family as well. Actually, he had some relatives that make your most wayward cousin look like a saint. Over the next two weeks, we will join Andy Stanley as he introduces us to a few of these colorful characters and the role they play in the Christmas story.   
 
 
NOV. 19, 26,DEC. 3 & 10, 2017
LEARNING TO LOVE ST. CROIX 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NKJV)
 
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
 
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things.
 
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
 
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
 
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
 
NO ONE KNOWS THE AGE OF THE HUMAN RACE, BUT IT IS SURELY OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW TO LOVE BETTER.
 
 
 
 
September 10 &,17, 2017
 
 THE STORMS OF LIFE Romans 8: 19-22, 26-39 (NLT)
 
  19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time…
 
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
 
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 
 
 
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 
 
 
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
  
 
 
 
August 20 & 27, 2017
 
 THE PROBLEM OF SIN WITHIN THE CHURCH – Part 7 2 Peter 3:1-18 (NLT)
 
1 This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. 
 
 
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
 
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
 
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
 
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
 
14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
 
15 And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
 
17 I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends. Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen. 
 
 
 
Hosea 10:12 (NLT)
12 I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
for now is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and shower
righteousness upon you.’
  
 
 
 
August 13, 2017
 
 
THE PROBLEM OF SIN WITHIN THE CHURCH – Part 6 Romans 12:9-21 (NLT)
 
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
 
14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
 
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. 20 Instead,
 
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”
 
21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
 
Hosea 10:12 (NLT)
12 I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
for now is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and shower
righteousness upon you.’
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 6, 2017
 
 
 THE PROBLEM OF SIN WITHIN THE CHURCH – Part 5 Hebrews 12:1-17 (NLT)
 
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
 
5 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,
 
“My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. 6 For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
 
7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?
10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. 
CHRISTIAN FREEDOM IS FREEDOM FROM SIN, NOT FREEDOM TO SIN. A.W. TOZER
 
 
 
July 30, 2017
 
 
 *YOUTH SUNDAY*
Worship
Welcome – 1 John 2:1-11 NIV
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
 
 
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
 
 
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. “Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
 
 
Anyone who claims to be in the light but
hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
Davidson’s Testimony
Communion and Offering
High School Puppets and Say YES to the VBS
Dominic Lapp – Youth With A Mission (YWAM) camps
KING’s Kids Dance
Galactic Starveyors Song / Puppets
Camp Electric Video / Testimonies
Moana
Closing Song and Prayer
 
 
 
July 23, 2017
 
 
 
THE PROBLEM OF SIN WITHIN THE CHURCH – Part 4 Romans 6:1-23 (NLT)
 
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?
4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
 
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.
9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.
10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.
11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
 
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.
13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give ourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
 
15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!
16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you Wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.
18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
 
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
 
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our
Lord.
 
One compromise here, another there and soon enough
the so-called Christian and the man of the world
look the same.
 
a.w. tozer
 
 
 
July 16, 2017
 
THE PROBLEM OF SIN WITHIN THE CHURCH – Part 3
 
The Problem: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (NLT) 12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. 15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
 
The Principle Exodus 20:17 (NLT) 17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”
 
The Prescription 1 John 1:5-10 (NLT) 5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
 
“THE PROBLEM IS TOO MANY PEOPLE WANT
A SAVIOR BUT DON’T WANT A LORD.”
 
TONY EVANS 
 
 
 
 
 
July 9, 2017
 
 
THE PROBLEM OF SIN WITHIN THE CHURCH – Part 2
The Problem: I Corinthians 5:6-13 (NLT) 6 Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. 8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.
 
9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.
 
12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
 
The Process: Matthew 7:1-5 (NLT) 1 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
 
The Payoff: James 5:19-20 (NLT) 19 My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, 20 you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.
 
 
 
WHAT HAS THE CHURCH GAINED IF IT IS POPULAR
BUT THERE IS NO CONVICTION, NO REPENTENCE, NO POWER?
 
A.W. TOZER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 2, 2017
 
 
THE PROBLEM OF SIN WITHIN THE CHURCH 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 (NLT)
 
 
1 I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother.
2 You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship.
 
 
3 Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man
4 in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus.
5 Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.
 
 
6 Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?
7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.
8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.
 
 
9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin.
10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that.
11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.
 
 
12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.
13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
 
 
WHAT HAS THE CHURCH GAINED IF IT IS POPULAR
BUT THERE IS NO CONVICTION, NO REPENTENCE, NO POWER?
 
A.W. TOZER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 25th, 2017
 
Who is SCCC?
SCCC was founded in 1985. A fellowship of
denominationally mixed believers who find themselves at the crossroads of
cultural, generational, and ultimately, theological change.
 
 
What is our Vision?
The vision of SCCC is that every person would experience a transforming lifethrough faith in Jesus Christ.
 
 
What is our Mission?
The mission of SCCC is to demonstrate
God’s transforming work through loving God wholeheartedly, loving others genuinely
and serving our world generously.
 
How do We Accomplish our Mission?
 
Focusing our Calling
1. Spiritual (relationship with God)
2. Relational (relationship with others)
3. Financial (supporting God’s work – private and corporate)
4. Physical (honoring God’s temple)
5. Behavioral (spiritual disciplines)
6. Vocational (taking God to work)
7. Intellectual (cultivating a Christian worldview)
 
Developing Our Community
1. Teaching (Corporate (Community), Cell (Life Grp), Core (Discipleship)
2. Fellowship (Community, Life Groups, Discipleship, Friendship)
3. Service (Personal, Local, Regional, Global)
 
 
Maintaining our Corporation
1. Honoring the Authorities over us
2. Participation in Community Life
 
3. Fairness with Vendors/Service Providers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 11th, 2017
 
Who is SCCC?
 
SCCC was founded in 1985. A fellowship of denominationally mixed believers who find themselves at the crossroads of cultural, generational, and ultimately, theological change.
 
 
What is our Vision?
 
The vision of SCCC is that every person would experience a transforming life through faith in Jesus Christ.
 
What is our Mission?
 
The mission of SCCC is to demonstrate God’s transforming work through loving God wholeheartedly, loving others genuinely and serving our world generously.
 
Focusing our Calling
 
1. Spiritual (relationship with God)
2. Relational (relationship with others)
3. Financial (supporting God’s work – private and corporate)
4. Physical (honoring God’s temple)
5. Behavioral (spiritual disciplines)
6. Vocational (taking God to work) 
7. Intellectual (cultivating a Christian worldview)
may 21st, 2017
 
The New You
 
Ephesians 4: 17-32 (NLT)
 
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
 
20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
 
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
 
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
 
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
 
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
“IF YOU WOULD TEST THE CHARACTER OF ANYHING, YOU ONLY NEED TO INQUIRE WHETHER THAT THING LEADS YOU TO GOD OR AWAY FROM GOD.”
WATCHMAN NEE
may 14th, 2017
 
The Power of a Positive Mom
Finding Joy on the Journey of Parenting
 
 
1. Children are a gift from God.
 
Psalm 127:3 (MSG) 3 Don’t you see that children are GOD’s best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
 
2. You are the pace/tone-setter for your family.
 
Proverbs 21:19, 21 (NLT) 19 It’s better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife… 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.
 
3. Your influence extends far beyond your home.
 
Proverbs 31:10-12, 23, 28-29, 31 (NLT) 10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. 11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life…23 Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders…28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” 31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
 
4. You are a role-model for other believers.
 
Titus 2:3-5 (NLT) 3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
 
5. Be encouraged, God has a plan for you and your family.
 
James 1:2-4 (NLT) 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
April 30, 2017
 
Blessed are all who fear the Lord and walk in obedience to Him
 
Psalm 128:1
 
Worship – David Conhoff, Jason Snow, Canon Claeys, Amanda Mackay, Isabella Dumas, Ria Lang, Hannah Peifer and Meg Claeys.
 
I AM – Written and shared by Isabella Dumas
 
Communion and Offering – Aiden Stevens
 
Vacation Bible School (VBS) – Save the Date! July 31st – August 4th from 5:30 – 8 PM @ SCCC
 
High School Youth Group – Armor of God
 
Preschool Video
 
Elementary Class – What’s In the Bible?
 
Walk in His Ways – Seeds Family Worship
 
YWAM Missionary – Dominic Lapp
 
NIKO Testimonies – Vonhroy Hosear, JD Kelly and Michael Picou
 
*Youth Worship Camp Fundraiser –
Reminder…
Please pick up your tamale orders outside following youth service. Baked goods and iced coffee are also available for purchase!
Thank you!
April 2nd, 9th, and 23rd, 2017
 
GENUINE ONENESS IN CHRIST – Part 5 and 5b and 5c
 
Galatians 5:13-26 (NLT)
 
13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 
 
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
 
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
 
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
 
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
 
“RELIGION CAN REFORM A PERSON’S LIFE, BUT IT CAN NEVER TRANSFORM HIM. ONLY THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN TRANSFORM!”
A.W. TOZER
march 12th,19th, and 25th 2017
 
GENUINE ONENESS IN CHRIST – Part 4
 
Romans 8:1-17 (NLT)
 
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
 
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
 
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
 
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
 
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
 
I WANT THE PRESENCE OF GOD HIMSELF, OR I DON’T WANT ANYTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH RELIGION. I WANT ALL THAT GOD HAS OR I DON’T WANT ANY.
A.W. TOZER
 
March 5th, 2017
 
GENUINE ONENESS IN CHRIST – Part 2
 
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (NLT)
 
 
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.
13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.
 
15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.
 
16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?
 
17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
 
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.
 
19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part!
 
20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.
 
21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
 
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
 
23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,
 
24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.
 
25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.
 
26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
 
27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
 
 
 
“WHEN WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WE HAVE ALL THAT IS NEEDED TO BE ALL THAT GOD DESIRES US TO BE.” A.W. TOZER
February 12th, 2017 and February 26th, 2017
 
GENIUNE ONENESS IN CHRIST Ephesians 2:11-22 (NLT)
 
Oneness and Peace in Christ
 
11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. 12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. 14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.
 
16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. 17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
 
A Temple for the Lord
 
19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
 
“The unity of the church has never rested on man’s ability to agree with one another, but rather on man’s uniform ability to agree with God, which is only possible through abiding faith in Jesus Christ and surrendered life through the Holy Spirit.”
 
-Pastor Gary V. Moore
February 19th, 2017
 
 
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NLT)
 
19 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.
22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
FEBRUARY 5TH,2017
 
IF* Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities Mark Batterson NO IFs, ANDs or BUTs – Session 5
 
 
There are one thousand, seven hundred, eighty four “ifs” in the Bible. Most of them function as conditional conjunctions on the front end oF God’s promises. If we meet the condition, God delivers on the promise.  So, all that stands between your current circumstances and your wildest dreams is one little if. One little if can change everything, one little if can change anything.
 
To get the most out of this series, commit to read Romans 8 every day, or week, for the next three weeks, for it is the axis around which this series revolves.
 
Scriptures: Romans 8:34, 26; I Timothy 6:12; John 14:16; Isaiah 58:8;
Deut. 31:6; Romans 8:37; Revelation 5:12
 
Key Points: “WHAT COMES INTO OUR MINDS WHEN WE THINK ABOUT GOD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT US.” – A.W. TOZER
 
God is for you 200 percent of the time. You don’t belong to God once, you belong to God twice. Once by virtue of creation, twice by virtue of redemption.
 
Two members of the Godhead intercede for you continuously – Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:34) and the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:2)
 
Original Word: ὑπερνικάω, hypernikaō Usage Notes: “to be more than conqueror” (hyper, “over,” and No. 1), “to gain a surpassing victory,” is found in Rom. 8:37, lit., “we are hyperconquerors,” i.e., we are pre-eminently victorious.
 
 
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words.
January 29, 2017
 
IF* Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities Mark Batterson WHAT IF – Session 4
 
There are one thousand, seven hundred, eighty four “ifs” in the Bible. Most of them function as conditional conjunctions on the front end of God’s promises. If we meet the condition, God delivers on the promise. So, all that stands between your current circumstances and your wildest dreams is one little if. One little if can change everything, one little if can change anything.
 
To get the most out of this series, commit to read Romans 8 every day, or week, for the next three weeks, for it is the axis around which this series revolves.
 
Scriptures: Psalm 139:13-16; Genesis 1:1; Revelation 21:1; Romans 8:31; Isaiah 54:17; I John 4:4; Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:11; Joshua 1:3; Matthew 18:18; Psalm 50:10; Luke 6:38; Zechariah 4:10; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 3:20.
 
Key Points
 
Its bold predictions, backed up by bold actions that change the course of history, that change the trajectory of our lives.
 
Everything is created twice, having once been an idea in someone’s mind.
 
You were once an idea in the mind of God. You are the physical manifestation of God’s eternal plans and purposes. Simply put, you are God’s “what if.” And just as God created you, you are called to create.
 
I’d rather have one God idea than a thousand good ideas. God ideas change the course of history.
 
If you do the little things like they’re big things, someday God will do the big things like they’re little things.
 
“NO POWER ON EARTH OR IN HELL CAN CONQUER THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN A HUMAN SPIRIT. IT IS AN INNER UNCONQUERABLENESS.”
OSWALD CHAMBERS
 
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January 22, 2017
 
IF*
Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities
Mark Batterson
AS IF – Session 3
 
There are one thousand, seven hundred, eighty four “ifs” in the Bible. Most of them function as conditional conjunctions on the front end of God’s promises. If we meet the condition, God delivers on the promise. So, all that stands between your current circumstances and your wildest dreams is one little if. One little if can change everything, one little if can change anything.
 
To get the most out of this series, commit to read Romans 8 every day, or week, for the next three weeks, for it is the axis around which this series revolves. Scriptures: Rom. 8:12; 2 Cor. 1:20; Rom.8:31, 10; Gal. 2:20; 1 Cor.15:31; Luke 9:23; Rom. 8:37; John 1:14
 
Question: Have you ever had a moment when your God-ordained purpose (your “what if”) was revealed?
 
 A moment that made you mad or sad or glad?
 A moment that defines every other moment?
A moment that changed the focus of your life?
Consider the following as if statements and how you might rank them or most apply them to your life:
 
“Pray as if everything depended on God.
Work as if everything depended on you.” – Saint Augustine
 
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” – Albert Einstein
 
 “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatmi Gandhi
 
 “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can be and should be and he will become as he can be and should be.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 
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January 15, 2017
 
Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities Mark Batterson
IF ONLY – Session 2
 
There are one thousand, seven hundred, eighty four ifs in the Bible. Most of them function as conditional conjunctions on the front end of God’s promises. If we meet the condition, God delivers on the promise. So, all that stands between your current circumstances and your wildest dreams is one little if. One little if can change everything, one little if can change anything.
 
To get the most out of this series, commit to read Romans 8 every day, or week, for the next three weeks, for it is the axis around which this series revolves.
 
Jeremiah 46:17 (NLT) There they will say, ‘Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loudmouth who missed his opportunity!’
 
Romans 8:1-2 (ESV) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
 
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
 
2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
 
Lamentations 3:23 (NLT) Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
 
Question:
If you had your life to do over again, what would you do differently?
 
Would you risk more?
 
Would you reflect more?
 
Would you do more things that would live on after you die?
January 8th 2016
Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
Kona, Hawaii Discipleship Training School (DTS) Team
 
Romans 10:11-15 (NLT) 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Declaring God’s Promises Over Our Lives in 2017
 
Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV) 18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
 
Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV) 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
 
Joshua 1:8-9 (NKJV) 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
 
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NKJV) 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
 
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV) 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;