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  • The Antidote To The ‘kindly Grandfather’ God Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 16, 2024

    This passage is a stark contrast to the "kindly grandfather" image of God that many had. What are the specific ways that shows up here?

    JUDGMENT-FREE ZONE: Many people like to think of God as a kindly grandfather. - Ezekiel 5:1. - There is a popular conception of God as a kindly (and slightly senile) grandfather in the sky. He’s not going to rebuke you for anything you’re doing. He’s going to ask if everyone had a good time. And more

  • The Responsibility Of The Watchman Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 12, 2024

    A challenging passage on the essential responsibility of the spiritual watchman. How does this idea apply to today?

    IN ANCIENT DAYS: There would be a watchman on the city wall to warn of impending danger. - Ezekiel 3:17. - 2 Samuel 18:24-27; 2 Kings 9:17-20. - In ancient times there was literally a watchman on the city wall, scanning the horizon for danger. When an army appeared, the quick alarm spread by the more

  • When What God Asks Seems To Be Too Much Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 22, 2024

    This passage challenges the self-centered "gospel of self-fulfillment" that is too often proclaimed today. What does it mean that God wants us to focus on the "gospel of kingdom fulfillment"?

    A HARSH STORY: God gives Ezekiel a task that overwhelms him. - Ezekiel 3:14-15. - 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; 2 Corinthians 4:7-10, 16-18. - This is a tough story and it’s going to lead us in this sermon to some difficult points. - We’ve been talking for the first two sermons in this series about the more

  • The Gift Of Thick Skin Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 13, 2024

    This peculiar passage gives us a poignant picture of the need for tenacity and determination in the face of opposition to the message of God.

    THAT'S A SURPRISE: Sometimes God needs His people to be hardheaded. - Ezekiel 3:8-9. - This passage continues the ideas we discussed in the last sermon about God’s messengers. It had a warning from God that the Israelites claimed to be God’s people but they weren’t listening to what God had more

  • A Job Description For God’s Messenger Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 11, 2024
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    Some truths about some of the challenging aspects of trying to be a messenger for God.

    A Job Description for God’s Messengers: - I’m going to keep this broad and include all of us who are called to share the good news of Christ. There would also be an avenue for preaching this sermon as the call of a preacher but I think the truths here are good for us in general. 1. We speak what more

  • What Do I Do With My Shame? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 8, 2024

    This sermon looks at the connection between the "garment" that God used to cover Adam and Eve's sin and the "garment" that was gambled for at Jesus' crucifixion.

    AN AGE-OLD QUESTION: What do I do with my shame? - We’ve all done things we are not proud of. We have all sinned. How do we deal with the shame that comes from that? - It’s an ancient problem that has troubled people since pretty much the beginning of time. - This morning I want to again look at more

  • When Man Tried To Become Like God Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 20, 2024
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    In this sermon series we are comparing the early chapters of Genesis with the late chapters in John. In this sermon, we explore how the Fall happened because man wanted to become like God and salvation happened because God was willing to become a man.

    THE TEMPTION IN THE FALL: Satan told Adam and Eve that they could become like God. - Genesis 3:5. SIDE NOTE: This was also the issue in Satan’s fall. - Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 1 Timothy 3:6. - His pride and desire to lift himself up. - Look up Isaiah 14:12-14. THE GREAT REVERSAL: more

  • What Is The Importance Of The Wound In Jesus’ Side? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 16, 2024

    What are the connections between the wound in Jesus' side and the wound in Adam's side for the creation of Eve?

    - This sermon series is examining several of the parallels between the early chapters of Genesis and the late chapters of John. In particular, we are largely talking about the way that Jesus is “re-creating” things. - On the subject for today, there are actually four parallels within the larger more

  • How Can I See God As Being Closer To Me? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 6, 2024

    Genesis 2:7 speaks of Adam receiving the breath of life. John 20:22 speaks of Jesus giving the spiritual breath of life (the Holy Spirit). This sermon unpacks the parallels and their implications.

    - As we have throughout this series, this morning I want to look at the connection between a passage early in Genesis and one late in John. We’ll start in Genesis 2:7. - In that verse it tells us that the “Lord God . . . breathed in [the man’s] nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a more

  • Can We Become Something Better Than We Are? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 29, 2024

    Adam is "the man." Christ is "the man." What do we learn from the first Adam and the second Adam?

    A PROFOUND QUESTION: Can we become something better than we are? - Am I stuck being who I am? Is there hope for improvement? TWO REPRESENTATIVE MEN: There is a first Adam and there is a second Adam. - Genesis 2:7, 20; John 19:5. - This sermons series is about the parallels between the early more

  • Looking At Our Mess And Hopelessness, Where Was Jesus? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 24, 2024

    The phrase "in the middle" appears early in Genesis, late in John, and late in Revelation. The connection between the three speaks to an amazing title for the cross of Jesus.

    “Looking at Our Mess and Hopelessness, Where Was Jesus?” Genesis 2:4-9 - [There is a verse that needs to be quoted in the outline.] SERIES SET-UP: There are significant parallels between the beginning of Genesis and the end of John. - Genesis 1:1; John 1:1. - Romans 8:19-22. - This is not more

  • What Is The End Result Of This Salvation? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 8, 2024

    Paul concludes Romans 1-8 by talking about walking in the Spirit and the certainty of our hope in Christ.

    WALKING FORWARD: Living by the Holy Spirit is effective. - Romans 8:1-13. a. No condemnation but how do I live it out? - Romans 8:1. b. Life in the Holy Spirit sets me free. - Romans 8:2-4. c. This is a choice of what’s in our minds. - Romans 8:5-8. d. This is not optional. - Romans more

  • If I’ve Received Salvation, Why Do I Still Struggle? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Dec 18, 2023

    Romans 7 delves into the struggles we as Christians experience in this world: wanting to follow God yet often caught up in our sin nature. What does Paul teach us about how we are to look at that reality?

    DEAD MAN WALKING: Dying with Christ is important because it means we’ve been freed. - Romans 7:1-4a. - Chapter 7 obviously flows from chapter 6. Last week in chapter 6 the big ideas we talked about were the (a) we are dead to sin and alive to Christ and (b) that we have to choose if we are going more

  • How Do We Live Out This Salvation? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Dec 11, 2023

    Paul now shifts to a major misunderstanding about grace and explains what living out this salvation should look like.

    A LOOPHOLE? Can we just keep sinning and use grace as an excuse? - Romans 6:1-2. a. Grace is the means by which salvation comes to us, but grace is easily misunderstood. - v. 1. - We closed out with grace last week. It’s the reality that we cannot earn our salvation but we receive it as a free more

  • Where Does This Salvation Place Me? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Dec 5, 2023

    What is the position that this salvation puts me in?

    WHERE DOES THIS SALVATION PLACE ME? I have peace with God. - Romans 5:1-2. - Pieces of this passage: a. We talked in the last sermon about being justified by faith. - v. 1a. b. Where that salvation places me is that I now have peace with God. - v. 1b. c. Jesus made that happen. - v. 1c. d. more