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                  "Not Ashamed"  - Sermon by Pastor Jim Hughes, Sunday 4/1/17, notes by Brad.

   Scripture Reading from Romans 1:16-17

 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone
who believes: first for the Jew , then for the Gentile.
 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from
first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

 Paul writes to Rome, a city like no other at that time. Rome was the political, military,and
monetary center of the world. Yet, the people were morally adrift and in decline.
 

 Today we hear on college campuses the term "micro-aggression", this is a term given to
words that can cause an aggressive response, and one of those words is "Jesus". It is hard to
believe that the name of  the Lord can cause an aggressive reaction, but this reaction is in part
due to the breakdown of the family.
 
 This situation of the breakdown of the family is our opportunity to reach the world for Christ.
Paul, in writing to Rome, was sharing his burden for the people who were lost. Paul had a 
passion to reach the whole world with the good news of Christ!
 
 Today we don't only battle the breakdown of the family, but we must also contend with social
engineering. Social engineering is not the solution, our world is not  getting better. Government
is not the answer, political action won't solve the world's problems.
 
 Religion is not the answer, don't be religious!  For example, in Mormon theology,
(which is very religious) they twist God's word and change the meaning of scripture: such as
saying twisted things like "Jesus had to learn how to be 'a' god". We Christians believe that
twisting God's word is heresy.
 
 Paul knew the answer! The answer is, Jesus! 100% man and 100% God. Jesus was like
other men, he got tired, he got hungry, and he suffered pain, yet he was also God incarnate.
 
  What is our response as the church to be?  (The church is not the building, but the church
is the people.)
 
 The irreducible work of the church is the Gospel, God's rescue plan for us! Sharing the good

news with others, and that by doing the right thing, we are keeping the main thing, the main
thing, and being "Not Ashamed" of the gospel.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

March 12th, 2017 morning sermon “Worry and Anxiety” given by Pastor Jim Hughes and notes taken by Zinc.

Matthew 6:25-34- Do not Worry.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

                        Worry means to be torn into two.  People can get trapped between the regrets of yesterday and the anxieties of tomorrow. 

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

                        Pastor Jim shared his opinion that, less stuff (belongings) equals less worry. 

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

                        We want to emphasize that worrying does not add to our lives and take time away from us working on thing that need our attention.

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

                        Verse 33 is a great verse in the Bible and is how we should live.  John 1:14 tells    us that Jesus came full of grace and truth.  Many of us have been judged or criticized     this month or even this past week and it can be painful. We do not want to judge or criticize others.  We want to emulate Jesus’s grace and truthfulness.

            The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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