Transformed People Transform People

Pastor Jon talks about the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament and reflects on the ways in which we tell our faith story to others.  We all know someone that would come to church if they were invited.  In fact, 1 out of every 5 people in town that don't have a church actually would very much like to have a place in which to participate in faith practices,  They are just waiting for your invitation. 

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Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Come and See

Pastor Jon explores the stories of the prophet Samuel hearing the voice of God as a young boy as well as the Gospel story of Phillip inviting Nathaniel to come and see Jesus for himself.  God still speaks to us and sends us out into the world to tell others about His great love. 

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1 Samuel 3:1-10
John 1:43-51

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Things Are Already Better

Pastor Silverio teaches from the Scriptures on the Lord's Baptism in the Gospel of Mark and on the Spirit of God in the story of creation in Genesis.  The power of God that created life is sustaining our lives right now.  That's why things are already better than we think they are. 

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Genesis 1:1-5

The Baptismal Covenant I (United Methodist Hymnal pg. 35)
"Do you, as Christ's body, the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?  We do."
"Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care? With God's help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others. We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life."

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You're This, Not That

The Christmas season can be a painful reminder of what we don't have and all the ways that we are hurting right now.  The birth of Christ, however, reminds us that we are children of God.  Therefore, we can grab on to Christmas, even in the midst of sorrow and pain, to be reminded that we are beloved sons and daughters of God. 

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Galatians 4:4-7

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Since God Can

Sometimes it seems easier to believe that God became human in the form of a baby than to believe that God can perfect us in this life...but God can.  The birth of Jesus shows us that our efforts, our work, and our religious practices can't save our lives and earn God's love, only God can.  Living like we believe God can means our efforts and our work become about ensuring that everyone we know experiences the same saving love of God.  

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2 Peter 3:8-15a

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Can't God Make Us Perfect?

Do you believe that God can make you perfect during this lifetime?  As we remember the anticipation of Jesus' birth by anticipating His return on this First Sunday of Advent, Pastor Jon invites us to identify what our focus is for our lives during this time of waiting.  If it is not in the understanding that God is powerful enough to deliver us from the power of sin and lead us to what John Wesley calls "Christian perfection," than what can we do in order to change that?

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1 Corinthians 1:3-9

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Trees

What does something that is so ordinary as a tree have to teach us about the work God wants to do in our hearts? Rev. Matt Idom, President/CEO of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, TX teaches from the Scriptures about God's desire and plan for us to bear good fruit. 

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Luke 6:43-45

Whole Heart Work

Whole heart love requires whole heart work.  Pastor Silverio reflects on the Apostle Paul's words in Philippians 3 about being a place in life where he pursues Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering and offers guidance on how we can get to such place in our own lives. 

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Philippians 3:3b-14

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND PARDON
Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will, we have broken your law,
   we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors,
   and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From: A Service of Word and Table 1, United Methodist Hymnal.