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#9: “Social Holiness…Faith in Action”

This morning, we have finally come to the destination at the end of our “Path of Salvation” (these basics of the Christian faith) that we have been looking at over the past couple of months.  By now, we have seen that there are a number of milestones each of us must pass along our journey…

#8 Sanctification…Going on to Perfection

Today marks the seventh step along John Wesley’s “Path of Salvation” which we have been exploring in the course of this sermon series on “the basics of the Christian faith.”  We started at “Original Sin,” then passed the milestones of “Prevenient Grace,” “Repentance,” “Justification,” “New Birth,” “and “Assurance.”  Today we are nearing the destination of…

#7 Assurance…The Foretaste of Glory Divine

We have come a long way along our “Path of Salvation.”  This, of course, has been the subject of our sermon series outlining the basics of the Christian faith.  We began our faith-journey having owned up to our Original Sin.  We then rejoiced at the news that God’s Prevenient Grace seeks us out and draws…

#6 Rebirth…A Warm Heart and a New Life

Are you “Born Again?”  Have you ever been asked that question by someone and wondered what they meant by it?  When I am asked that question, I very quickly answer, “Yes” because I AM a “born-again Christian.”  When I call myself a “born-again Christian,” I know what I mean by it.  But, in the back…

#5: Justification…At Peace with God

The year was 1505.  A young man was traveling from his home to the university at Erfurt, Germany, where he was studying to become a lawyer.  To an outside observer, his life was perfect.  But in his heart, he felt a restlessness, and an aching void.  He knew that his relationship with God was not…

#4 Repentance…Coming in From the Far Country

Luke 15:11-24a  –  Jesus went on to say, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, “Father, give me my share of the property now.’ So the man divided his property between his two sons.  After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property…

#3 Prevenient Grace… A God Who Seeks

Matthew 18:12-14 (NRSV) What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than…

#2: “Original Sin…Paradise Lost”

When the LORD God made the heavens and the earth,..  God formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person. Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden… At the center of the garden he placed the tree…

#1: John Wesley’s Journey of Faith

21-22 But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ…

A Future with Hope

Terri and I would like to thank you again for the very warm welcome you have extended to our family.  You know, preaching to a new congregation (even one you may have served in the past) can be a little nerve-wracking.  There is so much you want to say to your new congregation about what…