Oct 2, 2016
Keep the Unity! (World Communion Sunday)
Series: Guest Pastor
Sermon presented by Rev. Dr. Lameck Banda - World Communion Sunday
Ephesians 4: 1 - 6 (NRSV)
1  I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3  making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
  • Oct 2, 2016Keep the Unity! (World Communion Sunday)
    Oct 2, 2016
    Keep the Unity! (World Communion Sunday)
    Series: Guest Pastor
    Sermon presented by Rev. Dr. Lameck Banda - World Communion Sunday
    Ephesians 4: 1 - 6 (NRSV)
    1  I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3  making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
  • Sep 25, 2016Disciples Practice Generosity
    Sep 25, 2016
    Disciples Practice Generosity
    I Timothy 6: 6 - 19 (NRSV)
    6  Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7  for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8  but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9  But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 11  But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12  Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13  In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14  to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15  which he will bring about at the right time-- he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16  It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17  As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.
  • Sep 25, 2016Children’s Message – Generosity
    Sep 25, 2016
    Children’s Message – Generosity
  • Sep 24, 2016Disciples Pray
    Sep 24, 2016
    Disciples Pray
    I Timothy 2: 1 – 7 NRSV
    1  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2  for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3  This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4  who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5  For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6  who gave himself a ransom for all-- this was attested at the right time. 7 For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
  • Sep 11, 2016Disciples Share Good News!
    Sep 11, 2016
    Disciples Share Good News!
    First Sermon in the Series: What Disciples Believe Do!
    Luke 15: 1 - 10 (NRSV)
    1  Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2  And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3  So he told them this parable: 4  Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5  When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'7  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 8  Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.'10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
  • Sep 4, 2016Take the Job and Love It
    Sep 4, 2016
    Take the Job and Love It
    Colossians 3: 23 - 24 (NRSV)
    23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, 24  since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.
  • Aug 28, 2016Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    Aug 28, 2016
    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    Luke 14: 1, 7 - 14 (NSRV)
    1  On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7  When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8  When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9  and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, 'Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10  But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11  For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." 12  He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
  • Aug 21, 2016My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
    Aug 21, 2016
    My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
    Series: (All)
    1 Peter 2: 2 - 10 (NSRV)
    2  Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation--3  if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4  Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and 5  like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6  For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." 7  To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner," 8  and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10  Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
  • Aug 14, 2016Who, ME – A Witness?!?
    Aug 14, 2016
    Who, ME – A Witness?!?
    Series: (All)
    Hebrews 11: 29 - 12: 2 (NSRV)
    29  By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31  By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace. 32  And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets--33  who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34  quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35  Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36  Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37  They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented--38  of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39  Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40  since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. 1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2  looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Aug 7, 2016By Faith
    Aug 7, 2016
    By Faith
    Hebrews 11: 1 - 16 (NSRV)
    1  Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. 4  By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain's. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. 5  By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and "he was not found, because God had taken him." For it was attested before he was taken away that "he had pleased God." 6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7  By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith. 8  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10  For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11  By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old-- and Sarah herself was barren-- because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12  Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore." 13  All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14  for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15  If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.