Messages

Message: “Together” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Overflowing Joy.” Everything is better together!
• Accomplish more; spread the load
• Variety of experiences, abilities, and viewpoints
• More laughs, encouragement, support, resources

Under Pressure
• Paul writing while chained to guard in prison
• Church facing internal tension and external pressure
• We do not know exact source of the pressure (Paul did not say) but original audience was aware.
• Cultural pressure to worship the emperor as lord and savior so frowned upon and increasingly illegal to worship a different Lord and Savior.
• Internal selfish tendencies forming

Relational Tensions
• Jealousy; Comparison; Mixed motives; Petty preference
• Unforgiveness; Bitterness; Rivalries; Cheating; Betrayal

Pressures
• Boredom: need stimulation or entertainment
• Desires: what I want or need
• Purpose: do something worthwhile
• Preferences: I like things a certain way
• Wanderlust: Grass looks greener over there
• Culture: conform to our ways or be excluded [FOMO]
• Persecution: Do not believe or say anything we disagree with or we will make you suffer [cancel culture]

Stay TOGETHER under pressure! Why? Natural desire to SPLIT.

Message: “Anywhere But Here” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Overflowing Joy.” What do you live for? What are you willing to die for?

What motivates you? Why does that matter? Because what motivates you, moves you!
• Am I motivated beyond the moment?
• What is the impact or legacy of what motivates me? How does it impact eternity?

As Paul continues his letter to his friends in Philippi (see Philippians 1:12-30), his motive is obvious: making lifetime followers of Jesus!

What trial are you experiencing? What setback, unexpected news, pressure, persecution, rejection, failure are you experiencing? How do I respond to the trial?

Paul’s response to adversity: He remains focused on making Jesus known and celebrates what God is doing! Why? Paul’s imprisonment places him near people he would normally never meet. The gospel is being shared with soldiers and into the heart of Roman political life.

Anywhere but here!
• In trial we want to say or go, “anywhere but here!”
• We will tolerate a trial when we know there is purpose!
• Trial only SILENCE you if you allow it too
• Trial can be a TOOL for TRIUMPH
• Trial is an opportunity to personally grow!
• Trial is an opportunity to reach and inspire others!

Message: “Overflowing Joy” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Overflowing Joy.” Are you a glass half FULL or half EMPTY type of person? When everything is bleak, how do you keep your spirit up? Approach life with JOY! Joy is gladness born of personal relationship with God: God has given me everything I need!

Message: “Prayer Works!” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Dangerous Prayers.” Prayer works! Your biggest enemy (or obstacle) could be one prayer away from becoming God’s biggest asset.

Acts 9 records the salvation, transformation, and calling of Saul—better known as Paul. Woven throughout the passage is the theme of prayer. Implied is the possibility that people have been praying for and about Saul. He is a known threat to their new movement and their very lives. In the middle of the chapter we meet Ananias that was clearly a praying man. And Saul becomes a praying man following his salvation experience. The power and necessity of prayer is evident throughout the story. Prayer works!

Message: “Dangerous Prayers: Make Me Bold” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Dangerous Prayers.” Praying “search me” is hard but the result is that it makes me better. A second dangerous prayer that may be even harder to pray is “break me”. An important final dangerous prayer is “send me—use me in your mission” or complimentary is “make me bold—help me fulfill your mission”!

The first two prayers are INTERNALLY focused. This final dangerous prayer is EXTERNALLY focused. God is working in and thru me for his glory and renown.

Dangerous prayers are challenging to say. They have potential to redirect our lives. Why? Following Jesus is never safe! We are called to a life of faith not a life of comfort!

This message is inspired by the Dangerous Prayers book and sermon series by Craig Groechel.

Message: “Dangerous Prayers: Break Me” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Dangerous Prayers.” We continue our Dangerous Prayers series. Praying “search me” is hard but the result is that it makes me better. Yet, a second dangerous prayer that may be even harder to pray is “break me”!

(This series is inspired by the book and messages “Dangerous Prayers” by pastor Craig Groeschel.)

Message: “AND” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Home Alone 2020.” God is for me. The thing I need to remember is that God is not only for me but He is for everyone. I need to make sure that I am going after all that God has for me while simultaneously giving it all away.

Message: “The best is yet to come” from Marc Black

  • by

A message from the series “Home Alone 2020.” It is seven days before we remember the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. For the ten days between Jesus’ ascension and the arrival of the Spirit, the first generation of Christians were instructed to wait. And wait they did because the result was worth the wait.

We do not like to wait but sometime all we can do is wait. In our waiting, God is still working. So don’t waste the wait. Make the most of the unique moments you are experiencing. Why? The best is yet to come!