December 3, 2017: Invite the Supernatural

Preached by Cortney Kluver (01:06)

The Christian life is supernatural. The Spirit of God lives inside every believer and yet elements of the supernatural makes us nervous. It’s easier to shy away from God’s power in everyday life than to embrace the possibility of it. The Spirit of God is orderly, but he pushes the us to the boundaries of our comfort.

Elijah was a great prophet of God but that doesn’t mean his access to God is different from yours. Elijah encountered the supernatural Spirit of God because he regularly invited the Spirit to move is noticeable and powerful ways. When Elijah was challenged by the false prophets and the Spirit of God fell on the altar, notice that the fire of God fell on a sacrifice that was prepared. It didn’t randomly fall in the middle of no where. The fire of God fell because of preparation and a prayer.

Listen as Cortney shares lessons we can learn from Elijah.  Expect God to show up in powerful ways.  Don’t fake the Spirit of God.  Don’t hide from the Spirit of God.  Expect the Spirit of God and let him show up when and how he wants.

Scripture references: 1 Kings 18:20-40

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January 22, 2017 – Acts: Empowered by the Spirit

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:54)

Rod continues the series in the book of Acts.  Paul and Barnabas, being chosen and sent by the Holy Spirit, sailed to the island of Cyprus.  After traveling from town to town, teaching about Jesus as they went, they encountered a sorcerer who had influence with the governor of the area.  The sorcerer tried to stop the governor from hearing and believing about Jesus.  Paul, being filled with the Holy Spirit, turned to the sorcerer and showed him the true power of God.

Scripture References: Acts 13:6-12

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July 17, 2016 – Acts: Scatter the Power

Preached by Rod Benner (00:55)

Persecution is real, scary and causes problems for the persecuted.  Yet, God uses persecution to grow and strengthen his people.  If persecution leads to scattering, then the gospel has an opportunity to scatter too.  Like a farmer planting a crop, seeds are scattered across the field so that a new crop will grow.

Not only does the good knowledge of Jesus go with the scattered people, but so does his power.  Christians are not only equipped with knowledge about Jesus but are also equipped with the very power of Jesus.  Living by faith includes the use of spiritual power; the power of God provided to you by the Holy Spirit of God.  The same power (the whole package) that was available for Jesus to use is the same power every single Christian has.  We just have to believe that and learn to use it.

The power of Jesus was spread into the whole world because the original Church was persecuted in Jerusalem and the Christians were forced to scatter.  Their joy of Jesus, their belief that he forgives and saves us from our sins and their trust in his healing power never disappeared.  They took it all with them and continued to tell their story.

If persecution causes you to run and hide, then you’re thinking of it in the wrong way.  Persecution may cause you to run and get out of town, but as you go look for ways to take the gospel with you.  Persecution does not create happy times, but it creates circumstances for the power of Jesus to change people’s lives.

Scripture References: Acts 8:4-13

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January 24, 2016 – Acts: Live like a Disciple

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:45)

Rod continues a study in the book of Acts.

The kingdom of God is not just a future kingdom in Heaven but also a kingdom in action today.  Before the crucifixion, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God was at hand.  So too, after the resurrection Jesus spoke to his friends about the Kingdom of God.  He told them to wait in Jerusalem until the Father God sent the promised Holy Spirit and that they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit.  The kingdom of God on earth is tied to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit, who for centuries past had been a blessing experienced by only a few in history, was now coming to all believers.  The Holy Spirit is the power of God seen in action through the Church – all men and women, boys and girls who follow and serve Jesus Christ.  Jesus did not expect us to live the Christian life by our own power.  You are to live the Christian life by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.  The Holy Spirit takes ordinary people and empowers them to do extraordinary things.

Scripture references: Acts 1:3-8; Joel 2:28-29; Mark 5:30


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January 10, 2016 – The Book of Acts: Living for God Today

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:41)

Rod begins a study in the book of Acts.

The book of Acts tells the story of the first generation of Christians; how the Christian church began and what it did.  The book was written by Luke (a friend of the Apostle Paul) to a man named Theophilus, who held a high or noble position in society. Luke gave Theophilus a brief, eye witness account of what happened soon after Jesus rose from the dead and how the apostles continued spreading the gospel.  In this short history of early Christianity we learn how God worked in the world then and by consequence we learn how God works in the world today.  Filled with the supernatural and the human; the book will challenge you to live in the promised power of God today.

Scripture references: Acts 3:1-6; Acts 1:1-3; Luke 1:1-4


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January 11, 2015 – A Look at Ephesians, part 2 – Use the Power in Your Life

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:52).

Rod continues his overview of the book of Ephesians.  When you receive the forgiveness and wholeness offered by Jesus, you also receive his power to live a life for God.

Scripture references: Ephesians 1

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January 4, 2015 – A Look at Ephesians, part 1 – The Source of Power

Preached by Rod Benner (00:45).

Rod started a new sermon series about the book of Ephesians highlighting that Ephesians focuses on the Christian’s power source in life.  It answers who we are, what we have in Jesus, and how we use what we have.

The series will look at Ephesians in two parts:
Part 1: doctrinal – the foundation, what we have; chap 1-3
Part 2: practical – how to apply what we have been given; chap 4-6

Scripture references: Ephesians 1

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