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|2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|Reconciliation is what God came to do. There is but one thing that separates God from us and that's sin. We have offended God with our actions, rebellion and our words. It happened in the Garden of Eden where we know that man would sin and break the fellowship with God. People think they have that fellowship by their life being good but that is a lie from the devil. The meaning of reconciliation is the filling the gap between God and man. God took the first step in fixing the gap, not man. There is nothing that God can't reconcile. In most all cases when someone is saved, they are not looking for God, in fact God came looking for them.
There is often a mediator during a reconciliation. 1 Tim 2:5-6, Act 4:12 There had to be someone to stand your case. Christ being the mediator stands between your sin and God and claims your case into salvation. There is a method to the mediation as well and that's the taking of the sin thru death, a sacrifice. Once the sin took place in the Garden of Eden, man never walked with God again until the mediator came. Once the mediator came then we now are able to walk with God. God can't look upon sin but how does He look upon a saved sinner? He looks thru the blood of His son Jesus Christ.
Two goats were taken as a sacrifice. One was to be used as a scapegoat and was to have the sin cast upon it and released. The other was to be sacrificed because blood must be shed.
We don't deserve to be saved because we are full of sin. But not only is there a method but there is also a ministry to being reconciled. The ministry is not only for the preachers but to ALL of those that have been reconciled, saved. A saved persons testimony is the greatest ministry there is. It's a responsibility that all that's been saved has and it's the great commission. To go out into the world and tell them about Jesus Christ no matter where they are.
The only thing that keeps you from God is your unbelief. Most feel that God could never love a person like themselves. But God came to them, they didn't go looking for God therefore He comes because He loves them.
|Preached by Tommy Boring on August 20, 2017 (Sunday Evening).|
|It's About Love|
|1 Corinthians 13:13 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|At times we feel as if we are at a crossroads, a place where we could go in different directions. This building was placed here in our community on purpose and not by mistake. God has purposes that go beyond our flesh, thoughts. So as a body of believers in our church what is something we could all grab onto? Love. Love must be at the root of all we do. Faith and Hope will all end one day but Love will go on forever. In this life we must have faith and hope but love is greater than either one. The origin of love is God Himself. Love is powerful! It was the Love of God that saved our souls. When it comes to the love of God one must give up the flesh. Most are not on the same page with live because they live differently. If one loves themselves more than others, that's a problem. The gospel is all about love. We should go out and seek others because we love them and God loves them.|
|Preached by Tommy Boring on January 15, 2017 (Sunday Morning).|
|Are You Still Doing Your Part?|
|John 14:8-15 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|Being a Christian means we must work, it's never over being a Christian. Just because we get old doesn't mean we sit down and stop working. We all as Christians have a great work to do. We as the Christians are His mouth, hands, feet, the whole body of Christ. You can do all things, through Christ. Christ will not ask you to do something that He Himself hasn't already done. We should all be serious with the calling that Christ has given us. Christians are all a part of the same body, one not over the other. If one doesn't take care of their yard it will quickly turn into a mess. It turns into a mess because it's your yard to take care of. We are not saved by our works. Once you're saved, you're called to work.|
|Preached by Jeff Patton on August 3, 2016 (Wednesday).|
|Ministry of Reconciliation|
|2 Corinthians 5:11-18 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|The only way to be reconciled is Jesus to sacrifice Himself and for us to accept Him as our savior. Those that live outside of Christ are the enemies. We have the ability to look out amongst our neighbors and have compassion and to love those that are not of God. How can we not care or forgive if we ourselves have been cared for and forgiven? Many things divide us that shouldn't. The problem is not their addictions or sins, it's the fact that the devil has ahold of them thru his stronghold. Christ didn't die for some or a few, He died for ALL that would believe on Him. Living in the ministry of reconciliation means we live in repentance and the care of those that are lost. How many times do we not say anything to those that pass us that are lost? How many times do we allow the devil to control our sharing of Christ? God's love should compel you to put your life on the line to share with others about Christ. To those that hate you, say hurtful things about you, keep in mind that Christ loves them. God's given you the engine and the fuel. Get out of park or reverse and put it into drive and go.|
|Preached by Tommy Boring on November 1, 2015 (Sunday Evening).|
|What Makes a Believer?|
|1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|When you think of a believer you think of faith because you must have faith to be born again. Faith is the things that are hoped for. The children of God have hope for the after life, hope for Gods promises, hope for the things we can't see. One can have hope in medication, programs, a persons advice, etc but those things are temporary. Put your hope in those things that are of God. If one loses their faith they also will lose their hope. Suicide does not deem a person lost, the bible does not say that. Suicide is simply where someone has had their faith destroyed and they've lost what hope they had. Satan wants everyone to lose their faith, to be depressed and destroyed. The third part of a Christian is love. Love that goes beyond the need. If an orphan asks for a toy, you give them a home, family, food, clothes and also toys. Gal 6:2 We are to love one another not because we love but because God loved us first. Since God is love one can not truly love until they have God in their heart. 1 John 4:7 So the question is, have you been born again? Is love the motivation of what you do?|
|Preached by Tommy Boring on March 8, 2015 (Sunday Evening).|