Pastor John Bower concludes one of our ongoing series for 2014, The Gifts, with the gift of Leadership. John takes us to Romans 12 and shows us that leadership is to be accompanied with zeal. Godly leaders have a vision from God, are broken and submitted to God and others, and love like Jesus. The primary scriptures used in this message are Romans 12:6-8.
Joshua Sorrows teams up with his wife, Sara, to teach about the gift of prophecy and testify to the power of that gift at use in their lives. Prophecy is a human report of information that God has brought to mind that we would not otherwise have known or spoken. Joshua leads us through scripture and practical examples to remind and strenthen us to humbly and boldly seek after gifts that build up, encourage, and comfort the church. The primary scriptures used in this message are 1 Corinthians 14:1-5; 1 Corinthians 14:23-25; and 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21.
John Kaserman continues our series entitled, The Gifts, by teaching on the gift of Generosity. John takes us throughout scripture to show us what true generosity looks like, that God is the most generous person ever, and how we are to display His goodness to the world through joyfully and generosly giving. The scriptures used in this message are Romans 12:4-8; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 8, 9; Proverbs 22:9; Matthew 6:19-24; 1 Chronicles 29:11, 12; Malachi 3:8-10; and Deuteronomy 8:18.
Pastor John Bower continues our series on The Gifts this week with the gifts of Service and Mercy found in Romans 12:3-8. John reminds us of why it is so important for the church, the body of Christ, to not only know their unique gifts, but to use them to build up the church. Service is the ability to joyfully walk alongside another to help them accomplish a task or alleviate their burden. Mercy is having compassion towards the miserable, helpless, or broken that leads to action on their behalf. The scriptures used in this message are Romans 12:3-8, Mark 10:45, and Lamentations 3:22-23.
Justus Murimi is the Director of Outreach and Youth at Normandy. Today he continues our series on the Gifts by teaching us about encouragement, his favorite gift, and explains why it's needed in the church, but more importantly, what it says about God the Father as in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 and James 1:17. Toward the end, Justus demonstrated this by encouraging a few members of our Normandy family who have made large impacts in his life. It's a fun, and encouraging message.
We continue our ongoing series entitled, The Gifts. We began 2014 with the Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12, then moved to Ephesians 4 where we learned about the Gifts of Christ, and now to finish we are going through the Gifts of God found in Romans 12. Elder, Joshua Sorrows, teaches us about the gift of teaching and the result that biblical, passionate, Christ exalting teaching can produce. Teaching brings transformation. Joshua talked about the process by which transformation occurs by looking at Romans 12:2.
In the tenth message in our series, The Gifts, John Kaserman teaches on the gift of evangelism. John introduces us to the gift through stories of how God has moved through people within our church. Most importantly, while not everyone may have the specific gift of evangelism, John explains how we are all called to evangelize. He reminds us of our great hope in Christ and points us to 1 Peter 3:15 - “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”.
In the ninth message in our series, The Gifts, Joshua Sorrows teaches on the gifts of shepherding and teaching. The importance of teachers is particularly emphasized by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, chapter 4:11-12: "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,". It is our desire to use these gifts to build up future generations to surpass us in knowledge and the work of Christ.
In the eighth message in our series, The Gifts, Joshua Flynt teaches on a vital gift that is often overlooked in the church today, the gift of administration found in 1 Corinthians 12:28. Joshua uses Moses' example to expound on how God has used His people to administrate the advancement of His Kingdom on earth and desires to continually take slaves from bondage into freedom. Joshua teaches us three principles that administrators are called to live by: Abiding in the presence of God, relying upon the power of God, and knowing our identity as sons and daughters of the King.
Joshua serves as the Executive Pastor at Antioch Community Church in Norman, Oklahoma and is also a member of Normandy's Board of Advisors.
Pastor John Bower continues our series, The Gifts, by exploring the role of apostles and prophets in the context of the body. We read from Paul in Ephesians that as we begin to walk out in our gifts, we are to make Christ the foundation of all the Church body builds upon, encouraging and building up one another in love.