July 2, 2017 – A Work in Progress

Preached by Rod Benner (00:48)

Last week, Rod encouraged us to not let a known personal problem or sin stop us from pursuing God.  God meets you where you are, but calls you to where he is.  This week, Rod explains some ways to keep our minds on God.

The pursuit of God is a journey.  In the letter to the Romans, Paul wrote of this same topic and encouraged the church at Rome to pursue God.  He wrote, “…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”.

Remember, a living sacrifice will struggle to keep it’s own life.  The old life, the old attitudes, the old habits that don’t honor God will want to hold on, but because of God’s mercy you can honor God and let go of the old.  It’s not about rules, it’s about the redeeming and transforming work of Jesus Christ.  Not about what you do, but what you allow Christ to do in you.

The transformation to be Christ-like, a little Christ, a Christian is a journey.  Once you come to Jesus you become a good work in progress.

Scripture Reference: Romans 12:1-2

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July 26, 2015 – The Balance is Christ in You

Preached by Casey Kluver (00:45)

There is a tension in Scripture compelling us to camp out on one end of the same spectrum.  When the Scriptures say, “Judge not” we apply that to the extreme and never judge anything.  Others, find the Scripture that says, “the least of you will judge” and set up camp on judgement.  The Scripture says in one place “turn the other cheek” and in another place “Jesus made a whip”.  Our mistake is we choose one of the two places, not only to set up camp, but to build an entire city.  Jesus calls us to the delicate balance of grace and truth.  We cannot embrace one without the other.  The balance to the spectrum is Christ in you.

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