This Sunday Pastor John preached on Adoption as a way to advance the mission of God. Adoption is greater than the universe and was always God's plan A to show us what He is really like: a Father. Driven by the Father's Heart and the Life of Christ, we are called to minster mercy to the world (Ephesians 1:3-6; Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:14-17).
This week we hear from John Bower's Grandfather, Dr. Lester Collins, affectionately known as "PapaK" in the Bower family. Dr. Collins has been preaching and teaching for 68 years and serves as the Pastor Emeritus from Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. Today he teaches us about 4 distinct calls that we recieve from God and the difference between our primary call as being Christians and obeying God in our everyday lives, and our secondary callings that direct us to be faithful to fulfill specific assignments that God has uniquely given to each of us. The main passage used in today's message was taken from Romans 1.
This week John Bower preached through Romans 12:1-12 and that God has called us to be devoted to Him, together. As we offer our bodies as one sacrifice, we see that it is both an act of obedience and for our collection joy and upbuilding.
Pastor John takes us through Luke 24:1-12 and tells the story of Jesus' Resurrection and what that means for us today. Jesus is life, Jesus is freedom and Jesus is hope. Other scriptures used in this message are throughout Romans 8.
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.
This week we hear from John Kaserman as he gives us an account of his family's time in Mongolia for the previous 9 months. John shares about his own journey from being a Christian with a knowledge about God to being a Christian absolutely in love with God. He builds his sermon off of Romans 8:32, "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" He concludes by reminding us that "God is most glorified in us when we respond to the next thing He leads us to do with obedience and joy."