Sunday Morning Services

Sunday
9:00 AMSunday School lesson

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March 1 - "The Lamb of God".  Key Verse:  I have seen and I testify that this is God's Chosen One. - John 1:34.  Central Thought:  John the Baptist is a pivotal figure, his ministry signaling that a transition was underway.  His testimony still rings forth today:  Jesus is "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). 


March 8 - "Another Advocate".  - John 14: 15 - 26.  Key Verse:  The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. - John 14:26.  Central Thought:  When Jesus was no longer to be present on earth physically, he promised the Holy Spirit to be sent as God's own presence within us.  Because we have this divine presence, we are never abandoned.
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March 15 - "The Spirit of Truth".  - John 16: 4b - 15.  Key Verse:  Very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you: but if I go, I will send him to you. - John 16:7.  Central Thought:  The presence of the Spirit is a threat to those who resist the Spirit's reproof regarding sin, righteousness, and judgment.  But for those who embrace the promises of Jesus, the indwelling Spirit is a source of comfort, strength, and truth.
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March 22 - "The Spirit of Peace". - John 20:19 - 23.  Key Verse:  With that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." - John 20:22.  Central Thought:  Like Jesus, we are sent to act as God's spokespersons.  Jesus guides our witness through the Holy spirit.  The Spirit of truth is our peace and power as we fulfill our mission.
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March 29 - "The Son of David". - March 11: 1 - 11.  Key Verse:  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "hosanna!"  "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" - Mark 11: 9.  Central Thought:  The people who acclaimed Jesus during his triumphal entry did not recognized his true identity.  Crowds would soon demand his death.  But that was exactly what Jesus had in mind:  to establish a kingdom with a cross, not a sword.
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April 5 - "Believe in the Resurrection". - 1 Corinthians 15: 1 - 11, 20 - 22.  Key Verse:  As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. - 1 Corinthians 15 - 22.  Central Thought:  We can be forgiven and not have to pay God's penalty for our sins, because Jesus has already done so.  We can know that death is not the end of the story.  Beyond death is life eternal. 
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April 12 - "Love One Another". - 1 John 3: 11 - 24.  Key Verse;  This is the message you heard from the beginning:  We should love one another. - 1 John 3:11.  Central Thought:  Love must be expressed actively.  Love isn't just words; it is self-giving actions.  In teaching this, the apostle John echoes things he learned from Jesus and from the teachings of the Old Testament.  
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April 19 -  "Trust in God's Love". - 1 Jon 4:13 - 21; 5: 1 - 5.  Key Verse:  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. - 1 John 5: 1.  Central Thought:  "Perfect love drives out fear."  Our relationship with God will always be stunted if we hold back.  May today be the day when our love for our loving God overwhelms fear.  When that happens, we will begin to overcome the world.
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April 26 - "Watch Out for Deceivers".  - 2 John.  Key Verse:  Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. - 2 John 8.  Central Thought:  Who should we believe?  Who should we trust?  We should not have to ask such questions within the church; the church should be a place of truth.  This is why John advises severe tactics regarding those who would distort the gospel.
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May 3 - "Work Together for the Truth". - 3 John.  Key Verse:  We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. - 3 John 8.  Central Thought:  Hospitality between Christians builds a bond that strengthens ministry and contributes to the mission of spreading the truth of the gospel to all.
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May 10 - "Gifts of the Spirit". - 1 Corinthians 12: 1 - 11.  Key Verse:  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. - 1 Corinthians 12: 7.  Central Thought:  Spirituality is not a competitive event but a cooperative venture.  The Spirit distributes his gifts so that believers are compelled to rely on each other in unity.  The spirit of Christ compels us to become like Christ.
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May 17 - "One Body Many Members". - 1 Corinthians 12: 12 - 31.  Key Verse:  We were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. - 1 Corinthians 12: 13.  Central Thought:  As members of Christ's body, we learn to treasure differences among us, to rely on those unlike ourselves, to celebrate what God can do when we unite in the power of his Spirit and in the name of his Son.
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May 24 - "Gift of Languages". - 1 Corinthians 14: 13 - 19.  Key Verse:  So what shall I do?  I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding, I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. - 1 Corinthians 14: 15.  Central Thought:  Some of the Corinthians sought their own prestige.  We need to consider how we use the abilities that God's Spirit has given us.  We need to give careful thought to act in the name of Christ to strengthen the whole church.  
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May 31 - "The Greatest is Love". - 1 Corinthians 13.  Key Verse:  Now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13: 13.  Central Thought:  We need to see each other as God sees us:  of great worth despite the way we fail and disappoint.  In loving others as God loves us, we gain a glimpse of what life, what eternal life, is all about.
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