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A woman who had the rightly earned reputation as a sinner knelt at the feet of Jesus, anointing them with fragrant oil, and wiping them with the hair on her head.

In this action she exhibited faith in Jesus. Jesus told the master of the house, “her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much” (Luke 7:47). He then told her, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace” (vs. 50).

Jesus told her to “Go in peace” because her sins were forgiven. There is no peace without the forgiveness of sins. When a man’s sins remain he is separated from God. No peace can be found without His presence in your life.

If your life is not blessed with the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7), you need to have your sins forgiven. If you want help, contact us, we would love to study with you online or in person..

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Invitation: The Character of the Elect

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Colossians 3:12-15 Paul describes the proper character of the elect. Three things are noteworthy: Love, Humility and Peace.

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Sermon: The Fruit of the Spirit – Peace

Image A two part lesson, preached AM and PM on Galatians 5. The first lesson audio gives a short explanation of the Fruit of the Spirit, as listed by Paul in the text. The second lesson is a discussion of the attribute, “Peace.”

Audio 1 AM Lesson

Audio 2 PM Lesson

Powerpoint Slides

Invitation: Pursue Peace

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The text of Hebrews 12:12-17 expresses our responsibilities toward one another as Christians. We pursue peace, lest we lose a brother to the world.

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Invitation: Bearing Burdens

Invitation delivered by: Joshua Jackson

In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus promises us an easy burden and light yoke. We are given instructions (Gal. 6:2) to help bear one another’s burdens.

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Invitation: Why God’s Armor is Needed

Invitation delivered by: Stan Cox

Using Ephesians 6:12, Stan explains why the armor of God is needed.

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Invitation: Being in Christ

Invitation delivered by: Josh Jackson

In this talk, Josh describes the hope, peace and promises that are ours when we are in Christ, and work to add the fruit of the Spirit to our lives (cf. Galatians 5).

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Mining the Scriptures: Philippians 1:1-2

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Paul’s salutation in this epistle is similar to other letters he wrote. His letter is addressed to the “saints in Christ Jesus.” The term saint indicates one who has been set apart by God. It denotes those who have been cleansed from sin, and are called to obedience and good works. This is, of course, accomplished through the work of Jesus Christ.

Bishops and deacons are given special note. The term “bishop” is a term used interchangeably with the terms “elder” and “pastor” indicating men who are ordained to the position of oversight in a local congregation. The term deacon indicates a man who is given a special work of service. The term indicates an attendant or servant.

Both of these offices are important, and the men who serve in them are first to be qualified (cf. 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1), and then treated honorably for their work’s sake (cf. 1 Timothy 5:17). It is proper that they were singled out by Paul in his greeting.

Paul, in expressing his desire that they receive grace and peace from God and His Son, relates perhaps the most precious sentiment possible for the Philippians.

Mining the Scriptures: Ephesians 1:1-2

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Paul begins his epistle to the Ephesians with a few long sentences that are challenging to understand because of their complexity. One sentence covers verses 3-6. Another verses 7-10.

The first two verses of the epistle, however are simple.

Paul starts by identifying himself as an apostle of Christ, and affirms that his apostleship was from God rather than usurped. This was a common claim made by the apostle due to attacks levied by Judaizing teachers.

Paul next identifies his readers as saints. The term signifies a special relationship with Christ, as those who are separated to a life of godliness. Paul regarded the Christians in Ephesus to be faithful to God.

To such brethren, Paul pronounces a blessing. Grace and Peace. There is nothing difficult here, but the sentiment is sublime. God’s undeserved favor, extended ultimately through the death of His Son, is the means through which true Peace is obtained. This shows that the ultimate gifts can come only from God, and, that God indeed has granted such gifts to those who proclaim their fidelity to Him.

Mining the Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 1:1-2

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A few short truths to take from Paul’s introduction in his second letter to Corinth:

First, Paul’s apostleship was genuine. Here he states as fact what he argued strongly in other places, his apostleship was from God (cf. Galatians 1:1).

Second, the church at Corinth is described as “the church of God.” This is not a denominational name, but a description. It affirms that the church at Corinth belongs to God. It is in this same way (and only in this way) that congregations may identify themselves as churches of Christ (cf. Romans 16:16). The phrase indicates ownership.

Third, the designation “saints” applies to all Christians. It is not limited to a few. All of us, when separated from the world, are called to a holy life. We are sanctified, hence, we are saints. Our lives should demonstrate that calling (cf. Titus 2:11-12).

Fourth, true grace and peace comes from “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” We have a peace “which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Great things can be learned from every verse in God’s wonderful word.

Sermon: Attitudes Toward Your Brethren

A topical lesson detailing proper attitudes we should have toward other Christians, including:

  • Love
  • Cooperation
  • Appreciation
  • Submissiveness
  • Hospitality
  • Peaceableness
  • Gentleness
  • Forgiveness

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Sermon: Back to the Basics

Sometimes Christians need to contemplate some basic truths about the Christian faith, hope, love, peace and joy, which will allow us to rejuvinate our Christian walk. We need to get back to the basics.

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Sermon: Christ – Bringer of Division? or Peace?

Sermon Title: Christ – Bringer of Division? Or Peace?

The Bible reveals Jesus to be the Prince of Peace. And yet, in Luke 12 Jesus said He came to earth to bring division. The sermon explains how these seemingly contradictory statements are in fact both true, and that the key revolves around the individuals response to the grace of God extended in Jesus.

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The Peace of God

The apostle Paul spoke of the peace of God in his letter to the Philippians. The verse reads as follows:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Whatever this “peace of God” may be, you will note that its reception is conditional. It depends upon the trust we place in God. We must be willing to cast our cares upon our Father, praying to Him, confident that He will take care of us when we are beset by the trials and tribulations of this life.

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