Jesus Christ is the best example of submission and sacrifice. As the spirit of Christ lives through the believer, we find ourselves living our lives for the benefit of others, and putting God first above all other things.
Today we look at the question asked in our text, “what is truth?” As we do, we see a lot of comparisons to our own culture and are challenged to accept the truth in God’s word.
The concepts of power and submission feel like they contrast to the people of earth. Power itself is not corrupting though, and we will see in the life of Jesus Christ how He used His power for the good of mankind while submitting to the painful will of God the Father.
Jesus wraps up his prayer and teaching on the night of His betrayal. In this message, He concludes a number of points He has been making and elaborates on how our relationship with Christ results in a relationship with God that overflows into a relationship with our church family.
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As we wrap up our sermon series, we will look at the final manifestation of the Holy Spirit in Discernment to understand what it means and why we need it. Then we will look at the doctrine of the Trinity to try to understand it as best as we humanly can.
We are going to look at the manifestation of the Spirit in Miracles and in Healing. We believe that these manifestations are alive and active on earth today and will give some examples in modern day local families who we know. We are going to talk about why God does these things, and teach about how to spot the real from the fake.
We are going to look at the doctrines of faith as we approach the next Manifestation Of The Holy Spirit in Faith. We will see the biblical examples of 5 types of faith, including an intellectual faith that does not save, a rocky faith that does not sustain, a saving faith that submits to the life of Christ in us, a growing faith that develops over time, and the manifestation of the faith of God to empower us for mighty acts of service, and bolds leaps of faith.
We are going to look at the spiritual gift of giving as well as the doctrines of giving. We have discovered that many in our church have never heard about the doctrines of giving and have been surprised as they learned about what the Word says. Since there is not much to be said about the gift of giving, we are going to use this as an opportunity to deal with giving in the body of christ in general as well.
We will unpack the spiritual gift of Ministry/Service. We will look at the value of serving in the average Christians life and the spiritual gift of service that empowers some Christians for exceptional service.
This is an introduction message to spiritual gifts. We will talk about the difference between the spiritual gifts listed in Romans 12, the manifestations of the Spirit when using gifts as listed in 1st Corinthians, and the spiritual offices listed in Ephesians. We will discuss why God gives us such gifts and we will prepare ourselves to begin to look at each gift individually as we progress through this mini series.
Bible Text: John 15: 6-10, Luke 22:39, Luke 22:41, Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12, John 14:10, 14:15, John 14:21, John 14:23, John 15:14, John 14:31, Revelation 2:2-5 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John, The Vineyard | We have spoken at great length about our life in Christ, and how we can do nothing without Him. We learned that anything that we do that can bring glory to God must be done out of the overflow of our life in Christ. With these lessons in mind, we move forward in our sermon series to discover the truth that life in Christ leads us to obedience to Him.
Bible Text: John 13: 21-30, Matthew 26: 20-25, Romans 8: 28, Genesis 50:20 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | Jesus Christ was betrayed by a member of his core team. A man who he hand selected to be one of his original leadership team members had faked sincerity and was motivated toward fellowship with this group for selfish reasons.
We are going to tell the Easter story from a different angle then you may be used to. You are not going to want to miss this one!
Bible Text: Matthew 28: 18-20 | Preacher: Pastor Al Barrera | Today we had an excellent message from a guest speaker, Pastor Al Barrera, from The Send Network on Discipleship.
Bible Text: John 11: 1-44, Daniel 12:2, Revelation 20:4-6, Revelation 20:14, Luke 14:14, John 5:29, 1 Corinthians 15:20, Matthew 27:52-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 20:12-13, Acts 26:23, John 17:3, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | Jesus is the author of physical life. Jesus is the owner of spiritual life. There is no life apart from Jesus Christ!
Bible Text: Matthew 28:18-20 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Who’s Your One? | Today we will be trained in our role in making disciples. We have heard it talked about, now we will be trained up in how to make disciples ourselves!
Bible Text: Matthew 28: 18-20, Luke 6: 12-13, Mark 13:13 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Who’s Your One? | In todays message, you will be trained on how to share the gospel and how to share your testimony.
Bible Text: Mathew 2:11 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Christmas Traditions | We are taking a look at the biblical precedent for many of our American Christmas traditions. As we do, we notice how many of them have become perverted from their original intentions, and we will seek ways as a church to redeem these fallen traditions in the strong name of Jesus Christ!
The first tradition we will be picking on, Christmas presents!
Bible Text: John 9: 1-12, Matthew 5:45, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 4:17 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | How is it possible that there can be such a diversity in Christian beliefs when these same churches are being lead by Godly people who are honestly seeking Gods direction? We will cover this and more in our sermon today as we continue in the Gospel of John
Bible Text: John 8: 21-30, Matthew 24:35, Revelation 21:1 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | Jesus explained that his kingdom is not of this world. For those who do not belong to Christ, understanding the things of heaven is like us trying to understand some alien technology. But for those of us who are citizens of God’s kingdom, the matters that Jesus teaches are as plain to understand as any other every day situation.
Bible Text: John 8: 12-20, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Matthew 5:15, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Philippians 1:6 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | Jesus announced that he is the messiah that has come to save the world. All who follow him will walk in the light of God, and those who do not know God will remain in the darkness that is our sinful life.
Bible Text: Luke 4:42-44, Matthew 24:14, Mark 1:35 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: What We Are All About | As we grow more mature in our relationship with Christ, our heart will long for the things God’s heart longs for more and more. The more God lives in us, the less attracted we become to the things that do not attract God, and the more passionate we become about the things that God is passionate about.
Bible Text: Romans 10:14, John 12: 45-46, Hebrews 1:1-3, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 5:16 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: What We Are All About | One of the most important relationships in the life of a disciple is the relationship between us and the community of the lost around us. Therefore, a value of our church is its relationship with our neighborhood. We are called to be a light in the world, and we live in a dark world. Therefore, a disciple is one who will glow in the dark!
Bible Text: Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:18, Acts 2:41, Acts 2:47, John 1:12, John 14:15, John 15:12, 1 John 4: 20-21, Matthew 5: 23-24, Acts 2:42, 1 John 4:12 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: What We Are All About | You belong to a spiritual family. The modern church is a fundamental part of Gods plan to grow us closer to him. We can not live in right relationship with God with out being in a relationship with Gods family.
Bible Text: Matthew 11:28-30, John 8:32, Romans 6:6-7, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 5:2, 2 Peter 1:3, John 14:15, John 15:5, John 14:31, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: What We Are All About | It is vital to our spiritual growth that we spend time with God. This means a whole lot more then just checking in at church once a week. Rather, it is like any other relationship we are in that we want to be healthy. It takes regular time spent in fellowship, even daily, to be in a healthy relationship with God.
Bible Text: Mark 3:13-14, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, Isaiah 59:2, 1 Timothy 2, Matthew 7: 22-23:5-6, John 17:3, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: What We Are All About | This may be the most important sermon ever preached at our church. The message of this sermon is so important that if you miss this, you will miss everything in your Christian life.
Bible Text: John 6:41-59 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | NOTE: Due to some technical difficulties, the beginning of this audio file was cut off. The audio picks up just after the sermon introduction and a brief summary of the previous sermons to give context for the passages we read in this sermon, and it begins just after we started reading the scriptures in reference.
You won’t have missed much, but you could listen to the previous sermons, and read the passage to get the context that is missed in what was cut off in this audio file.
Bible Text: Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6: 45-52, John 6: 15-21, 2 Chronicles 32:31 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John
Bible Text: Matthew 28:17-20, John 1:14, Matthew 16:24, Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19, 2 Timothy 2:2 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Vision Casting
Bible Text: John 5: 31-40, Deuteronomy 19:15, Luke 8:21, Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Peter 1: 14-16, Matthew 5:16, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John
Bible Text: Matthew 1: 18-19, Matthew 1: 24-25, Luke 2: 6-7, Luke 2: 13-23, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Characters of Christmas
Bible Text: Matthew 2: 1-12, Luke 2: 8-18 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Characters of Christmas
Bible Text: Hebrews 13:2, Luke 1: 11-20, Luke 1: 26-38, Matthew 1:20-25, Luke 2: 8-15, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Characters of Christmas
Bible Text: Matthew 10:8, Mark 12: 41-44, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, Malachi 3: 8-10, 1 Chronicles 29:14, Luke 12:48, Luke 12:15, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Finance
Bible Text: Matthew 6: 14-15 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Topical
Bible Text: Matthew 6, 1Corinthians 10:13, Ephesians 4:32, James 1:8, Philippians 4:6 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Topical
Bible Text: Matthew 6: 16-18 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Topical | CJ was a guest speaker at a friends church in Thornton Co for this sermon.