Sunday Morning Services

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March 3 - "Called to Serve" - Luke 14: 7 - 14.  Key Verse:  All those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. - Luke 14: 11.  Central Thought:  Biblical humility is following a lowly master who willingly surrendered his life for the weak and undeserving.  It is Christlike love put into action, with no thought of having earned the right to receive anything in return.
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March 10 - "Called to Sacrifice" - Mark 1: 16 - 20; Luke 14: 25 - 33.  Key Verse:  Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14: 27.  Central Thought:  To confess Christ as Lord demands a counting of the cost of that confession.  The cost is everything, but the payoff (if that's the best term) is participation in the eternal, victorious rule of God Almighty.  
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March 17 - "Called to Return" - Luke 15:  Key Verse:  The father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet . . . for this son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found."  So they began to celebrate. - Luke 15: 22, 24.  Central Thought:  God promised that his servant would "restore the tribes of Jacob" and "bring back those of Israel" (Isaiah 49:6).  He would be "a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth" (see Acts 13: 47).  
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March 24 - "Called to Repent" - Luke 19: 1 - 10.  Key Verse: The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. - Luke 19: 10.  Central Thought:  God grants his grace to those who know they need it.  Are  you trying to offer something to God as a gift?  Or having received his gift without merit, are you reflecting it with a life of Christlike generosity?
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March 31 - "Called to Follow" - Matthew 4: 12 - 22.  Key Verse:  "Come, follow, me,"  Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." - Matthew 4:19.  Central Thought:  How would today's world look if the four disciples had said no to Jesus' calling?  They received no assurance that their families would be adequately provided for, but they had no higher priority than Jesus' call on their lives.  What about you?
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April 7 - "Called to Mission" - Matthew 10.  Key Verse:  Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. - Matthew 10: 1.  Central Thought:  The Great Commission extends far beyond the area of Jesus' earthy ministry.  Close inspection reveals that Jesus instructs his followers to do what he himself has done.  Will you get with the program? 
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April 14 - "Called to Remember" - Matthew 26: 1 - 13.  Key Verse:  Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. - Matthew 26: 13.  Central Thought:  Nothing done for Jesus is wasted.  Words of encouragement from others can be a great source of blessing to those who serve Him around the world.  
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April 21 - "Called to Believe the Resurrection" -  Matthew 28: 1 - 15.  Key Verse:  Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid.  Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, there they will see me." - Matthew 28: 10.  Central Thought:  Paul's declaration in 1 Corinthians 15: 20 is the one that followers of Jesus gladly embrace and proclaim:  "But Christ has indeed been raised form the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep."  Fake news - no; actual news - absolutely!
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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.
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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.