Repentance means to turn from sin. An authentic Christian conversion involves turning to God and turning from Sin at the same time. People turn to God without turning from sin, and people turn from sin without turning to God. One without the other is empty of salvation, and a real Christian has done both at once.
We are studying the most important event in all of human history, because the resurrection of Jesus Christ changed everything forever!
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.
Jesus prays for the sanctification of his disciples so that they will grow as they become transformed into the image of Christ. He prays for His disciples as He sends us into this world to represent His kingdom.
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 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 will discuss the spiritual gift of Mercy and unpack what it means and what it looks like for those who have this gift. The gift of Mercy often manifests itself in the gift holder by empowering them with a supernatural sensitivity to how others are feeling emotionally, and what they need spiritually. As we discuss this gift, we will learn about ways to grow and mature in our gift and ensure that God is glorified as we use the gift.
We are going to take a look at the spiritual gift of leadership, as well as the natural born leaders who are talented in areas of leadership. We are also going to take a look at the leadership values of our church, our leadership development opportunities, and discover how we can identify a true leader and a spiritual leader.
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 be looking at the spiritual gift of Exhortation/Encouragement. This gift is not to be confused with prophecy or teaching, but is very often used with prophecy and teaching. This gift can be identified when somebody wants to urge a person forward in spiritual maturity or to lift them up. It is always used relationally and serves to move people forward onto God’s agenda for them.
As we explore the spiritual gift of teaching, you will learn now to grow in your gift if this is one of yours. You will also learn how to identify a false teacher and how to apply one of our most effective tools for discerning if one is a false or true teacher.
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.
We get to know about the Spiritual Gift of prophecy, the office of a prophet, and how to identify a true prophecy from a false prophecy.
We learn that our spiritual gifts are designed to serve the body of Christ. Gifts are designed to be used in unity with other gift holders in proportion to our calling in the context of the local church.
Bible Text: John 16:14, Galatians 5:16, 1 Timothy 4:14, John 14:18, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:7, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:13, 1 John 2:20, Ephesians 5:18-21, John 14:17, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: I Know A Ghost | Having the Holy Spirit in us enables us to live a Godly life, which is the life of Jesus Christ in us. The Holy Spirit enables us to be transformed into the image of Christ, and is intentional about drawing us into a deeper relationship with Himself.
Bible Text: John 15:26 – 16:15, John 14:6, Romans 8:9-11, Philippians 1:19, Galatians 4:6, 2 Timothy 1:14, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 5:16-17, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John, I Know A Ghost | We begin a sermon mini series to dive deep into the theology of the Holy Spirit. As we do, we learn that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ and everything He does is for the glory of Christ. There is a lot said in this message, so you will not want to skip it!
Bible Text: John 15:1-8, Psalm 31:19-20, Romans 2:4, Romans 6: 1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Romans 8:28-29, Romans 5:9, Hebrews 12:5-11, Philippians 4:13 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John, The Vineyard | Today, we will learn more about what Jesus meant when he said that Christians should “bear fruit”. The fruit in a Christians life are the markers of a healthy relationship with God. This week, we will discuss what is God’s role in us bearing fruit in an expansion from what we learned about last week.
Bible Text: Romans 10:9, 2 Peter 1:3, John 14:22-24, Ephesians 2:8-10, Revelation 3:16 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | Jesus teaches us that he can tell how much we love him by how much we are willing to trust him in our obedience. This message is going to convict us, and is sure to inspire spiritual growth!
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.
Bible Text: John 12: 44-50, Romans 14:12 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | The theme of The Gospel of John is written over and over and statements like our title. The letter was written so that you may believe! In today’s message we are going to have a very clear picture painted for us and what we are supposed to believe in and why.
Bible Text: John 11: 1-44, Hebrews 12:28, Job 1:20-21, Romans 12:1, John 4:24, Isaiah 29:13 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | What is worship? What does it mean to worship? Is it a feeling? It is a type of music? Lets take a hard look at biblical worship and see how God might inspire us in today’s message.
Bible Text: Luke 5:20, Luke 5:27-28, Luke 5: 30-32, Romans 3:23, Galatians 6:1 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Who’s Your One? | Jesus loves sinners so much that he would go as far as to die for us. Sadly, for some reason, there are some saved sinners who feel like they are too good to keep company with people who sin differently then they do. In todays message, we will contrast the attitude of Jesus toward sinners with the attitude of the religious elite in the gospels.
Bible Text: Romans 10:9 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Who’s Your One? | There is a difference between a Christian and a Disciple. While all of Christ’s Disciples are Christians, not all Christians will invest intentionally enough to mature into a Disciple. The funny thing is, the Bible rarely speaks of us being converted to Christians, but it regularly speaks of Christs desire for us to be His Disciples.
Bible Text: Romans 3:25, John 3:17, Ezekiel 34: 15-16, John 9: 35-41 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | Today, we get to watch and see the difference between how Jesus shares the gospel, and the way the Pharisees share their faith.
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 7:40-52, James 2:19, Romans 10:9 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | We all have made a decision about who we believe Jesus Christ is. Nobody is truly undecided. So where do you stand on this question?
Bible Text: Mark 3:13-14, Colossians 3: 12-17, Philippians 2:3, Acts 2:42, Acts 2:46, Romans 12:18, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: What We Are All About | The small group church community is a fundamental tool in growing the believer into a disciple. We can see examples of this in the life of Christ.
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: 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: John 6: 60-71, Mark 12:27, Romans 10:9 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John | Jesus has offered us the free gift of salvation, and it is easily accepted when we reach out and grab it with our faith. Sadly, many send themselves to hell by refusing this free gift. In our next message, we learn how there is ultimately two ways to respond to Jesus, and there is no middle ground. We are for him, or we are against him.
Bible Text: Chapter 2: 14-24, Romans 3:28, Ephesians 2: 8-9, Romans 10:9, Romans 4: 1-5, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Leadership Convention
Bible Text: Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9, Romans 5:20 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Topical
Bible Text: John 3: 16-21, Romans 5:8, James 2:19, Mark 8:36, Esther 4:14, | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Gospel of John
Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Easter
Bible Text: James 1: 2-4, John 16:33, Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12: 7-11 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Topical
Bible Text: Jeremiah 33:3,1Timothy 2:1,8, Romans 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Daniel 10:10, Philippians 4:6, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:5, 1John 1:14-15, Romans 8:26 | Preacher: Pastor CJ Counts | Series: Prayer