Greater News - Growing In The Gospel Each Day

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend we looked at the “Greater News" of the Gospel (contrasted with all of the other news and information that infiltrates our minds on a daily basis). The Gospel is not just the message we believe in order to gain salvation, it is the basis of our eternal fellowship with God. As such, it is not simply good news to be believed in order to become a Christian, it is the good news to be received and believed every day of our lives. 

In the sermon, we began to explore the question of how to live each day in light of the good news of the gospel. The main idea was that we need to preach the gospel to ourselves daily, rather than simply listening to the default thoughts served up to us by the world or by our own minds. Years ago, Jerry Bridges wrote a helpful article called “Gospel Driven Sanctification” that dives deeper into this idea. I trust you will find it encouraging and helpful as you seek to grow as a “preacher” of the gospel who will be called to the task of declaring (and believing) gospel glories every day!  

Listen to this week's sermon here:

Galatians - Live Free!

By Jason McConahy,

The power of the gospel is in its simplicity - God rescued us!  God did everything necessary to secure our salvation, and he offers that salvation to us as a free gift!  We don’t earn that salvation through works, rather we receive it through faith.  Anything other than simple faith in Christ cheapens His grace, and therefore distorts the gospel.  This simple yet very important truth is what Paul is addressing in his letter to the churches in Galatia.

The churches in Galatia were in danger of believing a distorted gospel, which according to Paul’s argument, is really anti-gospel.  Some Jewish people were trying to convince them that they had to become Jewish in order to then become Christian.  The result is that salvation is no longer by faith in Christ alone, but by faith PLUS the works of the law.  This equation (Jesus + __________ ) is contrary to the gospel, and results in a Christian life driven by the power of the flesh rather than the Holy Spirit.  It is not only destructive to the individual, but it results in division in the body of Christ.  

Join us as we begin our journey through the New Testament book of Galatians and let’s uncover together the beauty of the gospel’s simplicity, kindle our amazement over the concept of grace, and experience the power of the Holy Spirit who is within us!!

Powerful Video Testimonies from Billy Graham

By Kevin Wolfe,

Jesus prayed for us in John 17:15 "I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one."  What a great reminder that Jesus has called us to a purpose - to make Disciples!  He has left us here to press into the darkness with the Light of the Gospel.  This past weekend as we studied through the Gospel of Mark, we witnessed Jesus calling Levi (Matthew) to follow Him.  Levi was a man in most peoples eyes that would never respond to Jesus (he was a hated tax collector) ...but He did!!  It was a great reminder for all of us to not limit God but step out in faith, seeking to introduce ALL PEOPLE to Jesus.  

I want to encourage you to watch the following video.  It was produced by the Billy Graham Association in conjuntion with Mr. Graham's 95 birthday.  The stories are very powerful and will encourage you that God's grace is indeed big enough to save anyone.  You will be encouraged and reminded in a fresh way of the power of God which I believe will lead us to stepping out in faith.  There are two videos I would encourage you to watch from this link.  The first one is called "The Cross" which is what was shown on TV two weeks ago.  It has two powerful testimonies and Mr. Graham presents the Gospel very clearly through the message of the cross.  The second video is my favorite, it is called "Defining Moments".  Again, it shows three very powerful testimonies from a pro football player, a magician and a rock star.  The video weaves many teachings of Billy Graham throughout the years to powerfully share the Gospel.  Not only be blessed personally by these videos but consider who in your life that you can point to these videos.

Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/user/bgeainternet?feature=watch

or individual links:  

Defining Moments:  http://youtu.be/Sx0L_biKLuo

The Cross: http://youtu.be/bba2Dqaw6SI