Sunday Morning Services

April 28 - "Called to Make Disciples" - Matthew 28: 16 - 20; Acts 1: 6 - 8.  Key Verse:  "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - Matthew 28: 19, 20.  Central Thought:  What makes the church unique?  The church alone possesses and can pass along the message of salvation from sin.  This message is founded on the facts of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
May 5 - "Called to Righteousness" - Romans 3.  Key Verse:  All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood - to be received by faith. - Romans 3: 24, 25.  Central Thought:  How can God maintain his love and justice in the face of sin?  Jesus' death allows both God's justice and love to be preserved.  The wrath of God is satisfied by the sacrifice of Jesus, the gift of God's love.  Our sin debt is paid.
May 12 - "Called to Life in the Spirit" - Romans 8.  Key Verse:  There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. - Romans 8: 1.  Central Thought:  Some enticements may not be sinful in and of themselves.  But they all can appeal to a persuadable (weak?) part of our nature.  They tempt us to take our eyes off God.  They have no view of eternity.  Walk by the Spirit, not the flesh.
May 19 - "Called to Mutual Acceptance" - Romans 11.  Key Verse:  Do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches.  If you do, consider this:  You do not support the root, but the root supports you. - Romans 11: 18.  Central Thought:  Grace is always prior to salvation, and salvation cannot be earned.  Salvation begins with God's response of grace to our situation and our response of faith in return.  Paul urges that we don't focus on ourselves; instead, focus on God and his plan.
May 26 -  "Called to Be Transformed" - Romans 12.  Key Verse:  I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. - Romans 12: 1.  Central Thought:  We are transformed into a living sacrifice through the work of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that gives us the passion and skills for a specific gift or gifts within the church.  Exercise your spiritual gifts.