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Church As A Body

01/14/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: When we come to faith in Christ, we not only become members of God’s family, we become members of the body of Christ, the church, of which Jesus is the head. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12), he makes two great propositions about the reality of Christians as part of Christ’s body: Diverse, but Unified and Different, but Necessary.

Church As A Family

01/07/18

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: “Family” – the very term conjures up all sorts of emotions. But “family” is an amazing concept when it relates to those who by faith have become children of God, members of God’s family. God has not only adopted us into his eternal family, He has placed us into a family of believers; it’s called the local church. As with all families, this one comes with responsibilities also.

Christ, Our Passover Lamb

12/31/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The New Testament teaching about Communion/The Lord’s Table/The Eucharist is rooted in Old Testament history and theology. Our understanding and experience of this sacrament is enhanced greatly when we see it in the context of Jesus fulfilling the requirement of a blood sacrifice for sin, of which the animal sacrifices were just a “type” of what was to come.

Is Christmas Lonely?

12/24/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Are you alone this Christmas? Are there issues where you are realizing you don’t have the means to face them, to resolve them? The Christmas movie “Home Alone” is the medium for this look at the meaning of Christmas. The wonderful truth of the Incarnation is the reality of Emmanuel, meaning “God is with us.” You don’t need to be “Home Alone.”

Is The Future To Be Defined By The Past?

12/17/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: In the movie, A Christmas Carol, we watch the transformational change that occurs in Ebenezer Scrooge’s hardened heart as he wrestles whether or not it is possible to re-direct the future away from the past. All of us are products of our past, a past filled with mistakes and regrets and consequences of choices we have made. The true meaning of Christmas is redemptive in nature. The work of the Cross (the purpose for which the Christ-Child came) is sufficient to change the impact of the past upon our future.

The Christmas Address: Is it Reasonable to Believe?

12/10/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Any person living in any part of the world having mail service can reach me by addressing a letter using seven specifications: country, state, city, zip code, street name, house number, and my name. The power of an address. This is what God does through the Old Testament prophecies about the Christ, the Messiah. The “address” of the Messiah all leads to Jesus and provides evidence that it really is reasonable to believe that He was the promised one, the one sent to earth to die for our sins.

What Will Steal Your Joy This Christmas?

12/03/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: What or who will steal your joy this Christmas? There are a lot of “Grinches” out there ready to do just that: expectations, circumstances, people, things and worry. If joy is to be ours this wonderful season of the year, just what and how are we to think about joy? Might we find the true joy of Christmas even as those shepherds of old did.

Primary Relationships

11/19/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 3:18–4:1

Summary: In this New Testament passage, the Apostle Paul gives instructions about primary relationships that run counter to the cultural climate of thinking and conduct in America today. The perspective he gives was revolutionary in his day and is so needed in ours. If we, who profess to follow Jesus, strive to live out these exhortations in our family and at work, our lives will reflect the grace of God and character of Jesus in our primary relationships.

If Then; Therefore…

11/12/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 3:1–3:17

Summary: The Scriptures are full of ligaments. Webster’s Dictionary defines a ligament as “a band of tissue connecting bones or holding organs in place.” In the Bible there are words, meaningful words, that connect things. In Colossians three, Paul uses two of those “ligaments”

Killers on the Loose

11/05/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 2:16–2:23

Summary: The Apostle Paul addresses the topic of legalism in his letter to the Colossian Christians. Though the specific issues might be different today, the danger of legalism still exists. One of the primary characteristics of legalism is to believe that your relationship with God is based on your works rather than Christ’s work. A second characteristic is an emphasis on outward conduct rather than on inward thoughts and motivations; in a word, legalism is self-righteousness. We also see legalism showing up in our relationship with others by imposing one’s application of a Biblical principle onto someone else. And the results can be deadly.